St. Charles Veterinary Clinic is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in St. Charles, Minnesota. The professional and courteous staff at the St. Charles Veterinary Clinic seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for their highly-valued patients. We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. The St. Charles Veterinary Clinic strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to St. Charles, MN and surrounding areas. Small animal appointment times vary from Monday to Friday. Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find our more information about how the St. Charles Veterinary Clinic can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet.
Through the American Veterinary Medical Foundation's Veterinary Care Charitable Fund, out hospital is able to help animals rescued from abuse and neglect and the pets of clients facing personal hardships. Your donations to the AVMF on behalf of our hospital will help us help animal.s Click on the AVMF donate button to make your tax deductible donation. Thank you.
September is National Happy, Healthy Cat Month!
You may not know it, but every September, an entire month is dedicated to celebrate our feline
friends to their well-being. The CATalyst Council, a national initiative comprised of animal health and
welfare organizations working on behalf of cats, has released a list of the top 10 ways owners
can keep their cats happy:
1. Provide toys. One of the easiest ways to make a cat happy is with a new toy.
Not all toys have to be store bought. Paper sacks, wadded up paper and
empty boxes will entertain cats for hours.
2. Train your cat together. Cats are smart as well as food oriented and can be trained to do
fun tricks–the mental and physical stimulation is great for felines. Training your cat can strengthen
the bond between you and your feline buddy.
3. Make your cat work for food. Feline obesity is a huge problem in this country and
one way to combat it is to make cats work for their food. Food toys are available to channel
a cat’s natural hunting instincts. The toy releases kibble in small amounts as the cat
play with it. Another option is to hide a cat’s food in different places so that they have to find it.
4. Acclimate your cat to the carrier. Many cat owners find that the worst part about taking their
cat anywhere is getting it into the carrier. The time to work with your cat on making their carrier
seem like a safe, secure and inviting place to be is prior to veterinary visits or family vacations –
not when you’re ready to get into the car.
5. Visit the veterinarian. Healthy cats are happy cats. Many veterinary practices are cat-friendly
or have doctors who specialize in cats. Yearly wellness visits can help catch medical problems early.
6. Microchip your cat. In addition to a collar and identification tag, microchipping provides
permanent identification in case your cat becomes lost.
7. Go outside (appropriately). Yes! There are ways owners can safely take their cats outside to
allow them to broaden their horizons. Cats can be walked on a leash with a harness or confined in
a special outdoor area—always under supervision, of course—so they can periodically and
safely experience the world outside their window.
8. Provide proper scratching posts. Scratching is an important aspect of feline behavior.
Cats should have places they are allowed to stretch and care for their claws.
Providing a long and sturdy scratching post in a vertical, horizontal or angled position is
a good way to keep your cat happy.
9. Provide preventive medications. No one likes fleas, ticks, mites or heartworms,
especially your cat. Even if your cat is kept strictly indoors, they can still be attacked
by these little creepy creatures. A parasite-free cat is a happy cat and preventive care
will keep your family healthier, too.
Think about getting another cat. Cats are social animals, so you might want to consider
visiting the shelter and adopting a best buddy for your current kitty. Cats love to play,
and a playmate will make them happy—provided they are properly introduced and
have the right places to eat, hide, play and go the bathroom.