Cedar Pet Clinic Blog

Dr. John Baillie Named 2016 Veterinarian of the Year by the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association

The Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) recently named Dr. John Baillie of Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo the 2016 Veterinarian of the Year. Dr. Baillie is the owner of the clinic and has also served as its medical director since the clinic opened in 1972. MVMA honored Dr. Baillie at its 119th annual meeting, which took place from February 4 to 6 at the Hilton Hotel in Minneapolis. According to Dan Tjornehoj, the executive director and CEO of MVMA, the award Dr. Baillie received is the most prestigious one the organization gives. Tjornehoj cited Dr. Baillie’s career accomplishments, dedication to the field of veterinary medicine, and willingness to always be of service to others when bestowing the award.

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February is National Pet Dental Health Month

Many pet owners who otherwise take excellent care of their dog or cat overlook the importance of good oral health. In fact, regular dental care and check-ups are so important that the American Veterinary Medical Association has designated February as National Pet Dental Health Month. That is because approximately 70 percent of cats and 80 percent of dogs develop periodontal disease by age three. Left untreated, periodontal disease can cause loss of teeth as well as spread infection to other parts of the body.

How to Prevent Periodontal Disease in Pets 
Keeping your pet’s teeth, gums, and mouth healthy starts with feeding her nutritious food. The food should be appropriate to her species and contain adequate meat and protein with little or no fillers. If you’re unsure of how to read a pet food label or choose the most nutritious food for your pet, be sure to ask our staff for a recommendation. We are happy to help.

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Valentine's Day Presents Unique Dangers for Your Pet


When winter gets to be long and dreary, Valentine's Day brings a welcome relief. The day devoted to love gives people the chance to expressappreciation for the important people in their life. Gifts of chocolate and flowers are fun to give and receive, but unfortunately these can harm your pet. Being that dogs and cats are naturally curious, it's important to take extra precautions this Valentine's Day to ensure their safety.

Common Valentine's Day Dangers for Pets
A heart-shaped box of chocolate may make you smile, but eating its contents could make your pet sick in a hurry. Even a small amount could have a toxic effect. Some of the symptoms that indicate chocolate poisoning include hyperactivity, vomiting, seizures, restlessness, and an elevated body temperature. In severe cases, eating chocolate could even cause a pet's death. The refrigerator or a cupboard that your pet can't reach is a better place to store your uneaten chocolate than the kitchen table.

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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)