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Make The Fourth Of July Happy For All Members Of The Family

Jun 23, 2016 — by Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital | Comments (0)
Tags: Holiday Pet Safety Feline Canine

July 4th is usually a great summer holiday for the family – except maybe the furry family. Many people consider this the most stressful holiday for pets. Here are some things you can do to help your dogs and cats get through it.


Vacationing With Your Cat

Jun 1, 2016 — by Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital | Comments (0)
Tags: Feline Pet Safety Holiday

Whenever I go on vacation, I try to take one or both of my cats with me. They are part of my family, and I am lucky enough to have cats that travel well. We have traveled to hotels in Captiva, Orlando, and Miami, Florida; Cape Cod, Massachusetts; Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Cape May, New Jersey; and New York City. Here are some tips I’ve learned through the years.


Noise Phobia Prevention

May 23, 2016 — by Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital | Comments (0)
Tags: Canine Socialization

A puppy’s sensitive period is 4 to 16 weeks of age. The sensitive period for socialization is one in which puppies are most easily socialized to stimuli. A sensitive period is a time when a small amount of work or no work at all can have a large impact on the dog’s future behavior. While older dogs can be socialized, it is much more difficult after 16 weeks old. At 8 weeks, the fear reaction is fully developed; however, sociability outweighs fear until the puppy is roughly 16 weeks old.


Baby Bird Season Is Here!

May 18, 2016 — by Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital | Comments (0)
Tags: Avian Birds Spring

When you find a baby bird, information can be difficult to find, either for advice or to get the bird where it needs to be to receive proper care. Often timing is critical, and injured and orphaned wildlife can legally only go to individuals holding state and federal permits for rehabilitating that specific species. Some general advice can be found in this article.


Hiking With Your Dog Part 3 - After Your Hike: Before You Jump In The Car

Mar 28, 2016 — by Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital | Comments (0)
Tags: Canine Pet Safety

You did it! You had a great time bonding with your dog, hopefully happy and tired, with no preparations needed for any emergencies. Here are a few tips before you both get in the car to go home.


Hiking With Your Dog Part 2 - During Your Hike: Garbage and Snakes and Bears, Oh My!

Mar 24, 2016 — by Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital | Comments (0)
Tags: Canine Pet Safety

Enjoy the scenery and have fun exploring, but always be aware of your surroundings. Knowing your dog’s behavior and the obstacles you many encounter on your hike may be life saving. You may never need the following information, but this knowledge may be necessary in an emergency.


Hiking With Your Dog Part 1 - Before Your Hike: Preparations

Mar 21, 2016 — by Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital | Comments (0)
Tags: Canine Pet Safety

If you were a Girl Scout or Boy Scout, you are familiar with the phrase “Be prepared.” If you are prepared, you can enjoy a fun, healthy outing with your dog. Basic supplies and knowledge will help to assist you. Here are some recommendations to assure that you have a safe and healthy trip.


Did You Know That Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital’s Heartworm Test Includes A Test For FOUR diseases?

Feb 22, 2016 — by Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital | Comments (0)
Tags: Canine Feline Pet Safety

1. Heartworm Disease is spread by mosquitoes. When an infected mosquito bites your dog, microfilarae takes about seven months for the larvae to mature into adult heartworms. They then lodge in the heart, lungs, and surrounding blood vessels and begin reproducing. Adult worms can grow up to 12 inches in length, can live 5-7 years, and a dog can have as many as 250 worms in its system.


Would You Know A Trichobezoar If You Saw One?

Feb 19, 2016 — by Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital | Comments (0)
Tags: Feline

If you are a cat owner, most likely you see one every week. More commonly known as a hairball, it is the undigested hair that your cat may regurgitate for you to find on your floor or rug or, worse, to step on in the middle of the night.  


Does Your Cat Have Arthritis?

Feb 1, 2016 — by Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital | Comments (0)
Tags: Feline

Did you know that 33% of all cats over 6 ½ years of age have evidence of arthritis and that 90% 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.