VCA Cedar View Animal Hospital

Dog Life Stages — Adult (1- 6 years old)

Adult Dog Tips

House pets vary widely in their activity levels and caloric needs. A dog with a “normal” activity level requires only maintenance calories. Whereas a lap dog may require 10% below maintenance, and an extremely active pet that exercises regularly may require 20 to 40% above maintenance.

Dogs build up plaque and tartar just like humans do. Specially formulated dental chews or chew toys can keep your pet’s teeth healthy and strong.

Not every adult dog needs to be vaccinated against every disease. That’s why it’s important to consult with your vet. Age, medical history, environment, travel habits and lifestyle all play into immunization decisions.

VCA CareClub Adult Paws Wellness Plans

There’s a reason they call dogs “man’s best friend”. They are smart, loyal, fun and just about always happy to see you. The VCA CareClub Adult Paws wellness plan brings you the best in dog health care, including diabetes testing, doctor recommended vaccines, and more Keep your dog healthy with regular visits to the vet.

Learn more about this special package, or call us at 952-432-4928 to make an appointment today.

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The Dog Park

When is a dog full-grown? You can find the answer to this and other important questions here. We’ve got tips, tricks, advice and the latest news on dog development.

Basic Care
Regular checkups are a must for a healthy adult dog. Here, you’ll find links to articles on basic care including behavior, grooming, exercise and more.

Did you know that simply eliminating treats may bring your dog’s weight down to a healthy one. Learn how to manage your dog’s nutritional needs here.

Keeping on top of your dog’s health now will go a long way later. Read up on the latest trends and advancements in medical care for dogs.

Training your dog doesn’t have to a chore. Here are some helpful articles that will get you through the training of your adult dog.

Adult Dog to Senior Dog

As your adult dog matures into a senior dog, he may slow down a little bit. And that’s ok. Though your senior dog may need more frequent vet visits, chances are, with proper care, he can enjoy many more happy and healthy years. Learn about the “Senior Dog” Lifestage »


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately.  If it is after hours, please contact the following emergency care clinics.

South Metro Animal Emergency Care       (952) 953-3737 
14690 Pennock Avenue  Apple Valley, MN  55124
Weekdays: 6pm - 8am  
Weekends: 24 hours
Open All Major Holidays

Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota    (651) 293-1800
1542 W 7th St.   St Paul, MN 55102
Weekdays: 6pm - 8am
Weekends: 24 Hours
Open All Major Holidays