Hillary is a gorgeous black kitten that would love to have a home of her own. She is sweet, healthy, spayed, litter box trained, good with other cats and children. She is still a kitten so she is very active! She is available for adoption through Northeast Animal Rescue. For more information about adoptinng Hillary (or any of the other wonderful kitties who are also looking for forever homes), check out NAR Website!
Taffy is a special little dog looking for a special home where she can be loved. Taffy came from a shelter in Alabama, she is about 9 years old and is blind in one eye. She is spayed, loves attention and would love to be a lap dog! She would do best as the only dog in a home. She is available for adoption through Blind Dog Rescue alliance. For more information about her and how you can adopt her, please visit the BDRA Website!
We have recently added a Companion Therapy Laser from LifeCure, LLC to our clinic. Laser therapy is a drug-free, surgery-free and pain-free alternative treatment that can provide relief for many common pet ailments.
Below are just a few of the disorders that respond well to laser therapy:
For more information about this new treatment option, please contact us.
Click below to see the many ailments Laser therapy can help with.
Please call to schedule a consult with one of our veterinarians.
“Mike is a very sweet tough guy but now that he is 13 years of age, he has bad arthritis (and pain) and he just wasn’t Mike anymore. It was really sad to see him no longer wrestling with his brother Max and not able to run after squirrels and chipmunks in the yard. We'd tried everything including meds and a brace but nothing worked.
We were cautiously optimistic after Mike's first laser treatment ("hey, I think he's moving better”) but he has just gotten better after each subsequent treatment. After six visits for laser therapy, our Mike is back: happy, moving up and down the stairs, and playing with everyone. The pain is gone. We're a very happy family. Thank you all so much for recommending laser therapy for Mike, and for the laser treatments! I hope everyone with a dog suffering from arthritis will try it.”
Makes 14 to 24 treats
2 cups water
3/4 cup canned applesauce
1/8 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups whole-wheat flour
1 cup white flour
1/4 cup chopped nuts
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup oats
Preheat oven to 350 F.
In a bowl, mix water, applesauce, vanilla and egg thoroughly.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, nuts, baking powder, nutmeg, and cinnamon, stirring well.
Add wet ingredients to dry and mix well.
Roll out dough till 1/2 inch thick. Use Halloween themed cookie cutters to make fun shapes.
Place on greases sheet pan and bake for 45 minutes. Cool completely. You can bag treats for your canine friends. Store the remainder in an airtight container.
Note: All recipes are for special-occasion treats for your pet. They should not replace meals and should be offered sparingly. If your pet has food allergies or special dietary requirements, check with your veterinarian before offering them. Substitute rice or potato flour for wheat and white flour if your dog has an allergy. Using organic ingredients is recommended.
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons organic catnip
1/3 cup dry milk
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 tablespoon honey
1 large egg
Table Manners Not Required: It’s fun to figure out what foods draw your cat to the dining room. By Elisa Self
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Combine dry ingredients in mixing bowls.
Add wet ingredients and mix to form dough.
Roll out, adding more flour if needed, and cut into squares or small shapes.
Bake for approximately 20 minutes.
Store in airtight container or freeze and thaw as needed.
In Memory of the Friends we have Lost this Summer
You warmed my heart with your softness
And though you are no longer by my side
My Heart remembers your touch and
The Sound of you...
You My Friend will always be a part of me.
