Pet of the Month – August 2020

Fargo

We have our second ever Pet of the Month! Say hello to Fargo! Here is what Fargo’s mom, Jeanne, has to say about him:

This is Fargo, aka Fargatron or the Farginator. His favorite things in life are fishing with his Dad, long naps in the sunny spot, and noodles that Mom sneaks him. He turns 9 next month and loves nearly everyone he meets. He’s a rescue from TCPR and we have been in love with him since the day we met.

From all of us at Lyndale Animal Hospital… Happiest of birthdays to you, Fargatron! <3

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COVID-19 UPDATE

Photo by Isaiah Rustad
One of our technicians is taking a dog back out to their owner’s car after her exam.

We are aware that things are changing all the time when it comes to policies related to preventing the spread of Covid-19. Because of this, we wanted to make sure to touch base with our clients, and let you all know that we are continuing curbside service for the foreseeable future. This ensures the safety of our staff and clients, while allowing us to provide the care your pets need and deserve. Unfortunately, this also means that we are not able to take on quite as many appointments each day. Each curbside appointment takes much longer than in person appointments, so we have to allow more time for each exam. Because of this, we are booking appointments much further out than we have in the past. Wellness exams are booking out a full month, and surgeries are 2-3 months out. We do save some spots for emergencies, but those fill up quickly. We ask for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate these challenges.

Some of you have asked if we have a tentative date set for allowing clients back into the building. While many other businesses are implementing things like that, we are not even considering it at the moment. There is no tentative date or time frame at the moment. The only exception to this is when someone has to say goodbye to their pet, and even those cases have extra safety measures in place. We will announce it the moment we have a date in sight for allowing people inside. We do miss seeing everyone, and look forward to the day that we can share space again. Y’all have been incredibly understanding, and we deeply appreciate it.

If you haven’t been to our clinic since the pandemic started, here is a brief explanation of curbside service:

  • Call the clinic once you’ve arrived for your appointment. If you drove, remain in your vehicle.
  • After checking you in, the receptionist will let you know that a technician will be giving you a call back to go over your pet’s history in a few minutes. Please note that the technician may be calling you from a blocked number, as our phone lines are almost always full.
  • After taking down your pet’s history, the technician will come out to your vehicle to gather your pet for their exam. We ask that you remain on the premises for the duration of the appointment.
  • Once the doctor has examined your pet, they will call you to go over their findings and recommendations.
  • After all of your questions have been answered, you’ll be transferred to the receptionists for payment.
  • The technician will bring your pet back out to your vehicle, along with any medication/food that was purchased.
  • Please note: We do ask that anyone interacting with a staff member wear a mask. This includes those arriving for any appointments, as a technician will likely have to stick their head in your vehicle to get a leash around your dog’s neck (we use our own leashes). Please help keep our staff safe by wearing a mask, so that we can remain open and continue to help the pets in our community.
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Pet of the Month – July 2020

Say hello to our first Pet of the Month, Taj! He’s been coming to Lyndale Animal Hospital for many years, and we all love him to pieces.

Here is what is mom, Kavitha, has to say about him:

“Tajjy is a little old Shih Tzu who just celebrated his 15th birthday. I’ve had him since I was 11 years old and he’s gotten me through many a hard time. Not only did this boy save me from myself during dark times as a teen, he has brought joy to so many children as he has come to work with me for the last 7 years as a nanny and a short time as a preschool teacher. He got me through adolescence, high school, college, and now adulthood! He is a true warrior puppy. If you met him, you’d have a hard time believing how much spunk and personality he holds on to. He has only one eye now, which doesn’t do much other than keep him looking real cute, after having the other eye removed when he was 11 because he got mad and scratched it out a week before the cataract removal surgery. He’s been hospitalized for pancreatitis, he can sometimes have seizures but thank you Zonisamide, and last year before the holidays he had an emergency laminectomy spinal surgery after losing control of his back legs. He still can’t walk, but he’s a persistent little guy, and we got a stroller so he’s still happy. He is best known for faking sick to get brought in to Lyndale Animal Hospital to see his favorite Dr. Koppy, it’s happened many times. She just makes him so happy. He is also the reason our family got another Shih Tzu, our current work family is getting a Shih Tzu puppy in the coming months, and a close family friend gets one at the end of the summer! They all credit Taj for these exciting new adventuress. He’s pretty great and you’d be hard pressed to find anyone to not like him, and there’s probably a few kids around South Minneapolis that would love to tell you all about him.”

