Care for Your Pets

Our Focus

Our pet care focus is on keeping your pet healthy and happy. We achieve that through performing thorough annual physical exams, preventative immunizations, and regular testing for viruses, parasites, and other specific conditions.  As pets live longer, more active lives, they can benefit from physical examinations at six month intervals and routine blood screening for early detection of common geriatric health conditions.

Pets often develop medical conditions that can be alleviated through dietary management. Together we can determine a dietary plan suitable for such conditions as heart disease, kidney or liver problems, obesity, or other ailments.

We stock a wide range of the best veterinary drugs in the animal healthcare field. We also carry items in our online store which you can ship directly to your door.

Dog Health Care


Distemper-Hepatitis-Parainfluenza-Parvo (DHPP)

All puppies and adult dogs need a series of vaccinations to help protect against potentially deadly diseases. The DHPP vaccine protects against the most common diseases your puppy may come in contact with on a regular basis. We recommend vaccines every 2-4 weeks until your puppy is at least 16 weeks of age. It is very important for puppies to receive their complete series of vaccinations to ensure their protection. Tri-annual vaccines are required to provide continual protection against these diseases.


Rabies Vaccine

Rabies is required by law in the state of Minnesota because Rabies is a disease that is capable of being transmitted to humans. We recommend that puppies receive their rabies vaccination at 12 weeks.


Bordetella (Kennel Cough Vaccine)

Kennel cough is an upper respiratory virus or infection that is easily transmitted when your puppy is in a large group of dogs. Boarding, dog parks, doggy daycare, obedience classes, grooming, and dog shows are examples of high risk areas. If your dog is going to be any of these situations, we highly recommend giving the Bordetella vaccine. Kennels and most obedience facilities require bordetella be given every 6-12 months.


Lyme Vaccine

Living in Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin, we are located in a high risk area for lyme disease. If you are taking your dog to the woods, trails, or cabin, we would strongly recommend protecting your pet from this debilitating disease. Even pets that never leave their yard are at risk because a main carrier of deer ticks are rodents. The Lyme vaccine is required each year for best protection for your dog.


Leptospirosis Vaccine

This vaccine is recommended for dogs that spend time in areas where wildlife is common (especially rodents, raccoons, deer, rabbits, skunks and foxes or coyotes) as this is a bacteria that is spread from these species. This can be acquired if your dog is exposed to contaminated water such as ponds, streams, puddles, swampy areas etc. This can also be contracted by eating contaminated things on the ground such as grass. This bacteria can lead to kidney and/or liver failure in dogs. This vaccine is done annually after the initial booster series.



A stool sample is the easiest way to detect intestinal parasites and protozoans. Commonly we find roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, coccidia, and giardia. All are easily treatable but some can cause significant health risks to children, and health problems for your pet if left undetected and untreated. We recommend frequent stool checks for puppies, and at least annual checks for adults.



Heartworm is a potentially life-threatening disease that dogs contract from being bitten by an infected mosquito. Heartworm is present in our area and can be detected by annual blood tests and prevented via a monthly heartworm preventative. We recommend year round heartworm prevention.


Tick Borne Disease testing

The most common tick borne diseases we see are Lyme, Anaplasmosis and Ehrlichiosis. These are contracted via different tick species and can be potentially life-threatening. Since these diseases are common and highly prevalent in our area, we recommend annually doing a blood test called a 4dx test to screen for these diseases as treatment or additional testing may be recommended pending the results. You can help prevent these diseases by using a monthly flea and tick preventative. We recommend year round flea and tick prevention. Ticks can be out if the weather is over 30 degrees Fahrenheit!


It is recommended that you spay/neuter your puppy at 6 months before its first heat cycle and before he/she starts marking territory.  Health benefits from spaying/neuter, especially reduced cancer risks, are increased when done before this age.

