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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The Great Debate: Why Should Owners Spay or Neuter Their Pets?   

spay or neuterWhen 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.

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Pet Poisoning: How to Know if Your Pet Ate Something Toxic

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.

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Dangerous Decor: The 6 Worst Holiday Decorations for Pets

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“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.

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Be Prepared, Never Hesitate: Making Decisions During a Pet Emergency

pet emergenciesMurphy’s Law stipulates: anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. While we can’t go through life anticipating every possible catastrophe, this famous adage may be appropriate regarding pet care. Indeed, it’s amazing to find a pet owner that hasn’t dealt with a true pet emergency, as life with an animal is full of surprises and unexpected turns. If you’ve been looking to bone up on what constitutes a pet emergency and how to recognize one, New Haven Pet Hospital has you covered.

Should You Call?

Perhaps the single most important thing to remember when it comes to a possible illness or injury, is to call for assistance and support. We’re here to help you and your pet 6 days a week and are prepared to offer a full range of services, such as diagnostics and surgery. Should your pet require emergency care outside of our business hours, we recommend Northeast Indiana Veterinary Emergency Specialty Hospital. It’s a good idea to keep both numbers handy just in case.

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Protecting Your Pal from Indoor Pet Toxins

pet toxinsAs responsible pet owners, we do our best to keep our pets healthy and safe by providing them with a warm and loving home, wellness care, parasite protection, and all of the other intricacies of modern pet care. In our efforts to protect our pets from the dangers lurking outside the door, however, many of us overlook the potential for pet poisoning right inside our homes.

Take a moment to learn about the indoor pet toxins your furry friend is most likely to encounter, and how to protect him or her from accidental poisoning.

Indoor Pet Toxins 101

Many common items found in most homes, including chemicals, plants, and certain foods, can pose a serious threat to our pets. Take a good look around your home and remove or secure any of the following indoor pet toxins:

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