Cedar Pet Clinic Blog

Enjoying a Safe Summer With Your Pet

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Summer is short in Minnesota, so it's important to take the time to savor the moments with the ones you love, including your pets. The warmermonths provide the perfect opportunity to spend quality time playing outdoors together. Unfortunately, more time outside also means a great risk of parasite infection. Here's what you need to know about the most problematic pet parasites in order to keep your pet healthy and happy this summer:

·      Fleas and Ticks: The prevalence of these annoying critters peak between May and September. The ideal temperature for fleas and ticks to live and reproduce is 70 to 85 degrees. Since they can survive at much lower temperatures, it's essential for Minnesota pet owners to provide their dog or cat with year-round flea and tick protection. These parasites can make your pet miserable by causing itching, scratching, and allergic dermatitis.

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How to Move Forward After Pet Loss


movingWhen a beloved pet dies, it can change your entire routine. Perhaps you got up early to take the dog for a walk before work or to refill the cat's food dish. It may be the absence of these routines that intensifies your grief now that these tasks are no longer necessary. It will take time, but eventually you will get to a new normal. Until that happens, it's important to allow yourself all the time you need to grieve the loss of a relationship that is like no other.

Say Farewell in an Official Way

Whether you choose cremation or traditional burial for your pet, consider hosting a formal ceremony for yourself and others who loved the animal. This ritual helps to make the death more real and brings about a sense of closure. It also gives everyone who loved the cat, dog, or other type of pet the opportunity to come together to support one another.

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Wetlab Experience at the U of M


This year was the 4th year Dr. Plantz has helped with the wetlab through the exotics animal club at the U of M College of Veterinary Medicine.  On a Saturday afternoon, students who own exotic pets bring them to the clinic. Dr. Plantz demonstrates physical exams, how to do specific diagnostics on each species, and discusses some common medical problems veterinarians often see in them.  Then, the students get lots of time to practice handling and doing different aspects of the physical exam on each others' pets.  It's a very fun, laid back atmosphere and both the students and Dr. Plantz enjoy it greatly! This year's pets included bearded dragons, an iguana, rabbit, guinea pig, cockatiels, and a parakeet.


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)