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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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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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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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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