Hip Dysplasia or a Luxating Patella? Common Pet Orthopedic Problems

Have you noticed a hitch in your pup’s giddyup? While you may know that the leg bone is connected to the knee bone, there are so many problems that affect your pet’s orthopedic health.

When you find yourself wondering, “Is it hip dysplasia or a luxating patella?” your team at MountainView Veterinary Hospital can help!

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The Benefits of Dog Training and Socialization

Dog owners typically seek out training because of the good it does for the household, but the truth is, dogs are the ones who benefit from the experience. Dogs don’t inherently know or understand what’s expected of them. They don’t always know how to play well with others or recognize boundaries. However, with proper training and socialization opportunities, dogs can become wonderful canine citizens!

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New Year, New Goals: Pet Weight Loss Tips to Get Back on Track

Pet weight loss can help keep pets healthy

For many of us who live in colder climates, seasonal weight gain is a fact of life. Unfortunately, our pets can also be affected. Less time outdoors and more time snuggled up on the couch can quickly lead to excess pounds, which are often difficult to shed.

Losing weight is rarely easy, but maintaining a healthy weight can add years to your pet’s life. The start of a new year is the perfect time to evaluate your pet’s lifestyle, starting with these pet weight loss tips from the team at Mountainview Veterinary Hospital!

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Presenting MountainView Veterinary Hospital’s Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2018

To say we’re grateful for all that has happened in 2018 would be an understatement. At MountainView Veterinary Hospital, our hearts are full after another wonderful year of serving New Jersey pets and their families. We love learning and keeping up with advances in veterinary care and supporting you and your pet as you plan for the future.

Pet owner education, both in-person and through our blogs, is an important part of how we connect with our patients and their families. That’s why we’re so pleased to bring you our top 5 pet care blogs of 2018!

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Third Wheel: How to Help Your Pet Adjust to Your New Baby

The reasons why people surrender their animals vary considerably, but sometimes this painful separation is triggered by a new baby at home. It doesn’t have to be this way, especially since owning pets helps expectant parents with their new roles and responsibilities. Plus, having pets around during emotional or stressful times (like pregnancy and the first few weeks after baby arrives) can make life easier and a lot more fun.

So, how can you help your pet adjust to your new baby? Time, practice, and loads of patience.

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The Cannabis Conundrum: Do Pot and Pets Mix?

Pot and pets don't mix when it comes to pet safety

As more and more states pass legislation to decriminalize marijuana, the medicinal and recreational use of the drug has grown rapidly in popularity across the country. It may only be a matter of time before New Jersey follows suit, meaning that pot could be showing up more frequently in many homes before too long.

When it comes to humans, marijuana has many reported benefits, but what about pot and pets? Whether you personally use it or not, it’s important for all pet owners to be aware of the very real danger of marijuana toxicity in animals.

Cannabis 101

Marijuana comes from the plant Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica and contains compounds (called cannabinoids) that alter brain function. The two main cannabinoids of interest to people are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), both of which are present in hemp and marijuana products.

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Don’t Fake It: Service Animals and Their Role

Service animals do important work and require consistent veterinary care to operate that their best.

If you’ve ever seen service animals at work, you’ve probably marveled at their loyalty, intelligence, and training. An estimated 50,000 Americans rely on service dogs every day. These animals accompany their handlers everywhere, performing tasks that allow people to live, work, and go to school.

Unfortunately, the rise of fake service animals has negatively impacted those who truly depend on their four-legged companions.

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Delicacy or Danger? What to do if Your Pet Eats Wildlife Poop

Should you call a veterinarian if your pet eats wildlife poop?Any pet owner who has observed their pet gobbling up deer, rabbit, raccoon, or other wildlife poop knows the particular combination of dismay, disgust, and concern that arises at the sight. Is there something wrong with your pet? Will they get sick? Why would they want to eat poop in the first place?

Diseases and parasites are a real concern If your pet eats wildlife poop. Knowing what to look for, as well as how to keep it from happening in the future, are key to your pet’s safety.

Causes of Coprophagia

The ingestion of poop by an animal, also known as coprophagia, is fairly common in dogs. There are a wide range of possible causes, including: Continue…

When It’s Time To Say Goodbye: Coping With Pet Loss

Woman's hand holding dog's pawVery little can compare with the deep sadness that accompanies the loss of a cherished pet. Whether we’ve raised them from babyhood, or were fortunate enough to welcome an older pet into our hearts and homes, the loss of that familiar face, mannerisms, and personality is often one of the most deeply devastating experiences we will face.

Sadly, our society generally doesn’t take the trauma and grief associated with pet loss as seriously as it should, and as a result many pet owners don’t give themselves the time and space to truly mourn the passing of such a special friend. At Mountainview Veterinary Hospital, we have found that taking the time to honor your pet in a way that is meaningful to you, as well as seeking support and resources as needed, can assist you and your family in adjusting to your new normal. Continue…

Home Again: Microchipping Your Pets

pet microchip

The American Humane Society estimates that 10 million pets are lost in the U.S. each year. They also estimate that 1in 3 pets will be lost at some point during their lifetime. Sadly, of these missing pets, only 2% of cats and 30% of dogs are ever reunited with their owners.

However, if your pet has a microchip, these statistics begin to look a little less scary. In fact, cats with a microchip have a 39% chance of being reunited with their owner, and 52% of microchipped dogs eventually find their way home again.

It’s clear that microchipping in pets is a good idea. Let the team at Mountainview Veterinary Hospital share more about what this process entails and how microchips work. Continue…