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Minnesota Veterinary Hospital Blog

How Will You Celebrate National Mutt Day?


Animal activist Colleen Paige thought National Mutt Day was so important that she pushed for it to be recognized twice a year, on July 31 and December 2. The purpose of the awareness campaign, according to Paige, is to "embrace, save, and celebrate" mixed-breed dogs. All too often, people's desire for a purebred dog means that those with mixed parentage are overlooked. Mutts make up the largest percentage of euthanized animals in part because the desire for the perfect designer dog leads to over-breeding. 


Recognizing and Treating Kennel Cough


Bordetella Bronchoseptica, commonly known as kennel cough, is a highly contagious illness that can spread quickly among dogs and cats in close quarters. Although it typically isn't life-threatening, some pets develop complications after having kennel cough. The main causes of this illness are a combination of Bordetella Bronchoseptica bacteria and the canine influenza virus. The disease is called Bordetellosis when it's caused by a single factor.


How to Organize a Take Your Dog to Work Day Event


Take Your Dog to Work Day is coming up on Friday, June 24. Pet Sitters International started this event in 1999 to highlight how dogs play an important part of our everyday lives. If you still need to convince your boss to participate, let him or her know that studies indicate the presence of a dog can help people feel less stress and be more creative in their jobs. It also helps to encourage more interaction between co-workers who otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity to talk to each other.