The Importance of Pet Teeth Cleaning

Dogs and cats need pet teeth cleaning to keep them healthy both inside of the mouth and in other areas that contribute to the total overall health of your pet. Your veternarian will check inside your pet’s mouth on his or her annual exam. However, a pet dentist at your animal hospital will take x-rays to evaluate any beginning problems below the gum line to better access your pet’s dental condition and keep him or her healthy.

Dog and Cat Oral Health

According to VetStreet, “Eighty-five percent of all pets have periodontal disease by the time they are 3 years of age.” This is why it is so important to have dental exams starting at about the age of 2 years old. Periodontal disease is a progressive disease of the tissue around the teeth and it can cause early tooth loss in your pet. Bacteria combines with food particles and then minerals from saliva to form a hard substance of plaque on your pet’s teeth. The bacteria works itself under the gums and causes gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums. The bacteria then destroys tissue around the teeth and causes tooth loss. If this dental disease is not corrected, it can travel through the bloodstream, infect the kidneys and heart, and possibly cause organ failure of the kidneys or heart in your pet.

Signs That You Need a Pet Dentist

Your pet should see your veterinarian at your pet hospital sooner than one year if you notice any signs of dental issues including broken or loose teeth, retained baby teeth, bad breath, teeth covered with a hard discolored substance, excessive chewing, drooling or dropping food when eating, pain or swelling in the region of the mouth, decreased appetite or mouth bleeding. Each of these problems point to some sort of dental disease in your pet. The American Veterinary Medical Association  suggests that you take your pet to a dentist if they have changes in behavior and act irritable. This is often how they display the pain of dental problems.

Pet Teeth Cleaning

When you take your pet to have his or her teeth cleaned, they will be put under anesthesia. Our pets do not understand that they must remain still to have a thorough teeth examination and cleaning as humans do. The anesthesia keeps them still and quiet so your pet dentist can expertly clean their teeth after taking x-rays, where your dog or cat needs to remain still for them to display under the gum health issues. After your pet wakes up from anesthesia, he or she will be very groggy and will likely spend the night at your vet’s office for safety so that he or she doesn’t injure himself or herself by falling.

Pet Parents Role in Teeth Cleaning

There are several things that you as a pet parent can do to help your dog or cat have great oral health. Pet toothpaste and a pet toothbrush is a great way to start. Vet’s recommend brushing your pet’s teeth once a day. The toothpaste’s are flavored and most pets love the taste of chicken. Dental chews are available for pets to clean their teeth while they enjoy them. Dental chews usually have a nice scent and can alleviate bad breath at the same time. WebMD recommends checking dental chew packaging for the statement “Approved by The Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC)” This organization evaluates pet products to make certain they meet certain standards for reduction of tartar or plaque for good oral pet health. Taking care of your pet’s teeth is as important as pet grooming, dog grooming or cat grooming to keep their pearly whites clean and healthy.

Pet Care 101: How to Recognize When Your Pet is Sick

 Pet Care – How to Recognize When Your Pet is Sick or Injured  

You live with your pet; you take care of your pet every day. You are familiar with his/her behavior patterns, and you know when your pet does not feel well. However, there are times that every pet owner has to question whether they pet is being defiant by misbehaving or is simply tired and just laying around instead of playing like usually.

Pets and humans are a lot like when they don’t feel well, and it is not uncommon at all for a pet to catch a cold, virus, suffer from constipation, allergies or even hurt themselves. As a pet owner, it is up to you to decide if your pet needs to go to the animal hospital for pet care.

Often times, pet owners may not realize how sick their pet is, or if their pet was injured while outside or in another room by themselves. Therefore, you have to look for signs of injury or illness and it can usually be found in their behavior and in physical changes, such as vomiting repeatedly, a seizure caused from a head injury etc.

Sick Pet

When your dog or cat has a change in behavior, it is almost always a sure sign something is not right. If your normally loveable cat or dog suddenly bites you for no reason, they need to be taken to the pet hospital and seen by a veterinarian or they may end up seeing a pet dentist, or even a pet groomer.

The veterinarian at the animal hospital will treat a pet with a medical condition or an injury. While the pet dentist will see a pet who is suspected of having a problem with their teeth or their mouth and your pet may end up having an animal teeth cleaning down and be fine.