Thank you, Taj, for being out very first Pet of the Month! Want to nominate your own pet? Head to our Facebook page to keep an eye out for a nomination post at the end of each month!

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New Puppy and Kitten Exams

Say hello to Barnie! Isn’t he just the cutest?! He is one of dozens of new puppies we’ve seen recently. We absolutely LOVE that y’all are adopting these little cuties. Normally, we’d ask that you bring them in for an exam within a week of adopting, but things are a little bit different right now. In an effort to keep visits to a minimum (limiting exposure to COVID-19), we are asking that all new puppy and new kitten owners take a close look at their medical records to see when vaccines are due. We are doing our best to schedule these new pet exams at the time of vaccines, so we can get the exam and vaccines done all at one. Not sure how to read your pet’s records? Feel free to send us an email, and we can take a look for you! Of course, if your pet is having any symptoms at all, then they should definitely be seen sooner. Give us a call if you have questions, or send us an email at info@lyndaleanimalhospital.com. We are doing our best to keep up with the abundance of phone calls, and we appreciate your patience.

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ProHeart 12

We’ve all been there. Sometimes the Heartworm preventative gets forgotten. It’s an easy thing to forget. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce that we now carry ProHeart 12, an injectable Heartworm preventative that offers protection for a full year. With everything going on right now, wouldn’t it be nice to have one less thing to worry about? At your dog’s next yearly exam, ask their veterinarian if ProHeart would be a good option for them.

Please note: ProHeart does not protect against fleas and ticks, so you still want to make sure you have a monthly preventative for those external parasites.

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Dog Treat Muffin Recipe

We know a lot of you are stuck at home right now, and that can be frustrating for everyone. But it is so lucky for your pets! We’re sure they are loving all of the extra attention and walks. If you’re looking for a little project to treat your pets, check out this ultra simple recipe for dog treat muffins! It’s a one bowl recipe with very minimal effort.

Ingredients:

1 egg

1/4 cup peanut butter (make sure you’re not using sugar-free, as that usually contains Xylitol, which is toxic to dogs)

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

1/3 cup honey (optional)

1 cup shredded carrots

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, making sure to fold in the carrots last. Scoop into a greased muffin tin, and bake for about 35 minutes. Let cool before feeding to your dog. They can be kind of large, so try not to give your dogs too many. Maybe break them into pieces and feed one muffin over the course of a couple of days. You could make a double batch and freeze ’em, too! They defrost very well in the fridge overnight. If you end up making these, post a photo on Facebook or Instagram and tag us!

Side note: They make decent human snacks, too!

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COVID-19 Updates

With our ever-changing protocols in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to clarify how we plan to continue providing your pets with the essential healthcare they need. We will make sure our website is up-to-date on our new policies as things change. Right now, the following lists protocols we have in place to protect ourselves and our community:

  • We are still seeing sick and wellness/vaccine appointments.
  • Appointments can still be scheduled by calling us at 612-872-4674.
  • All appointments are curbside only (see below for instructions).
  • No clients are allowed in the building, with the exception of those needing to say goodbye to their beloved pet.
  • Credit card payments over the phone are preferred to avoid added exposure. Please let us know if this isn’t possible for you, and we will accept cash or check.
  • We are not able to perform elective surgeries, such as spays and neuters, due to the governor’s executive order.
  • We are still scheduling essential dental procedures, as well as time-sensitive surgeries (such as lumpectomies).
  • Our entire staff is wearing masks at all times.
  • We are cleaning all high touch areas around the clinic several times per day, in addition to our regular cleaning schedule.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you aren’t sure about scheduling or how to proceed with a curbside appointment. We are happy to answer any questions you might have. For those that already have an appointment scheduled with us, please keep in mind the following curbside instructions:

