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Halloween Pet Safety Tips

  • Keep candy and other treats out of paw’s reach! Chocolate and the sweetener xylitol—often found in gum and peanut butter—can be very toxic to dogs and cats. Kids should also be reminded not to feed candy to pets.
  • Put your dog or cat in a quiet place away from the front door and all those people in strange costumes. This will help prevent them from getting worked up.
  • If you’re putting your pet in costume, make sure they feel comfortable in it before taking them out. If the costume has bells, noisemakers or strings they can scare your pet or pose a choking hazard.
  • Keep your pet indoors on Halloween night! This is especially important for black cats, who can be targeted during the holiday. Also, make sure your pets are microchipped or have a collar with current identification in case they get scared and run off.

Have a happy (and safe) Halloween!

A Bloody Good Deal!

It can be frightening to see your pet get older. The fact is, our animal companions age much faster than we do, so illness and disease progress faster as well. But there is something that may ward off those terrifying conditions: senior exams and blood screenings.

Most dogs become seniors between age 7 and 10, and cats reach senior status between age 9 and 12. Because we want to make sure your pet has the longest, healthiest life possible we recommend your senior pet have an exam with blood screening—often referred to as a “senior panel”— twice per year. This testing is essential in spotting disease early, when it’s most treatable.

We feel so strongly about the importance of blood testing that during the month of November, SAH is offering 15% off on senior blood panels for cats and dogs!

Spots will fill up fast—make an appointment for your pet online or call us at 631-887-3501.

Regular Care For Cats

Indoor or outdoor, cats need regular wellness exams, but statistics show that pet owners tend to take cats to the vet about half as often as dogs. The #1 reason? Pet owners say their cats hate the vet—and they often put up quite a fight.

At Shinnecock Animal Hospital we do all we can to minimize your pet’s stress at our hospital, but there are things you can do prior to the appointment to help your cat feel less anxious.

  • Let your cat become comfortable with the carrier. Leave the carrier out in a room where your cat spends lots of time and put soft, familiar bedding as well as catnip or toys inside.
  • Don’t chase your cat when trying to get him or her in the carrier. Try to encourage the cat to go in on their own with treats or consider a top-loading carrier.
  • Try spritzing a cat-friendly pheromone spray inside the carrier 30 minutes before departure. FeliwayTM or even a drop or two of lavender essential oil can be calming.
  • Put a light blanket or towel over the carrier in the car, making sure to allow for ventilation. The less unfamiliar sights, sounds and smells, the better. The cat should remain in the carrier in the vet’s waiting room as well.

Need more help calming your kitty or want to schedule an appointment? Call us at 631-887-3501.

Grooming Six Days a Week

We are very excited to announce that we are now offering grooming appointments six days a week! Grooming and hygiene services are one of the best ways to make your pet look and feel great. Our experienced groomers offers a range of services, including:

  • Baths
  • Nail trims
  • Ear cleaning
  • Parasite control consultation and treatment
  • Anal gland expression
  • And more!

Our groomers are experienced with all breed-specific requirements, and can create customized grooming programs for your pet. If it’s been a summer full of hiking and beach fun that’s left your pup looking a little grungy – give us a call us at​ 631-887-3501 to schedule a grooming appointment today!

World Rabies Day

September 28th is World Rabies Day, which we observe to highlight awareness of this disease and to talk about how important it is to get your pet vaccinated.

Rabies is an RNA virus of the rhabdovirus family and is a viral infection that is spread mainly from the bite of an infected animal. The rabies virus infects the central nervous system and is 100 percent fatal to dogs and cats—there is no treatment available.

Common carriers of this feared disease include bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes. The risk of rabies runs very high in dogs, however cats, even indoor ones, should be vaccinated—bats can get into a home and pose a threat to our indoor pets.

Fortunately, there is a vaccine available to help prevent this deadly disease. For dogs, it can be administered in one dose as early as three months of age, either with a one-year or a three-year vaccine, and annual boosters are required. For cats, it can be administered as a single dose as early as eight weeks of age, with a revaccination one year later. The booster is required annually or every three years, depending on the vaccine used.

Prevention of this disease is not only extremely important for pets and pet owners, it is a legal requirement! We encourage you to ask any questions you may have about rabies—for more information, please contact us at 631-887-3501.

Pet Insurance Options

We have insurance for ourselves, our cars and our homes, but what about for our beloved pets? They are an important part of your family and a member of your pack—if disasters occur, having your companion animal taken care of with pet insurance provides peace of mind. Proper coverage could save—and extend—the life of your pet.

There are many pet insurance companies available, and we encourage you to seek different options to find the best fit for you and your furry friend. Here are just a few options currently available to pet owners. 

Trupanion features:

  • 24/7 customer care
  • Direct veterinary payments whenever possible
  • One simple 90 percent coverage plan offered without confusing options

Pets Best features:

  • Fast claims, paid typically in five days or less
  • Flexible coverage with no age limits
  • Founded by a veterinarian

Nationwide features:

  • Wellness coverage, which gives cash back
  • Full dental coverage
  • Deep experience, as Nationwide was the first company to offer pet insurance in all of North America

For additional information and to compare more pet health insurance options, check out this handy tool!

Animal Pain Awareness Month

Your dog, cat or other pet may be a different species, but we all process and feel pain in much the same way. That’s why the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management has selected September as Animal Pain Awareness Month. In cooperation with veterinary professionals around the world, they hope to bring recognition to the issue of both acute and chronic pain in animals and encourage pet owners to look for symptoms of pain and discomfort.

While acute or urgent pain is obvious, chronic pain can be subtle and pet owners may see it as simply “getting old” or “slowing down.” Some signs to look for include:

  • Heavy panting
  • Decreased activity
  • Reluctance to jump up on surfaces (cats)
  • Overgrooming or licking a particular area
  • Difficulty standing after lying down

At Shinnecock Animal Hospital, we know that pets often have peculiar ways of demonstrating their pain—that’s why we put so much importance on pain management. Along with traditional wellness services, did you know that we also offer alternative medicine to pets, including herbal medications and acupuncture? These methods can help alleviate pain in your pets that is specific to neurologic disease, respiratory problems and more!

If you’re interested in alternative medicine for your best friend, or if your pet is experiencing any of the above symptoms, make an appointment for them by contacting 631-887-3501 or schedule a visit online.