Dog Bite Do’s and Don’ts

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. One in five require medical attention. While certain breeds are discriminated against or receive a lot of attention in the media, ANY dog can bite. Any dog may bite for any reason – scared, startled, threatened, defending its territory, food or toys.

Children account for over half of the individuals bitten. You’ve heard the old saying, “Leave sleeping dogs lie”. Everyone, children included, should not approach a sleeping dog. Dogs who are eating a playing should be approached cautiously. Unattended dogs and dogs on tie outs should not be approached.

You can prevent being bitten by respecting the dog’s personal space and observing the dog’s body language. Looking at the position of the dog’s ears, eyes, lips and tail will tell you a lot.

Don’t be a statistic. Don’t let your child be a statistic. Know how to prevent dog bites! The safety of our clients and their families is very important to us!

Keep your pet safe – poison prevention awareness!

We all know puppies eat things that aren’t food. Cats get into brightly colored or smelly things that can harm them. Some adult dogs didn’t learn their lesson as a puppy.


Common household cleaners are toxic to pets. Traps to keep our homes pest free can be deadly. Even beautiful plants and landscaping can cause great distress to our pets.


Click here to see a list of the top 10 toxins of 2016. How many are in your home?


IN THE KITCHEN – How many of you store your cleaning supplies under the sink? If you pet can open the cabinet, you may be in for trouble! In addition, do not let your pet get into chocolate, grapes, raisins, bread dough, yeast, alcohol, macadamia nuts, onions, caffeine…and so much more!


IN THE GARAGE – If you pet spends time with you while you’re working on your car, be extremely careful with antifreeze, rock salt, fertilizer, garbage, pest control….the list can be endless



IN THE YARD – As you’re preparing for spring remember to supervise your pet around mulch, lilies, tulips, azalea, sago palm, and yew. This is a short list of the plants or flowers that can be harmful to your pet.


We cannot possibly list every hazard to your pet but we value your pet’s health. We encourage you to click this link to the Pet Poison Helpline for more information. Please call the office if you have any questions!



Dental Health Promotion 2017!

Good oral healthcare is more than just a pretty smile!

Poor dental hygiene can put both  your pet’s life and your pocketbook at risk! “Dog breath” – or a cat with foul smelling breath – can be a sign of untreated dental conditions. If left untreated, your pet is at risk for problems such as heart, liver or kidney disease.

Routine cleanings can help prevent periodontal disease and save money in the long run. A 2014 study by the Veterinary Pet Insurance Co found that preventative dental cleanings cost 1/3 as much as treating dental disease.

More importantly, a routine oral examination can detect hidden health problems. Even if your pet’s breath smells fine, but you notice drooling or your pet suddenly not eating, that could be an indicator of dental disease!

Look at this before and after dental cleaning!


Schedule a free dental assessment with one of our technicians. Any dental procedures scheduled during the month of February will receive 10% off and free dental x-rays (an $85 value).


Brrrr….it’s cold outside!

With wintry cold weather finally here, we strongly urge pet owners to bring their pets inside and use extreme caution when exposing pets to the cold. Pets rely on us to help them stay warm during cold weather. As a general rule: If it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pets. If your pets spend a lot of time indoors, make sure to introduce them gradually to dropping temperatures, rather than exposing them to the extreme cold all at once.

BRING YOUR PET INSIDE: Don’t leave your pet outside in the cold for prolonged periods of time. Remember — thermometers might show one temperature, but wind chills can make it feel much, much colder. Limit time outdoors and be mindful of frostbite on ears, tail and paws. If you run with your dog, pay attention to cold paws and, if it gets too cold, leave your pup at home. Cats should always be left indoors.

PROVIDE ADEQUATE SHELTER:  If your dog lives outdoors, provide a well-insulated and draft-free doghouse with a flexible covering to prevent icy winds from entering. Line the floors of the shelter with straw, not hay. Towels and blankets can become damp or freeze, making the space colder. If you care for a feral cat colony or other outdoor cats, here is a link to winter weathers structure you can make:

BEWARE OF ANTIFREEZE: Antifreeze often collects on driveways and roadways. Although it smells and tastes sweet to your pet, it is lethal! If you suspect your pet has ingested antifreeze, contact our office immediately!

ROCK SALT AND ICE MELT: Deicing products like rock salt can irritate foot pads. Be sure to rinse and dry your pet’s feet after being outside. Look for pet-safe ice melts in hardware or pet stores. Your pet needs a well-groomed coat to keep him properly insulated. Short- or coarse-haired dogs might get extra cold so consider a sweater or a coat. Long-haired dogs should have their paw hair trimmed to ease in cleaning and snow removal. A wet pet is a cold pet. Towel or blow-dry your pet if he gets wet from rain or snow. Also, it is important to clean and dry paws to prevent tiny cuts and cracked pads.


