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

Click here to see what services of ours can help as well!


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®.

For other services we offer, click here.

Exercise WITH your Dog

Just as staying in shape is important for us, it is important for our pets as well. So keep both of your New Year’s Resolutions and stay in shape alongside your pet!

Click here to check out some great ways to exercise with your dog.

You can also click here to see the services we provide to help keep your dog in exercise ready shape!

National Love Your Pet Day

What a great way to start the week! Let us see how you spread the love to your pet on Facebook or Twitter using #LoveYourPetDay2017. For a quick guide to extra lovin’s here are some great ways to show your pet some extra attention and love today!

You can also click here to meet the team that provides the lovin’s while your pets are visiting the New Hartford Animal Hospital!

Homemade Dog Biscuits

It’s no question that our pets adore us… but this doesn’t mean they don’t like special treats from time to time! The reviews are in and these peanut butter and banana dog treats are a hit!

“These are 100% Patterdale Terrier approved! My dog went crazy for these treats.” 

“These are wonderful, my dog HAWG goes wild for them! I make them very small and use them for training.”

“Great recipe! I just made these for my Yorkies and they LOVED them. “

Check out how to make these peanut butter and banana dog treats for your furry friend!

Spay/Neuter Awareness Month

February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month and just like The Price is Right always emphasizes, this is vital in controlling the pet population and health. Although people love puppies, kittens and other tiny animals, everyone should want them to be healthy and well taken care of. By spaying/neutering your pets it can help to maintain the pet population, thus working to ensure that more of them have a place to call home.