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Grapes, raisins can be toxic for dogs

Question:  I heard that grapes and raisins can be toxic for my dog.  Is this true?   Answer: It is indeed true that grapes and raisins are potentially toxic to dogs.  The mechanism of this toxicity is not entirely understood and the nature is idiosyncratic and...

Cat’s loss of appetite may need testing

Q:  My cat has not been eating much for a few days.  Should I be worried about her?  She is a 9 year old female Siamese and this has never happened before.  What do you recommend? A:  Loss of appetite is termed anorexia, different from the self image disorder in...

Pet’s first seizure calls for an expert evaluation

Question: My dog just had his first seizure. What caused it, and is it likely to happen again? Does he need to be on medication for seizures? Answer: First let me say that I am sorry to hear your dog has had a seizure.  Seizures are very hard to witness, but rest...

Pets Can Get Transfusions

Question:   My friend’s dog was diagnosed with anemia.  Can a dog get a blood transfusion to treat anemia like a person?   Answer: Dogs and Cats can receive transfusions just like people.  However not all veterinary clinics stock blood products.  Some...

Demodectic Mange Is Difficult To Treat In Dogs

Q: My rescue Pitbull mix suffers from chronic demodectic mange, and the only thing that our vet has used to treat it is Ivermectin and some sulfur bath treatments. He is taking more and more Ivermectin with only occasional success (as in the hair loss will subside for...

Dog won’t eat veterinarian’s “kidney diet”

Q: My dog was just diagnosed with kidney disease and my vet recommended a special "kidney diet" but he wont eat it - what suggestions do you have?   A: Dogs and cats with kidney disease do require special diets that are easier on the kidneys and help slow the...

Can Rehabilitation Help A Dog With Degenerative Spine Disease?

My 8 year old German Shepherd was recently diagnosed with Degenerative Myelopathy. Can physical rehabilitation help him? Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) is a progressive disease of the spinal cord. There is loss of nerve fibers which interferes with communication between...

Happy Holiday Pet Tips from Oradell Animal Hospital, Paramus, NJ

“Happy Holiday Season” The staff at Oradell Animal Hospital wishes you a healthy and happy holiday season and best wishes for the coming year. Here are some helpful hints to keep your pet healthy and happy during the holiday festivities: Do not feed pets table scraps...

Alaska

Alaska

Before I-131 treatment, she was very skinny and her eyes looked like they were wide open all the time. She had a funny smell and was shedding more than usual. Since her treatment she has gained her weight back, her eyes look normal and her coat is much fuller.

Mickey and Gizzie

Mickey and Gizzie

Mickey, on the left, is happy to have Gizzie home. Gizzie just underwent I-131 treatment and is doing great! Gizzie says thanks to Dr. Shah.

Baci

Baci

Baci underwent I-131 treatment and is doing so well. Everyone at Oradell Animal Hospital was wonderful and took great care of him!

Keep your pet cool and safe in summer

Keep your pet cool and safe in summer

The long hot days of summer don’t have to be hazardous to  your pet’s health.  A little precaution can go a long way in  keeping your pet healthy this summer! Never leave your pet in a parked car in warm weather; the temperature inside the car can easily reach 120º on...

Feline chin acne is often easy to treat

Feline chin acne is often easy to treat

Q:  My cat is 6 years old. He has black spots under his chin. They first showed up a few months ago & I had read that you could put peroxide on them to clear it up.  They had disappeared for a while but now came back and just won't go away. He had been eating...

Dog Bite Prevention, What’s a Dog Owner To Do?

Dog Bite Prevention, What’s a Dog Owner To Do?

This information was gathered from a public health news source of the American Veterinary Medical Association Here are the facts: 4.7 million people in this country are bitten by dogs every year children are by far the most common victims 800,000 Americans receive...

Our pets need to be buckled up too!

Now that the beautiful weather is upon us, more families are inclined to travel with their pets.  But beware: keeping your dog(s) unrestrained in the car can cause serious damage to your pocketbook and these consequences can be more severe than pet owners realize....

Puppy's Aggressive Behavior Is Not Right

Q:  Last November I bought a female Boston Terrier puppy from a breeder inPa.She is a good dog but when she sees strangers she gets aggressive where I am afraid she may bite them if they go to pet her. It’s not all the time though, sometimes when she is on one side of...

Is Your Bulldog High Maintenance?

Oradell Animal Hospital Doctor Tells Why I’m thinking of getting a Bulldog puppy but I’ve heard they may have lots of problems as a breed.  Is this true and what are the problems?    Bulldogs are a very popular breed because of their cute, wrinkly faces and generally...

Can dogs be given Pepto-Bismol for an upset stomach?

According to Dr. Lori Siracuse-Parker, veterinarain at Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus, NJ, Pepto-Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) can be used in some dogs occasionally for an upset stomach/diarrhea. It is also sometimes used by veterinarians to treat certain...

Advice from Oradell Animal Hospital on caring for a pregnant Lab

Feeding and Exercising the Pregnant Dog  Q: My three year old female Labrador retriever mated with my neighbor’s dog about four weeks ago.  Her abdomen is getting larger, so I am fairly certain she is pregnant.  What type of food should I feed her and how much?  What...