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 […]

You know how it is. You have a million questions about your pet before you get to the veterinary clinic, but when asked, your mind goes blank. Veterinarians rely on you to be your pet’s voice, so that you can share information about how your pet is behaving – including eating, drinking, sleep, urinating and/or […]

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, […]

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 […]

According to a 2014 survey by apartments.com, 72% of renters have pets.  Most pet parents consider their pets part of the family, and would never move somewhere that wouldn’t allow them to come, too.  So why not welcome them to your property? The Facts on Welcoming Pets Fifty years ago, pets in apartments were somewhat […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]