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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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.