If the veterinarian suspects that your pet may have fleas, ticks, or allergies that are causing them to itch or break out with a rash they may require pet grooming to get to the bottom of the problem. For example, if your cat is scratching nonstop in a specific area cat grooming may be necessary to find out what they are scratching at. If you dog is rolling all over the floor and rubbing up against things then a dog grooming may be necessary to reveal why.

Injured Pet

If you or someone else witnesses you pet getting hurt, then you should bring your pet to the animal hospital to be checked over. Often times, pets do not show any signs of physical injury, but they could have an internal injury that is life threatening.

It is important that you know how to care for your injured pet, for example if your cat jumped out of a tree 30 feet off the ground and like usual landed on their feet, that doesn’t mean they didn’t break a leg or two. If your cat cannot walk, then put him/her in a pet carrier or in a large box with a blanket and drive them to the pet hospital.

If your dog is hit by a car and is bleeding, wrap a towel around the injured area, making sure it is tight, so your dog doesn’t lose too much blood and him/her to the veterinarian.

Animals get sick and injured as often as people. The only difference is there are no ambulances to take our pets to the hospital or provide medical care on the way. That’s why it is so important that pet owners know what to do in an emergency. You should look for a first aid class for pets and take it, then if something ever does happen you will be better prepared to handle the situation.

University Animal Hospital in New York, New York provides the highest of quality medical care, dental care, pet grooming, boarding, and numerous other services for pet owners if you live in the Upper East Side, you may want to check out their services.

Good Animal Care Requires Annual Checkups

Annual Checkups for Consitent Animal Care

The easiest and most effective animal care includes an annual visit to your vet at your pet hospital and keeping up your pet’s vaccination schedule. Vaccines prevent your cat or dog from disease causing organizisms that can invade them and make them severely ill, or in the worst-case scenario, can cause death of your pet. According to the ASPCA, vaccines introduce an antigen to a disease that is similar to the disease but builds up the immune system of your pet to ward off actually getting the disease. Ask your vet at your animal hospital for a vaccine schedule and make certain your pet gets all the core vaccines needed to be a healthy family member.

Flea and Tick Control

The most common external parasites on your dog or cat are fleas and ticks. It is best to keep your pet on a year round preventative medication to control these pests. When they get out of control, fleas and ticks can invade your home and also wreak havoc on the humans in your family. Flea infestations on your dog or cat can lead to more serious complications of the skin. Your pet will scratch constantly, bite, and lick at the site of fleabites. A cat or dog can loose hair in the areas that are constantly licked and can have serious sores on his or her skin that require antibiotic treatment from your veternarian. Excessive fleabites can also manifest into your dog or cat contracting tapeworms and needing medications to remove them from the body. Ask your vet for advice on topical or oral medications that prevent fleas and ticks and at what age your dog or cat can start on the medications. Topical and oral medications are generally administered monthly to all of your pets. The ASPCA states that all of your pets, both inside and outside need to be treated at the same time to prevent an infestation.

Pet Grooming

All dogs and cats, no matter the hair length need brushing or combing on a regular basis. Brushing or combing your four-legged family member removes dirt and spreads natural oils through the coat to prevent tangles and keep skin irritants of tangled hair out of the coat.

Dog Grooming

Dogs with a smooth, short coat only require brushing once a week with a rubber brush followed by a bristle brush. This process removes dead skin, dirt and hair from your pooch. Short and dense hair is prone to matting and requires a slicker brush followed by a bristle brush. Long coats on dogs that are silky need daily brushing to remove tangles. The ASPCA recommends to first, brush the coat with a slicker brush to remove tangles and follow it with a bristle brush.

Cat Grooming

Cats need brushing to remove dead hair from the coat and relieve your kitty from digesting hairballs when grooming himself or herself. Short haired cats can be brushed once or twice a week with a metal comb, followed by a rubber brush to remove dead hair. The ASPCA warns that longhaired cats that are indoors only shed all year round and need to be groomed every few days with a metal comb.

Dental Care

Make sure your pet has a dental exam yearly from a dental vet and keep up with the teeth cleaning schedule for great oral health. Animal teeth cleaning by a pet dentist is crucial to a healthy four-legged family member.

