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Top 10 AERC Blog Articles of 2019


That’s a wrap on 2019! For many, the end of the year is a time to reflect. So we decided to look back on Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota’s blog from the past year and compile a list of our top ten blog articles of 2019. Without further ado, here’s our list:

10. Asthma in Pets

Written by Beth Bruns, DVM

Dr. Bruns, one of our emergency veterinarians, explains the symptoms of asthma in pets, as well as how veterinarians diagnose asthma and how this diagnosis affects your pet’s lifestyle.

9. Does My Pet Have Diabetes?

Written by Beth Bruns, DVM

In this article, Dr. Bruns reviews what diabetes is, what pet owners should do if they suspect their pet has diabetes, and what pet owners can expect after their pet is diagnosed.

8. Can My Pet Eat Pumpkin?

Written by Kathy Rausch, DVM

During the fall, many people go through a pumpkin craze and wonder if it’s okay to let their pets join in. Dr. Rausch, one of our emergency veterinarians, explains why 100% canned pumpkin is safe- but only in moderation!

7. First Aid Kits for Pets

Written by Michelle Krasicki-Aune, MBA, CVT

Michelle, one of our veterinary technicians, explains why every pet owner should have a pet first aid kit. She also provides a list of recommendations for must-have pet first aid kit items!

6. Paddle Boarding with Dogs

Written by Stephanie Pylka, DVM

Dog owners love to include their dogs in outdoor activities. Paddle boarding has become very popular in the Twin Cities which is why Dr. Pylka, one of our emergency veterinarians, wrote this article on how to paddle board with your dog!

5. Common Thanksgiving Foods That Are Dangerous to Pets

Written by Ashley Barott, DVM

A Thanksgiving feast can lead to a number of pet hazards. Dr. Barott, one of our emergency veterinarians, reviews common Thanksgiving foods that are dangerous to pets and explains why your pets shouldn’t enjoy these foods with you.

4. Do I Really Need to Give My Dog Heartworm Medication?

Written by Kathy Rausch, DVM

Heartworm season is during the spring which is when Dr. Rausch published this article. Dr. Rausch addresses the skepticism some pet owners have regarding heartworm prevention and explains why heartworm medication is indeed necessary to keep our pets healthy.

3. 5 Summer Treats for Your Dog

Written by Stephanie Pylka, DVM

Right now, there’s snow everywhere so it’s hard to remember what those hot summer days are like. During a Minnesota heat wave, Dr. Pylka gave us another fun, summer article that includes her top five homemade summer treats for dogs to help them cool off.

2. How to Help Your Senior Pet Age Gracefully

Written by Beth Bruns, DVM

In this article, Dr. Bruns discusses how regular veterinary visits, diet changes, and lifestyle modifications can help senior pets age gracefully and with dignity.

1. What You Need to Know about Grain-Free Dog Food and Heart Disease

Written by Michelle Rose, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Our most popular blog post of 2019 was written by Dr. Michelle Rose, one of our board-certified veterinary cardiologists. Dr. Rose wrote this article back in July when the FDA announced that they were launching an investigation into the link between nontraditional canine diets and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Dr. Rose’s article recaps what is known about boutique pet diets such as grain-free food diets and the link with DCM, as well as the AERC Cardiology service’s experience.

We hope you have enjoyed all of our blog articles in 2019. If you haven’t had a chance to read these top ten articles, we encourage you to check them out. We can’t wait to share the blogs we have planned for 2020! If there’s a particular topic you’d like to read more about, tell us in the comments! Your idea might just become one of our blog topics in the new year!


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