March 8th, 2018 by bemidji
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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February 13th, 2018 by bemidji
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 »
January 26th, 2018 by bemidji
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 »
December 28th, 2017 by bemidji
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 »
November 22nd, 2017 by bemidji
September 6th, 2017 by bemidji
Contrary to its name, ringworm is not actually a worm; it is a fungus. Read the rest of this entry »
June 14th, 2017 by bemidji
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.
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May 30th, 2017 by bemidji
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 »
May 2nd, 2017 by bemidji
In the spring we receive a lot of calls from people who have found what they believe to be orphaned or injured young wildlife asking us what they can do for them. More often than not the answer is simply “nothing”. Although, by the time they call, they may have done more harm than good. Many species commonly leave their young unattended for long periods of time. The parents leave to gather food or nesting materials. Often the best option is to not disturb the animal and monitor it from afar. Also, your safety is far more important. Read the rest of this entry »
April 11th, 2017 by bemidji
Teido is a 16 year old, male cat. Like many indoor/outdoor cats, he likes to go out at night for adventures and come in the house to sleep during the day. Sunday night he went out like normal, but Monday morning when he came home, something just wasn’t right. Read the rest of this entry »