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Fun bits from the papers: Naming Pets and Pet Chickens!

We saw these fun articles in the papers recently -- yes, we still read newspapers! -- and thought you would enjoy them, too.

The first was in the Star Tribune in April in the My Minnesota column, and profiles a family that has enthusiastically brought pet chickens into their family.   The title is "Family Invites Chickens to Roost as Pets".   Find it here.


And the second, from the New York Times, on the fine art of naming a dog,  is titled "You Named Me Brutus?  Really?"  Find it here. 




On Sunday, April 21,  Dr. Baillie participated in one of his favorite days of the year, representing the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association in the presentation of "white coats"  to next year's graduates of the University College of Veterinary Medicine.  The wearing of the white coat marks the students' entry into their clinical rotation. 
White coat presentation"To welcome these young veterinarians into our profession is a tremendous honor, and a great pleasure," said Dr. Baillie.  An excerpt from his remarks, in which he urged the students to participate in the development of the profession:

You are entering the last part of your education and the first part of the rest of your career in a profession which offers you endless opportunities to expand your knowledge. You can pay back or pay it forward as you go through life.
Enjoy your profession, be active and contribute to people, communities and veterinary medicine regardless of what area of medicine you practice. Make the most of your life and career.
Confucius said  “Choose the job you love. You will never work a day in your life. I guess I have never worked a day in my life.

It was close on Friday though;  I did have to work at deciding what I was going to say to you! 

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Veterinary technician Addie is interested in wildlife rehabilitation.  Addie says:

Every spring Cedar Pet Clinic gets numerous calls on wildlife animals, especially babies.  Here are some common problems humans run into with wildlife babies.  Please remember that animals do much better out in the wild.  If they are healthy and still being cared for by their parents, they must not be baby-raccoondisturbed.  Wildlife animals become very stressed when they come in contact with humans.  We do not recommend feeding a wild animal, for they have very specific nutritional requirements.  In the state of Minnesota, it is illegal to rehabilitate wildlife without a correct license or to keep them as pets.  Please use common sense when it comes to wild animals.  They will bite, they carry diseases and they do not make good pets.  We are all animal lovers but please do not attempt to take care of an abandoned or injured wild animal.  You maybe end up doing more harm than good.  If you are concerned and unsure of what to do,  please call Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota in Roseville, Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo or a veterinary hospital close to you. 

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After Hours Veterinary Care
1014 Dale Street North
St. Paul, MN 55117
(Inside Como Park Animal Hospital just north of downtown St. Paul)
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1163 Helmo Avenue N
Oakdale, MN 55128


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1542 7th St. W.
St. Paul, MN 55012
(located 2 blocks east of 35E)