Westbury Animal Hospital
713.723.3666 · 4917 S. Willow Dr. Houston, Texas 77035 

Annie's Shenanigans

Westbury Animal Hospital Care and Commitment 24 hours a day

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Westbury Animal Hospital is unique in that we offer emergency service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with a doctor being on call every night and on the premises until midnight. I want to take a moment to highlight our urgent care hours that have become very popular. 

This past year, Westbury has been offering additional hours for sick patients that need to be seen but are not critical. These urgent care hours come at a regular office fee as long as your pet is not critical and the times are as follows:

            Monday- Friday   4pm-8pm                                                                                                    Saturday      12pm- 4pm

We have two emergency veterinarians who work during these hours in addition to serving as our in-hospital doctors all evenings until midnight. You should get to know Dr. Noe Galvan and Dr. Alissa Koschany who are here for your pets needs after regular business hours. 

We strive to get your pet’s visit processed quickly during these urgent care hours and pets are seen on a first come-first serve basis. Just like human urgent care facilities, pets that are more critical are always pushed ahead and seen as an emergency. We appreciate your patience as we work to get to your pet assessed a timely manner. You can assist us in helping you by considering some of the following:

1. Call ahead so we can pull your medical chart and prepare any equipment necessary to stabilize your pet.
2. Bring any pill bottles or medications your pet is taking and medical records if seen by another facility. If your pet suffers from any chronic illness (diabetes, glaucoma, hyperthyroidism, chronic kidney disease etc) please make us aware at the time of admission.
3. If you suspect your pet has ingested a toxin please bring the original container or a photograph of the plant. Knowing the toxic ingredient allows us to determine the proper treatment and give you a better idea of prognosis.
4. Keep all pets on a leash and all cats in a carrier.
5. Sometimes our technicians need to bring your pet to our treatment area for immediate attention before the doctor speaks with you. This allows our medical team to assess your pet and determine if any initial life saving procedures are necessary. The doctor will discuss the findings and work on a plan with you as soon as he/she feels your pet is stable enough.
6. If you are being seen for one pet, please remember there are usually many other sick patients awaiting the doctor’s attention. Keep the visit focused on your pet’s current illness and save wellness questions for an appointment with your regular veterinarian if possible.

7. It is best to choose one family member to act as your pets advocate and only one easily accessible phone number so that decisions can be made quickly if your pet needs life saving treatment.

We are always open during regular business hours for appointments if you know your pet is not acting normally, but we understand pets don't just get sick during the day and are happy to provide you with round the clock service when needed!

Will Feral Makes an appearance at Westbury

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ok.....so not THE Will Ferrel...but close enough!
Will Feral is an 8 week old male mixed breed puppy who was found stranded just days old behind his now owners home. 
Will was bottle fed and is turning into a wonderful healthy pup!

Congratulations to Yvette

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
June 2014 Top Dawg Award Winner

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

Yvette is a very deserving Top Dawg winner and has been a runner up for several months. Yvette has been working as a technician at Westbury for 2 years and has worked in both the surgery department and the ICU.

Yvette has been nominated by her peers for her work ethic, leadership, and professionalism. She is very focused on patient care and ensuring that every animal gets her full attention and the best treatment possible. This year Yvette has had to make a change in her role in the hospital and she has done so with great skill; getting to know her new role and excelling at all she does.

Yvette is very dedicated to her duties and ALWAYS gives 100%. Her peers recognize this drive and thank her for her hard work. Yvette keeps great notes on all her hospitalized charges and is fully knowledgeable about each case when rounding with doctors and other technicians. Her attention to detail is outstanding.

On another note, Yvette has been mentioned several times in reviews by clients who appreciate her kindness and patience when discharging animals or giving updates over the phone.

Thank you Yvette for going above and beyond for Westbuy!

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

Spring Break Cuties

Friday, March 28, 2014

Spring break has come and gone. Westbury Animal Hospital was in a flurry of activity as pets from all around came to board, be treated, or just to have their check-ups. Over the course of the last two weeks, Westbury Animal Hospital boarded close to 356 dogs and cats! There were so many wonderful animals and great stories to tell. I wanted to highlight some of the cutest I found while roaming the halls.

The Frenchie Ottoman. This senior fellow feels compelled to take a nap at the expense of his companion who is very obliged to act as a head rest!

