Halloween and Your Pet 2016

Halloween is a fun holiday for most youngsters who get to dress up and collect lots of candy which is then rationed out dutifully by many parents. Halloween, though, is very differently received for many pets. The doorbell rings over and over for hours, and strange people dressed suspiciously arrive at the door. Such intrusions cause anxiety for our pets. Some pets respond by hiding, cowering or even trembling. Others become exceedingly protective and defensive. The latter group may bark excessively, charge at the door and interfere with the simple task of handing out candy to children. I even become concerned that the frequency of door openings and curious nature of our pets may lead some to run away or escape.

Help your nervous or anxious pet by diffusing doTerra Serenity essential oil blend in your home in advance of the Trick-Or-Treaters. Consider diffusing for several hours, as needed to help your pet feel calm. You may also apply Serenity essential oil blend topically 2-4 times daily.

Halloween candy is very tempting to our pets. If your pet happens to discover the Halloween loot, be prepared. Minor stomach upset may be alleviated with topical application of 1-2 drops of doTerra Digest Zen essential oil blend applied every 2-4 hours. If the signs of discomfort persist, call Animal Hospital of Hasbrouck Heights at 201-288-7800. If you suspect your pet has eaten chocolate, call Animal Hospital of Hasbrouck Heights at 201-288-7800 or Oradell Animal Hospital at 201-262-0010.

This Halloween, be prepared for minor stomach upset with doTerra Digest Zen essential oil blend. Just apply 1-2 drops to the palms of your hands and pet your pet on his back or abdomen. Application may be repeated as often as every 4 hours, if needed.

Back to School and Your Pet

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Back to school time is a transition for students and pets alike. During the Summer, many pets become accustomed to a busier household, more exercise, attention and company. They enjoy having their families around. Yet, Summer comes to an end quickly.

As the school year resumes, the home environment suddenly shifts. Pets watch their companions leave for school and work and may be home alone for several hours each day.

The sudden change in our pets’ daily routines can cause anxious feelings and even destructive behavior. Some pets cry, bark, chew, and lick themselves excessively to express their distress and frustration. To ease this transition and comfort our pets, I recommend helping our pets naturally with calming blend and grounding blend. Apply topically or diffuse the essential oil blends two to four times daily.

Call Animal Hospital of Hasbrouck Heights at 201-288-7800 for more information about supporting your pet naturally.

Bugged by Bugs?

My family and I enjoy the outdoors even at dusk and evening when gnats and mosquitoes emerge by the dozens. We simply spray our arms and legs with Outdoor essential oil blend. We safely and naturally protect ourselves from irritating bites.

For more information about natural health, call Dr. Frezzo at 201-288-7800.

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Introduction to Essential Oils Class

All are invited to our upcoming Introduction to Essential Oils class.

Where: 180 Boulevard, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ

When: September 30, 2015, 730 pm.

Please call us at (201) 288-7800 to RSVP.  All attendees will receive a free gift.

Easing the Transition Back to School

Can you believe the end of Summer is here already? September always seems to arrive too quickly. Not only do the students adjust as school starts, but our pets do, too. Our household routine changes overnight, and our pets feel it. Many of our pets eat less and seem mopey. Suddenly, our homes may be empty and quiet during the day where they were once filled with activity.  Pets get lonely, too.

How can we help our pets? Essential oils may be applied topically 2-3 times daily and/or diffused into the air. A calming blend and a grounding blend can help relax and soothe our pets as well as ourselves. Diffusing a citrus essential oil is uplifting and energizing. The whole family will benefit from the positive effects of the essential oils, easing the transition from Summer to Fall.

Try to schedule walks, play time and activity for them daily. Leave a radio playing soft music or the television on during the day to provide some background noise. Cats enjoy a screen saver on the computer or a pet program on television. One channel which cats may enjoy features birds singing in a nature scene.

For more information and uses for essential oils and natural health, contact Animal Hospital of Hasbrouck Heights at 201-288-7800.

Mia K. Frezzo, DVM

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SpOil Your Pet book and Essential Oil Packages are here!

Introducing the SpOIL Your Pet Packages. These packages come with the book;  SpOil Your Pet: A Practical Guide to Using Essential Oils in Dogs and Cats that I wrote with Jan Jeremias and a selection of our high quality oils. The Deluxe Package features a Fan Diffuser as well.  Be prepared for any situation. Support your dog or cat’s immune system, digestion, promote feelings of calmness and peacefulness.  They make excellent gifts for any pet owner. Click this link to order yours today: http://bit.ly/Spoil_Pkg

Mia K. Frezzo, DVM

Dr. Frezzo is the founder and owner of the Animal Hospital of Hasbrouck Heights.  Call 201-288-7800 for an appointment  today.

 

Are You and Your Pets Ready for Spring?

After such a terrible Winter, this Spring is welcomed like no other. Yet, along with Spring, come allergies, fleas, ticks and mud. We can’t do much about the mud, but we can help in other ways.

