As I’m writing this blog, I find myself in the middle of packing up my house and moving to a new one with two dogs who are wondering what is going on. Here are some tips to help make moving less stressful for your pets! First off, have an overnight kit for your pet-this should contain food, litter, toys and grooming supplies to last through the first few days of unpacking. Despite your best effort to label boxes, there is always a chance you won’t find your pet boxes for the first little bit and having this kit will make things less stressful. As a second part to this, pack your pet’s stuff later in the process. They will be stressed to see boxes and furniture moving and disappearing from their house. Leaving their toys, bowls, and beds alone as long as possible will help them retain some semblance of normalcy. On a similar note, your pet’s items should be some of the first items unloaded to help them feel more at home in the new place. Keep your pets out of the action. Prepare a quiet room away from the bulk of the moving noise. You can also opt to board your pet for the day(s) so they are out of the […]Read Post
Despite the April’s Fools trick Mother Nature played on us, April usually means the start of tick season here in Minnesota. We recommend a variety of monthly preventatives based on your pet’s lifestyle, as well as the Lyme vaccination. But what happens when one of those buggers still gets through our best defenses? Every time your pet goes out in tall grasses or wooded areas, a thorough search for ticks should be done as soon as you get home. Feel through the coat, making sure to check near face and ears, neck, armpits, groin, and even between toes as well as everywhere else. If the tick is not yet attached, removal is much easier and this prevents disease transmission. If you find what you think are ticks, please ensure that it is a tick! Ticks can be black, brown, tan, or gray and should have 8 legs. Be sure you aren’t trying to remove a skin tag, nipple, or other growth; your dog won’t appreciate that! Ticks can be as small as the head of a pin, but when engorged can be up to the size of a dime or larger! If you find a tick, you can try to remove it at home. Gloves are recommended as ticks can carry disease. A […]Read Post
As March arrives, this means St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. On this one day, “everyone is Irish”. Is this true for dogs too? Some dogs, such as the Irish Wolfhound and the Irish Setter, clearly have an Irish background. Other dogs clearly don’t, such as the Belgian Malinois, Portuguese Water Dog, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, English Springer Spaniel or English Cocker Spaniel. So where do the top 10 dogs in the United States (as noted by the AKC) come from? Labrador Retriever: The modern lab likely originated in Canada, in Newfoundland and Labrador. They were transported back to England, and were used by fisherman to help swim ropes ashore. German Shepherd Dog: As the name suggests, German Shepherds originate in Germany. Originally GSDs were bred to herd sheep, but their intelligence and trainability have lead to other roles in military and police work as well as assistance type jobs. Golden Retriever: The golden retriever can trace it’s roots back to Scotland. They may have some ties to Russian herding dogs, but have mainly been bred to be gun dogs. However, they too are easily trainable and have found jobs as assistance pets, drug and bomb sniffing dogs, and as search and rescue dogs. Bulldog: Bulldogs originate in England. They […]Read Post
Heritage Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinarian clinic that provides examinations, diagnostic services, dental care, surgical services, medicine, grooming and boarding services in Maple Grove, Minnesota. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of pet care possible and facilitating an environment where client communication and education are at the forefront of our practice.
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