Signs You Need to Take Your Dog or Cat to a Pet Dentist

Signs You Need to Take Your Dog or Cat to a Pet Dentist

There are several signs that your pet is experiencing mouth pain. The pain can be anything from a little sore on their gums to oral cancer. That’s why when your pet displays signs of mouth pain you should take them to the pet dentist, veterinarian or animal hospital  if the other two have closed for the day. You don’t want your pet to suffer, nor do you want the cause of the pain to get worse. They may simply have a piece of food stuck between their teeth something an animal teeth cleaning could take care of .

Most Common Sign of Mouth Pain in Pets Bad Breath

It is not normal for your pet’s breath to smell bad. You smell your pet’s breath every day, if it smells bad, odd or just not like their breath. Then your pet may be experiencing a dental problem.

  • Not Eating Right

If your pet is ignoring most of their food, sitting next to the bowl of food and not eating it, only chewing on one side of their mouth, swallowing their food whole, prefer soft food, not eating their favorite crunchy treats, or dropping the food while trying to eat it – mouth pain is the culprit.

  • Does Not Want the Area Around There Mouth Petted or Touched

If your pet enjoys having the sides of their face petted and suddenly no longer wants you to touch that area, it may be because their mouth hurts.

  • Extreme Drooling

If your Pet is salivating more than normal or if there is blood in their saliva that is a sure sign they are experiencing mouth pain, and possibly even an infection.

  • Pawing at or Shaking their Head Back and Forth

If your pet is trying to paw at their mouth or is shaking their head back and forth a lot, that is a good indicator they have mouth pain.

Change in Behavior

If your pet usually meets you at the door after work and you come home to find them sprawled out on the floor just looking at you that is a good indicator something is not right. If your pet has suddenly become aggressive for no reason, if they have withdrawn from you and would rather lay on your bed alone instead of on or near your lap, refuses affection, decreases the amount of dog grooming or cat grooming, don’t want to play or a decrease in how much or what they want to play, (with dogs if fetch is a no go at play time it is because their mouth hurts, with cats they tend to grind their teeth, and is experiencing a disturbance in their normal sleep pattern. These are all normal signs of mouth/oral pain. You can try pet grooming this may help them relax a little.

If your pet will let you try to lift up their lip in the back, if you can see a chipped or cracked tooth, red and swollen gums, or a yellowish build up on their teeth that you know doesn’t look right, ten your pet is definitely having mouth pain. Call your pet dentist and explain your pet’s behavior and what you saw if their mouth (if anything) and make an appointment at the pet hospital for as soon as possible.

Why Do I Need a Dog Dentist?

Why Do I Need a Dog Dentist?

Your dog can have many of the same disorders as humans with his mouth and teeth. It is very important to use a veternarian that is also a dog dentist to clean your dog’s teeth as well as to provide care for painful oral procedures. Pet parents must recognize that teeth cleaning at their animal hospital is a part of pet grooming.

Periodontal Disease

When bacteria infects the tissue around your dog’s teeth, it causes inflammation in the gums, as well as the surrounding bone and the ligaments that hold the teeth around the jawbone. This is the number one cause of tooth loss in your canine family members that is preventable. According to the Merck Veterinary Manual, gum disease can occur from improper oral hygiene of your pet or it can be genetic, caused by diet, be breed specific or due to age. Cat grooming and dog grooming includes cleaning your pet’s teeth and gums for good oral hygiene.

Gingivitis in Dogs

Bacterial plaque inflames gums in the form of gingivitis. This is the first stage leading to gum disease. Many dogs experience bad breath and gums that bleed when touched. This is a painful condition for your dog, although a dog dentist can clean your four-legged family member’s teeth including below the gum line to reverse it. If not treated properly at this stage, your pet will develop periodontitis.

Periodontitis in Dogs

The tissue damage is more severe in dogs when gingivitis is not corrected and it includes gums, bone and ligaments. This occurs after having several years of gingivitis with plaque and tartar buildup. Feeding your dog hard kibble rather than canned or soft food helps to clean his teeth better as he chews and can prevent canine gum diseases. This condition can also be treated with a professional animal teeth cleaning including below the gum line and home care of brushing your dog’s teeth, oral rinses, plaque prevention gels and a change of diet.

Endodontic Tooth Disease

This tooth disease occurs inside of the canine teeth in the form of cavities, fractured teeth and tooth decay. If endodontic disease is caught early through dental cleanings with x-rays, your pet can have a tooth extraction or a root canal to correct the painful tooth problem.

