Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital

Leptospirosis – A Current Threat in Our Area

Nov 19, 2014 — by Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital | Comments (0)
Tags: Health Alert Canine Feline Special Offer

A disease called Leptospirosis started to become a serious problem in our area several years ago and is a continuing health risk today. The incidence of this disease has been steadily rising and has been the topic of several local newspaper articles of late. We are concerned that some people may not have received our previous mailings regarding this disease or for other reasons are uninformed or have chosen not to vaccinate their dogs. IS YOUR DOG CURRENTLY VACCINATED FOR LEPTOSPIROSIS? 


Keeping Pets Healthy for Thanksgiving

Nov 18, 2014 — by Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital | Comments (0)
Tags: Holiday Pet Safety Veterinary Article

With the continued recognition of the bond felt by owners for their pets, a recent survey revealed that almost 90% of pet owners include their furry friends in holiday celebrations. With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, it is important to use caution so that our pets may participate safely and not fall victim to over-indulgence or come into contact with food that may prove hazardous to their digestion. 


Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital's Holiday Pet Photo Contest

Nov 17, 2014 — by Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital | Comments (0)
Tags: Contest Holiday

Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital is hosting a Holiday Pet Photo Contest on Facebook! Please “LIKE” our Facebook Page to enter, and submit your photos for the contest either by a Facebook message, or by emailing them to us at: contact@ridgewoodvet.com. Please make sure that you identify your pet’s first & last name when submitting the photo, and leave your contact information. You may only submit 1 picture of each pet; however, you may enter as many pets as you wish! You may also submit a group photo of your pets for consideration as well as individual pictures.


Diabetes Mellitus in Dogs and Cats

Nov 4, 2014 — by Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital | Comments (0)
Tags: Veterinary Article Canine Feline

Diabetes mellitus is an endocrine disorder that occurs in dogs and cats. It is characterized by high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) and it is caused by an inability of the pancreas to properly secrete enough insulin into the blood. Insulin is the hormone that controls blood sugar in the body. Insulin helps to transport glucose from the blood into the cells of the body that then use the glucose for energy.


How Does Your Cat Communicate?

Nov 2, 2014 — by Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital | Comments (0)
Tags: Feline Video

There is no doubt that cats have their own form of communication. If you live with one, you have probably experienced this.


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.