Ear Mites in Cats

Imagine the annoyance and irritation of a colony of microscopic bugs moving around in your ears 24/7. Otodectes cynotis, also known as ear mites, are most commonly found in cats, but can occasionally be seen in dogs, rabbits, and ferrets. Ear mites are not life...

Lyme Disease in Dogs

Northern Minnesota has a very healthy population of ticks, making tick borne diseases also prevalent. Lyme disease is the most common tick transmitted disease and is caused by the spirochete bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. In our area, it is spread by the Deer tick,...

Inappropriate Urination in Cats

A common presenting complaint for cats is the issue of urinating outside the litter box. This can be a very frustrating problem for owners to deal with. It can disrupt a household and put a strain on the human-feline relationship. Determining the underlying reason can...

Canine Influenza

Canine Influenza, also known as “Dog Flu”, is a highly contagious upper respiratory disease caused by Influenza A virus, either the H3N2 or H3N8 strains. Both strains share many similarities. This is not the same as the Human Influenza A virus. At this time, there are...

Tick Bites

We frequently receive phone calls from concerned clients who have pulled a tick off their pet and there is a red bump remaining. Clients are often concerned and not sure what to do. Here is a guideline to help answer common questions. Red Rash In humans we have been...

Probiotics

Probiotics are defined as “live microorganisms, which when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.” Animals and bacteria have a symbiotic relationship, meaning they are mutually beneficial to each other. Without bacteria, animals could...

Arthritis

Arthritis is a common problem for both cats and dogs. We have gathered some information to help you identify the symptoms and take action to keep your pet enjoying their normal daily activities. What Is Arthritis? Photo Credit: Hill's Atlas of Veterinary Clinical...

Senior Cat Care

Our feline friends live an average of 12-18 years, while some live into their 20s. Senior and geriatric cats need some special considerations regarding their daily care. Here are some tips to help keep your elderly companion happy, healthy, and comfortable well into...

The Office Dog Blog: The Intern

Nepotism: the practice among those with power of favoring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs. A few weeks ago, one of the bosses got a new puppy. Of course, they had to give him a job, no nepotism here (heavy on the sarcasm). So, he’s been assigned...

Hyperthermia

During the dog days of summer, the temperatures can be uncomfortable for two legged and four legged friends alike. While humans have multiple ways to cool off it can be harder for dogs. Canines do not have the ability to sweat throughout their body to cool down....
Tick Bites

Tick Bites

We frequently receive phone calls from concerned clients who have pulled a tick off their pet and there is a red bump remaining. Clients are often...