Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween Safety Hazards for Pets


Are you ready to celebrate Halloween?  Celebrate safely by avoiding these top pet safety hazards!

Halloween Hazards:

  • Candy Wrappers - Be sure to dispose of candy wrappers after you eat your sweets.  Pets may unknowingly ingest wrappers.  Keep an eye on your pets while eating candy this Halloween.  Candy and candy wrappers are the number one reason pets take an emergency trip to the vet!
  • Chocolate - Chocolate contains ingredients that can harm your pet.  Chocolate poisoning signs include vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, tremors, seizures, and a racing heart.  If your pet exhibits any of these signs, contact our office immediately.
  • Pumpkins - This festive decoration is relatively nontoxic, but if your pet does chew on a carved pumpkin, they may have an upset stomach.  Jack-o-lanterns pose an additional threat.  Keep curious kittens and puppies away from lit candle flames.
  • Costumes - Have your pet try on the costume first.  Check to make sure that they can move easily, including wagging their tail!  You should also keep allergies in mind.  If you notice your pet starts scratching or is unhappy, take the costume off.
  • Open Doors - Chances are the door will be opening and closing a lot as trick-or-treaters come to your home.  Make sure your pets are in a safe place where they can't dart outside into the dark.

Check out this article for more information on how to avoid these Halloween hazards and celebrate safely with your pets.  As always, you can contact our office if you have any questions about your pet's health!

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Celebrate National Cat Day with 10% Off Vaccinations!


Is your cat due for a vaccination?  Vaccines are an important way to keep your pet happy and healthy by protecting them against life-threatening diseases.  

In honor of National Cat Day this Wednesday, we will be offering 10% off vaccinations all week long!  Here are a few of the vaccines your cat may need.

Important Feline Vaccinations:

  • Panleukopenia (FPV) - New kittens should be given an FPV shot between 6 and 8 weeks of age.  After the initial series of shots, they can receive a booster at 1 or 2 years of age.
  • Feline Viral Respiratory Disease Complex - Kittens can be vaccinated as early as 6 weeks of age and adult cats should receive two initial doses.  Both kittens and adult cats should receive a booster after one year and then every three years afterwards.
  • Rabies - The rabies vaccine is mandatory for all pet owners in NY.  Most rabies vaccines last for one or three years.  It is important that cats receive the vaccine when necessary.
Depending on your cat's lifestyle and medical history, we can help you make the right vaccine choices.  Our professional veterinary staff will provide you with information on which vaccines are appropriate for your pet.  

Contact our office for 10% off vaccinations the week of the 29th only! 

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

How To Handle Aggression Between Your Cats


Bringing home a new cat is an exciting time for pet owners.  Unfortunately, your pet at home might not feel the same way.  Cats can be territorial and it's not uncommon for cats to have a hard time getting along.

Managing Cat Aggression:

  • Stop Fighting Early On - Make it clear that fighting is a problem.  The more often cats fight, the worse the problem will become overtime.  Stop the fighting by making a loud noise or squirting the cats with water.
  • Avoid Touching Them - While your instinct might be to physically keep the cats apart when they are fighting, we don't want you to become scratched or bitten.
  • Don't Punish Them - Punishment could insight further aggression and make the problem worse.
  • Don't Add Another Pet - Some cats are more willing to share a home with multiple cats who share the same territory.  However, this can also increase the likelihood that some of your cats might not get along with each other.  It is better to address the issue with your two cats before adding others.

If you notice aggression between your cats, contact our office.  Your pet may experience aggression if they aren't feeling well.  Cats are very good at hiding symptoms of illness.  You can also check out this article for more information on how to manage behavioral aggression between cats. 

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tips to Keep Your Cat Safe This Halloween


It's almost time for Halloween!  As you and your family get ready to celebrate with costumes and treats, don't forget to keep your pets in mind!  Here are a few Halloween safety tips to help make sure your cat enjoys a safe Halloween.

