Thursday, February 11, 2016

Brushing Up On Pet Dental Health

THE BREGMAN VETERINARY GROUP
www.BregmanVetGroup.com

Smelly breath can be more than a nuisance.  80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by the age of three!  

When was the last time you checked your pet's teeth?  

This February is Pet Dental Health Month, and we are reminding pet owners to brush up on oral health care for their furry friends.  Being proactive can help prevent dental disease and keep your pet's teeth healthy!  Here are a few oral health care tips to help get you started on improving your pet's tooth health.

How to Care for Your Pet's Dental Health:

Schedule a Veterinary Exam
During routine, veterinary check-ups, we carefully examine your pet's teeth and gums.  You should make sure that you schedule these veterinary exams once a year.  Annual checkups help prevent health problems, including dental diseases.

Clean Teeth at Home
While we know to brush our teeth twice a day, pet owners often forget to brush their pet's teeth!  Create a tooth brushing schedule for your pet to help keep their teeth healthy.  Make sure that you use pet-friendly toothpaste.  Toothpastes with fluoride  are bad for your pet's health.

Provide Healthy Treats
You can provide your pet with formulated food that is proven to help remove plaque and tarter.  Healthy treats can help reduce your pet's risk 
of periodontal disease.

Is your pet due for a dental checkup?  Contact one of our offices below to schedule an appointment!

The Cat Hospital
877-228-4131

5th Avenue Cat Clinic
718-398-1187

Paws and Claws Veterinary Hospital
718-782-8387

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

How to (Safely) Spoil Your Pets This Valentine's Day

THE BREGMAN VETERINARY GROUP
www.BregmanVetGroup.com


Valentine's Day is right around the corner!  As you start to think of ways to shower your loved ones this weekend, don't forget about your pets!  Your cat or dog will appreciate the extra love.
 
Celebrate Valentine's Day With...
 
With Lots of Playtime
New toys can be the perfect way to treat your pet.  Try the DIY route with these simple toys or pick up a new one at the store!  Spending quality time playing with your pets is a great way to show them affection.

With a Long Walk
If the weather cooperates, take your pet for a walk.  The fresh air and exercise is good for both you and your pet!

With Catnip
Cats go crazy for catnip.  Just the smell will leave them happily rolling or meowing.  Look for toys that have catnip in them as a special Valentine's Day treat for your feline friend.

With Baked Treats
Try your hand at baking a gourmet treat for your pet!  This recipe for Valentine's Day cranberry hearts for your pup or this recipe for Catnip Kitty Treats for your feline friend.

Your pets will appreciate the extra treats - just be careful of overdoing it on the extra calories.

Of course, you should also keep a few safety concerns in mind.  Some of the ways that we like to celebrate Valentine's Day can be unsafe for our pets.
 
Be Careful Of...

Chocolate
Every pet owner knows that chocolate can be potentially life-threatening.  Be sure to keep chocolate (especially dark chocolate) out of your pet's reach.  If your pet does accidentally find it's way into your chocolate supply, be sure to give our office a call.

Cocktails
Keep an eye on wine or champagne glasses (and spills).  Even a small amount of alcohol can be toxic to your pet.

Toxic Bouquets
Be mindful of what kinds of floral arrangements are sent to your home for Valentine's Day.  Lilies and rose thorns can be dangerous if your pet gets a hold of them.

Lit Candles
Candle flames can provide a beautiful evening glow, but be sure to blow them out before you leave the room.  You don't want your pet to accidentally burn themselves or knock over the candle when you're not around.

If you have any questions about your pet's health this weekend, we encourage you to contact one of our offices.  We're here to help you keep your pet's happy and healthy year-round.

The Cat Hospital
877-228-4131

5th Avenue Cat Clinic
718-398-1187

Paws and Claws Veterinary Hospital
718-782-8387

Don’t forget to connect with us on social media!

Friday, February 5, 2016

How to Celebrate a Pet-Friendly Super Bowl Sunday

THE BREGMAN VETERINARY GROUP
www.BregmanVetGroup.com

Are you ready for Super Bowl Sunday?  As you start to prep for game day - stocking up on snacks, and inviting over friends and family - don't forget about your furry friends!  You can include your pet in your super bowl festivities, too!

