Westbury Animal Hospital
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Melts in your mouth not in theirs

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Happy Valentine's day to all the pet lovers out there! I love valentines day especially the extra treats my owners bring home for me and sometimes I may even get a new stuffed toy to rip to pieces! Ah, love is in the air. 

Not all joyous treats are safe for us animals though so lets keep in mind some special safety tips for this February Holiday!

1. Chocolate is toxic to dogs and cats! Keep your boxes of truffles well out of reach, or better yet, eat them all quickly so they are never in the house!

2. Flower Arrangements. Beautiful. Also potentially poisonous or a concern for allergens. Make sure especially if you have cats to not include lilies in your bouquets. 

3. Sweets: Many candied sweets and gums contain xylitol which can cause a severe drop in blood sugar in pets if they chew on these items. 

4. Candles: Feel free to set the mood, just keep the pets out of the way. We don't want them getting burned or inadvertently knocking candles over and setting fires.

Be sure to spread your love to your pets this next week. They give you love every day of the year!

Congratulations to Chelsea

Friday, August 08, 2014
Annie's Top Dawg Winner for August
Congratulations Chelsea for going above and beyond!

Chelsea has been working at Westbury for 2 years as an Animal Care Taker and then she moved to work as an exam room assistant. Here is what her peers are saying about her:

Chelsea has gone above and beyond by assisting CSR’s with challenging client interactions, she has been a big help to her team lead with accomplishing tasks to help Westbury excel, being a team player and knowing when other colleagues are in need of a break and offering to help them in anyway she can (even if that means bringing them lunch, covering the front desk, or holding pets)

We thank you Chelsea for your positive attitude, your drive to do your best every day, and to try new things! Way to go Chelsea!

Also to note, pictured with Chelsea today is Lorenzo a wonderful Labrador puppy who donated blood this month to save a life so if there was a Top Dawg Award for pets, it would go to Lorenzo!

Discussing the Disgusting

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Hanging around the veterinary clinic, I get to hear a lot of the common questions asked by pet owners. I wanted to take the time over the next few weeks to answer your questions for the public to learn from too.

Common Question of the Week: Why does my dog eat poop and how can I stop it??

I'm not going to lie. I LOVE POOP! Cat fecal matter is my specialty, especially the ones that are fresh and tasty, but I digress...this is a common habit, and only a habit. 

Many people are afraid this means their dog is lacking an essential nutrient from their diet, but this is likely not the cause. It is true that a very small percentage of dogs can develop coprophagia, or eating stool, from medical issues such as a poor nutrition, but most case are behavioral.

Most pets enjoy eating feces, sometimes out of boredom, sometimes because we have a big appetite, and sometimes we just like the disgusted reaction on your face. Some dogs will eat their own feces when scolded during potty training to hide the evidence. 

The easiest way to solve this problem is to pick up your pets poop after they defecate outside, keep the litter box in an unattainable place to everyone but the cat, perhaps by elevating it or using baby gates. 

Another option is to seek help from a behavioral dog trainer. One tip I often hear is to train your pet after eliminating to come to you and sit for a treat. They will then focus on coming for treats instead of scavenging the area for other sources of "cookies". 

And last but not least, another option is to try some over the counter products to add to your pets food to make the poop even more less tasty than you humans think it already is...but that is not a guarantee. 

The biggest concern that can come from eating the stinky's is intestinal parasite contamination from unknown pets. If your pet is a big stool eater consider having them tested for parasites regularly.

Hope this helps battle your frustrations, although if I had my way I would choose those yummy cat snacks any day of the week

Congratulations to Maria

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Annie’s peers have made their selection! Congratulations to Maria!

Maria has been nominated this month by her peers for going above and beyond. Maria was nominated for several different things this month by different persons which proves she has excelled in many different areas.

Maria has been working at Westbury for a little more than 1 year as a technician.  Her peers believe she is deserving of this award for making good use of her time at work to completely revamp the dental suite. Thanks to her, the room is well organized and stocked, she has allowed for more space and allotted for the radiograph machine to reach both exam tables. She has implemented, and most importantly followed through with all dentals receiving before and after photographs of their teeth for owners visual education. 

Maria was also selected this month for her excellence with at home euthanasia. Maria has been willing to accompany most of the doctors to house calls. This can be a very emotional time for owners and Maria is very caring and efficient during this time to give owners comfort and support.

And yet another example! Maria, with the help of special mention, Bianca, have set up an exercise class for all the staff to keep us healthy and motivated! Way to go ladies!

Maria is a great example of how our staff can step outside their normal role, push the envelope to improve their role in the hospital. Maria saw how inefficient dental cleanings can be and chose to do something about it! She chose to put her time into helping clients in need of support and to improve the morale of staff with her exercise class.