by Kathy Genuardi
Paulie Millman, Omar King, Louie Kates, Simon Sellers, Toby Eck, Czar Carlin, Zoe Stone, Dylan Rosenblatt, Hobbes Curcio, Winnie Smith, Delphine Russell, Meatball Vlachos, Shadow Forkin, Shadow Coates, Pepper Sage, Charlie McCoy, Sable Huhn-Lynch, Traveler Centola, Tippy, Betsey & Lilly Ellman, Peanut Dolan, Bailey Kelly, Lucy Logan, Boris Cheung, Oliver Wolf, Aherman Ginn, Fluffy Katz, Hannah Byliniak, Rascal Hess, Buddy Levitt, Tortellina Hutchinson, Gingit Spielman, Lady Hogan, Jake Fox, Beesh Berkenstock, Teddy Nickel, Apples Floyd, Cuff Tighe, Gracie Schiller, Tam Lynch, Cody Ansbro, Maggie May Collier, Katie Hay, Romeo Heckler, Mandy McGarry, Summer Tully, Maximillian Kraft, Nel Haydt, Frankie Vecchione, Jack Muller, Kiwi Carr, Bella Costello, Beau Perry, Buddy Keough, Wilbur Russell, Sophia D'Alessandro, Elmo DeCristofaro, Sally Sinnamon, Maggie Coyle, Spike Carbo, Gustavo Deutz, Starra Blair, Maggie Reinhardt, Bella Lemongelli, Blacky Demaio, Bowtie Johnston, Spice Shields, Sammy Hope, Jazz Russell, Gizmo McKenna, Mimi Oliveria, Cosmo Jester, Midnight Kurtz, Sydney Gallagher, Gigi Craig, Nittany Mazza, Steffi Smith, Brandy spencer, Rudi O'Connell, Jack Walbridge, Thora Hughes, Onee Charles, Piwacket Madison, Brandi Tuso, Daphne Fairbanks, Zoey Sutliff, Oprah Dudula, Yentar Borge, Marge Pawling, Raja Katuran, Caramel Kelly, Millie Obrecht, Bootsie Ratka, Hobo Forkin, Duncan Sebold, April Solis-Cohen, Dusk McElhane, Tipper Chandler, Baxter Warwick, Tweet Ball, Angel Mosczynski, Rini DiStefano, Molly Borofsky, Rusty Hope, Birdy Eliades, JD Ball, Shep Rotenberg.
Fall is here! Yay my absolutely favorite time of year. The crispness to the air, the smell of pumpkin n' spice (Dunkin’ Donuts here I come), the pep in the step of not only little Carmen, but my old girl Gabrielle. She loves to walk around the yard and up to the corner, dogging Carmen in her quest to follow every critter trail that crossed the yard through the night!
One of the best things about the cold weather moving in is the decline in the insect population: mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, wasps, gnats, etc. Again the summer was wet and warm which allowed the insect population to seemingly explode! Dr. Rubin is rerunning her article on Flea prevention and treatment with an addendum and tips from the “front desk.”
As most of you know Dr. Betty Marcucci is back and she is kind enough to give us some tips, actually 10 of them, on why it is important your cat comes in for an exam once or twice a year. Being a cat owner myself, I know that cats are better at hiding illness for a longer period of time than dogs. And I have been just as guilty as others of missing those oh so subtle signs of illness. This is one of the main reasons, I believe, cats do not see the veterinarian as regularly as dogs do. It is usually not until they are really ill that we notice a problem, and with cats it's the little things we need to look out for.
Want something fun to do with your dog this Fall? Check out Bring Fido for some cool events you can attend with your dog or maybe even find a new friend! Randi and I will be at the Fox Chase Cancer Center's Paws for the Cause 2013 representing RVC. We will have some great giveaways and are available to answer any questions you may have. Our Liz will also be there representing her therapy group, Comfort Caring Canines so stop by and say hello.
This year we thought it would be fun to do a Halloween Costume Contest. In years past we have asked you to vote for Gertrude in various contests, so this year it is our turn to return the favor. Through the month of October, submit photos of your pets in costume, with or without their human family, and we will post them on our Facebook page. You can then “share” it with your Facebook friends and ask them to click and “Like” your pet’s photo. The picture with the most “Likes” will win a $50 gift card to PetValu! Be fun, be creative and most of all, once you take the picture, you can take the costume off! And won’t your dog and cat be grateful! Happy Halloween… Kathy
Sometimes we learn by studying and sometimes we learn by repetition and sometimes we learn by attending the school of hard knocks. As the mother of multiple rescue dogs and multiple children, I have learned most of what I know about introducing new living beings into a pre-existing family in the school of hard knocks. I have, in fact, accidentally become an expert at introducing new dogs into a family of multiple dogs and people.
