On November 14-20, the CDC recognized “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week,” which aims to raise awareness of the proper usage of antibiotics. As animals are often also prescribed human medications, we wanted to take this time to teach our families about proper antibiotic dosing in pets.
One important thing to remember is, like humans, antibiotics are not always the solution. In fact, in many cases, like with humans, overuse of an antibiotic could lead to other concerns, such as nutrient deficiencies, an increased resistance to medication and the killing off of good bacteria that helps fight other diseases.
Of course, there are cases in which your pet should receive antibiotics, including for the treatment of infections that the pet may have already encountered or after a surgery, in order to ward off possible future infections. In these instances, it is important to remember to follow the dosing instructions provided by your veterinarian as every breed and size of animal will require differing amounts. It is also very important to note that, if your pet develops an infection, you should never administer an antibiotic (such as the leftover medicine in your cabinet from your toddler’s most recent ear infection) without first consulting your veterinarian.
If you are unsure whether you should administer an antibiotic to your pet, be sure to contact your local Central Veterinary Associates clinic for an evaluation. For more information, or to make an appointment, call our Valley Stream location, 24/7, 365, at (516) 825-3066 or visit www.centralvets.com.
From change in appetite to lethargy, there are many physical signs associated with pet diabetes, which is most commonly found in dogs. This includes excessive thirst and increase in water consumption, increased urination, significant weight loss, dehydration, urinary tract infections and unusually sweet-smelling or fruity-smelling breath. A simple exam with your veterinarian – which includes blood work and a urinalysis – will confirm whether your pet has diabetes.
Treating pet diabetes is also simple, for most dogs it’s a matter of regulating blood sugar, just like in humans. This can range from changing their diet to include high-fibers, insulin injections or, in extreme cases, intensive hospitalization in the early stages. In the cases of we suggest spaying female dogs as their sex organs can effect blood sugar levels.
Pet cancer is often as easily detectable as diabetes, with basic “sick pet” signs, such as excessive weight loss, lethargy/depression , changes in bathroom habits and lack of appetite. Other signs include bumps and tumors; strange odors from the mouth or ears; wounds that don’t heal and abnormal discharges, such as blood, pus, vomiting or diarrhea. More extreme conditions might include difficulty breathing and evidence of pain. As with diabetes, basic blood work and a urinalysis will help determine whether your pet has cancer.
As each there are many types and stages of cancer, which present differently in various species, treatment options will vary. In these cases, it is wise to consult with your veterinarian on the treatment options available to you. Our doctors are available for evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of your pet. For more information or to make an appointment, call (516) 825-3066 or visit www.centralvets.com.
Adopt a Senior Pet
National Adopt a Senior Pet Month runs through the end of November. As part of this celebration, shelters and rescues around the country are encouraging pet lovers to adopt a senior pet, which is considered the most difficult group to place with “furever” families. These animals run a higher risk of euthanasia and often live out their golden years in shelters. But, what families don’t consider is that these pets can be the best addition, as they are usually well-trained and house broken. If you are thinking about adding a new [old] pet to your family, please call us at (516) 825-3066 for assistance.
From pets to wild creatures, animals play a vital part of our daily lives, such as companionship and sources of nutrition. That’s why it’s important to protect all animals; big or small, feathered, scaled, hoofed, pawed, or otherwise – and to understand the key ways in which to care for them in their time of need. Initially started by the PALS Foundation, an organization aimed at finding the best approach to helping people and animals coexist to provide the most benefits to nature, this nationally recognized dedication promotes the handling and care of both domestic and wild animals to better encourage a happy ecosystem.
When it comes to domesticated animals, one of the most important things you can do is to understand their needs and providing the necessary support. Pet owners, specifically, should implement the following:
- Provide collars with updated ID tags and micro-chipping your pet to ensure their safe return, should they ever become lost.
- Keep all poisons, toxins and other dangerous items out of the reach of pets.
- Purchase pet insurance, which will help with the costs of unexpected injuries or illnesses.
- Implement an Emergency Preparedness Plan for cases of extreme weather and evacuations.
- Learn about the best ways to travel safely with your pet.
Those who love animals, but do not currently own a pet, can become involved by fostering pets looking for a permanent home, volunteering at a local animal shelter or donating money or supplies to animal organizations.
Central Veterinary Associates’ hospital in Valley Stream is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information or to make an appointment, call (516) 825-3066 or visit www.centralvets.com.