This is what I like to call, "The Sniper" move. This kitty is so affectionate he will grab hold of anyone who passes by to encourage a head pat or a treat. 

What would spring time be without puppies!!! A whole pile of puppies blessed us with their presence when mom needed some veterinary assistance. All puppies and mom are doing great!

This boarder was found with remnants of Mom's goodbye kiss on her forehead. So nice to be loved!

Thanks to all the lovely critters who came to visit over Spring Break. You brought us much joy!

Congratulations to Robert

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

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

Robert is one of our newer technicians, but already he is making a name for himself with his fellow co-workers as being a Top Dawg! Robert has shined this month for always being willing to help anyone and everyone. Robert has shown true compassion for animals by his ability to care for their medical and emotional needs.

Robert is a self starter, who is always working hard to make the hospital better. Robert is not afraid to get his hands dirty and help out even with the most mundane tasks without being asked. In addition, Robert has worked hard to learn more about his clients medical issues as well as learning to be efficient in his “new” daily duties. Clients have already made a connection with Robert as he is very in tune with clients needs. Members of our CSR team give testament to Robert making sure clients and patients are happy when they leave.

Thank you Robert for going above and beyond this month and ensuring 100% client satisfaction!  

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: Bogie needed some sugar

Monday, December 16, 2013

Many small puppies come into the clinic throughout the year for not doing well. Their owners describe them as being depressed, not wanting to move around and not eating. The majority of these puppies are very tiny and just recently adopted. When puppies are this small and dependent they are susceptible to episodes of hypoglycemia where the body's blood sugar is not regulated well on its own and can drop dramatically if a meal is skipped.

Bogie at 12 weeks in the hospital

Bogie, the Affenpincher has generously allowed us to use him as our representative for all those adorable tiny fluffy puppies we so often see. Bogie had just arrived at his new forever home when his owners noticed he was lethargic and had vomited a few times. His blood glucose at the time of arrival was 46. The normal blood sugar in a dog should be above 70. Bogie was hospitalized and given IV dextrose (sugar) to help him feel better until he was able to eat regular meals on his own. 

Tiny pups who are prone to hypoglycemia should be offered many small meals throughout the day to keep their blood sugar more regulated. Often these puppies are easily distracted and need to be reminded when meal time is so they do not skip a meal. 

Signs of hypoglycemia in puppies include lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, wobbly gait, comatose, and seizures. Some puppies have serious illnesses that cause their blood sugar to drop, but many of them just need a helping hand until they are big enough to do well on their own. 

Thank you Bogie, for sharing your story. The picture below is Bogie today at 4 months of age and doing well!

CPR Training

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

So I was watching Grey's anatomy the other night and am always amazed at how many lives are saved after they code on the show. It turns out the in reality, only 17% of humans that code will survive after receiving CPR and only 6-9% of animals will survive to be discharged from the hospital. 

Last week the technicians were able to have a training seminar on CPR. It is important to always brush up on such important skills that can be used in an emergency situation. CPR is used on animals who either stop breathing or their heart stops beating. The technician team was able to practice proper heart compressions, practicing intubating animals on their sides (not the normal position), as well as reviewing the most current information on CPR statistics, drug usage, and post resuscitation care. The practice session is a great review and was done in a pretend setting. 

Our technician team is great and we appreciate that they are always eager to learn new things. 

I saved a life

Monday, February 25, 2013

I got to save a life. Last week there was a small puppy that was brought in needing a blood transfusion. Unfortunately to a small puppy, a large amount of rat bait looked like a yummy snack and she was losing blood too fast.

One of the technicians came and gave me a small injection of sedation (it didn’t really work), but I sat still and let them draw a small amount of blood from my neck to give to the sick dog because I knew it was really important to save her quickly.

My blood was put in a small syringe with special additives called anticoagulants and then was slowly injected into the small sick puppy. 

After several hours in the hospital, the puppy was doing much better and able to go home on a medication to prevent more bleeding episodes!

You may well know that humans have different blood types….A, B, O…well, dogs are very similar but their blood types have different intials. Plus, dogs rarely have a reaction to a transfusion the first time they receive it. However, any time after that episode, their blood must be matched to prevent issues.  

After my donation I was allowed to eat a bunch of extra food. Man, I could volunteer to do this everyday!  


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