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January 10, 2020

Frostbite in Cats and Dogs

Winter Weather Danger: Frostbite Isn’t Just for Humans
Winter weather can be dangerous for both humans and animals. Dogs and cats are susceptible to frostbite, even with their thick fur coats. Please read more in this article.

October 21, 2019

New Report Lists 36 Diseases Cats Can Give Us — and How to Prevent Them

A good snuggle with a cat can improve anyone’s day — well, assuming you don’t have allergies. But like any other animal, our domestic felines can carry diseases, and sometimes those illnesses pass to us.

Please read the article for my information

October 21, 2019

Raw or Undercooked Animal-Source Protein in Cat and Dog Diets

The AVMA discourages the feeding to cats and dogs of any animal source protein that has not first been subjected to a process to eliminate pathogens because of the risk of illness to cats and dogs as well as humans. 

Please read the article for more information.

March 07, 2019

Keep Your Home Flea-Free This Season!

Learn the 13 ways to keep your home flea-free this season with this Break the Cycle infographic.

January 10, 2019

Odors That Repel Pets

Beware of what household scents are repellent, unpleasant or even potentially dangerous to dogs and cats.

October 11, 2018

Vehicle Safety Tips for Your Pets

Whether an animal is going to see the veterinarian or is just a companion along for the drive, it’s important to keep a pet safe when in a moving vehicle. 

WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO SECURE OR CONTAIN A PET IN A VEHICLE

It’s dangerous when an animal rides unsecured in a moving vehicle. Just as it is important for the owner to use a seatbelt and shoulder harness, the pet should also be protected through the use of either a travel harness or a secured pet carrier.

The risk of an accident increases when, for example, an unsecured pet:

  • Crawls down into the footwell of the driver’s side of the vehicle, obstructing the use of the brake and/or accelerator pedal

  • Climbs onto and leans across the driver’s lap to hang out of the window, blocking the driver’s view of the road

  • Causes a distraction that pulls the driver’s attention away from their responsibility of driving.

Unsecured animals can be hurt or killed during a collision when they are allowed to:

  • Sit in the lap of the driver or front seat passenger, which puts them in the path of an exploding airbag

  • Sit in the back seat or lap of a back seat passenger and are thrown out of or through a window or through the windshield.

Passengers are also at an increased risk of being injured when they ride with an unsecured animal. During an accident, those riding within the vehicle could be struck by the animal’s body as it is tossed about or hurled through the vehicle.

WINDOW SAFETY FOR PETS

Dogs seem to love riding with their head hanging out of the car window. While it is nice that they are enjoying the breeze, it is also dangerous.

When a pet’s face is hanging out of the window it increases their risk of being injured from objects that are airborne or driven into.

Eye, ear, face, and mouth injuries can occur when the animal is struck by, for instance:

  • Debris falling off other vehicles

  • Rubber remnants from blown tires

  • Birds

  • Large insects such as bees

  • Oversized items hanging out and over the sides of other vehicles on the road

  • Rear view mirrors of vehicles passing too close in driver’s lane.

DOG SAFETY IN TRUCK BEDS

A dog that rides in the bed of a pickup truck is also at risk of being injured or killed. Animals can be harmed by:

  • Falling off of or jumping from the bed of the truck

    • Animal may be injured or killed from the impact or from being struck by another vehicle

  • Being struck by airborne objects.

While being tethered to the truck bed will help to secure the animal, the animal is still at risk of injury. For instance, if the animal tries to exit the truck bed:

  • When the tether is long enough for animal to go over the side, but too short to reach the ground, the animal could be strangled

  • When the tether is long enough for the animal to go over the side and reach the ground, the animal could be choked while being dragged behind the moving vehicle.

The safest way to transport an animal in the bed of a truck is to put it in a secured and well-ventilated dog carrier that fits the size of the animal.

People may not realize the risks they pose to the safety of other drivers, as well as to their human and animal passengers, when they allow a pet to remain unsecured in a moving vehicle. 

September 27, 2018

SEPTEMBER 28TH IS NATIONAL RABIES DAY

Learn how you can contribute to the mission of eradicating Rabies by 2030.

July 11, 2018

Warm Weather Pet Safety

You might know that cold weather poses health risks to your pets, but so does warm weather – even on days that don’t seem that hot to you. Knowing the risks and being prepared can help keep your pet safe.

March 16, 2018

Pet Poison Prevention: NO LILIES FOR KITTIES !

No Lilies for Kitties!

