Porcupine Quills

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…

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Flea & Tick Options

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…

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Oral Flea & Tick Prevention Adverse Reaction

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…

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Orthopedic Foundation for Animals

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”. Disclaimer: The topic of breeding companion animals can be controversial. It is not…

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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…

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Inducing Vomiting

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. There are some instances when you absolutely should not induce vomiting. These include, but…

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Contrary to its name, a ringworm is not actually a worm; it is a fungus. It is the most common dermatophyte or fungus that requires keratin for growth. The fungus lives and grows in the hair follicles, the outermost layer of the skin, and sometimes nail beds. The three most common species of ringworm are Microsporum…

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Why Does My Pet Need an Exam?

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…

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Teido is a 16-year-old, male cat. Like many indoor/outdoor cats, he likes to go out at night for adventures and come into 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. After letting him rest a while and going…

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What's Next

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    Call us or schedule an appointment online.

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    Meet with a doctor for an initial exam.

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    Put a plan together for your pet.