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As we are all settling into our new routines, we wanted to reach out to you to assure you that we are still here to care for your four-legged family members. We are continuously monitoring the current conditions and adjusting our protocols to keep our employees and clients healthy while still providing the exceptional patient care that you have always known and loved.

Most of you have been following the updates throughout the past two weeks and have been following the rapid shifts in protocols. Along with all of you, we too have settled into our new routine.

Thank you so much for all of your amazing support and kind words throughout this week as we have scrambled to adjust our protocols, care for your pets, and keep our clients and employees safe.  

More than ever, we ask you to support your local independently-owned small businesses.  Please consider stocking up on your pets’ spring heartworm and flea/tick preventatives by purchasing from St Francis or from our online store instead of a large warehouse like Chewy or PetMeds.  Your purchases will help sustain our business and support our employees. Given the uncertainty of the days ahead, we have increased our staff for Saturday to help accommodate your medication refills and preventative purchases.

We hope to remain open throughout this time, but if that is not feasible, we will be poised to monitor our phones, emails, and PetDesk.  

We know that these are challenging times for everyone.  We are thinking of all of you as we navigate the days ahead.

The Doctors & Staff at St Francis Animal Hospital

We continue to monitor the status of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in and around our community and are making the best decisions we can to care for our patients while keeping you and our veterinary team as safe as possible.

Effective immediately, we will no longer schedule any routine or non-essential appointments until after April 5th.  This includes routine annual examinations, vaccine appointments, grooming appointments, maintenance acupuncture appointments, elective surgeries, or routine laboratory rechecks.  If your pet currently has an appointment, we intend to continue to care for those patients as planned until further notice. 

It is important to understand that this situation is changing quickly.  It is essential that you are monitoring for email communication or updates on our website, Facebook page, PetDesk or other social media channels.  We are approaching this situation day-by-day, and if conditions change, we will update you accordingly.  Please be aware that cancellations could occur at any time with limited notice.

For those patients who have appointments with us, we are only offering curbside service.  We will no longer allow clients into the building with the exception of euthanasia appointments on a case-by-case basis. 

What To Expect During Your Visit

Appointments

  • We will email you a history form to complete prior to your appointment. It is essential that you have this form completed at the time of your arrival.  This will provide us with the information we need to give your pet the best care under these circumstances. 
  • We will monitor for new clients to enter the parking lot. If our staff members are working with patients and are not available to greet you at your car, call us at (651) 645-2808 or text us at (651) 998-7133.  Please be patient as we try to manage an excessively high call and text volume.  It is helpful to provide us with your car’s make, model, and color so that we can find you easily.

Important: Our texting capability is only for curbside check in.  Do not contact us via text for any other matters.

  • A veterinary assistant or technician will retrieve your completed history form, discuss your goals for the visit, and bring your pet into the building. A number will be placed on your windshield and on your pet’s chart.

It is absolutely necessary for your pet to be in a carrier or on a leash with a properly fitting collar.  Your pet may be uncertain about what is happening, and we all need to work together to make sure that no pet escapes from a vehicle or slips out of a poorly fitting collar.  We may add a slip leash for your dog for added protection.

  • Once in the building, the doctor will perform an examination and any pre-authorized procedures or treatments. If additional conversation is necessary, we will call you. 
  • We will return to your car with your pet along with your medications, preventatives, products, and discharge instructions.
  • We will obtain payment from you via phone or our wireless credit card terminal. As always, we also accept cash or checks.  You are not required to sign credit card slips.
  • If your pet is fearful, aggressive, or does not do well without you present, please discuss this with us at the time of scheduling so that we can discuss options.
  • All acupuncture appointments will be cared for at the main St Francis location, not St Francis Integrative Services. This will be effective immediately.

Medications, Pet Food, and Other Products

As noted above, you will not be allowed to enter the building to retrieve your pet’s medications, food, or other products.

  • Please call ahead at least 48 to 72 hours in advance for all medications, pet food, or products. This will allow us adequate time to have everything ready for you.  We are receiving unusually high numbers of medication refill requests and have had difficulty keeping up with the demand.  Please be patient with us as we do our best to serve everyone’s needs.
  • When you arrive, call us at (651) 645-2808 or text us at (651) 998-7133. It is helpful to provide us with your car’s make, model, and color so that we can find you easily.

Important: Our texting capability is only for curbside check in.  Do not contact us via text for any other matters.

