Spring is Here, and so are New Hazards to Beware!

April 22nd, 2017 by Niskayuna Staff

It was a long winter, but before you take your furry friend for a walk in the park, be aware of these nine spring pet hazards:


1. Ticks and Tick-borne Disease

Ticks can spread diseases to both people and pets: Lyme diseaseehrlichiosisRocky Mountain spotted feveranaplasmosis, tularemia, and babesiosis. The best way to protect your furry friend is preventative care. Ask your vet for advice and click to learn more about ticks and the diseases they spread.


2. Antifreeze

Antifreeze is extremely dangerous to pets because most types appear appetizing to dogs. Antifreeze poisoning is one of the most common forms of poisoning in pets. Fortunately, “pet-safer” types of antifreeze are available. Beware, antifreeze is not the only garage hazard.


3. Heartworm

Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitoes. It is a serious disease that primarily affects the heart and lungs, but can also affect the liver, kidney, eyes, and central nervous system; if left untreated, it can cause death. Fortunately, effective preventatives are available.


4. Fertilizers and Mulch

According to the PetPoisonHelpline, most fertilizers contain an assortment of toxic substances like iron and nitrogen. They could also have pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides. Even if the chemicals don’t poison your pet, large amounts of fertilizer could result in gastrointestinal or pancreatic problems.


5. Metaldehyde (Slug Bait)

Snail bait can be a major risk for dogs and cats and is a more common source of poisoning than you may expect. Snail and slug bait products typically contain the sweet-tasting poison metaldehyde. It’s important that you know the symptoms of metaldehyde poisoning in case your pet is exposed.


6. Bee Stings

Just like people, some dogs can have an allergic reaction to bee stings, especially if stung by multiple bees. Talk to your vet about how you can keep your pup safe from bee stings, and what to do if your dog is stung.


7. Snakes

There are 20 species of venomous snakes in North America, and they are found in every state except Alaska, Hawaii, and Maine. Read more about venomous snakes here.


8. Thawing Ponds

Your dog may be accustomed to taking walks over ice covered lakes, rivers and ponds. As the ice begins to thaw, the new dangers presented by exposed water are likely not going to be apparent to him. By keeping your dog on a leash you can protect him from falling through the thin ice.


9. Ivermectin

Horse dewormers often contain ivermectin; it’s also used in small doses to kill parasites in dogs. Toxicity can occur if a dog is given an excessive dose of the medication. To prevent ivermectin toxicity keep horse products out of his reach and only administer the prescribed amount of heartworm medication as instructed by your veterinarian.

If you have any questions or concerns about spring pet hazards, you should always visit or call your vet — they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.

Thank you to Pet Health Network for sharing with us this great info.

It's National Pet Dental Health Month!

February 4th, 2017 by Niskayuna Staff

With two weeks left in the month of February, otherwise known as National Pet Dental Health Month, we wanted to remind you how important oral hygiene is to prevent oral diseases like gingivitis, tooth abscesses, and mouth tumors. Here are some tips for giving them a pet healthy smile.

And this month, bring your pet in for a cleaning, and you’ll get 20% off on a dental prophylaxis!


Daily brushing is important! Especially for dogs, regular brushing can prevent many major diseases that aren’t just mouth-related. Train your pet to tolerate brushing by doing the following:

  • Start by touching their face, lips, and muzzle often and for a few days before getting them comfortable with rubbing their teeth and gums with your fingers.
  • Rub and brush your pet’s face and lips with an approved toothbrush, and let your pet taste pet-safe toothpaste.
  • Start by brushing the front teeth by lifting their lips, then slowly work your way to the back over several sessions. The outside part of the teeth is especially important.
  • Don’t forget to reward them with praise and treats!
  • Note: If it seems impossible to brush their teeth, try daily oral rinses, anti-plaque chew treats, or ask us for other recommendations.

You should perform monthly mouth checks to look for puffy/red gums, cracked teeth, or any unusual color changes or growths. Make sure there is no bleeding, pus, or discharge from teeth. Identifying subtle changes in your pet can prevent major diseases later on.

  • Did you know that dogs have 42 adult teeth and 28 baby teeth, while cats have 30 adult and 26 baby? Count to make sure all of them are there.

Regular dental cleanings (recommended every one to three years) at the vet can prevent future diseases. Did you know tooth abscesses have been linked to heart valve infections and other major conditions?

Click here to learn more about feline oral hygiene.


A pet healthy smile is one of the many ways to encourage overall health in your furry friend. As always, ask us if you have any other questions. See you soon for your annual cleaning and Happy National Pet Dental Health Month!

Pet Resolutions of 2017

January 3rd, 2017 by Niskayuna Staff

With the New Year comes new resolutions, for our pets too! We can all do more to give our furry friends a healthier lifestyle. Here are some of our suggestions for pet resolutions so you can take the best care of your furry friend.


January – Schedule an annual visit for your pet with a thorough exam, even if they aren’t due for anything. Use it to discuss nutrition, parasites, behavior, and other questions you have.

February –National Pet Dental Health month! Bring them in for a cleaning, and you’ll get 20% off on a dental prophylaxis. They’ll feel great!

