Please Come In!

We’re happy to have you back!

We are pleased to announce we are open again for in person appointments. We are very excited to be able to see you all again. Communication has sometimes been difficult with the curbside process so we anticipate this being very helpful for us as well as you.

As we transition to a more normal experience we have a few requirements.

In keeping with the current state regulations, we are allowing clients who are fully vaccinated to attend appointments in person without a mask. Fully vaccinated is defined as being two weeks past a completed vaccination series (one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two doses of the Pfizer/Moderna vaccine).

For those who are not vaccinated or their vaccination is incomplete, we are still allowing you in with your pet, but we require you to keep your mask on.

Furthermore, to keep traffic flow down to minimize risk, we are requiring that you call us and be escorted in by a staff member. All pet owners will be asked to remain in the examination room for the entirety of their visit as well.

We will still accept curbside appointments for those people who feel more comfortable with this type of appointment. Additionally, we may require this for certain urgent or emergency visits when our schedule is full.

We are asking our staff members who are not vaccinated to wear a mask as well when interacting with you.

Introducing a New Service!

We are now offering a spa service for your dog or cat. This will involve a short visit with our staff technicians and assistants to do all the “necessaries”. They will trim the nails, clean the ears, and express the anal glands. Normally this would cost $75, but when bundled together like this we give you a great discount!

Call today to schedule and appointment!

Please note, this does not include a visit with the doctor, so if you have something more than just these routine procedures, please schedule appropriately.

COVID – 19 Update May 2021

Governor Walz gave an update last week on the status of the state of Minnesota requirements concerning COVID – 19. Based on what he had to say, some of our policies will be changing.

In his statement, Governor Walz indicated that capacity limits were going to be relaxed, as will social distancing requirements, starting May 28th. The mask mandate is scheduled to be lifted as of July 1, 2021.

In accordance with these, we are anticipating beginning to allow limited in person appointments at the clinic. We are planning on beginning these appointments in early June, pending full confirmation by the Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine.

Initially we anticipate only allowing 1 client at a time with their pet. We will also require masks as long as the mask mandate is in effect.

Please check back on our website frequently to keep up with our updates on this.

The Importance of Pets in Mental Health

It’s very likely you know someone who has an emotional support animal in their life. This has become a relatively common thing in our society these days. It underscores the importance of pets in our emotional and mental health.

Beyond emotional support animals, ordinary pets in our lives have an incredibly important impact on our mental health. As May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, we want to make sure to acknowledge the positive benefits our pets have on our mental health.

According to the website PositivePsycology.com, pet owners are less likely to suffer depression, experience lower levels of blood pressure during stressful situations, have lower levels of triglycerides and cholesterol, survive longer after heart attacks, live longer, and have about a third less visits to the doctor after the age of 65.

Those things alone would be plenty to make most of us happy to have our pets. Or encourage you to get one if you don’t have one. I know as a pet owner, the animals in my household have helped me through difficult times on many occasions.

Last year presented a very unique sort of challenges to all of us. Depression was at an all time high as a result. Those of us with pets leaned heavily on their presence to help support us.

One of the positive impacts on our society was the reduction of the number of pets in human societies and shelters. Many people went out in search of companions to help them in their isolation and their newfound challenges.

In addition to those things I listed above, there are a number of other things that pets do to help our mental health. For instance, they help to fulfill our need for touch. Petting, hugging, and playing with our pets tends to provide significant relief from stress and anxiety. This kind of activity is know to produce increased levels of serotonin and dopamine, resulting in increased calm and relaxation.

Their requirements for regular attention and care also add a level of structure to our lives that can be helpful in maintaining our mental health. Many also require regular exercise which helps us to get outside and also increases our own level of physical activity.

We also play an important role in the mental health of our pets, which I’ll get into in later posts.