Thank you Maria for going above and beyond for Westbuy!


Lorenzo steals the spotlight

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Hello! My name is Lorenzo and I am the new kid on the block. I was recently brought to Houston from the great north state of Washington to live in my new forever home with one of the doctors. Westbury has embraced me as a new family member and I am loving life! Thank you Annie for letting me borrow your blog! 

Often you will find me hanging around the place like this...

....some call me lazy....I call it selective participation.

I want to take the opportunity to enlighten Annie's readers about a very serious disease that puppies my age can easily succumb to and can be fatal. Ironically, this disease can also be prevented by proper vaccination. 

Parvovirus. This winter, Houston has seen some serious cases of parvo that is normally a more common occurrence only in the spring time. 

Puppies who are not vaccinated for parvovirus are at risk from this hardy virus that can live in the environment for months. This disease will attack rapidly growing cells such as the intestinal tract and immune system. Puppies will start showing signs of lethargy, vomiting, and classically very bloody diarrhea. If left untreated, parvo can be fatal in almost 100% of cases. With aggressive treatment and catching the disease early, puppies have closer to a 70% survival.  

A simple test at the vet's office can screen for this disease. All puppies should begin being vaccinated for parvo and distemper as early as 6 weeks of age and receive routine boosters based on your veterinarian's guidelines. 

Make sure to keep your young puppy away from unvaccinated dogs or places where unknown dogs have been until your puppy has been well vaccinated. This disease is highly contagious!

I know it is tough to get shots, but I will make sure to stick to my strict vaccination schedule while I am still growing!

Current Cases: Caring for out pets as they age

Monday, October 28, 2013

As a pet myself, I rely heavily on my caretakers to assist me as I age and to be watchful of when my body decides to fail me so that I can receive the help I need. Often, as most animals do, we like to hide our illnesses and can live in chronic pain for years without telling anyone. 

It is inevitable that humans will likely care for their pets as they transition through all of life's stages. This includes, most importantly, the senior to geriatric phase. 

Sadie has been kind enough to let us share some of her story so that we can understand the importance pet owners can play in keeping us healthy, happy, and comfortable as we age. Sadie is lucky to have such amazing person's who care for her and monitor her closely. 

Sadie is an 11 year old dachshund who first came in because her human noticed she was drinking a lot more water than normal. This led down a long road where Sadie has been diagnosed with a condition called cushings (hyperadrenocorticism)--her body produces too much normal steroid hormones. She has also developed diabetes and blindness later on into her disease process. The development of her additional problems did not stop her loving family from offering her the additional assistance she needs to be healthy.

Today, Sadie is a very happy geriatric dog and enjoying life to its fullest. She has lived over a year with her chronic conditions and is still going. Sadie has a brother dachshund who helps her get around since she cannot see too well. Her parents continue to keep up on her medications, and monitor her closely to ensure she has a good quality of life. 

Sadie is also a great example of why it is so important to bring your pet in for yearly examinations. Since we hide our illnesses so well, your veterinarian can help detect underlying problems through examination as well as senior blood work. Catching diseases early will allow for better management and prognosis. Your pets will thank you!

LOVE is in the air

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentines Day!

As we delve into a day of chocolate, kisses, and flowers, try not to forget about us four legged creatures who also make your lives special.

Falling in love is like owning a dog

First of all, it’s a big responsibility.
So think long and hard before deciding on love.
On the other hand, love gives you a sense of security:
when you’re walking down the street late at night
and you have a leash on love
ain’t no one going to mess with you.
Because crooks and muggers think love is unpredictable.
Who knows what love could do in its own defense?
Love wakes you up all hours of the night with its needs.
It needs to be fed so it will grow and stay healthy.
Love doesn’t like being left alone for long.
But come home and love is always happy to see you.
It may break a few things accidentally in its passion for life,
but you can never be mad at love for long.
Is love good all the time? No! No!
Love can be bad. Bad, love, bad! Very bad love.
Love makes messes.
Love leaves you little surprises here and there.
Love needs lots of cleaning up after.
Sometimes you just want to get love fixed.
Sometimes you want to roll up a piece of newspaper
and swat love on the nose,
not so much to cause pain,
just to let love know Don’t you ever do that again!
Sometimes love just wants to go for a nice long walk.
Because love loves exercise.
It runs you around the block and leaves you panting.
It pulls you in several different directions at once,
or winds around and around you
until you’re all wound up and can’t move.
But love makes you meet people wherever you go.
People who have nothing in common but love
stop and talk to each other on the street.
Throw things away and love will bring them back,
again, and again, and again.
But most of all, love needs love, lots of it.
And in return, love loves you and never stops.


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