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Leptospirosis

March 21st, 2018 by bemidji

What is it?

Leptospirosis is an infection caused by multiple subspecies of the spirochete bacteria Leptospira. These bacteria can be found worldwide. Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease, which means it can be passed between animals and humans. Leptospirosis in cats is rare and appears to be mild although very little is known about the disease in this species. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Probiotics?

March 8th, 2018 by bemidji

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 not survive. For example, the majority of the immune system is found in the gastrointestinal tract, which contains 70% of all immune cells. Therefore, a healthy GI system is essential to a patient’s overall health.

Disclaimer: Always consult a veterinary professional before starting probiotics, supplements, essential oils, or any over the counter medications.

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Feline Tooth Resorption

February 13th, 2018 by bemidji

Feline tooth resorption is a painful and common condition. It is the most common cause of tooth loss in cats. Greater than half of all domestic cats over three years of age will have at least one tooth affected. It can appear simply as lesions on the teeth, but the more severe issue remains unseen deeper in the anatomy of the tooth. Read the rest of this entry »

Euthanasia

January 26th, 2018 by bemidji

The word euthanasia is derived from the Greek words “eu”, meaning well, and “thanatos”, meaning death. As veterinary professionals it is part of our duty to guide not only the patient, but the owners through this difficult process. The staff at Bemidji Veterinary Hospital provides end-of-life options without judgment. We are here to answer any questions regarding euthanasia. Read the rest of this entry »

Inducing Vomiting

December 28th, 2017 by bemidji

It’s inevitable that pets will get into things they shouldn’t. At some point during ownership, you may need to know how and when to induce vomiting. Here are a few guidelines to follow, though we always recommend consulting with a veterinary professional. Read the rest of this entry »

Diabetes Mellitus in Dogs

November 22nd, 2017 by bemidji

What is it?

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Ringworm

September 6th, 2017 by bemidji

Contrary to its name, ringworm is not actually a worm; it is a fungus. Read the rest of this entry »

Boating with Pets

June 14th, 2017 by bemidji

In Northern Minnesota, boating is a popular pastime. Many pet owners choose to take their best friends along for the ride (more likely dogs than cats). Dogs likely enjoy the wind in their face, the beautiful scenery, and the quality time spent with their humans. There are a few things to keep in mind to ensure your pet’s safety.

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Why does my pet need an exam?

May 30th, 2017 by bemidji

When clients bring in their pets for vaccines they often ask why it is necessary to do an exam. Each pet should have a physical exam at least once per year. Senior pets or patients with chronic health conditions may need more frequent exams. A lot can change in a year, especially since pets age much faster than humans. Read the rest of this entry »

Wildlife: “If you care, leave it there”

May 2nd, 2017 by bemidji

In the spring we receive a lot of calls from people who have found what they believe to be orphaned or injured young wildlife asking us what they can do for them. More often than not the answer is simply “nothing”. Although, by the time they call, they may have done more harm than good. Many species commonly leave their young unattended for long periods of time. The parents leave to gather food or nesting materials. Often the best option is to not disturb the animal and monitor it from afar. Also, your safety is far more important. Read the rest of this entry »