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AERC’s Top 10 Blogs of 2023

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That’s a wrap on 2023! As the year ends, we’re keeping with tradition by sharing a list of our most popular blogs from the past year. Here are our top ten blogs of 2023!

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10. The 4 Most Common Reasons Pets Visit Our Neurology Service

Written by Missy Carpentier, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology) 

Dr. Carpentier, one of our board-certified veterinary neurologists, shares the four most common reasons for pets to schedule an initial visit with our Neurology Service and how our team begins the diagnostic process.  

Read here: https://aercmn.com/the-4-most-common-reasons-pets-visit-our-neurology-service/ 

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9. What Qualifies as a Dermatologic Pet Emergency?

Written by Andrea Meyer, DVM, DACVD 

It can be difficult to assess the severity of your pet’s dermatologic symptoms. In this blog, Dr. Meyer, our board-certified veterinary dermatologist, shares a list of common dermatologic symptoms and when to seek emergency care. 

Read here: https://aercmn.com/what-qualifies-as-a-dermatologic-pet-emergency/ 

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8. Hyperthyroidism in Cats 

Written by Corie Fitschen, DVM, DACVIM 

Elevated thyroid hormone production, also known as hyperthyroidism, is the most common hormonal disease our Internal Medicine Service sees in cats. In this blog, Dr. Fitschen, one of our board-certified veterinary internists, discusses hyperthyroidism in cats and four treatment options, including our in-house radioactive iodine (I-131) treatment. 

Read here: https://aercmn.com/hyperthyroidism-in-cats 

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7. Coughing in Pets

Written by Sarah Foote, DVM. 

Since there are many reasons why pets develop a cough, it can be difficult for pet parents to decide whether to seek emergency care. In this blog, Dr. Foote, one of our emergency veterinarians, explains the difference between productive and non-productive coughing and when to seek emergency care. 

Read here: https://aercmn.com/coughing-in-pets/ 

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6. 10 Most Common Human Foods that Are Toxic to Pets

Written by Janine Hagen, Marketing Assistant at Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota 

There are a lot of pet toxins out there! In this blog, Janine, our Marketing Assistant, shares a list of the ten most common human foods that are toxic to pets, as well as WHY they are toxic!  

Read here: https://aercmn.com/10-most-common-human-foods-that-are-toxic-to-pets

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5. Does My Pet Need Urgent Care or Emergency Care?

Content provided by a Facebook Live discussion with Lindsey Berg, DVM 

During a Facebook Live video, Dr. Berg, one of our emergency veterinarians, discussed common ailments in pets and whether pet parents should seek emergency or urgent care. Dr. Berg also shares her decision process when determining the severity of a pet’s symptoms to help pet parents feel confident when deciding whether their pet’s symptoms are life-threatening. 

Read here: https://aercmn.com/does-my-pet-need-urgent-care-or-emergency-care/ 

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4. When Pets Grieve the Death of Another Pet 

Written by Colleen Crockford, MSW, LICSW 

After the death of a pet, it’s not just the humans in the family who notice the pet’s absence. In this blog, Colleen Crockford, MSW, LICSW, our human animal bond social worker, discusses how our pets grieve the death of another pet and how we can support our surviving pets through their own grief journeys. 

Read here: https://aercmn.com/when-pets-grieve-the-death-of-another-pet/ 

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3. Chew Toy Guide for Dogs

Written by Elizabeth Brine, DVM, DAVDC 

Is that chew toy safe for your dog? In this new & improved chew toys guide, Dr. Brine, a retired board-certified veterinary dentist, is sharing her recommendations for safe chew toys & which “chew toys” should be off limits! 

Read here: https://aercmn.com/chew-toys-guide-for-dogs/ 

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2. Top 5 Common Dog & Cat Breeds Affected by Heart Disease

Written by Rima Kharbush, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology) 

Unfortunately, heart disease is very common in dogs and cats – and some breeds have an increased risk. In this blog, Dr. Kharbush, one of our board-certified cardiologists, shares a list of the most common breeds affected by heart disease & information on how pet parents of these breeds can be proactive about their pet’s heart health. 

Read here: https://aercmn.com/top-5-most-common-dog-and-cat-breeds-affected-by-heart-disease 

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1. Unproductive Retching 

Written by Nikki Scherrer, DVM 

Only an animal ER can claim a blog about retching as their most-read article of the year! In this blog, Dr. Scherrer, one of our emergency veterinarians, discusses a variety of causes for a pet to start unproductively retching and why it’s important to seek immediate veterinary care. 

Read here: https://aercmn.com/unproductive-retching-in-pets/ 

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We hope you’ve enjoyed our 2023 blogs and have learned valuable information on how to best care for your pets! Our team is already working hard to prepare more content for pet parents in 2024! 

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