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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 Holidays!

posted by Westward Animal Hospital    |   December 7, 2015 12:06
With the holidays approaching we just want to make sure everyone keeps safe and happy. Christmas trees can present a problem with pets wanting to investigate it, especially cats who may try and climb it. Be careful with breakable ornaments and decorations that can be swatted off and broken. Also watch out for those edible treats that may not agree with our pet family members. Chocolate especially, but also other things like garlic, onions,raisins, caffeine (which can be poisonous and /or can affect internal organs), candy with Xylitol (or that can get stuck in throats), raw bread dough with yeast which can cause bloating that will lead to other problems. Nuts in general contain high phosphorus so can cause bladder stones, but macadamia nuts in particular are toxic to animals. Also if you are determined to share some of your Christmas dinner make sure not to give very much since high fatty foods can cause upset stomachs which can lead to diarrhea and vomiting, (this also includes milk and dairy products). Table scraps are also usually pretty high in calories which can lead to overweight pets too, so make sure not to over do it. Definitely avoid alcohol since it can cause disorientation, sickness and if they get enough, alcohol poisoning. Sometimes those holiday drinks can smell pretty good to our furry friends so make sure they are high enough that they can't get to them. Overall we just want to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday!

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Happy Easter

posted by Westward Animal Hospital    |   April 2, 2015 12:47
Happy Easter! We hope everyone has a great holiday. Just remember to keep your pets away from all the delicious chocolate and candy. Chocolate can cause diarrhea, vomiting, tremors, hyperactivity, irregular heartbeat and seizures. If enough is consumed it can even cause Death. Sometimes the pet won't show any signs illness but that does not mean they are not affected. Sugerless candies contain xylitol and can cause liver damage and in high enough doses also can cause death. So just remember to be safe and have a great holiday!

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