Choosing Between the Best Pet Lizards

Smiling lady holding a bearded dragon lizard.

Lizards are among the most interesting animals out there, and some make excellent pets for beginners. Available in all sizes, colors, and dispositions, lizards can find a home in many kinds of households. With an equal dose of proper planning and thorough research, you can provide top-notch care for a new scaly friend. We’ll help you get started on this memorable, gratifying experience with our suggestions of the top 5 pet lizards for beginners. 

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Exotic Pets: Our Favorite Pet Birds

Exotic pet bird sitting on a girl's head looking to her sunglasses.

We love exotic pets at New Haven Pet Hospital, and birds are at the top of our list for amazing companions. Read on to learn if pet bird ownership is for you and find out more about these incredible creatures. 

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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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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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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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When a Shedding Cat Drives You Up the Wall

Tabby cat making eye contact in the foreground with green plants in the background.

One of the most attractive traits in a cat is their fur coat. However, their glorious fur can also range between inconvenient and exasperating when shedding season is in full swing, bringing with it swirls of cat hair and dust bunnies. Generally speaking, cats are so low-maintenance that we forgive their seasonal sloughing. If you have a shedding cat (or suspect you might have one soon) there are things you can do to counter the furry chain reaction.

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A Fresh, Clean House: Spring Cleaning for Pet Owners

A goofy dog covering its eyes

Owning pets and having a spotless house are not mutually exclusive, but having a fresh, clean house can feel like a lofty goal when wagging tails, muddy paws, and slurping tongues are involved.

Don’t worry though, you’ve got this! To help, we’ve prepared a ready-made list on how spring cleaning for pet owners can be easily achieved – and maybe even enjoyed by all members of the house!

With Pets In Mind

Of course, pets don’t know the extent of their effect on your household. They don’t necessarily know that their paws tracked dirt, mud, litter, fur, or other debris throughout the house.

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Know the Signs and Stop Animal Cruelty In It’s Tracks

A bulldog playing in the grass

For people who absolutely love animals, it’s tragic to hear about cases of animal cruelty. A great deal of research, education and intervention has been at the forefront of preventing neglect and abuse, but there is still much to be done.

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, and to aid in the fight we’ve got some tips on how to spot – and stop – animal cruelty. 

Animal Welfare Counts

As a responsible citizen, you may feel absolutely compelled to get involved when you witness signs of animal cruelty. However, you should never compromise your own safety in this virtuous fight.

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New Haven Veterinary Hospital’s Top 5 Blogs Of 2019

A cat holding onto a clothesline

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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