If you have driven past our old office location on Park Avenue recently you’ve seen a beautiful new three story building under construction. It is the future home of the Park Ridge Animal Hospital, being built on the site of our old building plus the old post office next door.
The ground floor will include the hospital, along with a couple of retail stores, with apartment on the upper two floors. The expected completion date is late next year, and it will include all the modern appointments of a first class animal hospital, plus the same friendly staff and caring service as before.
As you know, during the construction of our new facility we moved into a temporary office located on Berthoud Street next to Burger King. I’m sure you have read about the major Kinderkamack Road project in Park Ridge, which includes our current location. It will require our making another temporary move until our new building is finished.
So this spring the animal hospital will move temporarily to an office building on Grand Avenue in Montvale, across the street from Pascack Hills High School, next to Oritani Bank. The facility will be fully staffed and equipped, with plenty of on-site parking. We’ll keep you apprised on that move, as well as undated about the construction of our new Park Ridge building.
The holiday season is upon us, and many pet parents plan to include their furry companions in the festivities. It is important to try to keep your pet's eating and exercise habits as close to their normal routine as possible. Also, please be sure to steer pets clear of unhealthy treats, toxic plants and dangerous decorations.
Oh, Christmas Tree - Securely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn't tip and fall, causing possible injury to your pet.. This will also prevent the tree water from spilling, which may contain fertilizers that can cause stomach upset. Stagnant tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria, which can cause nausea or diarrhea.
Avoid Mistletoe & Holly - Holly, when ingested, can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. And many varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested. Opt for artificial plants or choose a pet-safe bouquet.
Tinsel-less Town - Kitties love this sparkly, light-catching "toy" that's easy to bat around and carry in their mouths. But a nibble can lead to a swallow, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery. It's best to brighten your boughs with something other than tinsel.
That Holiday Glow - Don't leave lighted candles unattended. Pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over. Be sure to use appropriate candle holders, placed on a stable surface. And if you leave the room, put the candle out!
Wired Up - Keep wires, batteries and glass or plastic ornaments out of paws' reach. A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus, while shards of breakable ornaments can damage your pet's mouth and digestive tract.
Skip the Sweets - By now you know not to feed your pets chocolate and anything sweetened with xylitol, but do you know the lengths to which an enterprising pet will go to chomp on something yummy? Make sure to keep your pets away from the table and unattended plates of food secure the lids on garbage cans.
Leave the Leftovers - Fatty, spicy and no-no human foods, as well as bones, should not be fed to your furry friends. Pets can join the festivities in other fun ways that won't lead to costly medical bills.
NOTE: We will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
PARK RIDGE ANIMAL HOSPITAL
94 Berthoud Street, Park Ridge, NJ 07656
(201) 391-9494 * Fax (201) 391-4407
Join us for our annual “Sweetest Thank You Party” in gratitude to all who support our Military Working Dog Holiday Drive (details on back) and who support America’s K9 national security teams throughout the year!
We have been seeing a large number of external parasites in the past few weeks and we want to make sure your pets are protected.
FLEAS: Typically September, October and November are the worst flea months of the year. The symptoms of flea infestation vary from pet to pet. Some animals only display mild discomfort and itchiness. Other pets can be allergic to flea saliva, causing intense itching, redness of the skin and even skin infections. Fleas can be the cause of tapeworms. During grooming or in response to a flea’s bite, the dog or cat can ingest the flea carrying the infective tapeworm egg, which grows in the pet’s intestines into adult tapeworms. Fleas can also cause anemia in young or emaciated animals. A single female flea can take up to 15 times her body weight in blood over the several weeks of her adult life.
TICKS: Ticks are skin parasites that feed on the blood of their hosts. Ticks like motion, warm temperatures from body heat, and the carbon dioxide exhaled by mammals, which is why they are attracted to hosts such as dogs, cats and other mammals. Ticks hibernate and do not die in the winter. They are present all year long in New Jersey and New York and on a forty degree day in the middle of winter ticks can burrow up a blade of grass through the snow and find a host- wow! The bite itself is not usually painful, but the parasite can transmit diseases and cause tick paralysis, which is why tick control is so important. It takes several hours for an attached tick to transmit disease, so owners can usually prevent disease transmission to their pets by using tick preventatives that act quickly and effectively.Ticks transmit more than just Lyme Disease- they can also transmit Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichia, Babesia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and more- yuck!
Prevention: The good news about these parasites is that there are many products that can prevent and kill them. We recommend using preventatives ALL YEAR ROUND. For dogs, we recommend ORAL medications such as Bravecto which prevents fleas and ticks for 12 weeks or Nexgard, which prevents fleas and ticks for one month. We also carry Frontline Gold for cats and dogs, which is a safe and effective topical medication that prevents fleas and ticks for one month. For our feline friends, we now carry topical Bravecto, which prevents fleas and ticks for 12 weeks. In addition, we have topical Revolution, which prevents fleas as well as heartworm disease, ear mites and intestinal parasites for one month. Ask us about our money saving specials and rebates for these products, which often cost less from us than online sources!
The staff of PRAH wishes you and your four legged family members a healthy, happy and parasite free holiday season!