I recently added a six-month-old dog into my existing family of seven resident dogs. Typically, I choose pups under twelve weeks of age since, developmentally, they are the most likely to easily slip into the group dynamic without many issues. This time, I didn't do the choosing. This time, Madge, the new addition, chose me. So, I couldn't follow my usual plan. Luckily Madge is easy-going, calm and so socially appropriate that it was a seamless transition.
When bringing in a new dog, baby steps need to be taken very slowly and new dogs should be introduced on neutral territory. Taking the family dog out for a walk with the new addition is ideal. If things go well with that step and the dogs seem to be positively interested in each other, you can proceed to a fenced area with both dogs free to interact with their leashes attached. If each step continues to go well, you can drop the leashes and allow the dogs to interact with their leashes dragging. Once you are convinced the relationship is building in a favorable way, you can disconnect their leashes. For some dogs, this takes hours and for some, it takes weeks. For some, it never happens. Not all dogs are compatible and the relationship should never be forced.
Madge’s easy-going nature made introduction into our family a seamless transition.
Indoors, the new dog should be given ample opportunity to adjust to his new surroundings. The resident dog is entitled to continue to live her life without being forced to rearrange her schedule or share her bed. New staples should be provided for the new dog. Bedding, bowls, crates. leashes and other necessities should be available for each dog. Favored toys and high value chewies should be removed from the environment, at least until you are entirely confident that the dogs are totally comfortable with each other. Not all dogs are agreeable to sharing their valuables, specifically high value food and chew items. So, with some dogs, access to these items in an environment with other canines should never be allowed.
Having "mothered" an array of dogs, each with their own personalities, I have concluded that, in order to be successful expanding your canine family, care must be taken to respect the comfort and concerns of all of the members. Few successful combinations of canine housemates are achieved without the human family's awareness of the dogs' emotional well-being. Conscious efforts should be made to proceed slowly, with as little change to the resident family's routine as possible.
Multiple dog households are not for everyone. In fact, some people and some dogs prefer to be by themselves. Most dogs, just like most people, like to take their time to get to know new members of their species. There is no benefit to rushing the process. One final note, if you are considering adding a dog to your family, please consider rescue. There are far too many unwanted animals just waiting for your door to open.
Lisa Berkenstock is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), a Behavior Specialist and the owner of My Pet’s Teacher training school.
10. Behavior: You think your cat is acting normally. You tell us, "Well, Fluffy does vomit every other day," or, "Sixteen-year old Susie is doing great – she's got the energy of a kitten," or "I'm so happy my 18 pound kitty has lost weight – I didn't even have to change the food!" Then we give you a funny look because we are concerned. Your kitty's annual check-up gives you a chance to tell us about all aspects of his or her behavior. A good check-up, however, also includes intensive history-taking. In fact I sometimes feel like I am interrogating a reticent "person of interest" in a criminal case. Please don't resent our questions. All of the above behaviors are abnormal. How would you know? If you don't give yourself a chance to tell us (or be asked) by taking your kitty for his or her annual check-up, we won't know either. Everyone will be in the dark and your cat's health will suffer.
9. Nutrition (or It's Not Your Mother's Cat Food Anymore): I remember buying Purina Cat Chow in its iconic yellow package when I got my first cat decades ago. Basha was an indoor/outdoor cat and I can only imagine he supplemented his diet with a variety of prey. Feeding recommendations for cats have changed dramatically in the last several years. Taking your kitty for his or her annual check-up will give you a chance to discuss feeding with us. Not just what to feed, but how much and how often should also be discussed. Did you know you can feed your chubby kitty up to 8 small meals a day with an automated "carousel" feeder? Did you know that canned cat foods are preferred to dry for optimal nutrition and calories? Did you know a raw diet might just cure your kitty's allergies? Did you know you can feed a no-mess, no-stress raw diet that is freeze-dried? Just add water and enjoy! Talk to us when you’re here, or call our office for more ideas.