Vet examining cat with stethoscope
Fifteen years ago, with hurricane season well underway, winter storms right around the corner and the after effects of the terrorist attacks, the Federal Emergency Management Agency declared September as National Preparedness Month. In recognition of this nationwide initiative, Central Veterinary Associates (CVA) is reminding pet owners to remember their pets in their emergency preparedness plans.
As last year’s theme of Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today was such a large success, FEMA is continuing the focus this year with added attention set on a continuing emphasis of preparedness for children, elderly and people with disabilities or other functional needs. The theme’s overall focus is on floods, wildfires, hurricanes and power outages. For these, and all natural and man-made disasters, Americans are encouraged to create an emergency kit containing enough food, water, medications and other consumables to last up to ten days. This kit can save lives and reduce distress in the event of a natural disaster.
Pet owners should take extra precautions in their emergency planning by locating a safe place to take your pet, such as to a relative, local veterinarian or animal shelter, as some emergency shelters do not allow pets. CVA also urges pets to be microchipped as it will help to locate a pet should they become separated from an owner and a collar falls off. In the event that a disaster occurs without warning, all pet owners should have an animal-friendly emergency kit that includes pet medication and medical records, sturdy leashes and harnesses and/or carriers to transport the animal, food, water, litter box, scoops and garbage bags, the veterinarian’s contact information, current photos of the animal in case they get lost and the pet’s bed or toys (if easily transportable).
“Leaving your pets out of your emergency plan and kit can put pets, pet owners and first responders in danger,” says Dr. John Charos, DVM, President/CEO, Central Veterinary Associates. “Preparation makes a difference, so it is important to have your pet microchipped along with an emergency plan, kit and designated area for your family and pet to stay safe should a disaster occur. CVA offers microchipping services and pet boarding that has a veterinarian make regular rounds to ensure your pet’s comfort and administer medications during their stay.”
CVA keeps its hospital in Valley Stream open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, even in the event of a natural disaster. For more information or to make an appointment, call 1 (888) 4CVA-PET (428-2738) or visit www.centralvets.com.
It’s safe to say that pets and their owners both get tired of being cooped up indoors. YOU might have the chance to spend a few hours at a local park, but can your dog come along? The good news is that there are an increasing numbers of Long Island parks and recreation areas that allow dogs. As you make your outdoor plans, here are some of our top picks for pet-friendly outdoor destinations near you.
- Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens: Enjoy a stroll (or a jog) through the historic grounds of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fair with your dog. You’ll enjoy the scenery, he’ll enjoy the exercise. Even better, in certain areas of the park before 9 a.m. or after 9 p.m., you can let him off the leash! Many other parks in Queens provide dog-friendly facilities; check this list for details.
- Bay Park, East Rockaway: Although dogs aren’t allowed in county parks in Nassau County, Bay Park on the south shore of Long Island offers a special dog run where your pet can socialize and roam off-leash. A few other county parks in Nassau offer dog runs; check this list for details.
- Hempstead State Park, Hempstead: Easily accessible from the Southern State Parkway, this state park includes a dog-friendly area near its South Pond. Keep in mind that dogs have to be on a leash no more than six feet long. A park map is available here.
- Coindre Hall, Huntington: This little-known park on Long Island’s North Shore is a popular destination for dog lovers. Dogs and their owners alike can enjoy romping on the spacious lawns adjoining the hall, a former Gold Coast mansion, as well as wandering down to the shore of Huntington Harbor.
- Gardiner County Park, Bay Shore: If you have the time for an excursion into Suffolk County, consider visiting this park off Montauk Highway near the Robert Moses Causeway. According to the website BringFido, Gardiner County Park is known for being “extremely dog-friendly,” and it is easy to see why. Amenities include plenty of on-leash trails, waste disposal stations and even a doggie water fountain. If your pet loves swimming, she can even paddle around in the Great South Bay!
These are just a few of the dog-friendly parks Long Island has to offer. You can also check out these lists of pet-friendly destinations in the New York area from CBS and Newsday.
As you enjoy the great outdoors with your dog, always remember to bring plenty of water for both of you, make sure your pet is protected by flea and tick medication and watch for signs of dehydration and heat exhaustion. And as always, never leave your pet alone in a car.
If you have any questions or your pet has any health issues, don’t hesitate to call us at 1 (888) 4CVA-PET (428-2738). Our Valley Stream office is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.