Cedar Pet Clinic Blog

Choose Your Pet's Pharmacy Carefully

If one of our Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo veterinarians prescribes medication for your pet, it is because a specific medication has been considered as necessary to treat your pet's medical condition or to prevent a parasitic disease. There are several reasons why we recommend that you fill these prescriptions with us to help ensure the health and safety of your pet.

Safety and Reliability

When you purchase your pet's heartworm preventionflea and tick preventives, or other medications from our clinic pharmacy, you can be confident that the medication is authentic, guaranteed, directly shipped to us from the manufacturer, and has been handled according to proper temperature requirements. Although it may be tempting to make these purchases online, there are dangers of receiving counterfeit, expired, illegal, or mislabeled products. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has warned people about counterfeit or unsafe online pharmacies.

We Know Your Pet

Choose Your Pet's Pharmacy Carefully

As your pet's veterinarian, we know his or her health history, as well as other medication that is being taken. This knowledge helps us prevent potential drug interactions that may cause negative health effects for your dog or cat. We'll let you know in advance of potential side effects that may occur, and we'll also follow up with you to see how your pet is doing after starting a new medication. If, for some reason, your pet develops an adverse reaction to a medication, we are here to help and evaluate why, and can prescribe an alternate drug.

Not only do you have the benefit of being able to speak to us when you have a question, we can show you exactly how to administer the medication in a way that is easier on your pet AND you! This is especially important for medications which involve injections, such as insulin for diabetes mellitus or injectable allergy medications.

Cost Effectiveness

Our prices for our products are competitive with other pharmacies. Our goal as your pet's veterinarian is to help you provide the best care at home for your furry companions. We strive to provide the right medication choice for your pet and at the right price. We're also authorized to offer rebates and other discounts to further help reduce the cost of the items your pet needs.

We Are Committed to You and Your Pet

Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo is AAHA Accredited. To maintain this accreditation we are re-evaluated every three years on over 900 standards of veterinary excellence. AAHA has particular standards which address veterinary pharmacies, such as the following:

  • Use of child-resistant containers for dispensed medications
  • Medications are dispensed only by order of one of our licensed veterinarians
  • Exemplary knowledge of potential patient adverse reactions and contraindications
  • Use of containers that prevent environmental (such as light and humidity) damage
  • Proper labeling and stringent organization
  • Hazardous medications (such as chemotherapy drugs) have strict handling and storage protocols


We know that your pet is a member of your family and that his or her health and wellness are extremely important to you. When you and Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo work together, your beloved family member can achieve optimal wellness and his or her best quality of life.  Contact us to make an appointment.

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Spring is Heartworm Season

Even though it seems like Mother Nature can’t decide if it should be winter or spring in Minnesota, the snow will eventually give way to warm temperatures and more time spent outdoors. While the warm-up is certainly welcome after months cooped up inside, it’s important for pet owners to keep in mind that spring also means an increase in the heartworm parasite.

How Companion Animals Acquire Heartworm

A mosquito infected with heartworm can transmit the parasite to your pet through a single bite. Once in your pet’s body, heartworm can reproduce multiple times and grow to a length of 12 inches.

Spring is Heartworm Season

Heartworm infection is much more common in dogs but deadlier in cats. For cats, there is no approved treatment for heartworm. Puppies can begin preventive medication by eight weeks old without the need for any type of testing first. Once your puppy reaches six months old, we need to ensure that he’s heartworm negative before offering you preventive medication.

Heartworm Testing and Prevention in Dogs and Cats

The veterinarians at Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo can tell if your dog has heartworm with a single blood test. With cats, it requires multiple blood tests to make a firm diagnosis.
We follow the guidelines of the American Heartworm Society and recommend that clients provide their pet with heartworm prevention 12 months a year. Not only does this keep heartworm from seriously threatening your pet’s health, it kills other parasites that could also be living inside of your dog or cat’s body.

Indications Your Pet Could Have Heartworm

As you might expect, dogs and cats experience different symptoms when they have heartworm. Cats will struggle to breathe due to the heartworm invading their lungs. In dogs, heartworm tend to live in the heart as well as its ventricles. Your dog will likely display at least a few of these symptoms:

· Appetite loss
· Coughing
· Fatigue
· Lethargy
· Vomiting
· Weight loss

Heartworm treatment is long in duration and uncomfortable for your pet. It's also expensive for you. The good news about heartworm is that it’s nearly always preventable. Our veterinarians are happy to discuss different products with you to determine which one is most appropriate for your pet. Some of the things we consider when making a recommendation include whether your pet is a dog or cat, her age, physical condition, and everyday lifestyle. It’s just one more way that we at Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo demonstrate our commitment to quality preventive care for your beloved pet.

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Support Our 2018 Food Drive!

Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo works hard to be good neighbors in the community we serve. Through community partnerships, we can combine our efforts to make a greater impact, and ultimately make our community a better place. One of our favorite partnerships is with Valley Outreach, which we've been able to support with a March Food Drive for eight consecutive years!

Valley Outreach helps to bridge the gap between the moment of a crisis a family may be experiencing and support through these difficulties. Through dignified encouragement and hope, assistance is available, whether through their food shelf, clothing closet, or emergency assistance fund. Each year, over 300 households benefit from the Valley Outreach programs.

About the Food Drive
2018 Food Drive
Any one of us can experience a hardship, whether financial changes, loss of a job, or by experiencing a change in health. Often, these hardships can make it complicated to care for a beloved family pet. Through the Feed a Family campaign, we help by being a drop-off center to collect donations of nutritional support for family pets. We all know how our pets can support us in times of hardship, and this helps keep pets and their people together. At Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo, we believe that animals are part of the family, and are so proud to be able to support Valley Outreach's good work.

In 2017 our clients and community demonstrated their incredible generosity and we were able to collect more than 1,000 pounds of pet food and supplies for Valley Outreach's year round food shelf! (Plus over $500 in cash donations!) We hope to make 2018 even better!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make a donation? 
Drop by anytime during business hours, 8 am - 6 pm  Monday-Friday, and 8 am -12 pm on Saturdays.

What types of donations do you accept?
We can accept all kinds of pet food, even open bags. 

How much of the proceeds go to Valley Outreach?
100% of donations will go straight to Valley Outreach to support families experiencing difficulty in our community.

I want to support in additional ways, too! Where can I learn more?
Visit the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign page on the Valley Outreach website.

Receiving a donation of pet food during a period of financial difficulty can mean the difference between keeping a beloved pet and having to surrender him or her to a shelter. We appreciate your support and generosity!

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)