Cedar Pet Clinic Blog

Are You Ready for Take Your Cat to the Vet Day on August 22?

If you have ever brought a cat to the vet, you know they’re not huge fans of the experience. This may be one reason why they come in for preventive care far less often than dogs do. In fact, Veterinary Practice News reports that feline veterinary visits for any reason average just 1.6 per year. Cats are also masters at hiding pain and illness, which means you might not realize your cat needs treatment until a disease has already reached the advanced stages.

Take Your Cat to the Vet DayThe Purpose of Take Your Cat to the Vet Day
Take Your Cat to the Vet Day takes place on August 22 each year to encourage cat owners to schedule regular preventive care. Routine check-ups allow your veterinarian at Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo to diagnose disease sooner as well as ensure your cat is parasite-free, at a healthy weight, and generally happy and healthy. Preventive care is always preferable to treating illness or injury after it occurs.

We recommend that cats between one and seven years old visit us annually for a comprehensive exam. Kittens require several appointments during their first year while older pets should have at least bi-annual monitoring for common health conditions like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Our veterinarian will look your cat over from head to tail for any signs of problems that may have developed since his last appointment. We will inform you of anything we discover and discuss the treatment options immediately.

We will also make sure your cat is up-to-date on her immunizations. If not, we will give them to her at this appointment. It’s a good time to discuss any behavior concerns you have about your cat as well. A marked changed in behavior can indicate a serious health issue and not necessarily a cat just being naughty. We are happy to provide behavioral guidance to help you have an even better relationship with your cat.

How to Get Your Cat to the Vet Peacefully
Most cats dislike rides in the car and associate the sight of the cat carrier with this experience. Bringing the carrier out minutes before the appointment could cause your cat to run and hide. We recommend placing it in a location your cat can see and smell it a day or two before it’s time to come and see us. Your cat can rub up against it to his heart’s content and walk in and out of it as well.

If you have a particularly anxious feline, you may want to consider spraying pheromone in the carrier shortly before it’s time to go. Toys, blankets, and her favorite treat may also entice her to enter the carrier willingly. Try going for a short car ride the day before your appointment and praise your cat for any cooperation that she gives you.

We understand your cat might hide or act aggressively despite your best efforts. However, our staff will treat her with respect and speak calmly as soon as you arrive at Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo. That, along with knowing you’re right there with her, should help make the appointment go well. If we haven’t seen your cat in a while, please call 651-770-3250 to schedule a preventive care exam or click here to complete an appointment request. We look forward to seeing you and your cat, even if it’s not on August 22!

Canine Influenza Recently Confirmed in Minnesota

With five recently confirmed cases of canine influenza in Minnesota, we would like to inform our clients of how it spreads and other vital information they need to know about it. Canine influenza is most common among dogs in close physical proximity to each other. This can happen at boarding kennels, dog parks, animal shelters, dog daycare centers, and other locations where large groups of dogs congregate. The first outbreak among companion dogs occurred in the summer of 2015.

Canine InfluenzaThe Spread and Symptoms of Canine Influenza
The most common way that an infected dog spreads influenza is through his or her sneeze droplets. A dog can also pick it up by encountering a contaminated surface such as a food bowl. Unfortunately, it’s not always obvious that a dog has acquired the influenza virus. Depending on the strain of the virus, an infected dog who doesn’t show any outward signs of being ill can spread the influenza virus for seven to 21 days.

A dog infected with the influenza virus may develop either mild or severe symptoms. A cough that persists for up to three weeks is the most common indication with the milder type. A low-grade fever and nasal discharge are common symptoms as well. Dogs who acquire the severe strain of influenza can run a fever up to 106 degrees, develop pneumonia, and struggle with an increased respiratory rate. One to five percent of dogs with the severe pneumatic strain will die from the virus.

Bivalent Vaccine for Dogs in High-Risk Populations
Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo encourages people whose dogs frequent dog parks, daycare centers, or boarding kennels to consider the Bivalent vaccine against canine influenza. You may also want to consider the vaccine if you have recently adopted a dog from an animal shelter. If you’re uncertain if your dog is high-risk or you’re concerned he or she may have picked up the influenza virus, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo.

How Will You Celebrate National Mutt Day?

Animal activist Colleen Paige pushed for the recognition of National Mutt Day on July 31 and December 2 each year because she felt it was important enough to celebrate twice. The purpose of National Mutt Day is to highlight the reality of puppies and dogs with mixed parentage. Unfortunately, mixed breed dogs left at shelters and/or euthanized far more than their purebred counterparts.

Celebrate National Mutt-Day

National Mutt Day, also known as National Mixed Breed Day, encourages people to consider the many benefits of dogs like labradoodles and cockapoos and to adopt one from a shelter. 
  
Is a Mixed Breed Dog Right for Your Family?
A mutt is no different than any other type of dog who offers love and loyalty to her family. It’s simply a matter of consideri

ng your lifestyle and deciding on the right pet. While it can cost thousands of dollars to adopt a purebred dog from a professional breeder, adopting a mixed breed from a shelter is much more affordable. Your adoption fee covers your new dog’s medical exam, vaccinations, and sterilization surgery while in the care of a shelter. 

Of course, it can be challenging when you’re uncertain of your dog’s heritage or background because you’re not certain what to expect with behavior and health. If your newly adopted pet is still a puppy, you might not know how big he will grow as an adult. The good news is that you can overcome these challenges with our help. When you bring your dog to Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo for the first time, we will determine his breeds if you haven’t already and provide you with plenty of information to take good care of him.

Help Spread the Word About Lovable Mutts
You may not be able to adopt a mixed breed dog from a shelter right now and that’s okay. No one should make an impulse decision about something so important or take on a dog that won’t fit into their lifestyle. You also don’t want to surprise someone with a pet. Fortunately, people who loves dogs and want to see every dog find a home can help dispel myths about those of mixed parentage. They are valuable and make just as good of pets as purebreds.

If you decide to adopt a mixed breed dog this month, please schedule a check-up with us as soon as possible. Our staff will make sure that your new friend gets off on the right paw with your family.

After-Hours Emergencies

After Hours Veterinary Care
1014 Dale Street North
St. Paul, MN 55117
(Inside Como Park Animal Hospital just north of downtown St. Paul)
24-hour care for multiple species
651-487-1941

Animal Emergency & Referral Center of MN
1163 Helmo Avenue N
Oakdale, MN 55128
651-501-3766

 

Animal Emergency & Referral Center of MN
1542 7th St. W.
St. Paul, MN 55012
(located 2 blocks east of 35E)
651-293-1800