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Could You Be Overfeeding Your Pet?

Royal Canin training at Northwest Pet Clinic At Northwest Pet Clinic, we continuously invest in the professional development, training, and education of our team. Whether it’s through continuous education courses, breakfast seminars, private one-on-one training, or other outside sources, our team is continually enveloped in training. This not only makes them a greater asset to us but to you as well. When you bring your pet to Northwest Pet Clinic, you can be confident that our knowledgeable team is well prepared to handle your questions and concerns, or that they can help point you to the correct resources.

We are very fortunate to have Rocco Pelino, from Royal Canin, come educate our staff about the importance of pet nutrition. Did you know that you may be overfeeding your pet and not even know it? For example, if you give your dog 2 slices of ham, that’s the equivalent of you eating a chocolate glazed donut with sprinkles. If you gave your dog 3 oz of bacon strip treats, that’s the equivalent of you eating FOUR chocolate glazed donuts with sprinkles! So if you’re already feeding your dog 100% of the amount of food that he or she is supposed to be getting on a daily basis AND you’re adding treats on top of that, you may be overfeeding your dog and not even realize it.

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 54% of dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese. We know that you are a responsible pet owner and implore you to continuously develop and grow in your knowledge and understanding of the care that your pet requires. We encourage you to have a conversation with one of our vets about the importance of a healthy and well-balanced diet and how to achieve it. Let’s learn and grow together, aiming towards a common goal: providing a lifetime of compassionate, high quality care for your pets.


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10 Ways to Celebrate National Cat Day

Northwest Pet Clinic Celebrates National Cat DayOctober 29 is National Cat Day! It’s a holiday that was created in 2005 to not only recognize the cats that do have homes, but to also promote adoption for those cats that still need forever homes.

So what will you do to celebrate your feline friend and cute kitties everywhere? Here are 10 ideas to help you make this year’s Cat Day a great day.

1. Adopt a cat or kitten.
Since the goal of National Cat Day is primarily to raise awareness about the 4 million cats that are put in shelters and the 1 to 2 million cats that are euthanized each year, the best way to celebrate National Cat Day is to adopt a cat or kitten.

If you have room in your home and your budget to care for a kitty, the love and support you can give a homeless cat is the greatest gift of all.
As you choose a cat to adopt, keep in mind that older cats have a harder time finding homes, because everybody wants the cute kittens. Similarly, black cats are less likely to be adopted than cats with brighter fur colorings.

2. Volunteer at a local animal shelter.
If you can’t adopt a new cat into your home, consider giving a few hours of your time instead. Call first to see when and how you can come help, and bring your skills with you to volunteer at a local animal shelter.

3. Donate to a local animal shelter.
If you don’t have the time or can’t take time out of your work schedule to volunteer at a shelter, you can make a donation. Animal shelters are often short on resources, so every little bit can help them purchase food, bedding, and medical care for the animals they take in.

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Safer Anesthesia, Better Surgery, Happy Pets

Safer Anesthesia, Better Surgery, Happy Pets

Thanks to the efforts of our forefathers, we can perform better surgery thanks to better monitoring, safer anesthesia and better drugs.

surgeryBetter Monitoring
A few decades ago, ensuring that a patient was alive during anesthesia was limited to using your senses: observing gum color, feeling pulses, watching the chest move. More recently, we borrowed from human medicine and started using EKG machines to monitor the heart. Today, most… modern clinics can also measure oxygen levels, blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, and occasionally CO2 levels.

Better Drugs
There is no question that the anesthesia drugs we use today are safer than those used a few years ago. By combining several drugs, we can provide multiple benefits to the patient, while using lower dosages of each one. This is called balanced anesthesia. For example, when we do fancy orthopedic surgery on a pet’s knee, we might combine:

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