The Cedar Pet Clinic and its team.
Cedar Pet Clinic Blog
Thanks so much to everyone who contributed to our annual Pet Food for the Food Shelf drive this year. If you were in during the month of March, you will have seen the gigantic pile of pet food, for all species, donated by the community as part of March FoodShare month. Clinic kitty Moe got into the habit of posing atop the pile and demonstrated considerable interest in sniffing all the different kinds. We eventually loaded it into staff vehicles and delivered it to the Valley Outreach Food Shelf in Stillwater, which weighed us in at 846 pounds of pet food. The Food Shelf is grateful; they know, as we do, that feeding a beloved companion animal is an important part of many people's lives. Thank you very much; next year we may have to add on a room to hold the donations!
We're proud to be regular visitors at the Lake Elmo Elementary School Science Fair, and one night a few weeks ago, Drs. Baillie and Plantz, and five staff members travelled across the street to join in the fun. We had a classroom, a few tables, and a laptop or two, but the real stars of the evening were Joso (Dr. Baillie's golden retriever), Red the Tortoise (owned by vet tech Kris), and Crackers the Amazon Parrot (from practice manager Mila). "There were so many people in there, that we mostly responded to questions from the children", said Dr. Baillie. "Kris talked about the proper set-up and care for Red the Tortoise, and we fielded many questions about heartworm and tick-borne diseases. Crackers was very vocal and entertaining and the kids were fascinated by a talking bird. And Joso, who adores children, may have actually gotten his fill of petting; he was pretty tired when I got him home!" The children... and the adults...enjoyed a laptop display of radiographs showing, among other things, a chicken with an egg inside, and we also showed a program on Dog Bite Prevention for children. (We have staff trained in this kind of work, and sometimes take Dog Bite prevention programs to summer festivals in the area.)
All in all, we think the children had a good time, and we know that we did. The Science Fair is one of our favorite nights of the year.