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Some people get a pet because they can’t say no to an adorable fuzzy face looking back at them at the shelter or store. What these people may not realize is how many benefits owning a pet has for their physical, mental, and emotional health. If you are contemplating bringing home a pet, take a look at these benefits you can expect after you expand your family:
If sticking to an exercise schedule is an issue for you, you’ll find that owning a pet can quickly remedy that problem. Dogs require daily walks for their own physical fitness needs and to relieve themselves. These jaunts can provide you with a means to burn some calories and increase your stamina. Depending on how much activity your dog can withstand, you may even turn your walks into runs. Before long, both you and your dog will be looking forward to these workout sessions for fun and fitness.
Increase Your Social Circle
As you walk your pet, you likely will cross paths with a neighbor or two. If you have friends with dogs, you may schedule a pet play date. Not only can a dog provide you with improved health, but also he can help you make friends. Though your pet’s safety should always be your top priority when going out for a walk or play date, you can still spend quality time with your friends and acquaintances during these times.
Even if you never leave your home, your pet can offer many wellness benefits. After a long day at work, you can find unconditional love and comfort from your furry companion. If stress levels are high at the office, it might take no more than a friendly nuzzle from a cat or dog to put you into a better frame of mind.
Hudson Veterinary Hospital wants your pet to enjoy optimal health, which is why our Ossining animal hospital provides a comprehensive array of preventative care and treatment options. Whether you need pet grooming, prescription dog or cat food, or low-cost spay and neuter services, we can help. Call (914) 502-2523 to make an appointment.
Last updated 5 months ago
Socializing your dog early and often can greatly enhance both his and your experiences when you meet dogs on walks or at the dog park. Though pet play dates can acclimate your dog to other animals, these get-togethers require constant vigilance to ensure smooth and successful encounters. Be sure to pay attention to how your dog interacts with other dogs. Just like people, dogs have temperaments that do not always gel well with others. If you notice that your dog is a little too exuberant for another dog, distract him with a toy. Your dog may also want to explore his surroundings when brought to a new place, and may inadvertently trample a growing vegetable garden. To prevent damage to property, immediately remove him from off-limit areas.
Is your dog up to date on his vaccinations? To make sure that he stays healthy when exposed to other dogs, take him to Hudson Veterinary Hospital. Call (914) 762-0063 for an appointment at our Ossining animal hospital.
Last updated 5 months ago
Physical activity is as important for pets as it is for people. The MapMyDogwalk application can see to it that both you and your dog get the exercise you need to be fit and happy.
The MapMyDogwalk app offers multiple features to track the excursions that you and your dog take. Aside from displaying the distance and length of your walks, this application provides useful information regarding how fast you and your furry friend get from your starting point to your final destination. To make your journey more enjoyable, you can also use the application while listening to music or photographing your surroundings.
Hudson Veterinary Hospital in Ossining offers a wide range of veterinarian services for pets in Ossining, NY and the surrounding areas. Call us at (914) 762-0063 for more information.
Last updated 6 months ago
Allergies can cause itchy rashes, respiratory trouble, and other aggravating symptoms in pets just as they can in people. When allergies cause skin irritation, such as red bumps, blisters, or tenderness, the reaction is called allergic dermatitis. If you think that your cat might be suffering from allergic dermatitis, visit your veterinarian and take a look at the information below to learn more about the condition.
What are the Signs of Allergic Dermatitis?
Allergic dermatitis can be uncomfortable for cats, so they may groom themselves more often than normal in order to get comfortable. If your cat has allergic dermatitis, he may continuously scratch, lick, or chew his skin. You may also notice hair loss, darkened skin, scaly patches of skin, or scabs.
What Causes Allergic Dermatitis?
There are a number of allergens that can cause allergic dermatitis in cats. Some of the common causes of this allergic reaction include flea bites and the consumption of certain food ingredients. Allergic dermatitis may also develop as a result of contact with or inhalation of dust or pollen.
How is Allergic Dermatitis Treated?
If your veterinarian diagnoses your cat with allergic dermatitis, the first step is to identify what your cat is allergic to. Your vet may conduct a number of tests to narrow down the allergen that is bothering your cat. Once you and your veterinarian have identified the substance that your cat is allergic to, you can take steps to keep your cat from coming into contact with that substance. Your vet may also prescribe a topical treatment to ease your cat’s skin irritation or antihistamine medications to prevent the allergic reaction.
Do you think that your cat may be suffering from allergic dermatitis? If so, the veterinary team at Hudson Veterinary Hospital can help. To schedule an appointment at our office in Ossining, call us today at (914) 762-0063.
Last updated 6 months ago
In addition to scheduling regular veterinary check-ups at an animal hospital, one great way to keep your pup happy and healthy is to play with him or her every day. Bring your pup to a dog park, go for a jog, or simply play fetch with your canine companion. Veterinarians recommend daily playtime for pups for the following reasons:
Scheduling playtime with your pup every day is a cost-effective method of keeping him or her healthy and extending the furry critter’s lifespan. Physical activity helps maintain a healthy weight, improves muscle strength, and supports flexibility and agility. The level of exercise your dog needs each day depends on the breed, age, and health condition. Talk to your pup’s veterinarian about an ideal exercise intensity and duration. For example, if your dog is older and struggles with arthritis, the veterinarian might recommend canine hydrotherapy.
Regular physical activity facilitates stress relief in humans, and it has the same effect for pups. A vigorous game of fetch staves off depression and boredom. Promoting mental stimulation reduces problem behaviors, such as excessive chewing, barking, and digging. If your dog is timid or fearful, physical activity can help him or her grow in confidence and learn to trust. Furthermore, dogs learn by playing, just like young children. Playtime allows your pup to explore the outside world and sniff exciting new odors.
At a young age, pups need to be socialized to allow them to learn how to interact appropriately with other animals and humans. Socialization also wards off fearfulness and problem behaviors later in life. Although this is particularly critical in the first 12 weeks of a puppy’s life, the benefits of socialization continue long into adulthood. Taking your pup out of the house regularly for playtime enables social interaction.
Fuel your dog’s playtime with the right diet. Talk to a veterinarian at Hudson Veterinary Hospital in Ossining about your pup’s nutritional needs. You can schedule an appointment with a veterinarian by calling (914) 762-0063 or visit our blog to learn more about caring for your furry friend.