Read This Before Considering Hedgehogs as Pets

Someone waiting to hold an African pygmy pet hedgehog.

New Haven Pet Hospital is all about exotic pets. Dogs and cats are great, but there are so many other great options out there. Bringing an exotic into your household, though, definitely requires some research. If you are considering options and looking into hedgehogs as pets, read on to learn our advice to you.

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Choosing Between the Best Pet Lizards

Smiling lady holding a bearded dragon lizard.

Lizards are among the most interesting animals out there, and some make excellent pets for beginners. Available in all sizes, colors, and dispositions, lizards can find a home in many kinds of households. With an equal dose of proper planning and thorough research, you can provide top-notch care for a new scaly friend. We’ll help you get started on this memorable, gratifying experience with our suggestions of the top 5 pet lizards for beginners. 

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Exotic Pets: Our Favorite Pet Birds

Exotic pet bird sitting on a girl's head looking to her sunglasses.

We love exotic pets at New Haven Pet Hospital, and birds are at the top of our list for amazing companions. Read on to learn if pet bird ownership is for you and find out more about these incredible creatures. 

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The Cat’s Meow: Your Guide to Commendable Cat Care 

Maine coon cat sitting on french victorian chair.

Cats are pretty independent, but whether they want to admit it or not, they need their humans to get the most out of their nine lives. Not to fear, though, New Haven Pet Hospital has all the best information when it comes to providing the best cat care around. 

Cat Care Basics

Cats don’t need a lot to survive, but they do need a few basics to thrive. When welcoming a kitty into your home, making sure that your are providing the basic cat care requirements can get you started off on the right paw. 

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Adjusting the Senior Cat Diet for Graceful Aging

A senior cat.

Kittens benefit from specially-formulated diets to support their rapidly developing systems, but their nutrition needs change as they age. Consequently, there are age-specific cat foods that intend to deliver the optimal vitamins and minerals for each stage of life. Senior cat food is no different, but most commercially-available food products are not one-size-fits-all. Older felines need a proactive approach to the senior cat diet, especially if they have a chronic condition or need to gain some weight. 

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Tender Loving Care For Senior Cats

Caring for a senior cat.

Has your cat celebrated its eleventh birthday recently? New Haven Pet Hospital welcomes your cat to its golden senior years!  Generally, cats are considered seniors from ages 11 through 14. It’s important to shift care of these older, wiser felines to accommodate their changing health needs. Since cats can’t communicate with us, we have to observe our cats as they age for any signs of discomfort or changes in behavior. The experienced veterinary team at our hospital can help with grooming, dental care, and annual wellness check-ups.

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An Owner’s Guide to Canine Surgical Procedures

Happy dog after canine surgical procedure.

Almost all pets will undergo surgery at some point in their lifespan. While anytime surgery happens it can be a little stress-inducing, understanding canine surgical procedures can help put pet owners a little more at ease. New Haven Pet Hospital would love to share a little about dog surgery and common canine surgical procedures at our facility. 

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No Scoop Poop: Dog Diarrhea

Dog with upset stomach.

There are lots of great things that come with owning a dog. Doggy diarrhea is not one of them. While a not-so-normal bowel movement is bound to happen from time to time, there definitely can be some episodes of digestive dysfunction in pets that are worrisome. How is the dog owner to know when to worry then? New Haven Pet Hospital is here to help clear the air when it comes to dog diarrhea.

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How to Potty Train Your Puppy

Weimaraner puppy potty training accident.

Ahh … the pitter patter of tiny puppy paws on the kitchen tile is like music to your ears, and now the real fun (and work) begins!

At New Haven Pet Hospital, we’re here to help get your puppy off to a healthy start with puppy wellness examinations and our Puppy Start-Right Pre-School, where our trainer provides gentle, positive puppy training that focuses on socialization with people and other dogs, and introduces basic commands like sit and come.  

Without a doubt, successful potty training ranks near the top of every new puppy owner’s wish list. Our pet experts have put together some helpful hints to guide you when housebreaking your puppy.

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Is Your Home Decor Pet-Friendly?

Pet in holiday lights.

Decorating your living space is part of what gives it personality, and helps it feel like a home. Some of the most popular home decor items can pose a threat to your pets, however. The team at New Haven Pet Hospital wants you and your pets to relax in safety and comfort in your home, and to avoid harm or an accidental pet poisoning. We’ve put together this guide to help you get the most pet-friendly decor. 

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