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Archive for the ‘Diseases/ Conditions’ Category

Heartworm Explained

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

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

Euthanasia

Friday, January 26th, 2018

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. (more…)

Ringworm

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Contrary to its name, ringworm is not actually a worm; it is a fungus. (more…)

Why does my pet need an exam?

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

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. (more…)

Constipation in Cats

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Constipation is defined as the difficulty or infrequency of passing bowel movements. To simplify and put in laymen’s term- trouble pooping. It is a common problem in cats. Normally, a healthy cat has one bowel movement a day. (more…)

Xylitol

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Xylitol is a sugar-free sweetener that is found naturally in some berries, plums, corn, oats, mushrooms, lettuce, trees, and some other fruits. It is extracted and concentrated to be used as a sugar substitute. Its commercial use has increased in recent years due to its low glycemic index and dental plaque fighting properties. Xylitol has been found to be toxic in dogs. Therefore, the increase in use has led to the increase in toxicity cases seen in veterinary medicine. The amount of xylitol in products can vary widely which means it can vary in severity of toxicity. (more…)

Senior Pet Health Part 2: Cats

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

The veterinary community has named November as Senior Pet Health Month. Advances in medicine, nutrition, and overall lifestyle have allowed our feline friends to live longer than they have historically. Each cat is different and deserves a plan tailored for them and their specific needs. (more…)

Senior Pet Health Part 1: Dogs

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

The veterinary community has named November as Senior Pet Health Month. Since our canine friends have shorter life spans, it is important to make the most of their time with us. Nutrition, exercise, regular veterinary care, and other lifestyle choices can lengthen and enhance their lives. Each dog is different and deserves a plan tailored for them and their varied needs. (more…)