3610 Comfort Dr NW, Bemidji, MN 56601

Flea & Tick Options

March 1st, 2019 by bemidji

When it comes to flea & tick preventives for dogs you have many options. How do you know which is the right option for your dog? At Bemidji Veterinary Hospital, we believe in medicine that is tailored to your pet’s specific needs. Our trained staff can answer your questions and help you choose the right product. Here is an overview of the products we carry. Read the rest of this entry »

Heartworm Explained

February 22nd, 2019 by bemidji

This video explains how heartworm is transmitted by mosquitoes and how heartworm preventives work. Read the rest of this entry »

Over The Counter Dietary Supplements

December 4th, 2018 by bemidji

Vitamins, supplements, herbs, oils. We hear a lot about the benefits of dietary supplements in human medicine. What about our pets? Do they need them? Are they even safe? Read the rest of this entry »

The “Grain-Free” Dilemma

November 14th, 2018 by bemidji

There have been recent news stories about grain-free dog foods causing heart disease. The claims are causing panic among pet owners that have been feeding these diets. We are gathering the details to put your mind at ease, though the studies are still in process and the information is not complete. We will try to bring you updates as they emerge; here is what we know so far. Read the rest of this entry »

Porcupine Quills

October 11th, 2018 by bemidji

We have had a string of quill dogs lately. With the opening of some hunting seasons recently, many dogs are out and about in the woods and run into them incidentally. To a curious dog, a Porcupine can be a strange and interesting creature. They are very slow moving, which makes them an easy target to catch up with and investigate. Just a close sniff can be trouble and leave the dog with a nose full of quills. If the dog attacks the porcupine, they can end up with a whole face and/or mouth full.

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Oral Flea & Tick Preventive Adverse Reactions

October 2nd, 2018 by bemidji

Some of you may have seen the recent video circulating on Facebook about the isoxazoline class of parasiticide used in oral flea & tick preventives such as Bravecto, Nexgard, Simparica, and Credelio. Social media can be a powerful communication tool. We all know that not all the information shared is completely true. The facts can be wrongly interpreted or distorted to sway the opinion of the reader. We understand the concerns, but before rushing to judgement we ask that you do your research and discuss it with trusted professionals. For your convenience, we have gathered information to share with you from Merck Animal Health (the maker of Bravecto) and the Food & Drug Administration. Read the rest of this entry »

Orthopedic Foundation for Animals

July 10th, 2018 by bemidji

OFA stands for the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. It was founded and originally incorporated as a private not for profit foundation in 1966. Their mission is to “promote the health and welfare of companion animals through a reduction in the incidence of genetic disease”. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »