An epidemic is killing our pets, but it's not from a new infectious disease or even from resistant parasites. This insidious killer works more slowly, over months and years, robbing our dogs and cats of health, vitality and even longevity. The bigger problem in all of this is there is a disconnect between veterinarians and pet owners about this very common problem. What could possibly be so serious yet so misunderstood? The answer, of course, is the increasing number of overweight and obese pets...watch this video to learn more about keeping your pet at a healthy weight.
Our veterinarians believe that proper dental care is the foundation for maintaining your pet’s health and comfort. We provide an extensive dental care program, including cleaning, periodontal therapy and care for damaged teeth. Our digital dental x-ray system allows us to diagnose and treat otherwise hidden dental disease. Proper preventative care can add years to the life of your pet!
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It is our pleasure to announce that Dr. Travis Einertson is off
of medical leave and is back to work with us working his regular schedule. Travis still has a road ahead of him, but his recovery and treatments are going well and he's ready to get back to work! Thank you for your patience and understanding during his leave, but mostly for your thoughts and prayers. It was great to see such wonderful support on his Caring Bridge site. We're glad to have him back and doing so well, as he is glad to be back!
We are now a 3 doctor practice with Dr. Laura Toddie, Dr. Travis Einertson and Dr. Jennifer Watson!
Please visit our website at www.heritagepetvet.net to contact us, post your testimonials or to schedule your next appointment online. And don't forget to LIKE us on Facebook!
We look forward to continuing our relationship with you and your family for many years to come. Please call our office at
507-288-2050 to make your next appointment!
Dr. Laura Toddie, DVM has had a special interest in Avian and Exotic medicine since the beginning of her career. She takes pride in keeping herself informed and up-to-date on the latest advancements in this area of veterinary medicine, attending many continuing education opportunities on the subject. We also have on staff, Certified Veteri's who are well versed and educated in birds and exotics and we are very comfortable handling and caring for all types of animals. From birds to lizards, and snakes to guinea pigs, Heritage Pet Hospital respects the special bond that exists between you and your feathered, fury or scaly family member.
DID YOU KNOW?
Rabbits have to breathe through their noses
Rabbits are called “obligate nasal breathers” – they cannot breathe through
their mouths, and when they do, it means there might be a problem, such as their nasal passages are too inflamed or plugged with mucus, infection, or other problem keeping them from breathing effectively through their noses. Rabbits who are breathing with an open mouth should be checked by a vet right away.
Guinea pigs do not make their own vitamin C
Guinea pigs must be supplemented with oral vitamin C; just feeding vitamin C-enriched foods, such as bell peppers, is not enough. Without adequate vitamin C in their diet, guinea pigs cannot make collagen and other proteins needed in their bodies; their teeth fall out, their gums bleed, and their blood vessels do not function normally. Simply supplementing with an oral vitamin C tablet daily can avoid all of these problems.
Ferrets open their mouths & “yawn” when hung by the scruff of their neck
This is a reflex in ferrets when they are held by the scruff. This is a trick every ferret veterinarian knows. If you want to see inside a ferret’s mouth, hold him by his scruff, and you will be able to see inside clearly. This is handy tip for both the veterinarian trying to examine a ferret’s teeth/gums and the ferret owner trying to extract whatever foreign object the ferret may be trying to gobble down.
Heritage Pet Hospital
Heritage Pet Hospital 2117 North Highway 52 Rochester MN 55901 507-288-2050