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Is Your Pet Overweight?

We know that it is so hard not to feed your pet as many treats as his little heart desires, especially when he looks at you with those big brown eyes. However, overfeeding your pet could put him in serious danger. Overweight pets are more at risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and arthritis. Not to mention they may not be able to keep up with their friends while at play! Assessing your pet’s bodyweight is not hard. Most of the time, you can simply look at your pet to determine if he is the correct weight. If you pet is at the ideal weight, you can feel his ribs, but not see them. If you can see them, he is too skinny, but if you cannot feel them, he is overweight. Dogs and cats should have a tapered waist rather than an oval belly. If a pet has a protruding belly and excessive neck fat, he may even be obese. You can also research your pet’s body condition score chart, specific to each breed. These show pictures of pets weight classes, and what the ideal body shape for your pet should be. Most websites rate bodies from 1-5 or 1-10, with the ideal body shape falling somewhere towards the middle. This provides a visual way for you to see if your pet matches the picture of the ideal body weight. The best way to determine if your pet is overweight is to take him to the veterinarian. Your pet’s vet can determine precisely how much weight your pet needs to lose, and can help you figure out a plan... read more

What To Do With Your Pets While You’re On Vacation

With the beautiful, sunny weather we’ve been having lately, you probably have one last vacation planned this summer. Many people limit vacations or avoid them all together because they don’t want to leave their pets behind. Although this is a very kind gesture for your pet, it’s not necessary. You should make your pet a priority, but you don’t have to alter your relaxation time for your pet. There are several options for your pet while you’re on vacation. We will discuss a few of these options and when is the best time to use them. 1. Boarding: Pet boarding is like vacation for your pet too! Most boarding facilities let your pet play with the others during the day, go on walks, and some even offer grooming. At night, your pet will probably be put in a kennel to sleep. If choosing pet boarding, be sure to pick a trustworthy kennel with good online reviews. You want to make sure your pet will be in good hands! This solution probably offers the most worry-free option for your pet while on vacation, but it can be very expensive. 2. Leave your pet with a friend: A cheaper option that still ensures your pet would still get adequate care is to leave him with a friend or family member. Ask you friend well in advance so they can plan and prepare for your pet’s stay. Take your pet’s food and water bowl, as well as his bed and any of his favorite toys. You may want to take your pet to your friends house prior to your vacation to make... read more

How You Can Help Pets In A Shelter

There are so many pets in shelters, and they need help. Although it would be wonderful if we could just all adopt a shelter pet, that’s not always possible. Many of you already have pets and do not want another one. However, you can still help the shelter pets without adopting them. We’ve outlined a few ways you can help the shelter pets live a longer, happier life. 1. Volunteer We recommend volunteering at animal shelters because it allows you to help the animals without spending any money or using your home. Simply going to the shelter and petting kittens or walking dogs can make their day. Unfortunately, many shelters have so many animals they cannot devote enough time to each one individually. That’s where volunteers come in! 2. Donate If you would like to help out, but don’t have time to volunteer at the shelter we recommend donating. If you donated food and toys to the shelters, then they could use their money on other things, like larger facilities. 3. Foster Fostering and animal can be such a rewarding experience. When you foster an animal, you keep him at your house until he can find a forever home. This allows the animal to get out of the shelter and makes room for more animals to come in. Fostering an animal can save him from being euthanized. Unfortunately, many shelters are overpopulated and simply cannot care for the number of animals that need homes. Many shelters offer foster programs where they pay for vet bills, and some even pay for food! Call you local shelter today to ask about... read more

Pets and Children

  Having pets and kids can be overwhelming for all parties. Many animals get along well with kids and instinctually realize they should be treated gently and with more tolerance. However, some pets need some encouragement when first interacting with children. Additionally, children should be taught how to properly interact with animals. When your pets and your children don’t get along, the results can be terrible. Although dog bites are fairly rare, about half of all dog bite victims in the U.S. are children. To prevent any accidents like this from occurring, we’ve outlined tips to help your pet and child get along. You need to teach your children how to properly interact with animals. Most family pets are not naturally aggressive, but will become defensive when triggered. The following list provides things you should teach your child never to do: 1. Startle a dog. When your pet is sleeping, you should never abruptly wake him. Having a child romp around a sleeping dog is never a good idea. You should also teach your child never to pull a dogs tail at any time or stick items in his nose, mouth, or ears. 2. Messing with his stuff. Many dogs become possessive over toys, food or bones. Teach your child never to bother him when he has something he feels he owns. A dog could easily become aggressive if a child reaches out to him while he’s eating. 3. Running away. Although your children should be cautious around your dogs, they should still know that they are his master. If they become scared and run away, some dogs may... read more

Introducing Dogs and Cats

Although the stereotype is that dogs and cats are sworn enemies, many dogs and cats can happily live together. Some can even be friends! In this blog, we will help you learn how to properly introduce your dog and cats, and how to ensure they have a lasting relationship. When introducing a dog and cat, you need to be aware that they will need time to know each other. Dogs who are gentle and do not like to chase small animals will be easier to introduce, but even predatory dogs can learn not to chase cats. The cat will also likely take while to accept the new dog since cats are usually less friendly and more independent. Your cat will be more likely to accept a smaller, calmer dog, but can also learn to accept any type of dog. Dogs who have never lived with cats will usually fall under three types of reactions. Play: If your dog is young and energetic, he may treat your cat like another dog and simply try to play, especially if your cat is curious and brave. This can be the start of a great friendship if your cat plays back, but many cats will react in defense and claw or hiss at your dog. Because cats are generally not as rambunctious as dogs, they may not respond well to the dog’s nipping and chasing. Regardless of how you cat reacts, play between dogs and cats should be closely monitored because most dogs don’t respond appropriately to the cat’s warning signs that she’s had enough. Remember that dogs can hurt small animals without... read more

