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Fur-Tunately: Stories of Animal Survival | Episode VII | The ER Tale of Ed the Rabbit

CHAPTER ONE  Once upon a time, there was a kind-hearted rabbit named Ed. This four-year-old Holland Lop had quite the adventure at Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota’s emergency room with an unlikely hero that reminds us all of the magical power of diagnostic testing. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves! Young Ed’s tale doesn’t begin in our ER.   One day, Ed’s human noticed he wasn’t his usual, hoppy self. He wasn’t active and he was barely eating. Ed’s human was knowledgeable enough to know

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Nutmeg Toxicity in Dogs & Cats

As the days get colder and darker here in Minnesota, people are busy planning winter get-togethers and heating up the oven for holiday goodies. Whether you’re whipping up a batch of gingerbread cookies, perfecting your spice cake, or doctoring your eggnog, we bet you’re stocking up on nutmeg for your favorite seasonal dishes. But pet parents, not so fast! Before you start adding a dash of nutmeg to everything,

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Food Bloat in Pets

You know that feeling of polishing off your third plate at Thanksgiving dinner, when you lean back in your chair, rub your full stomach, and swear you won’t be able to eat again for a week? Well, food bloat in pets is sort of like that — minus the silverware and cornucopia centerpiece — with potentially more serious consequences. So let’s dig in and talk about food bloat in

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5 Steps of Your Pet’s Cataract Surgery | Veterinary Ophthalmology

Like humans, our pets can also experience cataract formation! Cataract formation is a common and correctable cause for changes in a pet’s vision. Before we dive in though, let’s first back up and explain this eye disease. Normally, the lens of the eye focuses light onto the retina to create a clear image of the world around us. However, when the lens becomes a cataract, it becomes cloudy or

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Tips for Managing a Pet with a Chronic Illness

Having a pet diagnosed with a chronic disease can be overwhelming.  The following are some tips to help navigate your pet’s chronic illness.    1. Ask Questions Make sure you understand the diagnosis. Seek information from your veterinarian and staff so that you fully understand your pet’s disease process, expected treatment, and prognosis. The more you understand your pet’s condition,  the better able you will be to provide care.  2. Establish Expectations Ensure that you understand how your pet’s condition will be

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Fur-Tunately: Stories of Animal Survival | Episode VI: Every Small Dog Owner’s Greatest Fear

*WARNING: This blog contains graphic images. Please continue at your own discretion.* A larger dog picked up Bentley, an 8-year-old Yorkie, by the neck, and shook him.  If your eyes are wide, chest feels tight, and your pulse is racing after reading that, then you may be a small dog owner! Having your beloved pet attacked is truly every small dog parent’s greatest fear. Whether on a walk, at the

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Onions, Garlic, Chives, & Leeks: Allium Poisoning in Pets

If you’re a foodie like me, fall and the holiday season are an absolute joy! But it’s not just about the pumpkin crave or an apple kick – it’s also about those savory favorites like grandma’s classic hotdish, garlic and chive mashed potatoes, stuffing, and more! Some of the most basic, universal ingredients we love to use for these delicious dishes though include onions, garlic, chives, and leeks – which are all members of the Allium species. But when you’re in the kitchen with your allium of choice and see your

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Mothball Toxicity in Pets

As the seasons change, many people take on the tedious task of switching out their wardrobes from summer clothes to winter – or vice versa. While this chore may seem harmless, it can be the cause of a very serious pet danger: mothball toxicity. For pet owners who store their clothes with mothballs, it’s important to take extra caution when switching out clothes and packing up items for storage.

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Tremorgenic Mycotoxin Intoxication in Pets

Imagine returning home from work and as you push open the door, you are greeted by trash strewn across the kitchen floor. Your eyes follow the trail and spot the knocked-over trash can. Immediately, you realize Fido, who has been home alone all day, got into the trash. And as you process the scene, questions race through your head: How long ago did this happen? What was in there? Should we go to the vet?  When a

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Head Tilts in Rabbits and Rodents

It’s a normal day at home and your rabbit is romping around in the other room. Suddenly, you hear a crash. You run in to find your bun rolling on her side, unable to stand up. You’re able to get her right-side-up, but her head is tilted to one side! Is she having a seizure? Is there something wrong with her brain?!?  A head tilt can be scary to see in your pet. At a glance, they suggest that something is wrong inside the animal’s head, and it could

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