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.
Spaying and Neutering
Many pet owners opt to spay or neuter their pets, and spaying and neutering are important for reducing pet overpopulation.
Every year, millions of unwanted dogs and cats, including puppies and kittens, are euthanized. The good news is that responsible pet owners can make a difference. By spaying or neutering your dog or cat, you will do your part to prevent the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens. Spaying and neutering also helps protect against some serious health problems, and may reduce many of the behavioral problems associated with the mating instinct.
The procedure has no effect on a pet’s intelligence or ability to learn, play, work or hunt. Some pets tend to be better behaved following surgery, making them more desirable companions.
While both spaying and neutering are major surgical procedures, they are also the most common surgeries performed by veterinarians on cats and dogs. Like any surgical procedure, sterilization is associated with some anesthetic and surgical risk, but the overall incidence of complications is very low.
Before the procedure, your pet is given a thorough physical examination to ensure that he/she is in good health. General anesthesia is administered to perform the surgery and medications are given to minimize pain. You will be asked to keep your pet calm and quiet for a few days after surgery as the incision begins to heal.
When should I spay or neuter my pet?
Consult your veterinarian about the most appropriate time to spay or neuter your pet based upon his/her breed, age and physical condition. Keep in mind that, contrary to popular belief, it may NOT be best to wait until your female dog or cat has gone through her first heat cycle.
How animals can improve mood & health
If you’ve ever owned a pet, you already know how much fun and affection they can bring. But did you know that pets also come with some pretty powerful mental and physical health benefits?
More than any other animal, dogs have evolved to become acutely attuned to humans and our behavior and emotions. While dogs are able to understand many of the words we use, they’re even better at interpreting our tone of voice, body language, and gestures.
While most dog owners are clear about the immediate joys that come with sharing their lives with canine companions, many remain unaware of the physical and mental health benefits that can also accompany the pleasure of playing with or snuggling up to a furry friend. It’s only recently that studies have begun to scientifically explore the benefits of the human-animal bond. The American Heart Association has linked the ownership of pets, especially dogs, with a reduced risk for heart disease and greater longevity.
Studies have also found that:
- Dog owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets.
- People with dogs have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those without pets. One study even found that when people with borderline hypertension adopted dogs from a shelter, their blood pressure declined significantly within five months.
- Playing with a dog or cat can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which calm and relax.
- Pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels (indicators of heart disease) than those without pets.
- Heart attack patients with dogs survive longer than those without.
- Pet owners over age 65 make 30 percent fewer visits to their doctors than those without pets.