As Easter approaches we also see an increase in the number of calls regarding cats ingesting lilies. Lilies are beautiful flowers but are also highly toxic to cats! Ingestion of even minuscule amounts of “true” lilies (Lilium or Hemerocallis species) may cause drooling, vomiting, anorexia, lethargy, and potentially fatal kidney failure in cats. All parts of the plant are considered toxic; the stem, leaves, flowers, pollen, and even the water if they are in a vase. If a cat does ingest some lily, prompt treatment by a veterinarian is imperative for the best prognosis. Unlike cats, dogs ingesting lilies may experience minor stomach upset but do not develop kidney failure. Learn more and help educate your clients!

March 16, 2018

March 18-24th is National Poison Prevention Week!

March 18th - 24th is National Poison Prevention Week.

 

This year we'd like to highlight a current hot topic: essential oils! Many pet owners are currently discussing the risks associated with these products and it's important to stay informed. Essential oils can pose a toxic risk to household pets, especially to cats. They are rapidly absorbed both orally and across the skin, and are then metabolized in the liver. Continue reading to help protect your patients from this latest trend.

March 07, 2018

MARCH IS PET POISON PREVENTION MONTH!

Certain food and household items can be toxic to your pets. Prevention is key!

 

Be sure to keep the following items out of reach:

Antifreeze, aftershave, gasoline, deodorants, paint, suntan lotions, brake fluid, dye, mushrooms, walnuts, perfume, grapes, raisins, onions, garlic, chocolate, Xylitol, Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, Vitamin D, avocados, lilies, sago palms, rodenticides, insecticides.

This is a small list of items that can harm your pet. If you think your pet has been poisoned contact your Veterinarian or call the 24/7 Pet Poison Helpline at 800-213-6680

March 04, 2018

Tis the season for Fleas, Ticks and Mosquitoes

It is never too early to start planning for the  bug season.  Fleas never really go away in the winter, they just move indoors. Ticks are out and about and feeding. Mosquitoes are still causing problems 7 months after the season. 

January 12, 2018

February is National Pet Health Dental Month

Don't turn your nose to Fido's or Fluffy's bad breath! That odor might signify a serious health risk, with the potential to damage not only your pet's teeth and gums but its internal organs as well.

To address the significance of oral health care for pets, the AVMA sponsors National Pet Dental Health Month every February. Click on the links below to learn more about  how you can improve the dental (and overall) health of your pets. 

December 04, 2017

Cold Weather Pet Safety

You're probably already aware of the risks posed by warm weather and leaving pets in hot cars, but did you know that cold weather also poses serious threats to your pets' health?

Check out the Article Here for some tips to keep your pets safe during cold weather.

December 04, 2017

Holiday Pet Safety Tips

December abounds with holiday celebrations, but nothing can spoil good cheer like an emergency trip to the veterinary clinic. These tips can help keep your winter holiday season from becoming not-so-happy – for your pet and for you.

November 19, 2017

Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips

Thanksgiving is a special holiday that brings together family and friends, but it also can carry some hazards for pets. Holiday food needs to be kept away from pets, and pet owners who travel need to either transport their pets safely or find safe accommodations for them at home. Follow these tips to keep your pets healthy and safe during the holiday.

November 14, 2017

Non-Anesthetic Dentals: STARTING IN JANUARY 2018!

Have a pet with bad breath and plaque or tartar that needs a dental cleaning? Worried about putting your pet under anesthesia? Did you know that dental disease is a serious disease leading to other systemic issues like kidney disease? 

 

Starting in January, we will be offering non-anesthetic dental cleanings by licensed veterinary dental technicians

 

Call us today at 845-457-4082 for more information about our new service of Non-Anesthetic Dental (NAD) Cleanings and reserve your spot today! Space is limited. First availability is on Friday, January 12th, 2018.

October 30, 2017

Leptospirosis Season: How to protect you & your family

Leptospirosis Season is upon us. It is a zoonotic disease, meaning it can be transmitted from Pet to human. Learn more about the disease, where it is found and how to prevent it to protect you and your 4-legged friends!

October 30, 2017

Canine Influenza Questions: Concern with recent outbreaks

Learn more about Canine Influenza and how to protect your animals with the new outbreaks recently and with the holiday season coming up. 

September 28, 2017

WORLD RABIES DAY: SEPTEMBER 28TH

Rabies is a devastating disease. We want to do our part in helping you and your furry friends stay healthy by offering $10 off this month until October 9th for your next Rabies vaccination.

Just give us a call to schedule an appointment at 845-457-4082.

