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Pair of Rutgers law professors call pet ownership immoral, form of torture

National Pet month Ridgewood

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By Craig McCarthy | NJ Advance Media for
on September 21, 2016 at 9:43 AM, updated September 21, 2016 at 9:47 AM

Two Rutgers law professors say that owning pets is immoral and would be considered torture if humans were forced to endure the same treatment.

Although Gary Francione and Anna Charlton live with six rescued dogs, the couple calls their abused animals refugees, and says they have the right to be free regardless of their quality of life with humans.

“Although we love them very much, we strongly believe that they should not have existed in the first place,” the two wrote in an essay in a digital publication onAeon. “We oppose domestication and pet ownership because these violate the fundamental rights of animals.”

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Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital hosts Adopt A Pet Day

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Congressmen Scott Garrett promoting pet adoption

September 4,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, If you have room in your home and heart, they will have 30 shelters and rescue groups with 300 pets for adoption. Experience the joy of unconditional love. Someone is waiting for you. . .

Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital hosts Adopt A Pet Day
Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 11:00 AM until 4:00 Pm
Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital, 320 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood

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Reader says People Need to Get Control of Their Dogs in Ridgewood


I have an observation that people around here are taking out their anger and aggression with their pet dogs.

I have been accosted by dogs on their leash on side walk!! when taking walks. The dogs will attempt to run up to me and jump on me. The owners are sloooow to pull dog away, physically or verbally.

Just last Sunday a man let his huge dog jump on me on Meadowbrook. I think this should be against the law and justifiable reason to call the police. I have never walked with cell phone before, as I only walk a few blocks, near my house, but for now on I will never leave house without my cell phone.

Please don’t say I don’t like dogs; I love love love dogs; I regularly dog sit a family dog from out of state, when it comes to Ridgewood, very well behaved dog; and I grew up with a dog.

Dog owners around here ARE NOT training their dogs not jump on people. And it is sooooo easy to do. They are not training dogs because they HATE PEOPLE and its aggression. They say, hey, it’s not me; it’s my dog. But it is you, because it is sooooo very easy to train a dog not to jump on a stranger, or run up to a stranger. And you guys aren’t you the smartest as well as the richest. You know better than me. Any dog that touches me or comes within one inch of me is going to get that police call, dog owner.

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Yes the Ridgewood blog Missed “World Cat Day!”

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August 13,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital has informed us that we missed “World Cat Day!”

We missed it! It was Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, but cat-owners will tell you that every day is World Cat Day anyway. We all know the world revolves around them, and they probably introduced this day to us. Humans domesticated animals such as dogs, cows, and horses. Cats moved in and domesticated themselves, at first by creating a win-win situation and taking care of the mice that invaded early man’s feed for farm animals. Before long, they realized the comforts of home and moved in, often assuming the position of head of the household. As they say, “Dogs have masters; cats have staff.” So hug your cat today, and enjoy your status as the Egyptians did – after all, they worshipped cats and wrote about them on walls (think Facebook).

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Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital : Beach Safety Tips for the Dog Days of Summer


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July 30,2016
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Ridgewood NJ, in a recent blog post by Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital reminds readers of a few safety tips for visiting the beach with your dog. ( )

First its water safety , “Although some dogs seem to be natural swimmers, flat-nosed and barrel-chested breeds, like Bulldogs, have a hard time staying afloat. When in doubt, make sure that your dog is wearing a life vest, and never leave your pup unsupervised in or even near the water.”

“it’s always best to steer your pet toward calmer waters, away from speedboats and rough surf.” and of course , “try to keep your dog from guzzling too much salt water, which can lead to vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration. The water in lakes, ponds and streams can also be problematic and contain microorganisms that can lead to illness. ”

The next issue is the sun , it’s easy for canines to overheat, particularly such flat-nosed breeds as Pugs and Pekingese, which can succumb to the heat faster than others. So be sure to provide a cool place in the shade”

They also mention that , “Canines with pink or light-colored noses or thin, short coats are at a higher risk of developing sunburn and skin cancer. ” And for sun screen , “look for a fragrance-free pet sunscreen or a sunblock with broad spectrum UVA and UVB barriers. Apply the sunscreen to vulnerable areas, such as the nose, ear tips and belly — and try to keep your dog from licking it off before it fully soaks in. For dogs with thin, white coats, a T-shirt can also help further protect sun-vulnerable backs and tummies.”

As for the hot sand , “Chasing Frisbees across the hot sand can burn tender paw pads….So keep your pup’s paws protected with strap-on booties.’

