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 […]

Your Pet’s Dental Health

If the eyes are the window to your pet’s soul, your pet’s teeth are the window to their health. Your pet’s dental health is more than bad breath and having pearly whites you can see from across the room. Dental problems can escalate quickly, cause severe pain, and lead to other health issues. What You Need to Know About Your Pet’s Mouth: Busting 4 Pet Dental Health Myths Let’s take a bite out of pet dental misinformation. You probably don’t spend a great deal of time thinking about your pet’s teeth. You’ve probably even heard some of these myths. In this blog, we’d like to give you some insight into the importance of proper pet dental health. Myth #1: All Cats and Dogs Have Bad Breath Does your pet have breath that makes you cringe? While bad breath may seem insignificant, it isn’t. Bad breath can be a symptom of teeth and gum deterioration. Myth #2: Pets Don’t Care If They Don’t Have Sparkling White Smiles While your pet is likely unaware of the appearance of their teeth, they most definitely know if they’re in pain. Dental pain can also cause long term chronic discomfort and lower your pet’s quality […]

Calling all Cat Owners: It’s National Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day!

Why Should You Make an Appointment to Bring Your Cat In?  1. Your Cat’s Health Needs Change Over Time As cats get older their needs change. We can help your cat stay on track for a long, healthy life. With blood work, a physical exam, and a dental check-up, we can identify risk factors and educate you on your cat’s needs. These can extend and improve their quality of life.  2. We Can Help Your Cat Maintain or Reach a Healthy Weight How often do you weigh your cat? We often find even the most vigilant and caring cat parents don’t notice their feline companions’ weight gain. The same is true of unhealthy weight loss.  Unexpected and unexplained weight loss can be a symptom of a deeper health concern. Excessive weight gain can put your cat at risk for diabetes and unnecessary strain on their joints.  3. Cats Can Disguise Underlying Medical Issues Cats are amazing creatures. One characteristic that makes exams even more vital, is their ability to hide symptoms of pain or discomfort.  Because of our expertise, comprehensive examination techniques, and advanced diagnostic equipment, we can spot and treat underlying problems, and prevent more serious issues from occurring. […]

What You Need to Know for Check the Chip Day!

Nobody plans on their pet going missing, but it happens. While these incidents cannot be predicted, you can increase the likelihood of a safe return by simply checking that chip! August 15th is Check the Chip Day: a day when pet parents are reminded to update the contact information on their pet’s microchip.  Why should you take a minute to check your pet’s chip? Because microchips are only effective if whoever finds your pet can contact you. Check out these facts: 1.     One of three pets will become lost or stolen. 2.     Every two seconds a pet becomes lost in the United States. 3.     Each year over 100 million pets become separated from their families. 4.     Only 2% of lost cats and 22% of dogs that enter shelters are returned to their families. 5.     Out-of-date owner information is the most common reason microchipped pets aren’t returned home. Why Was Check the Chip Day Founded?  It may surprise you that only 58% of pet owners register their pets’ microchips with up-to-date contact information. Because of the importance of microchips, the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Animal Hospital Association teamed up to help encourage pet parents to make […]

How Do the Back to School Blues Affect Your Pet?

Back to school season is right around the corner. As you plan your children’s school supply lists, don’t forget that this time of year can be difficult for your pet. Back to school days are coupled with excitement and nervous energy for the whole family. Your children are excited to see their friends but often nervous about the uncertainty of a new teacher, new classroom, and, of course, new rules. You are probably trying to understand the all-so-complicated school pickup and drop-off procedures and how to rearrange your schedule to work with school start times. Your pets feel this energy and can sense a change in the security of their routine. This change in routine can increase your pet’s anxiety and stress. Your dog or cat has adjusted to the attention and company of your kids during these summer days. Your dog received extra pets and mental stimulation while your cat got to chase shoelaces. It’s no wonder pets miss the kids while they’re at school. The return to school is often coupled with your dog or cat becoming morose and bored without their playmates. This can lead to depression, separation anxiety, and destructive behavior.  3 Ways to Help Your […]

Choose Sullivan Family Pet Hospital for Boarding

Are you planning a trip and wanting to ensure your pet is in good hands while you’re away? We offer safe, convenient and comfortable boarding in our doctor-supervised facility that caters to both cats and dogs. Here are a few things we offer during your pets stay: We Will Care for Your Pets Like They are Our Own Our mission is to make each pet feel loved and cared for. Our caring staff will ensure your pet receives compassion, comfort, and unconditional love during their stay to help them feel at home and happy. Your Pet’s Comfort is Our #1 Priority While your pet stays with us, we want them to feel at home. We encourage you to bring their bed and favorite toys. While here, our boarders are offered a high-quality gastrointestinal diet at no additional charge (you are also welcome to bring your pets regular diet). We will follow your feeding schedule to help your pet keep their routine even while you’re away. Prior to your pet’s stay, we will ask questions to help better understand your pet’s needs before you leave them in our care. Comfortable Surroundings Our facility caters to both dogs and cats. Some of […]