Leptospirosis Alert 10/22/18:
Northstar vets has issued an alert for the NJ/NY/PA area due to a significant spike in leptospirosis cases. See article below. It has been recommended that all animals at risk be vaccinated.
Leptospirosis Spike Threatens Area Pets:
NJ Veterinary Hospital Issues Warning
(Robbinsville, October 22, 2018)– NorthStar VETS veterinary emergency and specialty veterinary hospital in New Jersey is issuing a warning to people in the area with pets. Over the past several months, there has been a marked increase in the number of Leptospirosis cases treated at the hospital and at other veterinary hospitals in the NJ/NY/PA areas.
Dr. Steven Berkowitz, Emergency and Critical Care veterinarian for NorthStar VETS, said, “We want pet parents to be aware of Leptospirosis, and to consider vaccinating their at-risk pets to help prevent spread of the disease. Each individual patient should be assessed by their family veterinarian.”
You and your pet are both at risk for Leptospirosis:
- Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease, meaning that you can also contract this infection from your pet.
- If you have a pet that has Leptospirosis, please contact your health care provider and inform them. This is especially true if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are immunosuppressed for any reason.
- It is most commonly spread through contact with infected urine and either your mucus membranes (lips, mouth, nose, eyes) or an open wound.
- Leptospira bacteria has been found in sitting water including old tires or toys left outside.
- This bacteria is endemic world-wide in wild mice and rats and they are usually the source of the infection.
- This is a curable disease, but necessitates long term antibiotics and other supportive care, and without this, it can be fatal to both you and your pets.
- There is a vaccine for Leptospirosis. Contact your family veterinarian to see if they recommend it for your pet.
Signs and symptoms of Leptospirosis:
- General malaise
- Excessive drinking and urinating
- Waxing/waning fever
- Vomiting or loss of appetite
- Icterus (yellowing of the gums, skin and whites of the eyes)
- Excessive bleeding or bruising
- Kidney and/or liver failure
Animals at significant risk include those who spend any significant time outdoors, have any sitting water or wet areas in their yard, hike in the woods or near ponds, lakes or streams, or have wildlife in their yard. However even pets in urban areas can be exposed through rodent urine.
Please call us with any questions! 609-443-1212
The NoBowl Feeding SystemTM is Here!
We now carry the NoBowl Feeding SystemTM! Meant to mimic normal hunting behaviors, it is perfect for cats that eat too fast and for cats who need portion control to either lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. It is also a great way to enrich their environment and engage your cats when you aren’t home. Most cats live in underenriched environments, which can contribute to physiologic stress and behavior disorders. Intercat aggression, inappropriate urination, house soiling, owner-directed aggression and overgrooming can all be signs of underenrichment.
Common FAQ's about The NoBowl Feeding SystemTM
Wet vs. Dry Food - The NoBowl Feeding SystemTM is only for dry food, and dry or freeze dired treats. But, how you feed your cat is as important as what you feed your cat. You can meet your cat's innate hunting needs and still use wet/raw as the primary source. Simply feed a smaller portion of wet food and the remaining daily food ration can be a suitable dry or freeze dried treat or food used in The NoBowl Feeding SystemTM.
How does this impact a multi-cat household? Bowl feeding does not address any needs of the cat. It is distressing for cats to share a common area at a mealtime. Cats want to hunt and eat alone. Requiring them to eat in a common area increases cat's anxiety and may even cause fights between cats.
The Solution for The Multi-cat Household - The NoBowl Feeding SystemTM - The Nobowl Feeding SystemTM provides multiple and separate resources for small meals, so that each of your cats can hunt and eat in separate locations in your home. Each cat should be observed to make sre that they transition onto The NoBowl Feeding SystemTM in a low stress way - starting with each cat the trainer (don't forget your treats inside) and then moving on to The NoBowl and finally the hunt for the hidden NoBowls.
What if not all cats transition at the same pace? This is very common. Each cat learns at a separate pace. Continue using The Trainer until each cat is completely comfortable with it. Usually, the quick learners will demonstrate the technique to the slow adopters. However, some cats require solitude to learn. Simply isolate the slow learner in a private location with his/her own Trainer (Don't forget the treats!).
What if one cat gets more than his/her share? Most households adapt just fine. However, in some households a few speedy hunters will get more than their fair share. In this case, the simple solution is to isolate the cats for hunting time. remember, this is the preferred method of eating for cats. Cats want to hunt and eat alone. You are providing for all of their natural needs.
What if my cats are on different diets? Again, the simple solution is to isolate the cats for hunting time. Remember, this is the preferred method of eating for cats. Cats want to hunt and eat alone. You are providing for all of their natural needs.
Living Space (Small Apt/Large Home) - the NoBowl Feeding SystemTM is perfect for a small living space. Once your cat is trained, you can hide the NoBowls in creative spots, high and low, like on a bookcase or cat tree. Then you can get more advanced by putting it inside a paper bag with the opening gently crumpled, or inside a tissue box. One of our early users liked to put one a day inside the laundry basket with the dirty laundry. Her cat loves to hunt for it and then fish it out of there before dining!
Cats living with Dogs/other pets - The NoBowl Feeding SystemTM is not safe for dogs. but there are simple ways to meet the needs of all the animals in your care. Cats are solitary hunters. They want to hunt and eat alone. In fact, one of the greatest sources of distress for cats is having to eat in the presence of a dog. Simply confine your cat to a dog-free space, like a bedroom with the door closed, for hunting time. This way you are meeting all of the natural needs of your cat and still allowing your dog free run of the rest of the house.
My Cat is declawed - All your cat needs to learn is how to roll the NoBowl. While some cats use their claws and teeth, others simply use their paw or nose to roll it. Don't forget to add a treat to the trainer and the NoBowls while the cat is learning.
Would this work as a treat delivery system, and would getting just treats from them be enough to engage their hunting instincts? For cats that eat wet food, The NoBowl Feeding SystemTM can provide the needed hunting stimulation with treats or small amount of dry food. To Transition into The NoBowl Feeding SystemTM, put their favorite treats into the Trainer and given them a little time to explore while they are motivated by hunger to be extra curious (Maybe just a half of an hour or so) before feeding. You can repeat this overnight. Once they have the hang of the Trainer, use the same technique to move on to The NoBowl. Make sure to keep the daily total calories in mind to maintain a healthy weight.
Alternative Therapies for Arthritis
Has your aging dog or cat slowed down? Are they reluctant to get up, run or jump, or unable to carry on their normal activities? Does your cat sit and look at the counter but no longer jump up? In many older animals this is the only sign that they hurt. Often the first course of action is pain medication (including rimadyl, tramadol, and gabapentin), which helps many animals suffering from chronic pain. We also offer alternative therapies including rehabilitative laser and glycosaminoglycan injections (adequan). These modalities are especially useful for animals that cannot tolerate oral medications, or whose pain is not sufficiently controlled on oral medications.
The main effects of laser are to relieve pain, reduce inflammation and increase circulation to the affected area through a process called 'photobiomodulation'. Using red and infrared light over injured areas, laser stimulates healing and pain relief at a cellular level.
Adequan is an injectable polysulfated glycosaminoglycans, which is effective in increasing joint fluid and reducing the damaging effects of destructive enzymes in an inflamed joint. This injection has a rapid onset, reaching the joints within hours.
Both modalities are often used on a long term basis to keep your beloved pet comfortable. Please ask us for more information!