At the end of the day, rinse your dog with clean water to remove any sand or salt from his coat. Use a towel to dry him off”

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Ridgewood Residents : Stay Safe During the Heat

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Stay Safe During the Heat

The Red Cross recommends taking these steps to stay safe during the heat:

Listen to NOAA Weather Radio for critical updates from the National Weather Service
Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles
Eat small meals and eat more often
Avoid extreme temperature changes
Limit intake of alcoholic beverages
Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty, and avoid drinks with caffeine.
Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available
Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing
Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day
Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat
Take frequent breaks if working outdoors
Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat
Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat, and ensure they have water and a shady place to rest

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Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital Reminds Us that Cats and Dogs are Often Afraid of Fireworks

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July 4,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, in it recent news letter the Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital says July 4th is the most stressful holiday for pets.

 They remind us that your dog or cat could be afraid of fireworks and as well as thunderstorms. Play with your pet and reassure him/her all day. Keep your pets inside at night with an available place to hide to get away from the noise. Human companionship is ideal, Pets should never be taken to the site of fireworks or left outdoors.Keep windows, blinds, and curtains closed. Even if your pet can’t hear fireworks, visual stimulation is just as frightening to some. Keep the temperature comfortable and distract your pet from the noise. Play music or put on the TV to distract from the noise of fireworks. There are even CDs especially for anxious cats and dogs.

Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital goes on to say “A little love and advanced thought goes a long way to help your pet through the celebrations. If none of these suggestions works and your pet is terrified, simply comfort him as best you can, go back to number one, and be prepared for next year.”

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5 Tips for Helping Fido Survive the Holidays


December 5,2015
by Bryan Bailey

Just the other day, I was driving home from an outing with my dog when I passed a billboard announcing the annual, pre-Christmas sale at a major, local retailer. I remembered thinking, really? How can this be? Weren’t the holidays just here yesterday? Suddenly, the relaxing day I was having turned into anything but that as I began to go through my annual, mile-long, stress-inducing, pre-holidays mental checklist. The pain on my face must have been obvious because as I checked off item number 7 out of 200, I felt the warm, sticky sensation of my dog’s tongue in my right ear. Reaching behind me, I rubbed his big head and asked, “You’ll help me get through the holidays, won’t you?” The thump, thump, thump of his tail on the back seat was all I needed as an answer. My dog had my back.

For most people, the holidays are a bittersweet occasion in that it’s a time of reuniting with loved ones, endless parties, and the exchanging of gifts; however, it’s also one of massive preparation, excessive spending, and worrying about perfection in everything from what to wear, what to give, and what to serve. It’s truly the season of cheer and fear where nothing is overlooked or left to chance . . . except Fido. Yep, the very dog that has your back is left by himself to deal with a myriad of holiday stressors that range from multiple attacks by your relative’s screaming kids to a fat man in a red suit yelling “Ho, Ho, Ho,” which unfortunately translates to “no, no, no” for your dog who rightfully thinks he’s done nothing wrong! For us humans, it’s easy to understand during the holidays why “misery loves company” but not for your dog. Therefore, here are a few tips that will help Fido get through the holiday season without misery as his constant companion.

1. Give training as an early gift. Dogs are social creatures (minus the scary parts of being social during the holidays, such as the fat man in the red suit with the long, white beard). They would much rather spend their time with us than being locked away in the laundry room when company arrives. Learning behaviors, such as “stay” and “be quiet,” upon command before the holidays could earn your dog the good graces of the laundry room parole board and a coveted spot on a fleece bed next to the Christmas tree. Keeping in mind that some of your guests would rather admire your well-trained dog from a distance, you’ll be giving them an early gift as well.

2. Maintain your dog’s normal routines. I’m not sure about you, but my routines during the holidays are anything but normal. However, our dogs are creatures of habit and any changes, even subtle ones in their established routines, can produce stress. The onset of these stressors can then lead to undesirable behaviors such as destructive chewing, restless pacing or whining, or even an escalation in aggression as your dog attempts to cope with its anxiety. In addition, dogs are extremely temporal and can sense your holiday stress; it’s no wonder you will find most dogs hanging around the spiked eggnog bowl! Keeping your dog’s routines right on target during the holidays is impossible for most of us, but do your best to add Fido to your Day Planner. His stress is one less stressor you’ll have to worry about.

