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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…)

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…)

Feline Tooth Resorption

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

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. (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…)

Diabetes Mellitus in Dogs

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

What is it?

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Ringworm

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

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