Cavities in Dogs

Tooth decay or cavities are quite uncommon in dogs. However, a pet dentist can discover a cavity through x-rays and routine teeth cleanings and place a filling in the cavity in the same manner as human cavities are filled.

Face or Jaw Trauma

In the case that your canine family member has a severe accidents and incurs trauma to his face or jaw, he may need to have a tooth pulled or a crown. In extreme cases, the jaw may need to stabilized and require pins or wires for it to heal. A professional pet hospital is needed for this type of treatment that takes about 6 to 8 weeks to heal properly.

Puppy Teeth

Puppies are all born with an overbite so they can nurse on their mothers. The lower jaw has a growth spurt to keep up with the puppy’s growing nutrition need when they start eating solid food. The lower teeth may come in before the correct time for the bottom jaw to grow longer, this makes the upper jaw catch behind the lower jaw. The correction for an under- or over-bite in puppies in generally to remove some of the puppy teeth so the jaw grows in correctly. Puppy’s may also retain puppy teeth and grow adult teeth resulting in too many teeth for their mouth. A pet dentist will remove the puppy teeth that don’t fall out to prevent pain. Some puppies may also have dog braces to move teeth into the correct position if they are unaligned to encourage good eating habits.

Veterinarian Advice: Pets and Winter Weather

Winter brings cold temperatures, drizzle, and snow. Unfortunately, many pet owners do not think about how cold temperatures affects dogs and cats. To keep your pets warm and healthy this winter, follow these veterinarian tips.

Veterinarian Recommends Plenty of Food and Water During Winter Temperatures.

Cold temperatures can be deadly, but dehydration causes a drop in body temperature to occur much faster. Furthermore, pets require additional nutrients to keep their metabolism up during the winter, explains the Human Society.  

Provide Shelter While Pets Are Outdoors.

If your pets go outdoors to use the bathroom, your pets may spend more time outdoors than necessary. Being outside for short periods of time is not an excuse to not provide draft-free shelter for your pets. Make sure your pets have a place to get out of rain, snow, and the cold when going outside, regardless of the amount of time spent outdoors.

Bring Pets Indoors.

Unless your pets cannot be brought indoors, always bring pets indoors during cold temperatures. If nothing else, provide an additional source of heat for your pets, such as a heat lamp. However, the heat lamp should be positioned away from flammable materials, and your pets should be able to get out of the direct heat if need be.

Avoid Antifreeze.

Antifreeze contains chemicals that may cause kidney failure and death in pets, wild animals, and humans. Avoid leaving antifreeze in areas where your pet may come into contact with it. Antifreeze is naturally sweet and attracts thirsty animals. If you notice antifreeze on the ground, clean it up immediately, and keep your pet away from the area. If your pet ingests antifreeze, get him to your veterinarian immediately.

Maintain Supervision Over Your Pet.

Indoor heaters are commonly used to provide additional warmth inside homes across the country. However, heaters can pose a significant danger to pets. Pets may knock over electric heaters, become burned, or become otherwise injured from indoor heaters. While using such heaters, keep an eye on your pet. Never leave your pet unattended while portable heaters or open-flame heaters are on.

Although you want to keep your home and pet warm this winter, you need to take a few factors into consideration. By following these tips, you can keep your pets safe and warm without risking a trip to the veterinarian due to an emergency. If you will be leaving your home for a few days, consider boarding your pets at a veterinarian’s office, such as University Animal Hospital.

Chances are you’re probably spending time with your furry children this holiday season. With that in mind there are always precautions that should be taken. Here are some holiday pet safety tips to factor into the festivities.

Pet Adoptions

Pet safety tips? Where is our presents pleez?

Christmas trees are beautiful but make sure you keep your pet away from the tree stand. The water in the stand can house fertilizers from the tree itself and bacteria can also grow in the stagnant water. There’s also the concern of the tree itself. It should be secured well enough that you don’t run the risk of it tipping over on a curious cat or dog. Perhaps place it in the corner where tipping is less likely. Tend to the area frequently to remove any possible pine needles which can cause intestinal problems if swallowed.


“I iz chew on tree!”

