It's that time of year, when mini super heroes, princesses, and skeletons will be knocking on your door in search of candy! Halloween is an exciting night for everyone in the neighborhood. The kids get to dress up in their favorite costumes and snag some candy, and parents and neighbors watching the excitement Halloween brings to the little ones’ faces. However, there are members of the family who may not enjoy Halloween as much as we do.
In recent years, the combined efforts of vets, local government agencies, and animal advocacy groups have helped make progress in preventing rabies in our furry friends - but we’re not entirely in the clear just yet. There are still roughly 7,000 cases of animal rabies—mostly in wild animals— reported in the United States each year. Here are some tips from your Brook Farm family and the American Veterinary Medical Association to keep you and your pets safe:
It comes up often here at Brook Farm Veterinary Center: “Do I really need to brush my dog’s teeth? Aren’t dental chews or rawhide enough?”
There’s no question that bringing a pet into your home can enrich everyday life. But, as your family dynamic has now changed, so has the daily housekeeping needs. Pet hair, muddy paws, and furniture scuffs are things to consider -- and don’t even get us started on that wet dog smell.
Our pets are living longer, healthier lives. However, much like people, your dog’s senior years can be affected by the aches and pains of aging. Osteoarthritis is becoming much more common in dogs, particularly large breeds or pooches carrying extra weight.
As summer is winding down, many Brook Farm families are caught up in the rush of getting ready to head back to school. In the midst of the frenzy of shopping, meeting teachers, and paperwork, take a moment to watch for any concerns on how the change in the family’s schedule is affecting your pet. After a couple months of extra attention and play time with the kids, the abrupt quietness of the house can be very upsetting for your dog. Sudden changes in the home can also create stress for your cat, leading to anxiety and depression. Below are some tips from Brook Farm staff and families for helping your cat and dog handle the start of the new school year.
What Exactly Are Vaccines?
What Exactly Are Vaccines?
If your dog was the teacher, you would learn things like...
POISONOUS TO: Dogs and cats
TOXICITY LEVEL: Generally mild to moderate, depending on the amount ingested
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
- Abdominal pain
- Bloody diarrhea
- Shallow breathing
- Acute kidney failure
- Bone marrow changes
Fireworks are dangerous to pets in several ways. First, the loud noise of fireworks (during July 4th holidays) can result in severe stress, fear, and anxiety. Secondly, when unused fireworks are ingested, they are poisonous to pets. Fireworks contain hazardous chemicals such as potassium nitrate, which is an oxidizing agent. They can also contain charcoal or sulfur and coloring agents, which are potentially dangerous heavy metals. When ingested, pets can develop gastrointestinal issues like vomiting, a painful abdomen, and bloody diarrhea. The severity of pet health issues resulting from ingestion will depend on the type of fireworks and the amount that was ingested. Pets ingesting large amounts can suffer tremors or seizures, along with acute kidney failure, bone marrow changes, shallow breathing and jaundice, which is yellowing of the skin.
PREPARING IN ADVANCE
The holidays are finally here! Trees, candy, reindeer, family, and cheer are just around the corner. As you prepare for a festive season, keep in mind that your furry companion might not feel as jolly as you are. While you are wrapping presents, baking the ham, and possibly preparing to travel, we have some quick and easy tips to remember to keep your furry friend safe this holiday season.
Thanksgiving is a holiday that lots of people look forward. It is a time for food and family. While all these things are great for people, they can sometimes be hazardous to our pets. When planning for your Thanksgiving dinner, there are a few things you should keep in mind...
While Halloween can be a fun time for kids and adults alike, it can be a dangerous time for our pets. Several popular Halloween treats are toxic to pets. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for cats and dogs, and sugar-free candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can cause serious problems in pets. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian.
Our pets deserve dedicated individualized care as they age. Brook Farm practices a sympathetic and mindful approach to pets as they enter the senior years. Monitoring, detailed wellness plans and family involvement are some of the ways that we ensure your pet’s optimal care at each stage of elderly life. Here are the top 10 tips for your senior pet.
Dogs and cats can become dehydrated quickly, so give your pets plenty of water when it is hot outdoors. Also make sure your pet has a shady place to escape the sun, and when the temperature is very high, don't let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Being so close the ground, your dog's body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn.
The decline in canine rabies seen in the US has had a profound public health impact, resulting in a huge decrease in human rabies infections. There are still parts of the world, however, in underdeveloped nations where people still die from rabies.
Think back to when you were in school - you might've taken classes such as home-economics, sewing, or even auto-mechanics. Or maybe your schedule featured music, painting or photography. Now look at the schedule of a child today—music is an extra curricular, sewing is no longer offered, and auto-mechanics classes are found in trade schools. Students now complete handouts and sit through lectures, taking endless notes and reading through expensive textbooks. The hands-on experience that was once thought of as key to building a well rounded student has now disappeared from the classroom. (thinkfun.com)
Brook Farm’s Summer Day Camp, which is held in several sessions during the month of July, brings interested youth behind the scenes at a fully equipped animal hospital to learn about pet care and safety. To earn their Junior Vet "degree," students are taught how to understand different pets’ personalities and learn how to identify signs of sickness, aggression and fear. They also complete daily rounds with the practice’s doctors and explore the latest in veterinary technology in a supervised and hands-on environment.
Check out our Summer 2018 Newsletter!
Warm weather, barbecues, time by the pool all spell one thing: SUMMER! But with the festivities upon us, let us not forget that not all pets enjoy the summer fun like we do. In fact, dangers particular to this time of year could spell danger to pets and pet owners alike...
While hikes, beaches, and enjoying time by the pool with your pooch are fun summer activities, you need to make sure your furry friend does not got overheated. ALWAYS have water available and keep any sick, older, or flat-faced pets inside and in air conditioning.
After starting in Brooklyn, New York, new cases of canine influenza are now reaching the Hudson Valley.
As the unofficial start to summer, Memorial Day is a great excuse to get outdoors. But whether you’re partying, barbecuing, or just lounging by the pool, it’s important to keep your pet’s safety in mind at all times.