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Minnesota Veterinary Hospital Blog

Taking to the Skies with Your Pet in Tow



Although flying with your pet may not be your first choice, it isn't always avoidable. Perhaps you're moving cross-country and have no time to spare driving your pet there yourself. As anxious as you might feel flying with your pet, you don't want to hire a stranger to drive her to another state. You may be going on vacation and have a limited time to see all the sites. Your pet enjoys being with you, it's just a matter of getting her there. Whatever your reason for booking a flight with your pet, following the tips in this post will make the experience less stressful for everyone. 


How Will You Celebrate National Mutt Day?


Animal activist Colleen Paige thought National Mutt Day was so important that she pushed for it to be recognized twice a year, on July 31 and December 2. The purpose of the awareness campaign, according to Paige, is to "embrace, save, and celebrate" mixed-breed dogs. All too often, people's desire for a purebred dog means that those with mixed parentage are overlooked. Mutts make up the largest percentage of euthanized animals in part because the desire for the perfect designer dog leads to over-breeding. 


Recognizing and Treating Kennel Cough


Bordetella Bronchoseptica, commonly known as kennel cough, is a highly contagious illness that can spread quickly among dogs and cats in close quarters. Although it typically isn't life-threatening, some pets develop complications after having kennel cough. The main causes of this illness are a combination of Bordetella Bronchoseptica bacteria and the canine influenza virus. The disease is called Bordetellosis when it's caused by a single factor.