What to Consider When Getting a Rabbit

We’re nearing the Easter holiday, a time when many families decide to add a floppy-eared, hop-along friend to their home. But, like any pet, owning a bunny means committing to a lifetime of love and care.

One of the most important things to remember is that most domesticated indoor rabbits will live for upwards of 12 years.… Read the rest

The Importance of Your Pet’s Dental Health

February is National Pet Dental Health Month

In recognition of Pet Dental Health Month, CVA reminds pet owners that protecting their fanged friends’ health should be a daily happening.

Let’s be honest, most pet owners aren’t too keen on looking in their furry friend’s mouth.… Read the rest

What Bird Should You Get?

January is National Adopt a Rescued Bird month and we think it’s the perfect time to put some attention on our avian friends. Determined by archaeologists to have once walked the earth with dinosaurs, birds started out as bipedal animals that evolved to develop flight by flapping their wings to produce thrust.… Read the rest

Pet Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

Six holiday tips to keep your furry friends safe and healthy…

… and avoid an unwanted trip to the vet.

1) Keep the feast on the table, NOT under it – Eating turkey (or ham), even a small amount, can cause a life-threatening condition, known as pancreatitis, in pets.… Read the rest

Keep Your Pets Healthy This Winter Season

With winter approaching, it is extremely important to get your senior pets in tip-top shape to get them through the long, cold months. Given that November is National Pet Cancer Month and National Pet Diabetes Month, now is the perfect time to learn more about the symptoms and treatment of these pet diseases, and to have your pets checked for any signs of diabetes or cancer.… Read the rest

Howl-O-Ween Safety Tips

Costumes, treats, parties and more make Halloween a beloved family tradition across Long Island. But, did you know that it’s one of the most dangerous days of the year to be a family pet? According to the Pet Poison Hotline, it receives a 12% increase in the number of critical care and toxicology calls during the week of Halloween, making it the organization’s busiest time of the year.… Read the rest

Preparing for Natural Disasters

Following the devastation that took place in Texas after Hurricane Harvey, many livestock animals and family pets were left behind to suffer in the floodwaters.As hurricane season continues to rage on through November CVA is once again reminding everyone of the steps necessary to ensure the safety of all animals.… Read the rest

Top Five Low Maintenance Pets

1. Fish: Most types of fish (freshwater) are inexpensive to buy, and fish tank maintenance is minimal after the initial investment of a tank and aquarium supplies. The best fish for toddlers are inexpensive, durable fish, such as goldfish. Maintenance will be simply feeding once or twice a day, and cleaning the fishbowl or aquarium once a week.… Read the rest

Animal Rights Awareness Week: June 18-24

Animal Rights Awareness Week will take place from June 18 to June 24. Animal rights is the idea that non-human animals are entitled to the possession of their own lives and that their most basic interests, like the need to avoid suffering, should be given the same attention as that of humans.… Read the rest

Robotic Pets Help People Suffering with Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Doctors and researchers are constantly trying to find new ways to help people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia lead better lives. Last month, the latest tool to help improve the lives of these patients came out – a robotic stuffed animal that is designed to stimulate, calm and nurture actions in patients who may be depressed or experiencing anxiety.… Read the rest

Animal Disaster Preparedness

May 8 was National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day and, in recognition, CVA is taking this time to remind all pet owners of the importance of having a disaster plan for your pets. For all natural and man-made disasters, pet owners are encouraged to create an emergency kit containing ten days’ worth of food, water, medications and other consumables for both themselves and their pets.… Read the rest

Do Birds Need to See a Veterinarian?

CVA was recently interviewed by the Long Island Herald on the topic of veterinary care for avian pets. The question was whether birds need routine checkups, and the answer was “yes” as this is the best way to avoid diseases. A vet will check for basic things, such as drastic weight changes, but will also ensure that your pet does not have parasites or abnormal bacteria.… Read the rest

Springtime Allergies are Not Just a Human Annoyance

Everyone knows that people of all ages suffer from seasonal allergies. In fact, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology estimates that more than 50 million Americans are affected by allergies each year. But, Central Veterinary Associates (CVA) is reminding pet owners that allergies are also extremely common in cats and dogs.… Read the rest

Central Veterinary Associates Recognizes National Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

As animal rights supporters, Central Veterinary Associates (CVA) encourages all Long Islanders to take time to recognize National Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. Sponsored each year by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), this very important month aims to raise awareness of the multitude of animal cruelty that still takes place today, despite the laws and organizations that are in place to prevent such travesty.… Read the rest

National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, National Pet Cancer Month and National Pet Diabetes Month

Pet Diabetes

dog vet long islandFrom 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.… Read the rest

Celebrating National Animal Safety and Protection Month

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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.… Read the rest

Central Veterinary Associates Say: Don’t Forget Your Pet During National Preparedness Month