  • We will bring everything to your car for you.
  • We will obtain payment from you via phone or our wireless credit card terminal. As always, we also accept cash or checks.  You are not required to sign credit card slips.

We also offer a convenient online store on our website.  Visit www.stfrancisanimalandbird.com and click on Vetsource Online Store.  For first-time users, you may enter either HURRAY25 or AWESOME25 for 25% off your first order through the end of March.  Items will be billed and shipped to your home, but purchases will still benefit St Francis directly.  This is an excellent option for ordering medications and pet food from the safety of your own home.

We ask for your understanding and patience as we balance caring for your pets and keeping our community safe.  Please continue to visit our website, social media channels, and PetDesk for additional information as this situation rapidly unfolds.  If you have any questions, please reach out to us via phone (651-645-2808) or email (group@stfrancisabh.com). 

Wishing you all good health!

Sincerely,
The Doctors and Staff at St Francis Animal Hospital

 

We continue to monitor the status of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in and around our community and are making the best decisions we can to care for our patients while keeping you and our veterinary team as safe as possible.

We will be starting our curbside services tomorrow, Wednesday March 18th.  We will no longer allow clients into the building with the exception of euthanasia appointments on a case-by-case basis.  However, we will continue to see patients as long as we are able to follow these strict protocols.

What To Expect During Your Visit

Appointments 

  1. We will email you a history form to complete prior to your appointment.  It is essential that you have this form completed at the time of your arrival.  

  2. We will monitor for new clients to enter the parking lot.  If our staff members are working with patients and are not available to greet you at your car, call us at (651) 645-2808 or text us at (651) 998-7133.  Please be patient as we try to manage an excessively high call and text volume. At this time, please provide us with your car’s make, model, and color so that we can find you easily.

Important: Our texting capability is only for curbside check in.  Do not contact us via text for any other matters.

3. A veterinary assistant or technician will retrieve your completed history form, discuss your goals for the visit, and bring your pet into the building.

It is absolutely necessary for your pet to be in a carrier or on a leash with a properly fitting collar. 
Your pet may be uncertain about what is happening, and we all need to work together to make sure that no pet escapes from a vehicle or slips out of a poorly fitting collar.  We may add a slip leash for your dog for added protection.

4. The doctor will perform an examination and any pre-authorized procedures or treatments.  If additional conversation is necessary, we will call you. 

5. We will return to your car with your pet along with your medications, preventatives, products, and discharge instructions. 

6.  We will obtain payment from you via phone or our wireless credit card terminal.  As always, we also accept cash or checks.

7.  If your pet is fearful, aggressive, or does not do well without you present, please discuss this with us at the time of scheduling so that we can discuss options. 

8.  For St Francis Integrative Services appointments, we will not have the ability to call or text, so please plan to wait outside until we are ready for you.  We will call you when we have finished your pet’s treatment. 

9.  We recommend that you delay routine appointments, grooming appointments, non-essential technician appointments, and other non-essential visits until the school closures are lifted to minimize unnecessary exposure to our staff.   

Medications, Pet Food, and Other Products

As noted above, you will not be allowed to enter the building to retrieve your pet’s medications, food, or other products.

  1. Please call ahead at least 48 hours in advance for all medications, pet food, or products.  This will allow us adequate time to have everything ready for you. We are receiving unusually high numbers of medication refill requests and have had difficulty keeping up with the demand.  Please be patient with us as we do our best to serve everyone’s needs

  2. When you arrive, call us at (651) 645-2808 or text us at (651) 998-7133.  At this time, please provide us with your car’s make, model, and color so that we can find you easily. 

Important: Our texting capability is only for curbside check in.  Do not contact us via text for any other matters. 

3.  We will bring everything to your car for you. 

4.  We will obtain payment from you via phone or our wireless credit card terminal.  As always, we also accept cash or checks.

We also offer a convenient online store on our website.  Visit www.stfrancisanimalandbird.com and click on Vetsource Online Store.  For first-time users, you may enter either HURRAY25 or AWESOME25 for 25% off your first order through the end of March.  Items will be billed and shipped to your home, but purchases will still benefit St Francis directly. This is an excellent option for ordering medications and pet food from the safety of your own home.

We ask for your understanding and patience as we balance caring for your pets and keeping our community safe.  Please continue to visit our website, social media channels, and PetDesk for additional information as this situation rapidly unfolds.  If you have any questions, please reach out to us via phone (651-645-2808) or email (group@stfrancisabh.com).  

Wishing you all good health!

