Cedar Pet Clinic Blog

Heartworm Awareness



Every year, approximately 250,000 dogs and 5,000 cats test positive for heartworm disease. They are also found in ferrets and wild animals such as wolves, foxes, and sea lions. Heartworms are tiny parasites that live inside of the hearts of pets for their entire adult life. They are transmitted by mosquitoes that feast on the blood of an infected animal. The larvae from the heartworm mature and enter the mosquito's mouth two to three weeks later. When the mosquito bites another animal, the heartworm is transmitted to the new host.


The Heartworm Lifecycle


It takes around three months for a heartworm to grow and reach the host animal's heart. Once there, the adult heartworm can grow as long as 14 inches. Heartworm also mate and reproduce inside of dogs and cats. The time from the initial mosquito bite to when the heartworm lays new eggs is approximately six months in dogs and eight months in cats. Unfortunately, heartworms can survive between five and seven years in the heart and vessels of an untreated animal.

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Important Considerations During Pet Nutrition Month


Did you know that March is National Pet Nutrition Month? Whether you have just adopted a dog or cat forthe first time or you have been a pet parent for years, this is the perfect time to consider the importance of high quality pet food.


Many people don't give a lot of thought to the dog or cat food they buy because their animal appears healthy. While this may be true now, consuming poor quality food over a lifetime does its damage slowly. A pet that appears to be in good health today could actually have internal damage and be slowly declining.   It is important that during your visits with us you ask the best options for your pet’s optimum health and wellness.

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Welcome Spring--and an awareness of potential pet poisons!

pet-dangersMarch is the official start of spring as well as Poison Prevention Awareness Month for animals. If cleaning your house and yard is on your spring to-do list, make sure that you do so in a way that is safe for your dog, cat, or other household pet. By following the suggestions below, you can enjoy the satisfaction of completing your spring cleaning while keeping your pet safe at the same time.

Indoor Spring Cleaning Dangers for Animals

Many household cleaners that you don't think twice about using are actually quite harmful for your pet. Items that pose especially high risks if your dog or cat ingests them include toilet bowl cleaner, laundry detergent, ammonia, chlorine, and drain cleaners. If possible, switch to a non-toxic version of these cleaning agents.  When you can't purchase green products, be extra vigilant about keeping these chemicals locked up and out of the path of your curious pet. 

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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)