I know you’ll still need me. I know you’ll still feed me? When I’m 64! Make 7 your pet’s lucky number. It’s a common belief that dogs age seven years for each human year. And that’s pretty accurate, depending on his weight. But there’s another reason to consider this number as special: it’s typically when your […]

More than 85 percent of senior dogs and cats have serious dental problems including gingivitis and periodontal disease.               If left untreated, these diseases can affect the heart, liver and kidneys.   Periodontal Disease  Periodontal disease is a progressive and painful infection of the tissue surrounding the teeth. It starts out as a bacterial film called […]

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 […]

Dogs and cats that are “getting on” still need to get out there and keep moving. Mental stimulation is critical, too.  Try taking your cat’s favorite toys away for a few days and then “gifting” her with them. They may seem brand new and rekindle some of that waning energy. Teach her a simple new […]

We all know that the human-animal bond is a two-way street. The love and care you give your pet are returned in a variety of ways, from purring in your lap to protecting your family from strangers. Recent national and international studies now indicate even greater health benefits to pet owners, and we at Croton […]

We’re all familiar with “dog years,” but we tend to forget that our companion animals 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 weekly home physical exam. It’s quick, easy and oh so important. Your first […]

Because over 85 percent of senior dogs and cats have serious dental problems, including gingivitis and periodontal disease. If left untreated, these diseases can affect the heart, liver and kidneys. Imagine what your teeth would be like if you didn’t brush them for a year. Talk about bad breath! And disease! Now consider that your […]

  Make 7 your pet’s lucky number It’s a common belief that dogs age seven years for each human year. And that’s pretty accurate, depending on his weight. But there’s another reason to consider this number as special: it’s typically when your dog – and cat, too – enters his golden years and needs special […]

We at Croton Animal Hospital recommend that a physical examination for all older pets be performed semiannually.  In general, your pet is considered to be entering those “golden years” at age seven for dogs and age ten for cats. Many factors affect our pet’s life expectancy.  While some of these factors are not in our control, […]

We all know that the human-animal bond is a two-way street. The love and care you give your pet are returned in a variety of ways, from purring in your lap to protecting your family from strangers. Recent national and international studies now indicate even greater health benefits to pet owners, and we at Croton […]