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...

National Pet Cancer Awareness Month
News / November 27th, 2018

Cancer is the cause of disease-related deaths in about fifty percent of our pets. November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month, and The Animal Haven would like to offer some helpful tips on prevention and treatment for your dog or cat. 


There are several things you can do to prevent cancer in your pet. “It’s important to spay your female cat or dog early, which is very effective in preventing mammary tumors, and to neuter your male pet to prevent prostate and testicular tumors,” says Dr. Arnie Cary, DVM, and board member of The Animal Haven.  If your animal is white or lightly colored, it may be prone to some forms of skin cancer.  As with humans, keeping those pets from long exposure to ultraviolent light in sunlight is a good prevention measure. There is some speculation that lawn chemicals may be carcinogenic to animals as well, so try to minimize their exposure, for example, to lawns that have been recently sprayed for weeds or pests.


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Black Cats Need Forever Homes Too: A WTNH Interview with Michelle and Linda
News / November 12th, 2018

The Animal Haven's shelter manager, Michelle Derosa, and president Linda Marino discuss the difficulty in adopting out black cats, and advise against giving animals as gifts. 
World Rabies Day Is September 28
News / September 10th, 2018

North Haven,  CT (September 10, 2018)  World Rabies Day is September 28, according to the World Health Organization. The Animal Haven in North Haven would like all pet owners to know that rabies is alive and well in Connecticut as well as other states in the Northeast. In fact, according to Animal Haven board member Arnie Cary, DVM, “in the first six months of 2018, there have been 13 cases of rabies in animals in Connecticut, including three in cats. Three of the state’s total were in New Haven county (one  in Hamden). Dr. Cary says that only cases involving actual human exposure are tested at the state lab, leaving uncounted many cases of animals who are euthanized by police and animal control officers because of erratic behavior or who die naturally from the disease.

Rabies is a fatal disease for both animals and humans, so protecting yourself and your pet by properly vaccinating your pet against it is important. Besides, it’s the law. A Connecticut statute mandates that...