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.

 

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. Even young and healthy pets should be watched closely to make sure they don’t get heat stroke.

Maintain your pet’s water supply — Always provide a bowl of clean, fresh water for your pet, both inside and outside. Keeping your pet properly hydrated will improve their health and prevent illness.

Do not leave pets in a home without air conditioning — Without air conditioning, indoor temperatures will reach uncomfortable and often dangerously high levels. Always keep the air conditioning and any fans on for your pets.

Do not leave pets in a car for any reason — Leaving your pet in a parked car can be a deadly mistake. Even with the windows open, temperatures will rapidly climb to a dangerous level. Leaving your pet unattended in a car will expose them to heat stroke, dehydration, brain damage, suffocation and ultimately death.

“It is imperative that pet owners take precautions and special care of their pets in the next few days,” said Dr. John Charos, Chief Executive Officer and President, Central Veterinary Associates. “The hot weather and dehydration can have serious effects on your pet’s health so it is essential to provide your pet with fresh water at all times and maintain a comfortable environment.”

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Central Veterinary Associates Announces Recall of Dog Treats

Central Veterinary Associates has announced that Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, Milo’s Kitchen and IMS Trading Corp. have voluntarily recalled some of their products after it was discovered there were trace amounts of antibiotic residue found on the product.

The New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets recently found the residue in samples of the following products: Nestlé Purina PetCare Company’s Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brand dog treats; Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers home-style dog treats; and IMS Trading Corp.’s Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Treat products. The antibiotics are approved for use in poultry in China and other major countries, including European Union member states, but not in the United States.

The NYSDAM informed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of its findings. In the meantime, the companies have agreed to withdraw their products and stop further distribution of its products. Since there was a negligible amount of residue found in the product, it does not pose a health risk to pets. However, pet owners who have purchased the product are being asked to return the product for a full refund.

“Although we don’t anticipate illness, if your pet shows any symptoms as the result of ingesting this product, you should bring him or her to a veterinarian immediately,” said Dr. John Charos, DVM, President and CEO, Central Veterinary Associates. “Our Valley Stream hospital is open around the clock in the event your pet becomes sick and needs to be treated as soon as possible.”

 

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