To make an appointment please call our office at (651) 388-1103 to set up a time that is convenient with your schedule or simply schedule online. If you need to change or cancel your appointment, please contact our office as soon as possible.
Monday – Friday: 8am – 6pm
If your pet has an emergency during business hours, bring them to our hospital and they will be assessed and treated quickly and efficiently. If your pet’s emergency is after hours, please contact one of the emergency clinics in our area:
Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Service
121 23rd Ave. S.W.
Rochester, MN 55902
Animal Emergency and Referral Center
301 University Ave. W.
St. Paul, MN 55103
1163 Helmo Ave. N.
Oakdale, MN 55128
University of Minnesota Emergency
1365 Gortner Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108
Our on-site pharmacy is stocked with a large variety of prescription medications and therapeutic diets for your pet. Our knowledgeable staff will answer all of your questions about selecting the best medication, choosing the proper dosage, and provide information regarding potential side effects or drug interactions. If you have any concerns or if your pet experiences an adverse reaction, call our office immediately.
Payment is required at the time the services are performed. The Bluffs Pet Clinic of Red Wing accepts cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and CareCredit.
Pet Health FAQs
How do I know if my pet is in pain?
If you believe that your pet is ill or injured, contact us as soon as possible. Some signs of pain such as limping are more clear, but other signs are more subtle and can include: not eating, a change in behavior or normal habits, and lethargy. Of course, these symptoms can also be caused by many problems, so early observation and action is important.
When is the best time to spay or neuter my pet?
The best time to spay or neuter your pet is around 5 to 6 months of age. However, the procedure can be done at most ages.
Vaccines have proven important in preventing serious disease in dogs and cats. Other than for rabies, which is state mandated, vaccination protocols vary from animal hospital to animal hospital.
What is kennel cough?
Kennel cough, also known as Infectious Tracheobronchitis, and is easily transmitted through the air. It is caused by viruses and/or bacteria that affect the respiratory system of dogs. The best way to reduce the severity of the disease is with frequent vaccination. There are several types of vaccinations available to treat kennel cough.
When does my pet need blood work?
We recommend annual blood work to look for infections and diseases, which helps us prevent disease early on. In many situations, early detection is essential for more effective treatment. The type of blood work will be determined specifically for each pet depending on his or her individual needs. This annual blood test is convenient to do at the time of your pet’s annual heartworm test, but it can be done at any time of year.
How many months should my pet be on heartworm prevention medication?
Heartworm disease is a serious disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes and can be fatal if left untreated. We recommend all dogs be given year round heartworm prevention, regardless of lifestyle. A blood test is needed to check your dog for heartworm disease on an annual basis. Heartworm prevention is administered once a month either by pill or by topical application.
Why does my dog need a blood test before purchasing heartworm prevention?
Dogs can become very ill if placed on heartworm prevention if they have a severe heartworm disease. Even if they have been on heartworm prevention year round there is always the possibility that the product may have failed for various reasons (your pet spit out the pill, did not absorb the pill appropriately, topical medicine was not applied properly, forgot to administer medication on time, etc.) and the earlier we can treat your pet for heartworm disease, the better the prognosis.
When starting heartworm prevention, or if your dog has not been on heartworm prevention year round, it is important that you perform an initial heartworm test and an additional heartworm test 6-7 months after starting the prevention to fully rule out the prior infection. During the early stages of development, some larvae are not detectable by the test. It may take a full 6-7 months before they can be detected, which is why we need to repeat the testing later after starting preventative measures.
Doesn’t the fecal sample test for heartworms?
No. Heartworm disease is a blood-borne disease that is transmitted through mosquitoes. A simple blood test will confirm whether or not your dog has heartworm disease.
Why does my pet need a dental cleaning and how often should this be done?
We believe an annual professional dental exam, tooth scaling and polishing are necessary to treat and maintain your dog and cat’s healthy teeth and gums. As your pet ages or his or her health needs change, advanced dental care may be required. Your pet’s teeth and mouth should be examined by us on a regular basis.
Do I need to brush my pet’s teeth at home?
Yes. Proper dental care at home is highly recommended to help maintain the oral health of your dog and cat. Home dental care for your pet should start early, even before their adult teeth come in. It is best if owners brush their dog’s and cat’s teeth frequently. Although tooth brushing is the best method of preventing plaque, calculus, and bacterial build-up, there are many options for dental home care. Other oral home care options such as dental formulated foods, water additives, and dental treats should be considered.
If you have any additional questions, please call our office at (651) 388-1103 to speak with one of our staff members.