We are pleased to welcome Dr. Bethanne Lokuta to the Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Lokuta, a graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, has been in practice for 10 years. She loves caring for dogs, cats, and other small mammals, and is especially fond of neonatal and geriatric care.
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There are many reasons why your dog may tilt his head to one side. Medically, if it is consistently tilted to one side involuntarily, it can mean there is a medical problem. Health issues can range from an ear infection or a lodged foreign object, to a brain issue such as an infection, inflammation, cancer, or other mass. In these cases, your veterinarian should examine your pet and determine what treatment may be necessary.
Your pets’ health often depends upon your interactions with them and your observations during their daily activities that are obvious. You’ll notice if they are eating, drinking, full of energy and enjoying their lives. However, subtle changes in their daily lives often go unrecognized until a more serious situation arises. Veterinarians have many avenues to look inside the body and collect the pieces of the health puzzle, from bloodwork, x-rays, ultrasound, and surgery, to a simple urinalysis.
Did you know that indoor cats may live twice as long on average than cats that go outside occasionally? Cats who live entirely outside have a life span estimated to be a fraction of those that live indoors only. The risks for outdoor cats are devastating in the world we live in; they are susceptible to common infectious diseases, toxins, bite wounds from other pets or wild animals, and the possibility of being hit by a car.
The only downside to keeping your cat indoors is something to address: boredom and restlessness. Boredom can lead to a variety of problems such as inappropriate urination, destructive behaviors such as scratching, aggression, depression, lethargy, over-vocalization/crying, increased or decreased appetite, and sleeping in excess. Here are some suggestions. . .
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Doctors at Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital are often asked, “Why does my older dog need to have blood work and a urinalysis done when they appear to be perfectly normal”. The answer is simple. For animals and people, if you do not get hit by a bus or are not stricken by cancer you are most likely to die because your heart, liver, or kidneys simply wear out!
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Local animal shelters have notified us that a number of kittens from the area have been diagnosed with Feline Panleukopenia. The vaccine more commonly known as Feline Distemper includes protection against this virus, so please be sure your cats have all been vaccinated, as Panleukopenia is a leading cause of death in kittens.
The ominous hissing, the mournful meows, the defensive scratching or biting, the upset bowels-feline stress is just plain unpleasant for cats and you. Many cats get stressed when it’s time for a veterinary visit. Thankfully, there are ways to help cats relax and enjoy the ride-yes, even in the car. Here’s what you can do.
Why is good grooming important?
In addition to regular veterinary care, a good diet, and physical exercise, grooming is also an important part of your pet’s good health. Here are some reasons why...
If boarding or traveling, be sure to have your Canine Influenza Virus Vaccine.
For dogs the summer brings travel, boarding, grooming, dog parks, and visiting friends and family. Just like people, more contact with others increases chances of exposure to the flu. Since statistics say that every unvaccinated dog exposed to CIV will contract the disease, and that 20% will contract serious pneumonia from the infection, and up to 8% may die from it, we recommend vaccinating all dogs.