Santa paws is coming to town! Drop by Westwood on December 13th between 1pm and 3pm to have your pets photo taken with Santa. With $5 donation towards Hands Helping Paws you one photo of your pet with Santa.
The holidays are fun, even for pets, but the season brings added danger for animal companions. Learn to recognize and manage holiday hazards to keep your pet safe during the festivities.
Tinsel is attractive, especially to cats. Tinsel is not toxic but consuming tinsel can cause serious harm to your pet’s digestive system. The long, tough strands can actually cut through the intestine and cause stool to back up throughout the intestines.
Pets love to play with bright, colorful ornaments, but may end up breaking or even chewing and swallowing these fragile decorations. Sharp, broken pieces can lacerate the animal’s mouth, throat, and digestive tract. Larger pieces can cause an obstruction and emergency surgery may be needed.
Cats love to climb trees, especially when the tree is indoors and loaded with ornaments and other decorations that look a lot like cat toys. A climbing cat can pull a fully decorated Christmas tree crashing to the ground, potentially injuring the animal. Putting contact paper beneath the tree can help detour a cat from playing in the tree.
Mistletoe and Holly
Consuming holly may cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Eating mistletoe can result in stomach upset and even heart problems. A cat may suffer kidney failure after ingesting some types of lilies.
A dog or cat that eats chocolate may experience vomiting and diarrhea, panting, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, seizures and, in severe cases, even death. The darker the chocolate, the more toxic compounds it contains. If your pet consumes chocolate, call us immediately because this is an emergency.
Turkey Meat and Bones
Dogs and cats love turkey but this holiday fare may be dangerous to their health. The immediate pet hazard associated with turkey are the tiny bones that, if swallowed, may cause painful constipation or even splinter to perforate the stomach; both conditions require immediate veterinary attention. Feeding rich and fatty food like that served at holiday parties can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and even inflammation of the pancreas.
Each year Westwood teams up with a local school to provide Christmas gifts for under privileged children. You can help by stopping by and picking a tag off of our Angel tree, getting the gift on the tag, and returning it to Westwood, unwrapped, by December 13th. Help us make a child's Christmas as special as possible.
This year I am asking for very few things. I’m thinking a new cat tree (one that is at least 8ft tall), two chicken biscuits from Chick-fil-A, 20 bottle caps, and 3 packages of greenies. If you look at Santa’s list I am sure it will show I have been decent. I may have had my moments over the year but I feel I am worthy of such good gifts.
On another note I should let you know that I received an ulcer on my eye and have been forced to have medications over the past week or so. I don’t remember if I ran into something or if I just scratched around my eye and accidently scratched my eye as well. I will be okay. No need to worry about me. I have now learned to be more careful. Although the eye drops are no fun, the treats that go along with them are amazing. Well I guess I will talk to you next year! Have a great Christmas!
Over and Meow-out!
Dr. Biles recently received a letter from Oklahoma's State Veterinarian, Dr. Rod Hall, regarding Ebola in dogs. Dr. Hall stated, a dog can contract Ebola, however, they do not exhibit symptoms, therefore, a dog can not transfer the disease to a human. The United States Department of Agriculture and the American Board of Veterinary Medicine do, however, recommend a quarantine of 21 days for animals exposed to the virus. Dr. Hall does not suspect the virus will become prevalent in Oklahoma. if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call.
During the month of November Westwood will be collecting donations for our food and supply drive benefiting local rescue organizations. We will accept dog and cat food, as well as items such as beds, toys, leashes, collars and cat litter. Please drop off your donation today and help us save a life in our community.
I view the last two months of the year as a time to give thanks. I am thankful for the many treats I can con my people into. I am thankful for the many followers I have acquired. I am thankful for cat litter that does not stick to my feet. Most of all, I am thankful to Chick-Fil-A for the wonderful chicken biscuits that magically end up in my mouth. Thank you for always reading my rants, hopes, and raves throughout the year. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, filled with lots of delicious food, of course.
Over and meow-out!
Did you know, when we check your pet’s bloodwork we are checking a variety of systems within your pet’s body? We not only check white and red blood cell counts. We also look at vital organ function, such as the kidneys, liver, and even digestive health. With bloodwork we can find early signs of infection, disease and organ failure. By detecting problems early, we can begin early treatment to help lengthen your pet’s life. This month we are offering $5 off a Wellness Blood Profile to promote healthy pets. Be sure to call and schedule your pet’s appointment today.
