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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Concerns About Canine Influenza

We have been getting lots of questions about the canine influenza outbreak in Chicago. Currently, we are not aware of any outbreaks in Minnesota. If you are concerned about your dog contracting the disease or if you are traveling to Chicago, the best recommendation we can make is to avoid having your dog in contact with other dogs.
Please see the following links for more information about the disease:
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Up to the minute food recall information

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February is National Pet Dental Month!

Did you know that 70% of cats over 4 have dental disease? Or-that toy breeds may be more prone to dental disease?  Pet Periodontal disease can lead to pain, bad breath, and tooth loss.

In honor of National Pet Dental Month, we will be giving away a FREE dental kit–which includes a toothbrush, toothpaste and dental diet sample–when your pet has a dental during the month of February.

Let’s work together to keep your pets smile healthy. Call or email to schedule your pet’s dental appointment today!

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Check Out Our New Facebook Page!

We are excited to announce that we now have a facebook page. Please “Like” us on Facebook for helpful hints and fun tid-bits!

Also feel free to post pictures of your adorable pets!

http://www.facebook.com/mobileprotection#!/pages/Lyndale-Animal-Hospital/126019040878512

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New feline vaccine protocol now being used at Lyndale Animal Hospital!

In an effort to reduce the risks of vaccinations, while continuing to protect our pets from fatal infectious diseases, the nonadjuvanted rabies and feline leukemia vaccines are now being used on our feline patients at Lyndale Animal Hospital. Both of these vaccines should be boostered on a yearly basis.  The city of Minneapolis requires all pet cats and dogs to be licensed and up to date with their rabies immunizations.

The feline leukemia vaccine is recommended in cats that go outdoors or are at risk of being in contact with cats of unknown disease status.

Vaccine site-associated sarcomas, a cancerous tumor that can form at the site of a vaccine injection, have been rigorously studied in veterinary medicine. In 1997 a Vaccine-Associated Feline Sarcoma Task Force (VAFSTF) was established to investigate this relatively rare, but aggressive disease, stimulate research and initiate changes in feline vaccine recommendations.

Although the cause for sarcoma formation in felines is not completely understood, experts currently agree that the tumors originate in areas where there is chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation at the site of a vaccine injection has been linked to the use of adjuvants in vaccines. Adjuvants, like aluminum salts and gels, are typically used in inactivated vaccines to enhance the immune response to the antigens within the vaccine.

Scientific evidence suggests that in genetically susceptible cats, chronic inflammation from vaccine adjuvants can lead to a cascade of physiological events, ultimately causing certain cells types to transform into cancerous cells.

Studies have shown that vaccination with inactivated, adjuvanted rabies or feline leukemia vaccines are associated with increased risk of vaccine site-associated tumors in cats. This association does not exist with the feline distemper vaccine (also known as the Panleukopenia-Rhinotracheitis-Calici or PRC vaccine). Luckily, experts have developed nonadjuvanted vaccines that lower the risk of tumor formation in cats.

Ask us at your next appointment if you have any other questions about vaccines and their associated risks.

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Spring is upon us and so are the bugs! Part III: Heartworm

HEARTWORM

Heartworm is a parasitic worm that lives, as an adult, in the heart and pulmonary arteries of the dog (and very rarely, the cat). The parasite is transmitted to a dog by a bite from an infected mosquito.

Simply stated, an infected mosquito injects larvae into a dog’s skin where these larvae (called L3) then spend the next week or two developing into the next larval stage (L4). The L4 stage lives in the skin for three months or so until it develops to a young adult stage (L5) and is ready to enter the dog’s circulatory system. The young adults, migrate to the heart and out into the pulmonary arteries (if there is room) where they will become adult heartworms and mate, approximately 5 to 7 months after first entering the new host.

There are many safe and effective heartworm preventives that act by killing the L3 and  L4 stages. The ivermectin products are also able to kill the younger L5.

Heartworm preventatives that we currently carry at our hospital include:

  • Heartgard Plus (dogs only)
  • Iverhart (dogs only)
  • Revolution (dogs and cats)
  • Proheart 6 (dogs only) – coming soon!

Testing for heartworm disease

Heartworm tests on the market do not detect infection with immature worms. This is why it takes 5 to 7 months from the time of exposure to get a valid heartworm test, therefore, there is no point in testing puppies less than 5 to 7 months of age. At that point, it is recommended that your dog be tested annually even if it is on heartworm protection year round.

For a further explanation of this and other information on heartworm disease, please click on the links below:

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