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AERC’s Top 10 Blogs of 2021

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It may be 2022, but we’re taking a look back at 2021. It’s become an annual tradition for us to compile a list of our most popular blogs from the past year, and this year is no different! So, with that being said, here are our top ten blogs of 2021! 

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10. The Importance of Routine Dental Care for Your Pet

Written by Heidi Brenegan, Chief Marketing Officer 

In honor of Pet Dental Health Month (February), Heidi, our Chief Marketing Officer, wrote this cautionary tale about Pepper, one of our team member’s dogs, and what Dr. Vicari, one of our board-certified veterinary dentists, discovered during a routine oral exam.   

Read here: https://aercmn.com/the-importance-of-routine-dental-care-for-your-pet/  

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9. Four Common Houseplants that are Toxic to Cats and Dogs 

Written by Sarah Foote, DVM

In this blog, Dr. Foote, one of our emergency veterinarians, focuses on four common types of houseplants that are toxic to cats and dogs. Plants discussed in this blog include cycad palm, Monstera Deliciosa, Elephant’s Ear, and lilies. 

Read here: https://aercmn.com/four-common-houseplants-that-are-toxic-to-cats-and-dogs/ 

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8. Reactivity in Dogs

Written by Heidi Brenegan, Chief Marketing Officer 

In this three-part blog series, Heidi Brenegan, our Chief Marketing Officer, shares her personal experience with her reactive dog, Polo, as well as resources and tips to help support other dog owners with reactive dogs. 

Read here: https://aercmn.com/reactivity-in-dogs-part-i-the-myth-of-the-good-dog/ 

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7. Early Detection of Cancer in Dogs and Cats: 5 Things Pet Owners Can Do 

Written by Briana Keller, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology) 

Cancer affects approximately six million pets every year. The best chance for a successful cancer treatment is early detection. In this blog, Dr. Keller, our board-certified veterinary oncologist, shares a list of five things pet parents can do to help detect a pet’s cancer sooner rather than later.  

Read here: https://aercmn.com/early-detection-of-cancer-in-dogs-and-cats-five-things-pet-owners-can-do/ 

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6. 5 Seemingly-Less-Serious Signs to Recognize as a Pet Emergency 

Written by Sarah Foote, DVM 

In this blog, Dr. Foote, one of our emergency veterinarians, provides tips on what to look for when assessing five seemingly-less-serious signs that pet parents often question as a true pet emergency.  

Read here: https://aercmn.com/5-seemingly-less-serious-signs-to-recognize-as-a-pet-medical-emergency/ 

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5. Winter Clothing Guide for Dogs 

Written by Janine Hagen, Marketing Assistant 

As a local Minnesota business, we wanted to help educate pet parents on how to best protect their dogs from the cold. Janine, our Marketing Assistant, put together this handy guide to help parents know when to pull out the dog sweater, when to get out the full winter gear, and when to just stay home! 

Read here: https://aercmn.com/winter-clothing-guide-for-dogs/ 

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4. Pet Euthanasia: Making the Difficult Decision 

Written by Kayla Hanson, DVM, DACVECC, cHPV, cVMA 

Saying goodbye to a pet is one of the hardest decisions pet owners have to make. It’s overwhelming to determine the “right” time, as there are many factors to consider, which is why Dr. Hanson, one of our board-certified criticalists who is also a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian, shares advice on this difficult decision-making process as pet owners consider their pet’s end-of-life care. 

Read here: https://aercmn.com/pet-euthanasia-making-the-difficult-decision/ 

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3. Why are Vets so Busy?

Written by Heidi Brenegan, Chief Marketing Officer 

Many veterinary clinics are booked weeks out and animal ERs are experiencing longer wait times. Why? Heidi Brenegan, our Chief Marketing Officer, answers these questions to help explain the complexity of what is happening in the veterinary industry right now. 

Read on here: https://aercmn.com/why-are-veterinarians-so-busy-right-now/ 

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2. Are Essential Oils Safe for Pets? 

Written as a collaboration between Elizabeth Bruns, DVM, and Janine Hagen, Marketing Assistant.  

As essential oils have gained popularity over these past few years, we have received a lot of questions about how safe essential oils are for our pets. Unfortunately, the answers to many of these questions are a bit complicated. In this blog, Dr. Bruns, one of our emergency veterinarians, and Janine, our Marketing Assistant, address the most common questions we receive on essential oils and pets. 

Read here: https://aercmn.com/are-essential-oils-safe-for-pets/ 

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1. Insect Repellent Toxicity & Pets: What Pet Owners Need to Know 

Written by Geoff Gieni, DVM 

Our number #1 blog of 2021 is our article on insect repellent toxicity! We’re guessing more people exploring the great outdoors has peaked an interest in keeping pets safe from bugs while outside. In this blog, Dr. Gieni, one of our emergency veterinarians, addresses three common insect repellents and why they are toxic to pets, as well as the best way to safely keep bugs off your pets!  

Read here: https://aercmn.com/insect-repellent-toxicity-and-pets/ 

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We hope you have enjoyed our 2021 blogs and have gained new knowledge on how to best care for your pets. We’re looking forward to sharing all the blogs our veterinarians and specialists are preparing for 2022! 


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