Minnesota Veterinary Hospital Blog
When it comes to hospitals that treat humans, the government requires any facility that accepts Medicaid to undergo a rigorous accreditation process. Accreditation means that a hospital exceeded standards in several areas according to a review completed by an outside organization. However, accreditation for veterinary hospitals is completely voluntary. You may assume the veterinary clinic you bring your pet to is accredited, but the reality is that no more than 15 percent of clinics have sought and received outside accreditation. We are happy to let you know that Minnesota Veterinary Hospital is one of them! Our entire team is committed to the highest in veterinary care for your pets.
Think of how dull your life would be if you didn’t have regular mental stimulation. Even if you don’t find your job particularly challenging on an intellectual level, you have plenty of other outlets to help meet this basic human need. Did you know that dogs and cats need mental stimulation as well? While the requirement might not be at the same level as our own, companion animals also have the need to use their brains.
According to the website Pets and Parasites, the risk of contracting heartworm or Lyme disease is especially high this year. This has been true of the last five years as well, with the prevalence of both diseases being up 20 percent since 2013. One reason for this is that summers have been hot and wet across the nation for the last several years. Once a dog becomes infected, it’s much easier for him to spread these serious tick-borne illnesses to other dogs. Cats can get heartworm or Lyme disease as well, although it is far less common for them.