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.… Read the rest

Dog-friendly Recreation Areas on Long Island

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.… Read the rest

Learning the Signs of Animal Cruelty

A few months ago, a pet groomer in San Mateo, California made headlines when he arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty after a dog died in his care. The dog was bleeding from the mouth and had difficulty breathing, and an x-ray of the dog revealed two broken ribs and a punctured lung.… Read the rest

Cool Off at the Beach during These Dog Days of Summer


Family WalkMany Long Island beaches allow pets in the off-season, between Labor Day and Memorial Day. But if you and your dog both want some respite from the heat, there are a few local beaches that are dog-friendly year-round! Here are our top picks:

  • Shadmoor State Park, Montauk: This outlier is a great destination if your canine loves car rides.
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Rain, Rain, Go Away, Our Dog Fido Wants to Play


Dog with rain boots and hat

So far, it seems the old adage of April Showers has held true to course. Daily rainfall can lead to flooding in coastal areas such as Long Island and we’ve seen our fair share of recent disasters. As such, we want to remind our pet owners of all of the potential dangers of severe weather.… Read the rest

Easter Isn’t Always Sweet for Pets

The Bunny Hop might be a fun dance, but it could mean something much different to your pets. Though Easter season is often a symbol of joy, and the start to Spring, it can also prove to be a sad one for pet owners who don’t follow pet safety precautions.… Read the rest

Keep Your Pets Smiling during Pet Dental Health Awareness Month

dog with electric toothbrushWith the exception of a pet owner going in for a slobbery kiss or cuddle they rarely take a peek into the mouths of their cat or dog. Many are unaware that the buildup of bacteria lurking within the crevices of pet’s teeth may contribute to serious health complications.… Read the rest

Central Veterinary Associates Offers Tips on Keeping Your Pet Safe This Winter Season

cva-winter-tipsWith national and local computer models forecasting a major winter storm—including heavy snow, strong winds and coastal flooding—for Long Island this coming weekend, Central Veterinary Associates (CVA) is reminding pet owners that freezing temperatures and blustery weather can have an adverse effect on the well-being of their animal.… Read the rest

12 Pet Safety Tips to Ensure Your Pet’s Health and Happiness This Holiday Season

There’s something about the holidays that gives us a warm feeling of contentment and appreciation of loved ones, such as our pets. Lights, presents, decorations and food are all common themes to our celebrations, but they’re also what contribute to pets winding up in the hospital during the holiday months.… Read the rest

You’ve Got a Friend in Me: Bond Between Seniors and Aging Pets

seniors-senior-petsThere’s an unmistakable connection between people and pets who have experienced the joys and hardships that come with old age. Though it’s likely that neither of them will be running marathons anytime soon, both have a refined appreciation of life and companionship.… Read the rest

New York Has Gone to the Dogs

The Big Apple was recently named the fourth most dog-friendly city in the United States by Find the Home. The study scored cities and counties across the nation on a Dog Friendly Index of one-to-100, taking into account the availability of groomers, veterinarians and pet sitting services, as well as parks and other locations for pet owners to play with their furry friends.… Read the rest

Pet Safety Tips for this Howl-O-Ween

dog sitting beside carved pumpkin

The chill in the air, the spooky decorations and bustle of trick-or-treaters that makes everyone tingle with excitement, might also leave your pet running scared. We at Central Veterinary Associates know that pets are family and therefore Halloween safety should be as much a priority for your pets as it is for your human loved ones.… Read the rest

Central Veterinary Associates Offer Tips for Traveling with Pets

Studio shot of cat and pet carrier

With the summer travel season well underway, Central Veterinary Associates is cautioning pet owners to take special care to ensure their animal’s safety with a collection of tips to keep everyone happy and secure during long-distance treks.

“Many people have not traveled with their pets before, so, for the animals, it may become a traumatic experience,” said Dr.… Read the rest

February is “National Pet Dental Health Month”

Millions of pet owners may notice their pet’s dirty teeth or bad breath while playing and petting them, and typically do not take these issues too seriously. However, what many dog and cat owners may not realize is that poor oral care can affect a pet’s overall health.… Read the rest

Central Veterinary Associates Urges Pet Owners to Keep Pets Safe in Hot Weather

During the next few days of rising temperatures and sweltering heat, pet owners should take special care in ensuring their pet’s safety. Central Veterinary Associates offers these tips to keep pets safe and happy through the hottest summer days.

● Prevent heat stroke and passing out — Older, overweight and sick pets should not be allowed to spend a lot of time outside in the hot weather.… Read the rest

“National Pet Poison Prevention Week” Begins March 20

Central Veterinary Associates (CVA) is reminding pet owners about “National Pet Poison Prevention Week,” which is the week of March 20 and is urging them to recognize the common poisonous items and household products that can cause serious illnesses or death in pets.… Read the rest