Join Us for the Whitney’s Howliday Open House

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I hope November is treating you well. It’s hard to believe it is here already and we are heading quickly towards the Holidays!

It is also hard to believe we have been in our new home for just over 4 months. Time has really flown by! Since we haven’t officially had an open house and folks are asking for a tour, we thought it would be fun to invite you to a Howliday Open House! A few of the details follow!

  • Saturday November 21st, 2015
  • Noon to 2pm
  • Pictures of your pets with Santa!
  • Special pet friendly treats
  • Special people friendly treats
  • Raffle drawing for prizes
  • Tour our brand new facility and visit with our staff

Puppy and kittenWe hope you will join us at 2627 N Knoxville (our new location)!  If you have any questions, be sure to call us at 309-685-4707!  We will be happy to help!

See you soon,

Dr Nancy

The Halloween Survival Guide for Pets

Hi all,
I cannot believe it is already the end of October. This year has flown by and soon it will be cold, snowy, and blowy. I don’t know about you, but I love the nice Fall weather and I am not ready for it to be over. That said, now is a good time to start to strategize about ways to keep our fur babies out of trouble and happy and healthy.

Cat in a bee costume

Here is one of our Halloween costume contestants from last year. Oh so cute!

Halloween is always a fun holiday for kids and pets alike, but there are a few things to watch out for. First, remember that even the cutest of costumes can scare your pets. If they cannot see your face or recognize you in some way they may react inappropriately. I remember one year I wore a costume with a cape. The cape frightened my dog and she ran at me barking! Once she quieted enough to hear me she calmed down, but neither one of was having fun at that point!

Dressing up your pet for Halloween can be a fun activity, but be sure your pet is ok with the idea. Many places sell costumes specifically for dogs and cats. Conversely you can create a costume, but be sure not to use tight ties or bad to hold it on. Sadly, we do see an occasional pet who was injured by a hair band left on too long. Be sure your pet can move freely in the costume and can see easily. After that have fun and remember the puppy or kitty treats!

When trick or treaters are coming to the door, be sure your pets are confined so they don’t become stressed or escape out the door when you answer. If they dash out, they could be injured or give a small person a real Halloween thrill! Better that they are away from all this action. Consider giving your dog a special treat in a quiet place until Trick or Treat is over and the lights are out on the porch. A Kong toy stuffed with their food moistened with some peanut butter or cream cheese and then frozen can give your dog something to do for a while that will be more interesting than barking at the door.

Schnauzer in costume.

We love you too Walt!

Speaking of treats, a plan for handling the sweets and keeping them away from your pets is important. Most people are well informed about the toxicity of chocolate, but other dangers exist. Small boxes of raisins for example can be toxic to dogs and cause kidney failure if ingested. Another hidden danger is the sugar free candy. Many of these contain xylitol, the sweetener that is sugar free. Xylitol is extremely dangerous in even small amounts. Ingestion causes low blood sugar and liver failure. Sugar free gum can poison a dog even if only one piece is eaten. Since candy can be a mine field of danger, be sure the candy is out of reach and in a container that can’t be chewed up or opened by your pets.

Halloween is lots of fun for most. Hopefully these tips will help your pets enjoy it as well. Stay tuned for more Holiday survival information coming for the Thanksgiving holiday. Until then, Happy Halloween!

Dr. Nancy

The New Reception and Waiting Area

Hello All!

Hope everyone is staying warm.  I think I am ready to greet Spring any time now.  The birds are returning to the feeders in droves, and I am ready to see the first blue bird of the year! But I digress…

I wanted to give everyone a sneak peak of the reception and waiting areas planned in the new building.  I get lots of questions about how it might change, so here goes.

There will be one main entrance in our new location, but then there are 2 separate waiting areas: one for dogs and one for cats.  The new feline only section has its own waiting area, exam rooms, treatment area and hospitalization area.  I can’t wait to reveal the details of the exam rooms, but let’s say for now, we have designed them with the cats in mind. (The dog exam rooms are decked out too, so our canine companions won’t feel left out.

Upon entering the new building the view will be something like this:

Perspective drawing of reception

The desk to the right is the welcome station.  From here, patients will be checked in.  This area is also dog waiting and refreshments. The desk to the left is check out and the door to the left is the entrance to the feline waiting area, feline exam rooms and feline treatment.  This will be a no dog zone. To give you a better feel for it see the blue print rendering below:

Blue print of reception area

We are excited to be able to continue keeping our feline patients calm and away from the dogs.  It relieves their stress greatly.  Also,  with our move, our feline only hours will be expanded to the same office hours of the office!  No more need to “come to the dog hospital” because the cat facility is closed.  It will be open the same hours as the dog side, expanding the available appointment times!

I can’t wait to show you pictures of is the walls start going up!

One last note: some folks aren’t sure where the new hospital is going to be, so below you will find a map showing our current location and our future one.  We are only moving 2 miles from our current location, so hopefully this will be equally convenient for you all!

This is a map of our future new location with directions from our old (current for now) location

This is a map of our future new location with directions from our old (current for now) location

I look forward to hearing from you!  Do you think it sound cool?  Are you excited too?!

Dr Nancy