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8094 Morgan Circle
Bloomington, MN 55431
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Welcome to Best Friends Animal Hospital!

Best Friends Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Bloomington, Minnesota. The professional and courteous staff at Best Friends Animal Hospital seek to provide the best possible medical, surgical and dental care for their highly-valued patients. 

We are committed to promoting preventative health care, responsible pet ownership, and educational opportunities for our clients. Best Friends Animal Hospital strives to offer excellent veterinary care for Bloomington, Minnesota and the surrounding communities. 

Holiday Weight Gain

Pack your bags.
Pack your car.
Pack your sleigh.
But don’t let your pet pack on the holiday pounds.
Schedule your pet’s yearly checkup today.

Holiday season is upon us — a busy time of year for festivities, family and of course, lots of eating! Did you know that if a ten-pound cat ate just one ounce of cheddar cheese from your hors d’oeuvres, it would be the same as if a person ate three and a half hamburgers or four chocolate bars? Gaining those “holiday pounds” is not just a problem for humans, but also for our four-legged friends.

Research shows that pets are more likely to gain unwanted pounds during this holiday period than any other time of year. What pet can resist a potato chip, onion dip or chocolate? (Wait, you know better than to feed them that!)

Obesity is the leading medical problem in pets. When a pet is too chubby, not only may they have little energy to walk or play, but also studies have shown that pets who are overweight may have a shortened life span.

How can you tell if your pet is at the right weight?

It can be hard to know because for many pets, they don’t get a big round belly. Instead, the extra fat is well hidden inside your pet’s body, tucked between their vital organs. So let us check! Our veterinary practice team has a trained eye to best assess your pet’s weight. Bring your pet in for their yearly exam and we’ll take a look at their body condition and nutritional needs. If we determine your pet needs to lose a few pounds, don’t worry. We’ll come up with a plan that will keep you and your pet sailing through the holiday season.

Call us today to schedule your pet’s yearly checkup. Happy holidays and remember, pack your suitcase. Pack a trunk. It’s even fine to pack a sleigh. But don’t let your pet pack on the pounds!


Content source:  Partners for Healthy Pets

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~What Our Clients Say~

  • I used to go to a different vet who will remain nameless. After a couple bad experiences I decided to try somewhere new. Best Friends had great reviews and was near me so I gave them a go. Now that I've been, I could move to St. Cloud and I'd keep them as my vet. The difference from my old vet in terms of both quality and cost was amazing. Best Friends is so great with my cat. I've seen both Dr. Gatto and Dr. Metzen and they are wonderful, and you can tell they care about their work. All the techs are friendly and very great with my little one as well. And the costs are like half of my old vet. I literally cannot recommend them enough to convey how great they are!

    R.H. - Facebook Review
  • My Great Dane Dana has been going to Dr. Gatto for years. She loves him and he takes awesome care of her when she visits him. He gives the best care to all the animals that trot through his office. I would recommend him to anyone and everyone!

    Kimberly H. (Facebook Review)
  • My dog Shadow saw Dr. Gotto since she was a puppy. We put her down a couple of weeks ago at the age of 12. She had diabetes, and over active thyroid and many many other heath issues. If it wasn't for Dr. Gotto and his caring staff, I know that I would of had to put Shadow down years ago. This is the BEST vet office, and I have and will continue to recommend this office for there animals. Thanks again Dr. Gotto, and Sue "the vet tech" for all that you did for my Shadow girl. I will never forget all you did for her :)

    Dana S. (Facebook Review)
  • Dr. Gato & his staff are amazing. They show pure love & compassion for your pet and all the animals. They made my decision of putting my kitty Cooser to sleep so much easier.

    Sheri L. (Facebook Review)
  • Cody sure will miss Dr. Metzen and Susie at Best Friends Animal Hosptal. You guys are rock.

    Ina C. (Facebook Review)
  • Dr. Gato and his entire staff are amazing.

    Pittiemom J. (Facebook Review)