A day at the Iowa State Fair!

Paws & Effect was given the opportunity to partner with Iowa State's veterinary school at the Iowa State Fair's Vet Camp. The camp gets kids to participate in clinics at several learning stations throughout the fairgrounds. We teamed up with students from Iowa State University Veterinary School who showed the kids what their vets are looking for when they are doing an overall exam. The whole experience was fun and it promoted animal wellness.

The vet camp kids got to put on the stethoscope and see (hear actually) if they could find the heart beat.

They also searched to find an artery to feel the dogs pulse beating.

Why dogs need to brush their teeth was demonstrated by the good side/bad side demonstration.


Several Paws & Effect dogs got to participate throughout the week. When the students were done with the exam they turned it over to Paws & Effect to talk about therapy and service dogs.

Kids always amaze us with their questions: Why does this dog have different colored toe nails? Why do we put the flea and tick medicine up higher on our cats neck (after demonstrating where we would apply it to a dog)? Why do some dogs have more grey hair than others? Aren't some dogs always skinnier than others? Why do some dogs get tan spots in their eyes? What are these red spots (referring to the cut away of a clean ear and a infected ear, the answer wasn't obvious to us)? Does she (Cadence) feel safer up here on the ledge than down on the ground (Cadence was perched on the edge of the patio peering out to all the activity)?

It was a great Iowa State Fair experience!