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National Animal Safety and Protection Month

Monday, October 01, 2018


October is National Animal Safety and Protection Month. We often think about protecting our kids from our pets, but what about the other side of the coin? How do we protect our pets from children? It is important to teach our kids the proper way to approach and interact with animals to prevent unintentional harm and consequences. Pets can be a great resource to provide comfort and to foster compassion, respect, and understanding through learning to care for different creatures. 

Give them Responsibilities

Engaging children in the care of their pet is a great way to get them interested and feel a part of the team. Animals will also enjoy this interaction if done with supervision. For older kids, you can teach them how to feed and keep water bowls full. Caution them in proper feeding techniques that do not involve teasing an animal or coming between an animal and their food. For younger kids, show them how to brush gently their fur using a soft brush. This can also reinforce regular human hygiene etiquette. 

Ask Permission

Most kids that have pets in their home develop a sense of comfort and may not have the caution needed when approaching strange animals. Instruct kids to always ask permission before approaching a new animal. Most importantly, do not trust an animal you do not know even if the owner encourages your kids to greet them. 

Set a Great Example

This is one of the most important guidelines to follow. Kids need to know that animals deserve respect and that we are responsible for their care. Speak to your animals only in a tone you would like for them to repeat. This can be a great lesson in compassion.

Show your child where the best place to pet animals

Avoiding the obvious places such as poking the eyes or grabbing tails, we also need to teach children when not to pet or when our pets need their own space. This includes feeding, using the bathroom, and watching closely for those subtle body signals that a pet may be stressed or upset. 

If you have a pet that you feel may not be good around your children please seek advice from your veterinarian on behavior consultation. 

Help your pet beat those back to school blues

Friday, September 07, 2018

Kids are not the only ones fighting the back to school blues. Pets can feel left out and depressed from missing their human counterparts this time of year. Between the long school day, after school activities and late night PTA meetings, pets can take a back seat for too long. Here are some tips to keep them feeling included and stress free. 

Keep them Calm:

There are several products on the market for helping with stress naturally. For cats we enjoy Feliway, Sentry calming collars or treats containing tryptophan and chamomile. For dogs, a good suggestion is DAP collars or diffusrs or other thiamine containing treats you can find at pet stores. If your pet is more destructive or has fear anxiety concerns speak to your veterinarian about behavior modifying techniques. 

Keep them Busy:

Pets get restless and destructive when they are bored. Invest in some good enrichment while you are gone for the day. The best investment would be a pet walker or sitter who can get your pet some exercise or playtime. Alternatives include Kong toys or activity toys that keep your pet engaged and rewarded while they play. A good suggestion is the Bob-A-lot treat dispenser for dogs or catnip for cats. 

Happy Healthy Cat Month

Monday, August 27, 2018
September  is Happy Healthy Cat Month!

This month we should be thinking a little more in depth on how we can ensure our cats not only have a long life but one full of comfort and enrichment. You wouldn't go to the pet store and bring home a new fish without a bowl...water...those water drops...a mini sandcastle...food...etc...etc. The same sort of thought should go into what a cat needs. Cats are natural climbers. They enjoy being up high on a perch to prevent stress. We all know a stressed out cat will be urinating on our beds. I'm not saying build one of those amazing cat rooms you see on Pinterest, but a tall cat tree is almost a necessity for a cats well being. 

Because cats can be stressed so easily, and the majority of the time go unnoticed by owners, please keep these suggestions in mind: 

1. Every household needs one litter box per cat plus one. Be sure to clean these daily! 

2. Add pheromone plug-ins/diffusers to several rooms in your home.

3. Keep your cat active by changing toys and weekly and providing catnip on occasion. 

One of the most important things you can do for your cats health is an annual exam with a veterinarian. We can keep track of your pets weight, discuss nutrition, monitor their  dental health, and much more! For some of you, the thought of bringing your cat to the vet is very daunting. We suggest bringing out the carrier a few days in advance or better yet leave the carrier accessible all the time! Perhaps even offer meals in the carrier to make it a comfortable safe haven. You can spray pheromone sprays in the carrier as well. Schedule your vets visit in advance with an appointment to cut down on wait times. Try to choose a quieter time of the week (i.e. Wednesday afternoons are usually pretty quiet at most vet clinics vs a Saturday morning). Speak to your vet about calming treats and sedatives if needed. 


August Top Dawg

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Congratulations to Anthony!

Anthony has been chosen this month by his peers! Way to go!


Anthony has been working at Westbury Animal Hospital for almost 6 months as a Veterinary Assistant. He was rewarded for being helpful and kind to clients. 

His empathy and compassion for pets and their owners has been proven true this month as Anthony has taken it upon himself to go outside and pick a flower to place on several patients caskets before being taken home. This is a great example of what makes a top dawg. Someone who acts above their daily duties to make Westbury great without any care for themselves. 

Thank you Anthony for going above and beyond!


July Top Dawg

Monday, July 18, 2016

Congratulations to Sade!

Sade has been chosen this month by her peers with 5 nominations! Way to go!


Sade has been working at Westbury Animal Hospital for almost a year as a Client Service Representative. We appreciate her hard work ethic, her team spirit, and good attitude when working with team members as well as with clients.


