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Tips to keep your pet safe during the holidays

Looking for some advice and tips on how to keep your pets safe during the holidays? Read below to learn more.

Christmas Trees – Make sure you securely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn’t tip over and injure your pet. This can also prevent the tree water from spilling and your pet drinking the water. The water can end up making your pet sick. It could contain fertilizers, or even bacteria that can give you pet diarrhea.

Mistletoe and Holly- Holly when eaten by your pet can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Me can Mistletoe can also cause gastrointestinal upset and even cardiovascular problems. It is best to opt for artificial plants made from silk or plastic. If you must have the real thing, make sure you keep them out of the reach of your pets.

Tinsel – Kittens and Cats love playing with sparkley tinsel. But playing with tinsel can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, vomiting, dehydration, and even surgery.

Christmas Lights and Candles – Unattended lights can burn pets. It is best to keep a watchful eye if you have lights lit in your home. Candles are something that should also be watched carefully. Pets can accidently knock them over causing a fire.

Wires – With all the wires that are put up during the holidays they can provide a new thing for pets to be curious about. In their investigating they could easily bite or chew threw the wires causing them to get shocked or even killed. Wires can also cause less severe injuries like wounds in their mouth or paws.

Holiday foods and Candy – The holiday usually bring with it a large amount of candy and food . Pets should never eat any human candy or sweets. The sweetener xylitol can be lethal to pets. Make sure those end tables with bowls of candy are out of the reach of your pets.

Alcohol – If your holiday plans include adult beverages, make sure to place any unattended drinks out of reach of your pets. Pets can die from drinking alcohol.

These are just a few tips to help keep your pets safe during the holidays. This should help make sure both you and your pet have an enjoyable and stress free holiday.

If you have any questions about the do’s and don’ts for your pet during the holidays, please contact us and we would be glad to help.

Hills Introduces New Diets for Cats eating C/D and Dogs eating J/D

Metabolic plus mobility

Hills Metabolic Diet

Several years ago, Hills Pet Food introduced a new food called Metabolic Diet.  This food works with your pet’s metabolism to facilitate weight loss and help your pet feel full and satisified in between meals.  This diet has helped many cats and dogs that were having difficulty losing weight with traditional weight loss programs.

New Diets

This year, Hills combined the benefits of the Metabolic Diet with the ingredients in Feline C/D and Canine J/D diets.  The new diet combinations are called Feline Metabolic + Urinary and Canine Metabolic + Mobility.

 

To keep clients informed on how these new diets may benefit your pet, we've provided the information below to help understand the current diet your pet may be on and which situations we're recommending patients move to the new diets. Please consult with one of our veterinarians with any additional questions you may have.

 

Cats on C/D

Hills C/D food is incredibly effective in preventing urinary crystals and treating lower urinary tract disease.  C/D food has helped many cats that in the past have developed bloody urine or urethral blockages secondary to urinary crystal or stone production.  Unfortunately, many cats on the C/D diet are also overweight.  

Dogs on J/D

Omega fatty acids are terrific for joint health and the J/D food is packed with them.  Omega fatty acids help reduce inflammation in joints and many dogs with arthritis and other joint issues benefit from the J/D diet.  Many dogs with joint issues, also struggle with weight loss.  

 

C/D Feline Customer

If your cat currently eats the C/D diet and is overweight, your veterinarian recommends that you transition to the food Metabolic + UMetabolic plus urinaryrinary Feline.  Weight loss is expected on this diet and best practice is to weigh your pet 1-3 months after starting this new diet.

 

J/D Canine Customer

If your dog currently eats the J/D diet and is overweight, your veterinarian recommends that you transition to the food Metabolic + Mobility Canine.  Weight loss is expected on this diet and best practice is to weigh your pet 1-3 months after starting this new diet.

 

Metabolic Canine Customer

If your dog currently eats the Metabolic diet, and also has concurrent joint issues (like arthritis), your veterinarian recommends that you transition to the food Metabolic + Mobility Canine.  Since your pet’s weight may change after starting this new diet, best practice is to weigh your pet 1-3 months after starting this new diet.  

Welcome Dr. Valerie Aliano

Westgate Pet Clinic is proud to welcome Dr. Valerie Aliano to our hospital! Dr. Aliano obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Missouri in 1983. After graduation, she practiced in Nebraska (as both an associate and and a practice owner) before moving to Minnesota in 2005. Dr. Aliano has a special interest in soft tissue surgery, internal and geriatric medicine and emergency and critical care. We know that our clients will love Dr. Aliano's calm, caring style, and we love the wealth of knowledge she is bringing with her to our veterinary team.

Dr. Valerie Aliano- old

Westgate Pet Clinic is proud to welcome Dr. Valerie Aliano to our hospital!  Dr. Aliano obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Missouri in 1983.  After graduation, she practiced in Nebraska (as both an associate and a practice owner) before moving to Minnesota in 2005.  Dr. Aliano has a special interest in soft tissue surgery, internal and geriatric medicine and emergency and critical care.  We know that our clients will love Dr. Aliano's calm, caring style and we love the wealth of knowledge she is bringing with her to our veterinary team!

Our Mission:

We provide the quality care our clients expect and their pets deserve, by relying on the expertise and
compassion of each team member.

 
 
 

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