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July 3,2013
Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital

Ridgewood NJ , Many pets are sensitive to loud noises and bright lights, like those in a firework display or a thunderstorm. Because they have more sensitive hearing than us, even a distant firework boom can trigger a “flight or fight” response. If they are outdoors, they will run for miles from the noise at once, even through traffic. They may even break through or dig under fences if necessary since it is quite frightening for them. Once far away from your care, they are most susceptible to being hit by a car or suffering from heatstroke.

Make sure your animals have identification and/or a microchip in case they do run away. When walking your pet, keep a tight grip, as a loud noise may cause them to bolt. Keep them at home during the fireworks because besides scaring them, it is much too painful for their ears. Put your pet in the quietest room of the house and close the blinds so no flashes of light can be seen, which may startle them. To drown out any possible firework crackles and loud noises, you can turn the TV or radio on or play some soothing, classical music. If your pet gets particularly stressed during fireworks or thunderstorms, call to make an appointment to discuss this with one of our veterinarians. There are many things we can do to help, such as offer medication to them.

Whether attending fireworks or not this holiday, it’s a hot time of year, so it is best to keep your pets indoors, in a cool place with plenty of fresh water. If you happen to be traveling to a party, do not leave your pets in the parked car, as it can reach 150 degrees in minutes.

Make this a safe, healthy and happy holiday with your pets. Wish you all a very Happy July 4th from the doctors and staff of Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital!

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Village of Ridgewood , Village Council Regular Public Meeting

MAY 8, 2019
8:00 P.M

1.   Call to Order – Mayor
2.   Statement of Compliance with the Open Public       Meetings Act
3.   Roll Call – Village Clerk
4.   Flag Salute and Moment of Silence
5.   Acceptance of Financial Reports
6.   Approval of Minutes
7.   Proclamations

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Village of Ridgewood Free Rabies and Microchipping Clinic for Dogs


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Ridgewood NJ, Please join us at our FREE RABIES AND MICROCHIPPING CLINIC for dogs only on May 15, 2019. It will be held in the Grayon Pool parking lot between the hours of 6:00 pm and 7:00pm sharp.

New Jersey law requires owners of all dogs seven months of age or older to be registered with the town where they live. In order for the license to be issued, the owner must present proof that a licensed veterinarian has vaccinated the dog against rabies and that the duration of immunity from that vaccination does not expire before May 1, 2020. To receive the discount for a spayed or neutered pet, proof must also be provided.

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Free Seminar: Dogs 101: Puppies to Adult Training and Health

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Glen Rock NJ, A FREE seminar sponsored by the Glen Rock Dog Park and open to all. Registration required. Link below.

DOGS 101: From Puppy to Adult Training and Health

There’s nothing better than a well trained family dog. Dorice Stancher, MBA, CPDTKA Master Trainer and three time AKC Nationals finalist (Canines Can Do, LLC) and health expert Dr. Dennis Sepulveda (Veterinary Wellness Center) will present information and answer questions on training, preventing problem behaviors, health and more! They will also discuss training dogs to be good canine citizens.

Tomorrow at 1 PM – 2 PM at the Glen Rock Library

Go to events at the Glen Rock Dog Park Facebook page

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Reader says , “owners are responsible for the actions of their dogs”

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I find it amusing and perhaps indicative of where our society is today that there is no mention of the dog owners in this article. All of the responsibility has been laid on the person who is bitten and/or the dogs natural instinct.

Even dog owners know…… There are good dog owners and bad dog owners.
Dogs are animals, the owners are responsible for the actions of their dogs

How about a list starting with:
Train your dog
Leash your dog
Hold on to the leash
Keep the leash at a reasonable length
Maintain control over your dog at all times – make sure they know who their master is.
Don’t assume everyone wants your dog to jump all over them and/or their children
Do not encourage strangers to pet your dog

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Dog Bite Statistics (How Likely Are You To Get Bit?)


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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Health Department offers these guidelines for staying safe around dogs. According to a study from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 4.7 million dog bites occur in the United States each year, and 800,000 of those bites result in medical care.
These are scary statistics. But scary becomes a lot less so when you’re armed with the right information. From accounting for your own behavior around animals, to why dogs actually bite in the first place, we’re giving you an arsenal of information in this article so you can bite back in the dog bite debate.

Why does a dog bite?
• Dogs bite as a reaction to a stressful situation.
• They may be scared or threatened.
• To protect themselves, their puppies, or their owners.
• They’re not feeling well or if they’re startled.
• They may nip or bite during play (which is why rough play should be avoided to ensure you don’t overly excite your animal).

Keep these triggers in mind anytime you’re around a canine. Your awareness of their mental state will help you recognize a potential bite situation more quickly.

While we’re not absolving the canine completely of its own responsibility in a dog-bite situation, there are always two sides to a story — even a bad one. When it comes to your side, there are more than two things that you can do to decrease your chances of an attack.

Just like people, there are always good pets that snap. Even though the dog never displayed any aggressive attitudes, even though you didn’t provoke him to attack, there are still those unaccountable instances that no one can explain or rationalize. However, more often than not, this isn’t the case.

That’s why, when dealing with any dog, you should maintain confident, but cautious body-language. Below are a few things you can do to make sure your attitude doesn’t trigger an attack.
• Don’t approach an unfamiliar animal.
• Do not run from a dog, panic or make loud noises.
• If an unfamiliar dog approaches you, remain motionless. Do not run or scream. Avoid direct eye contact.
• Don’t disturb a dog while they’re eating, sleeping, or taking care of their puppies.
• Allow a dog to sniff and smell you before you attempt to pet it. Afterward scratch the animal under the chin, not on the head.
• Report strays or dogs displaying strange behavior to your local animal control.
• If knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and remain motionless. Be sure to cover your ears and neck with your hands and arms. Avoid eye contact and remain calm.
• Don’t encourage your dog to play aggressively.
• In some situations when a dog is approaching you just giving the command “no” or “bad dog” will make the dog back off.

If you are bitten by a dog you must get the information of the owner to see if the dog is current on vaccinations. You must also report the bite to the local Health Department and/or Police Department to investigate. It is also recommended that you see a physician to prevent any infections. Dog bites can get infected.

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Do 60% of American Pet Owners Have Pet-Separation Anxiety?

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Surveying 1,000 Americans, the data researchers at Ooma] — a Silicon Valley company offering an innovative home security and monitoring platform and makers of the Ooma Butterfleye smart security camera — discovered that some people love their pets so much, they go to great lengths to spend every moment with them — even when they aren’t home.

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Blessing of the Animals at Christ Episcopal Church, Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, On Saturday, September 29th, 2018 at 10:00 AM, there will be a Blessing of the Animals celebrating the Feast of St. Francis at Christ Episcopal Church, 105 Cottage Place in Ridgewood. Everyone is invited to bring their favorite pets: dogs, cats, rabbits, goldfish, stuffed animals . . .any beloved “creatures, great or small. A short service celebrating all animals will be followed by individual blessings of each animal. Some orphaned dogs and cats who are eligible for adoption from the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge in Oakland will also be present. Refreshments will be served. The service will be held inside the church, rain or shine.

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