Cats and Catnip: What You Need to Know

New Haven cat licking cat nip.

Most cat parents have heard of catnip, and some are very familiar with giving it to their cats. This mystifying substance can make your cat seem “high,” or to behave in strange or funny ways. But what exactly is it, and how does it affect your feline friends? The team at New Haven Pet Hospital is here to help uncover the mystery of catnip and how it affects your cat. 

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What Counts as Cat Anxiety?

Cat anxiety.

Cats can get stuck with a bad reputation they did nothing to deserve. We’ve all seen cute memes showing them as jittery, yowling biters that will scratch without warning and run away from any sort of petting who then turn into drama queens when dinner isn’t served on time. Your friends at New Haven Pet Hospital know that cat anxiety may be a symptom of an underlying cat ailment.

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Bulldog Problems: Health Considerations of This All-Around Favorite Breed

Bulldog puppy on sofa.

Bulldogs—what’s not to love? Their funny, expressive faces and loveable temperaments are charms hard to beat in a family pet. Originally bred as a working dog, their popularity led breeders to enhance favored characteristics. As an unfortunate result, bulldog breeds suffer numerous health problems. Before bringing a bully home, be sure you’re prepared to provide adequate health support.

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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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