Last updated 3 days ago
Help your family and your puppy get used to your new life together by preparing your house before you bring the young dog home. When you make a plan, it will be much easier for everyone to adjust to your newest resident. Use the following tips to prepare for the arrival of your puppy:
Create a Schedule
Whether you are currently living on your own or are part of a big family, it is important to decide when your new puppy will eat and when you will take him for a walk. Sticking to a schedule is a big part of successfully training a puppy, and it makes it easier to work on house training once you bring the dog home. Stick to the schedule as closely as possible so your puppy can quickly learn the right time to eat and to go outside.
Stock Up on Puppy Supplies
Before you bring your dog through your front door, be sure to buy important supplies that allow the puppy to feel at home. You will need bowls for food and water, toys for chewing, a leash, a collar, ID tags, and a crate. You should also have an odor neutralizer and some puppy pads in case there are a few accidents in the house.
Make an Appointment with the Vet
It is a good idea to make an appointment with your veterinarian shortly after you bring your puppy home. The vet can check out your dog and make sure he is healthy and ready for a long and happy life in your home.
Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital is here to help you keep all your animals in top health. With some of the best veterinarians in the area and a staff that is completely devoted to pet care, we work hard to make you and your furry friend happy. Call (917) 675-3708 today to make an appointment.
Last updated 17 days ago
At Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital, our veterinarians pride themselves on offering the very best in compassionate care for your beloved pet. Since Dr. Marc Siebert opened our animal hospital in 1999, we’ve been integrating cutting-edge practices with holistic remedies. Dr. Marc Siebert, who is also our medical director, brings his extensive knowledge and skills to our practice. A New Jersey native, Dr. Siebert graduated from Rutgers University and the University of Pennsylvania College of Veterinary Medicine. In 1993, he was awarded a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Siebert paired his extensive training in state-of-the-art veterinary medicine technology with training in ancient wellness practices. The International Veterinary Acupuncture Society certified Dr. Siebert as a veterinary acupuncturist. He has also earned accreditation status with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. When he isn’t caring for animals at Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital or his other practice, the Lower East Side Animal Hospital, Dr. Siebert enjoys spending time with Barry and Pumpkin, his dog and cat.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Siebert or one of our other highly qualified veterinarians. Call Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital at (917) 675-3708 with any questions you may have about our pet care services.
Last updated 18 days ago
Your pet is your best friend, and it’s your job to make sure he leads a long, happy, and healthy life. One of the most important aspects of pet ownership is making sure you feed your dog or cat a good diet so he gets the nutrition he needs to thrive. Dogs and cats have different nutritional needs—cats are strict carnivores and must get a large amount of protein from animal sources, while dogs are considered omnivores. However, dogs should still have about 18% of their diet come from animal protein. Reading pet food labels can be confusing, so consider the overall nutrition in the food rather than each individual ingredient. Take a look at this Infographic from Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital, a New York City veterinary office, to understand more about pet nutrition. Please share with your friends and family so their pets can also get the nutrition they need.
Last updated 23 days ago
It can be a challenge to resist giving your furry friend lots of yummy treats, especially if your pet is adept at begging. When you do feed your pet treats, only give treats approved by your pet’s veterinarian or labeled for species-specific use. Giving your beloved pet the wrong type of treats—such as certain human foods—can lead to serious health complications.
Foods to Avoid Feeding to Dogs
It’s unlikely that pet owners would give dogs alcohol intentionally; however, a curious pup can easily lap up an alcoholic beverage when the owner isn’t looking. Even a small amount of alcohol can cause serious liver and brain damage, leading to vomiting, diarrhea, problems breathing, loss of consciousness, and possibly death. If you consume alcoholic beverages, keep them out of reach of your pup. Also, keep beverages that contain caffeine away from your pet; in large doses, caffeine can be fatal. Onions and garlic are also toxic to dogs; they can cause anemia, which is exhibited by symptoms such as vomiting, lethargy, and shortness of breath. It’s a common misconception that grapes and raisins are good treats for dogs. In fact, they can cause kidney failure. Other foods that are dangerous for dogs include chocolate, raw eggs, dairy products, raw meat, avocados, candy, and gum. Additionally, avoid giving your pup bones from your table; the fat can cause pancreatitis and the bones are a choking hazard.
Foods to Avoid Feeding to Cats
Many of the foods that are dangerous for dogs are also dangerous for cats. When in doubt, consult your veterinarian or only hand out commercial treats formulated specifically for cats. Avocados contain persin, which is dangerous for cats. However, the danger isn’t only in your guacamole. If you grow avocado plants, keep them away from your cats because persin is present in the entire plant. Just as with a dog, avoid giving your cat grapes, raisins, chocolate, onions, and garlic. Additionally, avoid feeding your kitty foods from the nightshade family, including tomatoes and raw potatoes. Although milk is a common treat for cats, it’s best avoided or given infrequently and in very small doses.
Do you have a question about your pet’s dietary requirements? Schedule an appointment with the caring veterinarians of Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital. You can reach our pet hospital at (917) 675-3708 or visit our website for some veterinarian-approved nutrition advice.