We have been short staffed recently and Sade has received several shout outs for all her support. Sade along with the rest of the CSR team have a very vital role at Westbury as they are essentially the “face” of the business and we cannot express how much we appreciate when they go above and beyond.


June Top Dawg

Monday, June 20, 2016

Congratulations to Stephanie!

Stephanie has been working as a technician assistant for almost a year at Westbury. She has been nominated several times this month as a hard at work team player that often goes unnoticed due to her quiet polite attitude and busy bee work ethic. We are so appreciative of how much she does for the hospital and don’t want her hard work to go unnoticed any longer!


Stephanie been a big help to the technicians wrapping surgical packs, keeping equipment sterilized, cleaning and often working a lot with medical boarders, among so many other things.

One nomination also sums up Stephanie’s wonderful work ethic:

Thank you for always taking great care of every patient you interact with. It really makes patients less fearful and more comfortable in the hospital when we take time to show them affection and not just interact with them when we are poking them or taking a temp. Your attention to detail around the hospital doesn't go unnoticed. Keep up the great work!”


Thank you Stephanie! Keep up the good work!

Featured article by Anna Kate

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

This is a feature article written by Dr. Cooper's daughter to give us some insight into a trip to the vet. Thanks Anna Kate for writing such a wonderful blog!

          MMMMMMMMMM. That was a yummy dinner! Oh! Sorry, I forgot to introduce myself. Hi, I’m Annie. I live in Houston, Texas, and I don’t mean to brag, but I might have been on the cover of dog monthly last month. That’s right. My fans just can’t get enough of me! I mean, I don’t blame them but the star life is just so tiring! Look, Steven Schnauzerberg, I appreciate the offer, but Pug Cruz and I just don’t get along! So anyways, I’ve been in movies, photoshoots, TV shows, but I’ve never gotten….uh…..what’s the word….that’s it… Nervous!!! I’ve never gotten nervous. But I got this awful feeling when my mom told me we’re going to the worst place a dog could ever dream of going…the Vet. I have never had this feeling before, but I’m so nervous I couldn’t even finish my doggy ice cream! “Annie, where are you? Time for bed”. Uh oh. Mommy’s calling me. Well, see you tomorrow.


          “Good morning Annie! Want to go on a little drive?” My mom said waking me up from my dream about chocolate. Wait a second… I know what she’s doing! We’re going to the vet aren’t we? No way I’m going! “I’ll give you a treat…” GOTTA GO! As we’re in the car, getting closer and closer to the vet, my paws start to sweat more and more. When we arrive, a nice lady walks me and my mom into an exam room. When the vet comes in, he looks in my eyes and ears, looks in my mouth and checks my pretty teeth, he listen to my heart and feels my tummy, he feels all my legs and paws and asks me to lay on my back so he can look at my tummy. (Which, I’m not going to lie, it felt pretty good). Then he watched me walk. When the nice lady walks me and my mom back out to the front of the vet’s office, she gives me a treat! No way! I love this place!

              On the way home, I started thinking, maybe the vet isn’t so scary after all! I got a treat, a tummy rub, and tons of people told me how cute I was (which I already knew, but it’s always refreshing to hear). Next time I go to the vet I won’t be scared at all! In fact, I’ll be super excited! Ugh, sorry, got to go. Steven’s calling again. 

May Top Dawg Winner

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Congratulations to Shaketra! She is our May winner of the Annie's Top Dawg Award!

Great job Shaketra! She was nominated 8 times this past month!

Shaketra has been working as an Animal Care Taker since February 2016 and is already making a name for herself. Her peers are well appreciative of her work ethic, good attitude, and teamwork.

She has been a big help to the technicians with medical boarders and was also recognized as going above and beyond to help keep our conference/lunch room clean. ßdouble props for this cause we all know there are not enough of us who clean up after ourselves!

Thank you Shaketra for your wonderful attitude and for making Westbury Animal Hospital a great place to work. Keep up the good work!

April Top Dawg Winner

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Congratulations to Shannon!!!

Shannon has been working as a veterinary technician for almost 6 months. She is very deserving of this award. Her peers have nominated her for her skills handling aggressive dogs and for her hard work. She is always willing to jump in and lend a hand to her team mates.

Shannon has a positive attitude and has impressed us all with her interest to learn new things as well as always giving 100% while at work.

Thank you Shannon for your caring attitude and compassion. You make Westbury Animal Hospital a wonderful place to work. Keep up the good work!

March Top Dawg Winner

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Congratulations to Helen!

Helen has been working as an over night technician since June of 2015. Helen was chosen this month because she had 5 different persons nominate her and a total of 9 mentions. She also had several nominations that listed wonderful testimonials to her character and specific examples on how she proved herself as a Top Dawg this month that go beyond her daily duties.

Helen is very deserving this month. Her peers feel she always goes above and beyond and puts her coworkers in a good mood. The ACT team commends Helen for helping with the laundry duties overnight.

Helen has been receiving phone calls from clients to specifically thank her for her hard work and caring attitude. Specifically, Helen was mentioned for assisting a client late at night. Helen talked with her on the phone the night before she was to put her pet to sleep and talked her through the process and provided comfort when needed.

Thank you Helen for your caring attitude and compassion for our clients. You make Westbury Animal Hospital a wonderful place to work as well as a caring place to bring your pets. Keep up the good work!


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