Cold Weather Pet Care Tips for the Change of Seasons

Cold weather pet care is no joke!

Cooler weather is finally upon us, and before we know it winter will be here. In Indiana the seasons can change quickly, and being prepared is essential. Just as you may be investing in a new pair of snow boots and adding a little extra insulation to your home, there are some things that you can do to help your four-legged family members weather the season as well.

New Haven Pet Hospital knows how important attention to cold weather pet care is for the health and safety of our animal friends. Keep reading to ensure that the whole family, fur or not, is ready for the change of seasons.

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Preventing Lost Pets: Are Pet Microchips Worth All the Hype?

Pet microchips increase the odds of a lost pet becoming a found pet.

Despite the best efforts of most pet owners, a third of all pets become separated from their people at least once. The result can simply involve a trip to the animal shelter where they can eventually be reunited with searching owners, but not always. Pets on the loose can unfortunately be stolen (either on purpose or mistakenly) or become victims of automobile accidents, injury, and premature death.

The statistics that support the efficacy of pet microchips are incredible, increasing the inevitable odds of homecoming.

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Would You Know if Your Pet is in Pain?

If your pet is in pain then they should see a veterinarian. Almost all of us have experienced some kind of pain, and we know how debilitating it can be. Our pets are no different, but they don’t have the language to convey how or what they feel.

However, you can learn to recognize the subtle and not so subtle signs that your pet is in pain. This will allow you to take steps to help them feel better more quickly – something we would all want for our beloved family members.

Natural Instincts

We all hope we’d know the moment our pet is in pain. But in reality, studies show that pet owners aren’t very good at recognizing signs of pain in their pets. It’s no easy thing, though, as evolution has protected animals who don’t exhibit signs of pain. It’s a basic instinct for our pets to hide illness or injury in order to be less vulnerable to predators when they’re weakened. So what’s a well-meaning pet owner to do? Continue…

That Time of Year: Back-to-School Pet Anxiety

Pet anxiety can cause bad behavior in bored petsEveryone’s itching to get back into the swing of things by the time August rolls around. Whether it’s been a chaotic or laid back summer, the start of a new school year brings big changes, and pets are always the first to notice. Closely attuned to household dynamics, pets can feel downright confused, abandoned, and stressed out once the kids return to school. However, with a healthy dose of preparation, pet anxiety won’t take center stage this fall.

Long Hours

Not only is everyone gone for the entire day, but with daylight savings time on the horizon, sunlight is at a minimum, as well. A severe case of back-to-school blues could be the result for your sweet, sensitive pet. Continue…

When Pet Boarding Is the Right Answer

Pet Boarding can be a great alternative to traveling with your petIt can be understandably difficult to leave your pet in someone else’s care, but sometimes it’s necessary. Whether you’re traveling or hosting an allergy-prone guest at home, boarding your pet in a facility that you trust can be an excellent opportunity. The good news is that New Haven Pet Hospital offers comfortable and safe pet boarding, so you don’t have to worry. The solution is that we are your best friend’s home away from home.

Careful Consideration

Many people hire professional pet sitters or dog walkers; others ask friends or relatives to pop in to feed, exercise, and clean up after a pet who’s home alone. In spite of these common alternatives to pet boarding, there are significant disadvantages. Continue…

Take Care, Stay Aware: Heat Safety and Pets

Keeping up on what's what when it comes to heat safety and pets can save your pet's life.Like any extreme or inclement weather, summer poses unique risks to our pets. The heat, UV index, scalding pavement, and high humidity will take a toll on anyone, pets and humans alike. However, warm weather safety is a must for our fur-bearing friends since temperatures can easily create a heat stroke emergency without proper precautions.

That’s why the team at New Haven Pet Hospital has compiled some great tips for summer heat safety and pets.

Danger 911: Heat Stroke in Pets

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are common reasons for trips to the emergency clinic during the summer. Heat stroke can be fatal to a pet sometimes within minutes if help isn’t sought immediately. So, what exactly is heat stroke? Continue…

Ticks and Tick Borne Diseases: A Primer

Ticks pose a serious threat to pet healthAh, the sweet smell of spring! We’re sure you can’t wait for backyard barbecues, camping and hiking trips, and simply playing outside with your dog. However, the warm weather brings with it a danger to our pets: ticks and tick borne diseases.

Ticks can survive the winter just fine indoors – even in your garage – so it’s important to prevent these pests year round. With that in mind, the team at New Haven Pet Hospital wants to arm you with helpful information to combat ticks and tick borne diseases.

Ticks 101

The tick is not an insect but an arachnid closely related to a spider. Ticks can be found in every U.S. state and are most active in the spring and fall. In general, they prefer dark, moist, brushy places in which to lay their eggs, but they also commonly “quest” for hosts in tall grasses and shrubs.

Tick bites are painful and irritating, but the real danger lies in the tick borne diseases they transmit. These diseases can cause serious issues in both pets and people and are often difficult to diagnose. Continue…

The Great Debate: Why Should Owners Spay or Neuter Their Pets?   

spay or neuterWhen you get a new pet or if you’re thinking about adopting one, you may be wondering if you need to spay or neuter them. At New Haven Pet Hospital, we believe that spaying or neutering your pet is one of the greatest gifts you can give, and the benefits of this procedure are worth it. Time and again, we see both our pets and our community thrive with this safe and effective procedure. Let us tell you why.

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Why Heartworm Testing is Important to Your Pet’s Health

Among all the incredible benefits that come with routine pet wellness exams, heartworm testing is at the top of the list. This common practice gives us insight into whether your pet’s parasite prevention is up to par and provides us the opportunity to make any necessary changes.

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Pet Poisoning: How to Know if Your Pet Ate Something Toxic

It’s sometimes fun to play guessing games. Whether it’s guessing someone’s age or what a distant relative would like for their birthday, it’s often entertaining to figure out life’s little mysteries.

However, one thing you don’t want to wonder about is whether your pet ate something harmful. Warning signs can range from subtle to scary, but one thing is certain: knowing what to look for in a pet poisoning is one way to save your pet’s life.

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