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    Teaching Kids How to Safely Play with Dogs

    Last updated 8 months ago

    If you are like most parents who also own pets, teaching your kids to get along and interact safely with your dog is a top priority. While pets teach children responsibility, they are still animals and can be unpredictable. To teach your kids proper pet care and behavior, consider signing them up for a free class at a local animal shelter. During these classes, children will learn how to be gentle with the dog so he doesn’t feel threatened. The best way for your kids to learn good pet care habits is to lead by example.

    Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital is proud to provide comprehensive hospital and vet services to pet patients throughout New York. If you live in Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Tribeca, Hells Kitchen, or Flat Iron and need quality pet care, contact our veterinarians today. For more information, you can visit us on the Web or call us at (212) 924-6116 today.

    A Guide to Feeding Your Adult Dog

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Adult dogs require enough vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to meet their unique energy needs. As with any other aspect of pet care, it’s important to discuss your dog’s diet with your vet. The amount you feed your dog should generally be based on his or her size, breed, age, and activity level. To learn more about how to keep your pet happy and healthy, review this guide to adult dog nutrition.

    Portion Control

    While some owners opt for free feeding methods that make food available to their pets at all times, vets generally recommend portion-control feeding for adult dogs. Because some pets overeat when food is readily available, measuring your pet’s food and offering it at a regular time is a highly effective way to control his or her diet. Veterinarians generally recommend feeding dogs twice per day in meals spaced eight to 12 hours apart.

    Environmental Factors

    Your dog’s energy needs are also influenced by environmental factors such as humidity and temperature. For example, cold temperatures can require your pet to compensate with extra protein and fat to keep warm. On the other hand, warm summer weather usually calls for extra water, and your vet may recommend a slightly lighter diet.

    Exercise Level

    For dogs and cats with normal energy levels, vets advise owners to offer “maintenance” meals. This means that pets should receive enough energy from their food to comfortably attend to daily activities without feeling hungry. Because adult dogs vary widely in their activities, each dog owner should discuss his or her pet’s normal exercise habits with a vet. Active pets may require maintenance energy plus up to 40 percent, while lapdogs may require maintenance minus 10 percent.

    Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital offers extensive pet care services, including a full-service pet hospital. Our veterinarians also practice innovative and alternative treatments, including holistic medicine and companion therapy so your pet can enjoy a long and happy life. To inquire about our pet services, contact our Chelsea animal hospital by calling (212) 924-6116.

    Choosing Food for Your Puppy

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Whether you are a new pet owner or are on your third puppy, you want to be sure your puppy grows into a healthy adult dog. Watch this video for veterinarian-approved tips on how to select the best food for your puppy.

    Because puppies grow fastest during the first six months, it’s important to give your puppy premium food during this time to make sure his nutritional needs are met. Until your dog reaches his normal height and weight, which usually takes between one and two years, consult with your vet about how to pick a food for your specific breed. Remember, puppies’ energy requirements are higher but their tummies are smaller, so they need nutritionally dense foods.

    To learn more about how to pick out the ideal food for your pet, call the experienced vets at Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital today at (212) 924-6116. You can visit our website to read more about our services.

    Lower East Side Animal Hospital- New Additional Location!

    Last updated 8 months ago

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    Keeping Your Pets Cool In The Summer Heat

    Last updated 8 months ago

    As the temperatures hit record highs in New York this summer, almost everyone is struggling to stay cool. As you fight the heat, it’s important to remember that your pet’s internal body temperature increases even more quickly than your own, putting dogs and cats at heightened risk for dehydration and other heat-related illnesses. Check out these tips on how to keep your pet cool all summer long.

    Run Errands Alone

    It may be tempting to bring your pet with you during your daily activities, but it’s important to remember never to leave your pet in the car. Even running into a store for a minute or two or pumping gas often takes longer than expected. As you deal with a line or a confused clerk, the temperature inside your car is rapidly climbing, and the situation becomes extremely dangerous for your dog or cat. During the summer, the temperature inside a car can reach 110 degrees within minutes. Your safest bet is to leave your pet at home.

    Avoid Extensive Exercise

    When your dog or cat overheats, it can be life-threatening. Sadly, heatstroke can cause organ failure, kidney damage, and liver failure in pets. Even if you want to go for a run during the hottest hours of the day, your pet shouldn’t join you unless the temperature is more comfortable.  

    Watch for Heatstroke

    If your pet begins to pant, drool, or lay down and refuse to move, he may be experiencing heat exhaustion. Be sure to provide room-temperature water and remove your dog or cat to a cooler location. If you see that your pet’s gums are red, he may have heatstroke. Contact your vet immediately.

    If your pet is showing extreme signs of heat-related illness, contact your vet or visit a pet hospital right away. The veterinarians at Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital are here to meet your emergency and general pet care needs every day of the week. If you live in Chelsea, Greenwich Village, or Tribeca, call us today at (212) 924-6116.

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