Sincerely,
The Doctors and Staff at St Francis Animal Hospital

We continue to monitor the status of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in and around our community and are making the best decisions we can to care for our patients while keeping you and our veterinary team as safe as possible.

We will be keeping our clients up-to-date via PetDesk, our website, email newsletters, Facebook, and other social media channels.  Please monitor closely for our updated status as this is changing daily.

As of now, we continue to maintain regular business hours and appointments.  However, starting on Wednesday March 18th, we will no longer allow clients into the building.  Please see the following for additional information about what to expect with these new protocols.

Appointments

  • If you are experiencing any signs of illness; have any flu-like symptoms including fever, cough, or shortness of breath; or have had any of these signs within the past fourteen days, please reschedule any upcoming routine appointments.
  • If you have recently had an increased risk of exposure by traveling or attending a large gathering, please postpone your appointment until after a fourteen-day quarantine.
  • If you are ill, have been ill within the past fourteen days, or have had an increased risk of exposure and your pet needs urgent care or medical attention, please ask a friend, neighbor or family member to bring your pet into our facility. If you call ahead, we will gladly accommodate your pet’s guardian and make the appropriate arrangements.
  • If anyone in your household is ill, has been ill within the past fourteen days, or has had an increased risk of exposure, please call ahead to inform us so that we may take the appropriate protective measures to keep our team safe while handling your pet and your pet’s belongings. Our veterinary team will be wearing gloves when handling your pet in these situations.
  • We will no longer be allowing clients to enter the building with their pets. Instead, we will be offering ‘curbside service’.
  • When new appointments are scheduled, please provide your vehicle information (color, make, and model).
  • We will email you a history form to complete prior to your appointment. It is essential that you have this form completed at the time of your arrival.  
  • We will monitor for new clients to enter the parking lot. If our staff members are working with patients and are not available to greet you at your car, call us at (651) 645-2808.  Please be patient as we try to manage an excessively high call volume at this time.  We hope to add a more convenient texting option through the PetDesk app soon and will let you know if/when that is an option. 
  • A veterinary assistant or technician will retrieve your history form, discuss your goals for the visit, and bring your pet into the building.

It is absolutely necessary for your pet to be in a carrier or on a leash with a properly fitting collar.  Your pet may be uncertain about what is happening, and we all need to work together to make sure that no pet escapes from a vehicle or slips out of a poorly fitting collar.  We may add an additional slip leash for your dog for added protection.

  • The doctor will perform an examination and any pre-authorized procedures or treatments. If additional conversation is necessary, we will call you.  (Note: We are exploring options to allow you to be on speakerphone during the visit.)
  • We will return to your car with your pet along with your medications, preventatives, products, and discharge instructions.
  • We will obtain payment from you via phone or our wireless credit card terminal. As always, we also accept cash or checks.

If your pet is fearful, aggressive, or does not do well without you present, please discuss this with us at the time of scheduling so that we can discuss options.

  • Visits to our St Francis Integrative Services location will be handled in the same manner, though due to the traffic from surrounding businesses in the parking lot, we ask you to hand your pet off to us at the door. You are welcome to wait in your vehicle or plan to return 45 minutes later.  We will call you when we have finished your pet’s treatment.
  • In general, we recommend that you delay routine appointments, grooming appointments, non-essential technician appointments, and other non-essential visits until the school closures are lifted to minimize unnecessary exposure to our staff.

Medications, Pet Food, and Other Products

As noted above, you will not be allowed to enter the building to retrieve your pet’s medications, food, or other products.

  • Please call ahead at least 24 hours in advance for all medications, pet food, or products. This will allow us adequate time to have everything ready for you.
  • When you arrive, call us at (651) 645-2808. Please be patient as we try to manage an excessively high call volume at this time.  We hope to add a more convenient texting option through the PetDesk app soon and will let you know if/when that is an option. 
  • We will bring everything to your car for you.
  • We will obtain payment from you via phone or our wireless credit card terminal. As always, we also accept cash or checks.

We also offer a convenient online store on our website.  Visit www.stfrancisanimalandbird.com and click on Vetsource Online Store.  For first-time users, you may enter either HURRAY25 or AWESOME25 for 25% off your first order through the end of March.  Items will be billed and shipped to your home, but purchases will still benefit St Francis directly.

 

Safety Precautions: Cleaning and Disinfection

Veterinary practices routinely disinfect with products that are virucidal – this means that they destroy viruses.  We use REScue, an accelerated hydrogen peroxide disinfectant.  Rescue is effective against coronavirus COVID-19 as per the Center for Biocide Chemistries, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the CDC.