September 22, 2017

Money Tips for Caring Pet Owners

Everyone is trying to save money these days, including pet owners. But in an effort to cut back on costs, you may hear advice that could end up compromising your pet’s health. Regardless of what you read, providing your pet with regular preventive care is the key to a healthy and long life for your pet.

September 06, 2017

Flea & Tick Preventative: Learning more about Vectra 3D

New Science. New Approach to fighting Heartworm Transmission and the prevention of Fleas, Ticks & MOSQUITOES! 

July 27, 2017

Creating a Tick-Free Zone in your Backyard

Ticks are carriers of nasty diseases that can infect your pet—and you. Use these tips from the to keep your backyard free from pests.

July 23, 2017

8 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT YOUR DOG IN THE SUMMER

  1. Never, ever leave your dog in the car;

  2. Make sure your dog has unlimited access to fresh water;

  3. Make sure your dog has access to shade when outside;

  4. Take walks during the cooler hours of the day;

  5. When walking, try to stay off of hot surfaces (like asphalt) because it can burn your dog's paws;

  6. If you think it's hot outside, it's even hotter for your pet – make sure your pet has a means of cooling off;

  7. Keep your dog free of external parasites (fleas, ticks) and heartworms – consult your veterinarian about the best product for your pet;

  8. Consider clipping or shaving dogs with long coats (talk to your veterinarian first to see if it's appropriate for your pet), and apply sunscreen to your dog's skin if she or he has a thin coat.

July 23, 2017

Run Spot, Run!

See Spot run. Spot's having fun...or is he? Just as running isn't the sport for everyone, it's not the sport for every dog. Even if your dog seems to love chasing things and running around the yard, that doesn't mean your pooch will take to running.

July 23, 2017

Hot Cars & Loose Pets

5-10 minutes in a car can be life threatening to a pet in the summer time. There are so many factors that can increase the risk of heat stress and even death, age being a be big factor.

Want numbers? An independent study showed that the interior temperature of vehicles parked in outside temperatures ranging from 72 to 96° F rose steadily as time increased. And cracking the windows doesn't help.

View a more detailed table

July 23, 2017

Warm Weather Hazards & Safety Tips

You might know that cold weather poses health risks to your pets, but so does warm weather – even on days that don’t seem that hot to you. Knowing the risks and being prepared can help keep your pet safe.

July 17, 2017

Anesthesia for your Pet

Some veterinary procedures need to be performed with your pet under anesthesia (for example: dentistry, surgery, and some diagnostic imaging). Simply put, anesthesia is a controlled unconsciousness, where your pet’s level of consciousness is controlled so they don’t feel pain and don’t move. We certainly don’t want our pets to feel pain whenever possible, and it’s important that they don’t move because precision is required during these procedures and movement could lead to complications. Most healthy pets - even senior pets - don’t have any problems with anesthesia and, in general, the risks are more closely related to the procedure being done and your pet’s general health than to the anesthesia itself.

July 17, 2017

External Parasites

At some point in their lives, many pets experience discomfort caused by external parasites such as fleas, ticks, or mites on their skin or in their ears. 

These parasites can be extremely irritating to pets and can cause serious skin problems or even carry disease. Modern medicines make treatment, control, and prevention of many external parasites much easier than in the past.

Important Points

  • Look for fleas, ticks, and coat abnormalities any time you groom your dog or cat or when you return home from areas that are likely to have higher numbers of these parasites.

  • Consult your veterinarian if your pet excessively scratches, chews, or licks his/her coat, or persistently shakes his/her head or scratches his/her ears.

  • Prompt treatment of parasites lessens your pet’s discomfort, decreases the chances of disease transmission, and may reduce the degree of home infestation.

  • Discuss the health of all family pets with your veterinarian when one pet becomes infested. Some parasites cycle among pets, making control of infestations difficult unless other pets are considered. Consult your veterinarian before beginning treatment.

  • Tell your veterinarian if you have attempted any parasite remedies, as this may impact your veterinarian’s recommendation.

  • Always follow label directions carefully when using flea and tick preventives.

  • Be especially careful when applying insecticides to cats, as cats are particularly sensitive to these products. Never use a product that is not approved for cats because the results could be lethal.

  • Leave treatment to the experts. Your veterinarian offers technical expertise and can assist you in identifying products that are most likely to effectively and safely control your pet’s parasite problem.

July 17, 2017

Spaying and Neutering

Many pet owners opt to spay or neuter their pets, and spaying and neutering are important for reducing pet overpopulation.

What are the options?

If you decide to spay or neuter your pet, you have options. Discuss the options with your veterinarian so you can make a decision that’s right for you, your family and your pet.

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