Pet News and Links From Our Animal Hospital in Rahway, New Jersey

The season for fleas and ticks is here and we humans are also adversely affected by these bugs, because we may contract infections from these bugs that are brought into our vicinity by our own pets. So, get appropriate meds for your pets from us, not only to protect your pets but also to protect human health.We strongly recommend that all pets be on a preventive medicine for fleas and ticks even though you may never have noticed fleas and/or ticks on your pets.
Laboratory Test Results
We are directing all clients to call us about the results of their pets' laboratory tests (blood, fecal, biopsies, ultrasounds, ECGs, infection tests etc) between 2PM and 5 PM on week days. It is one of the important responsibilities of the pet owner to discuss with us the lab results and their implications for their pets.
If you see signs of lethargy, weakness, vomiting, drinking more than usual water or any other abnormalities, please call us so we may do appropriate tests to determine if your pet is OK or not. Please bring with you the pet food can etc., so it may be determined whether it belongs to the Recalled Pet Food list. Get your pet checked for kidney function if you see signs like drinking too much and/or urinating too much, lethargy, vomiting etc.
This is to inform all pet owning public that the DOG FLU that has been reported in the media so far, fortunately has not been a big problem so far. We have not had a single case of DOG FLU so far in our hospital. It is still a good idea to make sure that all of your pet dogs are protected against other infectious diseases like Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza (which is very similar to influenza/flu), Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Lyme, and Heartworm infections.
All cat owners are advised to get their cats tested for Cat Scratch Disease, an infection that the cats can 'carry' for long periods of time without showing signs of sickness/disease. These 'carrier' cats can be indoors, outdoors, or indoor-outdoor cats. They may easily infect their owners by licking, scratching, or indirectly by bringing in fleas. The cost of the blood test is only $75.00.
We at Clark Animal Hospital strongly encourage you to have pet insurance for your pets. With pet insurance, your pet could be covered for wellness exams, yearly vaccinations, accidents or illnesses. Each insurance company has there own plans, packages, and policies, so please feel free to give them a call or check there websites to see which insurance is best for you and your pet!
Here are some of the common insurance companies:

Household Items:
  • Ibuprofen and Aspirin
  • Acetaminophen
  • Cold and Flu Meds
  • Antidepressants
  • Vitamins
  • Diet Pills
  • Anti-Cancer Drugs
  • Tobacco Products
  • Detergents
  • Fabric Softener
  • Drain Cleaners
  • Over Cleaner Sprays
  • Disinfectants
  • Bleach
  • Lime/Scale Remover
  • Paint Thinners
  • Lighter Fluid
  • Insecticides
  • Flea and Tick Products
  • Rodent Bait
  • Mothballs
  • Fly Bait
  • Lead
  • Liquid Potpourri
Harmful Foods:
  • Chocolate
  • Gum and Candy
  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Avocados
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Salt
  • Tea Leaves
  • Coffee
  • Alcohol
  • Raw Yeast Dough
  • Spoiled Foods
  • Fatty Foods
Harmful Foods:
  • Algae
  • Antifreeze / Coolant
  • Fire Pit / Grill
  • Fences or Gates
  • Deck Lattice
  • De-icing Salts
  • Compost (particularly if moldy)
  • Gasoline
  • Oil
  • Pesticides
  • Fertilizer
  • Pools and Hot Tubs
Common Plants:
  • Aloe
  • Amaryllis
  • Andromeda Japonica
  • Asian Lily
  • Asparagus Fern
  • Australian Nut
  • Autumn Crocus
  • Azalea
  • Belladonna
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Bittersweet
  • Black Locust
  • Branching Ivy
  • Buckeye
  • Buddhist Pine
  • Caladium
  • Calla Lily
  • Castor Bean
  • Ceriman
  • Clematis
  • Cordatum
  • Corn Plant
  • Cycads
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodil
  • Daylily
  • Devil’s Ivy
  • Dieffenbachia
  • Dumbcane
  • Easter Lily
  • Elephant Ears
  • Emerald Fern
  • English Ivy
  • Eucalyptus
  • Ferns
  • Fiddle-leaf Philodendron
  • Florida Beauty
  • Foxglove
  • Glacier Ivy
  • Gladiolas
  • Gold Dust Dracaena
  • Golden Pothos
  • Heavenly Bamboo
  • Honeysuckle
  • Hurricane Plant
  • Hyacinth
  • Hydrangea
  • Iris
  • Jerusalem Cherry
  • Jimson Weed
  • Kalanchoe
  • Lantana
  • Lilies (all Lilium species)
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Lupine
  • Marble Queen
  • Morning Glory
  • Mother-in-Law
  • Mountain Laurel
  • Narcissus
  • Needlepoint Ivy
  • Nephthysis
  • Nightshade
  • Oleander
  • Panda
  • Peace Lily
  • Philodendron
  • Poison Hemlock
  • Precatory Bean (rosary pea)
  • Privet
  • Red Emerald
  • Rhododendron
  • Ribbon Plant
  • Sago Palm
  • Satin Pothos
  • Schefflera
  • Striped Dracaena
  • Sweetheart Ivy
  • Tulip
  • Water Hemlock
  • Wisteria
  • Yew
  • Yucca
This page lists various sites for your browsing pleasure! The information contained therein is not monitored or input by Clark Animal Hospital, and therefore we are not responsible for it as it applies to your specific situation. This page and information is not intended to replace specific medical and/or veterinary advice that your doctor and/or veterinarian gives you. The purpose of this section is to arouse your interest in gaining knowledge about issues regarding pets and animals. Happy Browsing, just click on the links below in red!
Center for disease control
Center for disease control is a great website by the United States Government. You can find information on hundreds of human and animal diseases on this site.
Health Benefits of Owning Pets
There are many benefits to your health if you own a pet, says the NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH, the NIH in short. Read on about cardio-vascular benefits, health benefits for seniors, benefits in child development and many more interesting benefits of owning a pet! You may have intuitively known this for ever, but here are the scientific statements by the one of the most trusted names in the world of Science, the NIH. Really an eye opener!
Healthy Pets ... Articles you need to read
This section takes you to AAHA website where you will find a wealth of information on dogs, cats and exotics! You need to read these articles!
Pets, Aging and Mental Health
Aging seniors develop better survival skills and cope with stress better when they are living with a pet! So says the Journal of American Geriatrics.
Healthy Pets and Healthy People
This is a useful site that outlines steps that you might want to take to safeguard your and your pet's health. This site is maintained by Center for Disease Control, which is a respected USA Government organization.
National Animal Interest Alliance
This is an interesting site where you can browse for hours reading interesting articles for the welfare of animals. It also has links to dozens of related sites.
A Guide for people with HIV
The Center for Disease Control offers "Preventing infections from pets: A Guide for People with HIV Infection" and this information can be viewed by clicking this link.