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    How to Care for Your Energetic Retriever

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Labrador and golden retrievers are popular breeds of medium- and large-sized dogs. Retrievers are playful, lovable pets with tons of personality—and tons of energy! With the help of the experienced and caring staff at Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital, you and your retriever can enjoy a lifetime of love and dedication.

    Visit the Vet

    Establish a rapport with your vet early on to determine a baseline for your retriever’s health. If you are not planning on breeding your dog, spaying or neutering will prevent unwanted puppies. Retrievers are predisposed toward problems with their eyes, heart, and joints. Although this does not mean your dog will have troubles, visiting your vet once a year will help to catch any medical issues early.

    Exercise Daily

    Both golden and labrador retrievers are energetic dogs that require daily exercise to stay fit. These dogs also tend to become destructive when bored, so it’s important to maintain regular activity. Two walks or play sessions of 20 minutes each per day should keep your dog in good physical and mental shape.

    Manage Diet

    Retrievers are voracious eaters and will eat anything in sight. One of the biggest health challenges these dogs face is obesity. As a pet owner, it’s important to manage your dog’s diet. If you have questions about how much your dog should be eating to stay healthy, consult your vet.

    Groom Weekly

    Retrievers have short, thick coats that shed frequently. Grooming with a brush once a week minimizes shedding and ensures comfort, especially during warm weather. Plan to bathe your dog in the tub once every few weeks, as necessary. Use room-temperature water and a shampoo formulated for pet use.

    Call Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital today at (212) 924-6116 to schedule a wellness exam for your pet to find out more about his health and nutritional needs. Our veterinarians and staff are here to help you understand every aspect of your pet’s health and comfort. Check in with us online to explore more pet care topics by clicking on our blog.

    Get the Facts About Your Pet Care Options with These Resources

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Whether you're the proud new owner of a rescue dog or you've just become the proud parent of a baby Chinchilla, it's important that you familiarize yourself with the proper ways to feed, bathe, exercise, and care for your pet. You can get the facts you need to provide him or her with love and support by taking a look at the resources below. For even more guidance on pet care, set up an appointment with Dr. Siebert of Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital by calling (212) 924-6116.

    Do cats always land on all fours? Is it okay to give your dog your leftover dinner scraps? Get the answers to these pet care questions and more by reading this article from Prevention.com.

    The trick to getting your dog to allow you to brush his teeth is to slowly introduce him to the process. You can get step-by-step instructions for properly cleaning pet teeth in this article by WebMD.

    It's estimated that nearly 35% of dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Find out how you can keep your best friend fit so that he can have a happy, healthy future by reading this Huffington Post story.

    Although cats groom themselves throughout the day, it's always a good idea to help them out by bringing them into a professional groomer or brushing their fur at home. Read all about cat grooming and other essential cat care topics in this guide from Animal Planet.

    Did you know that by leading your dog each time you walk, you establish yourself as the authority figure? Learn more about mastering the dog walk and rewarding your dog for good walking behavior by reading this article from Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer.

    A Guide to Maintaining Your Pet's Dental Health

    Last updated 12 months ago

    From going on daily walks to buying the right type of food, there are plenty of activities and responsibilities that you engage in as a pet owner to support your furry friend's well-being. There is, however, one area of pet care that even the most responsible pet owners tend to overlook from time to time: dental hygiene. Below you will find a helpful guide to maintaining your pet's dental health:

    Never Underestimate the Significance of Bad Breath

    There are many recognizable symptoms that can alert you to possible dental problems such as periodontal disease or gingivitis. One of the most obvious—and unpleasant—symptoms is bad breath, which is typically caused by either a gum infection or food trapped in the teeth. A simple way to combat this problem is to regularly clean your pet's teeth.  

    Gradually Introduce Your Pet to Teeth Cleaning Routines

    As your veterinarian can tell you, a simple way to get your pet's pearly whites looking their best is to brush them with a toothbrush that is specially designed for dogs or cats. Slowly introduce the brush to your pet over the course of a few days before placing pet-safe toothpaste on it and gently cleaning each tooth in a circular motion. Repeat this process twice or three times per week.

    Invest in Fun and Practical Chew Toys

    Chew toys are more than just fun items for dogs to nibble on throughout the day. They provide dogs with a great resource to exert their need to gnaw on something while also offering their gums some unique benefits. As your dog plays with the toy, his gums are massaged and potentially harmful tartar is chipped away from the surface of the teeth.

    If you would like to know more about the best ways to care for your pet's teeth, then speak with one of the friendly vets or veterinary technicians here at Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital. We have over 14 years of experience and are always happy to help you learn more about proper pet care. To schedule an appointment with us, simply call (212) 924-6116 today.

    Massive Pet Food Recall

    Last updated 12 months ago

    Lines include: Innova®, California Natural®, EVO®, HealthWise®, Mother Nature® and Karma®... For more information please follow this FDA link: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm348786.htm Consumers who have purchased these pet foods should discard them. For additional information, consumers may visit www.naturapet.com. For a product replacement or refund call Natura toll-free at 800-224-6123. (Monday â?" Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM CST).

    Summer Pet Care Tips

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Summertime is just around the corner, and the living isn’t always easy for our animal friends. Dogs and cats suffer from the same problems humans do, such as overheating, dehydration, and even sunburn. By taking some simple precautions, you can celebrate the season and keep your pets healthy and happy.

    • Mosquito transmitted heartworm disease, along with more active flea and tick populations create an environment full of disease, which we have preventatives for... so make sure your pets do too!
    • Never leave your pet alone in a vehicle as hyperthermia can be fatal quickly. Even with the windows open, a parked automobile can become a furnace in no time. Parking in the shade offers little protection, as the sun shifts during the day.
    • Carry plenty of cold, fresh water with you when traveling with your pet.
    • The best time for playtime is in the cool of the early morning or evening, but never after a meal or when the weather is hot & humid.
    • Days at the beach are a no-no, unless you can guarantee a shaded spot and a supply of fresh water for your companion.  Salty dogs should be rinsed off after a dip in the ocean.
    • Fireworks are no fun for pets, so please resist the urge to take them to Independence Day or other summer displays.  Instead, keep them safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered area at home.
    • Street smarts: When the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog stand on hot asphalt.  Its body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn.  Keep walks during these times to a minimum.
    • Be especially sensitive to old and overweight pets in hot weather. Keep pets with heart or lung diseases indoors in air conditioning as much as possible.  This also applies to snub-nosed dogs, such as Bulldogs, Pekinese, Boston Terriers, Lhasa Apsos, & Shih Tzus.
    • Summer is the time when gardens, lawns, and trees are sprayed with insecticides, so avoid walking your dog in suspect areas. These chemicals can cause harm, even death.  If you suspect your pet has been poisoned, call us immediately.
    • Good grooming can stave off summer skin problems, especially for dogs with heavy coats.  Shaving the hair to a 1-inch length never down to the skin, please, which robs Rover of protection from the sun will prevent overheating.  Frequent brushing helps keep cats tangle-free.
    • Don’t let them run wild! Unsupervised, off-leash activity can lead to an animal contacting a fatal disease or injury. Pet theft can also be a problem.
    • Make sure there are no open, unscreened windows or doors in your home, through which animals can fall or jump.
    • Watch for coolant leaking from your car.  Its sweet taste attracts pets, and ingesting just a little can be fatal.  To be safe, use animal-friendly products that use propylene glycol instead of ethylene glycol.
    • Be sure your pet wears an ID tag. Keep it up to date. It’s a fact: A lost pet without a pet ID tags seldom finds its way home.

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