Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Protect Your Cat from Heartworms

  THE BREGMAN VETERINARY GROUP
www.BregmanVetGroup.com

Have you thought about protecting your cat from mosquitoes?  

Hot and humid summer days bring mosquitoes that that carry feline heartworm disease.  While mosquitoes are just an annoyance to us, they can actually threaten the health and well being of your pet.  Fortunately, there are simple preventative steps that you can take to keep your pet happy and healthy.  Here are a few signs to be on the lookout for this summer.

Signs of Infection:
Vomiting
Diarrhea
Rapid and Difficult Breathing
Coughing
Gagging
Loss of Appetite
Lethargy
Weight Loss


Heartworm disease occurs when a mosquito bites a cat and allows entry of heartworm larvae.  Over time, these larvae grow in the muscle tissues, but they can cause problems before they are fully grown.  By taking preventative steps, you can keep your pets healthy for a long time to come.  

Read this article to learn more about heartworm disease in cats.  You can also contact Bregman Vet Group if you have any questions about heartworm disease and how you can improve your cat’s health.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Make Sure Your Cat Is Healthy and Happy

  THE BREGMAN VETERINARY GROUP
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When was the last time you brought your cat in for a regular veterinary visit?  Although many pet owners neglect them, cats need annual checkups.  They are an essential part of caring for their health, especially as they age!  Here are a few tips to help make your vet visit a little easier.

Vet Visit Tips:
  • Comfortable Carriers - Help your cat get used to the carrier before the vet visit.  This will help making the overall experience easier and less stressful for your feline friend.  Make sure that the carrier is big enough for your cat to feel comfortable inside too.
  • Accommodating Appointments – Many cats don’t feel comfortable around dogs and other pets.  We offer cat-friendly, stress-free appointments.
  • Write Down Any Questions – If you have any questions or concerns about your cat’s health, write them down and bring them up during your visit!
  • Don’t Neglect Preventative Care – Scheduling regular veterinary visits is essential to addressing health problems before they become more serious.  This can save you money in the long run!
By taking preventative steps, you can keep your pets healthy for a long time to come.  For more tips on how to make your vet visit easier for your pet, read this article.  You can also contact Bregman Vet Group if you have any questions about how to improve your cat’s health or help them feel comfortable during their veterinary visit.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Safety Tips for Outdoor Enthusiasts

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Are you and your pet outdoor enthusiasts?  We encourage you to spend time outdoors with your pet, but remember to be careful of infectious diseases from improperly cooked food, insect bites, and contaminated water.  Here are a few safety tips to help make sure you and your pet are healthy.

Outdoor Safety Tips:
  • Start Healthy – Avoid camping or hiking if you or your pet are feeling ill.  People and animals are both more prone to disease if their immune systems are weak.
  • Get Vaccines – Make sure your pets are up-to-date on their vaccines, especially rabies.
  • Use Preventative Medication – Consider using preventative treatments for your pet, such as heartworm prevention for dogs and cats.
  • Prepare First Aid – Make sure you are well versed in first aid techniques for both yourself and your pet.
  • Watch for Ticks – Humans and dogs are especially vulnerable to tick-borne diseases.  Prevent tick bites by applying tick-control treatments, limiting access to tick-infested areas, and checking your pet frequently for ticks.
By taking preventative steps, you can avoid various diseases and keep your pets healthy.  When you keep safety in mind, you can prevent tick-borne diseases like anaplasmosis and babesiosis, diseases caused by parasites like camplybacteriosis and cryptosporisiosis.  Read more about the different diseases pet owners need to watch out for on the AVMA website.

If you have any questions about how to care for your pet on an outdoor adventure, contact Bregman Vet Group!  Read more on the American Veterinary Medical Association website or call our office for more information.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

What To Do When You Find A Lost Pet

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Do you know what to do when you find a lost pet?  Taking the right action can help return the pet to his or her owner!  Here are a few steps to take if you find a pet that looks lost.

