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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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…

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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An Abundance of Fall Pet Safety Tips and Tricks

There’s a noticeable crisp in the air these days. Acorns are falling and animals everywhere are preparing for the long frost. The sights, smells, and temperatures of autumn have not escaped the scrutiny of your observant pet. In fact, he or she may be busily anticipating all that fall has to offer. Romps in leaf piles, squirrel chases, or bird watching are prime autumnal activities, but catastrophes can occur when fall pet safety takes the backburner.

Dim to Dark

The earlier twilight hours close in on extended walks in the evening. Plan ahead to accommodate your dog’s needs by getting out earlier. Be sure to gear up with reflective vests, blinking lights, and even booties to protect the paws from cold or wet asphalt.

Aches and Pains

Speaking of cold, wet weather, provide soft, cushy bedding for your senior or arthritic pet. Be sure to eradicate chilling drafts, install ramps, and provide access to insulating blankets.

Are We There Yet?

Dogs and cats used to company throughout the day may feel a bit lonely now that school and afternoon activities are in full swing. Schedule a dog walker or pet sitter to play with your pet or make sure they have enough things to play with. Food puzzles are always a win!

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Understanding the Proposed New Jersey Cat Declawing Ban

Cat ClawsDid you know that lawmakers in our great state are pushing through legislation that may make declawing your cat illegal? Keep reading to learn what you need to know about the proposed cat declawing ban facing New Jersey.

Understanding the Controversy Behind the Cat Declawing Ban

People have chosen to have their cats declawed almost as long as cats have been kept as pets. Just because it is a long-standing practice, however, does not mean it is without controversy.

Many people fail to understand what actually happens when a cat is declawed. The surgical procedure, called an onychectomy, involves disarticulating the last joint in each toe, removing the last bone in each digit. A cat who is front declawed undergoes ten amputations. Removing this bone does affect the way that a cat functions and moves, and although pain in cats is difficult to detect, it is likely painful in the short-term.
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Pets as Presents: How to Avoid an Unpleasant Surprise

Christmas puppyWhen people elect to give pets as presents, their intentions are often good. After all, what’s better and more exciting than a new puppy or kitten waiting under the Christmas tree?

Sadly, this trend can backfire, creating unwanted stress for the new owner and, even worse, can create a risky situation for the pet.

Is the Recipient Really Ready?

While your Aunt Cecile may be responsible enough for a new cat, is she really ready for the commitment? Likewise, a young child (and sometimes even a reluctant teen) should not be relied on to fulfill all the daily care needs of a new pet.

It’s safe to say that if your child is younger than 12 years old, you will need to assume the responsibility of pet care or assign daily chores to an older member of the family. In this case, are YOU ready?
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