Cat Health Care

RCP – Rhinotracheitis-Calicivirus-Panleukopenia

All kittens need a series of vaccinations to help against potentially deadly diseases. The RCP vaccine protects against the 3 most common diseases that your kitten may come in contact with. We recommend vaccinations every 2-4 weeks until your kitten is 16 weeks of age. It is very important for your kitten to receive their complete series of vaccinations to ensure their protection.



Rabies is required by law in the state of Minnesota, because rabies is a deadly disease that is capable of being transmitted to humans by bite wounds. All cats, even indoor cats, are required to be vaccinated for rabies. Even if your cat is indoors, it should be protected against this virus as sometimes a bat can come into the house that can be infected (which the cat may find) or sometimes a cat escapes the house. The first vaccine is usually given as early at 12 weeks.


Feline Leukemia

We strongly recommend that cats who go outside, or have contact with cats that do go outside, be kept vaccinated against feline leukemia. All cats should be tested at least once to determine if they are carrying either Feline Leukemia (FeLV) or feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). Both of these diseases can be fatal if your cat contracts them. Both diseases occur in our area and are transmitted from infected cats through saliva or cat fights, bites, bodily fluids, and from mom to kittens. The FeLV vaccine is given in two boosters the first year and then once annually after that. There is no vaccine for FIV.


Internal parasites that commonly occur in kittens include roundworms, tapeworms and coccidia. All are easily treatable. Since it is possible for people (mainly children) to contract parasites from animals, we strongly recommend fecal examinations for all cats and kittens.


We recommend to spay/neuter your kitten at 4-6 months of age. This way you spay females before they go into their first heat cycle and neuter males before they start behavioral spraying. Female cats, that go into heat, will continue to go in and out of heat until they are spayed or bred. Neutering a cat after it has already started to spray will help reduce the tendency but may not completely eliminate the problem because it has become a learned behavior. Spay/neuter early to avoid these problems.


Animals get immunity from collostrum (First mother’s milk), but as they approach the 6-12 week age, maternal antibodies decrease.  We are unable to detect the actual time that maternal antibodies quit working, and they can be different for each pet, therefore we recommend starting vaccinations at 6 weeks.  Booster vaccinations are then given every 3 weeks until the kitten or puppy is 16 weeks of age.

There are many reason for altering your pet. Females, if altered before their first heat cycle, have a reduced risk for mammary tumors (breast cancer) and eliminate the possibility of uterine infections. In males, altering reduces their risk of testicular cancers, and can help reduce behavioral marking (spraying).

SPAY (OVH) – Ovarian Hysterectomy

OVH is the surgical procedure in which the uterus and ovaries are surgically removed. The procedure itself lasts 20 – 45 minutes. Their heart-rate, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, and core body temperature are monitored by a surgical technician throughout the procedure. Standard spays are given absorbable sutures so they won’t need to return for a suture removal. All spayed are monitored during the day of surgery and go home late in the afternoon the same day as surgery. Take home instructions and pain medications to keep your pet comfortable will be given at the time of discharge.


NEUTER – Orchiectomy

Neutering is the surgical removal of the testicles and all reproductive capabilities. The procedure lasts 5-10 minutes for cats and 20-30 minutes for dogs. Heart-rate, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, and core body temperature are monitored by a surgical technician throughout the entire procedure. Neuters are given absorbable sutures so a suture removal is unnecessary. Neutering is performed as a same day procedure. Take home instructions and pain medications to keep your pet comfortable will be given at time of discharge.


Heartworm is a very serious but easily preventable disease that is transferred by an infected mosquito.  Here are some commonly asked questions about heartworm.

How can my dog get heartworm?

Heartworm is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito and can affect your dog’s heart and lungs.  The following is the heartworm life cycle:

  • Tiny immature heartworms (larvae) are transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito into the tissues blood stream of your dog.
  • Eventually the worms occupy your dog’s heart.
  • As the worms grow and reproduce, more immature worms (larvae) are released into your dog’s blood stream.
  • When other mosquitoes bite your dog they ingest blood and the heartworm larvae traveling through its blood stream.
  • Those now infected mosquitoes bite other dogs and the cycle starts again.