Follow these tips for a pet-friendly super bowl celebration.

Pet-Friendly Super Bowl Tips:


Make sure they feel safe.  With all of the yelling that goes on during a football game, pets can become nervous and scared.  Make sure that they have a safe place that they can go to while the game is on to get away from the commotion.

Help them feel included.  Try making a pet-friendly super bowl treat!  While you snack on traditional wings and dip, your dog can try this football treat.  Try this recipe for football shaped dog biscuits.

Keep your snacks out of reach.  Many of the foods that we love are toxic for our pets.  Onions, grapes, alcohol, chocolate, guacamole, and other ingredients that are commonly found in super bowl snacks are toxic.  If your dog or cat tends to climb up on your furniture, make sure that your food is safely out of their reach.  You should also be careful of any crumbs and foods that are dropped on the floor!

If you have any questions about your pet's health or your pet ingests something they shouldn't this Sunday, give one of our hospitals a call.  We're here to help your pet stay happy and healthy!


The Cat Hospital
877-228-4131

5th Avenue Cat Clinic
718-398-1187

Paws and Claws Veterinary Hospital
718-782-8387

Don’t forget to connect with us on social media!

Friday, January 29, 2016

How to Make Your Veterinary Visit Easier For You (And Your Pet)

THE BREGMAN VETERINARY GROUP
www.BregmanVetGroup.com

Veterinary checkups are an important part of preventative healthcare.  They give us the opportunity to catch health problems early on, and ensure that your pet is living the healthiest life that it can.

However, we know that your pets don't always want to make the trip to visit us.  The change in scenery can sometimes be overwhelming.  These tips will help make your next veterinary visit go smoothly!

Tips for a Smooth Vet Visit:

  • Make Traveling Comfortable - Let your pet feel comfortable in their travel carrier.  Leave your carrier in your home and let your pet explore the area and feel comfortable inside of it. When you do travel in the car, your pet will know that it's in a space place.
  • Bring Medical Records - If you haven't visited our office before, bring your medical records with you.  You can also have your previous vet send or fax the records over to our office.
  • Know Medications Your Pet Needs- If your pet is taking any medications or supplements, know how often they take them and how much.  This will help ensure that your pet receives proper, consistent treatment moving forward.
  • Ask Plenty of Questions - Don't be afraid to ask questions!  We're here to answer any questions that you have about your pet's health needs.  While you're int he office, get all of your questions out of the way -- no matter how strange you think they are.

The Cat Hospital and 5th Avenue Cat Clinic are both designed with your cat's needs in mind.  These cat-friendly veterinary hospitals provide your cat with a relaxing and comfortable place for their health care needs.  Without dogs and other animals around, your cat can receive the care it needs without anxiety.  

Contact one of our offices below to schedule your annual visit!

The Cat Hospital
877-228-4131

5th Avenue Cat Clinic
718-398-1187

Paws and Claws Veterinary Hospital
718-782-8387

Don’t forget to connect with us on social media!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

National Train Your Dog Month

THE BREGMAN VETERINARY GROUP
www.BregmanVetGroup.com


Although we get our pets with the best intentions, it's not always easy to train a new puppy.  Every dog has a different temperament.  You might find that your dog is hyperactive, aggressive, shy or even nervous from past experiences.

While behavioral issues can be frustrating, it's important that pet owners train their pets correctly, with long-term fixes rather than temporary solutions.

Here are a few dog training tips to help your puppy overcome a few of the most common behavior problems that pet parents face.

Dog Training Tips:

Watch Their Body Language
Get to know your dog and listen to his body language.  Don't push your pet to do something that he is not comfortable doing.  If your dog looks uneasy when meeting a new animal or person, don't force it.  Wait until a time where your new pet can meet your family and friends in a comfortable setting.

Keep Training Consistent
You want to make sure that you're consistent with the message that you're giving your pet.  Make sure that your whole family is on the same page with what you are telling you dog.  Inconsistencies can be confusing for your pet.