Lost Pet Tips:
  • Approach Carefully – Always use caution when approaching an unfamiliar pet.  They may be frightened or injured.  If the pet is afraid, they may behave unpredictably. 
  • Check Tags – After you approach the pet, you should first check for tags.  This will help you identify the owner.  Your local animal control office can provide you with information on how to use a dog license number to locate the number.
  • Check for a Microchip – If the pet doesn’t have visible tags, take the pet to our office or to a local shelter!  The pet may be fitted with a microchip that is matched to the owner’s contact information.
  • Work with a Shelter or Animal Control Department – These organizations can help you find the lost pet’s owner, as they are the first place many pet owners come to look for a missing pet. 
If you have any questions about what to do if you find a lost pet or how to care for your own pet, contact Bregman Vet Group!  We even offer free microchips to help keep your own pet protected with any regularly priced spay or neuter!  This small chip is a great way to make sure your pet returns safely home in the unfortunate event they become lost.  Visit our website or call our office for more information.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Class Visit to 5th Avenue Cat Clinic

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We loved our class visit from CBE's ECC preschool!  We are so glad the kids had a great time.  We hope to see you all at 5th Avenue Cat Clinic again soon!

 









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Thursday, July 3, 2014

4th of July Pet Safety Tips

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Are you ready for the holiday weekend?  However you decide to celebrate this year, remember to keep your pets safe!  Loud fireworks can make pets nervous on the Fourth of July.  Here are a few tips to help keep your celebration safe and enjoyable.

Pet Safety Tips for the 4th:
  • Keep Pets Indoors - Even if your dog or cat is usually comfortable with being outside, fireworks and other loud noises might cause him or her to panic.  When pets are afraid, they may attempt to run from the noise and lose their sense of direction.
  • Insect Control - Many products that are designed for people can be toxic to pets.  Only use insect repellent that is specifically designed for pets.
  • Alcohol - Make sure that all alcoholic beverages are kept out of reach of your pets.  Alcohol is dangerous to both dogs and cats.
  • Identification Tags - Consider fitting your pet with a microchip or an ID tag with their name and your phone number.  This will help identify your pet in the unfortunate event that they do escape and become lost.
  • Fireworks - Keep pets away from fireworks!  When they are lit, they post a danger to curious pets.  Even unused fireworks contain potentially toxic substances.
  • Stay Hydrated - July 4th is usually one of the hottest days of the year.  If your pet is outside all day, remember to keep plenty of fresh, cool water available.
  • Dangerous Foods - Many party foods are unhealthy or even poisonous to dogs and cats, including onions, grapes and corn cobs.
If you have any questions about how to keep your pets safe this year, contact Bregman Vet Group!  

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Meet Our Team: Getting to Know Sam Shamblin

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Meet Sam Shamblin, the Office Manager of Paws and Claws and 5th Avenue Cat Clinic!

Sam is a valuable member of our team and has worked with us for over two years!  She is a hard worker and she keeps our practice running smoothly.  We are thrilled to have her at Bregman Vet Group.

Originally from Fredericksburg, VA, Sam attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) before deciding to take a break from school to move here to New York.  We are happy that she did!  

Sam explains, "growing up we never took our pets to the vet, so when I got the job here I took on a whole new appreciation for what went on behind the scenes for all these animals and learned how to help give them a healthy and happy life."

When asked what her most memorable experience was on the job, Sam recalled participating in a photo shoot for Bank of America.


"Dr. Bregman and I got to feel like models for the day.  My pug was even in the shoot. :)"

When she's not on the job, Sam expresses her creative side.  She loves crafts and is even taking a pottery class!  On Saturday nights, you might find her relaxing at home, watching a movie with a big plate of pasta.

Call to learn more about how Sam Shamblin and the Bregman Vet Group can help your pet stay happy and healthy!  

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