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Dr. Mike Koob

Chief of Staff Veterinarian

Idaho Humane Society

HQ Phone: (208) 342-3508

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Idaho Humane Society

4775 W. Dorman

Boise, Idaho 83705

United States

Company Description

The Idaho Humane Society is the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in the state of Idaho. The Society runs Idaho's largest animal shelter for dogs, cats and other small animals, typically handling 15,000 animals per year. Additionally, the I ... more

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Idaho Humane Society's Medical Center


All Pet Complex Hospital

Chief of Staff

Veterinary Medical Center

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"I've been a vet for thirty ... [cached]

"I've been a vet for thirty years and (polydactyl cats) seem to be more common due to people thinking they are cute," said Dr. Mike Koob a veterinarian at the Idaho Humane Society.

According to Koob, due to superstitions sailors had, Polydactyl cats were the cat of choice to bring on ships.
"When (polydactyl) cats sharpen their claws they get little sheaths that come off the top," Koob said.

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Dr. Mike Koob is the chief of staff of the Idaho Humane Society's Veterinarian Medical Center in Boise. He said that ticks are very common in Idaho and if you take your dog for a walk in the woods, foothills or desert you're going to get them and if you find one on your pet, just pull them off. "There is no magic potion and you don't have to set your dog on fire either," he said.

Dr. Koob explained that a tick bites its host then spits into the bite with an anti-coagulant to keep the blood flowing.
Some animals react worse to that chemical, the spit, than others, he said.
According to Koob, the spring is the worst.
Koob said there are six tick-borne diseases that are present in ticks in North America and all of them are very rare in Idaho.
"That doesn't mean people should not take precautions and protect their pets," he said. "They should take preventative action. It's just that in 30 years of practicing veterinary medicine in Idaho, I have never personally documented a case of a tick-borne disease."
Tick paralysis is another story. Paralysis can be spread from any tick species but, it is not a disease. "Dog's reacts to the spit as if it was a nerve toxin," Koob said. "If a dog is tick-sensitive and gets enough ticks on him they can get tick paralysis. The best thing to do is to take the ticks off and the paralysis will go away.
Sometimes recovery takes longer is some dogs that others. Koob was treating a blue healer a few years ago that had more than 40 ticks on him. The dog was shaking, trembling and couldn't use his legs very well. "We went over him very carefully and removed all the ticks and within an hour he was fine," he said.
Koob suggested using a fine-toothed comb or just feel your pet a little bump.
Once the ointment is applied it will probably migrate over the body within a days or so Koob said. "Ticks will still also get on the animal and they may burrow down on the animal and even bit your pet, but once they bit the animal the product will kill them."
According to Koob, once in a while, especially in Idaho because we have so many ticks, you'll get an overload and you get a tick and you'll think the product doesn't work because the tick has already latched on, they are going to die and 99 percent don't get that far.
Koob said that a tick probably does not cause any real discomfort for the animal.

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Dr. Mike Koob started working at All Pet Complex in June, 1986.He received his DVM degree from Iowa State University in May, 1986.Dr Koob also has a BS in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Iowa State.

Dr. Koob has special interests in exotic pet medicine and surgery, on species such as ferrets, rabbits, small rodents, snakes, lizards, and turtles.In addition to routine procedures on these species, Dr Koob has spayed or neutered iguanas, sugar gliders, rats, mice, and guinea pigs: descented skunks: and removed tumors on pet fish.Dr. Koob is actively involved with the local Animals in Distress Association, a volunteer-run wildlife rehabilitation group, and served on the board of Directors of the Idaho Humane Society.
"Enjoying Idaho's outdoors" is Dr. Koob's favorite thing to do when not working.He does this by camping, backpacking, fishing, golfing, and traveling.Family pets include Josie, a Labrador Retriever: Bernie; a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon: six cats; chickens; snakes; a salamander; and tropical fish.
Dr. Koob's family includes his wife, Mel, who teaches at Boise State, plays numerous musical instruments, and runs marathons; son, Mark, a sophomore at Boise State who will led the tuba section in the Blue Thunder Marching Band at the Fiesta Bowl; son Matt, who runs cross-country and track, plays basketball, and the bassoon. | Outdoors [cached]

Veterinarian Mike Koob with All-Pet Complex in Boise says retrievers were built for anything cold weather can dish out to them.

But, he said, hunters should use common sense in protecting their dogs from extreme conditions.
If your dog cuts its pads on snow and ice, don't hunt with it for two weeks, Koob says.

Past Salons & Tours | City Club of Boise [cached]

Veterinary Medical Center Chief of Staff, Dr. Mike Koob will share about the functioning of the medical center and the multitude of unique patients he provides care for each day.

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