Cedar Pet Clinic Blog

Tips to a "Pet Friendly" Holiday

Safe holidays aheadDid you know that during holiday time, pets see the emergency room more than any other time of the year? With the decorations, the food, the tree, the presents, the guests and the overall chaos the holidays bring each year, it’s important to take those extra steps to ensure your pet is having a happy and safe holiday season as well.

Here are a few things to keep in mind while you and your family enjoy the holidays:
-Holly, Mistletoe and Poinsettia plants all present varying degrees of toxicity to cats and dogs. If you do decide to have these plants in your home, make sure they are located where your pet cannot get to them.
-Tinsel, wrapping paper and string/ribbons can block your pet’s intestines if swallowed. Be sure that none of these items are at all accessible to your pet.
-If your Christmas tree is not put up properly, your pet could knock it over. Be sure that your tree is anchored securely.
-Many of our favorite treats can seriously hurt your pet. Chocolate, alcohol, fruit, and nuts...we’re talking about you! Ensure that if you are serving any of these items over the holidays, you keep them in a location your pet cannot get to.

Finally, have fun! The holidays are time to relax, think about all you are thankful for and enjoy time with loved ones. By keeping your home “pet-friendly” during the holidays, you’ll be able to enjoy the snowfall and sit by the fire snuggled up to your favorite pet.


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Cancer and Your Pet


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


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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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)