Allergies are best managed before they get out of control. So, please call Animal Hospital of Hasbrouck Heights the very moment your pet begins scratching, rubbing, rolling, licking or biting at himself. We can help reduce your pet’s discomfort and allow you all to enjoy Spring again.

Don’t forget to apply your pet’s monthly topical flea and tick preventative. Flea and tick bites not only hurt your pet and cause skin irritation, but they also carry several diseases dangerous to you and your pet. Contact us at 201-288-7800 for more information about how to protect your entire family.

 

Why Vaccinate your Pet?

Vaccines certainly protect your pet from some very serious and often untreatable diseases which are ever present in our environment. Yet, vaccinating your pet also protects you and your family. Dangerous diseases such as rabies and leptospirosis may be transmitted to humans. As a veterinarian, my patients are pets, yet I am caring for the whole family. My responsibility is to protect everyone in the hone from zoonotic diseases (diseases which can spread between animals and people). See the section on vaccinations on our website, or call us for a consultation. We will be happy to advise you to best protect your entire family and live well.

Microchips

Microchips reunite lost pets with their families. I cannot name one reason not to microchip your pet. Microchipping is a safe, affordable option to help ensure your pet, if ever lost or separated from you, may be returned to you.

The microchip is the size of a grain of rice and is placed by a simple injection on your pet’s back between his or her shoulder blades. (The location is usually 1-3 inches from your pet’s collar, depending on the size of your pet.) No sedation or anesthesia is needed.
Each microchip contains a unique numeric code which is read by a scanner passed over your pet’s neck and back. The series of numbers in the code must be registered to your address and phone number. Some pets also wear a tag on their collars indicating that they are microchipped and listing the phone number to call if found. Some tags also list the microchip code.

Microchips are not like Lo-Jack. They cannot locate your lost pet. When a good Samaritan finds your pet, he or she needs to take your pet to a veterinary hospital or shelter to be scanned. By calling the code into a microchip center, the owner’s phone number and address can be retrieved. The pet owner may then be reached, and the family can be whole again.

Mia K. Frezzo, DVM

Dr. Frezzo is the founder and owner of the Animal Hospital of Hasbrouck Heights.  Call 201-288-7800 for an appointment  today.

I Can’t Believe I Ate the Whole Thing!

Pets usually don’t say no to food, and at Thanksgiving, the temptation is often too great to resist, even for the most well behaved pets. In addition, many of us have relatives who cannot help themselves from feeding the pets. Astute pets can find a way to steal food or get into the garbage amidst a house full of people.

This very incident actually happened in my home several years ago. Despite over 40 people in my home, my astute Standard Poodle managed to steal and consume an entire pound of cheese off of the coffee table.   How did no one notice?   How did he do it silently and leave not a single crumb?

Though he suffered no ill effects, many pets cannot tolerate rich holiday foods or abrupt changes in their diets.   Pets often develop diarrhea, vomiting and gas from such indulgences. Some pets may become so sick that they need medical attention or even hospitalization. Many others can be managed more simply.

For immediate relief, I recommend applying digestive blend essential oil .   This blend of essential oils is safe for both dogs and cats and eases diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and gas. Simply put 1 drop of digestive blend in your palm, rub your hands together and pet your pet anywhere on his or her body 1-4 times daily as needed.   Also, withhold food for 12-24 hours.   Then, start a bland diet offered in small, frequent meals.   If signs of digestive upset continue, call your veterinarian.

For additional tips and more information about using essential oils and natural health for your pets, please refer to my book, SpOil Your Pet: A Practical Guide to Using Essential Oils in Dogs and Cats, available directly through the Animal Hospital of Hasbrouck Heights or on the SpOil Your Pet website. To obtain doTerra pure essential oils, call me at 201-288-7800.

I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.

 

Mia K. Frezzo, DVM

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Back to School Blues

Have you ever seen the Staples commercial in which the Father is dancing down the aisles featuring Back-To-School Sales (http://youtu.be/Iz56prGBiS8)? While parents celebrate the beginning of the school year, pets often lament September and the loss of their companions, outdoor activities, and fun.   Sadly, many pets become depressed in September as children return to school.

Pets often become lethargic or mopey and eat less. In more severe cases, pets can develop diarrhea or vomiting due to the stress and depression encountered as their “friends” go back to school and after-school activities.

Help your pet adjust by continuing to keep him or her as active as possible. Take walks, play Frisbee, go for a ride in the car. Pay special attention to him or her during this period of adjustment. Brushing, combing and extra belly rubs are all special times for pets.

Try essential oils to ease this transition.   Apply and diffuse calming blend, grounding blend or joyful blend.

Most pets will gradually improve over several weeks, yet we can help them to accept this adjustment more readily and with less stress.   Contact me to learn more and make this September happier for the whole family.

 

Mia Frezzo, DVM