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Sepsis 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 seek immediate veterinary care. Please call ahead of your arrival so the veterinary team knows to expect you! If your pet is experiencing diarrhea paired with persistent/severe vomiting (more than 2 times) and/or loss of appetite, these are considered an “ORANGE” – or

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Cat Gagging: Common Causes & When to Go to the ER

Causes for gagging can vary. If your pet is experiencing the following symptoms, please utilize our Fast Track Triage system and always call ahead of your arrival so the veterinary team knows to expect you: Difficulty breathing or persistent non-productive retching are considered “RED” – or true emergencies – on our Fast Track Triage system. We advise you to seek immediate veterinary care. If you witnessed or strongly suspect

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Fur-Tunately: Stories of Animal Survival | Episode XII: I Spy Something in Charlie’s Eye

  Ocular health is an important part of a pet’s overall health. Vision loss, squinting, and/or green-yellow discharge, are all common signs that a pet should seek veterinary care within 24 hours to identify the source of pain and prevent severe eye disease. Eye injuries can progress quickly, so when Charlie, a six-year-old Shih Tzu/Poodle mix, started squinting and it didn’t improve throughout the day, his Mom made the

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What To Do If You See a Pet in a Hot Car in Minnesota

If your pet is experiencing severe heat stress or a heat stroke (symptoms include lethargy, vomiting, difficulty breathing, collapse, or a high rectal temperature) – 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! DO NOT try to cool down your

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Four Concerns for Your Pet’s Skin This Summer

If your pet is experiencing an allergic reaction, burns, or ear/skin infections, symptoms may vary in severity: Difficulty breathing or severe burn wounds 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 small wounds are considered “YELLOW” – or

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4 Subtle Signs Your Pet is in Pain

Assessing pain in pets can be challenging, even for experienced veterinary professionals. While pets cannot grade their pain on a scale of 1-10, they can communicate discomfort in other ways.   If you notice your pet displaying any of these four subtle signs of pain, don’t overlook them!  1. Decreased Appetite  Pets often eat less when they are in pain. A “chow hound” may suddenly become a picky eater and

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Dry Eye in Pets

If your pet is squinting, has eye discharge, or has a significantly swollen eye, these are considered a “YELLOW” – or semi-urgent case – on our Fast Track Triage system. We recommend having your pet evaluated by your family veterinarian, a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist, or local animal emergency hospital within 24 hours. Call ahead of your arrival so the veterinary team knows to expect you, and if your pet’s

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Debunking Pet Cancer Myths

Cancer. This topic can be sensitive, as well as confusing and frightening. Additionally, there are many misconceptions and misunderstandings about cancer in pets. Back in April 2022, Dr. Keller, one of our Oncology Service’s board-certified veterinary oncologists, joined us on Facebook Live to discuss these common myths and provide an idea of what it’s like to have a pet with cancer. Not only is Dr. Keller an oncologist, she’s

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When Chronic Diseases Go South | Pet Health

  If your pet is experiencing difficulty breathing, multiple seizures within 24 hours, inability to walk or stand, or collapse, these are considered “RED” – or true emergencies – on our Fast Track Triage system. We advise you 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, diarrhea, appetite loss for more than

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Fourth of July Pet Dangers

On the Fourth of July, we may celebrate independence, but don’t give your pets the freedom to do whatever they want for this summer holiday! From potential toxins to hazards and dangers, it’s important for pet parents to have a plan to keep pets safe from these Fourth of July pet dangers! 1. Heat  On a hot and humid day, keep pets inside as much as possible! Help them

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