Cedar Pet Clinic Blog

It's Almost Lyme Disease Season

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Spring and summer are so short in Minnesota that you learn to deal with things like the greater likelihood of a tick bite. You also enjoy spending more time outdoors, especially with your pets. However, it's important to take precautions to protect both the people and pets in your family from the tick-borne virus that causes Lyme disease. Incidents of Lyme disease peak from late spring to mid-summer and are more prevalent in Minnesota and Wisconsin than any other states in the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Washington County, Minnesota and St. Croix County, Wisconsin are both high-risk areas.

Signs of Lyme Disease in Companion Animals
It's important to keep in mind that your pet may not exhibit signs of Lyme disease for several months after being infected with it. This is why it's important to check your dog or cat for ticks daily, even if she doesn't spend a lot of time outdoors. Ticks are tiny and can make it inside your home on the back of another pet or on the clothing of a family member. Although Lyme disease in cats is not nearly as common, avoid becoming complacent about checking all of your pets.

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Your Pet Needs an Annual Check-Up Too

Our staff believes that a companion animal’s quality of life is just as important as her longevity. Although diagnosing and treating injuries and illness is a large part of what we do, we feel that regular preventive care is just as important. In fact, the prevention of disease is central to the way our veterinarians and technicians practice medicine. 

 It's important to remember that pets tend to hide their pain from their owners, which means that you may not have any outward indication that something is wrong. Often times, we diagnose a health issue at a wellness exam that comes as a complete surprise to the pet owner. If you don't already bring your pet in for an annual check-up, you may be surprised at what a difference it makes to adopt a proactive approach to healthcare.

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We Collected 714 Pounds of Pet Food During Minnesota FoodShare Month

Thanks to the generosity of our wonderful clients and community, Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo collected 714 pounds of food for all species of pets during Minnesota FoodShare Month in March. As you can see from the photos, we received large bags of dry food, canned food, treats, and much more. 

After accepting donations in our exam room for the whole month of March, we loaded up Dr. Baillie's truck and made a trip to our campaign partner, Valley Outreach in Stillwater. Valley Outreach maintains an on-site food shelf for families in the Stillwater School District. Your donations will help those facing financial challenges to continue caring for their beloved pets. Once again, we thank you.

 

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