March – With warmer weather, take your dog on a walk once or twice a day.

April – National Heartworm Prevention month! Get your pet a heartworm test and make sure they are taking preventative meds.

MayChip Your Pet Month! If they aren’t chipped, get it done. If they are, double check that your contact info is up-to-date in the registry.

June – It’s Hug Your Cat Day on June 4th! And Take Your Dog to Work Day on June 23rd!

July – Make a list of emergency info to keep near your phone at all times, including our number (785-9731), the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline, and one of our nearby emergency health clinics.

August – Groom your pet, or at least run your hands through their fur regularly. This will allow for early detection for fleas, ticks, and skin issues.

September – Take some full pictures of your pet, both to share, and just in case they ever go missing, to ensure safe return.

OctoberNational Pet Obesity Awareness Day is on October 11th! Know your pet’s body condition score and keep them in good shape.

November – Set up a pet trust for your pet, so you know they’ll always be cared for. Keep an emergency ID card in your wallet, mentioning your pet at home, just in case anything happens.

December – Do you have emergency evacuation supplies for your pet? You should always keep a two-week supply of food and water, dishes, treats, ID tags, etc.


Should you have any questions, feel free to call us for any advice. We would love to help you take the best possible care with these pet resolutions, both in and outside of our office.

Happy belated New Year from the Animal Hospital of Niskayuna!

Cat Care and the Cold Weather

December 18th, 2016 by Niskayuna Staff

Now that the first snow has fallen, it’s a great time to think about how to take care of our animals during the cold and darker days. Cats in particular run some risks. Here are cat care tips for keeping your pet healthy and safe during the cold weather.

  • Cats are best kept indoors. During cold weather and snow, cats are susceptible to danger, injury, and getting lost, particularly when trying to stay warm.
  • If you have an outdoor cat, check your car before going for a drive. Cats are notorious for finding warm spots, like your car engine. Make sure to check your cat’s location before you leave.
  • If your cat needs to be outdoors (i.e. a barn car or a feral cat), there are many ways you can help them to be safe. The Humane Society has great ideas for ways to provide shelter and to keep food fresh if you are trying to provide cat care for an outdoor feline.
  • During the winter, just like humans, your cat’s skin can become dry. Brushing releases oils and helps to keep skin from getting dried out.
  • Cats love to sleep and lounge in warm places when it’s cold. Try to arrange a spot for your cat under natural sunlight. If you lower the temperature when you leave the house, try to keep some area warm for your cat to stay comfortable.
  • With all that extra sleep, they are getting less exercise. Try to play with your cat to keep them active with an interactive toy. Although lasers can keep cats busy and give them exercise, some experts say that it takes away the satisfaction of capturing something that they are hunting for. A simple toy hanging from a string can be a great way to interact with your cat.

In addition to these cat care tips, remember to take the time for yourself to cuddle with your cat and enjoy the bond that takes place when you warm each other and take the time to breathe.

The Animal Hospital of Niskayuna staff wishes you peace and relaxation as we move towards the winter solstice.

Pet Holiday Health with AHN

December 8th, 2016 by Niskayuna Staff

This month, we wanted to share five pet holiday health tips to protect our furry friends during the holiday season, courtesy of the Pet Health Network by IDEXX.


Take care to keep decorations out of reach.


Those decorations that can’t stay out of reach should be blocked.

  • Dogs are curious creatures! Beware of cords, ornaments, etc.
  • It is best to unplug decorations when you aren’t home.


Remember the foods our pets can’t eat.

  • Chocolate is a holiday favorite sweet, but not for our pets!


Gift-wrapping can be dangerous.

  • Swallowing paper, ribbons, bags, and strings can all cause major stomach issues.


Take care when prepping and sharing holiday meals.

  • During prep, make sure to dispose of any packaging (butcher’s string, bags, etc).


See the full link about pet holiday health by clicking here.


Most of all, from all of us at The Animal Hospital of Niskayuna, we want to send our warmest wishes this holiday season. We hope you share your time with friends, family, and our favorite furry friends. We look forward to seeing you in the new year!


As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding your pet, please contact us at 518-785-9731 or email us at ahniskayuna@nycap.rr.com.

Pets In Winter

March 3rd, 2015 by Niskayuna Staff

Winter Pet Safety 2015

icy cat

As we endure more frigid weather I want to remind you of the special challenges our pets face going out into these conditions. We posted a picture on our Facebook page of a cat curled up in the wheel-well of a car, on the tire. At first it seems like a cute shot, but if that cat got there and fell asleep by the time the car’s owner had to go to work, it could been painful or even deadly for that kitty.

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Animal Hospital of Niskayuna Blog Coming Soon!

September 22nd, 2014 by Niskayuna Staff

Please sit tight while we work on our first blog post….


December 2014 Message

March 18th, 2014 by Niskayuna Staff

Greetings Clients and Friends!

American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)
There are benefits to our being an accredited member of the American Animal Hospital Association. One benefit is the survey they put together that we took advantage of a few months ago. AAHA collates the feedback and provided us with a very helpful report and I am grateful to the many clients who took their time to respond. Thank you! Click on the following link for the rest of our interesting info!

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