We are taking additional precautions with regards to cleaning and disinfection including regular cleaning of all door handles, light switches, pens, computer keyboards, and telephones.

Other Preparations

The CDC suggests that families have a two-week supply of food, prescriptions, and pet supplies available in the event that you become sick and are quarantined within your home.  Please contact us if you need to order your pets’ medications, food, or other supplies.  We also encourage you to visit our online store on our website at www.stfrancisanimalandbird.com.

We are continuously reviewing potential supply chain issues and purchasing surplus orders of critical medications and medical supplies as deemed appropriate.  We will keep you updated on any backorder situation that may affect your pet.

Interacting With Pets

At this time, experts have not expressed concern about transmission to or from animals.  Multiple international health organizations have indicated that pets and other domestic animals are not considered at risk for contracting COVID-19 or spreading COVID-19.

However, if you are infected with COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control is recommending that you limit contact with pets just as you would limit contact with other humans.  When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick.  If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid close contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food.

Additional Resources

CDC: Coronavirus COVID-19
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

AVMA: What Do You Need To Know About Coronavirus?
https://www.avma.org/blog/what-do-you-need-know-about-coronavirus?inf_contact_key=1c317f3db5a4c53643f6de4621d73697

MN Board of Animal Health: Coronavirus Disease 2019
https://www.bah.state.mn.us/covid-19/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery&inf_contact_key=c2379d7af511af125bc2396cc3f75d15

World Health Organization (WHO): Coronavirus Disease Advice for the Public: Myth Busters
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters?inf_contact_key=0b28854d1c48d3a6bbd69d4929ae18ec

CDC: Hand-Washing Guide
https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery&inf_contact_key=0f64a409b89b1aa28cec3d5c263ef242

We ask for your understanding and patience as we balance caring for your pets and keeping our community safe.  Please continue to visit our website, social media channels, and PetDesk for additional information as this situation rapidly unfolds.  If you have any questions, please reach out to us via phone (651-645-2808) or email (group@stfrancisabh.com). 

Wishing you all good health!

Sincerely,

The Doctors and Staff at St Francis Animal Hospital

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Important Updates

While the health of our patients is always our utmost priority, we are continuing to monitor the news of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in and around our community in order to best keep you and our veterinary team as healthy as possible.

As of now, St Francis is open and operating as usual.  We continue to maintain regular business hours and appointments, but as new information is continually evolving, please continue to check our website and social media channels for the current status of business hours and availability.  We anticipate that our status may change even within the next week.

While the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) have indicated that dogs, cats, and other domestic animals are not considered at risk for contracting COVID-19, we are taking extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of clients and staff within our facility.

IMPORTANT COVID 19 UPDATE 1

Appointments

  • If you are experiencing any signs of illness; have any flu-like symptoms including fever, cough, or shortness of breath; or have had any of these signs within the past fourteen days, we kindly ask you to reschedule your upcoming routine appointments.
  • If you have recently had an increased risk of exposure by traveling or attending a large gathering, please consider rescheduling your appointment until after a fourteen-day quarantine.
  • If you are ill, have been ill within the past fourteen days, or have had an increased risk of exposure and your pet needs urgent care or medical attention, please ask a friend, neighbor or family member to bring your pet into our facility. If you call ahead, we will gladly accommodate your pet’s guardian and make the appropriate arrangements.
  • If anyone in your household is ill, has been ill within the past fourteen days, or has had an increased risk of exposure, please call ahead to inform us so that we may take the appropriate protective measures to keep our team safe while handling your pet and your pet’s belongings. Our veterinary team will be wearing gloves when handling your pet.
  • In compliance with the recommendations for social distancing, we will refrain from shaking your hand and will keep as distanced as possible during your visit. If you prefer to wait outside or in your car during your pet’s appointment, please let us know and we will make those accommodations.
  • In general, please consider delaying routine appointments, grooming appointments, or other non-essential visits until the school closures are lifted to minimize unnecessary exposure to our staff.
  • We understand that there are many other causes of respiratory signs besides COVID-19. However, we have elected to err on the side of caution to keep everyone safe.  If you are exhibiting any respiratory signs while at St Francis, you will be asked to wait outside or in your car while we care for your pet.  We appreciate your understanding of this decision.

