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Welcome to Duluth Veterinary Hospital!

We have been providing state of the art care for pets and their owners since the late 1940’s.  We are accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), which designates higher standards in veterinary care.  Our mission is to provide personalized, high quality care for pets and their owners characterized by trust, respect, and compassion.  We strive continually to improve our care of pets and people through innovation, education, and teamwork.

Hospital Services

  • Routine Preventative Care & Surgery
  • LASER Surgery
  • Digital Radiology
  • Dentistry
  • Intensive care
  • Orthopedic and soft tissue surgery

 

Contact Us

Duluth Veterinary Hospital
2015 London Road
Duluth, MN  55812
Tel: (218) 728-3616

For daily general inquiries: info@duluthvet.com

Doctors email will be answered within 48-72 hours

Seasonal Topic

With summer comes the heat, insects, and dangerous plants. Here are some important Warm weather tips from vetstreet.com

 

Featured Article

Pet Anxiety to Thunderstorms and Fireworks

The time of year is here when thunderstorms and fireworks can cause significant anxiety in our pets.  These reactions are not uncommon and can get worse as pets age.   While many dogs get accustomed to storms and other loud noises (hunting dogs), others may become more sensitive, resulting in additional fear with each exposure.  The degree of anxiety is based on a dog’s perception of a threat.

Dogs may show a variety of signs including panting, trembling, hiding, pacing, vocalizing, and being destructive. Diagnosis is clear when the signs occur consistently during a storm or with fireworks. Some dogs are more anxious during these events when they are alone.

Dogs may try to hide to avoid a thunderstorm, which is a normal response. A safe location should be readily available, especially when you are not at home. You can try to limit exposure to the overwhelming and fear-evoking elements of the storm by closing doors and windows, and using white noise or music to block the sounds. You can also redirect your dog to obedience exercises, fun activities or relaxation responses. There are different strategies depending on your family and the dog’s unique response.

While there are many things that we can try on our anxious pets, there isn’t one answer or recommendation that fits all dogs.  Depending on your individual dog’s level of anxiety, there are many different treatment and management options to discuss with your veterinarian.

For very anxious animals, it is important to reduce anxiety during a storm or other stressful event. Some of these include DAP (dog appeasing pheromone) collars and diffusers.  Food treats work with food-motivated dogs, and games that your dog loves may be even more useful in helping the dog mentally tune out the noise. The more you and your dog train together, the more powerful these interactions will be in conditioning your dog not to worry about the distant noises. Retrieving, tug of war, and other interactive games are great antidotes to fear.

In addition, don’t leave a dog outdoors and alone when someone is going to use fireworks. Besides the risk of fear created, many dogs will flee a fenced yard and panic. 

If your dog’s anxiety is minimal and he startles but recovers quickly, it may be appropriate for you to ignore him and observe his natural ability to adapt to storms. However, ignoring severe anxiety or extreme displays when a dog is not likely to adapt naturally is not necessary, and could contribute to your dog’s anxiety. If you feel that your pet’s anxiety is extreme or your pet is at risk for self-injury please consult your veterinarian.