Friday, December 19, 2014

Why Do Veterinarians use a Treatment Room?

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Ever wonder why veterinarians need to take your pet to the back?  

We know it can upsetting to have your pet leave your side, but treatment rooms are an important part of every animal hospital.  Here are a few reasons why it's so important to bring your pet to the back for treatment.

Benefits to Your Pet:
  • Calmer Care - Despite what you may think, pets are actually calmer when their not around their owners.  This makes it easier for veterinarians to care for your pet quickly and efficiently.
  • Reduced Stress - Veterinary professions love animals and want to make sure that the procedure causes your pet as little stress as possible.  In the back, pets are always handled with respect and care, but it is easier to complete the procedure.
  • Better Environment - In the back, veterinarians have better lighting, tables, and equipment.  This means that your pet is getting the care that they need!
Check out this great article for more information on understanding your vet visit.  If you have any questions, we are happy to answer them!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Giving a Pet as a Holiday Gift

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Thinking of giving a pet as a gift this holiday season?  While pets can be rewarding, you also want to make sure the recipient is prepared!  Before jumping to a decision, there are a few things you should consider.

Things to Consider:

  • Picking the Right Species - Depending on where the recipient of the gift lives, their physical limitations, and whether or not they own other pets plays a role in what type of pet is best for them.
  • Don't Make It a Surprise - Pets are a great addition to your family.  However, not everyone is ready to commit to the amount of time, energy and money pets require.  While a surprise is more festive, you need to make sure the recipient is ready.
  • Let the Receiver Choose - Let your gift recipient choose their pet.  Picking what pet they want can be just as rewarding as finding a surprise under the tree.  This makes for an exciting gift and some anticipation!

Check out this article for more tips and things to consider before giving a pet as a gift this holiday season.  If you are thinking of giving a pet, bring him or her into our office for a checkup!  We can help make sure that your new pet is healthy and up-to-date on all vaccines.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Canine Leptospirosis in New York City

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Did you know that Leptospirosis is a disease than can affect people and their pets?  This bacterial infection can affect affect pets who come into contact with contaminated water.  Here are a few of the most common symptoms experienced by pets in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island areas.

Common Symptoms:
  • Vomiting
  • Anorexia
  • Icterus
  • Lethargy
  • Diarrhea
  • Polyuria/polydipsia
  • Liver failture
If you notice that your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, bring them in to one of our hospitals.  The veterinary staff at Paws and Claws Animal Hospital, The Cat Hospital, and 5th Avenue Cat Clinic can help you determine whether your pet has Canine Leptospirosis or another illness.  We can also help you prevent Leptospirosis by making sure that your pet is vaccinated against the disease.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

How to Celebrate a Pet-Friendly Holiday Season

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Will you be decorating your home for the holidays?  Make sure that your festive decorations are pet-friendly!  Here are a few holiday pet hazards to avoid.

Holiday Hazards:
  • Tinsel - Sparkly tinsel and ribbons can attract your pet.  If you pet ingests these colorful decorations, they can get stuck in their digestive tract and may need surgery.  Keep these decorations out-of-reach of your pet.
  • Mistletoe - Mistletoe is a common holiday decoration.  However, it can be toxic to pets.  If you want to decorate your home with mistletoe, just make sure it's in a place your pet can't reach it.
  • Poinsettias - This holiday plant is also toxic to your pets when eaten.  
  • Holiday Candles - Keep any candles high enough up where your pet cannot accidentally knock them over.
  • Leftovers - It can be difficult to avoid giving your pet holiday left overs.  However, certain holiday foods can leave them with an upset stomach.  Be sure to avoid toxic ingredients like chocolate and other sweets!
  • Christmas Tree - Do you have a live Christmas tree?  Make sure to not add fertilizer to the tree water.  If your cat or dog drinks the water, it can upset their stomach.  You should also make sure that glass ornaments are placed high where your cat cannot reach or break them.
For more tips on how to celebrate a pet-friendly holiday season, check out this article.  Remember to contact our office with any questions you have through the holidays.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Kitten Adoption Tips for National Kitten Day

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It's National Kitten Day!  If you plan on adopting a kitten today, here are a few tips to help make sure that your new pet is happy and well-adjusted in your home.

Kitten Care Tips:

  • Let Them Stay with Their Mother - It's better to adopt a kitten 10 to 12 weeks after they are born.  These extra weeks spent with the mother ans siblings will help your new kitten learn acceptable behavior.  When kittens are separated too early, they may be afraid and run away from interaction.
  • Make Your Home Comfortable - Special kitten foods help make sure your new pet is getting all of their nutritional requirements.  Also make sure that your kitten feels warm and secure.  Make sure that their litter box is in a corner or secluded spot when you train them.
  • Be Conscious of Other Pets - Make sure that all of your current pets are up-to-date on their vaccinations and are disease-free.  If you own another cat, give them extra attention to ease anxiety.  If your kitten feels comfortable, allow them to meet.  If you own a dog, make sure your dog is leashed when you introduce him or her to your new kitten.
  • Bring Your Kitten to Us - You should bring your kitten to the vet within a day or two of his arrival.  Your new kitten needs to be checked for ear mites, fleas, and worms.  After six to seven weeks, your cat needs a few feline vaccines.
For more tips on how to help you new kitten feel comfortable and at home, read this article from Animal Planet.  Remember to contact our office with any questions you have about your new pet.  We're happy to help!

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Travel Safely During the Holidays

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Will you be making plans to travel with your pets this holiday season?  Here are a few tips to help make traveling safer for you and your pet.

Travel Safety Tips:
  • Make Arrangements - Make sure that the family you are visiting is ok with your pet coming over while you visit.  If they don't have a place for your pet to stay, consider contacting our office to learn about our boarding services.  We even offer feline-only boarding so that your cat is comfortable while you're away!
  • Bring Necessary Documents - If you bring your pet with you across state lines, bring a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.  You need to get this within 10 days of travel.  Bring your pet to our office for a quick exam and we will make sure that they are up-to-date on all vaccinations.
  • Provide Identification Tags - Place a collar and ID tag on your pet before you leave the house. You can also microchip your pet to provide permanent identification - just make sure all of your information is up-to-date!
  • Make Frequent Stops - If you plan on traveling for long distances, make frequent stops along the way.  This will give your dog plenty of time to stretch their legs and get some mental stimulation.
Read more about how to make traveling with your pets safe during the holiday season on the American Medical Veterinary Association (AMVA) website.  If you have any questions about how to keep your pet safe this holiday season, contact our office.

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Can Your Pets Eat Thanksgiving Leftovers?

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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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