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Mpls Pet Licenses

For your convenience, Westgate Pet Clinic is able to sell residents of Minneapolis their Minneapolis Pet License right at the clinic!
Not only is a pet license proof that your pet is vaccinated against rabies, but the City of Minneapolis Animal Care and Control reports that animals that stray are three times more likely to be returned safely home if they are licensed.  In addition, 99% of animals that come into the Minneapolis Animal Shelter leave alive because of their license tag. 
As a bonus to licensing your pet, Minneapolis Animal Care and Control offers a special "I Love My Pet Rewards" card absolutely FREE with your license tags.  This card allows you to get discounts and special promotions at participating businesses.  It's a "Thank You" for being a responsible pet owner and licensing your pet!  Click here to view businesses participating in the "I Love My Pet Rewards" Program.
To learn more about Minneapolis Animal Care and Control click here:

Capnocytophaga Canimorsus: Sometimes the Bark is Way Worse than the Bite

dog-licking-lipsCases of serious dog bite infections have been capturing headlines:"Woman Who Contracted Bacterial Infection Caused by Dog's Saliva Dies" (September, 2012), "Texas Mom Loses Legs, Fingers, after Contracting Rare Infection from Minor dog Bite" (January, 2013), and most recently,"Dog Bite Infection Costs Canadian her Arm, Legs" (July, 2013). In all of these cases, the bacteria that caused a life-threatening blood infection, or septicemia, were Capnocytophaga canimorsus. 

What is Capnocytophaga canimorsus?

Capnocytophaga canimorsus is a type of bacteria that is common in dogs’ and cats’ mouths.  Recent estimates using PCR techniques to amplify bacterial DNA are that Capnocytophaga canimorsus is in the mouths of 74% of dogs and 57% of cats.  Although the bacteria are common in household pets’ mouths, overwhelming infections with Capnocytophaga canimorsus or “dog bite septicemia” are rare.  Just over two hundred Capnocytophaga canimorsus cases have been documented since Capnocytophaga canimorsus was first identified in 1976, although this may underestimate the frequency of the infection since it is difficult to grow in cultures and it is not a reportable disease.

Westgate's Memorial Garden

If you walk behind Westgate Pet Clinic, you will find a lovely new addition to our backyard space;Memorial GardenMemorial Garden at Westgate Pet Clinic, MN A Memorial Garden in dedication to all of the wonderful animals that have shared their lives with us.  This space is meant to be a reflective spot to sit and rest.  Some of our clients have requested to use this spot for a euthanasia, and we can certainly honor that request and minimize foot traffic during that solemn time.  
The garden was made possible by a generous donation from one of our clients, Nancy Knauer.  We would like to dedicate this garden to her kitties, Jack and Jock. 

Local Boarding and Grooming

For our clients' convenience, we have compiled a list of boarding, grooming and training facilities that other clients have recommended to us.  In addition, we have provided a list of local dog play groups.   Westgate is not affiliated with these businesses, and does not specifically endorse any boarding, grooming or training facility or play group.

Our clients have told us they love these boarding facilities: 

Kingdale Kennels (Eden Prairie) -- Dogs only -- 952-941-2928
Cats only:
Just Cats (Minnetonka) -- 952-470-9196
Pawlicious -- 952-837-1875
     Small Dog Play Groups
     Puppy Play Groups
     Featherweight Play Groups
     Micro Play Groups
     Yappy Hour
     Small Dog Play Group
Dog Play Groups and Meet-ups in the Twin Cities- find specific breed and fun meet ups by clicking here

Westgate Pet Clinic named "Best Veterinary Clinic in Edina"

Best of EdinaWestgate Pet Clinic had the honor of being named "Best Veterinary Clinic in Edina 2013" by Edina Magazine.  This award is given based on votes submitted by readers of the magazine.  Westgate Pet Clinic is very proud of this acknowledgement and would like to thank all of you who put us as number one. 

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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4345 France Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55410
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