News / April 26th, 2019

Spring is the time for outdoor activities, as we enjoy the warmth after a cold winter.  Your pet probably feels the same, but he or she may also think it’s time to try to escape the house or take a nice long hike somewhere, without you.  If your pet has ever escaped and wandered off  to go exploring on his or her own, it’s time to consider getting it micro-chipped. May is National Chip Your Pet Month, and Dr. Arnie Cary, DVM, board member of The Animal Haven, wants you to know that chipping your pet is the best way to assure a happy ending to a lost-pet story. “We’ve heard many stories of pets who have strayed from their owners, and been returned to them because they were micro-chipped,” says Dr. Cary. “Unfortunately, there are many more stories that don’t end so happily, because people don’t take advantage of micro-chipping.”
Micro-chipping is easy and relatively inexpensive.  The chips are about the size of a piece of rice and are injected, like a vaccination, into the loose s...

April is Heartworm Awareness Month
News / March 24th, 2019
There’s No Heart  in Heartworms!  
North Haven, CT (April 2, 2019) 
Spring is finally here, and as we look forward to even warmer weather, we also need to be aware of the mosquito population that will arrive with it.  Mosquitos can transmit heartworms from an infected dog, and sometimes cats, to other dogs and cats.  April is Heartworm Awareness Month, and Dr. Arnie Cary, The Animal Haven’s board member and a retired veterinarian wants you to be aware of the risk. "Heartworm disease is an ongoing and very serious threat to dogs and some cats in Connecticut," says Dr. Cary.
Heartworms are foot-long worms that live inside a dog’s heart and produce microfilaria, or microscopic baby worms, that circulate through the bloodstream.  If a mosquito bites an infected dog, it ingests the microfilaria.  These baby worms then mature in the mosquito within 2 weeks.  When the mosquito bites another animal, the larvae enter its bloodstream and grow into adult worms within about 6...
March is Pet Poison Prevention Month
News / March 14th, 2019

“Death by chocolate” may be an amusing term that we apply to those extra-chocolatey confections we love to indulge in.  But the term should be taken literally when it comes to our pets. “Chocolate is highly toxic to dogs, and even a small amount can make them sick.  If your dog eats a large quantity of chocolate, it could cause death,” says Dr. Arnie Cary, DVM, board member of The Animal Haven in North Haven. The darker the chocolate, the worse it is. This is because of a greater presence of an alkaloid called theobromine, the toxic element in the confection.
March is Pet Poison Prevention Month, so this is a great time to think about other foods you may be giving your pet as a treat, but which can land him or her in the emergency room. One is xylitol, a sugar substitute found in “sugar free” gum, candy, and baked goods.  It can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar which triggers trembling, seizures and a collapse, and can result in significant liver failure in dogs. Another i...

It’s National Pet Dental Health Month
News / February 18th, 2019

The Animal Haven has a little known fact to for you to chew on: we can buy two more years of life for some of our pets by paying attention to their teeth and gums.  “February is National Pet Dental Health Month,” says Dr. Arnie Cary, DVM, and board member of The Animal Haven, “and we pet lovers need to help our dogs and cats (yes, cats too!) keep their teeth and mouths healthy.  Untreated dental disease which shows up as bad breath, tartar, infected gums, and loose teeth, can cost our pets dearly.” According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, by the time our pets are three years old, three out of four have some periodontal (gum) disease.


How does this happen? It’s not much different from what happens in human mouths: nature has created a nice “seal” of gum to tooth. This seal keeps bacteria and the outside world from invading our pets’ bodies. Once some plaque (soft, bacteria-laden film) starts to build at the gum line, that seal begins to break dow...

Tips to keep your pets safe this holiday season
News / December 20th, 2018

The holidays are here, and in the spirit of giving, we at The Animal Haven in North Haven would like to offer you some tips to ensure the safety of your pets this time of year. While we may sound like the Grinch trying to steal your holiday fun, we’re really asking you to make a few minor adjustments to your holiday decorating to make sure your pets remain healthy.
“If you put up a Christmas tree, consider looking at it through the eyes of a new or young pet,” says Dr. Arnie Cary, DVM, and Animal Haven Board Member. Your young dog or cat may see an exciting new plaything to climb on, so it’s important to secure it so it won’t easily fall.  That popcorn garland or those candy cane ornaments?  Perfect for an afternoon snack, or so your pup might think.  If you have to use them, string them higher up so your pet can’t reach them.  The same goes for those enticing strings of lights.  If you have a four-legged chewer, the lights may be just the bright and shiny toy he w...