Holiday Pet Safety Made Simple

The holiday season is a wonderful time of year to be a pet parent. This time of year, we give thanks for the love and affection our pets fill our lives with. We also get to shop for new leashes, collars, cat beds, and toys, toys, toys! In order to keep the joy in Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s – prepare for safety while you plan for fun! We want you to make the most of the holidays with some simple safety tips pet parents often overlook. Our Top Safety Tips to Keep the Happy in Your Pet’s Happy Holidays 1. Don’t Let Your Pet Get too Stressed by Changes From guests coming in, to your family heading out of town, we tend to get wrapped up in all the planning that goes into making the most of time off and holidays. And, at times, we forget that our pets get stressed out, too. From strange smells to frightening strangers, the holidays can lead to heightened anxiety for pets. What Can You Do to Eliminate Your Pet’s Holiday Anxiety? If you’re going away for the holidays: Book your pet’s boarding with us well in advance Let us know of […]

Understanding the Real Danger of Pet Obesity

Obesity is a big problem for people and pets. While a little extra pudge may seem cute, extra weight can put our pets at risk for a wide range of serious health issues. And when it comes to our pets, prevention and weight control can lengthen their lives and improve their overall wellbeing. How Big is the Obesity Problem for American Pets? In the United States, 60% of cats and 56% of dogs were considered obese or overweight in 2018. Almost 100 million American pets suffer from obesity or being overweight. Obesity isn’t just dangerous for pets, it’s costly for their owners. Nationwide’s 2016 report on pet obesity shows Americans paid about $62 million in veterinary bills for obesity-related conditions. That’s a lot of overweight pets. This problem isn’t small by any means. In fact, pet obesity seems to be an epidemic and the biggest health threat to our furry best friends! How Did Our Pets Get so Chunky? Even though our understanding of pet’s nutritional needs becomes better and better every year, that information doesn’t seem to stop the growing rates of obesity. Studies show that pet obesity rates have climbed each year since 2009. Simply put, many pet […]

Celebrating Our Amazing Veterinary Technicians and Assistants

You wouldn’t trust the care of your family members to just anyone, and we know you feel the same about the pets that walk through our doors. That’s why we are so thankful for our amazing team of dedicated veterinary technicians that treat your pets like valued members of the family. At Sullivan Family Pet Hospital, we don’t need to ask our vet techs to go above and beyond, they just do so because it’s the wonderful type of people they are. These astounding women exemplify the care, compassion, and dedication we want the pets we care for to experience each and every time they come in. Their jobs aren’t always the easiest, and our practice wouldn’t be the same without them! So, Brittany, Samantha, Dana and Sydney THANK YOU! Thank you for always putting pets first and striving to be the best you can be, each and every day. And while National Veterinary Technician Week is just seven days each year, we appreciate you every 358 beyond this week! Why Do Our Veterinary Technicians and Assistants Deserve One Million Thanks?  We like to say that our veterinary techs make the world go round. And times, we think of them […]

How Can You Keep Your Cat Happy & Healthy?

Do you have a happy kitty, a frisky feline, or a cuddly cat? If so, it’s time to repay your sweet cat for all the love they provide by ensuring their life is full of purrs, play, and whisker-licking treats! How Can You Keep Your Cat Happy and Healthy?  There’s no denying that cats are intriguing creatures. They seek attention in some of the most curious ways and they easily go from zero to one-hundred when it comes to pouncing, rolling, and playing. To provide them with whiskers-to-tail joy, think about the three Ps: play, pampering, and preventative care. How can you achieve the three Ps? Try some of these tips: Cat-tastic Play 1.Bring on the Toys Keep your cat active with healthy play. For cats, there’s nothing better than chasing and attacking toys. From stuffed mice to bells and balls, toys will get your cat mentally stimulated while allowing them to burn some excess energy. This can save your ankle from becoming their next play prey. Visit our online store for some of our favorites! 2. Hide-and-Seek, Find the Treat Does your cat seem to nap all day? Are they crazy about treats? If you said “yes,” your cat […]

Identifying the Subtle Signs of Pain in Pets

While for us humans, headaches and muscle soreness often take care of themselves, long-term chronic pain can take a toll on our pets’ dispositions. Minor pain can be a symptom of a deeper, more serious health issue. We’d like to share some insight into subtle signs and symptoms of pain. How Can You Tell if Your Pet is in Pain? Most pet parents recognize the obvious signs of pain: crying, limping, or not putting weight on a paw, but more subtle signs can be harder to spot. These symptoms can tell you that your pet could use a check-up, or even a pain management plan.  How well can you spot your pet’s pain? Did you know that excessive purring can be a sign that your cat is in pain? How about the fact that dilated or constricted pupils can be a side effect of pet pain? Signs of Pet Pain 1. Adverse Reaction to Getting Stroked Your pet may seem to cringe or move away when you pet them. If so, this could be a sign of pain or skin irritation. Cats may also lash out and scratch or bite from time to time if you stroke over a sore […]