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Minnesota Veterinary Hospital Blog

How to Organize a Take Your Dog to Work Day Event

6/15/2016

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.

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Understanding Infectious Canine Hepatitis

5/31/2016

Infectious canine hepatitis is a highly contagious disease that primarily affects puppies under one year old and unvaccinated adult dogs. It's not as common in the United States as it is in other countries, but it's still important to know the symptoms and prevent your dog from acquiring it. This condition causes damage to a dog's liver, spleen, kidneys, eyes, and lungs. Infection can range from mild to severe or even death in extreme cases. 
 
The virus canine adenovirus-1 is responsible for causing a full-blown case of infectious canine hepatitis. Dogs can pick up the virus through direct contact with the urine, feces, or saliva of another infected dog. It can be as simple as being near a dog with the disease who sneezed or eating from the bowl that an infected dog licked clean. The virus incubates for up to 10 days and then enters the new dog's bloodstream. 

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Planning a Successful Move with Pets by Car

5/23/2016

There is a good reason that May is National Moving Month. Millions of Americans move between Memorial Day and Labor Day, making this period of less than four months the busiest moving season of the year. Sadly, moving is the top reason that people surrender dogs and cats to animal shelters. Many are renters whose new landlords don't allow pets. Although it is sometimes challenging, you can find a new home that welcomes every member of your family if you're determined to do so.

Once you have secured new housing, it's important to consider your pet when planning the move. Both dogs and cats thrive on routine and can experience considerable stress due to all the changes. The anxiety can be especially high for cats who spend most of their time indoors and who may only travel to see the vet once a year.

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