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