Fourth of July Pet Safety

The cat from bengal firesIf you are like most pet parents, the Fourth of July – while fun for us – provides an ample amount of stress for our pets and, by extension, for us. After all, July 4th is one of the most rowdy, noisy, and social of holidays of the year. With all of that celebration going on, it’s understandable why we worry about our furry friends and anticipate some anxiety during the festivities.

While any holiday can present pet safety considerations, the American Humane Society reports a dramatic increase in lost pets on July 5th. But don’t panic! When it comes to Fourth of July pet safety, there are some effective ways of keeping your pet secure and calm during the midst of this festive day. Continue reading

Parasite Preventatives: Protecting Your Pet from Fleas, Ticks, and Heartworm

Playful Stray Puppy in North African DesertProtecting your pet from fleas, ticks, and heartworm is an important part of being a pet owner. Not only can these parasites be a nuisance to your pet (and you), but they also pose a serious threat to your pet’s health.

Your pet’s exposure risk for these parasites is at its highest April–November, but parasite prevention must be a year-round commitment if it is to be truly effective. Do you know what’s at risk when it comes to fleas, ticks, and heartworm? If not, read on to learn more about these parasites, and why parasite preventatives are so critical to protecting your pet’s health. Continue reading

Protecting Your Pet from Heatstroke

iStock_000035346978_SmallFor many of us, summer sends us outdoors for fun in the sun with our friends, family, and pets. Trips to the farmers markets, walks through the neighborhood, grilling in the backyard, and trips out of town are all on the menu this time of year…

Whatever it is that you and your pet love to do in the heat of summer, you should be aware of the risks heat can pose to our four-legged friends. Take the necessary steps to protect your pet against heatstroke, dehydration, and overexertion that may affect your pet’s health in the months ahead, by considering the following… Continue reading

Planning for a Pet Emergency

calling the vetFor many pet owners, nothing is scarier than a pet emergency. Whether a car has hit your cat or dog on a Saturday afternoon, or if he or she starts having seizures at 10 p.m., the unexpected can always throw us for a loop and give us cause to panic.

But even though we never know when an emergency will strike, there are ways to plan ahead for emergency pet care.

At West Park Animal Hospital, we are prepared for your pet’s emergency day and night. We are staffed until 1 a.m., 7 days a week to provide the critical care your pet needs when a crisis strikes, and have the experience and know-how needed to handle your pet’s situation. Continue reading

Secrets to Successful Pet Boarding

Terrier Dog in SuitcaseWhen you have a pet, there is going to be a time when you cannot take him or her with you on a vacation or business trip. While letting your pet stay at home with a pet sitter might seem like a grand idea, it isn’t always ideal. Instead, why not make arrangements to board your pet with us?

At West Park Animal Hospital, we welcome cats, dogs, and pocket pets into our pet boarding facility, year-round. We love our guests, and do our best to make sure that they are happy and healthy while in our care. But before you hit the road or take to the skies, we hope Continue reading