Safety Precautions: Cleaning and Disinfection

Veterinary practices routinely disinfect with products that are virucidal – this means that they destroy viruses.  We use REScue, an accelerated hydrogen peroxide disinfectant.  Rescue is effective against coronavirus COVID-19 as per the Center for Biocide Chemistries, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the CDC.

We are taking additional precautions with regards to cleaning and disinfection.  In addition to our regular cleaning and disinfection between patients, we have implemented the following steps:

  • Door handles and light switches in the exam rooms are disinfected between every appointment.
  • The lobby benches, reception countertop, pens, faucets, toilet handle, and all other door handles are disinfected hourly. All telephones are cleaned between individual users.
  • Magazines and all other reading materials have been removed from our exam rooms. Please bring your own reading materials to your pet’s appointment if desired.

We ask you to join us in washing your hands thoroughly and frequently in order to prevent disease transmission. 

Other Preparations

The CDC suggests that families have a two-week supply of food, prescriptions, and pet supplies available in the event that you become sick and are quarantined within your home.  Please contact us if you need to order your pets’ medications, food, or other supplies.  We also encourage you to visit our online store on our website at www.stfrancisanimalandbird.com.

We are continuously reviewing potential supply chain issues and purchasing surplus orders of critical medications and medical supplies as deemed appropriate.  We will keep you updated on any backorder situation that may affect your pet.

Interacting With Pets

At this time, experts have not expressed concern about transmission to or from animals.  Multiple international health organizations have indicated that pets and other domestic animals are not considered at risk for contracting COVID-19 or spreading COVID-19.

However, if you are infected with COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control is recommending that you limit contact with pets just as you would limit contact with other humans.  When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick.  If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid close contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food.

Additional Resources

CDC: Coronavirus COVID-19
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

AVMA: What Do You Need To Know About Coronavirus?
https://www.avma.org/blog/what-do-you-need-know-about-coronavirus?inf_contact_key=1c317f3db5a4c53643f6de4621d73697

MN Board of Animal Health: Coronavirus Disease 2019
https://www.bah.state.mn.us/covid-19/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery&inf_contact_key=c2379d7af511af125bc2396cc3f75d15

World Health Organization (WHO): Coronavirus Disease Advice for the Public: Myth Busters
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters?inf_contact_key=0b28854d1c48d3a6bbd69d4929ae18ec

CDC: Hand-Washing Guide
https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery&inf_contact_key=0f64a409b89b1aa28cec3d5c263ef242

We ask for your understanding and patience as we balance caring for your pets and keeping our community safe.  Please continue to visit our website and social media channels for additional information as this situation rapidly unfolds.  If you have any questions, please reach out to us via phone (651-645-2808) or email (group@stfrancisabh.com). 

Wishing you all good health!

Sincerely,
The Doctors and Staff at St Francis Animal Hospital

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Employee Spotlight: Cate Boisjolie

Cate joined St Francis Animal Hospital in September 2017 after a varied career path that included being a certified nursing assistant, a research laboratory assistant, a phlebotomist, and a veterinary assistant in a large animal hospital.  Her current career interests lie in research, pathology, and medicine, and she has applied to medical school for the Class of 2024.

Cate is St Francis’ lead veterinary assistant.  In addition to her regular duties, she assists the veterinary technicians with technical duties and helps with the training and mentoring of new assistants.

cate boisjoilie

Outside of work and school, her hobbies include reading, running, camping, photography/videography, hanging with her two nieces, traveling with her husband, Danny, and cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals.

Why do you love being a veterinary assistant?

I was born and raised in Austin, MN and most of my adolescence was spent with animals.  My interest in biology and medicine began at an early age.  Dogs, cats and horses were some of my best friends and that's still the same today.  I love working in a field that allows me to work with animals on a daily basis.

Why do you love working at St Francis Animal Hospital?

I'm excited to work at St. Francis.  I love having the opportunity to learn from my colleagues, both human and animal, and continue to gain knowledge that will help me in my future career path.

Thank you, Cate, for your years of service at St Francis.  It’s never too late to choose to go to veterinary school – we would love to have you stay in the veterinary field!


 Allergy Season: Ear Care For Your Dog

Any dog can get ear infections, but those with long or hairy ears (Cocker Spaniels or Retrievers) can be more prone.  Common signs of ear infections include inflammation, discharge, swelling, and foul odor.  You may also notice your dog scratching their ears or shaking their head.

Dogs have both a horizontal and a vertical canal, making them much longer than a human’s canal.  It’s important when cleaning their ears to completely fill their entire canal with a cleanser specifically designed for pets.  Massage the base of their ear and allow them to shake the debris and fluid out.  Never use a Q-tip in their canal as you may cause damage to the eardrum. 