Fourth of July Prep

Although fireworks are a must-see spectacle on the fourth of July for most people, many animals fear them. Nearly eighty percent of pet owners report owning a pet who is afraid of fireworks. Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible for your pets to avoid fireworks this holiday weekend. However, there are a few precautions you can take to ensure your pet enjoys the holiday as much as you do. If your furry friend has shown these signs of stress in the past, then you need to be aware that fireworks upset him and take precautionary measures to ensure that he does not hurt himself. If you have a new pet, the following list shows signs of stress to look for. • Cats: running away, soiling the house, hiding away and refusing to eat • Dog: barking a lot, running away, soiling the house, hiding and cowering, clinging to owners, whimpering, trembling and shaking, pacing and panting, and refusing to eat Here are a few tips you can follow to be sure to try to prevent your pet from showing these signs of stress. 1. Plan. You need to know when fireworks will be going off in your area. Be sure to call the neighbors and contact the city to find out when and where fireworks are going off so you know far enough in advance when you should prepare your pet. Take your pet on a walk before the fireworks start so he can go to the bathroom and get some of his energy out. Be sure to go enough in advance that if the fireworks start early, you will... read more

Pet Owner Responsibility: How To Ensure You Pet Lives a Long, Happy Life

  When you share your life with an animal, you are responsible for that animal. Average annual pet care costs range from $1,1314 – $1,843 for dogs and $1,035 for cats (ASPCA). Pet health care is very important to pet parents, but as technology is advancing so are costs. It takes a lot of resources to run a 24/7/365 animal hospital. Although we would love to save all animals, we unfortunately cannot do it for free. That is why pet parents should plan for unexpected events in their pet’s lives. We offer several tips so if your pet becomes unexpectedly ill, you can afford the healthcare he needs. 1. Be Proactive The best way to plan for unexpected vet bills is to prevent them in the first place by seeing your routine veterinarian once a year. This enables your veterinarian to detect a problem and fix it before emergency care is needed. That is the reason we developed our Protected For Life Program. Pets that are members of our Protected for Life program receive FREE vaccinations for the rest of their life! In years gone by, pets went to the veterinarian every year for their annual vaccinations. The vaccines are very important, but the true reason that pets needed to come in every year was for their annual examination by their doctor. Many vaccines are effective for several years-the unwanted side effect of this discovery is that now many pets are missing out on their annual wellness checkup and on professional veterinary advice. By becoming a member of the Protected for Life, we feel we have solved the problem... read more

How To Make Your Pet Feel More Comfortable At The Vet

Unfortunately, many animals fear a trip to the vet, but we are hoping to change that and give your pet an enjoyable experience. We know you share our goal of making your pet feel safe and comfortable when visiting the Animal Hospital of Nashua, so we’ve put together a few tips to help you and your pet prepare for the trip to the vet’s office. 1. It all starts with the carrier. Most pets only see the carrier when it’s time to go to the vet, which makes it difficult to get them in it when you bring it out. We recommend keeping the carrier in a location where your pet can see it on a daily basis. Although a carrier probably won’t fit in with your living room décor, you can try to place it in the laundry room or another less frequently seen space. If your pet gets comfortable with the carrier, it will probably be less nervous and more willing to go inside it. 2. Cars are fun! For many animals (especially cats), riding in the car always results in going to the veterinarian and getting a shot. This makes them anxious before they even get to the office. Therefore, we recommend changing it up and taking your pet on a car ride to a place he will enjoy. For dog owners, drive to a dog park or a hiking trail to teach your best bud that car rides can be fun. For cats, it’s not as easy. If you’re not sure of an enjoyable location to take your feline friend, you could simply take your... read more

Summertime Safety Tips

  With the start of Summer right around the corner, it’s important to know how to properly care for your pet in the heat. Along with Summer often comes outdoor activities, beach outings, and more fun with your furry friend! It’s important to keep in mind, however, that Summertime comes along with some extra precautions you should take when caring for your animal. We’ve outlined a few tips to help you and your pet have an awesome summer! 1. DO NOT leave your pet in the car. Even with the windows cracked, the car can reach extremely hot temperatures in only a matter of minutes. This makes your dog more likely to become dehydrated or suffer from overheating. Although Fido may love to ride, you should only bring him along if you are going somewhere that he can go too. Even if you think you will only be in the store for a few minutes, your dog should never be left alone in a hot car because unexpected events do happen, and you may be gone longer than you planned. 2. Keep water available to your animal at all times. Never let your pet’s water bowl go empty during the summer, especially if he stays outside. It is important to keep an ample water supply available to your animal at all times to ensure he is properly hydrated. If possible, add ice cubes to your pet’s water to help keep him hydrated and cool. He will likely enjoy this little treat! 3. Limit Exercise. We all know it’s important for your dog to get exercise, but on especially hot... read more