3. Traveling with your dog. The holidays are one of the busiest travel seasons of the year, and if it’s off to grandma’s house you go and you’re thinking of taking Fido with you, you may want to plan well in advance. If you will be flying with your dog, check with your airline about its policies and regulations as these vary greatly with each individual carrier. For example, some will fly your dog in a climate-controlled space, and others won’t. Therefore, bad weather could prevent Fido from making the trip. Also, unless Fido is a service dog, he will have to fly in an airline-approved kennel, and the size requirements for your dog’s kennel are not the least bit standard in the airline industry. The best rule of thumb in regard to kennels is go big. I have had dogs rejected because their pointed ears barely touched the top of their kennel while they were standing! If it’s a vehicle you will be traveling in, be sure to treat Fido like any other occupant and restrain him. Time in your lap or your children’s laps can wait until you arrive at your destination. Remember, if Fido isn’t restrained and an accident should occur, Fido will become a projectile. I’m sure the only flying animals you will want to see during the holidays are Santa’s reindeer!

4. Dealing with other dogs. Nearly 90 million American households have at least one dog. If you visit with family or friends during the holidays, your dog is likely to encounter a dog that is not of its pack. Because dogs are dogs and not humans, their perception of the alien dog could be quite different than yours. You may see a nice dog, but your dog may see a threat or an opponent, which could then lead to a fight. Keep a close eye on your dog during the initial meeting, and if either dog appears to be fearful or threatening, immediately separate the dogs and keep them separated until the visit is over. Do this whether your dog is naughty or nice.

5. Dealing with other children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report millions of dog bites each year in the U.S. with most of those occurring to small children. Not recognizing or ignoring the warning signs given by dogs that feel threatened by the direct interaction of small children is one of the leading causes of these bites. During the holidays, children tend to be more excited and animated as they play with new toys or with their relatives or friends. Because Mom and Dad are engaged in food preparation or entertaining, these children are not as closely supervised as they are during other times. Unfortunately, letting little Johnny whack his cousin’s dog with his new Star Wars light saber could end with little Johnny getting a gift he didn’t ask for but really did.

The holidays are a very special time of year, even with the accompanying stressors. However, for Fido, he would rather it not be so special. Treating the holidays like any other time of the year for him will be the best present you can give.

Bryan Bailey is a nationally-recognized, award-winning animal behaviorist, who has shared his expertise with Fox & Friends, SiriusXM, Dog World and more, along with veterinarians, dog owners and celebrities. His first book,Embracing the Wild in Your Dog, is a culmination of his experiences and expertise and, together with his wife, owns ProTrain Memphis and Taming the Wild. Learn more at

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Christ Episcopal Church Announces Blessing of the Animals on October 3

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Christ Episcopal Church Announces Blessing of the Animals on October 3

September 28,2015
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Blessing of the Animals

All are Welcome!

Ridgewood Nj, Christ Episcopal Church Announces Blessing of the Animals on October 3 . Families and children of all ages are invited to a Blessing of the Animals and celebration of the life and ministry of St. Frances of Assisi on Saturday October 3, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Ridgewood. Everyone is invited to bring their favorite pets: dogs, cats, goldfish, rabbits and even stuffed animals….any beloved creature, great or small.

A short service celebrating all animals will be followed by individual blessings of each animal. The service will be held at the outdoor altar, which is located by the entrance to the Nursery School on Franklin Avenue. In the event of rain, the service will take place inside the church. Refreshments will be served. There will also be some orphaned animals from the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge who are eligible for adoption. Please consider bringing a donation from the RBARI wish list found on their website: to this event. Contact the church office at 201.652.2350 with any questions or visit The church is located at 105 Cottage Place, at the corner of Franklin Avenue, in Ridgewood, NJ.

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Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital 10th Annual ADOPT A PET DAY September 20th


Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital 10th Annual ADOPT A PET DAY is 9/20/2015

We will host up to 25 shelters and rescue groups, who will bring about 200 pets for adoption.

Open your heart and home to a friend for life!

(Same day as Ridgewood Fall Art and Craft Street Fair)

On Sunday, September 20th, from 11:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M., Rain or Shine, the Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital will be holding its 10th Adopt-A-Pet Day at 320 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ. The events have been so successful in finding homes for pets, so please share this post, and we look forward to seeing you there!

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Your cat doesn’t love you: science

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Sarah Knapton, The Telegraph | September 4, 2015 2:56 PM ET

Rudyard Kipling was right. Cats really do walk by themselves, and do not need their owners to feel secure and safe, a study has shown. Although absent owners might worry that their pet is pining, in fact, cats show no sign of separation anxiety.

Researchers at the University of Lincoln have concluded that cats, unlike dogs, do not need humans to feel protected.

