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 […]

Off-leash parks are a great outlet for dogs to run and play with other dogs in a securely fenced area. Follow these basic etiquette tips for bark parks: HEALTHY, IMMUNIZED DOGS ONLY It’s amazing how many people will bring a dog with kennel cough, fleas, mange or other health problems. Bringing an un-vaccinated dog to […]

Sadly, of the 4.5 million people bitten by dogs each year, too many of them are children. But nobody wants to be a canine chew toy, so here are the best ways to stay off the menu: Never approach a strange dog, especially one that’s tied up or confined. Always assume a dog that doesn’t […]

Not many subjects “breed” more misinformation than the spaying and neutering of our companion animals. With the help of the Humane Society, let’s separate rumor from truth: Rumor: Males will become less so after being neutered. Truth: In fact, they won’t suffer any emotional reaction or change of personality. Pets have no concept of sexual […]

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, […]

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 […]

• 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 […]

It’s a touchy-feely thing you do when you’re petting your pet anyway We’re all familiar with “dog years,” but we sometimes forget that our beloved pets will be with us for a precious few of them. One way to maximize the good times and minimize the bad is to give your pet a monthly home […]

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 […]