Nervously, she followed me back, past the treatment area and intensive care, looking around the door wide-eyed with fear, ready to bolt at the first loud noise. I coaxed her to the boarding area, and used soothing words as we neared the dog runs to stop her from shaking. You may be surprised to learn that I am talking about Mrs. Smith, not her dog! Our pets are part of the family, so naturally the thought of leaving them with someone else may leave some people with anxiety, fear, or guilt. I can tell you from experience, those feelings are far worse for our clients than for our patients. Boarding your pet at the Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital may help you to overcome those fears.
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The holidays are a wonderful time to spend with the whole family, but here are some tips you may not know:
1. Be aware of Christmas traditions you may not know are poisonous to your pet such as poinsettia, mistletoe, tree longevity products added to the water, and lily plants. Evergreen trees are ok, but not the little juniper berries that are on some species. Amaryllis plants are not poisonous, but will give your pet a nasty bout of diarrhea.
2. Tinsel and ribbon are particularly dangerous to your pet’s intestines, and are likely to cause obstruction or perforation, often requiring surgery...
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Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital is dedicated to caring for all of earth’s creatures. Find out the things you can do to help us all have a healthy future, such as rescuing a pet from a shelter, spaying or neutering your pet, microchipping and more!
Most people know veterinarians are doctors for animals, but don’t know what education and background is required. The average veterinarian completes 4 1/2 years of undergraduate education, taking classes such as biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, physics, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, math, animal science, and more...and that's just to prepare them for veterinary school.
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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?
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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 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: email@example.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.
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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.
There is no doubt that cats have their own form of communication. If you live with one, you have probably experienced this.
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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!