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.(more…)
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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…)
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…)
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…)
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. (more…)
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.
Whether it is their own, another dog’s, or a cat’s stool, it is very unpleasant. The consumption of feces is called copraphagia. Why would they do that? The causes could be a medical or behavioral problem. (more…)
Periodontal disease is the inflammation of the supporting structures of the tooth. It begins with food particles and bacteria collecting along the gum line to form plaque. Minerals in the saliva combine with the plaque and form tartar (or calculus) which adheres strongly to the teeth. The mineralization occurs after 3-5 days. This causes inflammation to the gums called gingivitis characterized by red gums around the teeth and bad breath. The calculus then builds up under the gums, separating them from the teeth to form “pockets”, which are an ideal place for bacterial growth. Once pockets form the damage is irreversible, at this point it is categorized as periodontal disease. It can lead to pain, loose teeth, abscesses, and bone loss or infection. (more…)
August is National Pet Health Insurance Month. Pet Insurance is one of the fastest growing insurance products in the United States. It is more widely used in Europe with over a quarter of cats and dogs covered. The US is starting to catch on more, but only has approximately 1% of pets insured. (more…)