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Happy National Walk Your Dog Month!

It's that time of year again! The holiday season has come and gone and now all of us Minnesotan's are looking out of the window wondering when that snow will melt or there will at least be warm, sunny days while we snuggle under our blankets. While some of our furry family members enjoy the warm snuggle under the blankets (while other can't be brought out of the snow), it's important to walk and exercise all dogs, even during winter.

Whoever decided that National Walk Your Dog Month should be in January, must not have lived in Minnesota. There are a few more challenges with walking your pet in the winter, but it very beneficial for your pets health and mental stimulation. It can help in either maintaining a healthy weight, weight loss, decrease destructive behavior, and strengthen your bond.

Hill's Science Diet has a great article for tips about winter walking - follow the link below!

If walking outside is out of the questions for you and your furry family member, the Roseville Mall also has indoor dog walking from 1/9/2019-11/24/2019 every Sunday from 8:00am to 10:00am. Please follow this link to review the rules before attending:
https://www.myrosedale.com/…/winter-dog-walking-on-sunday-…/

If you have any questions about your pets health, please contact us at 651-645-2808 or email us at group@stfrancisabh.com
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Dog Food Recall:

A recall has been issued for multiple dry dog foods due to high levels of Vitamin D.

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, but very high amounts can cause serious health problems. Excess vitamin D in the diet can cause vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling and weight loss. Vitamin D at toxic levels can cause kidney failure and death. Pet owners whose dogs have been eating the recalled brands and are showing these symptoms should contact their veterinarians.

Follow the link below for the full FDA alert and the list of affected dog foods and their lot numbers.
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We are grateful to everyone who trusts St. Francis Animal & Bird Hospital for their pet's veterinary care. We wish you all a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

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We will be closed on Thursday, November, 22nd, for Thanksgiving. If your pet has an emergency, please contact the Animal Emergency and Referral Center:

St. Paul:
1542 W. 7th Street
651-293-1800

Oakdale:
1163 Helmo Ave. N.
651-501-3766

Avians and Exotics, please contact AfterHours Veterinary Care:
1014 Dale St. N.
651-487-3255
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We encourage you to continue your pet's flea and tick prevention this month. We are continuing to see fleas and ticks on patients. The article below does a great job explaining why you may want to keep your pet on flea and tick prevention year round.

We recommended chewable Heartgard Plus for heartworm and intestinal parasite prevention once a month year round. In addition, we recommend chewable Nexgard or topical Frontline Gold for flea and tick prevention. For cats, we recommend applying Revolution topically which prevents against heartworm, roundworms, hookworms, ear mites and fleas!
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Today is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day!

It is estimated that 60% of cats and 56% of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese. Pets who are overweight or obese are at increased risk for developing serious weight related disorders such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, kidney disease, cancer, and more.

If you are concerned that your pet is overweight or obese and would like guidance on how to help your pet, please contact us to schedule an appointment. Our doctors and Samantha, our Director of Nutritional Services, can help create a weight loss and dietary plan for your pet.

For pet weight loss tools and information, visit the link below:
https://petobesityprevention.org/pet-weight-check/
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Check out our August newsletter!
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The Minnesota State Fair has begun and traffic is heavy in the area. Please allow plenty of travel time for your scheduled appointments between now and Labor Day.
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Today is Check the Chip Day!

Microchips greatly increase the chances of a lost or stolen pet returning home, but only 42% of pet owners have their pet's microchip registered.

Check the Chip Day was created to encourage pet owners to check their registration information annually and keep it up-to-date and to remind pet owners to register their pet's microchip if they haven't done so.

If you've had your pet microchipped at St. Francis and haven't registered their chip, the link below is to Avid MicroChip's PETtrac enrollment site:

https://avidid.com/pettrac

If your pet was microchipped elsewhere and you aren't sure where to register, you can can enter the chip number at the link below to get the manufacturer name and contact information:

http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org
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Found Dog (Deceased)

This afternoon, we had a Good Samaritan bring in a dog who was sadly found deceased outside of their workplace. He was found in the Como area on Energy Park Drive.

Appears to be a Pit Bull/Shepard Cross
Dark Brown/Brindle with white on chest and feet
Approximately 80-90 lbs
Male - not neutered
Estimated to be 6-9 years old
No collar or microchip

We will keep him with us for 10 days. If his owner is not located, we will have him cremated.

If you have questions or you think this may be your dog, please call St Francis Animal & Bird Hospital at (651) 645-2808.
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Fourth of July festivities can cause our pets stress and they pose many hazards. It is best to keep your pet indoors in a safe space away from the heat, hazardous foods, and scary sounds.

More pets go missing on the 4th of July than any other day of the year. Make sure they are wearing their ID tags and that the information is up-to-date.

If your dog or cat has thunderstorm phobias or anxiety associated with fireworks, please talk to us - we can help! Thundershirts, herbal calming supplements (Composure or Solliquin), calming collars (Adaptil collar or NurtureCALM), or anti-anxiety medications such as trazodone, alprazolam, or Sileo are great options for your pet.
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