8. Teeth (or I Never Brush My Teeth): I am your cat. I never brush my teeth. Folklore has it that dry food cleans teeth. Not so. Tartar buildup, tooth decay and gum disease still happen with an exclusively dry food diet. Teeth need to be brushed. During the annual checkup we will examine your kitty’s mouth to determine if a professional cleaning needs to be done. Rotten teeth and gum disease are painful.
7. Kidneys (or Cats Need Three): We have two kidneys. Dogs have two kidneys. Cats have two kidneys. But I often wish cats had three. Chronic kidney disease is an aging change seen among cats of all ages, although it is most often seen in older cats. Kidney disease is always very serious. The kidneys are literally dying, slowly, cell by cell. This cellular death cannot be reversed, but it can be slowed, especially if caught early. Don't rebel at annual blood tests for your cat. If you cannot afford the tests that we recommend, speak up. There may be a less expensive test that we can do to get the information. Or we may be able to delay the test for a future date. A blood and urine test is the only way to assess kidney health. If your cat's kidneys are beginning to fail, we can advise you on how to slow the process. Some cats with failing kidneys can live for many years with the right support.
6. Thyroid (or Yeeeeooooowl): If your cat is suddenly showing an improvement in appetite and activity level, it may not be a good thing. Dogs and people very commonly are diagnosed with an under active thyroid. Cats, being different people entirely, are commonly diagnosed with an overactive thyroid. Thyroid hormone is secreted in excess, which stimulates all cellular activity in the body. As a result, your cat needs more calories to fuel this abnormal cellular activity, yet ironically he/she starts to lose weight. Eating more and losing weight is not a good sign. Your cat's increased activity level may be accompanied by increased random vocalization or yowling. Hyperthyroid people say that they feel their hearts always racing and it is uncomfortable. Hyperthyroidism is easily treated. One of the most basic things we do is to weigh your cat regularly. Weight changes, in addition to the history you provide can be an indicator of early-onset health problems like hyperthyroidism. There is also a blood test that can assess the status of her thyroid.
5. Heart (or Being Big-hearted Is Not Always Good): Having a big heart is only good metaphorically. Heart disease is common to people, dogs, and cats. Often cardiac disease can be caught early on a physical examination because we will simply listen to your cat's heart with a stethoscope. If we hear abnormal heart sounds, for example a heart murmur, you may be advised to pursue additional diagnostics. A heart murmur can indicate that there may be something wrong with the heart muscle and/or heart valves. Sometimes all that is needed is an x-ray. At other times, an echocardiogram may be prescribed. Both tests are noninvasive and easily performed in our office. Heart disease is treatable with common, cost-effective, medicines. Letting heart disease progress in felines can lead to life-ending consequences like blot clots or end-stage congestive heart failure. A simple visit to us can diagnose a cardiac problem and set you on a course to control it.
4. Urinalysis (or The Pee-pee Kitties): In my little world, there is a special place in my heart for the poor cats who suffer from urinary problems. I affectionately call them the pee-pee kitties. Sadly, there are many more of them than there used to be. I do believe that they suffer, some of them gravely. The worst manifestation of feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) is not being able to urinate at all because of a urinary blockage. A blockage occurs when a tiny stone, sometimes no bigger than a grain of sand, travels down the urethra and becomes lodged before it can be passed. Many folks can identify with the pain of a kidney stone, although the cat’s tiny stone is from the bladder and prevents urination. This is a medical emergency and needs to be addressed immediately. We see this most commonly in male cats, but females can be affected as well. There are other less severe forms of urinary disease that can be picked up with a urinalysis and a complete history. Urinary disease might mean a simple urinary tract infection (UTI), however it might also mean a sterile cystitis (no bacteria seen but the kitty has all the signs of a UTI). There might be crystal formation in the urinary bladder, or worse, bladder stones. Many of these cats will begin to urinate outside of the litter box because the litter box becomes associated with painful urination. Nearly all cats prone to urinary disease, whatever those signs might be, can be helped. Sometimes a simple diet change cures the problem. Please let us know immediately if there is any change in your kitty’s urinating habits.