Have a safe, fun winter and send us pictures of your pet enjoying the snow!

Have a happy, safe Thanksgiving

thanksgiving cardThe holiday season is upon us! While we enjoy getting together with friends and family partaking in holiday feasts, this season means possible distress for our pets. Pets won’t be so thankful if they munch on under-cooked turkey or a pet-unfriendly floral arrangement, or if they stumble upon an unattended alcoholic drink.

It’s best to stick to your pet’s regular diet! But….
If you decide to feed your pet a little nibble of turkey, make sure it’s boneless and well-cooked. Don’t offer her raw or under-cooked turkey, which may contain salmonella bacteria. Do not feed bones to your pet as cooked bones are brittle and ingesting them will harm to your pet’s digestive tract.

When making bread….
Don’t spoil your pet’s holiday by giving him raw bread dough. According to veterinary experts, when raw bread dough is ingested, an animal’s body heat causes the dough to rise in his stomach. As it expands, the pet may experience vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring surgery.

cat dressed like turkeySome holiday foods you can give……
A few small boneless pieces of cooked turkey, a taste of mashed potato with no butter or even a lick of plain pumpkin before it goes into the pie shouldn’t pose a problem. Safer yet would be raw baby carrots, uncooked slices of sweet potatoes (no butter or cinnamon) or green beans (without the mushroom soup or onions).

Not to be a Debbie Downer…… Allowing your pets to indulge in any of the wonderful eats of the season may cause stomach upset, diarrhea or even pancreatitis — an inflammatory condition of the pancreas. The best thing to do is best keep pets on their regular diets during the holidays.

The American Veterinary Medical Association provides more information about Thanksgiving safety, including traveling with your pet:

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Halloween Safety!

Emily A Halloween WindowHalloween is a very exciting time for children and adults, but what about your pet? Is your pet afraid of strange looking things? Does your pet get upset when the doorbell rings? Halloween can cause stress in your pet. Here are some ways to ensure everyone – 2 legged and 4 legged – can have a fun Halloween!

Keep your pet indoors. Whether you have a dog or cat, they should not be left unattended outside. While you are a pet lover, sadly there are people who are not kind to animals. Black cats are especially unjustly targeted this time of year.

Make sure your pet has  a collar with identification tags on. In the event Leo maralloHoudini runs out of an open door, a pet tags and a microchip will help your pet get back home if lost. Put a gate across your door or keep your pet contained in a crate or closed room to reduce the chance of him or her getting out.

Candy is NOT for animals! Not only is chocolate and the sugar substitute  Xylitol dangerous to pets, so too are the wrappers! With no opposable thumbs, pets don’t take the candy out before eating it. Keep bowls and bags out of your pet’s reach!

Halloween Dangers to Dogs & Cats

Dill and Pickles KnudsenWatch out for that tail! A dog or cat’s tail can wreak havoc on candle. Put candles where you pet can’t knock them over!

For more tips to enjoy a safe Halloween with your pet, watch this short video from the American Veterinary Medical Association.



What was moving in that video?

True or False: Only dogs that “come up from the south” have heartworm disease. That statement is FALSE!11-HW-dont-live-here

True or False: Heartworm medication is expensive. That statement is FALSE! For a 26-50 pound dog, one year of preventative medication costs approximately $125 to $135. For the same size dog, the treatment for heartworm disease is over $1300!


02-HW-hard-to-treatTrue or False: Treatment for heartworm disease is easy on a pet. That statement is FALSE! Heartworm treatment is done in stages over 120 days with various medications, injections, preventatives, bloodwork and testing. There is at least one overnight hospital stay and STRICT rest for the pet for the duration of the treatment period.

Recently, at a routine wellness appointment, a dog was found to be heartworm positive. The dog has lived in this community its entire life.  The dog has never been on heartworm preventatives.

What are heartworms? According to the American Heartworm Society, they are foot-long worms that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets, causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body. A pet may not show symptoms for several years after infection.

How does a pet get heartworm?  According to the American Heartworm Society, mosquitoes plays an essential role in the heartworm life cycle. Adult female heartworms living in an infected animal produce microscopic baby worms called microfilaria that circulate in the bloodstream. When a mosquito bites and takes blood from an infected animal, it picks up these bab0001_AHS_Mighty_Mosquito_FNL-018191c3fey worms, which mature into “infective stage” larvae over a period of 10 to 14 days. Then, when the infected mosquito bites another dog, cat, or susceptible wild animal, the infective larvae are deposited onto the surface of the animal’s skin and enter the new host through the mosquito’s bite wound. Once inside a new host, it takes approximately 6 months for the larvae to mature into adult heartworms. Once mature, heartworms can live for 5 to 7 years in dogs and up to 2 or 3 years in cats. Because of the longevity of these worms, each mosquito season can lead to an increasing number of worms in an infected pet.

