Have you noticed that your pet is more thirsty, asking to go outside more frequently, or losing weight even though they act like they are starving? If so, it is time to get your cat or dog screened for Diabetes Mellitus or diabetes. Diabetes is a metabolic disease where the pancreas does not produce enough insulin for your pet to absorb enough sugar or glucose from the bloodstream. Insulin allows the pet’s cells to absorb the needed glucose to function properly. Without it the cells are … [Read More...]
The term “senior pet” describes an animal that has reached the stage of life during which progressive decline in physical condition, organ function, sensory function, mental function, and immunity occurs. This life stage begins, on average, around seven years of age for both dogs and cats. While this may seem quite young, it roughly equates to a 50-year-old person.
What steps can we take to keep our senior pets healthy and ensure a long life? Consider these options:
Annual or semiannual … [Read More...]
Fall is a wonderful time of year in Minnesota except for our pets that have seasonal allergies. Seasonal allergies can make the fall miserable for those pets. This has been a bad year for seasonal contact allergies in Minnesota. The mild temperatures and rain has allowed for great growth of the weeds, grasses, and molds that commonly irritate our pets.
The most common symptoms of seasonal contact allergies are: licking and chewing on the feet and abdomen, scratching around the head and armpit … [Read More...]
What is about 1 inch long that can permanently identify your pet? A microchip!
A microchip is composed of a small radio transmitter sealed in a sterile, non-reactive glass case. The microchip is inserted under the skin between the pet’s shoulder blades. The microchip can be “read” by a special scanner which displays a series of numbers and letters. This code is linked to a computer site where the information for the owner, such as name, address and phone numbers is stored.
A … [Read More...]
We went to the vet and allowed our Pepper Pup to move out of suffering and into peace. We had that wrenching choice we dog lovers too often face: much pain and treatment for an iffy improvement versus a peaceful transition. We were blessed to have the kindest vet I’ve ever met help us with this at the New Ulm Regional Vet Center: Dr. Deb Kaehler. She was more than a vet: she was a spiritual guide and comfort to us. And even though we know in our hearts we chose the humane option, we grieve, … [Read More...]
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