2018 certainly had its ups and downs, but at All Creatures Veterinary Hospital of Brooklyn, we couldn’t be happier with the past 365 days. It has been a pleasure to serve our wonderful Brooklyn pet community, and each day has given us a chance to grow and give back to each of you.
Speaking of growing, we are thrilled that so many of you are reading our monthly pet care blogs. Writing and publishing the blog has been a privilege and we hope that it’s given you timely, interesting and relevant information about how to keep your pet their healthiest.
With that in mind, we looked at which blogs you found most engaging, and we’ve compiled All Creatures Veterinary Hospital of Brooklyn’s top 5 pet care blogs of 2018 here for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!
A quick stroll through any store will reveal the majority of holiday gifts are, unfortunately, disposable. While there are definitely meaningful or useful holiday presents out there, we mostly just enjoy them a few times before they’re relegated to a closet or donation pile.
So, where do pets fit in with all of this? In an effort to spread love and goodness, people commonly like to get a pet this time of year. However, it’s important to keep in mind this doesn’t always have a happy ending. Many people find pet ownership just isn’t a commitment they can make right now (or ever). In other words, adopting a pet is a serious endeavor that requires much consideration before taking the plunge.Continue…
There are many reasons people choose pet rescues. For starters, adopting a rescue is a great way to save a life and help the community. Additional bonuses include the facts that rescues are usually fully grown, come with an already developed personality, and are budget-friendly. What do we mean by that? Well, rescue and shelter pets are typically spayed/neutered, fully vaccinated, dewormed, and microchipped – all at a savings to a prospective pet owner.
The Inside Scoop
All Creatures Veterinary Hospital is proud to assist local organizations designed to help animals in need. Among them, Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue is just one outfit that we’re very proud to align with. As most pet owners can attest to, it’s a huge incentive when an adoptable pet is already spayed or neutered.
This simple fact helps facilitate more adoptions than we can count (not to mention the impact the procedure makes on the community)! To that end, we spay or neuter the pets that Badass is trying to re-home. Continue…
February Is National Pet Dental Month: Why Your Dog/Cat Needs a Dental Cleaning at All Creatures Brooklyn Veterinarian
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Brushing your pet’s teeth may not be at the top of your to do list, but according to the to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80 to 85 percent of all pets have periodontal disease. That number jumps to 100 percent in pets over 4 years of age. In fact, it is the number one health problem diagnosed in dogs and cats.
Dental health is important to the overall health of your pet because it affects the health of the heart, lungs and kidneys, which is why it is important to provide your pet with proper daily dental care before there is a problem. February is the perfect time to get into this habit since it is National Pet Dental Health Month. Help protect your pet from periodontal disease, and read this week’s post with dental health tips for your pet.
Pet toothpaste may come in a variety of flavors such as beef, chicken or even peanut butter should your dog have a preference. Human toothpaste has detergent in it and is not recommended for dogs as the product is made for humans who rinse and spit.
Dr. Jan Bellows, president of the American Veterinary Dental College states, “Brushing is the gold standard, and many dogs and some cats will tolerate having their teeth brushed if the introduction to brushing is managed gently and gradually. In addition, several companion animal nutrition companies offer dental diets. The texture of those foods generates a mechanical cleansing effect on the surface of the tooth as the pet is eating. Dental treats such as chews can also be effective, either mechanically by scraping the tooth surface or by chemically removing excess calcium in saliva that could otherwise be deposited on the teeth as calculus. There are also plaque-retardant products available in the form of a water additive, spray or gel, and products that are used to seal the surface of the teeth to prolong the beneficial effect of professional dental scaling. Talk to your veterinarian for more advice about preventing dental disease in your pets.”
To address the significance of oral health care for pets, the AVMA sponsors National Pet Dental Health Month every February. Book an appointment today at All Creatures Brooklyn Veterinarian Hospital and Click on the links below to learn more about how you can improve the dental (and overall) health of your pets.
How much do you know about your pet’s dental health? Take this quiz to find out!
Dr. Sheldon Rubin gives easy, step-by-step instructions on how to teach a dog or cat to accept a daily tooth brushing. He also describes healthy treats, and explains the true risks of periodontal disease in pets.
Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition in cats and dogs even though it’s completely preventable. Dr. Cindy Charlier explains what periodontal disease is and how we can prevent our pets from getting it.
How often do you take your pet in for dental cleanings? Please remember; while February is National Pet Dental Health Month, dental health should be a daily ritual for pet owners all year long. What are some other ways you help support your pet’s dental health? Share your story with us on Facebook.
*Disclaimer*: If offering these treats to your dog, make sure to avoid adding spices and herbs as these often lead to GI upset.**
As pet owners, we are often warned about what foods not to share with our pups but sometimes it is hard to resist those puppy dog eyes. Here are 15 foods you can share with your dog!
Keep in mind that all dogs are different and just like people some dogs could be allergic to certain foods. Always try new foods in small amounts and watch for any side effects.
- Peanut Butter
- Green Beans
- Cottage Cheese
- Apple Slices
- Sweet Potatoes
You can make your own dog treats with these ingredients and more. Check out our DIY Dog Treats board on Pinterest for recipes! Enjoy these treats with your dogs this Winter and remember to always treat in moderation.
How To Greet A Dog
You know that feeling you get every time you see a new dog? That somewhat uncontrollable urge to run over scoop that pup up and snuggle it for hours. As tempting as it may be, think about it from the dog’s point of view, scary right? If a dog sees you as a threat they may feel like they have no choice other than to bite. Here are some tips on how to greet dogs in a non-threatening manner.
– Always ask the dog’s owner
– Do not make direct eye contact
– Approach the dog slowly
– Get down on their level
– Wait for them to approach you\
– Pet gently
– Pay attention to their body language
Have you ever considered that pain can be managed without drugs or surgery?
At All Creatures Vet Hospital of Brooklyn we are a Companion Animal Laser Therapy Pain Relief Center.
Drug Free. Surgery Free. Relief for your pet.
How does it work?
Laser light is delivered to the affected area by a non-invasive hand- piece. This Class IV laser light induces a biological response within the cells called “photo-bio-modulation” which leads to reduced pain, reduced inflammation, and increased healing speed. During treatment your pet may feel gentle soothing warmth.
What does it treat?
Many common chronic and acute conditions can be helped with Laser therapy.
To name a few:
-Degenerative Joint Disease
-Post Surgical Healing and Pain Relief
What are the treatment protocols?
Treatment protocols are unique to each patient and condition. Upon an initial Veterinary assessment, a plan will be created which will vary in time, complexity and cost. Often times, laser can also be used to enhance other treatment plans recommended by the Veterinarian.
What is your favorite thing about performing laser therapy?
“I really enjoy being able to see the progress in older pets becoming more mobile and comfortable.”
Now that we are settled in we are holding a kid friendly OPEN HOUSE on Sunday April 17th from 12-4pm to celebrate!! All Creatures Veterinary Hospital of Brooklyn has now been open for over a month and we are loving the neighborhood. If you haven’t checked out Washington Avenue, it embodies everything there is to love about Brooklyn. Bring the family for:
Kid Friendly Activities
- Does your child or pet have a favorite toy with a hole that needs mending? Get dressed up for surgery and help our vets fix them up!
- Learn what we see on a xray!
- Visit with adoptable cats and kittens!
Also enjoy snacks, receive goody bags for you and your pets, have a chance to win fantastic door prizes, and more!
We are looking forward to this opportunity to have some fun and answer any questions you have about us or our hospital.