Have Realistic Expectations
Training your dog takes time.  Have realistic expectations about how long it will take your dog to learn new behaviors.  It can be hard to 
break habits (and instill new ones)!

Reward Your Pet
Using a treat to reinforce good behavior is great way to make your pet comfortable with adjusting their behavior.  Just make sure that you don't over do it!  Keep an eye on the calories you're giving your pet in between meals.

If you have any questions about your pet's behavior, contact one of our offices below.  We can help you correct your pet's behavioral issues and even recommend the right trainer for your puppy.

The Cat Hospital
877-228-4131

5th Avenue Cat Clinic
718-398-1187

Paws and Claws Veterinary Hospital
718-782-8387

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Q & A: Why Does My Cat Lick Me?

THE BREGMAN VETERINARY GROUP
www.BregmanVetGroup.com

Dogs aren't the only pets that are prone to licking our faces.  You might find that your kitten licks your arm, toes, or even your hair!  

Why Do Cats Lick You?
  • You're Part of the Family - Cats tend to lick their kittens with a tongue bath.  If your cat is licking you, he or she might consider you to be part of the family - offering nurturing care by cleaning you.
  • They're Marking Territory - Licking is also a way to establish territory.  This is a way for your cat to mark with his or her scent.  Mother cats lick their kittens to establish ownership.  Licking is a form of creating this type of bond.
  • They Can't Pet You - You like to pet your cat, but your cat can't pet you.  Instead, they might lick you to show affection.
  • They're Stressed - If your kitten is anxious, they might begin to lick you.  Try to cuddle and pet your cat to reduce their stress levels.  Showing a little affection should ease the stress.
If you have any questions about your cat's behavior -- like why they might be licking you -- or their health, contact one of our offices.

Our cat-friendly hospitals are designed to provide your furry friend with a comfortable and relaxing veterinary visit.  Contact one of our offices below to set up an appointment for your cat:

The Cat Hospital
877-228-4131

5th Avenue Cat Clinic
718-398-1187

Paws and Claws Veterinary Hospital
718-782-8387

Don’t forget to connect with us on social media!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

How to Keep Pets Healthy Through Winter Storms

THE BREGMAN VETERINARY GROUP
www.BregmanVetGroup.com

It has been a cold week.  Now that we have our first real winter storm on it's way this weekend,  pet owners should make sure that they are prepared.  It's important that we know how to keep our pets safe and warm!

These tips will help keep your pets healthy on cold days and keep them protected against winter dangers.  

Cold Weather Safety Tips:

Wipe Down Their Paws
If your pet will be spending any time outdoors this winter, be sure to check their paws when they come back inside.  They may pick up deicers or antifreeze on the bottom of their feet.  Wiping down their paws will help keep your pet from licking these toxic chemicals when they come back indoors.

Keep Pets Inside
Even outdoor pets should come inside on particularly cold days.  Although longer-haired dog breeds are more tolerant of colder weather, pets shouldn't be left outside for long periods of time in below-freezing weather.

Know Their Limits
Cold tolerance varies from pet to pet.  Be aware of your dog or cat's cold tolerance.  While long-haired, thick-coated dogs tend to be more cold tolerant, they are still at risk in cold weather.  Keep your pet's coat, health issues (diabetes, kidney disease, etc.), and age in mind when considering their temperature limits.

Stock Up on Supplies
If you know that a snow storm is coming, don't forget about your pets!  Make sure that you have enough food, water and medicine to get through the snow storm.

Schedule a Wellness Exam
Many health problems, like arthritis, can be exacerbated by colder weather.  Pet owners should schedule preventative wellness exams once a year.  Doing so in the winter is a good way to make sure that your pet is as healthy as possible for the cold weather.

If you have any questions about how to keep your pets safe and healthy and this winter, contact one of our offices below:

The Cat Hospital
877-228-4131

5th Avenue Cat Clinic
718-398-1187

Paws and Claws Veterinary Hospital
718-782-8387

Don’t forget to connect with us on social media!