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Only a dog

A colleague recently shared a story with me, one from her days working in a veterinary clinic. A man had come in during a shift that she worked. He was a big, older guy, burly, wearing overalls. He most likely … Continue reading

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Exercise for Senior Dogs

As your dog ages, he or she will naturally become less energetic, and your long runs or the leap to catch a Frisbee may become too strenuous. But that doesn’t mean that elderly dogs don’t need exercise! Daily, gentle exercise … Continue reading

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4 Tips for Self-Care

  Companioning your pet through this fourth stage of life can be a difficult task, and it’s important to remember that while you provide the care and support that your pet needs, you should carve out some time to care … 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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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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Winter Memorial Crafts

The holidays and the winter season in general tend to bring a certain sense of peace and togetherness for many.  Perhaps it is the shorter days and longer nights, the time spent with family, or the comfort food that we share … Continue reading

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‘Quality of Life’ Photo Journal for Your Aging Pet

As a veterinarian who works with pet owners making end of life decisions for their beloved pet, I am often witness to how difficult those decisions can be. I remember a visit I made to a home a few years … Continue reading

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Making a Memory Box

To say that Daisy and I were close is a bit of an understatement. Although my first word was “Mom,” my second was “Daisy,” and my first sentence was “Where did Daisy go?” She was my constant, patient companion as … Continue reading

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Growing Up With Pet Loss: by Mandi Beckmann

When I was in first grade, I had to say goodbye to my very first pet. Pinky was a tiny white rat and I loved her with every ounce of my 7-year-old heart.  I still clearly remember the day at … Continue reading

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