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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Pet Safety: How to Prevent Common House Accidents

Pet safety.

When creating a home that is welcoming and comfortable for both you and your furry friends, it’s important to keep pet safety top of mind. Many household items that we take for granted can pose serious health hazards to our cats and dogs. Thankfully, with increased awareness of these risks and a little pre-planning, you can protect your pets from many common household accidents and injuries

To get you started, your friends at New Haven Pet Hospital have put together this room-by-room guide to pet safety: 

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Veterinarian Advice: Safe Usages of Coconut Oil for Dogs

Coconut oil for dogs.

Coconut oil has become the go-to edible and topical superhero of health and beauty buffs hoping to burn fat, boost their energy and condition their hair and skin. Can our canine companions reap some of these same benefits?

In a (coco)nutshell, yes! But prior to adding coconut oil or any new supplement to your dog’s pet wellness regimen, check with your veterinarian at New Haven Pet Hospital for more insight on how (and if) coconut oil could benefit your individual dog.  

In the meantime, we’ve pulled together a few pointers regarding coconut oil and how it might help your dog.

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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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