Holly and mistletoe are poisonous to pets and can cause serious health problems. I suggest going artificial with these. Lilies, poinsettias, amaryllis, hibiscus and certain types of ivy can cause problems for pets so those should be avoided as well.


Avoid real mistletoe and stick with fake ones

Avoid tinsel around the house. It’s pretty to look at but there’s nothing pretty about an obstructed digestive tract or emergency surgery — which can be a possibility if your pet ingests the sparkly decoration.


Cute picture but this is actually quite dangerous

Stick with twinkle lights instead of candles. Unattended candles around your pets is just asking for trouble. If you must go with candles be sure they are in solid protective holders and that you blow them out when you leave the room.


This is asking for trouble

If you go with those twinkle lights make sure the wires are out of reach. Keep from off of the lower branches of your tree. The ornaments hanging from your tree or around the house could also be dangerous if ingested or stepped on by your furry child.


The tenth reindeer – “Meowser”

Be cautious when wrapping gifts. String and scissors should be kept off of floors or low tables where they are less likely to be touched by your pets.

Be careful with the human food. During the holidays there are an assortment of goodies that can be dangerous is consumed by your fuzzy children. The obvious chocolates and artificially sweetened items should be kept away and in a safe place. Keep in mind any fatty or spicy foods and especially anything with bones. Keep any alcoholic beverages away from your pet’s roaming tongue as well. Any of these people-friendly items can be issues for your pet. Do yourself a favor and ensure that the lid to your garbage can is also secure.

Dog and ready to jump on some meat

Reachable table food is an opportunity your pet may exploit

If you’re planning on gifting your pet any toys be sure to stick with pet-friendly chew toys. Kong toys are safe and can be safely filled with treats. For your cat try to avoid stringy toys. Ribbons, yarn and little pieces can cause digestive issues and potential obstructions. Spare yourself the inevitable grief and don’t even bother with these toys. Stick with a new ball (that’s too big to swallow) and consider a stuffed catnip toy or interactive cat dancer.


Tell your house guests to keep their medications carefully zipped up and packed away. Consider giving your pet a private space somewhere quiet they can retreat to away from all the noise and commotion. New Year’s is the next major holiday on the agenda and with that comes noisy poppers and fireworks.

dog fireworks


Avoid giving pets as gifts to those not in your immediate family. A pet is not like caring for a plant. It’s a full-time job. Gifting a living being to someone who may not be prepared to handle everything that comes with that is not a good idea. This is what often results in animals being given up for adoption a few weeks into the new year. If you plan on giving someone a pet as a gift make sure they’re aware and have told you they are okay with that.


I iz not a giftz!

There are always unforeseeable incidents that can occur so make sure you have some emergency numbers easily accessible should anything happen. Remember that our doctors are only a phone call away and can be reached if you have any concerns or questions. I’ll never forget a dog we saw a few years ago suffering from lethargy and diarrhea. After having X-rays done we saw a perfectly centered metal “Star of David” in the dog’s stomach. It had been in the cup-holder of a client’s car. The client has placed a cupcake on top. Left alone for just a moment in the car resulted in the dog swallowing the cupcake and the star. Luckily the dog was okay after some surgery but the issue could have been easily avoided with some easy pet-proofing. That was just a dog in a car. Imagine a home filled with visiting guests and holiday chaos. Safe yourself the headache and take a little time to ensure your holiday festivities are joyous and relaxing.


Stay Safe When Dressing Your Pet For the Holidays

Many pet parents love dressing up their pets during the holidays. Pet stores are filled with pet outfits for Thanksgiving and Christmas; however, some pet outfits may pose a danger to your pets. Furthermore, some pets may be allergic to certain materials in the fabric. To help make sure your pet avoids a trip to the animal hospital, follow these bits of advice when dressing your pet for the holidays.

Strings on Pet Clothes Lead to the Animal Hospital.

Strings can attract all sorts of trouble. People may step on them and cause injury to your pet. Strings may become frayed, and broken strings can pose a choking hazard for your pet. Avoid pet clothing that contains loose, fringed, or frayed strings. This will help keep your pets from becoming a tangled mess while wearing their holiday-best.

Inspect Clothing Prior to Wearing It.

