After several weeks of Coronavirus precautions, the novelty of having the humans at home all day may now be wearing thin for your dog. Our faithful canine friends are social creatures but, like us, they also need mental stimulation. To put it bluntly, dogs can be bored and get antsy, just like us.
During this unprecedented time of crisis, we can take heart in the stories of people reaching out to help in their communities. One such a way has been for many families to adopt or foster puppies to help alleviate the strain on local shelters.
The impact of COVID-19 continues to affect our daily lives, and we know these are stressful times for many. We are all concerned for the well-being of our loved ones, including the furry members of the family.
We write today with the hope that this message finds you and your family in good health. It has become clear to all of us by now that the Coronavirus will touch every corner of our lives. As we continue to adapt to this new reality, we keep you - our clients - in our thoughts and prayers.
We're taking precautions to protect our team and community.
Think of all the things you do to keep your pooch or kitty healthy. You provide a safe home, a nutritious diet, and lots of exercise and engaging play. You love and comfort them. You get them to their wellness visits, keep their vaccines up to date, and make sure they have their flea and tick preventatives.
As the coronavirus continues to spread across the U.S., families are reminded to take precautions for keeping loved ones healthy. This includes things like thorough hand washing, eating well, getting enough rest, and avoiding people with compromised immune systems.
When it comes to dental care, cats aren't as likely to get treatment as their canine counterparts. This is often because cats are better at hiding pain and because there are so many misconceptions about their behavior. Because it's National Pet Dental Health Month, here are some fascinating facts about the feline mouth
There's an unfortunate trend we see in veterinary care: most pet families know the importance of wellness visits and keeping vaccines up to date, but, too often, their cat or dog's dental health is overlooked. February is National Pet Dental Health Month and it's a good time to discuss keeping your friend's teeth healthy all year round.
Most Brook Farmers know to get their seasonal flu shot before a coworker starts coughing or the kids come home with noses running. What might surprise some is that our canine friends are also susceptible to contagious bacterial and viral infections - year round.
Feasting, football, Aunt Louise pinching cheeks and Cousin Al snoring on the recliner --Thanksgiving draws family together and that means our beloved furry family members, too.
Cats are fastidious creatures! Since their skin is very sensitive, daily bathing and grooming are huge parts of their routine. Typically, your cat's fur should feel clean and smooth to your touch. Things like redness, lumps, flaking or scaly patches, pimples, or spots with hair loss can be an alert that kitty needs to visit her Brook Farm friends soon. If you start noticing that your feline friend smells strangely, or he or she is licking or scratching an area more frequently, it could be a warning sign of a serious problem for your cat's skin.
A wise woman once said, 'A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down'. Aside from being a fun little earworm, Mary Poppins was really onto something there. If Dr. Clark or Dr. Kanouse has written a prescription to treat an illness or medical condition in your cat or dog, it's extremely important that they take their medication to feel better as soon as possible.
Here at Brook Farm, we are proud to do our part to ensure all pets are spayed or neutered in a safe and proficient manner.
It might seem like everyone and their brother are using essential oils. These fragrant oils turn up in lotions and soaps; they're used in personal care for aromatherapy or just keeping your home smelling wonderful.
Puppyhood is a special time of growing and exploring - and building the bonds of a lifelong friendship! These boisterous, spirited, curious balls of energy are learning all the time; as his or her new family, there are easy ways to play with your pup that help them grow into a happy and friendly dog - and avoid issues like anxiety and behavioral problems when they're older. Check out these 5 easy steps for a well adjusted puppy!
Our feline friends are mysterious, sometimes moody creatures - and it's one of the reasons so many Brook Farmers love them. To those who don't understand cats, their strange and secretive behavior can lead to a lot of misconceptions. Like every pet, cats have emotional needs along side the physical care you and the Brook Farm team provide. Take our mini quiz below to test your kitty care know-how.
There is nothing quite like the fun and joy of bringing home a new puppy. Puppies are naturally curious, playful, and precocious.
Your puppy is your new best friend, and you want to give her or him the best foundation to grow and thrive. You certainly don’t want to unknowingly contribute to anything that might be harmful or inadequate to their health. This is where your Brook Farm family's doggy nutrition know-how comes in!
A common misconception among pet owners is that you must renew your pet’s registration annually, at the cost of $19.99, in order to keep your pet’s microchip number, description, your name, and your contact details in the HomeAgain database. Not true!
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.