3. Cancer (or Sadly Join the Club): The latest statistic is that one out of three people will be diagnosed with cancer in his/her lifetime. The statistic is the same for dogs. The statistic for cats has not been determined to my knowledge, but my intuitive sense tells me it must be the same. As in any species, cancer takes many forms in felines. Sometimes, the onset is slow and insidious and at others it is rapid and acute. No matter what type of cancer or how quickly it appears, we can help you navigate this very confusing topic. Many people, when they hear the “C” word think that it is an immediate death sentence. There is naturally fear and panic. Most of us at the clinic have experienced cancer in a pet. We understand how confusing it can be to make decisions around treatment so that your pet won’t suffer. The good news is that some cancers are very, very treatable. For example, 95% of cats with feline lymphoma go into remission for an average of 3 years. Most folks know someone who has had chemotherapy and it is not pleasant. Cats do not typically suffer with the dramatic side effects from chemo. There is usually no hair loss. Although chemotherapy is not a breeze, cats seem to tolerate most of the drugs very well. So, don’t panic. Let us know your concerns. We may refer you to an oncologist (cancer specialist) to have your questions answered with up-to-date information. What is the best treatment? How much will it cost? What percentage of patients responds to treatment? For how long? A veterinary oncologist will have the latest statistics and information. Stay in touch. We will help you to navigate through this very difficult time. We all want what’s best for you and your kitty.
2. Vet Friendly Pet (or Pleeeeeeease Take Your Cat to the Vet!): We just love it when we see a patient, who does not normally come to the vet, come in with a grumpy mood (the cat, that is). Cats hate change. One of the biggest changes for a cat is getting into the cat carrier, especially if it’s just once a year to see us. There is fear and sometimes aggression. Most cats are very tolerant when they arrive, but there are some who are so terrified that they lash out. We understand. After all, who likes being stuck with a needle? If a young cat can get used to the carrier, it may help to reduce her stress level. You can leave the cat carrier open at home periodically and try feeding her in the carrier. Or a bit of catnip inside before you leave the house may be distracting for the ride. Rescue Remedy, which can be purchased in a health food store or at our clinic, helps to soothe anxiety. It can be given prior to and during the car ride. We can also prescribe a very mild sedative if your kitty cannot be safely examined in the office.
1. Love – the most important reason: Last but not least, bring your cat to us because you love her! There is no doubt that our pets are now a part of our families. Vet care for your pets is like medical care for your kids. Kids go to the pediatrician every year for a good reason. Cats come to us every year for a good reason--actually, 10 of them
As Fall comes rushing in the evening air is a bit cooler and the days a bit shorter. Our pets, too, notice the change. Summer hair coats may begin to shed to make room for the thicker winter fur. Even though most or our pets live indoors, they are still affected by the change in season. Sometimes, we see certain illnesses that we call “seasonal.” The most common, itchy skin can begin because of new plant blooms such as ragweed’s, or the dreaded flea. Fleas are at their peak now as August, September and October are typically the worst flea months.
