We used our imagination to guess what our pets’ New Year’s resolutions would be. Here is our list; please feel free to have fun and add your own pet’s New Year’s resolutions.
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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...
Ok, so your cat thinks every day is National Cat Day, but since it really is, here are some things you can do to help celebrate in a healthy way. Today’s cats live in a world of expanding waistlines, so make a play date with your cat. Many people own cats instead of dogs because they have a busy lifestyle, and cats don’t need to be walked outside on a leash. The misconception is that all you need is a litter box, food, and water. Just like us, cats need exercise and mental stimulation. Here are some ideas to have fun with our furry couch potatoes...
Occurring in 10% of cats over 10 years of age, and the most common endocrine disorder of middle aged and older cats, Feline Hyperthyroidism is a disease caused by an overactive thyroid gland that secretes excess thyroid hormone. Many cats diagnosed early can be treated successfully. If untreated, the condition’s progress will lead to marked weight loss and serious complications due to damage to the heart, kidneys, and other organ systems.
There are many different theories about why some people consider black cats unlucky. Time and different cultures have treated black cats as everything from a goddess to a witch’s familiar, capable of rewarding those who adored them or cursing those who mistreated them.
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.
Tags: Adopt A Pet Day Adoptions Events
On Sunday, September 18th, from 11:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M., Rain or Shine, the Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital will be holding its 11th 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!
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.
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.
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.