Westwood Veterinary Hospital is now offering client services online . These services include on-line appointment scheduling and confirmation, follow-up e-mails to check on the progress of your pet’s health, and practice satisfaction surveys. All of these service are accessible through our website at www.westwoodvet.com. On-line services allow you to choose the most convenient time for you and your pet to be seen by our staff and allow us to more communicate with you without interrupting play times and cuddle sessions.
So, this year for Halloween, I have decided I want to be a Mob Boss. I mean, I walk around Westwood like I own the place already, so, why not dress like it for a day. I deserve to be treated like a boss for at least a day, although every day would be nice. I’m thinking a tie, hat, and a cane. Maybe I’ll even win best dressed for the day. Who knows? Anyways, don’t forget that chocolate is bad for your pets so no trick-or-treat goodies! If you are looking for a healthy alternative give 4-legged Trick-or–Treaters some Greenies (my favorite!), DentaStix, or Milkbones.
That’s all for now. Over and Meow-out!
This month, Westwood Veterinary Hospital is offering a free pedicure to anyone who purchases a microchip. Even if your pet loses their tags the microchip will always be with them. It is a small device that is placed under the skin, between the shoulder blades. Over time, it can migrate, but will always remain in the body. Anyone with a scanner can scan the dog or cat and a number will pop up that can link your pet back to you. Microchips are a way of saving lives and last a lifetime, with a one time fee that pays for itself if your beloved pet were to get lost. It takes less than five minutes to place and registration is done right here, at Westwood. Call today to schedule your appointment with a Technician.
Important Westwood Update
Effective January 1st, 2014 Central Oklahoma Veterinary Emergency will be closed permanently due to the lack of need in the community. Dr. Biles prides himself in being a great doctor for the pets in your family. He appreciates the fact that you have trusted him and the staff at Central Oklahoma Veterinary Hospital with your pet’s care. This decision has not come lightly. We do not want your pet to go without veterinary care, therefore, we are referring all emergencies outside of regular business hours to Animal Emergency Center off of Highway 9 and 24th St SW. Westwood Veterinary Hospital will open on Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 7:30-6 and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30-9. On Saturdays we will be open from 8:30-4. Dr. Biles would like to thank you for your continuing support for him, as well as the entire Westwood Veterinary Hospital family.
On December 14th bring your pet in from 1:00pm-3:00pm to have their photo taken with Santa Paws. Photos are a $5 donation that will go to one of our charities that we support (Second Chance, Hands Helping Paws, The Bella Foundation, and The Welcoming Project). These photos could be used as a great addition to your holiday cards.
Laser therapy is a inovative way at helping heal wounds faster, promote blood flow to an area, and reduce pain. We currently do this to all of our surgery patients and offer treatment to patients with arthritis, wounds, and many more. Ask a staff member if laser therapy is right for you pet.
The Welcoming Project Pet Halloween Costume Contest
We will be participating again this year in the halloween costume contest to benefit the Welcoming Project. It is on Saturday, November 2nd at St. Stephen's United Methodist Church in Norman. We look forward to seeing all the unique costumes.
Westwood is now offering a 2% discount for customers who pay by cash or check.
Tuesday & Thursday Late Appointments
Starting in April Dr. Biles will be seeing appointments from 6pm to 9pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
We are selling Westwood Veterinary T-shirts. We have three different colors: blue, grey, and pink. They are $15 dollars each and sizes S-XL. Come by and ask the receptionist for your size. We love to see our clients in Westwood t-shirts outside the hospital.
Second Chance Adoption Appreciation
Pets adopted from Second Chance will receive their first Wellness examination for FREE. Bring your pet's adoption papers from Second Chance and mention this ad to receive the discount. This examination is valued at $36 and is only for well pets.
Check out our two new programs, Life Care and Senior Care. These programs are designed to offer your pet affordable routine care. Visit our Programs page or contact us to see if your pet qualifies for these money saving wellness plans.
VetSource Home Delivery
Westwood now offers Home Delivery for your pets medications. Order online or in our hospital to have your pets medication shipped directly to your home. Prices are comparable to other online pharmacies and most items ship for free. Eliminate your worries by knowing that our products are guaranteed by and come directly from the manufacturer. Visit our VetSource website or contact us for more information.
Client Referral Discount
Westwood clients that refer friends or family to our practice will receive a $5.00 off coupon for their pet's next visit.