Cedar Pet Clinic Blog

Cancer and Your Pet

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Many people are surprised to learn that cancer is the number one disease-related killer of their pet. While pets of any age can be diagnosed with the disease, it is more common among older pets.

What exactly is cancer?

When an animal has cancer, its cells are growing and dividing inside its body at an unusual rate. When healthy cells grow and divide, they do so as needed. When cancerous cells grow and divide, they are uncontrolled and can continue growing and dividing even when they are not needing to. This is when tumors can begin growing.

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Bird Health Awareness Week

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November 3-9 is the USDA’s Bird Health Awareness Week. What is this, you ask? It’s a week dedicated to learning and understanding about protecting our pet birds and making sure we understand the safety precautions we need to follow when adopting a pet bird. Whether you have one pet bird or an entire flock of birds, this week is also dedicated to learning how to keep your bird(s) healthy.

When you purchase a bird, you want to verify that it was legally imported and checked out for diseases. It’s a good idea to have your bird looked at by a veterinarian before you take it home. With the changes in laws around our Stillwater and Lake Elmo area, backyard chickens are becoming quite plentiful! Excitingly so, but it’s more important than ever to have an awareness of safety and protection. The USDA Animal Health and Inspection Service has an informative website with details on keeping your birds healthy—and a bonus video surprise which will pop up when you open it! http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/birdbiosecurity/

We’ve compiled some resources that are extremely helpful in bird protection and care:
Key Steps
Biosecurity for birds detailer
Three Steps
Q and A

Here at Cedar Pet Clinic in Lake Elmo, we care for a variety of different animals. Luckily for you, birds are one of those animals! See you soon!




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Sensational Seniors

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As your pet gets older, he or she requires an extra amount of care. For both cats and dogs, they begin their animal “adult” life between the ages of six and seven, although this varies per breed.

Once your pet reaches this age, they can be more prone to cancer, heart disease, kidney/urinary tract disease, liver disease, diabetes, joint or bone disease, senility and/or weakness. Some of these diseases are very insidious and sneak up gradually. By scheduling your senior pet care visits on a more frequent basis, we are more likely to identify early signs of these diseases, get your pet on an appropriate treatment, and ultimately allow you to spend more quality “golden years” with your favorite furry companion.

The best way to keep your pet healthy as they age is by feeding them a nutritious diet (their diet may require changes due to new dietary needs caused by aging), keeping them active, and making sure they are seeing us semi-annually.

If you’re concerned about your senior pet’s health, make an appointment here: http://cedarpetclinic.com/contact-us/make-an-appointment. Our four doctors are ready to help.

 

 

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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
651-487-1941

Animal Emergency & Referral Center of MN
1163 Helmo Avenue N
Oakdale, MN 55128
651-501-3766

 

Animal Emergency & Referral Center of MN
1542 7th St. W.
St. Paul, MN 55012
(located 2 blocks east of 35E)
651-293-1800