Cedar Pet Clinic Blog

Welcome to Dr. Charles Cosimini!

Dr. Cosimini joins our staff this month.  A 2015 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine,  Dr. Cosimini is a native Minnesotan who enjoys the wide variety of challenges in a general veterinary practice.   He has a particular interest in dermatology and dentistry.   Outside the practice,  Dr. Cosimini is interested in art and photography;  his cat Cimorene is a frequent subject.   Welcome to the practice, Dr. Cosimini!



Rabies: What You Don't Know Can Hurt Your Pet

Perhaps you grew up watching movies, such as Old Yeller, of dogs foaming at the mouth and becoming extremely aggressive due to having rabies. Even if you haven’t seen this movie, you have probably heard frightening tales of both people and animals with the disease. As a pet owner, it’s important to have accurate information so you don’t unknowingly place your companion animal in a risky situation. Although this disease is frightening and ultimately fatal, it is also avoidable.



Myths People Continue to Believe About Rabies

The virus that causes rabies is spread when an infected animal, which is usually a wild animal such as a bat or raccoon, bites or scratches your pet. A lot of people believe that their pet doesn’t actually have rabies until the virus reaches the brain. Sadly, this is not true. Your pet has the disease from the moment of contact with another infected animal. In as little as 10 days and as much as two months, the infection travels to his brain and central nervous system. The incubation period of rabies depends on the area of the body where the infected animal made contact with your pet and the depth of the scratch or bite.

Another misconception about rabies is that companion animals can only acquire it when they are bitten by a wild animal. As mentioned above, the disease can be spread with a simple scratch when the claws of the infected animal contain saliva. Additionally, unvaccinated companion animals can spread the disease amongst each other.

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Protect Your Pet During Fireworks Season

The 4th of July is a fun, busy holiday for many families. With it taking place on a Monday this year, it gives you the chance for a long three-day weekend. If you're like many pet owners in the Lake Elmo area, your dog will be within earshot of a fireworks display, or maybe even at an event where fireworks take place. Sadly, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals states that more pets get lost over the Independence Day holiday than any other time of year. That's the bad news. The good news is that you can greatly reduce the chances of this happening to your pet by getting a microchip and following a few simple tips.

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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)