The Feline Lover’s Guide to Cat Asthma

Happy cat outdoors.

Our cats can sometimes be our best friends, and when they are not feeling their best, it can be very distressing. At New Haven Pet Hospital, we do everything in our power to support good cat health and educate our clients about signs of problems.

One fairly common kitty condition that we find helpful for pet owners to know about is cat asthma. When their owners catch on that something is wrong early in the process, our feline patients tend to do quite well even in the face of chronic disease.

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Say What?! All About the Reverse Sneeze in Dogs

A dog reverse sneezing.

We often get calls about dogs and their odd sounds or behaviors, but when it comes to the reverse sneeze, this is one of the most common. Dog owners will tell us that they were eating or relaxing when all of a sudden their dog went into strange nasal fits. This sound is akin to a sneeze or cough, but not quite. In fact, most pet owners say it sounds like a goose honk! 

Reverse sneezing in dogs is a frequent diagnosis here at New Haven Pet Hospital. Let’s explore the mystery of the honking dog.

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What Recovery Looks Like After Your Pet’s Surgery

A cat recovers after surgery.

Whether your pet has to undergo an emergency or planned surgical procedure, there are always concerns. Pet owners are right to question the risks, and our staff is always ready to discuss how we approach surgery and post-operative care. In order to meet a successful outcome, a complete recovery period is essential. Helping them heal after a pet’s surgery isn’t always easy, but that’s why we’re here!

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When a Shedding Cat Drives You Up the Wall

Tabby cat making eye contact in the foreground with green plants in the background.

One of the most attractive traits in a cat is their fur coat. However, their glorious fur can also range between inconvenient and exasperating when shedding season is in full swing, bringing with it swirls of cat hair and dust bunnies. Generally speaking, cats are so low-maintenance that we forgive their seasonal sloughing. If you have a shedding cat (or suspect you might have one soon) there are things you can do to counter the furry chain reaction.

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Safely Storing Common Pet Toxins

An orange cat looks down from the top of a cabinet.

Dangerous chemicals are all around us, including in our own homes. From cleaning products to automotive fluids to lawn and garden treatments, the variety of chemicals in our immediate environment can be staggering. 

Taking a sniff or a taste of one of these products isn’t something we can imagine, but many pets find hazardous household chemicals interesting enough to sample. Unless we are willing to switch over to all eco-friendly/pet-safe products, our furry friends will be at risk. Proper storage of pet toxins is key when it comes to keeping the four-legged members of our families safe from harm.

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Beam Me Up, Scotty: All About Laser Therapy for Pets

Supporting your pet’s quality of life through cutting edge treatment modalities is something we value deeply here at New Haven Pet Hospital.

Offering affordable and effective relief from pain and suffering is one of the most important ways we can have a positive impact on the lives of our patients, and laser therapy for pets does just that!

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It’s a Dog Food Recall, Now What?

As if 2020 couldn’t get any worse, now your pet’s food has been listed in a recall. What do you do? Rush your dog to the vet? Burn the food? Start sobbing uncontrollably in the corner?

Take a deep breath and know that your friends at New Haven Pet Hospital have your back. Most of the time a dog food recall is nothing to panic over, and we are here to guide you through.

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Homemade Pet Food: Yay or Nay?

pet food

On March 15, 2007 (simpler times!), the FDA learned that certain dog and cat foods were contaminated with a substance called melamine that was sickening and killing pets. This massive pet food recall and the fear that it generated among pet owners led to an increased interest in homemade pet food.

Although preparing your sweet pet’s food in the safety of your own kitchen seems like a good way to protect them from potential poisoning, but proper pet nutrition is a tricky business. Commercial pet food is formulated to be nutritionally balanced for a pet’s specific age and life stage, but this doesn’t mean you can’t provide your pet with a good diet on your own. Research and advice from your trusted veterinarian are the keys to making an informed decision.

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What’s the Connection Between Black Cats and Halloween?

black cat

Cats have been venerated and persecuted in equal measure over the years. Their roles in major historical events, such as rodent-ridders at the dawn of organized agriculture, were not insignificant. Likewise, their influence on people has been immeasurable over the course of millennia, perhaps reaching its zenith in Ancient Egypt. 

Black cats have, perhaps, experienced the greatest intensity of both human fear and admiration. Through no fault of their own, blacks cats began to be seen as pawns of the devil. The result? An odd connection between black cats and Halloween may not be easy to untangle.

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9 to 5 Fido: Working Dogs and the Jobs They Do

Most dogs enjoy having activities to occupy their time, just like us. But there are some breeds that take that desire to expend energy to a new level. These breeds are in the working dogs class and have been bred for jobs we can benefit from. 

The team at New Haven Pet Hospital wants to give a shout out to our hard working canines by putting a spotlight on working dogs and their roles in society.

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