Before cat lovers start despairing about their aloof pets, however, animal behaviourists said they should take the finding as a compliment. If cats stay, it means they really want to be there.

Daniel Mills, Professor of Veterinary Behavioural Medicine at the University of Lincoln’s School of Life Sciences, said: “The domestic cat has recently passed the dog as the most popular companion animal in Europe.

“Previous research has suggested that some cats show signs of separation anxiety when left alone by their owners, in the same way that dogs do, but the results of our study show that they are, in fact, much more independent than canine companions.

“It seems that what we interpret as separation anxiety might actually be signs of frustration.” To find out if cats needed their owner to feel secure, the researchers observed how 20 cats reacted when they were placed in an unfamiliar environment together with their owner, with a stranger or on their own.

The study monitored the amount of contact sought by the cat, the level of passive behaviour, and signs of distress caused by the absence of the owner.

“Although our cats were more vocal when the owner rather than the stranger left them with the other individual, we didn’t see any additional evidence to suggest that the bond between a cat and its owner is one of secure attachment,” Prof Mills said.

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Keep Your Pet Safe, Healthy During Hot Weather


Posted July 21, 2015

Summer weather can pose certain dangers for your pets. The American Red Cross has some steps people can take to keep the family pet safe and healthy this summer.

The first step is to know what is normal for your pet – their gum color, heart/pulse rate, body temperature and breathing rate – so you can recognize when something is wrong.

Heat stroke is a problem for pets in the warmer weather and is more common in the early summer because pets are not yet acclimated to the warm weather. Dogs with short noses or snouts, like the boxer or bulldog, are prone to heat stroke. This is also true for any obese pet, a pet with an extremely thick fur coat or any pet with upper respiratory problems.

Some signs your pet may be developing heat stroke include heavy panting and being unable to calm down, even when lying down. Their gum color may be brick red, their pulse rate may be fast, or they may not be able to get up. If you suspect your pet has heat stroke, take their temperature rectally. If the temperature is above 105 degrees cool the animal down. The easiest way to do this is by using the water hose. Stop cooling the animal when the temperature reaches 103 degrees. Bring your pet to the veterinarian as soon as possible as heat stroke can lead to severe organ dysfunction and damage.

As the weather gets nicer, many pet owners take their pets in the car with them. Do not leave your pet in the car, even for a few minutes. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees.

Pet owners also need to be aware that animals may try to get out a window or door, which are more likely to be open as the weather warms. And some plants in your garden can be hazardous to animals. For instance, many lilies are very poisonous to cats. Visit the ASPCA Poison Control information to find out which plants and flowers are poisonous to animals.

You can download the Red Cross Pet First Aid app to have veterinary advice in the palm of your hand. The app features first aid steps for more than 25 common pet situations and identifies common substances that are toxic to animals.

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Enter Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital’s Holiday Pet Photo Contest!


Enter Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital’s Holiday Pet Photo Contest!

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Enter Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital’s Holiday Pet Photo Contest!


Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital is hosting a Holiday Pet Photo Contest! Please “LIKE” our Facebook Page to enter, and submit your photos for the contest either by a Facebook message, or by emailing them to us at: Please make sure that you identify your pet’s first & last name when submitting the photo, and leave your contact information. You may only submit 1 picture of each pet; however, you may enter as many pets as you wish! You may also submit a group photo of your pets for consideration as well as individual pictures.

Once we have your photo, we will upload it to the Holiday Pet Photo Contest album here:…. Click on that link to find your pet’s photo, and feel free to share, comment and like it, because the photo with the most “likes” on our Facebook page wins!! This contest has already started, so hurry! And it will end on December 24th at 11am EST. Winners will be revealed by December 26th. ***Before entering the contest, please read the full rules, regulations and instructions in our “Notes” section here:***

$300 Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital Gift Certificate

$150 Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital Gift Certificate

$75 Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital Gift Certificate

***Remember, the photo with most “likes” on our page wins so please email us your photo entry today and share the Holiday Pet Photo Fun! Thank you!

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Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital : Antifreeze is a dangerous poison for pets


Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital : Antifreeze is a dangerous poison for pets

Ridgewood NJ, As winter brings in the cold, antifreeze can leak from a car’s radiator. Antifreeze contains ethylene glycol, which is a dangerous poison for pets, affecting the brain, liver and kidneys.

It may taste delicious, even sweet, to your cats or dogs at first, but it is very toxic, and even the smallest sip can be fatal. If you suspect your pet has licked antifreeze, call your veterinarian immediately.

Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital
320 E Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
(201) 447-6000