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.
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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.
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.
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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Great news! Our discounted dental package has been so popular that our laboratory and vendors have agreed to help us continue this offer! Since few pets allow brushing at home, regular professional care is important to avoid tartar buildup, gum disease, and infection, which can spread bacteria throughout the body to organs such as the liver, heart and kidneys with potentially fatal results. We can help your pet avoid the pain and dangers of dental disease with ultrasonic cleaning and treatments as needed. This article will show you some of the things our doctors look for when examining your pet’s mouth and teeth.
Tags: Adopt A Pet Day Adoptions Events Video
Thanks to everyone who made our 10th Adopt-A-Pet Day a huge success! Here is a video of the day with the many happy pets who are now home with their new families!