Regardless of the age of your pet’s clothing, always inspect pet clothing prior to placing it on your pet. Clothing may become damaged over time, and articles of pet clothing can be a breeding ground for fleas, other inspects, and skin infections. If an item has a foul odor, make sure to wash the item before placing it on your pet. Also, beware of skin irritations from areas when clothing rubs the skin.

If Pets Chew on Clothes, Take It Off.

Pets do not wear clothes in nature, so avoid forcing your pet to wear clothing. If your pet begins to chew on the article, remove it immediately. You do want a loose button or bead to end up at the end of an endoscopy tube at the animal hospital. Some bitter sprays are available over the counter to help deter pets from chewing on your clothing and belongings as well.

Watch For Signs of Heat Exhaustion.

While indoors, you can lose track of your pet’s whereabouts and condition, especially during busy times during the holiday season. If your pet appears to be panting excessively or avoiding people, remove any clothing. These behaviors could be a sign of heat exhaustion. If your pet appears excessively lethargic, contact your veterinarian immediately.

 Your pet may love wearing their holiday-themed outfits, but you need to take a few extra steps to make sure pet clothing stays safe and comfortable. By following these tips, you can reduce the stress on your pet from holiday-themed, pet clothing. To learn more about proper pet health, contact us at the pet hospital today.

Spay or Neuter Your Pet

Despite what you might believe or have heard – IT IS IMPORTANT to spay and neuter your pets.

"Why is you be talking about this!?"

“Why is you be talking about this!?”

There are quite a few reasons why this is true. First and foremost there are the obvious health reasons that one should consider. Neutered dogs live an average of 18% longer than un-neutered dogs. Spayed dogs lives 23% longer than un-spayed dogs. The reduced lifespan for these unaltered pets often has to do with an increased urge in unfixed animals to roam. This leads to increased likelihood of being struck by cars, fighting with other animals and a wealth of other potential mishaps.


Let’s not be over-dramatic. It’s not that bad.

Another major factor is the decreased risk of certain types of cancers. Female cats and dogs who are unspayed run a greater chance of developing uterine cancer and other cancers of the reproductive system, as well as pyrometra, a potentially fatal uterine infection.

Male cats and dogs who are not neutered have a greater chance of getting testicular cancer and it’s believed they have higher rates of prostate cancer as well.

That spay or neuter fact is true!?

That spay or neuter fact is true!?

The most absurd justification for choosing to not neuter male dogs is the owner’s concern that their male dog will feel less “masculine” if neutered. Animals do not have any concept of sexual identity or ego. These are human constructs. Neutered male dogs do not feel lesser than their un-neutered counterparts. They are, however, less assertive and less prone to “marking” than unneutered dogs. Would you prefer your pet urinate everywhere that he smells another dog’s scent? Fixing animals solves 90% of marking issues — even in cats that have been doing it for a while. In cats it can also minimize howling, fighting with other males, and the urge to roam.


Do you want your dog doing this anywhere they smell another dog? Even inside?

While getting your pets spayed/neutered can help curb undesirable behaviors, it will not change their fundamental personality. Their protective instinct, for example, will remain intact.

"I has your back."

He will still be protective if you neuter him.

Beyond the health concerns there is the matter of homeless animals. The United States is overrun with them. There are estimated to be anywhere from 6-8 million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year. Less than half of these animals are adopted — the rest of them are euthanized. These are healthy and lovable pets who are put to sleep primarily because of a lack of resources. These are not all “street” animals. Many of these pets are puppies/kittens (some even purebreds) who have been abandoned or lost. Healthy and loving pets that simply do not have homes.


I’m amazed that many people are completely unaware that more than 2.7 million healthy and adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters every year. I have known about this since I was a pre-teen and considered it to be common knowledge. Still, again and again, I find myself explaining this fact to people only to be met with wide-eyed surprise. Few seem to be aware just how big of a problem this is. Even people who do not intend to breed their pets often don’t consider the possibility that their pet could be lost at some point. Suppose your male or female dog/cat got loose and came across another unfixed dog or cat in the wild. Their interaction could very easily result in a litter of unwanted pets. It happens every day and it’s a big part of why shelters are overrun with unwanted animals.

Why don't more people know these things!?

Why don’t more people know these things!?

