Everyone’s itching to get back into the swing of things by the time August rolls around. Whether it’s been a chaotic or laid back summer, the start of a new school year brings big changes, and pets are always the first to notice. Closely attuned to household dynamics, pets can feel downright confused, abandoned, and stressed out once the kids return to school. However, with a healthy dose of preparation, pet anxiety won’t take center stage this fall.
Not only is everyone gone for the entire day, but with daylight savings time on the horizon, sunlight is at a minimum, as well. A severe case of back-to-school blues could be the result for your sweet, sensitive pet. Continue…
It can be understandably difficult to leave your pet in someone else’s care, but sometimes it’s necessary. Whether you’re traveling or hosting an allergy-prone guest at home, boarding your pet in a facility that you trust can be an excellent opportunity. The good news is that New Haven Pet Hospital offers comfortable and safe pet boarding, so you don’t have to worry. The solution is that we are your best friend’s home away from home.
Many people hire professional pet sitters or dog walkers; others ask friends or relatives to pop in to feed, exercise, and clean up after a pet who’s home alone. In spite of these common alternatives to pet boarding, there are significant disadvantages. Continue…
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…
When you get a new pet or if you’re thinking about adopting one, you may be wondering if you need to spay or neuter them. At New Haven Pet Hospital, we believe that spaying or neutering your pet is one of the greatest gifts you can give, and the benefits of this procedure are worth it. Time and again, we see both our pets and our community thrive with this safe and effective procedure. Let us tell you why.
It’s sometimes fun to play guessing games. Whether it’s guessing someone’s age or what a distant relative would like for their birthday, it’s often entertaining to figure out life’s little mysteries.
However, one thing you don’t want to wonder about is whether your pet ate something harmful. Warning signs can range from subtle to scary, but one thing is certain: knowing what to look for in a pet poisoning is one way to save your pet’s life.
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.
There are lots of curious cat behaviors, such as scratching, purring, and claiming every cardboard box in the house. But,kneading, or making biscuits, is probably one of the most endearing – yet perplexing – feline traits of them all. Sure, it’s cute and sweet –unless the claws come out, that is – but why exactly do cats knead?
“Deck the halls with boughs of holly…” Wait. Did you just say holly? Holly, like some other seasonal favorites, is actually toxic to pets. And while your kids are secretly shaking their holiday gifts in hopes of guessing the contents, are your dogs doing a little investigating of their own?
This may seem like a Scrooge-like introduction, but there is very good reason behind considering these things. Holidays tend to present a few more risks to our pets, and some of our timeless holiday decorations and decor can take a terrible twist when pet owners are unaware of them.