Safely Storing Common Pet Toxins

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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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Homemade Pet Food: Yay or Nay?

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On March 15, 2007 (simpler times!), the FDA learned that certain dog and cat foods were contaminated with a substance called melamine that was sickening and killing pets. This massive pet food recall and the fear that it generated among pet owners led to an increased interest in homemade pet food.

Although preparing your sweet pet’s food in the safety of your own kitchen seems like a good way to protect them from potential poisoning, but proper pet nutrition is a tricky business. Commercial pet food is formulated to be nutritionally balanced for a pet’s specific age and life stage, but this doesn’t mean you can’t provide your pet with a good diet on your own. Research and advice from your trusted veterinarian are the keys to making an informed decision.

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A Close Look at Pet Health May Inspire Fitness Goals & Increase Activity

We know there’s a strong connection between the brain and the body, and recognize that our mental state improves when a daily regimen of exercise is carefully maintained.

This is true for human and pet health alike. In our increasingly automated and sedentary world, staying fit and active is more important than ever before, and we’ve got some tips to keep your best friend looking – and feeling – their best.

Setting the Tone

In order to provide the best possible life for your pet there are definite facets to pet health that shouldn’t be left on the back burner. Deciding that daily vigorous exercise is part of your new normal will have amazing results for both of you. 

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The Road to Optimal Pet Health Is Clear

As with most things in life, balance is the secret to pet health. Achieving balance – and maintaining it – may not always be easy.

Adhering to a daily routine, keeping appointments, and limiting unhealthy snacks are of major importance, but there are some finer strokes that keep the goals of responsible pet ownership in focus.

We are happy to share them with you!

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New Haven Veterinary Hospital’s Top 5 Blogs Of 2019

If you are spending the holiday season in some reflection, we commend you! This time of year usually entails looking back and remembering all the wonderful things the days behind us have brought to our lives. Perhaps 2019 also brought challenges and changes, too. Whatever the case, we can look ahead to the new year with hope, enthusiasm, and a sense of excitement. 

At New Haven Pet Hospital, it also brings a sense of gratitude for our friends and clients who we had the honor of spending time with this year. If you have been reading our blog, we are so grateful to you for your feedback and for letting us explore new topics that we hope are of interest to you. 

Here are the top five blogs of the year:

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Your Guide to Pet Vaccines

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While you may know that your dog or cat is due for some “shots” from time to time, do you really know what you are getting? Why are pet vaccines so important? What’s the difference between coming in to see us at New Haven Veterinary Hospital or just running into the Tractor Supply and doing it yourself? Are there risks? What about side effects?

Vaccinations are an important part of proactive pet ownership. Understanding pet vaccines a little better can help you to better protect your furry family member, and who doesn’t want that?

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Leptospirosis in Dogs

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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Danger! Lyme Disease in Pets and How to Prevent It

Lyme disease has been in the news in recent years, and for good reason. According to the CDC, recent estimates suggest that approximately 300,000 people contract Lyme disease each year in the United States. The disease affects both humans and animals, and if left untreated, can result in a host of painful complications.

With more outdoor time and warmer summer weather, now is the time to focus on preventing Lyme disease in pets. Your team at New Haven Pet Hospital shares some tips for keeping you and your best fur pals safe.

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