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Dental Month

posted by Westward Animal Hospital    |   February 1, 2017 15:38

February is National Dental Heath Month and we would like to let everyone know!  Just like humans our pets can get bad teeth too so it is important to get them checked and to keep up with proper tooth care.  The ideal is if you can brush your pets teeth everyday.  There are many options for toothpaste but just make sure that you use one that is for pets and not human toothpaste since it has fluride in it and they don't know that they shouldn't swallow it!  Also there are many options for toothbrushes, you just have to try and see which is the best fit for you and your pet.  Try not to get one that is too hard though, baby toothbrushes are great for being soft.  If you just cannot brush there are other options as well such as dental diets.  Royal Canin and Hills make some great veterinary pet foods that help scrub teeth when they chew and help with overall dental health.  There are also water additives that you put in your pets water bowl, sprays you just spray on their teeth, and gels/rinses that go in their mouth.  There are a variety of treats out their too, just watch the calories though, some of them are very high and can lead to a chubby pet!  One last thing to be wary of is bones/antlers that can fracture their teeth very easily.  

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Doggy Exercise

posted by Westward Animal Hospital    |   January 25, 2017 11:06

Exercise is very important for your dog.  It helps keep them from getting too bored or anxious and of course is healthy too. If you take them for daily walks, try a different path so they can smell new things, or go to a different area of the city, or even out of the city.  This will be good for both their physical and mental health.  If you can't get out for a walk play some fetch with them in the yard or (carefully) in the house. You could also get them to run up and down the stairs a few times too.  Build an obstacle course for them to interact with or get involved in one of the dog sports like agility, flyball, rally-o or barnyard search.  To exercise their brain you can hide a few treats in various places, try a puzzle box or teach them some new tricks/commands. Just remember that anything you do should be suitable for your dog's size, ability and breed.  

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Bad Behavior? Scratching is normal

posted by Westward Animal Hospital    |   January 19, 2017 12:00

When a cat scratches things, it is a natural behavior for them.  They do it for fun, to remove the outer layer of their claws, and also to mark their territory, however, it isn't so fun for us owners when they are wrecking the furniture.  Figure out how your cat likes to scratch, whether they stand on their hind legs and stretch, or if they lay down and scratch horizontally.  This will help you determine what type of scratching post/material they will prefer.  You can get a variety of different styles and material types such as carpet, rope and corrugated cardboard to see which one your cat likes.  If they are still going after furniture you can try putting two sided tape, sand paper or aluminum foil where they are trying to scratch, also if you catch them doing it, make sure to direct them back to where you want them to scratch.  Keeping their claws trimmed will also help keep their scratching from causing so much damage and they might not scratch as much since their nails are not uncomfortable.  There are also nail caps called soft paws that are little caps you glue onto your cats nails to keep them from doing damage when they scratch.  They come in many different colors so you can have some fun with them too.

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Brrrrrr - The Dangers of Winter

posted by Westward Animal Hospital    |   January 12, 2017 10:51

Wow it sure is cold out there! During winter there are some things we have to remember when it comes to our furry friends. Cats who regularly go outside probably won't want to when it's really cold out but if they do make sure they don't stay out too long or that they have somewhere warm like a heated shed/garage/pet house that they can escape to. For our dogs if you venture out for a walk make sure to keep their feet warm with boots (even though they may not like it) and if they are a short haired breed they may need a jacket/sweater to keep warm too. One of the things that is often overlooked in them is their ears, and unfortunately there isn't a great way to keep them warm so try not to stay out too long. Also watch out for salted sidewalks, even if you use pet safe salt, others may not so try to avoid letting your dog walk on salted areas, or if you need to, rinse their feet off when you get home. Salt can actually cause chemical burns on their feet! If you see that their pads are salt burned bring them to a veterinarian. One other very important thing to be aware of is antifreeze. Antifreeze smells and tastes sweet so if they get the chance, a dog or cat may try some. This is very dangererous as it is poison and can affect the brain, liver, and kidneys and even cause death! So just remember to be safe out there and stay warm!

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Christmas is coming!

posted by Westward Animal Hospital    |   December 13, 2016 12:35
Christmas is upon us once again so just a reminder to keep your pets from getting into stuff they shouldn't! The obvious one is chocolate, especially dark chocolate and bakers chocolate since it has more cocoa powder that is toxic to our furry friends. Just steer clear of chocolate in general, other things include macadamia nuts which can cause quite a severe toxic reaction, nutmeg can cause tremors/seizures, onions and garlic can cause anemia, and candy that contains xylitol causes liver damage. There are several things that we have to watch out for with our pets so if you are wondering if something is toxic, give us a call? you can also call the pet poison helpline 1-800-213-6680 if you are concerned your pets has ingested something it shouldn't have!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

posted by Westward Animal Hospital    |   October 7, 2016 16:57
We just want to wish everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! Remember to keep your pets safe, avoid giving them dangerous tablescraps. Turkey with the skin may have spices on it like onion and garlic that are bad for your pets organs, and the bones can cause them to choke or splinter and cause internal lacerations, cranberry sauce has high volumes of sugar and watch out for pumpkin pie! it usually contains nutmeg which is toxic to pets. Instead of these types of food offer up raw carrots, broccoli, a bit of well-cooked white meat without the skin, tell your visiting guests — especially the kids — not to feed your pets from their plates. Explain why. •Feed pets only reasonable amounts of any safe people-food treats. •Be sure you know what ingredients are in the foods you’re letting your pets eat.

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Ticks

posted by Westward Animal Hospital    |   April 20, 2016 09:18
Those annoying little pests are out again! Ticks have already been seen in Saskatoon, so it is time to start using preventive to keep your pets safe. Ticks can transmit diseases like lyme, ehrlichiosis, and anaplasmosis which can cause long term damage to your pet and could eventually lead to death. A product that repels ticks such as Advantix is the best to use since a tick can transmit disease in as little as 4 hours after attaching. Tick bites can also affect people as well, so make sure you check yourself over too. If you are going to an area where you know there are lots of ticks, Wear clothing that covers as much of your skin as possible (long sleeves/pants, closed toed shoes, hats, etc.) and wear light coloured clothing to make the ticks easier to spot. Tuck your pants into socks and wear shirts that fit tightly around your wrists, and use an insect repellant with DEET.

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New Additions!

posted by Westward Animal Hospital    |   March 17, 2016 09:47
We have acquired some new team members! 2 parrotletts that are staying with us in our front reception area. Come in and meet them today!

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February is Dental month!

posted by Westward Animal Hospital    |   January 14, 2016 15:19
During the month of February we are offering 15% off our dental cleanings as well as a complimentary small bag of food.

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Happy New Year

posted by Westward Animal Hospital    |   January 11, 2016 15:02
Happy New Year! We hope everyone had good holidays and that you are ready for a whole new year. We just wanted to Thank all of our clients for a good year and to remind everyone that we are always accepting new clients and patients.

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