Is heart worm disease serious?

Yes it is very serious and can be life threatening if not detected/treated early enough.  Heartworms interfere with the normal flow of blood from the right side of the heart to the vessels serving the lungs.  If left untreated, heartworm disease can significantly reduce your dog’s quality of life, cause failure of the heart and other organs, and can ultimately lead to death.

What are signs of heartworm?

At first, an infected dog may show little or no signs of infection, but as the heartworms grow and mature, they cause increasing damage.  Your pet may become listless, tire easily after exercise, develop an occasional to persistent cough, and become anemic.  In advanced cases, dogs often suffer congestive heart failure.  Complications may develop in the liver and kidneys.  The blood supply to the lungs and other major organs may become blocked.

How can I prevent my dog from getting heartworm?

A simple blood test can determine if your dog has heartworm.  Once we determine that your dog is heartworm free, we will prescribe a once a month chewable preventative medication that is given year round. Another option is a ProHeart injection as a form of prevention.

What if my dog does have heartworm?

A complete physical and medical examination is necessary to determine the health of your pet and the severity of the disease.  Blood tests and possible x-rays will be taken to assure treatment tailored to your dog’s condition.

There have been significant improvements in heartworm treatment in recent years.  First, medications are given to weaken the worms and then injections are administered to kill the worms. Very specific activity restriction instructions will be necessary during treatment. 


My dog doesn’t spend much time outside, does it need to be tested?

Yes.  Mosquitoes are everywhere including inside your house.  It is possible to get bitten anywhere.

My dog was tested last year.  Do I need to bring him in again this year?

Yes.  Even one missed or belatedly given heartworm pill can result in infection.

Dental Care

A minor dental infection can become major health problem….. Oral hygiene is critical for both dogs and cats to:

  • Maintain healthy teeth and gums
  • Decrease oral infections that can cause the loss of teeth and damage both heart values and kidneys. Bacteria from oral infections have a clear path to the animal’s bloodstream and vital organs.
  • Prevent the loss of teeth
  • Decrease mouth odor
  • Decrease oral pain
  • Prevent oral abscesses

Warning signs of Dental Disease:

  • Bad breath
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Red and swollen gums
  • A brownish crust of plaque on the teeth near the gums
  • Difficulty eating or decreased appetite
  • Bleeding from your pet’s gums when touched or when they eat.

Plaque is an accumulation of debris and bacteria. When plaque is present, bacteria remain at the gum line. The plaque will eventually harden and turn to tartar. Like people, animals need professional teeth cleaning on a routine basis.

General anesthesia is required to adequately clean the pet’s teeth.

We take full mouth dental x-rays on every patient that has a dental cleaning performed at our hospital. This enable us to find and treat dental issues that may not be detectable on an oral exam as most issues occur under the gumline. Treatment of these painful oral  issues will improve your pets quality of life. 


Surgical Services
We provide both routine and complex surgical services. Our philosophy is to consult thoroughly with clients prior to surgery discussing options, answering questions and giving an accurate estimate of the cost of the procedure.

We recommend that animals undergoing a general anesthetic and surgical procedure have lab work done prior to anesthesia. This is particularly important with middle age and older animals. The pre-surgical screen allows the doctor to look for organ dysfunction and anemia (low blood counts) that might affect the safety of the anesthetic. This can be done the day of surgery or a short time prior to surgery.

Many of our surgeries are outpatient procedures, and patients can be discharged the same day as surgery.

Post operatively our patients are carefully monitored as they come out of anesthesia by our caring technicians and doctors.

An anesthetic and surgery consent form must be completed prior to surgery or any anesthetics.

Pain Management
Pain management is an important part of the care we provide for chronic and acute problems. Our experienced veterinary staff can assess pain and develop a treatment plan for cats and dogs.

