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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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…

New Pet? No Problem!

new pet wellnessYou’ve finally done it! After lots of soul searching, research, and preparation, your new pet is finally ready to come home. Congratulations! But where do you go from here?

Whether you’re adopting your first pet or adding to your brood, the team at Mountain View Veterinary Hospital has you covered. We hope our tips will help you and your new pet make a smooth and successful transition from virtual strangers to beloved family.

New Pet Basics

Providing your new pet with a healthy and supportive home environment is essential to their long term health and well being. Give your new pet the best chance for success by making sure you consider the following factors: Continue…

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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A Gift From the Heart: Helping Animal Shelters for the Holidays

helping animal sheltersGenerosity, sharing, and appreciation for all that we have are hallmark themes of the holiday season. As we gather with our loved ones to give thanks for all that we have, it is only natural to want to extend our resources to those less fortunate, as well.

For some, that may mean filling up donation bins for area food banks or donating winter wear to those in need, but for animal lovers, your thoughts may be on lending a hand to shelter pets this winter, instead. Like so many other charities, animal shelters and rescue organizations are always in need of assistance. From monetary gifts to gifts of time, these nonprofits depend on us to keep their doors open and to continue helping our less-fortunate animal friends.

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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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Happily Ever After: What To Know About Including A Pet In The Wedding

MtnView_iStock_000064736565_LargeSpring has arrived, which means wedding season is also in full bloom. For many couples, gatherings of family and friends would not be complete without a beloved pet (or two!) in the mix. Including pets in life’s important milestones has become increasingly popular in recent years, and more and more and more couples are involving their dog, cat, cockatiel, llama, or bearded dragon lizard as part of the ceremony.

There is a lot of planning and preparation involved with having an animal present at an important event. Keep the following important ideas in mind as you create your ideal day.

What To Consider Before Including Your Pet In The Wedding

Weddings are all about planning! Take these tips into consideration before deciding whether or not to include your pet in the wedding: Continue…