It’s important to care for your dog’s ears with maintenance cleaning.  We recommend cleaning their ears once to twice a month or once weekly if they’re more prone to infections.  It is also recommended to clean ears after swimming or bathing.  We offer several types of ear cleansers.  For normal maintenance, we have Epi-Klean and for dogs prone to bacterial or yeast infections, we have TrizUltra + Keto Flush.

Most patients with recurrent ear infections have underlying allergies.  Dogs can be allergic to environmental allergens (atopy) or to food allergens.  If your dog suffers from ongoing or recurrent ear infections, schedule an appointment to speak with one of our veterinarians about the management of allergies. 

Spring allergens and the summer swimming season are right around the corner!  Please let us know if you have any questions about your dog’s ears!  To schedule an appointment or order a refill of ear cleaning solution, you may reach us via phone at (651-645-2808), email (group@stfrancisabh.com) or our PetDesk app.

Written by Abby Torok, CVT, Director of Dermatology Services 


News Briefs

National Awesome Veterinarian Week
We have created a new holiday which is currently only celebrated at St Francis Animal Hospital.  Please join us in celebrating National Awesome Veterinarian Week March 16th-20th!  Take a moment to say thank you to your pet’s veterinarian(s) this week!

Tobias Matthew 
We are very sad to announce the passing of our clinic mascot, Tobias Matthew.  Toby had retired to live with our former veterinary technician, Kelly, several years ago.  He passed this week at the age of 14 years.  He will be missed dearly by so many who loved him.

toby 

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who provides us with feedback via the PetDesk surveys, online reviews, and your personal emails, cards, and letters.  Your feedback means so much to us.  We are so grateful to have the world’s best clients and patients!

National Pet Dental Health Month

February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Home dental care is very important for maintaining oral health and preventing systemic infections in both animals and people. The more frequently home dental care is performed, the better it is in maintaining good oral health. Please keep in mind that these steps are guidelines for dogs and cats who can be handled safely by their owners and who are not likely to growl or bite. If your pet has an aggressive tendency, this may not be a safe activity for you to perform. You may need to speak with your veterinarian to tailor your home dental care regimen to your individual pet.

Welcome, Dr. Megan Schommer

We are excited to announce the addition of our new doctor, Dr. Megan Schommer, on Monday, March 16. Dr. Megan Schommer is a 2010 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, Megan completed her internship in exotic companion animal medicine, general practice, emergency medicine, and zoo medicine at Valley Animal Hospital in Tucson, Arizona. Following her internship, she returned home to Minnesota and became an associate veterinarian at Lake Harriet Veterinary in April 2011. We are so honored to have her join our St Francis Animal Hospital team this year.

Holiday Tips: Caring For Your Pets

Happy Holidays! Many of you are putting finishing touches on your holiday decorations, buying last-minute gifts, baking cookies, volunteering to help those in need, or making travel plans to spend time with family and friends. It’s a busy time of the year!

Amidst the chaos of the season, we wanted to remind you of how the season can affect our pets. We are here to help you protect your pets against tinsel, chocolate, toxic plants and holiday lights; prepare your pets for boarding or travel; or help your pets negotiate the stresses of the season. Follow these tips to help keep your pets healthy, happy and safe this holiday season.

 

Dr. Kevin Roeser: Farewell Wishes

It is with great sadness that we announce the departure of Dr. Kevin Roeser from St Francis Animal Hospital. After 17 years, he was presented with an amazing opportunity to work in a practice close to his home and his barn, allowing more time with his family and his horses. We are sad to say goodbye, but are excited for him to embark on this new journey. His final day at St Francis will be December 28th; he will begin practicing at Lake Animal Hospital on January 6th. He wanted to share the following with you.

Happy National Veterinary Technician Week

We are excited to celebrate National Veterinary Technician Week October 13th-19th, 2019!

What Is A Veterinary Technician or a Veterinary Assistant?

A veterinary technician is comparable to a nurse in the human medical field. Veterinary technicians have been educated in the care and handling of animals, the basic principles of normal and abnormal life processes, and in many laboratory and clinical procedures. In general, veterinary technicians obtain 2-4 years of post-high school education and have an Associate's or Bachelor's degree in Veterinary Technology. In addition, they must pass a credentialing examination and keep up-to-date with continuing education to be considered certified in Minnesota.