Flea, Tick, and Heartworm Prevention

heartworm preventionSpring has finally sprung! The Rockaway flora and fauna are just starting to awaken after a long, cold winter, and we bet your dog and cat can’t wait to enjoy some spring adventures with you.

But wait! Before you head outside to do yard work, hike, or take a trip to the dog park, we want to remind you that parasites are not only a springtime threat. Flea, tick, and heartworm prevention is important to your pet’s health and longevity throughout the year. Cats and dogs need 12 months of protection to ensure they are safeguarded from parasitic disease.

Read on to learn why!

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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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Freedom From Summer Pet Anxiety

summer pet anxietyWhile most people revel in all the great things summer has to offer, there are pet owners out there who absolutely dread the months between Memorial Day and Labor Day – and for good reason. Thunderstorms, fireworks, and crowds all contribute to a heightened sense of summer pet anxiety, but there are ways to avoid the panic. By reducing triggers, you’ll not only keep an anxious, fearful pet safe this summer, you can also minimize potential damage to overall health. Who could argue with that?

Honing In

Obvious triggers will be storms and fireworks, but sometimes, a pet can experience a reaction to something we cannot see, hear, smell, or otherwise detect. For instance, the subtlest drops in barometric pressure can be felt by a sensitive animal and result in full-blown summer pet anxiety.

Don’t Let it Happen to You

The best approach to summer pet anxiety is multi-fold. First, if you know your pet doesn’t like fireworks, parades, or crowds, simply stay with him or her at home. The second part of your defense involves your pet’s microchip. If your pet doesn’t have a chip or if you need to update contact information, we’re happy to assist.

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It’s About Time…For Summer Pet Safety!

summertime pet safeyThe classic musical Carousel focuses on an ill-fated love story between a carnival barker and a local Maine woman that catches his eye. Full of big chorus numbers, it’s hard to forget one of the most popular songs “June is bustin’ out all over.” While we may not have winters as long as they do up north, we can finally do a little “June” dance now that the cold days are over.

We hope that you allow for some fun this season, but if your plans involve a four-legged friend, be sure to check out this primer on summer pet safety.

Sizzle, Fry, and Burn?

While New Jersey has relatively mild summer temperatures, we’re famous for our hair-wilting humidity. People certainly tend to complain about the mugginess, but how does this weather affect your pet?
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