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Caring for Bandages

westgate2010_dsc04996Great care goes into the wrapping of cotton bandages. Please care for bandages as the doctor has instructed. No bandage should go more than 4 days without being examined by the doctor (unless otherwise instructed).

Protect the bandage from getting wet. A snowy or rainy day can quickly ruin a bandage. When a bandage is on a leg, cover it with a plastic bag while the pet is outdoors. Remove the plastic bag when the pet comes inside or body moisture will soon dampen it.

The bandage should be examined daily by the owner for early signs of problems. Call us if any of the following develop:

    • Chewing or licking. This can often be controlled by bad-tasting sprays applied to the bandage. Occasionally protective collars around the head are used.
    • Movement or rotation.
    • Swelling or redness observed around the bandage.
    • Bad odors. This often indicates the bandage has gotten wet inadvertently or that more frequent bandage changes are indicated.
    • Sudden development of tenderness.

Annual Physical Examination & Timely Vaccinations

westgate2010_dsc04946An annual physical examination of your pet by our veterinarians is the best way to assure that your pet is healthy. Medical problems must be prevented or treated before the illness is serious. We can't rely on your pet to communicate to you. Allowing your pet to be examined each year by our veterinarians is the single most important duty of a pet owner. 

Every annual visit includes an exam of the ears with an otoscope, listening to sounds of heart and lungs with a stethoscope, taking body temperature with an electronic thermometer, exam of teeth & gums to assess oral health, exam of the eyes, palpation of lymph nodes and abdomen to evaluate size of organs, exam of hair coat & nail quality, and monitoring of weight.

As your pet ages, we offer additional annual monitoring of certain blood tests, urine tests and an electrocardiogram as part of our comprehensive geriatric health program. To learn more about common tests performed see the section titled Important Tests. An annual report card will highlight the current health of your pet and our individualized recommendations.

  • Advancement in science allows us to protect your pet from serious viral diseases, including rabies. Minnesota constantly ranks in the top five states in reported cases of rabies.
  • Parvovirus causes severe bloody diarrhea in dogs. Parvovirus is treated with intensive fluid therapy and antibiotics but commonly results in death.
  • In cats leukemia virus has no treatment. Eighty percent of cats that have leukemia will die within 3 years.

These viral diseases have all been seen by our veterinarians. All these serious viral diseases can be prevented by regular, routine vaccination.

Intestinal parasites are also a common problem for pets that travel outside their backyard. Roundworms are the most commonly found parasite in both cats and dogs. A yearly fecal examination is recommended for all pets that go outdoors even occasionally.

Our computer will inform you by postcard when your pet is due for vaccinations and fecal parasite examinations.

Emergencies and Urgent Care


Emergencies and Urgent Care



Urgent care patients can be seen right at Westgate Pet Clinic.  We reserve spots each day specifically for patients that need to be seen on an urgent basis.


When the clinic is open, we can also see emergencies.  Our staff is trained to recognize and respond to emergencies quickly.  If your pet is having a life-threatening emergency, and you are able to call us in-route, that will help us prepare for your arrival. 



If your pet has an urgent care or emergency need after the clinic closes, we refer all of our patients to Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Service or the University of Minnesota Veterinary Emergency Service.



Map to Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Service: Eden Prairie.  

Contact: 952-942-8272. 
7717 Flying Cloud Drive  Eden Prairie,MN 55344






Map to Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Service: Golden Valley. 

Contact: 763-529-6560. 

4708 Olson Memorial Hwy  Golden Valley,MN 55422






Map to University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine Small Animal Clinic
Contact: 612-625-9711


Puppy Classes

Traditional obedience classes for dogs start around 5-6 months. Our Puppy Preschool Program starts at 8-12 weeks of age before many behavioral problems develop. Class size is limited to 8-10 puppies for individual instruction to families and pet, so make sure you register early. The class is held on five consecutive Wednesdays at the Westgate Pet Clinic. At this time we are only able to accommodate families from the Westgate Pet Clinic. Children ages 4 and older are encouraged to attend.

Our program emphasizes encouraging positive behavior and will teach the owners the proper way to reward, ignore or re-direct the behaviors. Each of the five one-hour sessions will be supervised by one of our veterinarians. A training book by nationally known trainer Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D. called The Puppy Primer, other reading material, homework assignments and graduation certificate are included. Our clinic is excited to meet you and your new puppy, so that we can teach both of you how much fun it is to go to the vet.

Safe Anesthesia

westgate2010_dsc04999 Surgery Consent Form

Our facilities use the safest anesthetics available for pets and while under anesthesia your pet will always be monitored by the most sophisticated monitoring devices available.

westgate2010_dsc04973Our surgery monitor measures respiratory rate, pulse rate, lead II electrocardiogram, and pulse oximetry measurement of blood oxygen concentration. Monitoring these parameters allows us to constantly evaluate how safely your pet's surgery is proceeding without having to rely solely on our own observations.

Placement of an intravenous catheter before anesthesia induction provides a safe and immediately effective path for the administration of all necessary medications before during and after surgery. Fluids are administered during and after recovery from anesthesia to maintain hydration and encourage the rapid recovery from the anesthetic procedure.

The pre-anesthetics are given to help relax your pet and to provide pain control. These pre-anesthetics also allow the veterinarian to use smaller quantities of the additional anesthetics required to complete surgery. Additional pain medications after surgery will provide your pet with a comfortable recovery.

The induction-anesthetics allow the placement of the breathing tube called an endo-tracheal tube. This tube provides a clear airway for your pet to breath pure oxygen administered from a compressed tank. Tube placement and oxygen administration are a key element for the safety of any anesthetic procedure and are always done.

Our maintenance-anesthetic is always a gas called isoflorane or sevoflorane. It is administered by mixing the florane with the oxygen the pet is breathing. The anesthesia machine administering the oxygen/flurane mix is a very precise medical instrument that can make adjustments as small as ¼ percent. This machine is recalibrated at regular intervals. In an emergency the machine dial could be moved to zero percent allowing the pet to wake up within minutes. Isoflurane and sevoflurane gas anesthesia are incredibly safe because these rapid adjustments in the depth of consciousness are possible.Safe Anethesia

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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(612)925-6297 Fax
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