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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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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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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How Hurricane Preparedness Impacts Pet Safety

Stormy Weather Ahead Road Sign Against Dark Ominous SkyMore than a million pets perished when Hurricane Katrina displaced scores of people in 2006 – and those sobering numbers transformed the way people prepare and deal with pets during a natural disaster. As a result, the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act was passed by Congress in the fall of 2006, mandating that state and local disaster plans include pets and pet rescue.

Hurricane Sandy touched all of our lives, here in New Jersey and around the globe. But thankfully, our pets were a little safer and pet owners more prepared thanks to the PETS Act. When you prepare for the worst possible scenario, considering pet safety is not only possible, it’s a must. Continue…

How to Safely Tackle the World of Kids And Pets

Afraid of the dogThe human-animal connection is powerful at any age, but the wonder of childhood inspires a truly magical relationship. Pets can easily become a child’s best friend, protector, and co-conspirator, but only if certain supports and guidelines are in place. Safety is vitally important to the world of kids and pets, and you can look to our team for reliable help and advice.

A Good Combo

Kids and pets go together like milk and cookies, peanut butter and jelly, cheese and crackers, etc. However, to nurture this excellent combination, a careful observance of personal space is required. Whether you currently own a pet, are looking to adopt, or want to prevent injuries from other pets, our techniques will keep both kids and pets safe. Continue…

Your Summer Pet Safety Checklist

Dog on block of iceSummer may be halfway over, but you and your pet likely aren’t ready to stop enjoying the sun and warm weather just yet. However, dehydration, heatstroke and a slew of other complications can quickly turn summer fun into a summer emergency if we aren’t careful.

Take a moment to bone up on summer pet safety, and what to do if things take an unexpected turn for the worse. Continue…