Thursday, September 18, 2014

Does Your Pet Suffer From Seasonal Allergies?

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Just like you and me, pets can suffer from seasonal allergies.  Now that allergy season is rearing its head once again, it's time to pay attention to how your pet is reacting.  

While we experience itchy eyes and sinus pressure, pets manifest allergies in the form of skin problems.  They can have a reaction to something they inhale or something that they eat.  Common pet allergies include: mold, grass and tree pollen, dust, cigarette smoke and cleaning products, among others.

How Can I Tell If My Dog Has Allergies?
  • Increased Scratching 
  • Red Or Itchy Skin
  • Licking Or Chewing Their Paws
  • Rubbing Face On Couch Or Carpet
  • Runny eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
If your pet is showing symptoms of allergies, it is important to get them to the vet.  At Bregman Veterinary Group, we perform thorough testing through Nelco Vet to properly diagnose your pet. 

For more information about pet allergies, or to schedule an appointment, view our website or give us a call at 718.782.8387.


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

September is National Preparedness Month

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Are you prepared in the event of an emergency?  Every household should have an emergency plan in place that includes all of your family members, including your pets!  The American Red Cross offers a few ways to include your pets in your emergency preparation plans.

Emergency Pet Preparation Tips:

  • Identify Pet-Friendly Disaster Shelters - Many disaster shelters do not allow pets.  Contact hotels and motels outside of your local area and check their policies on accepting pets.  In some cases, a "no pet" policy may be waived in an emergency.
  • Talk to Your Family - Family members and friends who live out of town may be able to shelter your animals after an emergency. 
  • Create a Pet Emergency Preparedness Kit - Keep medications, medical records, food, drinkable water, and other important pet essentials in an easily accessible duffle bag.
  • Have Comfortable Transportation - Make sure that you have a sturdy leash, harness, or carrier to transport your pet safely.
After a disaster, it's important to keep an eye on your pets.  They may feel stressed and disoriented.  Read this article for more tips on how to include your pets in your emergency plans.  You can also contact Bregman Vet Group for any of your pet's veterinary needs.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Celebrate Happy Cat Month!

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September is Happy Cat Month!  Don’t forget to give your cat some extra attention this month!  What is your favorite way to show your cat how much you love him or her?

Ways to Celebrate:
  • Offer Extra Attention – Your cat may always be the center of attention, but show your pet some extra love this month to celebrate!
  • Give a New Toy – Whether your toy is homemade or store bought, a new toy can provide hours of entertainment for your kitty.
  • Schedule a Vet Visit – A healthy cat is a happy cat!  Schedule a semi-annual vet visit to make sure your cat is in good shape.
  • Learn Something New – Teach your cat a new trick!  Offer an extra treat (occasionally) as a reward for your pet’s hard work.
Contact Bregman Vet Group with any questions you have about how you can keep your pet happy and healthy for a long time to come.  Our feline-friendly practices can provide your pet with stress-free checkups, veterinary care, and even boarding.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Planning a Cat-Friendly Road Trip

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Whether you are planning a road trip or a vet visit, there are ways to make car travel stress-free for you and your cat.  Create a safe and comfortable car ride by keeping these travel tips in mind.

Cat Car Travel Tips:
  • Use a Pet Carrier – Always use a pet carrier that is big enough for your cat to stand up, turn around, and lie down in comfortably.  You can also help your cat feel comfortable in the carrier by placing toys or catnip inside.
  • Create a Sense of Familiarity – Cats can be very protective of their territory.  Making the car part of your cat’s territory is a great way to help him or her feel comfortable on trips. 
  • Use Positive Reinforcement – Use food, playtime, or catnip as a means of positive reinforcement whenever your cat spends time in the car.  When they associate the car with good, happy things, they are more likely to be a better travel companion.
  • Stop for Bathroom Breaks – If you are traveling a long distance, stop for bathroom breaks.  Harness trained cats can walk at rest areas along the way.
Read this article for more tips on how to help keep road trips comfortable for you and your cat.  You can also contact Bregman Vet Group with any questions you have about traveling with your pet.  We even offer feline-only boarding!

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day Pet Safety Tips

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Happy Labor Day!  Will you be spending time with your family and pets today?  Keep these pet safety tips in mind as you celebrate!

Safety Tips:
  • Keep Gates Closed – Guests might not be as careful about closing doors and gates.  It can be easy to overlook that your pet has gotten out.  Keep an eye on your pet and make sure that they are wearing a collar with ID or even a microchip. 
  • Avoid Food Dangers – Let your guests know to not give your pet any food without permission.  Keep an eye on the trash, too.  Leftover fat from meat, strings from roasts, left over bones and corn on the cob can be harmful for your pet.  Even a mild upset stomach can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Keep Purses Out of Reach – A guest’s purse may contain prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, candies, or even gum sweetened with xylitol.  This can be toxic to your pet.
  • Keep Pets Cool – Labor Day can still be a hot holiday.  Don’t leave pets in the car and watch for signs of overheating.
For more tips on how you can keep your pets safe this Labor Day, read this article from the Huffington Post.  If you do experience any pet health problems, you can always contact Bregman Vet Group for all of your pet’s needs.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Why Are Routine Veterinary Visits So Important?

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Preventative care is an important part of keeping your cat happy and healthy.  Routine veterinary visits help to assess your cat’s nutrition and behavior, as well as prevent diseases and parasites.  Since cats age faster than we do, preventative exams are an essential part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  Here are a few things we look for during each exam.

Vet Exams Check For:
  • Muscle tone and weight
  • Coat, fur and skin
  • Ears and eyes
  • Mouth, gums and teeth
  • Joints and spine
  • Abdomen and body
We recommend that pet owners bring their cats in for a check-up once a year.  Senior cats may need to schedule visits more frequently.  Contact our office for more information on how to provide your pet with the best possible care, or read this article from the American Association of Feline Practitioners to learn more about why annual exams are so important for cats.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pool Rehab at Reunion Veterinary Hospital

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Mikey is a patient of ours at Reunion Veterinary Hospital.  He herniated a disc in his lumbar spine.  We are treating him with our therapeutic laser and his owner is performing rehab in a pool environment.

Check out the photos from Mikey's rehab below!







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