Last updated 5 months ago
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.
Last updated 5 months ago
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.
Last updated 6 months ago
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.
Last updated 6 months ago
If you are a new parent, you know firsthand how difficult it can be for your family dog to adjust to the newest member of your family. Watch this video for tips on helping your pet get used to having a baby in the home.
As pet care expert Andrea Arden advises, your best bet is to start getting your dog used to any changes in the routine as quickly as possible. Try to establish new rules, such as making sure your pet is no longer allowed to jump up on the couch, before your baby even comes home from the hospital.
When you need a veterinarian in Greenwich Village, Tribeca, Hell’s Kitchen, or Flat Iron, look no further than New York’s Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital. Visit us online or call our animal hospital at (917) 675-3708 today to learn more about our services.
Last updated 6 months ago
As your dog ages, it is even more important to schedule regular visits with your veterinarian. Your vet can keep you apprised of any health problems before they develop into serious conditions and can evaluate your dog’s vision, teeth, fur and skin, and heart and lungs. To ensure that your senior dog enjoys a long and happy life with you, follow these vet-approved guidelines for a healthy canine diet.
Low Calorie Diet
Older dogs tend to progressively add body fat even when they consume fewer calories. Just like humans, canines’ metabolic rate naturally slows with age, and the change in body composition may be even further aggravated by reduced energy levels and exercise. Be sure to discuss a plan for a healthy and fulfilling low calorie diet with your veterinarian.
To keep your senior dog in tip-top shape, vets actually recommend avoiding special “senior” diets that have reduced levels of protein. Pet experts advise that the protein requirements for dogs do not decease with age and that optimal levels of easily digestible protein are vital for maintaining muscle mass.
Increased GLA Intake
GLA, or gamma-linolenic acid, is an omega-6 fatty acid that keeps your pet’s skin and coat healthy and shiny. While younger dogs produce this important nutrient in their livers, older canines may have depleted levels of GLA. Ask your vet how to incorporate this supplement into a well-rounded diet.
Antioxidants such as vitamin E and beta-carotene are important to fending off free radicals that have been linked to premature aging and diseases. Be sure to select a senior canine diet to keep your dog’s immune system in optimum condition.
Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital is pleased to offer our New York clients a wide range of vet services for adult dogs and puppies alike. Our veterinarian office is convenient to Chelsea, Greenwich Village, and Tribeca. To ensure your dog has the best quality of life and stays happy and healthy, schedule all necessary dental care, preventative tests, treatments, and vaccinations with a vet by calling us at (917) 675-3708.