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Minnesota Veterinary Hospital Blog

October is National Animal Safety and Protection Month


The PALS Foundation started National Animal Safety and Protection Month several years ago to encourage everyone, whether they have pets or not, to handle and care for animals in a safe manner. The organization hopes to bring about the respectful treatment of both wild and domestic animals through this annual awareness campaign. It firmly believes that people and animals can and should co-exist peacefully.


Keep Your Dog Safe This Hunting Season


Several short hunting seasons started in Minnesota on September 1, including crow, mourning dove, bear, and snipe. Many other seasons begin later in the month and into October, November, and the first half of December. Trained hunting dogs can be especially useful to their owners to help retrieve and locate prey. Regardless of when you plan to go hunting, it’s important to keep your dog’s safety in mind.


Protect Your Dog from Canine Parainfluenza


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This summer, health officials in Ramsey County as well as the counties of Sherburne, Wright, Crow Wing, and Kandiyohi in Minnesota reported confirmed cases of canine parainfluenza. Also known as the dog flu, canine parainfluenza is highly contagious. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that it originated as an avian flu in horses and gradually adapted and infected dogs. However, dogs cannot transmit parainfluenza to people.