For more than 20 years, Heartland Animal Hospital has been serving the veterinary care needs of the dogs, cats, and horses of Faribault and Owatonna, and surrounding communities, providing top-notch medical care and exceptional client service. We are a full-service animal health care facility offering a broad range of medical and surgical services to meet the pet care and equine needs of our valued clients and their beloved animal companions.

At Heartland Animal Hospital, we know it can be a challenge to find a caring, professional, and experienced veterinarian for your pets. That's why we work so hard to provide your pet with the best available care and to exceed your expectations in each and every interaction you have with us. We are honored to be a trusted resource for the Faribault and Owatonna communities, and we look forward to serving you and your pet for many years to come!In addition to the traditional vaccines, equine services, spay/ neuter, heartworm testing and well-care, we are certified for TPLO and TTA knee surgery and major orthopedics, including bone plating of fractures, Fertility services, Ultrasound, Diabetes regulation, LASER surgery, advanced dental care, including tooth capping, dental high speed drill and dental radiology, PennHIP and OFA hip evaluation, Critical Care, In-house Laboratory and more. Dr. Candace Born, Dr. Anna Wildgrube, Dr. Steve Elwood,  and Dr. Jill Butkovich, and the rest of the Heartland team, look forward to working with you and your pets and horses.                           



       XYLITOL is a sugar alcohol used as a sweetener in many gums, candies, and baked goods, as well as in some brands of  toothpaste and peanut butter.  Xylitol is a common sugar substitute providing sweetness without calories and it also has  some dental antibacterial properties.  This is all great news for humans, but it is not so magical for dogs.

 In dogs, xylitol ingestion causes a rapid (usually within 30 minutes, but it can take up to 12-18 hours) and severe increase  in blood insulin with resulting hypoglycemia which can last up to 12-24 hours.  Hypoglycemia typically lasts 6-12 hours but  can last up to several days.  This occurs because xylitol stimulates a stronger insulin release than glucose resulting in very  low blood sugar and clinical signs of vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, ataxia, tremors and possibly seizures.



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                                                                         Remember that fleas and ticks continue to be active through November