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...
Kids Bond with Our Animals Through Reading Program
News / July 7th, 2018
Check out the CT Post Chronicle article on our new program
in which kids read out loud to our cats and kittens!


Some benefits to reading out loud:
  • It can improve a child's vocabulary
  • It can improve comprehension
  • It helps promote bonding and positive interaction between animals and people
  • It can help develop social, communication and interpersonal skills
  • It can be fun and enjoyable
  • it can help increase attention span
Is Your Dog Showing a Loss of Activity, Appetite? It Might Not Be the Heat
News / July 3rd, 2018
North Haven, CT (July 3, 2018) This time of year most of us with dogs in the family are aware of the nuisance of ticks, and the possibility of Lyme Disease as a result. Although cats can also attract ticks, they are not subject to developing Lyme disease. We at the Animal Haven want to alert pet owners to the perils of Lyme and how to recognize it, prevent it and treat it if necessary.
Lyme Disease is spread by the black legged tick (aka deer tick), one of several species of ticks particularly active in the Spring and early Summer but a nuisance all-year-round.
 
“There is no ‘safe time of year’ away from these opportunistic creatures,” warns Arnie Cary, DVM member of The Animal Haven Board of Directors. “If the weather in the winter is over 40 degrees, and there is no snow cover, adult ticks will quest for a meal and can spread the disease. Each stage needs a blood meal to proceed to the next. The larvae are most apt to feed on mice, the actual reservoir for the...
WQUN Interviews President Linda Marino about Our New Digs
News / June 23rd, 2018
Listen to this interview with Pam Landry at Quinnipiac University's WQUN. June 21, 2018. http://theanimalhavenct.org/updates/userfiles/files/Linda%20Marino%20Animal%20Haven%206-21-18.mp3
 
Pet Owners Encouraged to Take Precautions Against Heartworm
News / April 28th, 2018

North Haven, CT (April 28, 2018) The Animal Haven in North Haven wants to inform the community about the dangers of heartworm disease to companion animals. Heartworm is spread from animal to animal by the mosquito. It primarily affects dogs, though cats can contract the disease; symptoms include a chronic cough, exercise intolerance, poor appetite, weight loss, and a visibly distended abdomen. A simple blood test performed by your pet’s veterinarian can determine infection.
 
"Heartworm disease is a constant and serious threat to dogs and some cats in Connecticut," says Animal Haven Board member and retired veterinarian Dr. Arnie Cary. "In recent years the influx of dogs for adoption from Gulf states where there is a very high incidence of the disease has drastically increased the potential for infection in our already heartworm-prone state." 
 
According to the American Heartworm Society: Adult female heartworms (foot long worms that live inside the heart) in an infect...
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