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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »