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. If cats are left unattended outdoors, they can freeze or become lost, stolen, injured or killed. Cats who are allowed to stray are exposed to infectious diseases — including rabies — from other cats, dogs and wildlife.

● Before getting into your car, bang loudly on the hood of the car before starting the engine. Outdoor cats like to sleep underneath cars. When the engine is started, the cat can be injured or killed by the fan belt.

● Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm. Dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than any other season, so make sure that your dog always wears his identification tags.

● When your dog comes in from the snow, ice or sleet, be sure to wipe down his paws and his stomach thoroughly. Your dog may have rock salt, antifreeze and other potentially dangerous chemicals on its paws which, if ingested, can make them sick. In addition, their paw pads may also bleed from snow or encrusted ice.

● Never shave down your dog during the winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. When bathing your dog, be sure to dry him off thoroughly before taking him out for a walk. If you have a short-haired breed, consider getting him a coat or a sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly.

● Never leave your pet alone in a car in cold weather. The inside of the car holds in the cold, causing the animal to freeze to death.

● If you have a puppy that may be sensitive to the cold, it may be difficult to housebreak your pet outside. Train him inside on old newspapers. If your dog is sensitive to the cold because of old age, illness or breed, take him out only to relieve himself.

● If your dog likes to spend a lot of time outdoors, increase his food supply, especially the amount of protein, to keep him and his fur in tip-top shape.

● If you spill any antifreeze, be sure to clean it up immediately. Pets are enticed by the sweet-tasting liquid, although it is poisonous to pets. Ingesting antifreeze leads to illness in dogs and even death. If possible, use products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol.

● Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafty areas. A cozy pet bed with a warm blanket or pillow is ideal.

“It is very important to keep your pet safe and healthy during the winter season,” said Dr. Aaron Vine, DVM, Vice President, Central Veterinary Associates. “The extreme cold may have an adverse effect on your pet’s health, so pet owners have to take the necessary precautions for their pets when taking them outside. In the event they become ill as a result of being exposed to the elements, please bring them to a veterinarian immediately. Here at Central Veterinary Associates, our animal hospital is open around the clock, and we guarantee that your pet will be seen the same day and given the highest standard of care and service.”

Central Veterinary Associates currently offers vaccinations against canine influenza and pet boarding services and provides emergency care in the event an animal becomes sick. The Valley Stream hospital is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. For more information, or to make an appointment, call (516) 825-3066 or visit www.centralvets.com.

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). In order to help you prepare for any upcoming trips, Central Veterinary Associates urges you to review these ten helpful tips:

•    Consult your vet ― Let your pet’s veterinarian know about your upcoming trip and see what he/she has to say. Since your veterinarian is aware of your pet’s vaccinations and behavior, make sure they feel that it’s okay for your pet to travel with you.

•    Practice runs ― Before bringing your pet for a long ride, consider taking him/her for shorter rides around town and see how your pet handles them. If your pet does not seem comfortable, maybe a day of traveling is not a good idea.

•    Don’t forget to buckle up ― Many pet owners forget the importance of placing a seat belt on their pets. According to a study by AAA, 30,000 car accidents are caused each year due to unrestrained pets. Perhaps purchase a pet car seat, pet barrier or travel crate to ensure your pet’s safety― and your own―while driving.

•    Identification is crucial ― To ensure that you and your pet will not lose one another, remember to keep their identification up to date ― dog tags, microchips, etc. This way, if there is confusion during your trip and your pet is missing, someone can call you as soon as possible to let you know where your pet is.

•   Bring a first aid pet kit ― You never know when a pet will become ill or injured. Be sure to bring a first aid kit and your pet’s most recent medical records. Make sure to pack gauzes, bandages, and hydrogen peroxide in the kit. However, always remember to contact a professional veterinarian before treating a pet on your own.

•    Make pit stops, if possible ― The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends that pet owners stop every two to three hours on a road trip. This will give pets some time to stretch and go to the bathroom without feeling restrained.

•    Eat and stay hydrated ― We all know to expect the unexpected when traveling, which includes delays and cancellations. Take extra food and water for your pets, just in case. You never know how long you’re going to wait in traffic or for a flight.

•    Do your research ― Many airlines charge additional fees to bring a pet on board. Whether your pet will be flying in the cabin or as checked baggage, you want to make sure you have enough money to take them along and ensure that they will be comfortable. If you’re traveling outside of the country, you will also need an international travel certificate from a USDA-certified veterinarian, which CVA has on staff. For international travel, you will also have to know which vaccines and tests are required for your pet to enter the country.

•   Get a pet carrier ― Purchase a kennel or carrier that fits your pet. Make sure your pet can turn around and stand without hitting its head.  Each airline has a different kennel/carrier dimension restriction, and the United States Department of Agriculture does require each kennel to have food and water dishes, stickers that indicate “Live Animal,” upright arrows and proper bedding.

•    Exercise ― Prior to putting your pet in a kennel or carrier, allow time for exercise since they will be sitting in a small area for a while. Consider taking your pet for a walk or letting them roam around in an open field or backyard.

“Making sure your pets are prepared for travel is essential for their good health and safety,” says Dr. John Charos, DVM, CVA’s chief executive officer and president. “Doing your research and taking precautions will make traveling easy and stress-free for you and your pet. There is no reason a dog or cat should be injured or harmed after traveling. If you have any major concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian.”

Central Vets’ Valley Stream location is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  For an appointment or to obtain an international travel certificate, please call (516) 825-3066.

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. The water in the stand can sicken animals because of certain fertilizers or bacteria found in the water. Do not put aspirin in the water (some people place aspirin in the tree water to make it stronger). It can cause serious health problems for your pet, even death.

● Keep ornaments and tinsel out of reach —Ingestion of ornaments and tinsel can lead to serious ailments. Tinsel is a favorite of cats but, when ingested, will result in intestinal blockage. Hang the ornaments and tinsel at a height where the pet cannot reach them.

● Make sure the tree area is kept clean —Shards of glass from a broken ornament can cut an animal’s paws, mouth and body. If swallowed, it can be deadly. Pine needles from the Christmas tree can puncture an animal’s intestinal lining. If you see falling pine needles or broken ornaments, please sweep them up and throw them into the trash can.

● Put away cleaning supplies after cleaning up — In the rush to get the house ready for the holidays, pet owners might leave cleaning products within their pet’s reach. Floor cleaner, furniture polish and window cleaner are considered toxins. Be sure to place cleaning products that are not in use away in an area where animals cannot reach them.

● Watch out for holiday lighting — Pets may chew on the wiring, which will cause shock and electrocution. Keep the wiring out of the reach of pets and unplug all holiday lighting when not in use. Bubbling holiday lights contain fluids that are toxic when ingested.

● Put away children’s toys after opening them — Pets may think of children’s toys as their own personal chew toys. Small plastic pieces and rubber balls become ingested, causing blockages. These objects would need to be surgically removed.

● Keep holiday plants out of reach — Holly, mistletoe, poinsettias and lilies are beautiful, but to pets, they are poisonous and can be very dangerous. Such plants, if ingested, can cause serious health problems in pets.

● Avoid feeding human food to your pets —People love to feed their pets under the table for this holiday season, but they are unknowingly harming their animals. Chocolate contains theobromine, which, for dogs, can result in diarrhea, seizures and death. Macadamia nuts contain toxins which can affect the digestive, muscular and nervous systems of dogs. Gravy can cause pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas resulting in pain, vomiting and dehydration. Chicken, fish and turkey bones can break off and tear through the animal’s intestinal tract.

● Hold onto your drinks — Coffee and tea contain dangerous components called xanthines, which cause the damage to the dog’s nervous system or gastrointestinal tract and heart muscle stimulation. Animals are also attracted to the sweet smell of alcohol. Each year, hundreds of dogs die after a single bout of alcohol consumption. Keep such drinks out of reach.

● Give your pets some room — When meeting visitors for the first time, pets can be overexcited. Your pet may jump on the visitor or act aggressively by barking or hissing. Some pets may also urinate on the floor. When hosting a party, set up a separate area for your pets with plenty of food and water.

● Protect your pet from the elements — The weather outside is definitely frightful in the winter, especially for pets. Dressing your dog in a doggie sweater or booties is not only stylish, but protects your pet from the harsh winter weather, especially if you have a short-haired or small-breed dog. Booties prevent your dogs’ paws from frostbite. Most importantly, the rock salt should be cleaned off the booties; if ingested, it can result in vomiting.

“Reviewing these tips and taking extra precautions is essential for an enjoyable holiday for both pet owners and their pets,” says Dr. John Charos, DVM, President/CEO, Central Veterinary Associates. “Many people forget that the holidays can be dangerous for pets since it is a hectic time of year. Please keep in mind that our office in Valley Stream is open 24 hours a day and will be open on both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day if your pet suddenly becomes ill.”

For more information, or to make an appointment, call (516) 825-3066 or visit www.centralvets.com.

Central Veterinary Associates Alerts Pet Owners of Recall of Dry Pet Food Products from Iams and Eukanuba

Central Veterinary Associates has announced that Procter & Gamble has issued a recall of its Iams and Eukanuba dry pet food after it was discovered that some of its product may have contained Salmonella.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported that the affected batch was made at one of P&G’s facilities over a 10-day period. The recalled products have a “Best By” date between November 6, 2014 and November 14, 2014. The following products have been recalled:

● Eukanuba Dog Food Base Large Breed Mature Adult (15-lb. and 30-lb. bags)

● Eukanuba Dog Food Base Maintenance Mature Adult (30-lb. bag)

● Eukanuba Dog Food Base Maintenance Puppy (5-lb., 16.5-lb. and 33-lb. bags)

● Eukanuba Dog Food Base Small Breed Adult (4-lb. and 16-lb. bags)

● Eukanuba Dog Food Base Small Breed Puppy (4-lb., 16-lb. and 40-lb. bags)

● Eukanuba Dog Food Breed Specific Boxer Adult and Labrador Retriever Adult (36-lb. bags)

● Eukanuba Dog Food Breed Specific Chihuahua Adult (4-lb. bag)

● Eukanuba Dog Food Premium Performance 30/20 Adult (33-lb. bag)

● Eukanuba Dog Food Premium Performance Feeding Bag Small Breed Puppy (44-lb. bag)

● Eukanuba Dog Food Weight Control Large Breed Adult (30-lb. bag)

● Iams Dog Food Healthy Naturals Chicken Adult (2.9-lb., 5-lb., 13.3-lb. and 25.7-lb. bags)

● Iams Dog Food Healthy Naturals Weight Control Adult (13.3-lb. bag)

● Iams Dog Food Premium Protection Chicken Adult (12.1-lb. bag)

● Iams Dog Food ProActive Health Large Breed Mature Adult (30-lb. bag)

● Iams Dog Food ProActive Health Large Breed Senior Plus (13.3-lb. and 26.2-lb. bags)

● Iams Dog Food ProActive Health Large Chunks Adult (15-lb. bag)

● Iams Dog Food ProActive Health Small Breed Adult (3.1-lb., 5-lb. and 13.3-lb. bags)

● Iams Dog Food ProActive Health Small Breed Puppy (5-lb. bag)

● Iams Cat Food Healthy Naturals Chicken Adult (5-lb. and 16-lb. bags)

● Iams Cat Food Healthy Naturals Weight Control Adult (5-lb. bag)

● Iams Cat Food ProActive Health Chicken Adult (3.2-lb., 5.8-lb., 10.8-lb. and 17.4-lb. bags)

● Iams Cat Food ProActive Health Chicken Kitten (3.2-lb., 5.7-lb. and 17.4-lb. bags)

● Iams Cat Food ProActive Health Digestive Care Adult (3-lb., 5-lb. and 16-lb. bags)

● Iams Cat Food ProActive Health Hairball Adult (3.1-lb., 5-lb., 9.8-lb. and 16-lb. bags)

● Iams Cat Food ProActive Health Hairball Mature Adult (5-lb. bag)

● Iams Cat Food ProActive Health Weight Control & Hairball Adult (2.9-lb., 5-lb., 5.5-lb., 9.8-lb. and 16-lb. bags)

● Iams Cat Food ProActive Health Weight Control Adult (5-lb., 9.8-lb. and 16-lb. bags)

● Iams Cat Food Professional Feeding Bag Chicken Adult (33-lb. bags)

 

No pets have been sickened by the product. Pets that are infected with Salmonella may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets will only have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

“It is important for all pet owners who purchased these products to return them to the store for a full refund,” says Dr. John Charos, DVM, President/CEO, Central Veterinary Associates. “It is recommended that this product no longer be fed to your pets and to contact your local veterinarian as soon as possible if your pet becomes ill as the result of consuming this product.”

CVA keeps its hospital in Valley Stream open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all major holidays. For more information or to make an appointment, call 1 (888) 4CVA-PET (428-2738) or visit www.centralvets.com.

Keep Your Pets Free from Danger on Independence Day!

With Independence Day coming up next month, people are anticipating a day of barbecues, fireworks and spending time with their families and their pets. Your pet may want to join in on the celebration, but some of the festivities may actually pose as a danger to them. Keep these pet safety tips in mind to help you and your pets better enjoy this year’s Fourth of July celebrations:Dog with American flag scarf

  • Be careful of what your pet eats this holiday — Bones from steak, chicken, and/or ribs can make your pet extremely sick. They can cause an obstruction if ingested. Be careful that your pet does not eat them. Also, food outside of your pet’s normal diet can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Watch to make sure your pet isn’t afraid of fireworks — Many pets are afraid of the loud noises caused by fireworks. If they are afraid, it can cause them to bolt if they are outside, become destructive if they are inside the home, or just be plain scared. If you feel your pet is afraid of fireworks, do your best to keep them indoors and away from the celebration. Depending on the severity of the behavioral symptoms, you may even want to contact your veterinarian to discuss medications to help keep your pet calm.
  • Keep your pet safe from the heat — There are many dangers that hot temperatures pose for your pet. To learn more about it, click here.
  • Hold onto your drinks — Coffee and tea contain dangerous components called xanthines, which cause the damage to the dog’s nervous system or gastrointestinal tract and heart muscle stimulation. Animals are also attracted to the sweet smell of alcohol. Each year, hundreds of dogs die after a single bout of alcohol consumption. Keep such drinks out of reach.

It is imperative that pet owners take precautions and special care of their pets during the July 4th holiday. The hot weather, potential dehydration, and noise could have serious effects on your pet’s health. Should you have any problems, please contact Central Veterinary Associates. Its Valley Stream hospital is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including July 4th.