Inwood Animal Center
At Inwood Animal Center, we are committed to delivering the best available veterinary medicine & are dedicated to serving you and your pet. Our goal is to exceed expectations with each and every interaction we have with our valued clients & beloved patients. We are a full service veterinary medical facility serving the animal healthcare needs of dogs and cats. For more than 40 years our highly skilled, compassionate staff of veterinary professionals have been providing exceptional animal medical care, combined with outstanding boarding & grooming services. We want to become your trusted source for all of your pet’s needs & we look forward to serving you for many years to come!
In an attempt to stay better connected to our clients and to provide better care for our patients, we are pleased to announce that we will be utilizing an automated online client communication system called DemandForce.
What DemandForce offers:
- Allows you, the client, to choose your own communication preference, such as appointment reminders via text/email or both, confirming your own appointments electronically and requesting a preferred appointment day and time online. You can also choose to continue getting reminder calls if you prefer.
- You can receive Annual Care Reminders, Promotions, Newsletters, and Follow-up Satisfaction Surveys. You can opt in or out of any combination of these email communications per your preference.
We assure you that at no time will we provide your information to 3rd parties and the program is 100% HIPAA compliant, respectful of personal privacy, and safe.
National train your dog AND walk your pet month!
If you’re one of the 45% of Americans who make New Year’s Resolutions, chances are that weight loss and/or exercising is among them. Why not include your beloved pet in your routine and take them for a walk? Most cats are not interested in walks but we have seen a few that do.
Walks are great training opportunities, so bringing their favorite treats along to practice obedience while you’re out on your stroll can be beneficial. This will not only convince them that going on walks can be fun, but also helps with their training.
- And if the exercise benefits aren’t enough, dogs also enjoy mental stimulation by getting out in the neighborhood and sniffing the trees, sidewalks, fire hydrants and each other.
Walking with your dog (or cat) is bonding time. To get the most out of your time together, don’t walk and talk on the phone. Use this time to focus on your pet. They spend a lot of time alone already and need you. Praise them when they walk well and pay attention to you.
If your pet needs leash training, find a class, hire a dog trainer for a few sessions or watch YouTube videos on how to train your dog to walk on a leash. It’s no fun (and possibly dangerous) if your pet does not know how to do this.
Lastly, remember to bright light colored clothing and/or reflective vests or other items if your walk takes place predawn or late afternoon/evening hours. This way you can be seen by motorists, bicyclists and other dog walkers/pedestrians.
Cold Weather Pet Safety
Like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should be kept inside. Longer-haired and thick-coated dog breeds, such as huskies and other dogs bred for colder climates, are more tolerant of cold weather; but no pet should be left outside for long periods of time in below-freezing weather.
When walking your pet, stay away from ice. Avoid frozen ponds, lakes and other water.
Clean up any antifreeze spills immediately! Pets like the sweet taste of this deadly liquid.
Check your dog’s paws frequently for signs of cold-weather injury or damage, such as cracked paw pads or bleeding.
Just like you, pets prefer comfortable sleeping places and may change their location based on their need for more or less warmth. Give them some safe options to allow them to vary their sleeping place to adjust to their needs.
Many pets become lost in winter because snow and ice can hide recognizable scents that might normally help your pet find his/her way back home. Make sure your pet has a well-fitting collar with up-to-date identification and contact information. A microchip is a more permanent means of identification, but it’s critical that you keep the registration up to date.