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Top 5 Preventable Pet ER Visits

We see a lot of distinct types of pet emergencies working in an animal emergency hospital. While many of these cases are unforeseeable, some pet emergencies are preventable! Back in January of 2021, Dr. Anna Morrow, one of our emergency veterinarians, joined us on Facebook Live to discuss the top five preventable pet ER visits and what pet owners can do to ensure these emergencies don’t happen to their pets. For more in-depth information, watch the replay of our video. Otherwise, read below

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Sand Impaction in Dogs: What Happens When Your Dog Eats Too Much Sand

It’s summer, and that means it’s time to hit the beach! For many dog parents, Fido comes along for some fun in the sun. But before you start packing your beach bag, it’s important to be aware of the risks that come with visiting sandy beaches and outdoor play areas. While many dog owners know the dangers of overheating, as well as water dangers such as blue-green algae, water intoxication, and other toxic plants and infectious diseases  – many often don’t consider this common risk on land: sand impaction, which

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Fireworks and Pets

Since 1777, Americans have celebrated the Fourth of July with fireworks. This big, colorful, and loud tradition can be fun and for a lot of people, especially for some kids, it’s an exciting and magical experience. But for our pets? Well, fireworks do a lot more harm than good. The truth is that many pet owners absolutely dread the Fourth of July holiday. For a variety of reasons, fireworks

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Four Common Houseplants that are Toxic to Cats and Dogs

Houseplants are all the rage right now – and it’s not hard to see why! Not only are they a great way to spruce up your indoor space, but they are also a source of stress relief and they bring joy to many people! But before you jump in the car and run to your local gardening center, it’s important to think of our pets. Unfortunately, many dogs and cats find

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Managing the Cause of Your Pet’s Itch

Itching. Scratching. Biting. Rubbing. Rolling. Licking. Could you imagine experiencing these symptoms with no long-term relief? Neither can we!    When pet parents notice these signs of an itchy pet, the best way to help is by consulting with a family veterinarian or board-certified veterinary dermatologist. There are several causes for itching in dogs and cats – including allergies, parasites, and bacterial or yeast infections. The sooner these possible causes can be investigated and treated, the better the outcome! And the more

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

Insect repellents and bug sprays are a must-have if you want to enjoy the great outdoors this summer in Minnesota, the land of 10,000 mosquitoes. Not only do mosquitoes bug you, but they are also a nuisance to your pets. Even worse, they can transmit harmful diseases such as heartworm. While we humans are able to douse ourselves in bug spray and accessorize with stylish Citronella clip-ons, our pets

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Summer Heat & Outdoor Time for Exotic Pets

Many pet owners know that the summer heat can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. But what about exotic pets? The warm summer weather in Minnesota can present a variety of risks; however, if done safely, there are often opportunities to enjoy some outdoor time. Back in July of 2020, Dr. Andrew Bean, who is board-certified in companion mammal practice and head of Animal Emergency & Referral Center of

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10 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe This Summer

From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, Minnesotans take advantage of every precious summer day! For many, weekends mean heading “up north” to enjoy quality time at the lake, grilling, and bonfires. But if your pet is joining the outdoor fun, it’s important to keep safety top of mind. So, while you’re packing for your summer weekend getaways, or even while you’re riding shotgun while stuck in traffic

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Zoonotic Diseases in Dogs & Cats

We love everything about our pets – well almost. It’s often difficult to think about all the germs our pets may be carrying. While it’s a topic most pet owners just want to sweep under the rug, it’s important to understand our dogs and cats can carry harmful germs that could spread diseases to humans. Full disclosure, you might cringe a little or perhaps feel a bit of the

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Seven Common Pet Toxins in Your Garden

Spring has finally arrived! After a lingering winter, many people are eager to get into the garden. But before you start planning your garden oasis, be aware of these pet toxins! 1. Plants and Flowers  Beautiful blooms may be the light of your garden, but bear in mind that most will cause a minimum of GI upset. Some can be fatal if eaten by your pets. The flowers listed below are quite common, as well as very toxic to dogs

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