We use both alternative and pharmacological treatments to reduce pain caused by injuries, surgery, or illness. Alternative pain management treatments we offer include laser therapy and acupuncture. Such forms of treatment seek to help your pet’s body heal by restoring balance to various systems, decreasing inflammation, increasing circulation, and releasing natural pain-relieving biochemicals. Acupuncture accomplishes this through the stimulation of specific points with very thin needles that affect the sites where needles are placed and the central nervous system. Laser therapy uses light energy to activate healing mechanisms at the cellular level. These therapies can be used individually or in combination to treat a wide variety of medical conditions in pets.


Obesity in pets is the most common diagnosis.  The most important factor leading to obesity is excess intake of calories and/or decreased physical activity.

There are several significant health problems that can develop due to obesity.  The most common problems being diabetes, osteoarthritis, breathing difficulties, plus anesthetic and surgical risks.  Studies have even found that the development of cancer is more likely in pets that are obese/overweight.

Extra weight increases the pressure on joints, which can in turn worsen an existing arthritic condition.

What do you do if your pet is overweight?

The general approach in treating an overweight pet is to reduce the caloric intake while increasing the energy output.  This can be accomplished by feeding a high-fiber, low-fat, less calorie-dense food and beginning a controlled exercise regimen with your pet.  We can help you formulate a diet plan to help facilitate weight loss in your pet.

The most important part of a successful weight reduction program is a total commitment by everyone in the family to help your pet lose weight. 

What do you do after your pet has reached its optimal weight?

Once your pet reaches a healthy weight, your goal is to prevent the extra pounds from coming back.  Periodic checkups, combined with nutrition formulated to prevent weight gain will help maintain optimal body weight.  Weight loss will improve your pet’s appearance and health as well as his enjoyment and length of life.


Senior Pet Care

The goal of our practice is to help your loving pet age gracefully. Our overall goal is to improve the quality of your pet’s life, as well as how long they live. Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer and healthier than ever.

Older dogs and cats are more likely to encounter health problems than younger pets. Pets age at a much faster rate than humans.

Common Health Conditions of Senior Pets

  • Periodontal disease: Inflammation of the teeth and gums may lead to pain, infection, tooth loss, bad breath, kidney and heart damage, and as a result, decrease, and, as a result, decrease your pets life expectancy.
  • Obesity: As your pet’s metabolism slows, weight gain can increase his or her risk of arthritis, disc disease, and diabetes.
  • Endocrine disease: Aging pets often experience changes in thyroid, pancreas and adrenal gland function that can negatively affect the heart, the digestive system, as well as the liver and kidney.
  • Kidney and liver disease: Failure of these organs can lead to chemical imbalances, anemia etc. Kidney disease is a leading cause of death in cats.
  • Heart disease: Pets with heart disease can experience sudden death, difficulty breathing, fatigue, exercise intolerance and lethargy. Medications may help make your pet more comfortable or reduce the risk for heart failure.
  • Arthritis: Arthritic joints are not only painful, they make it difficult for your pet to climb stairs, run or even jump into your lap.
  • Loss of vision or hearing: Older animals are at risk for cataracts and nuclear sclerosis—a natural aging process that clouds the eye. Diminished hearing is also common.
  • Cancer: Early detection may improve the prognosis.
  • Behavior changes: Pets suffering from canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome may appear disoriented, forget their housetraining, sleep more and interact with family members less. There are many things we can do to help with these issues medically!
Microchip Identification
  • Permanent, Life Long Identification
  • Safe
  • Greatly increases the chances of retrieving a lost pet

A small electronic ID chip with a unique code can be easily implanted under the skin of your pet for positive identification in the event that your pet becomes lost. Our doctors use a special syringe and needle to place the microchip under the skin, between the shoulder blades. The process does not require any sedation or anesthesia and is a short procedure (similar to giving a vaccination), however it does require an appointment and can be performed while your pet is here for other services.

We currently use microchips that come pre-registered.

In an effort to unite lost pets with their owners, most animal control facilities across the country have these microchip readers. They scan the chip, then call the registration number to determine the owner’s name and phone number and help unite the lost pet with its owner. Microchiping is permanent, so your pet can be identified, even if their collar is lost.