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What are we vaccinating for again?

This is a very common question that pet owners have when we rattle off the vaccines that your cat or dog needs.  Vaccines are an important part of your pet's preventative health care.   Understanding what we are vaccinating for and why will help you make the best decisions for your pet's care. 


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Vaccinations for Dogs and Cats

Rabies:  Rabies is a virus that is transmitted by saliva, generally a bite.  All cats and dogs should be vaccinated for rabies. Bats are the primary carriers of rabies in Minnesota.  Since bats can come into the house, even indoor only cats can get exposed to the virus. More...

Westgate Pet Clinic has been Certified as a Cat Friendly Practice!

Westgate Pet Clinic understands that bringing your cat to the veterinarian can be stressful!  Many cats are nervous about the car ride and new places.  Our aim is to decrease the stress for our feline patients and their people as much as possible.  Our staff gets extra training on cat diseases, behavior and proper cat handling.  We diffuse feline pheromone in the exam rooms, provide soft towels for laying on or hiding in, and employ people that love and understand cats.  Visit the "Cats Only" section on the lower right side of the home page of our website for more important cat specific information. 


Kennel Cough- Not just for dogs that go to the kennel!

Canine kennel cough (or infectious tracheobronchitis) is a respiratory disease that is spread through aerosolized bacteria or viruses, so your dog doesn’t have to be boarded at a kennel to get exposed. Vaccination for kennel cough may be recommended for your dog based upon his or her level of exposure to other dogs as well as your dog’s age, health status and predisposition toward respiratory disease. 


The cough associated with this disease tends to be a dry, hacking cough that sometimes ends in a gag or retch, sometimes sounding like “there’s 

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something stuck in my dog’s throat!” Common infectious agents include:

• Bordetella bronchiseptica bacteria
• Parainfluenza virus
• Adenovirus type 2
• Canine herpesvirus (very young puppies)
• Mycoplasma canis (a single-cell organism that is neither virus nor bacterium)
• Canine reovirus

Just like bronchitis in people, the cough can be mild and self-limiting or, depending upon the
infectious agent and the individual’s health status, may progress to life-threatening
pneumonia. Your vet will help determine how serious your dog’s infection is, as well as
whether medical therapy is indicated or simply supportive therapy as described below.

Here are some tips for caring for your dog with infectious tracheobronchitis (kennel cough).

1. REST is very important until the cough has resolved for at least 2 days (no running,
rough play, pulling on leash or excessive barking).

Feline Arthritis

Black and white cat freeArthritis (or osteoarthritis) is a chronic degenerative disease of the joint, in which the cartilage in the joint is damaged. Cartilage reduces the impact on the ends of the bones in joints. When cartilage is damaged, a series of inflammatory changes occurs, eventually leading to destruction of the cartilage, and subsequent damage to the underlying bone. As cartilage contains no nerves, if your pet is showing any signs of pain, the source of it is the underlying bone, which is being affected.


Arthritis is a very common condition in cats. One study showed that 90% of cats over 12 years of age suffer from some degree of arthritis. Yet another study concluded that 22% of all cats have radiographic changes suggestive of arthritis, with 33% of those showing clinic signs. The most commonly affected joints are the elbows and the hips, and are often times not correlated with limping. Instead, the affected kitties may show signs that are misinterpreted as ageing. Some of these signs may be: reduced jumping (up or down), more matting over the back, resistance to being brushed, irritability, inappropriate elimination, sleeping more.


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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Westgate Pet Clinic
4345 France Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55410
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