White Nose Bat Syndrome is decimating the bat population of Connecticut and six of the eight species of bats that can be found in Connecticut are on the endangered species list because of the disease. Though there is no known cure, homeowners can help bats survive the epidemic by creating bat houses that may be less likely to foster the disease.
If your dog doesn’t mind wearing a Halloween outfit, there’s nothing more enjoyable than taking him along with the whole family to go Trick-or-treating. Here are some great ideas for how to dress up your dog so that he can be part of the fun!
A career working with animals in a vet office offers lots of opportunities for advancement, job fur-fillment, and fun with great people!
It’s not just dogs and cats that trot through our veterinary practice door. Some of our patients, slither, hop, and fly to us for care. Here is a short list of some of the most unusual creatures we have treated over the years.
Brookfield veterinarians evaluate 11 major areas of your pet’s body each time they do an exam. Care to look at your pet through a vet’s eyes? We’ve built a quiz that allows you to do just that!
There have been a lot of pets that have padded and pounced their way through the White House over they years. Do you remember their names? Take this quiz to test your Presidential pet knowledge!
Pet owners are dressing their furry friends up for all the major holidays and the routine days in between. Here’s a selection of get ups that really grabbed our eye.
Helen launched a thousand ships, but this puss has captivated millions!
Older cats are at significant risk for three diseases: kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, and diabetes. The great news is that all three illnesses respond well to treatment but you need to CATCH THEM EARLY. Brookfield Animal Hospital offers a blood screen that identifies any one of these diseases. Read on for more information on these and other old-age related illnesses, and then find out how you can get your cat safely and affordably screened for all of them!
Shelter euthanasia rates are down by a whopping 42% thanks to the great people who choose to adopt and to the use of microchips that reunite owners with lost pets. But the news got us to thinking: how much do we really know about our shelter system and...
Veterinary experts (including those of us here at Brookfield) have pondered the ‘why does my dog eat grass’ question for years. Here are our four best guesses based on published research and our own observations. This article contains info on the fascinating topic of Zoopharmacognosy, the concept that animals instinctively know how to self medicate!
Connecticut's bear population has exploded over the last four decades. How much do you know about these terrific creatures? Take this quiz and find out. It's an entertaining way to learn about bears that live right here in our state! Score and answers...
Nomadic tribes from Asia brought dogs with them to the New World and for thousands of years, they were Native American’s only domesticated animal. Fiercely guarded by tribe women, they were used to drag sleds, help hunt buffalo, used as a food source, and sacrificed in rituals to appease angry spirits.
Spring peeper sounds signal that it’s breeding time for Connecticut’s frogs and salamanders. Here’s a guide to help you identify the eggs you may see while walking outdoors. Vernal Pools, Prime Real Estate For Ecological Health Vernal pools are areas located in...
Want to add variety to your dog’s meal? These human food additives are safe and nutritious! Don't Make It a Habit Use these additives irregularly as a treat, not as regular part of every meal. Dogs trained to consistently eat dog food mixed with human food may be...
Animal healthcare is one of America’s fastest growing industries. A career in veterinary medicine can be a chance for people of all ages to have rewarding, recession-proof employment with good prospects of career advancement.
De-icers can cause your dog’s paws to dry and itch. Here’s everything you need to know about de-icer safety and walking your dog in the winter.
More than 20,000 years ago, primitive men (and women) in Asia and Western Europe domesticated wolves and man’s best friend was born. With his help, humans settled into domesticated life, and the world changed forever.
If you’re going to pass something to the furry guy under the table, make sure it’s safe to eat! Here is a list of everything the what you can and cannot feed your dog or cat from the holiday table. Includes a great recipe for safe holiday pet treats and other human foods that are great pet snacks!
10 Thousand Times Better Than Yours: A Dog’s Nose is Nothing To Sneeze About Researchers at the Sensory Research Institute at Florida State University estimate that a dog’s nose is somewhere between 10,000 to 100,000 times more acute than a human nose. To put that...
Who are you and what kind of lifestyle do you lead? Don’t go to the shelter and choose a pet with the most doleful eyes. Pets, especially dogs, will integrate themselves into your life and a good match is critical to long term happiness all the way around. Ask...
First Case of Tick-borne Powassan Virus in Connecticut reignites region’s urgent tick borne disease concerns. The disease kills 10% of those infected and permanently disables an additional 50% more.
The next patient you sit near to at Brookfield might not be barking, but buzzing! Find out why a new FDA law means that Brookfield’s best veterinarians may be treating honeybees.
The AKC Canine Good Citizen Award is only given to dogs that can perform these ten tasks on command. Could your dog pass the test and earn a Canine Good Citizen Award?
Dogs that are afraid of fireworks suffer from noise aversion. Help your dog cope during the 4th of July by creating a quiet, dark spot to rest in, by acting normally, or by treating with a safe, prescription drug designed specifically to help noise averse dogs. More below.
Fat is not fun. It’s not even cute. Obesity in cats and dogs is a lingering malady that makes your pet feel lousy, decreases lifespan, and complicates the treatment of other illnesses. If you have a fat dog or cat, here’s what you can do about it.
Rescued pit bull puppies and other dogs make up a large portion of the animals that Brookfield sees on a regular basis. Once overlooked, placed in shelters, and sometimes even slated for death, the rescued patients of Brookfield occupy a large portion of our clients’ hearts. Article includes a certificate for 50% off your rescued pet’s first exam fee at Brookfield.
Yorkshire terriers (Yorkies) are not only one of Brookfield’s most popular dogs, they stand out as our pet owners’ biggest obsession. Yorkies are at once willful, loving, scrappy, smart and driven. When you own a Yorkie, you don’t own a dog, you own a personality.
Domesticated cats wandered into the homes of Neolithic man as far back as 10,000 years ago. They’ve been wandering ever since.
By far, hands down, no contest…the Retriever is Brookfield’s most popular dog and has been ranked America’s most popular dog by the American Kennel Club for 25 years! The Golden Retriever ranks number 3.