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.
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Thanksgiving is a time for family gathering, and is the beginning of the holiday season. Enjoy the holidays with your pets, but beware of these hidden dangers so that you don’t spend your holidays at your veterinary hospital.
Everyone knows dogs and cats are different. While cats may join in a hunt for prey, they are generally not pack animals like dogs. They don’t look to a master for direction or safety. You may have heard the saying, “Dogs have masters; cats have staff.” When a cat feels threatened, he will do almost anything to get out of the situation. Even the calmest, most gentle of cats can become tigers under stress. Here are some tips from cat specialists for making the trip to the hospital a little easier for your cat and you.
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Tuna, star of the book “Tuna Melts My Heart,” is the world’s most famous and absolutely adorable shelter dog with a matching sense of humor and personality (with translating help from his human). Tuna, together with Barkbox and Harlow & Sage, held an internet fundraiser for the rescue groups and shelters attending the Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital’s Adopt-A-Pet Day to help the groups continue their work finding forever homes for pets.
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On Sunday, September 20th, from 11:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M., Rain or Shine, the Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital will be holding its 10th Adopt-A-Pet Day at 320 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ. The events have been so successful in finding homes for pets, and we hope to see you there!
On August 11, Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital achieved the highest level of veterinary excellence following a thorough evaluation by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Only 12% of all the animal hospitals in the U.S. and Canada achieve this level. Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital upheld its AAHA accreditation after a rigorous review of the hospital’s medical care, practice protocols, medical equipment, facilities and client service in both the Ridgewood and Midland Park offices.
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.
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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.
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.
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.