Author Archives: Lindsay Niemi

When Pets Stop Eating

While not every pet will stop eating when they are ill or dying, lack of appetite is a common occurrence in those at the end of life. We often hear pet owners describe how long it has been since their … Continue reading

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How do I know it’s time?

“I wish my pet could just tell me when they’re ready.” We often hear clients say this when struggling to make the decision on whether to help their pet with euthanasia. This can be the hardest decision that we as … Continue reading

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Hyperthyroid Disease in Cats

As your cat ages, there are many age-related ailments that may develop throughout their later years. Hyperthyroidism, or hyperthyroid disease, is one of the more common glandular disorders for cats in the middle to senior age range. Cats with a hyperthyroid condition … Continue reading

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What life is like now

When your pet dies, everything changes. Your morning routine, your shopping lists, the space in your bed. The void that creeps into your life and the hole you can’t seem to fill in your heart is your new normal. When will … Continue reading

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What to do before a MN Pets appointment

You’ve scheduled the appointment for a MN Pets veterinarian to come to your home to help your pet, but aren’t quite sure what to do with your remaining time together. We have found that the time in between scheduling the … Continue reading

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Helpful Tips for Grooming Your Senior Cat

  As cats age, it may become more difficult for them to groom themselves as well as they used to. Struggles with mobility may limit their reach, or they may just be spending most of their time napping in the … Continue reading

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Pets and grief: involving other pets in an end of life appointment.

Often, our clients have more than one pet at home, and they wonder where their other pets should be during the euthanasia appointment.  While this is a personal choice and it depends on the pets involved, we do have some … Continue reading

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Going out of town? Things to consider when arranging care for your senior pet.

We recently sat down with pet-sitter Ashley Manley to get her advice about things to consider when boarding your senior pet. In addition to working for MN Pets, Ashley has been a pet sitter for more than 10 years, and has … Continue reading

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TO DO: Walk the dog

Throughout her eleven years as “my dog,” Piglet the dachshund has taught me many lessons. As a puppy, she taught me to be patient with her by insisting on every three hour potty breaks during the night. When she was … Continue reading

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12 Days of Christmas: Grief and Self-Care

The holiday season is upon us, and many of us have traditions that we keep alive during the winter months. Whether it be gathering with family and friends, a treasured recipe for comfort food, or quiet nights by the fire … Continue reading

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