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Saying Goodbye: Helping Children Through the Loss of a Pet

This is a difficult blog to write because my grief is so fresh but my hope is that by putting my thoughts on paper, I might help guide another family through the grief of losing a pet. For those that don’t know me, I’m a practicing small animal veterinarian, a mom to three littles and a pet […]


Are Bones Safe for My Dog?

Dogs love chewing on bones. Bones and chewing products are designed to keep your dog busy, clean the teeth, freshen the breath, or help with teething discomfort. But, which bones will cause health problems and which are safe for your dog to enjoy? Every dog’s chewing behavior and strength is different but, in general, here are some good guidelines to follow, as well as recommendations from veterinary dentists.



Tips for Exercising with Your Dog

Exercising with your dog is great way to bond with your pet and to improve your mental and physical health.  A recent statement from the American Heart Association states that owning a dog may decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease and lower blood pressure.





First Aid Training Helps Save a Plymouth Police K9 from Heat Stroke

In February, Dr. Sara and the team at Northwest Animal Hospital in Plymouth hosted K9 First Aid Training for the Plymouth Police K9 Officers. The class was designed to teach K9 handlers how to recognize and treat different emergency medical conditions that might occur in the dogs. The officers were also provided with first aid kits to carry with them in case their K9 partners were injured.


The Buzz about Heartworm Disease in Pets

Since the mosquito is sometimes considered Minnesota’s State Bird, we wanted to highlight some important points about heartworm disease which is spread by mosquitoes. Dogs are especially prone to contracting heartworm disease from mosquito bites. Cats can be affected too, though not as commonly. Heartworm disease is a severe, and often life-threatening infection that is easily […]


Northwest Animal Hospital Voted “Best Veterinary Services in Plymouth 2014″

Northwest Animal Hospital was honored to win the “Best Veterinary Services” award from Plymouth Magazine in 2014.  The award is given annually to the ”Best of Plymouth” as chosen by reader’s votes. After re-opening the business just one year ago, Dr. Sara and her team were excited to be nominated as one of three finalists for the […]



A Veterinarian’s Perspective on Saying Goodbye

The question I am asked most often about my work is, “Isn’t is hard to put pets to sleep?” What people really want to know is how do veterinarians handle the emotional stress of euthanasia and death. For more than a decade, I have been a veterinarian in hospitals throughout the Twin Cities. I’ve helped countless pets and pet owners through the process of euthanasia.



Dr. Sam Allen, founder of Northwest Animal Hospital passes away January, 8, 2014.

Allen, Sammy K., DVM 69, of Wayzata, MN, passed away on January 8, 2014. Born in Oblong, Illinois, he was the son of Samuel Otho and Lucile (Leggitt) Allen. Sammy was a graduate of the U of Evansville IN; the U of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine; the U of MN in Comparative Dermatology; and interned at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Allen founded the Northwest Animal Hospital in 1975 and practiced general medicine, as well as his specialty of dermatology and allergy.


$50 off Dental Services

February is National Pet Dental Health Month and Northwest Animal Hospital in Plymouth is celebrating with special deals. $50 off of any dental service during the month of February. 10% off all dental products until the end of February. Plan Ahead Special – Get a free bag of Science Diet T/D tartar control food when you schedule […]


Northwest Animal Hospital Nominated for the Best of Plymouth 2014

Northwest Animal Hospital is proud to announce that we have been chosen as a finalist for “The Best of Plymouth 2014″. The contest is sponsored by Plymouth Magazine and the finalists are chosen by readers and fans. The Best of Plymouth was designed to honor the best professional services in our community.


What your Pet REALLY Wants for Christmas

The Christmas holiday is just around the corner. If you are a pet owner, chances are that you consider your pet a member of the family.  It’s understandable that you’d want to give your furry family members a gift for Christmas but, choosing the right gift can be difficult. There are chew toys and treats that […]


Beware of These Common Pet Poisons

Curiosity is what makes our pets cute and fun to watch. Dogs are especially good at sniffing out things to play with and eat. This curiosity also makes them more prone to poisonings which can be very serious, even life-threatening, if not caught quickly and treated by a veterinarian.



Dr. Sara Volunteers at the Minnesota State Fair

Live animal births and pet surgery and a chance to educate the public. Those are a few of the things Dr. Sara M. Williams, DVM, MPH, of Plymouth’s Northwest Animal Hospital, gets to do every year at the Minnesota State Fair.


Back to School Block Party at Northwest Animal Hospital

Northwest Animal Hospital is teaming up with Tree of Life Therapeutic Massage and Versa Dental Care to sponsor a FREE Back 2 School Block Party! The party will be Sunday, August 18th from 5-8 pm, and will be held in the parking lot of Northwest Animal Hospital (2045 Merrimac Lane N, Plymouth 55447).


What You Need to Know About Your Pet’s Vaccines

If you have a dog or a cat at home, you’ve probably taken them to your veterinarian for vaccines. Have you ever wondered what the vaccines were for or what type of vaccines were given? Most of us are too busy to find time to research pet vaccines, so we rely on our veterinarians to choose the safest and most appropriate vaccine.


Are Ticks Having Your Dog for Lunch?

Warm weather brings out hungry ticks looking for a snack. Dogs are particularly prone to getting ticks because they are low to the ground and like to run through brush and grass.


Pets and Disasters; Do You Have a Plan?

Our hearts break for the people of Oklahoma this week. While it has been awful to see the devastation to families and homes, there have also been joyful moments of reuniting people with their pets.


Heat Related Illness

The warm weather feels great after a long winter, but it could be deadly to your pet. Dogs and cats can’t cool themselves in the same ways people do and warmer temperatures can cause heat exhaustion, heat stroke and even death.


Do I Need Pet Insurance?

Absolutely! Yes, pet insurance is worth the investment and I’d like to tell you why. As you know, having a pet is a responsibility. They need food, attention, some basic supplies and healthcare.


Storm Anxiety in Pets

It is finally spring in Minnesota! The snow is melting and the weather is changing. It will soon be thunderstorm season which can cause fear and anxiety in pets. The symptoms of storm anxiety (also known as storm phobia) range from mild pacing to severe panic.



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