Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital

Continue Tick and Flea Prevention

Oct 22, 2014 — by Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital | Comments (0)
Tags: Canine Health Alert Special Offer

If you are thinking the cooler weather means you can stop flea and tick preventives, think again!

Since the beginning of this year, we continue to see SIX TO TEN DOGS PER MONTH WHO ARE POSITIVE FOR LYME DISEASE in this area. Ticks are tough, and cooler weather simply makes their survival instinct search more intensively for a warm pet or person entering their domain for a blood meal. Ticks live in leaf litter in Autumn, and snow can actually insulate them, but they also can detect the carbon dioxide exhaled by you and your pet from up to 30 feet. Ticks will begin walking toward you and your pet as soon as the carbon dioxide is detected!


Why Do Dogs and Cats “Scoot?”

Oct 17, 2014 — by Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital | Comments (0)
Tags: Canine Feline

You may see your dog or cat scoot along the floor, dragging their behind. Here are some reasons why your pet may do this, and what should be done if you see it. . .

“Scooting” is the act of rubbing or dragging the anal area or perineum (the area between the anus and the genitals) on the ground. Usually your pet’s hind legs are extended in front as she drags herself forward. Dogs scoot more frequently than cats, but anything that causes irritation or itching in the area under the tail may cause scooting.


Halloween Safety Tips

Oct 15, 2014 — by Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital | Comments (0)
Tags: Holiday Pet Safety Veterinary Article

With Halloween fast approaching, here is a timely reminder about a potential danger to our pets - chocolate toxicity. Ingestion of chocolate by pets is among the 20 most common poisonings reported in recent literature. It is the methylxanthine alkaloids, primarily theobromine and caffeine, that cause the deleterious effects and these are found in the highest concentrations in baking chocolate and the chocolate found in candy. The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it is, because these chemicals are in a higher concentration.


Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital's 9th Adopt-A-Pet Day Video

Oct 10, 2014 — by Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital | Comments (0)
Tags: Adopt A Pet Day Adoptions Events Video

Thanks to everyone who made our 9th Adopt-A-Pet Day possible. Here is a video of the day and some of the 150 happy pets who are now home with their new families...


Does Your Cat Have Arthritis?

Oct 6, 2014 — by Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital | Comments (0)
Tags: Feline

Thirty-three percent of cats aged 6 ½ years have evidence of arthritis, and ninety percent of cats over 12 years have arthritis. It increases with age, and most commonly affects their hips, elbows, shoulders, knees, and ankles. Why? Cats frequently jump down from high places and these joints take a pounding, especially if the cat is overweight.


Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital's 9th Adopt-A-Pet Day

Sep 12, 2014 — by Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital | Comments (0)
Tags: Adoptions Adopt A Pet Day Events

On Sunday, September 21st, from 11:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M., the Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital will be holding its 9th Adopt-A-Pet Day at 320 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ. The events have been so successful in finding homes for pets, so Dr. Dean J. Cerf, Hospital Director, holds the event twice a year.


Welcome, Dr. Lokuta!

Aug 28, 2014 — by Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital | Comments (0)
Tags: New Updates

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Bethanne Lokuta to the Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Lokuta, a graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, has been in practice for 10 years. She loves caring for dogs, cats, and other small mammals, and is especially fond of neonatal and geriatric care.


Is My Dog Listening to Me?

Aug 22, 2014 — by Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital | Comments (0)
Tags: Canine

There are many reasons why your dog may tilt his head to one side. Medically, if it is consistently tilted to one side involuntarily, it can mean there is a medical problem. Health issues can range from an ear infection or a lodged foreign object, to a brain issue such as an infection, inflammation, cancer, or other mass. In these cases, your veterinarian should examine your pet and determine what treatment may be necessary.


Urinalysis: An Essential Piece of the Health Puzzle

Aug 22, 2014 — by Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital | Comments (0)
Tags: Canine Feline

Your pets’ health often depends upon your interactions with them and your observations during their daily activities that are obvious. You’ll notice if they are eating, drinking, full of energy and enjoying their lives. However, subtle changes in their daily lives often go unrecognized until a more serious situation arises. Veterinarians have many avenues to look inside the body and collect the pieces of the health puzzle, from bloodwork, x-rays, ultrasound, and surgery, to a simple urinalysis.


Is Your Cat Bored?

Aug 22, 2014 — by Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital | Comments (0)
Tags: Feline

Did you know that indoor cats may live twice as long on average than cats that go outside occasionally? Cats who live entirely outside have a life span estimated to be a fraction of those that live indoors only. The risks for outdoor cats are devastating in the world we live in; they are susceptible to common infectious diseases, toxins, bite wounds from other pets or wild animals, and the possibility of being hit by a car.

The only downside to keeping your cat indoors is something to address: boredom and restlessness. Boredom can lead to a variety of problems such as inappropriate urination, destructive behaviors such as scratching, aggression, depression, lethargy, over-vocalization/crying, increased or decreased appetite, and sleeping in excess. Here are some suggestions. . .