Friday, May 1, 2015

How Well Do You Know Your Celebrity Pets?


#FlashbackFriday - There have been many famous pets that have captured our hearts in TV, movies, and even as internet sensations.  While your own furry friend will always hold the #1 spot - which famous pet is your favorite?

Famous Furry Friends:

Lassie - Although Lassie is a fictional character, this famous pet was played by a Rough Collie named Pal in 1943.  Since then, 10 generations of Pal's direct descendants have portrayed Lassie in film and on TV.  This is quite the celebrity dog family!

Toto - Another fictional character, but Toto was played by a female brindle terrier named Terry.  She was paid more than other human actors at $125 per week!

Pluto - Disney fans are no stranger to Mickey Mouse's pet Pluto.  He's one of the most upbeat members of the Disney team. 

Air Bud - Remember the movie Air Bud?  This Disney/Warner Bros film revolves around Buddy the dog who knows how to play basketball.

Garfield - We're all familiar with this cartoon cat.  Garfield is the most popular cartoon cat world-wide!

Grumpy Cat - This internet celebrity is known for her grumpy facial expression.  The permanently grumpy-looking face is actually due to an underbite and feline dwarfism.

Check out this list for more famous pets.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Why Is Feline Routine Preventative Care Important?


Although many pet owners don't realize it, feline routine preventive care is an important part of keeping your pet happy and healthy.  Cats are masters at hiding when they aren't feeling well, but with a yearly medical checkup (more frequently for senior cats), we can help treat any medical issues early on, helping your cat live a longer, happier, and healthier life.

The American Association of Feline Practitioners video segment below was recently featured on The Discovery Channel.  Watch the video on to learn more about the importance of feline routine preventative care!

Our cat-friendly practices are located in Brooklyn and on Long Island.  We provide a peaceful, stress-free environment with expert veterinary care that makes caring for your pet's health simple.  We can help you provide you with tips on how to make a veterinary experience comfortable for your cat, as well as catch any medical issues early on.

If your cat is due for a check-up or your pet is experiencing any medical problems, please visit one of our feline-only practices below:

5th Avenue Cat Clinic
225 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

The Cat Hopsital
2 Hillside Avenue, Suite E
Williston Park, NY 11596

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How to Prevent Fleas and Ticks This Spring


We are loving this spring weather!  Are you ready to spend time outdoors with your pet?  As the weather warms, it's important to make sure that your pets are protected against fleas and ticks.  These external parasites can make your pets feel uncomfortable and can even cause illness.

Fortunately, there are ways to keep your pet healthy and parasite-free!

Prevention Tips:

  • Stay Away from Heavily Wooded Areas - Keep your pets away from heavily wooded areas and tall grasses.  These areas are considered the perfect habitat for ticks.  Try to create tick-free zones in your yard by keeping your grass short and cutting back any bushes.
  • Use Preventative Medicine - Preventative flea and tick medications can be applied topically or orally in a tablet or liquid form.  Our veterinarians can help you determine what the best preventative medication is for your individual pet.  You can even conveniently purchase flea and tick medication online.
  • Check for Ticks - Check your pet for ticks once a day, especially if you are spending time outdoors on nice days.  If you do find a tick, grasp it with a pair of tweezers as close down to the mouth as you can reach.  Be gentle and apply pressure until the tick lets go.
If you have any questions about how to prevent fleas and ticks this spring, contact our office.  We can provide your pet with preventative medications that will help keep them healthy through the warm months.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Why Does Your Indoor Cat Need Parasite Prevention?


Did you know that 25% of cats with heartworm infections are strictly kept indoors?  

Parasite prevention is important - even for indoor cats!  Now that the weather is warming up, it's time to start taking steps towards preventing feline heartworm disease.  Whether your pet spends time outdoors on nice days or prefers to stay indoors, it's still important that pet owners protect their feline friends from parasites this spring.

Why is parasite prevention important?

  • Cats LOVE Hunting - Cats are natural hunters.  This means that even though they spend most of their time indoors, your feline friend will jump at the opportunity to pounce on cockroaches, mice, and flies that carry roundworm eggs.
  • Spring Gardening Increases Risk - 15% of commercial potting soil conttains round-worm eggs, according to The Veterinary Record.  If you plan on keeping any potted plants indoors, this could increase your cats risk of coming into contact with the parasite.
  • High Populations of Roundworms - The Northeast has the highest prevalence of roundworms - higher than any other part of the country.  Even if your cat doesn't go outside, you can unknowingly bring these parasites indoors when you come home.
If you have any questions about why parasite prevention is so important for your pet, contact our office.  Our experienced veterinarians can provide you with advice, as well as prevention tips and treatments for parasites and feline heartworm disease.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Green Your Pet Care for Earth Day


Looking for ways to green your pet care for Earth Day tomorrow?  There are many ways to cut down on waste and reduce your carbon footprint when it comes to your furry friends.  Here are a few tips to help you get started.

Eco-Friendly Pet Care Tips:
  • Take the Time to Spay or Neuter Your Pet - One of the best ways to conserve resources and protect the environment is by spaying or neutering your pet.  Not only does this prevent unwanted liters, it also helps keep your pet safe and healthy!  Spaying and neutering helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives by reducing their risk of cancer and prostate disease.
  • Use Natural Soaps at Bath Time -Use all-natural shampoos when cleaning your pet.  Chemical-free cleaning products better for the environment and they are also gentle on your pet's skin.
  • Buy Pet Toys Made from Natural or Recycled Materials - Buy sustainable toys for your furry friends.  There are many toys made from natural materials.  You can even get pet beds made with organic cotton or recycled plastic.
  • Have Fun with DIY - Add organic catnip or cat grass to your spring garden this year.  This is a great way to green your home and keep your cat happy!  You can also get crafty with scrap yarn and fabrics to make your own pet toys.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

National Heartworm Awareness Month


April is National Heartworm Awareness Month!  As the weather warms up this spring, it's important to take steps to protect your pets against heartworm disease.

Heartworm disease is transmitted through infected mosquitoes that then bite your pet.  Both indoor and outdoor pets are at risk of heartworm disease.

Here are a few signs to be on the lookout for this spring.

Signs of Heartworm Disease:

  • Coughing
  • Asthma-Like Attacks
  • Periodic Vomiting
  • Lack of Appetite
  • Weight Loss
  • Difficulty Walking
  • Fainting
  • Seizures
Visit the American Heartworm Society website to learn more about the signs of Heartworm Disease and what you can do to protect your pet.  You can also contact one of our veterinary offices if you suspect that your pet is suffering from heartworm disease or you are looking to take steps to prevent it this spring.

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