Cedar Pet Clinic Blog

Keep Your Pet Safe This Halloween

Kids and adults alike look forward to the fun of Halloween, but October 31 and the days leading up to it can cause extreme stress for your pet. This starts with Halloween decorations. Whether it’s orange and black streamers or a carved pumpkin with a lit candle inside, you need to be extra vigilant supervising your pet around seasonal decorations. It only takes a forceful wag of a tail to knock over a candle and start a fire. Curious pets can also make themselves sick trying to eat streamers, cardboard cutouts, and candy corn used in Halloween decorations.


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October 21 is Reptile Awareness Day

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 36.5 percent of American households owned a dog and 30.4 percent owned a cat in 2012. While these two species have topped the list for years, people are increasingly choosing exotic and specialty animals as pets. In honor of National Reptile Awareness Day on October 21, we would like to take this opportunity to honor these unique creatures. Below is a list of reptiles and exotic pets that people own in order of popularity.

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Leptospirosis: A Cautionary Tale

The veterinarians at Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo recently dealt with a heartbreaking case of leptospirosis in a small dog. We would like to take this opportunity to educate you about this disease to prevent serious illness or the untimely death of your best friend.

Cause and Risk Factors of Leptospirosis

This disease affects many animals, although it is rare in cats and much more common in dogs. As a zoonotic disease, leptospirosis can be passed from animals to humans. The name for this disease comes from the genus leptospira, which is a complex grouping of related bacteria. Several different strains of leptospirosis currently exist. The leptospira bacteria have a high survival rate in areas that are warm or humid and can often be found in ponds and other bodies of standing water.

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After-Hours Emergencies

After Hours Veterinary Care
1014 Dale Street North
St. Paul, MN 55117
(Inside Como Park Animal Hospital just north of downtown St. Paul)
24-hour care for multiple species

Animal Emergency & Referral Center of MN
1163 Helmo Avenue N
Oakdale, MN 55128


Animal Emergency & Referral Center of MN
1542 7th St. W.
St. Paul, MN 55012
(located 2 blocks east of 35E)