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

A grey and brown dog standing in front of a sunset

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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Shelter Sweeties: Why You Should Adopt from an Animal Shelter

A dog behind a fence

Adopting a new dog, cat, or other sweet companion into your family is an exciting time. After all, what could be better than adding more love to the household? Many potential new pet owners are curious about whether they should purchase a purebred or adopt. While there are some benefits to both choices, there are wonderful advantages to adopting from a shelter or rescue – including saving a life!

The team at New Haven Pet Hospital wants to encourage you to make the best choice for your family. Here are some of the reasons why you should adopt and the amazing gifts you will get from a shelter pet.

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It’s No Surprise! There Are A Plethora of Amazing and Fun Dog Facts

A small dog wearing a silly wig

If you’ve been around dogs for awhile, you may have seen many things that impressed and amazed you. There doesn’t seem to be any shortage of things our dogs do that are endearing and funny, too.

But do you think you know everything about canines? The following fun dog facts may surprise you. 

Fun Dog Facts That May Surprise You

There are so many fascinating fun dog facts that it was difficult to select just a few. Here are our favorites, from New Haven Pet Hospital.

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Leptospirosis in Dogs

A long-haired dog drinking from a puddle

If you’re like us, you love getting outdoors with your dog. Camping, hiking, walking, and just playing or lounging outside define summer days with our pets. Unfortunately this outdoor time also means increased exposure to any number of infectious diseases, not the least common of which is leptospirosis. 

Leptospirosis in dogs is an infectious disease caused by a bacterium. The disease causes kidney and liver failure, and death in severe cases. Bacteria are passed in the urine of affected animals, and may live in the environment for long periods of time in warm, stagnant water and moist soil. Wild animals, including skunks, raccoons, opossums, rats, wolves and deer can spread infection to dogs. 

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Smelly Paws? The True Story About Canine “Frito Feet”

A dog's paw pads

Being in the constant company of dogs, their owners typically tune out certain things that may be off-putting to others. Dogs, after all, have some curious, eyebrow-raising behaviors, and in order to co-exist, we overlook their oddball ways.

Unfortunately, when dogs start to smell, it’s hard to ignore. When it goes beyond their trademark salty/sweet perspiration, a funk fills the room. Smelly paws are usually to blame for this whiffy scent, and if you couldn’t put your finger on it before, try to imagine your dog just walked on a bed of Fritos!

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