National Pet Dental Health Month

February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Home dental care is very important for maintaining oral health and preventing systemic infections in both animals and people. The more frequently home dental care is performed, the better it is in maintaining good oral health. Please keep in mind that these steps are guidelines for dogs and cats who can be handled safely by their owners and who are not likely to growl or bite. If your pet has an aggressive tendency, this may not be a safe activity for you to perform. You may need to speak with your veterinarian to tailor your home dental care regimen to your individual pet.

Welcome, Dr. Megan Schommer

We are excited to announce the addition of our new doctor, Dr. Megan Schommer, on Monday, March 16. Dr. Megan Schommer is a 2010 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, Megan completed her internship in exotic companion animal medicine, general practice, emergency medicine, and zoo medicine at Valley Animal Hospital in Tucson, Arizona. Following her internship, she returned home to Minnesota and became an associate veterinarian at Lake Harriet Veterinary in April 2011. We are so honored to have her join our St Francis Animal Hospital team this year.

Holiday Tips: Caring For Your Pets

Happy Holidays! Many of you are putting finishing touches on your holiday decorations, buying last-minute gifts, baking cookies, volunteering to help those in need, or making travel plans to spend time with family and friends. It’s a busy time of the year!

Amidst the chaos of the season, we wanted to remind you of how the season can affect our pets. We are here to help you protect your pets against tinsel, chocolate, toxic plants and holiday lights; prepare your pets for boarding or travel; or help your pets negotiate the stresses of the season. Follow these tips to help keep your pets healthy, happy and safe this holiday season.


Dr. Kevin Roeser: Farewell Wishes

It is with great sadness that we announce the departure of Dr. Kevin Roeser from St Francis Animal Hospital. After 17 years, he was presented with an amazing opportunity to work in a practice close to his home and his barn, allowing more time with his family and his horses. We are sad to say goodbye, but are excited for him to embark on this new journey. His final day at St Francis will be December 28th; he will begin practicing at Lake Animal Hospital on January 6th. He wanted to share the following with you.

Happy National Veterinary Technician Week

We are excited to celebrate National Veterinary Technician Week October 13th-19th, 2019!

What Is A Veterinary Technician or a Veterinary Assistant?

A veterinary technician is comparable to a nurse in the human medical field. Veterinary technicians have been educated in the care and handling of animals, the basic principles of normal and abnormal life processes, and in many laboratory and clinical procedures. In general, veterinary technicians obtain 2-4 years of post-high school education and have an Associate's or Bachelor's degree in Veterinary Technology. In addition, they must pass a credentialing examination and keep up-to-date with continuing education to be considered certified in Minnesota.

September: Pain Awareness Month

September is Pain Awareness Month. Animals experience pain and discomfort just as people do. While it is obvious that a pet who is limping is experiencing pain, often the signs of pain are much more subtle. These signs may include restlessness; gait changes or shifting weight; decreased mobility, activity or play; panting or rapid breathing; difficulty getting up or down; difficulty with stairs; inability to jump; vocalization; behavior changes (aggression, clinginess, attention-seeking, hiding, withdrawal from the family); decreased appetite; excessive licking, chewing or mutilation of a particular area of their body; lack of grooming; change in body posture (hunched, not curled up when sleeping, stiff, neck stretched out); or a change in housetraining or litter box habits. Many of these signs are incorrectly attributed to 'old age'.

St Francis: Questions & Answers

We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has provided feedback to us over the past two months. We have really appreciated your honesty and willingness to provide your perspective. We wanted to take this opportunity to share some questions and answers with all of you. We have structured this section to reflect the questions that we’ve heard voiced by you.

Hyperthermia/Heat Stroke

It’s summertime – and with the sunny skies and warm temperatures come some potential risks for your pet. We wanted to share this recent article from Veterinary Partner.

Hyperthermia (Heat Stroke): First Aid

Written by Roger Gfeller, DVM, DACVECC; Michael Thomas, DVM; Isaac Mayo and shared with permission from Veterinary Partner.

Itchy Dogs: Allergy Management

Did you know that animals can have allergies too? They can – and with the arrival of summer, we’ve seen a surge in allergic dogs. Most commonly, dogs have environmental allergies, also known as atopic dermatitis or atopy. Food allergies and flea allergy dermatitis can also occur.

Lyme Disease Awareness Month


May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. What is Lyme disease? Is my dog at risk? Am I doing everything I can be doing to prevent this disease? We hope this article will answer your questions about Lyme disease in dogs.

Hormonal Management in Pet Birds

It’s springtime – well, at least it should be! Birds are singing and building their nests for the year. Just like our wild birds, the changing daylight and other signals can trigger our pet birds to believe it is the breeding season.