Ways to protect your pet – At My Pet’s Veterinary Center, we recommend a heartworm test, simple blood test costing less than $50,  should be done annually to ensure your pet does not have heartworm disease. We recommend year round preventative medications. Options include monthly oral medication, monthly topical medications and twice a year injections. The staff at MPVC are available to answer any questions you have and will discuss all available options with you.

For more information, please to go:

To answer the question posed on Facebook, the movement in the video was the microfilaria – the early stage larva of heartworm!




So what are those red and white signs?

If you have walked into My Pet’s Veterinary Center, if you have been in an exam room, if you’ve been on our facebook page or even looked at our business cards, you see a red and white logo with the letters AAHA. Just what is that and what does it mean?

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The American  Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), established in 1933, is the only organization that accredits animal hospitals in the United States and Canada. While accreditation for human hospitals is mandatory, it is voluntary for veterinary hospitals.  Only the top 15% of animal hospitals are accredited. MPVC is PROUD to say we are one of them!

To become an AAHA-accredited practice, we had to participate in a rigorous evaluation process to ensure we met the AAHA Standards of Accreditation, which include the areas of:

  • Quality of care (We strictly follow the AAHA guidelines regarding anesthesia, contagious disease, dentistry, pain management, patient care, surgery)
  • Management (We pride ourselves in our customer service, continuing education participation, safety measures)
  • Medical Records (We are a paper-light hospital)
  • Facility (Our hospital is extremely clean)
  • Diagnostics & Pharmacy (We provide in-house ultrasound, digital x-ray, have a lab for bloodwork, in-house as well as on-line pharmacy)

To maintain accreditation maintain accredited status, we receive a comprehensive on-site evaluation every three years, which ensures that we remain compliant with the Association’s mandatory standards.

We will be having our reevaluation before year’s end! If you have questions about AAHA accreditation and what it means for you and your pet, please ask us!

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Heat Awareness

Summer will be here soon! Be prepared for HOT temperatures and what you should or should not do with your pet. It’s important for you to know the normal body temperature for a dog or cat. Cat’s run cooler than dogs, but the general range is 100-102.5 degrees fahrenheit.  Extended time outdoors in the sun can cause a dog to overheat or suffer from heat stroke or heat exhaustion.


Signs that your dog may be overheating include:

  • Panting
  • Bright red tongue
  • Nausea
  • Red or pale gums
  • Weakness
  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Collapse

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If this happens, remove your dog from the heat immediately! Begin cool-down measures such as putting cool, NOT cold, water on the pet. Do not put the pet in a pool, rather put cool compresses on the dogs abdomen and between the paw pads. Contact your veterinarian or if it is afterhours or a weekend, contact an emergency facility.

Please DO NOT  leave pets in a car in the summer. When it is a comfortable 75 degrees outside, in only 10 minutes the interior a car will rise to close 100 degrees! When it is 85 degrees it can rise to a staggering 120 degrees in less than 30 minutes!

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For more information, please click this link from AAHA about Keeping your pet safe from summer heat

Ticks, ticks, ticks…..


As a pet owner, you do everything you can to keep your dog or cat healthy. It’s hard to believe such a tiny insect can cause such a big problem. Ticks are a concern, being able to transmit disease to both humans and animals. Although very small ticks are actually hardy parasites, capable of surviving through a wide range of climate conditions. If your pet exhibits any of the following symptoms, please call for an appointment.


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  • stiffness
  • lameness
  • swollen joints
  • swollen limbs
  • loss of appetite
  • fever
  • fatigue
  • neurological problems

A simple blood test is used for diagnosis. Antibiotics, and sometimes anti-inflammatory or pain medication, are prescribed for positive cases.

Ticks can carry diseases such as lyme, anaplasmosis, erlichiosis and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. There is no area of New Jersey devoid of ticks. The most prevalent are The Lone Star Tick, The Black-legged (Deer) Tick and

The American Dog Tick. There are some who say the The Brown Dog Tick is also in New Jersey. Regardless, it’s important to keep those critters off not only yourself but your dog and cat also. There are sprays for humans that contain chemicals harmful to your pets. At My Pet’s Veterinary Center you can purchase preventatives that are specifically formulated for dogs and cats. As ticks only need temperatures to be above freezing to live, we recommend year-round prevention.


Go to for interactive maps of what ticks and tick borne illnesses are indicated in your area.













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