Cedar Pet Clinic Blog

Snowpig’s Memorial Garden


After the loss of a pet, one might be at a loss as to how to keep their memory alive. After all, they’ve had a002 steady presence in our lives, and now the loss can leave a physical and emotional space unfilled. When clients lose a pet, often a clay paw-print and photos serve as a lasting reminder of the friendship that has been shared. When we lose a clinic pet at Cedar Pet Clinic, the loss is similarly difficult, as so many of our clients also have visited with our clinic pets on routine visits.

Snowpig was our clinic guinea pig who lived several years at our Lake Elmo veterinary clinic. Her recent passing has led us to find a creative way to remember her gentle spirit. One way that we’ve found to help after the loss of a pet is to memorialize them in a way which benefits our clients. Out of this inclination emerged the Snowpig Memorial Garden--a garden specifically for growing endive, parsley, carrots, three varieties of lettuce and cat grass. Rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas who are hospitalized with us can now enjoy a feast of their favorite foods while away from home. Next time you are at our clinic, take a peek at the garden off of the staircase and you'll notice it is being well utilized and providing comfort to many of our four-legged friends!



A “Cat-a-cular” Event--Moe’s Birthday!

A cake made of catnip, cheese and fish, party hats, and shiny new glitter pom-poms can only mean one thing--a cat birthday party!  June 25th marked a very special celebration for Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo.  Moe, our friendly clinic cat that you will often see in the reception room turned 10 years old!moebday

You can see from the photos that Moe and Pappycat (who mostly hangs out in the treatment area of the clinic), greatly enjoyed the fanfare, even donning hats to celebrate the fun occasion!

The Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo staff also enjoyed the celebration, of course--but let the cats enjoy the delicacies of Sue’s special combination of cat favorites, and opted for the Odie and Garfield cake instead!

Happy Birthday, Moe! (Who, of course, is a bit exhausted from the excitement.)


The backyard chicken fad has brought many chickens into urban and suburban communities. Lake Elmo, Oak Park Heights and Stillwater, MN have recently revised their city ordinances to permit them.dr baillie hCedar Pet Clinic Medical Director Dr. John Baillie holding Mr. Myrtle the Rooster.

Chickens are sociable, cheerful and intelligent creatures who can form lifelong bonds with each other and other species including humans, dogs and cats. They are warm and silky and lovely to hold. No wonder so many people are now recognizing them as loveable and endearing companions.

Here's a few things you might not have known about chickens:

  1. They are smart. A February, 2014 article in Scientific American reports that chickens posses communication skills on par with those of some primates, use sophisticated signals to convey their intentions, remember and use prior experience and knowledge, solve complex problems and can empathize with individuals who are in danger.

  2. Domesticated chickens are all descended from Tropical Jungle Fowl and are adapted to living in a natural habitat that is spacious, richly vegetated, diverse and warm. Because of their keen intelligence and instinctive physical activity, they need a stimulating environment that mimics as much as possible the rich and diverse world nature designed them to enjoy. This presents a particular challenge in a cold climate like Minnesota.

  3. Domesticated chickens can live as long as a dog or cat - up to 14 years or longer. Wild chickens can have a 30 year lifespan. In the wild, hens produce only 2 clutches of 10 to 12 eggs a year for the sole purpose of reproduction. Domesticated hens have been bred to have a prolonged reproductive period with commercial hybrids laying over 300 eggs a year. Reproductive disease is the leading cause of mortality in egg-laying breeds.

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