Easter is a wonderful holiday; a chance for family to unite, for children to color eggs and hunt for prizes, and a time when we can all finally embrace the beginnings of Spring. This should be a time for celebration and, we would hope, not a time for emergency visits to your veterinarian. We want everyone to be happy and healthy this Easter, so here are a few tips to keep your pets safe!
At Brook Farm, we try to be as transparent as possible when it comes to all of the services we offer and the prices that go along with them. Our staff can provide you with a detailed treatment plan that outlines all of your pet's options, and we will work with you to tailor the experience (both yours and your pet’s) to what you are looking for.
When it comes to providing the best care for you and your pet, you want to make sure you pick the best practice. Unlike human hospitals, veterinary practices are not required to be inspected or evaluated by a third party organization! There’s one easy way to help you choose the right animal hospital: just look for the red and white logo of the American Animal Hospital Association!
The American Animal Hospital Association is the only organization to accredit companion veterinary hospitals and does so on a fully voluntary basis. Being AAHA-accredited requires extensive evaluations in all departments to make sure that you and your pet are getting the highest quality care! Only the "cream of the crop" can become accredited - in fact, only 12 to 15% of practices nationwide earn their prestigious seal of approval!
Halloween is definitely more treat than trick, but that doesn’t mean that the occasion doesn’t warrant concern, especially on behalf of your four-legged friends! In order to ease your mind of any of these worries, we have put together a list that will keep you informed and aware of your surroundings, and the potentials for danger that may arise this October 31st.
Fads come and go. Between humans and animals, it’s hard to keep up with what’s “hip” these days. However, sometimes fads crop up that, although cute and eye-catching, are truly dangerous to your pet’s health.
Here are a few pet-related trends to avoid:
- Nail Polish
- Nail polish contains hazardous ingredients that are toxic to animals
- Fumes can cause dizziness and headaches in your pet
- Can cause dangerous health issues if ingested (and considering some pets bite their own nails as part of grooming, this is a serious risk!)
- Hair Dye
- Pets groom themselves and could ingest harmful toxins from the dye
- The chemicals can cause vomiting, diarrhea and pose serious health risks
- Irritation from the dye can cause itching and burning of the skin and cause open wounds and painful lesions if your pet scratches too much
- Cause injury to the skin
- Likelihood of infection rises due to grooming
- Animals may have a negative reaction to the dye used
- Invasive and painful
- Can cause painful scarring and permanent skin irritation
- Again, due to grooming, the likelihood of infection is heightened
Pets don’t have a strong immune system like humans do. As our pets cannot voice their own input on these matters, so they rely on us to make sure that our decisions are in their best interest. As such, we need to make sure that we are educated on any and all health risks associated with choices we make involving them.
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