Posts in Category: Pet Health & Wellness
It’s no secret that obesity is a major health concern in the U.S., but did you know that over half the nation’s pets are also classified as overweight or obese? Obese pets are at risk for many of the same health problems as humans, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.
According to a 2015 Nationwide Pet Insurance survey, diabetes is the third most common obesity-related disease in cats and the sixth most common in dogs. Because pet obesity and diabetes are closely linked, pet owner education and diligence are required to help ensure pets remain healthy.Continue…
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.
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…
Ah, 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.
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…
There are a few life hacks to make sure changes stick, but it doesn’t ever happen overnight. In fact, some changes can take 2 months or more to weasel their way into our daily habits. Pet dental care is sort of like that. Neither pets nor their owners readily take to daily or weekly tooth brushing, but after a while, the whole exercise is so normal and natural you can breeze right through it.
It’s normal to procrastinate when it comes to scheduling our yearly physicals or biannual dental cleanings, even though we all know the importance of these preventive measures. Our pets also benefit just as much from their regularly scheduled wellness visits, and putting off their check-ups can have unfortunate consequences.
Pet wellness exams are about more than just another round of shots or a chance for us to see your pet’s sweet face (although both are important!). Every time we see your pet, we have the opportunity to catch any health problems that may be brewing, answer your questions regarding your pet’s health, and get to know both of you a little better.
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