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Understanding GI Upset in Pets & When to Go to the ER

If your pet is currently experiencing GI upset, refer to our Fast Track Triage system for the best course of action: Pets experiencing persistent or severe vomiting, appetite loss for more than 24 hours, a known foreign body ingestion causing illness, or diarrhea paired with vomiting or loss of appetite are considered “ORANGE” – or urgent cases. We recommend having your pet see your family veterinarian or local animal

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Fur-Tunately: Stories of Animal Survival | Episode XIII: Milo the Miracle Dog

If your pet was hit by a car, this is considered a “RED” – a true emergency – on our Fast Track Triage chart. We advise you to seek immediate veterinary care. Please call ahead of your arrival so the veterinary team knows to expect you! Administer basic first aid. If there is bleeding or an open wound, cover it with a clean cloth or bandage. Use caution when

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10 Common Autumn 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 you witnessed or strongly suspect your pet ate or was topically exposed to a

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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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