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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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…

To Spay or Not to Spay: The Benefits of Spaying and Neutering Your Pet

What’s that saying? Something about how everyone has an opinion? Regardless of the exact wording, the underlying thought rings quite true, especially when it comes to spaying or neutering your pet.

Many believe spaying or neutering is a vital part of responsible pet ownership, while others question whether it’s truly the best option for our pets. At Mountainview Veterinary Hospital we believe the benefits of spaying and neutering far outweigh the risks for most of our pet patients. Let us share our reasoning with you.

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The Dog Owner’s Guide to Canine Influenza

By the time scientists at Cornell University and University of Wisconsin identified a virulent strain of canine influenza in 2015, it had sickened over 1,000 dogs in the Chicagoland area. Canine influenza continues to make an appearance each year, affecting pets in nearly every state.

Take a moment to learn more about canine influenza and how you can protect your furry loved ones.

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A Weighty Matter: Battling Pet Obesity

pet obesityImages of portly pups and chubby cats are practically everywhere we turn these days, and it’s hard to deny the cuteness of these sweet pets. The problem of overweight pets is no laughing matter, however. Overweight animals can succumb to many of the same health problems as overweight and obese humans, including heart disease, high blood pressure, joint pain, cancer, and diabetes.

With over 50% of U.S. pets falling into the overweight or obese categories, the time to act on this problem is now. Your team at Mountainview Veterinary Hospital is dedicated to helping pet owners learn more about the problem of pet obesity.

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A Year in Review: Mountainview Veterinary Hospital’s Top 10 Blogs of 2017

It’s that time of year when we bid farewell to the previous 12 months and collectively hum “Auld Lang Syne.” Written in the late 1700s by Robert Burns, this famous song succinctly asks the rhetorical question: should old times be forgotten?

As we look back at 2017, we are, in a word, gobsmacked. It continues to be our honor to serve the pets in our community and to help owners better care for their companions. With that in mind, we commit to writing and publishing a monthly blog. Sometimes, seasonal safety takes center stage; other months, we shake it up with disease prevention or behavioral issues. Either way, we hope you enjoy the Mountainview Veterinary Hospital pet care blog and look forward to learning more in 2018.

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My Pet Has Cancer. Now What?

The longer our pets live, the more sloppy kisses, morning snuggles, and long walks we get to enjoy with them. Nothing is without a tradeoff, though. As pets live longer their risk of being affected by cancer increases as well. In fact, one in four pets who reaches his or her senior years will be diagnosed with this unfortunate condition.

When a four-legged family member is diagnosed, many pet owners don’t know where to turn. If your pet has cancer, Mountainview Veterinary Hospital is here for you.

Defining Cancer

Cancer is a commonly used word, but it can remain vague. If your pet has cancer, it can mean a lot of things because cancer can affect any part of the body. Where the cancer is and how it is affecting the body’s normal structure and function can vary greatly.
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Itchy and Scratchy: What You Can Do for Pet Allergies

Itchy Ear DogAllergies – in one form or another – affect us all. From gluten to nuts, pollen to mold, latex to insect venom, allergies have the potential to ruin a really good day, week, or month. Animals can also have allergies, but sometimes, they’re difficult to pinpoint, diagnose, and treat. That’s why we offer the following tips and tricks for how to handle pet allergies.

The Real Struggle

Many pet allergies go unnoticed or undiagnosed, and symptoms can go on ad infinitum as a pet suffers needlessly. Once you know what to look for, you can help your pet get back on the road to wellness.
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The Dog Ate My Homework and Other Tales of Pet GI Obstructions

Playful and cute terrier dog chewing a toy at homePets, particularly those of the canine variety, have a way of shocking us when it comes to the things they ingest. Sometimes, these items can be toxic, leading to a veterinary emergency.

What Causes GI Obstructions

Gastrointestinal blockages (GI obstructions) occur as a result of an item becoming lodged in a pet’s esophagus, stomach, or intestinal tract. The item could be anything, including string, Christmas tree tinsel, plastic toys, rocks, sticks, coins, buttons, bones, or fragments of chew toys.

Symptoms will vary depending on the location of the GI obstruction. Signs of an esophageal blockage can be observed immediately and can include frequent swallowing, attempts to cough up the item, and regurgitation of food and liquids. A blockage in the stomach usually results in vomiting, preventing food from entering the small intestine. An intestinal blockage can lead to a distended abdomen, fever, and shock. Continue…

Outward Bound: Summer Pet Activities Your Fur Friend Will Love

dog sitting on rock by glacier lakeNothing says summer like time spent under the sunny skies, whether spiking a volleyball or working on the biggest cannonball splash at the local pool. And as a pet guardian, it is likely you’ll want to come up with some summer pet activities that are sure to be awesomely entertaining, too.

Luckily there are plenty of safe and enjoyable outdoor options for the adventurous fur friend and pet guardian.

The Great Outdoors

New Jersey is blessed with a number of natural areas, like Allamuchy Mountain Park, Jackson Avenue River Park, and Farny State Park, along and close proximity to mountains, lakes, and beaches. Continue…