If you think fleas and ticks are just minor annoyances to your pets, think again. These pests not only cause uncomfortably itchiness for your animals, but they can also transmit harmful diseases. By the time you see fleas and ticks on your pets, it may be too late.
Watch this video to find out why flea and tick prevention is so important to your pets’ health. Fleas and ticks can carry tapeworms, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and many other infectious diseases. Once your animals carry fleas and ticks into your home, they can lay eggs, putting your entire family at risk.
At Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital, we can help you start an effective flea and tick prevention program for your furry friends. We’re here to help with all aspects of your pets’ care. You can learn more about our animal hospital by calling (917) 675-3708.
Millions of Americans turn to acupuncture for relief from chronic pain, stress, headaches, and more, but what about pets? Although research into the effectiveness of acupuncture for animals is still in its early stages, many pet owners swear by its benefits. Many veterinarians today also embrace this practice from Chinese medicine. Should you schedule your pet for acupuncture treatments? Consider the following benefits.
Effective Pain Relief
When your pet develops chronic pain from age-related wear-and-tear or from illness, there are limits to what traditional veterinary medicine can achieve. You can put your pet on prescription painkillers or, when the pain becomes severe enough, make the decision to put your pet down. Acupuncture offers an alternative. Many pet owners and vets report seeing significant improvement in pain and mobility after acupuncture.
According to Chinese medicine, acupuncture works by unblocking the flow of energy (qi) along the body’s pathways (meridians). The theory is that imbalances of qi, caused by blockages in the meridians, trigger pain and illness. By allowing qi to flow freely, wellness can be restored. Thin needles are inserted into sites of suspected blockages to encourage qi movement. The treatment is all-natural, so acupuncture could alleviate your pet’s need to take medications that may cause troubling side effects.
Improved Immune Function
Even if your pet isn’t coping with pain and illness right now, acupuncture can still contribute to their overall wellbeing. Acupuncture is associated with stronger immune systems, improved blood flow, and lower heart rates. It can also stimulate the release of endorphins and cortisol, which can both help with pain control.
Is acupuncture right for your pet? Talk to the experienced vets at Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital to find out. We offer a full range of pet care services, from vaccines to nutritional counseling. You can schedule an appointment by calling (917) 675-3708 today.
Many new pet owners are understandably hesitant to leave their newest family member at home when they travel. Fortunately, hotels and airlines are increasingly accommodating to animal owners. Whether you are traveling domestically or internationally, be sure that your dog or cat has a current rabies vaccination and a USDA certified health certificate. You should also consider microchipping your pet to keep her safe even when you are at home. Some countries that require minimal preparation include Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica. Many Caribbean islands are also very amenable to pet travel, including St. Barth’s, St. Maarten, Aruba, Martinique, and Curaco. To be safe, always contact the appropriate international consulate before traveling.
Wherever you are traveling, the friendly staff and team of vets at Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital in New York are here to make sure the process goes smoothly. Whether you need to microchip your pet or make sure your dog or cat is up to date on vaccines, call our pet care specialists at (917) 675-3708 today.
If you are a happy cat owner, you already know that your loveable pet is an expert at self-maintenance and grooming. But even the most fastidious cat cannot fend off common health problems that affect many felines without your help. Be sure to schedule regular check-ups with your vet to make sure your cat is getting the best pet care. Protect your cat by reviewing these signs of common feline conditions.
A runny nose, sneezing, and a cough may be signs of a feline cold. But sometimes, these cold or flu-like symptoms may indicate more serious viruses that are common to cats, like herpes and feline calicivirus. To prevent your cat from contracting feline viruses, make sure she stays up to date on her routine immunizations. If your cat’s symptoms last longer than seven days or begin to worsen, take your cat to the vet for a full exam.
While most cats’ grooming habits can lead to a normal amount of fur loss, if your cat begins to groom to excess or you notice patchy spots, it’s time to visit your veterinarian. Loss of fur in circular patches can indicate ringworm, a serious fungal infection that is easily treated with topical creams prescribed by a vet. Fur loss can also be an allergic reaction to fleas, but flea-prevention medication will ease itchy skin and allow hair to grow back.
Urinary Tract Disease
Of all pets, cats are especially susceptible to lower urinary tract diseases. UTDs may be caused by stress, excess weight, and sudden environmental changes. If you see blood in your cat’s urine or she appears depressed, dehydrated, or begins to vomit, visit an animal hospital immediately.
If you are looking for a reliable, friendly vet in New York, call Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital today at (917) 675-3708. Our veterinarians have been providing exceptional pet care to members of the Hell’s Kitchen, Flat Iron, and Tribeca since 1999, and we are one of only three general practices in the Manhattan area that have been accredited with the American Animal Hospital Association.
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