Friday, November 28, 2014

Can Your Pets Eat Thanksgiving Leftovers?


Is your home full of Thanksgiving leftovers?  Here are a few tips to help you determine what you should and shouldn't be sharing with your pet!

Thanksgiving Leftovers:
  • Turkey - Turkey can be a great lean protein to share with your pet.  Just make sure that you remove any excess skin or fat.  Never feed your pet anything with a bone.
  • Mashed Potatoes - As long as your potatoes don't contain cheese, sour cream, butter, onions, or gravy, they can be a great vegetable to share with your pet!  
  • Cranberry Sauce - It's ok for pets to eat cranberry sauce, just keep an eye on the amount of sugar in it.  It's safe to give your pets a very small serving.
  • Macaroni and Cheese - If you know that your pet can handle dairy, it safe to share this leftover.  However, if you aren't sure how your pet handles dairy, just give them plain macaroni.  Pets can develop lactose intolerance as they age.
  • Green Beans - Fresh vegetables are a great addition to your pet's diet.
While these foods are safe for your pet to eat, you want to be careful when making any changes to your pet's diet.  Giving your pet too many leftovers may cause an upset stomach or cause weight gain.  If you have any questions about what your pet can or cannot eat, contact our office for more information.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Celebrating a Pet-Friendly Thanksgiving


Many families and friends will be gathering this week to give thanks.  Before the Thanksgiving festivities, here are a few tips to help your pet enjoy a safe and happy holiday too!

Pet Safety Tips:
  • Maintain Diet - Too many changes to your pet's diet can cause an upset stomach.  Make sure that you stick to your pet's regular meal and exercise schedule.
  • Avoid Toxic Foods - Chocolate, grapes and raisins are actually toxic to your pet.  Keep these foods out of reach so that your pet stays healthy and safe.
  • Keep Wrappers Away - Aluminum foil and wax paper may smell like food to your pet, but they can cause intestinal obstruction if they are ingested.  Make sure to dispose of these items in a secure garbage.
  • Provide Plenty of Water - Make sure your pets have plenty of fresh water throughout the day.  Thanksgiving is a busy day and unknowing family members may hit into the water bowl.  Refill it frequently to make sure that your pet stays hydrated.
  • Allow for Quiet Time - Your pet should have a quiet place to hide during the Thanksgiving festivities.  Keep an eye on them to make sure they don't become stressed over the holiday.
Read more about how to celebrate Thanksgiving safely here.  If you have any questions about how to keep your pet safe this holiday season, contact our office.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month


Early detection is key to treating cancer.  That's why we stress the importance of bringing your pet to our office for regular exams!  Having your cat or dog checked regularly will help ensure that they are living a long, happy, and healthy life!  

Warning Signs to Lookout For:

Sores That Do Not Heal
Weight Loss
Difficulty Eating
Hesitation to Exercise
Difficulty Breathing
Bleeding or Discharge

Fortunately, there are ways to prevent and treat cancer that is detected early on.  Maintaining a healthy diet, giving your pet plenty of exercise, and spaying or neutering your cat or dog can go a long way towards keeping your pet healthy.  Bring your pet into our office for an annual exam to identify any problems early on.

We are offering FREE urinalysis with complete blood work for National Pet Cancer Awareness Month.  Just present this coupon to take advantage!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Visit Our YouTube Channel!


Have you visited our YouTube channel recently?  Watch our videos to learn more about our practices, watch client education seminars, and learn about the technologies we use at Bregman Vet Group!

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You can also visit one of our convenient locations with your pet below:

Long Island: 
The Cat Hospital - 2 Hillside Avenue, Suite E in Williston Park

Paws and Claws Veterinary Hospital - 99 North 9th Street in Brooklyn 
5th Avenue Cat Clinic - 225 5th Avenue in Brooklyn 

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Helping Your Pet Manage Cataracts


Do your pet's eyes look cloudy or gray?  While it's normal for eyes to become cloudy with age, this symptom can also be a sign of cataracts.  

Here are a few tips to help preserve your pet's vision:

  • Check your pet's eyes regularly.
  • Bring your pet to our office if you notice his eyes look cloudy or gray.
  • Bring your pet in if you suspect they are having troubled vision
  • Be conscious of any eye trauma
Cataracts are an opacity in the lens of the eye that causes blurry vision.  Diabetes, eye trauma and old age are a few of the most common reasons why your pet may have cataracts.  While it is unlikely that they will disturb your pet's vision, it's important to monitor their development in order to keep your pet happy and healthy.  

Read more about how you can help manage cataracts in cats and dogs.  You can also contact our office to learn more.   

If you think that your pet may have cataracts, it's important that you schedule a visit to the vet.  If left untreated, cataracts can lead to glaucoma, inflammation, and in severe cases, blindness.  Our experienced veterinarians can diagnose whether or not your pet has a cataract or another condition that causes cloudy eyes.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

How to Manage Osteoarthritis in Pets


Did you know that pets can get arthritis too?  Both dogs and cats can suffer from joint inflammation due to injury, trauma, or normal aging.  Regardless of the cause, here are a few signs to lookout for in your pet.

Signs of Osteoarthritis:

  • Limping
  • Posture Changes
  • Reluctance to Move
  • Difficulty Jumping
  • Slipping/Falling
  • Behavior Changes
Fortunately, there are several therapeutic treatments available to help your pet manage osteoarthritis.  In addition to providing medication, we also offer therapeutic laser therapy that accelerates the body's natural healing process.  If your pet is suffering from osteoarthritis, contact one of our offices.  We can help you determine the best course of action for your pet!

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Can Your Pet Get the Flu?


Cooler weather means that it's almost time for flu season.  Did you know that cats and dogs can get the flu too?  

While your pet is susceptible to a different strain of the virus, many of the symptoms are similar.  Here are a few of the symptoms to lookout for in your pet.

Flu Symptoms:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Runny Nose
  • Low Fever

If you think your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, bring him or her into our office.  We can help you determine the reason behind why your pet isn't feeling well.  If your pet does have the flu, make sure that they are getting plenty of rest and fluids.  

Read more about the signs and symptoms of the flu here.  You can also contact our office to learn more.   Our experienced veterinarians can help you determine whether or not the flu vaccine is the right choice for your pet.

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