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Aloe Vera and Pets

If your pet has diarrhea paired with vomiting or loss of appetite, this is considered an “ORANGE” – or urgent case – on our Fast Track Triage system. We recommend having your pet visit your family veterinarian or local animal emergency hospital within the next 12 hours. Please call ahead of your arrival so the veterinary team knows to expect you! If your pet has acute diarrhea without vomiting,

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Understanding Blastomycosis in Pets

If you suspect your pet has symptoms of blastomycosis, consult with your family veterinarian or local animal emergency hospital right away. Blastomycosis is a systemic fungal disease that affects dogs, cats, and even affect humans. It is caused by Blastomyces dermatitidis, which lives in rich, wet, sandy, acidic soil predominantly near river valleys.   Contracting Blastomycosis Although blastomycosis cannot directly spread from a pet to a human, humans are at

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Understanding Your Pet’s Ear Infection

Difficulty breathing or profuse bleeding 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! Facial swelling, hives, and wounds caused by itching are considered “YELLOW” – or semi-urgent case – on our Fast Track Triage system. We recommend having your pet evaluated by

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Fourth of July Safety for Pets: Tips & Solutions from the Experts

Around July 4th and 5th, more pets are reported missing than any other day of the year – largely due to Fourth of July fireworks triggering noise anxiety – a medical condition where loud noises cause fearful & anxious behaviors in pets. Without treatment, noise anxiety can progress to escape attempts and destructive behaviors.   To help pet parents prepare for the Fourth of July holiday, we hosted a Facebook

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No Corn on the Cob for Pets

If you know or strongly suspect your pet ingested a foreign body that is causing illness, this is considered an “ORANGE” – or urgent case – on our Fast Track Triage system. We recommend having your pet see your family veterinarian or local animal emergency hospital within the next 12 hours. Please call ahead of your arrival so the veterinary team knows to expect you! Note that a foreign

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Navigating a Pet’s Cancer Diagnosis: Part II

Part I of this blog covered my dog’s cancer diagnosis, symptoms of mast cell tumors in dogs, and coping tips. This installment will cover treatment options for mast cell tumors, factors to include in your decision-making process, and where we’re at with Sally’s cancer.  Diagnostics and Medications  You may be wondering exactly how it was discovered that Sally had cancer. Dr. Meyer, Sally’s dermatologist, diagnosed her mast cell tumor

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Navigating a Pet’s Cancer Diagnosis: Part I

“It’s a mast cell tumor.” Dr. Meyer’s words hit like a ton of bricks. I had taken my dog, Sally, to a routine annual checkup with her dermatologist, and Dr. Meyer had taken a fine needle aspirate sample of a small lump on Sally’s chest. With few exceptions, Sally has always been healthy. A schnauzer Pomeranian cross, she came into my life when she was found, at eight weeks

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Early Warning Signs of Heart Problems in Pets

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 April of 2024, Rima Kharbush, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology), one of our board-certified veterinary cardiologists, joined us on Facebook Live to discuss breeds prone

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Helping Minnesota Wildlife on Your Property

Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota (WRC) is a 501c(3) organization that provides quality medical care and rehabilitation for all injured, sick, and orphaned wild animals – admitting more than 18,000 patients (spanning over 200 different species) annually. They are known worldwide for their work with lead toxicity in Trumpeter Swans and turtle shell repair. Additionally, they work hard to educate the community about our local wildlife.   In April of

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Understanding Rabies & How to Protect Your Pet

If your pet is not current on vaccinations, including rabies, contact your family veterinarian to set up an appointment.  If your pet was bitten by a wild or stray animal, contact your family veterinarian or the Minnesota Board of Animal Health (651.201.6808) regarding rabies testing. If your community has an animal control office, contact them for help in safely capturing the wild or stray animal for rabies testing.   Rabies

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