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

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

Springtime Allergies are Not Just a Human Annoyance

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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

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

 

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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

Pet Safety Tips for this Howl-O-Ween

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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

Preparedness Suggestions in Light of Hurricane Joaquin

As Hurricane Joaquin starts heading up the Eastern seaboard, Central Veterinary Associates (CVA) is cautioning pet owners to remember their pets in their emergency preparedness plans. For these, and all natural and man-made disasters, Americans 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

Central Veterinary Associates Offer Tips for Traveling with Pets

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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

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

Central Veterinary Associates Urges the Public to Be Conscientious of Their Pets’ Dental Health

Dog and Cat Dental Issues Can Signal Underlying Health Concerns

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 Offers Tips on Keeping Your Pet Safe This Winter Season

Within the next few days, the winter season will officially begin. Wintertime is the time of year when animals can become vulnerable to the weather. Central Veterinary Associates is offering pet owners tips on how to keep your pets safe and healthy this winter:

● Keep your cat inside.… Read the rest

January 2 Is National Pet Travel Safety Day

Central Veterinary Associates is reminding pet owners that January 2, 2014 is National Pet Travel Safety Day, and urges those who travel with their pets to take the necessary precautions for a more enjoyable trip.

Approximately 51% of U.S. pet owners take their pets with them when they travel, according to a study by Best Western International and the American Automobile Association (AAA).… Read the rest

Central Veterinary Associates Urges You to Keep Your Pets Safe This Holiday Season

The holiday season is an exciting time of year for everyone – even your pets. Amid all of the enthusiasm and holiday cheer, Central Veterinary Associates wants to help you take the proper precautions by providing these insightful tips in order to keep your pets safe:

● Watch your pet around the Christmas tree —Make sure the tree is properly secured in its stand so it will not fall on your pet.… Read the rest

September is National Preparedness Month

Central Veterinary Associates is reminding pet owners that September is National Preparedness Month and that it is just as important to protect their pets during a natural catastrophic event as they would their loved ones. One of the most vulnerable populations is pets, who are often forgotten in the chaos of natural disasters.… Read the rest

Tips to Keep Pets Safe in Hot Weather

With heat and humidity expected to climb over the next few days, 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

Central Veterinary Associates Offers Advice on Keeping Your Pet Safe This Easter Season

The Easter season can be a very joyous one for your pet, but it is just as important to make sure it is a safe one. Central Veterinary Associates offers these tips to keep your pets free from danger while enjoying the holiday’s festivities:

  • Keep pets away from the Easter grass — Cats are attracted to string-like objects, especially those that make interesting sounds.
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Spread the Love — Not the Chocolate and Candy — to Your Pets!

Central Veterinary Associates Provides Valentine’s Day Safety Tips for Your Pets.

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us and you know what that means — giant, red, heart-shaped boxes of chocolate! Sweets are fine for your sweetie, but not for your pet.… Read the rest

Keeping Pets Safe during Hurricane Sandy

As Hurricane Sandy prepares to make its way into Long Island and the metropolitan New York area, Central Veterinary Associates is reminding its pet owners that its hospital in Valley Stream will be open 24 hours a day during the storm and urges pet owners to keep their animals safe in the event this natural disaster occurs.… Read the rest

Central Veterinary Associates Warns Pet Owners of Heartworm Epidemic in the Spring

Warmer Winter Season and Above-Average Temperatures Bring Out Insects Earlier

With heartworm being diagnosed in all 50 states and The Companion Animal Parasite Council’s spring 2012 forecast calls for elevated levels of heartworm disease this year, with “high” levels in the Northeastern United States — including New York State — Central Veterinary Associates is warning pet owners that, with mosquitoes coming out earlier as the result of a warm winter, there will be a greater prevalence of heartworm during the spring season.… Read the rest

Flea and Tick Season Is Starting Early This Year

Warmer Winter Season and Above-Average Temperatures Bring Out Insects Earlier

With a winter season that produced above-average temperatures and a negligible amount of snowfall, Central Veterinary Associates is urging pet owners to protect their pets from fleas and ticks as these insects are coming out earlier this year because of the warmer weather.… Read the rest

Control Your Pet’s Arthritis with Adequan

With the winter season underway, your pet will feel the effects of the cold weather. But for older pets, mobility may become an issue as the result of arthritis or joint pain. Thankfully, there are medications and treatments that can help your pet remain pain-free during the winter months, including Adequan.… Read the rest

Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe This Winter

As the winter season approaches, the temperature begins to drop. It is this time of year that animals can become vulnerable to the weather. Central Veterinary Associates is offering pet owners tips on how to keep your pets safe and healthy this winter:

• Keep your cat inside.… Read the rest

Vaccinate Your Pets against Canine Influenza Virus before They Are Boarded

In response to a canine influenza outbreak at a local pet boarding facility, Central Veterinary Associates is urging all pet owners to have their pets vaccinated against the canine flu, if they have not already done so, prior to having their pets boarded.… Read the rest

NYC Cat Owners Urged to Vaccinate Pets against Rabies After Feral Cat from NJ Tests Positive for Disease

Feral Cat Found in New Jersey Tests Positive for Rabies in Manhattan Veterinary Hospital

Central Veterinary Associates is urging cat owners to have their pets vaccinated for rabies, not only to ensure their pet’s health, but because it is mandated by New York City and New York State law.… Read the rest

Make an Emergency Preparation Kit for Your Pet as Hurricane Irene Approaches

With Hurricane Irene expected to hit Long Island by Sunday, Central Veterinary Associates is urging pet owners to prepare for the worst and know what to do if their pet becomes lost during the hurricane.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the hurricane is expected to make landfall on Sunday, and is projected to land at New Jersey, Long Island or Connecticut.… Read the rest

Protecting Your Dog in the Face of Pending Heartworm Medication Shortage

In the light of recent reports that a medication used for the treatment of heartworm in dogs is in short supply after the manufacturer stopped production this month, Central Veterinary Associates is urging its clients and the public to take preventative measures for their pets.… Read the rest

West Nile Virus Season Currently Underway

Protect Your Pet Birds from This Disease

With the peak mosquito season underway, Central Veterinary Associates is asking bird owners to protect their pets against West Nile Virus (WNV) as best as possible.

The New York State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) announced that it is peak mosquito season, which runs until October 31.… Read the rest

Like I Always Say…if your dog is outside, they should always be supervised (and preferably on a leash)

Like I always say…if your dog is outside, they should always be supervised.  They are even better off on a leash.  A piece of news that has come out today proves even more so.  Please Click Here to read about the owner who saved his dog from the mouth of an alligator.Read the rest