Expert care for the dogs and cats of Bloomington, MN and beyond.
We’re here when you need us, whether it’s for a routine checkup, a much-needed vaccination, or teeth cleaning. Because our clean, facilities utilize the most up-to-date and technological equipment, and our staff is not only knowledgeable about veterinary techniques but also possesses an incredible passion for their work, you can rest assured that your best friend is in the best hands.
Bush Lake Pet Hospital is able to process a wide array of diagnostic laboratory tests with our in-house laboratory.
Our tests include things like:
- Blood Tests
- Urine Tests
- Fecal Tests
- Parasite Tests
- Digital X-rays
- …and more!
Did you know that poor oral health can lead to infections that can spread through the bloodstream to affect major organs such as your pet’s liver, kidneys, and heart?
Just as it’s important for you to see a dentist regularly, it’s important for dogs and cats as well. Your pet’s oral health is directly connected to their overall health. Signs of dental disease include bad breath, loose, broken or missing teeth, yellow or brown teeth, red, inflamed or bleeding gums, difficulty or pain when chewing, pawing at the mouth, and excessive drooling. If you notice any of these symptoms, please contact our team and we’ll be happy to help.
We are proud that we have the most up to date equipment to treat dental disease, including digital dental x-rays. This allows us to detect if there is any disease beneath the gum line that we would not be able to see otherwise. We are often able to see undetected abscesses, broken teeth, resorbed roots, retained roots, and more thanks to dental radiographs.
Common Dental Problems
- Gum disease is very common in dogs and cats. Gingivitis, or gum disease, is an inflammation of the gum tissue
- Peridontitis, or periodontal disease, is the most common dental problem for dogs
- Tooth fractures are the second biggest problem for dogs. This can lead to infection inside the tooth (endodontic disease)
Not all vaccines are created equal. We will explain the differences and customize a regiment that will protect your pet from the very real risks that each individual faces according to that individual’s exposure potential.
Question: “My cat doesn’t go outside, why does he need distemper vaccine?”
Answer: “Cat distemper vaccine that we use contains protection from distemper, rhino trachitis, chlamydia, calici, and virulent strength calici virus. All are air born and highly contagious. Any person or pet that has come in contact with an infected animal can easily pass it on to your pet.”
Vaccines are special proteins that prime the immune system to fight off specific infections. They work in two ways: to reduce the severity of such diseases should they strike or to completely prevent infection.
There are several diseases that can afflict cats and dogs, but most pets can be protected from the worst of them if they are vaccinated properly. For dogs, these include parvovirus, distemper, and infectious hepatitis. For cats, these include panleukopaenia, feline herpesvirus, and feline calicivirus; for outdoor cats, protection can include feline immunodeficiency virus and feline leukemia virus.
Once contracted, these illnesses can prove painful, distressing, and even fatal. Luckily, most of these illnesses can be prevented with vaccination.
Whether your pet is in need of a prescription medication or diet, you won’t have to go far. Our in-house pharmacy allows you to fill your pet’s prescriptions during your appointment so you don’t have to spend time waiting. Our doctors are trained, licensed, and permitted to prescribe and dispense pharmaceuticals. We can have drugs customized to liquids, patches, and even flavors added for convenience.
If your pet needs to be hospitalized, rest assured that our staff is capable, experienced, caring, and compassionate. We generally will refer intensive care patients to Internal Medicine Specialists, where they are set up for 24-hour care.
We have our own laundry faculties and bedding at each clinic. Animals are kept clean and dry and are closely monitored.