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Summer Safety Tips For Dogs

Summer comes with its own set of concerns for people and animals alike, but it can be difficult to determine the warning signs of heat problems in dogs. Before you decide to go on that next long walk, take your dog to the park, or on a run, keep the following summer safety tips in mind before you head out.

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Pet Oral Care Matters

Often when people think of caring for their pets, things like vaccines, heartworm medication, grooming, and exercise come to mind. However there is one key aspect of pet health that many pet owners overlook: pet oral care.

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Why Your Dog Needs Heartworm Treatment

If you are a dog owner, you've no doubt heard about heartworm. If you're wondering whether you should worry about it, the answer is yes. Heartworm is one of the most common and deadly diseases that afflicts dogs. It is very important that you both take your dog in for regular exams and that you give preventative treatment to the animal. To learn more, read on.

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Spaying and Neutering Does More Than Prevent Unwanted Litters

Most pet owners agree that having the simple operations that keep them from reproducing, is the responsible thing to do in terms of controlling animal populations. But what’s less well understood is that spaying (for females) and neutering (for males) also dramatically decreases their chances of developing serious, life-threatening diseases.

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The Season for Ticks

With spring and summer fast approaching most people are taking advantage of the warmer weather to walk their dog outside. Unfortunately, with the nice weather also comes ticks. These are small insects that will attach to animals and people alike. Not only are ticks a nuisance insect, but they are carriers of the dangerous Lyme disease which can be harmful and even fatal to people and animals.

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3 Tips for Integrating Technology into Your Pet Care

Technology has hit almost every sector of the economy, and the convenience and immediacy that can be found on all of our devices has changed how we feel about goods and services — even pet care. Now practically everything you need can be found across a variety of websites, and mobile applications. See how you can incorporate your smartphone or tablet to make your cat or dog's life just a little bit better.

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Diagnostic Laboratory Testing

Diagnostic lab tests are an important tool in characterizing many different types of conditions and diseases for your sick or injured pet. We have an in-house laboratory that allows us to measure many lab values and get diagnostic results in minutes for pre-surgery or an emergency situation. We also use a centralized reference lab for more extensive diagnostic testing that we may not perform in our in-house lab.

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Tick-Borne Diseases

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has been tracking tick movement across the state, and their data shows that ticks are definitely on the move, looking for new areas to live in. For several years, they’ve tracked vector-borne diseases (e.g. diseases transmitted by ticks and mosquitoes to humans), and ticks have been making slow, steady progress across the state. In the 1990s, there were only about 300 reported cases of tick-borne diseases, but that number has exploded to 2000+ cases in the last five years.

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Getting Rid of Mange - Your Cooperation is Needed

For pet owners, there is a dreaded word and that is mange!

 

Mange is an inclusive term to describe the infestation of very tiny insects that in humans are called “scabies.” Mange can occur in newborn pups because it is inherited from their mothers. Mange can also occur in adult dogs from exposure to the contagious varieties of the cause of mange and due to compromised immune systems. Mange is common in dogs, but very rare in cats.

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When is the Right Time to Spay or Neuter Your Pet?

Today’s pet homelessness crisis has spawned from a lack of spaying and neutering. Every year, millions of healthy dogs are euthanized in the United States simply because of lacking homes. Spaying and neutering your dog, additionally, carries a few medical benefits. When engaging your vet for general care, ask about spaying and neutering options. Normandale Veterinary Hospital is here to help, and we’re available to assist with neutering or spaying surgery. Before getting these services, however, you should understand the best time to engage them.

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