The Ten Commandments of a Responsible Pet Owner By: Stan Rawlinson 1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be very painful. 2. Give me time to understand what you want from me. 3. Place your trust in me – it is crucial for my well-being. 4. Don’t […]

Rabbits are intelligent, social creatures and wonderful companions to people who take the time to learn about their needs. SPAY, NEUTER AND BUNNY-PROOFING Although most rabbits will use a litterbox, hormones may cause unneutered males and unspayed females to “mark territory.” Spaying or neutering your rabbit improves litterbox habits, lessens chewing behavior, and decreases territorial […]

Over 40 cats from the Animal Care Centers of New York City (ACC) facility in Manhattan have tested positive for low pathogenic avian influenza A, H7N2 (LPAI). Testing was done by the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine and confirmed by USDA’s National Veterinary Diagnostic Services Laboratory. This virus is different from the seasonal […]

Be Kind to Animals Week® is the longest running, most successful humane education campaign in America, and has been supported by several U.S. presidents, celebrities from Shirley Temple to John Wayne, Eleanor Roosevelt to Betty White, and even Dennis the Menace and Porky Pig. Croton Animal Hospital celebrates the role animals play in our lives, […]

Just one mosquito bite can be potentially deadly for your dog or cat, because mosquitos carry the parasite that causes heartworm disease.  In the past, heartworm was thought to be a summertime threat to dogs in the southern United States. Now the disease is known to be a serious risk to both dogs and cats, […]

Tis the season for family, food, and festivities.  It’s also when furry family members can be injured by frolicking in the proverbial forbidden fruit.  To make things merrier, Croton Animal Hospital offers some tips on reducing the holiday stress on your pets. –Mistletoe and holly may look intriguing but they’re also toxic, as are amaryllis […]

Dogs generally like to please and to be loved by their family. Some basic training with positive reinforcement will help your dog earn a gold medal for good behavior. General Training Tips • Start training at an early age; dedicate time each day. • Make sure everyone in the household is teaching him the same […]

Learning that the animal you love has arthritis can be hard on both of you.  However, there are medications, therapies, and ways you can adapt your home to help your pet enjoy life. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition of the joints in which the normal cartilage cushion breaks down.  Eventually, adjacent bones rub against each […]

• When you first bring your new dog home, confine him to one or two rooms or use baby gates. • Keep the dog confined until the cat is comfortable moving around the house and approaching the baby gate to investigate. • Set up some controlled meetings. Put the dog on a lead and walk […]

The love and care you give your pet is returned in many ways, from a warm purr to courageous protection.  The foundation of our practice is enriching that bond, and providing the highest standards of medical care to help your pets live healthy, happy lives. In that spirit, we teach preventive techniques to pet owners […]