Cedar Pet Clinic Blog

Just Say No to Fleas and Ticks This Spring

According to the Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, American pet owners cite the prevention of fleas and ticks as two of their top pet care concerns. When it comes to these parasites, prevention is always the best course of action. However, it's important that you're able to recognize the symptoms of flea or tick infestation so you can get your dog or cat the help she needs right away.

What You Need to Know About Fleas

Although fleas are wingless insects, they can jump up to two feet in the air. Their lifespan can be as short as two weeks or as long as a year. Unfortunately, they can produce millions of offspring in that short amount of time. Fleas feast on your animal's blood and can make him feel miserable. Some of the most common indications that your dog or cat has fleas include:preview-full-No-to-Fleas-and-Ticks

  • Flea droppings on the fur that look like grains of sand
  • Flea eggs that are tiny and white
  • Scratching, biting, or licking much more than usual
  • Loss of fur
  • Allergic dermatitis
  • Pale color to the gums
  • Development of tapeworms
  • Hot spots and scabs on the body

Since they are brought in easily from outdoors, fleas can live in your carpet, furniture, bedding, and other warm places where they can burrow. Once they find an animal host, fleas spend the remainder of their life in her fur laying eggs. A pet infested with a large amount of fleas can become anemic since these parasites can consume blood that is up to 15 times their own weight. Dogs and cats who are sensitive to flea saliva can develop allergic dermatitis, a condition that causes extreme skin irritation.

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"Bark for Life" Event in Stillwater

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Coming up soon - The Bark for Life of Stillwater Event!  Please join us for this noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer.

Our canine friends are such tremendous companions, and that fact is even more evident when one receives a cancer diagnosis.  This event not only helps to raise support for a world with less cancer, but honors the caregiving qualities of our canine "best friends". 

Even if you and your dog are unable to walk the 1.0 miles, there are many other fun activities in which to participate!  Watch agility/obstacle course demonstrations, hear Katie K-9 discuss dog behaviors, join in on games, listen to live music, visit vendors, and enjoy fabulous food from Woody's!  Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo staff will be at this event, with our pets, and giving out prizes!  We had a great time last year, and anticipate an equally enjoyable time to support a worthy cause.

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It's Almost Lyme Disease Season


Spring and summer are so short in Minnesota that you learn to deal with things like the greater likelihood of a tick bite. You also enjoy spending more time outdoors, especially with your pets. However, it's important to take precautions to protect both the people and pets in your family from the tick-borne virus that causes Lyme disease. Incidents of Lyme disease peak from late spring to mid-summer and are more prevalent in Minnesota and Wisconsin than any other states in the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Washington County, Minnesota and St. Croix County, Wisconsin are both high-risk areas.

Signs of Lyme Disease in Companion Animals
It's important to keep in mind that your pet may not exhibit signs of Lyme disease for several months after being infected with it. This is why it's important to check your dog or cat for ticks daily, even if she doesn't spend a lot of time outdoors. Ticks are tiny and can make it inside your home on the back of another pet or on the clothing of a family member. Although Lyme disease in cats is not nearly as common, avoid becoming complacent about checking all of your pets.

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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)