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Archive for the ‘General Information’ Category

Medication and Pharmacies: Questions & Answers

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

When it comes to over-the-counter and prescription medications, you have many choices of where to buy them. Big box stores, human pharmacies, online pharmacies, or your local veterinarian. With many options come many questions, which we can help with.

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Coyotes, Wolves, & Bears

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

As we continue to develop wild habitat into human habitat, it is no wonder that instances of confrontation with predators are on the rise. Predators have become more accustomed to living in close proximity to humans which can be dangerous for both parties. Spring is the time of year we see an increase in attacks by coyotes and wolves on domestic pets. January through April is breeding and whelping season for these predators. They tend to be more aggressive, defensive, territorial and hungry. They aren’t picky when it comes to their prey. Fluffy bunny vs fluffy Pomeranian, squirrel or Shih Tzu; food is food.

Bears can also be dangerous this time of year. They are waking up from winter hibernation and emerging from their dens. They can be groggy, grumpy, and hungry. A dog is no match for the large, powerful claws of a bear. Given the bear’s disoriented, post-hibernation state, they may not run away but rather stand their ground. Mama bears may also have cubs to protect; never come between a mama and her cub. (more…)

Flea & Tick Options

Friday, March 1st, 2019

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. (more…)

Heartworm Explained

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

This video explains how heartworm is transmitted by mosquitoes and how heartworm preventives work. (more…)

Over The Counter Dietary Supplements

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

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? (more…)

The “Grain-Free” Dilemma

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

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. (more…)

Porcupine Quills

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

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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Orthopedic Foundation for Animals

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

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”. (more…)

Leptospirosis

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

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. (more…)

Why Probiotics?

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

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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