“Happy Visits”

Help make your veterinary visits more memorable by creating a fun and positive experience. Treating your dog and using play as a reward throughout their visit will help them associate the vet with a positive experience. Taking your dog in for “happy visits” can also help your canine to see the vet as a pleasant place to go. Encourage your veterinarian and technicians to use positive reinforcement throughout your visit to help reduce stress.

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Poison Prevention

Check out some poisons to keep far away from your dog and/or cat

Poisonous for Dogs:
Human Medication
While Advil or over-the-counter medications can help us feel better, it does not have the same effect on pets. Prescription drugs and antidepressants can cause elevated heart rate, seizures, high blood pressure, kidney failure, and even death.

Rodenticides
Rodenticides are easy for dogs to get a hold of. The main types of rodenticides contain warfarin, brodifacoum, diphacinone, and bromethalin. The threat to a dog’s health when ingesting rodenticides are anticoagulants. Ingesting these chemicals can increase seizures and paralysis in dogs, as well as tissue mineralization.

Plants
Perhaps one of the easiest items for a dog to accidentally ingest is a plant. Toxic plants to dogs include apple trees, aloe, holly, lilies, daffodils, azaleas, baby’s breath, bird of paradise, daisies, carnations, cherry plants, chives, bamboo, hibiscus and more.

Poisonous for Cats:
Insecticides
You’ll often find cats munching on indoor and outdoor plants, but even indoor plants sprayed with herbicides can be fatal if ingested. Also, the bait contains methomyl which can lead to respiratory arrest in cats.

Human Medication
Almost one-quarter of phone calls to the ASPCA regard 
pets ingesting human medication. One of the most common human pills that poses a threat to cats is ibuprofen. Ingestion can cause kidney failure and stomach ulcers. Aleve is another medication that contains naproxen which can be fatal to cats even when ingested in small amounts.

Lilies
Some lilies cause irritating reactions, such as tissue damage to the mouth, tongue, pharynx, and esophagus – this results in minor drooling. The more dangerous, potentially fatal lilies are true lilies and not the variation.

**If you suspect your pet has ingested any of the above toxins, please contact your veterinarian immediately.**

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“Matured” Furry Friends

Caring for a senior pet is much different than for a younger dog. The 3 most common issues as dogs age are arthritis, dental disease and obesity.

Each of these issues can be aided, and to an extent, can be prevented. Below are some great ways to help your aging dog as best you can!

  • Schedule regular visits with your vet
  • Feed them a higher quality diet
  • Take care of their mouths (especially their teeth)
  • EXERCISE!!
  • Provide plenty of toys
  • Provide special accommodations

For more tips and tricks visit CanineJournal.com.

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National Pet ID Week

We always strive to keep our pets as safe as possible; but this can be difficult to maintain if we don’t know where they are at all times!

1 in 3 pets become lost in their lifetime… that’s quite staggering. Cats and dogs should ALWAYS be wearing their ID tags; there is no warning when they escape out the door. One way to ensure they are tagged to the best of our abilities is to have have a physical tag, a microchip and a license. Another vital step for ID maintenance is to ensure that metal ring the physical ID is attached to is strong and be replaced on a regular basis as it begins to wear thin.

For more information about National Pet ID Week check out FoundAnimals.org.

Adding a Pet to the Family

Adding a furry family member can be simultaneously exciting and nerve-racking. Below are some tips for adding a new dog or cat to your family!

When doing dog to dog introductions, keep the interaction short and positive. There are some things you can do to ensure that your dog enjoys greeting others Having your dog under control in a calm state sets them up for a calm, stress-free introduction. If your dog is not able to settle, it may be best to walk by the other dog while they adjust. The best rule of thumb is to count to three, then allow your dog to come back to you. Doing this also allows you to read both dogs body language for any signs of stress. Our dogs may not like every dog they meet and we as their ”pet parent” must know this. Doing this will keep your dog safe, happy, and calm during greetings.

There are many things you can do to make adding a feline to the family positive and stress-free. Begin by bringing the new kitty in a carrier and allow them to adjust to the new scents and sights of their new home from within a safe environment. This allows any other kitties to investigate the new member of their family without feeling as if their house is being invaded. You may also consider allowing the new kitty to hang out in a bathroom or mudroom for a few days. Other family members can greet and smell their new sibling. Allowing short and positive interactions can encourage your new kitty to adjust well and become a happy part of your family.

National Pet First Aid Awareness Month

Taking the time to learn pet first aid can save your companion’s life. In addition, this can make you feel more secure as a pet owner; just as learning CPR or the Heimlich Maneuver provides the same feeling for human counterparts.

The way you react within the first few moments following an accident can be crucial to the future health of your pet. In many situations, waiting until a veterinarian has arrived, or until one can be driven to, may take too much time.

Click here to check out some pet first aid tips from The American Red Cross

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K-9 Veterans Day

Canines were first called to duty in November of 1942 under the guise, “Dogs for Defense”. The idea to have canines join the military forces originated by Alene Erlanger, the American Kennel Club and a handful of breeders. Today there are over 2,500 dogs serving in the United States military!

Click here fore some stories of K-9 veterans!

Click here if you are interested in providing a home to a canine veteran!

Medical Insurance for your Pet

In England 53% of all pets have medical insurance; take a guess how many pets are covered in the US… Only 1.5%!! With the odds of your pet suffering a serious injury being 1 in 2, it is the safest, smartest choice to get them covered.

With this being said our partners at Trupanion are here to help! They offer many great benefits such as…

  • 90% coverage
  • Direct pay to NHAH (increasing claim speed)
  • Choose your own deductible
  • Prices won’t raise based on an injury or increase in your pet’s age

The list can go on and on, but why wait!? We are offering a 30-day trial certificate following an exam here at New Hartford Animal Hospital, so stop in today and be sure to check out Medical Insurance from Trupanion®.

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