Many people know the health benefits and importance of spaying or neutering dogs and cats, but did you know it is just as important to spay or neuter a pet rabbit? Not only will it prevent pregnancy (since many times there are male and female rabbits in the same household), but it also helps to prevent future diseases.
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Over 1,200 dogs have become sickened with the Canine Influenza Virus, and 6 have died in Chicago in an outbreak over a two week period. Cornell University is reporting that the outbreak is caused by a virus closely related to the Asian strains of influenza A H3N2 currently in circulation in Chinese and South Korean dog populations. This virus may also infect cats, however, to date there have been no reported cases in the Chicago area. The Chicago Veterinary Medical Association has put out an advisory for travelers not to bring their dogs into the area and, if you are exposed to dogs in the area, to thoroughly wash your hands and clothing before coming home to your dog.
A man who was bitten by a rabid coyote in Saddle River has received treatment for Rabies. We were also notified of a rabid raccoon in Ridgewood this week. Please remember there is no treatment for Rabies in dogs, cats, or ferrets once infected. A dog was also bitten by the same coyote in Saddle RIver, and is now being quarantined for six months. There is a state law that allows the local Board of Health to require pet owners to kill or confine unvaccinated pets for six months after being bitten by potentially rabid animals.
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When people go to a dentist for routine cleaning or a tooth ache, the dentist will always take x-rays (radiographs). You may wonder what can be seen with x-rays that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Radiographs of the mouth and sinuses allow both human dentists and veterinarians to see bone, the roots of teeth, and soft tissues. Unfortunately, all of these structures are susceptible to diseases, such as abscesses, infection, decay, retention of baby teeth, and certain cancers. In fact, as much as 60% of all dental disease occurs below the gumline.
If you have a puppy or kitten that has not been spayed or neutered, we urge you to do so. Female dogs and cats who are spayed have a decreased risk of mammary tumors (breast cancer) and a reduced possibility of serious or life-threatening uterine infections. Spaying eliminates the inconvenience of your pet’s estrus cycle, and it prevents unplanned mating. Male dogs and cats who are castrated have a decreased risk of prostatic enlargement, perineal hernias, perianal adenomas, and testicular tumors. Castration can reduce aggressive behavior, territorial marking, and wandering, and also helps prevent unplanned mating.
Wouldn't it be nice if your dog was well-behaved everywhere you go?
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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 this Spring. The incidence of this disease has been steadily rising at various times of year. We are concerned about its appearance recurring now because the conditions are ideal, and we have already seen one case this month. Melting snow forming huge puddles of water in our yards combined with wild mammals appearing with the warmer Spring weather make this the “perfect storm” for Leptospirosis.
When pet poisonings from human medications happen, they can be serious. Click "Read More" below to see a list of the top 10 human medications pets most frequently ingest.
At last, the long awaited Spring is within sight, and thoughts turn to gardening. Click "Read More" below for some helpful information to make a garden that is safe for pets!
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Bronwyn Purcell to the Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Purcell is a graduate of Cornell University, a native of the area, and a former Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital employee, who worked as a Veterinary Technician before earning her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.