Cedar Pet Clinic Blog

Summer Safety Tips

Tackle boxes – Cats find the fishing lures very interesting, as they look like cat toys. Be mindful of where your tackle box is left out and open. Dogs like to grab the fish with the lure still in the fish’s mouth.
 
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Hot cars - We know this is a very common one but it still happens.  Cars heat up so much faster than we think even with the windows open. Please leave your dog at home on these hot days.
 
 
Hot temperatures – Make sure on hot days animals have plenty of shade and water. An interesting fact is that hosing a black dog down in the sun will make him even hotter.  Shaving a double coated breed (a dog that has a fluffy under coat and a more coarse outer coat) will not help them stay cool. Their coat, after shedding the way they should (losing the fluffy undercoat), will keep them cool just fine.  Dogs who have a double coat require a good bath, and blow dry (with a special dog blow dryer  that blows cool air at a higher force then a human handheld dryer) to shed that thick undercoat.  Brushing with a brush that is designed for their coat type, after a bath to loosen the coat, helps also. Make sure to check with your groomer about brushes designed for your dog’s coat.
If you suspect your dog has heat stroke, contact your veterinarian immediately and move the dog to an air conditioned area or the shade. Do not use COLD water to cool his skin, this can cause problems if the body is cooled too quickly when they have a high temperature.
 

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FROM OUR VETS: Dr. Baillie Talks Chickens

The first city chicken I ever saw in practice, back in the seventies, was an orange rooster named Jerry.   Jerry and owner Tammy lived in Phalen in St. Paul and they'd been calling all over the Cities trying to find a vet to help her with Jerry's health concerns; he was her favorite in her backyard flock.  This was at the original Cedar Pet Clinic in south Minneapolis.
 
Today, backyard or urban chickens are one of the fastest growing areas of our practice.   As many owners discover, chickens are a delight to have as pets...although the roosters can be a little noisy.  Many communities are starting to recognize that they be safely kept in town, and ordinances are changing to allow them as pets.  Some chickens live in the house and go outside during the day, and others have fancy coops and pens to live in year round.  Chickens form strong lifelong emotional bonds with each other as well as other species.  They are routine- and home-centered and can thrive in a space the size of a normal urban backyard and home.  They can coexist happily with compatible dogs and cats and have similar life spans.  
 

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FROM OUR VETS: Dog Bite Prevention Always Worth Talking About

From Dr. Baillie:
 

 

As school gets out, and summer activities hit high gear, it's a good time of year to be talking about dog bite prevention;  almost 5 million dog bites occur every year in our country.   Bites accounted for more than one-third of homeowners' insurance liability claims in 2011 according to the Insurance Information Institute.  
 
Teaching children how to interact with dogs--even if you don't own one--can go a long way in preventing injury. Kids aged 5-9 years old are most often the ones injured, and usually the dog that bit them is not a stranger. The AVMA estimates that of the children under the age of 18 who have been bitten, family dogs are responsible for 30% of the bites, while the neighbor's dog is responsible for another 50% of the bites.Standlike tree
 

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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