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 […]

Disaster preparedness quiz An emergency has occurred in your town, and you have 45 minutes to evacuate. Are you prepared to take your pets with you? Do you… Have carriers for all your pets? Have all pets with ID tags or microchip ID? Know where you can go with your pets in the event of […]

Summer, too.  Since dogs and cats don’t bathe daily with soap and water, and they have fur to protect them form the elements, dry skin or coat is often an indication of poor health or nutrition, or physical problems.  Flaking, dandruff or excessive shedding can be addressed with diet change, nutritional supplements or medication. By […]

Showering your dogs with love by means of big meals and lots of tasty treats is sweet, but misguided.  In dogs, as with you humans, overeating and extra weight can lead to serious health problems. Obesity develops when energy intake exceeds energy requirements.  This excess energy is then stored as fat.  The majority of obesity […]

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 […]

Probably the best prescription for winter’s chill is to keep your furry friends inside with you. The happiest dogs are those that are taken out frequently for walks and exercise but kept inside the rest of the time. Don’t leave your pets outside when the temperature drops. They are sensitive to severe cold and are […]

Fall is full of fun and treats for you and your family. Help ensure that everyone – including your pet – has a Happy Halloween by following these “safety treats” when preparing for the frightfully fun festivities. • Keep your pet in a quiet place, away from trick-or-treaters and other noisy Halloween activities. • Dogs […]

• 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 […]