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Top 5 Most Common Dog and Cat Breeds Affected by Heart Disease

If your pet collapses or experiences respiratory distress, these are considered “RED” – or true emergencies – on our Fast Track Triage system. We advise you to seek immediate veterinary care. Please call ahead of your arrival so the veterinary team knows to expect you! In human medicine, it’s important for patients to know their family’s health history to prevent and monitor for diseases and conditions. Similarly, knowing our

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Coughing in Pets

If your pet is experiencing respiratory distress, this is considered a “RED” – or true emergency – on our Fast Track Triage system. We advise you to seek immediate veterinary care. Please call ahead of your arrival so the veterinary team knows to expect you! If your pet is experiencing aggressive coughing without distress, this is considered an “ORANGE” – or urgent case – on our Fast Track Triage

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Fur-Tunately: Stories of Animal Survival | Episode XV: Dean Martin the King of the [Specialty] Road

Meet Dean Martin – no, not that Dean Martin. This Dean Martin is one cool cat, but he’s literally a cat! In fact, he’s a Maine Coon, but because of his famous namesake, he’s known to his friends as “Dino, the Maine Crooner!” Dino owns Dr. Thell, one of our emergency veterinarians, and Zach, one of our emergency technicians. When he was just a baby, Dino started experiencing one

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Unproductive Retching in Pets

If your pet is experiencing persistent non-productive retching or respiratory distress, these are considered “RED” – or true emergencies – on our Fast Track Triage system. We advise you to seek immediate veterinary care. Please call ahead of your arrival so the veterinary team knows to expect you! If your pet is experiencing persistent/severe vomiting or aggressive coughing without distress, these are considered “ORANGE” – or urgent cases. We

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AERC’s Top 10 Blogs of 2022

Happy 2023! As we begin a new year, we’re taking a quick look back at 2022 to compile a list of our most popular blogs! It’s become a tradition here to create this annual list, so, without further ado, here are our top ten blogs of 2022!  10. Top Five Things Pet Owners Need to Know about Periodontal Disease Written by Elizabeth Brine, DVM, DAVDC. In honor of Pet

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5 Ways to Improve Your Pet’s Health in the New Year

We all want the best for our pets and with the new year beginning, it’s a great time to write down health goals for your pet. Here are a few ideas to consider to help improve your pet’s health this year! 1. Treat Responsibly   One of the biggest pet health concerns is obesity, which can contribute to many other diseases including Type 2 Diabetes, kidney disease, high blood

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4 Potential Kwanzaa Pet Dangers

If your pet is experiencing respiratory distress or suffers any burns, these are considered “RED” – or true emergencies – on our Fast Track Triage system. We advise you to seek immediate veterinary care. Please call ahead of your arrival so the veterinary team knows to expect you! If you know or strongly suspect your pet ingested a foreign body that is causing illness, this is considered an “ORANGE”

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10 Vet Approved Stocking Stuffers for Your Dog

Don’t forget about your dog this holiday season! Here are a few ideas for some great stocking stuffers approved by members on our team, including some options that support local Twin Cities pet businesses!  1. Canine Bil-Jac Treats   Bil-Jac has a perfect sized training treats to use when teaching your dog new tricks this year!  2. Classic KONG  Classic KONG toys are great enrichment and they can be

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10 Common Winter Pet Hazards

If your pet is experiencing respiratory distress or seizures caused by a toxin or persistent non-productive retching, these are considered “RED” – or true emergencies – on our Fast Track Triage system. We advise you to seek immediate veterinary care. Please call ahead of your arrival so the veterinary team knows to expect you! If your pet is experiencing severe symptoms of hypothermia, this is considered a “RED” –

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5 Most Common Reasons for Pets to Require Emergency Surgery

Here at Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota, our Surgery Service performs three to seven pre-scheduled surgeries per day, and that number doesn’t include pets in need of emergency surgery. We know any pet emergency can be a scary experience, and an unplanned surgery can be even more nerve-wrecking. To help educate pet parents on these potential emergencies before they happen, we’re sharing five of the most common

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