Believe it or not it is also more cost-effective to care for a spayed or neutered animal. When weighed against the potential medical costs that are common in unfixed pets, spaying and neutering procedures are far less expensive in the long-run. Do you know how expensive it is to treat a dog or cat with cancer? Even the cost of a renewing a pet license is cheaper for fixed animals. The reality is that it’s just less expensive to have your pet fixed.

"Der is enuf monies for spay."

“Der is enuf monies for spay.”

If you’re still not sure this is the best thing you can do for your pet you should discuss this with one of our amazing veterinarians who can discuss all of the options and help you to make an informed decision about your pet and his or her health.



What NOT to Feed Your Pet This Thanksgiving | University Animal Hospital NYC


Thanksgiving has gone to the dogs

I grew up in a household where human food was regularly offered to the family dog. Passing a scrap of food to the family dog isn’t the most absurd thing for any pet owner to have considered at one time or another. My mom used to let our dog lick the plates clean after many of our family dinners. Though she always told us not to give our dog chocolate (something she’d heard from her veterinarian) she was oblivious to some of the other foods that are quite toxic for our fuzzy children if consumed. I distinctly recall her feeding our dog Corky grapes on several occasions. She was completely oblivious to the damage that can cause. Thankfully, Corky still lived a long and healthy life despite his dietary missteps. Fred (the one with the horrendous teeth, remember?) has to settle for getting the occasional bit of boiled chicken mixed in with this dry food.


We has forgotten how to carve deez

With Thanksgiving approaching I thought it would be a good idea to compile a list of foods and substances you should definitely not be feeding your pets. With the gatherings that tend to happen around holidays we often find our homes flooded with visitors and the family pets have many opportunities to beg their way into receiving sneaky treats from unknowing relatives. Before you let Aunt Helen pass the remaining bite of her raisin-filled banana bread to your precious pooch consider reminding your guests what not to gift your fuzzy child. Should you ever be worried that your pet has consumed something they should not have call Animal Poison Control (XXX-XXX-XXXX) immediately.


Pleeze don’t eets me! I is dog!

Alcohol is a toxic substance and can cause an assortment of health issues for your pets. Symptoms of ingestion include vomiting, diarrhea, damage to the central nervous system, tremors or even death.


This is exactly what you should NOT be allowing

Avocado contains an ingredient that can cause vomiting and diarrhea.

Caffeine, Chocolate and Coffee all contain methylxanthines, found in cacao seeds. If you pet ingests this it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, panting, abnormal heart rhythm, seizures, excessive thirst/urination and death. Darker chocolate is worse than milk chocolate. Baking chocolate is easily the worst. White chocolate has the lowest level of methylxantines.

Citrus. The stems, leaves, peels, seeds and fruit of various citrus plants contain citric acid and essential oils can cause irritation and depression to the central nervous system and stomach upsets.

Coconut, coconut oil and coconut water can cause upset stomach and diarrhea.

Grapes/Raisins can cause kidney failure.


I know they look yummy but they are not for you

Macadamia nuts can cause vomiting, tremors, weakness and depression in dogs. Almonds, pecans and walnuts contain high amounts of oils and fats can cause vomiting and diarrhea and pancreatitis in pets.

Dairy can cause issues because pets lack significant amounts of lactase (an enzyme that breaks down lactose). Diarrhea and digestive upset can occur.

Onions, Chives and Garlic cause gastrointestinal irritation and can lead to red blood cell damage. While cats are more susceptible dogs can be at risk if large amounts are consumed.


As a hat this might be okay but as a snack? No.

Undercooked/Raw Meat and eggs contain bacteria that can be harmful to pets if consumed.

Bones can cause pets to choke or sustain internal injuries if bone splinters are lodged in your pet’s digestive tract.

Salt and Snack Foods can result in excessive thirst/urination or even sodium ion poisoning. Symptoms can include vomiting, diarrhea, elevated temperature, tremors, depression, seizures and death. This means no potato chips, popcorn or pretzels.


Once you pop a dog will be unlikely to stop

Xylitol, a sweetener used in many products (candy, gum and toothpaste) can cause insulin release which can lead to liver failure.

While most people would obviously not jump at giving many of these foods to their pets there are a handful mentioned above that many wouldn’t think twice about. So think twice about it. Think a few dozen times. Your dog can be happy and healthy with the occasional dog treat and their regular diet. A hug or some physical affection is a much better way to show your love than with food, anyway.


Where is I come frum? What is I?

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