This may be due in part to a slow, steady rise of resident flea populations through the summer. Remember, fleas spend 75% of their time in the environment (grass and leaves outside, carpet, furniture, drapes, floor boards, etc. inside) and only 25% of their time on your pet. Their primary purpose while hitching a ride on your friend is to eat! They suck blood and then they're off to live the rest of their little flea lives. The flea life cycle happens all around you, not in the fur of our pets. Remember, too, that the life cycle of the flea is similar to that of the butterfly. There is an egg stage, a larval (caterpillar-like) stage, a pupa (cocoon), and adult. One female flea can lay 500 eggs in her lifetime! The eggs hatch into larvae which are tiny and barely visible to the naked eye. These larvae live in the grass, carpet, etc. and eat tiny bits of detritus (small bits of organic material). After one to two weeks, they produce a pupa where they transform into an adult flea. After emerging from the pupal sheath, the adult flea is hungry and will immediately seek out a warm body for a meal. Although some people will get flea bites, the adult flea prefers the blood of a four-legged mammal. However, if there is an infestation, even the most resistant folks will be bitten. Fleas love hot, humid weather, such as we typically see in late August and September. In the winter when the heat goes on, the air is drier so the fleas will hibernate. Sometimes, if the outside air becomes warm in January or February, there may be a hatching of pupae and a new cycle begins. The eggs can remain in the environment for up to 2 years which is why we may see fleas when we least expect them, such as when we move into a new home that may not have had a recent furry resident.
There are many ways to protect against fleas. Most of you are familiar with the spot on products: Frontline, Revolution, etc. which are very effective. If you have been using the same product over the years and find that it is less effective, then you may have a resistant population of bugs. No chemical is 100% effective forever. There are always some insects that are not killed by the product. Slowly, over time, they multiply until there are many bugs that are not harmed by the product. The easiest and usually most effective way to deal with the problem is to switch products. Fortunately, we now have several to choose from. For those who wish to avoid the chemicals, there are nontoxic products also available. Most of these contain essential oils that can be very effective. There are some oils, however, such as penny royal that should not be used on cats.
There is information on line that can guide you in preparing your own herbal spray or collar. Again, particularly with cats, be sure that it is safe for them. There is mixed information around the effectiveness of feeding brewer's yeast and garlic. Garlic can be given to dogs (not cats) in small quantities. Dr. Pitcairn (author of The Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats) recommends the following amount of fresh garlic for dogs, according to their size:
10 to 15 pounds – half a clove
20 to 40 pounds – 1 clove
45 to 70 pounds – 2 cloves
75 to 90 pounds – 2 and a half cloves
100 pounds and over – 3 cloves
Do not give to dogs that are anemic and stop
the garlic 10 days prior to any major surgical procedure.
Brewer's yeast is given in the amount of
1 teaspoon to cats and small dogs and a
tablespoon to those 50 lbs. and over.
The most nontoxic way to deal with fleas is a flea comb and vacuum. Flea combing your pet daily will significantly reduce the population. Vacuuming daily will take up 50% each time. A flea collar can be cut into pieces and put in the vacuum bag. A non toxic flea powder can also be added to the bag. Be sure to change the bags regularly as the fleas can crawl out of the vacuum. If you need help with natural products, contact Hope, at Nature’s Harvest or Sharon at Stan’s Health Food.
Many dogs and cats are allergic to fleas and will bite and scratch incessantly. Fleas prefer the back of the neck and the base of the tail. Be sure to check there first if you suspect a problem. Move the hair in the opposite direction with your hand and you may see the adult flea, which is small and brown, and will hop or scurry away quickly if you come upon it. Or, more likely, you will see the flea excrement (flea dirt) which looks like pepper and on close examination has a bit of a curl. If you are not sure about the "pepper," remove it and place on a white sheet of paper. Add a bit of water and if a red spot (blood) appears you've got your ID. Don't be alarmed if you find fleas or flea dirt. The problem is often easily remedied. Usually, once the pet(s) is treated, there is no need for house sprays or bombs. If, however, there are many fleas on the pet after treatment, a house product may be necessary and a professional should be contacted. Some dogs and cats will not bite or scratch when they have fleas so it is important to check your pets regularly. And, not all pets get fleas when exposed to them. Some seem to have a natural "repellant" in their skin. Fleas can be persistent until a killing frost at which time the adults will die and the eggs and pupae will hibernate.
For any further information or questions, please do not hesitate to call us.
To help rid your pet of fleas you must treat your pet, house and yard all at the same time and on a continual basis. Here are a few tips to help you accomplish this.
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