  • Upon arrival for your exam, remain in your vehicle and call the clinic to let us know you are here. The receptionist will get you checked in, and inform you that a technician will be calling you back shortly.
  • A technician will call you once it’s time for your appointment. They will ask you a few questions about your pet’s health, and make sure we’re all on the same page about their visit. They will then confirm the type of vehicle you are in, and come out to gather your pet.
  • Please remain in your vehicle when the technician approaches. They will have their own leash, so also make sure your dog’s leash is unhooked.
  • Have your pet next to the rear passenger side door. Please allow the technician to retrieve your pet on their own. If they need assistance, they will ask.
  • The technician will either pick up your cat in their carrier (please make sure they are in a carrier), or place a slip lead around your dog’s neck. The slip leads are disinfected between each pet.
  • You will remain in your vehicle for the duration of your pet’s exam. Please do not leave the premises, as the appointment will not take very long.
  • The doctor will call you after examining your pet to discuss their findings and treatment plan.
  • Once a treatment plan has been agreed upon, you will be transferred to a receptionist for payment.
  • Treatment will be completed, and your pet will be brought back out to you, along with any medication/food/preventatives needed. Please allow the technician to deliver your pet via the rear passenger side door again while remaining in your vehicle.

For those that need to pick up medication, food, or preventatives, please call to order and pay ahead of time. Then, when you arrive, give us a call to let us know you’re here for pick up. We’ll bring everything out to you, and place items on your rear passenger side seat.

This is a big change from how we normally like to do appointments. It’s okay to not know what to do when you arrive. We’re happy to answer questions, and make this as easy on you as possible. By following these guidelines, we are limiting exposure as much as possible while still being able to provide care for your pets. Our goal is to remain open during this entire pandemic. That only works if our staff remains safe and healthy. Thank you all so much for being so adaptable to these safety protocols. We really appreciate your kindness and understanding as we continue to navigate this difficult time.

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Coronavirus and Pets

Here at Lyndale Animal Hospital we get a lot of questions about whether or not a pet can transmit a disease to their owner. Often times diseases are species specific, and cannot be transferred to or from your pet (i.e. the common cold, flu, etc). Knowing this requires a lot of research. Since the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is still so new, the jury is still out on whether or not it can be contracted or spread by companion animals. As of today, there are NO confirmed cases of pets showing any symptoms of COVID-19. We will let you know once there is more information released. To be on the safe side, the CDC has released a statement about how to handle pet care if the owner is positive for Coronavirus. Here is more information:

Center for Disease Control

American Veterinary Medical Association

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Interested in grain-free?

We get so many questions about how to choose the right food for our clients’ pets. One of the most common questions we get is whether or not a grain-free diet is necessary for dogs. While cats are carnivores, dogs are actually omnivores, so they can eat many different ingredients and maintain a healthy diet. Many of the advertisements for pet foods really cater to the human’s that are purchasing it. Meat by-products, various grains, and “meat meal” are often thought of as low-quality ingredients because we as humans don’t find them appetizing. That doesn’t mean they are bad, though. In fact, some studies are finding that a grain-free diet could increase your dog’s risk of heart disease. Check out these articles for more information:

https://vet.osu.edu/vmc/companion/our-services/nutrition-support-service/myths-and-misconceptions-surrounding-pet-foods

https://www.avma.org/News/JAVMANews/Pages/180801e.aspx

https://vet.osu.edu/vmc/companion/our-services/nutrition-support-service/myths-and-misconceptions-surrounding-pet-foods

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Pet Poison App from ASPCA

We just found out about this great app to help with pet poison questions! It’s called APCC by ASPCA. It is broken down into categories by species, then by type of potential poison (plants, medications, etc). It is then color-coded by severity of toxicity, and lets you know if you need to seek immediate medical attention for your pet. If you’re interested, check out the link below!

https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/download-our-free-aspca-apcc-mobile-app

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