Cat Safety Tips:

  • Keep Candy Out of Reach - Chocolate and other candies can be very dangerous to cats.  Xylitol, an artificial sweetener commonly found in candies and gum can also cause health problems.  If you suspect your pet has eaten anything toxic, contact our office immediately.
  • Be Conscious of Decorations - Halloween decorations can be hazardous to cats.  Substitute real candles with artificial candles for a spooky effect that isn't dangerous if knocked over by your pet.
  • Put Your Cat in a Safe Room - Your door may be opening and closing a lot as trick-or-treaters come to visit this Halloween.  Keep your cat in a separate room to make sure that he or she doesn't dart outside.
  • Avoid Costumes - In general, cats do not usually like wearing costumes.  Don't force your cat into a costume unless you know they enjoy playing dress up

Check out this article for more information on how to celebrate Halloween safely with your cat.  As always, you can contact our office if you have any questions about your pet's health!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Paws and Claws Animal Hospital Testimonials


We love hearing feedback!  We're always looking to provide your pets with the best possible care.   

Here are a few of the reviews we recently received for Paws and Claws Animal Hospital.

Paws and Claws Animal Hospital Reviews:

"Great staff, great hospital" -Sebastian M 

"Always professional and have great hours.  They are very gentle with my anxious pup.  Have always had great referrals." - Anonymous

"Nuff has been going to Paws and Claws since I adopted her in 2006.  She is getting old and having more and more difficulties, but the doctors and staff at this clinic are all very caring and gentle with her." - Anonymous

"Always satisfied with the care our dogs receive at Paws & Claws and happy to be a customer." - Lauren L

"The staff and the Doctor were really nice and great with our little Marvel, it's refreshing to be with a doctor you feel safe with, highly recommended!!!" - Arthur B

"Dr. Bregman is wonderful and so is Dr. Kennedy!  Dr. Bregman takes care of my dog Buster as if he was his own!  No matter what he needs, they are always there to help!  The staff is very caring and loving towards my dog.  I tell everybody they should bring their pets here for great care!" - Anonymous

"Very professional and attentive.  Staff and doctor seem knowledgeable and friendly.  Excellent overall first experience with a new kitten and likely overly-nervous new owner." - Rick/David J

"Dr. Bregman and his staff are excellent!  The quality of the care my pet and I received is far superior than that of any other clinic we have visited in the past.  The Doctor is very thorough with explanations and answers to all questions.  I would highly recommend to anyone." - Vanessa M

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Good News: Dogs Most Likely Can't Spread The Ebola Virus


Amid concerns of the spread of the Ebola virus, a University of Pennsylvania veterinarian wants pet owners know that there are no studies that support concerns that a dog would be able to transmit the Ebola virus to humans.

The Ebola virus outbreak is most often associated with the eating of bushmeat (non-domesticated mammals, reptile, amphibians and birds) in West Africa.  The virus is then spread to humans through direct contact with blood or other bodily fluids.

Wild dogs that have eaten infected bushmeat develop antibodies that protect them against the virus.  However, there is no evidence that they can contract or transmit the disease.  According to the associate professor of microbiology at Penn's School of Veterinary Medicine, it is highly unlikely that a dog or cat would be able transmit the disease.

While the dog that was infected with the Ebola virus in Madrid was euthanized last Wednesday, the dog who tested positive for Ebola in Texas will be kept safe and monitored.

It is always important to be cautious, but Ronald Harty, Ph.D., reminds the public that it's also important not to panic.  According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, the risk of dogs spreading the Ebola virus is very small in the U.S., as well as in other countries where dogs aren't near corpses or infected animals.

Check out this article for more interesting information on how dogs react with the Ebola virus.  You can also read this article from ABC News for information on the dog belonging to the Texas health care worker.  As always, you can contact our office if you have any questions about your pet's health!

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

How Can You Minimize Barking At Home?


Does your pet bark loudly when people pass by your house?  Although barking is normal behavior for most dogs, it's also one of the most common complaints among pet owners.  Here are a few tips to help you manage barking at home.

Tips to Prevent Barking:
  • Don't Reward Barking - Giving your dog attention or allowing the barking to be successful can be considered a reward for their behavior.  Don't give your pet attention ntil they are quiet or calm.
  • Change the Environment - Many pets bark in the yard or at people passing by.  Leave your pets inside the house or in a place where they cannot see people through the fence.
  • Reduce Departure Anxiety - Establish a  predictable routine that allows you to spend plenty of quality time with your pet, but also allows for alone time.  
  • Training - Teaching your dog a quiet or settle command can help reinforce quiet behavior. 
Read this article for more tips on how to manage your pet's barking.  If you are still experiencing problems, contact our office.  We can help provide you with tips on how to limit barking, keeping you and your pet happy.

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