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2750 Rt. 20 East
Cazenovia, New York 13035

Phone : (315)655-3409
Fax : (315)655-3271


Monday thru Friday
8:00AM to 6:00PM

8:00AM to 4:00PM

Early surgical/hospital admissions
7:30AM to 9:00AM

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Cazenovia Animal Hospital in Cazenovia, NY is a full service pet-care facility serving the needs of the Central New York Community.  For over 50 years, we have focused on both large and small animals, and offer the full spectrum of care from preventative to emergency care.

At this site, you will find information about our practice philosophy, our services, and an extensive Pet Medical Library for you to search for additional pet health care information.

We welcome your comments and suggestions. Please contact us at (315)655-3409 for all your pet health care needs.

Retractable Leashes: Why we do not recommend them

walkWe recommend a thick nylon or leather six footleash instead of a retractable leash, especially when you are first training a dog to walk with you. You have so much more control of a dog with a regular leash, and most training classes require you use this regular six foot leash in class, so why would you want to stray from this sage advice?

Retractable leashes can be very problematic for many different reasons ranging from safety concerns to creating training issues. In this article we will target some of these concerns and offer suggestions on ways to counter these issues and use the retractable leash, if you choose to do so, properly.

leashes Problem 1: Teaches dogs to pull on leash. There has to be constant pressure on a retractable leash, unless it’s locked, so dogs quickly learn that pressure on the Continue reading

We’re a Cat Friendly Hospital

cat friendlyIn the United States there are about 78 million owned dogs but there are 86 million owned cats.

Don’t let your cat become an alarming statistic:

  • Almost twice as many cats than dogs never visit the veterinarian.
  • Of the cats that do visit the veterinarian, they average 26% fewer visits than dogs.
  • 41% of cat owners visit the veterinarian only for vaccinations.
  • 39% of cat owners say they would only take their cat to the veterinarian if the cat was sick.
  • 60% of cat owners report that their cat hates going to the veterinarian.
  • 38% of cat owners report that they get stressed just thinking about bringing their cat to the practice.

Studies have shown that older cats visit the veterinarian less often than younger cats and that owners of indoor cats are less likely to place a priority on veterinary care than owners of outdoor cats.

The American Association of Feline Practitioners, AAFP, seeks to encourage and facilitate good quality veterinary care for cats. However, both the AAFP and the doctors and staff of the Cazenovia Animal Hospital, recognize that there are unique challenges and difficulties in bringing your cat to a veterinary practice, including:

  • Cats often do not travel well.
  • Cats do not feel safe when they are away from their normal home territory.
  • Cats are highly sensitive to unusual sights, sounds and smells.
  • Most cats prefer quiet and solitude.
  • Most cats are highly susceptible to stress and anxiety.
  • Most cats are highly stressed by dogs and other cats being in close proximity at the practice.
  • Cats need to be handled gently, with care and respect in the practice.
  • Cats have unique medical requirements that Cat Friendly Practices are capable of providing.

One of the most stressful parts of a visit to the hospital is just getting you cat into the carrier and then the car ride here. Here is a very informative, helpful video produced by the Catalyst Council on getting your kitty safely to us.


Our hospital is now a Cat Friendly Practice. This means that we have made changes to decrease stress and provide a more calming environment for you and your kitty’s visit to our hospital. Our staff has also been trained in feline-friendly handling and understanding cat behavior in order to increase the quality of care for your cat. Put this all together and it means a much less stressful trip to the hospital for both you and your cat. Annual wellness exams help ensure that your pet will be happy and healthy for many years to come.

Why Dental Care Is Important

Proper dental care can detect dental disease that not only affects the mouth, but can also lead to more serious health problems such as heart, lung, and kidney disease. Good dental hygiene is just as important for pets as it is for humans. Yet, it is one of the most overlooked areas in pet health.

Periodontal Disease 

Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissue surrounding the teeth that takes hold in progressive stages.

How It Starts and Progresses

Periodontal Disease starts out as a bacterial film called plaque. The bacteria attaches to the teeth. When the bacteria die they can be calcified by calcium in saliva. This forms a hard, rough substance called tartar or calculus, which allows more plaque to accumulate. Initially, plaque is soft and brushing or chewing hard food and toys can dislodge it. If left to spread, plaque can lead to gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums, causing them to become red and swollen and to bleed easily. As plaque and calculus develop below the gum line, professional cleaning will be needed to help manage it. If the plaque and tartar buildup continues unchecked, infection can form around the root of the tooth.

In the final stages of periodontal disease, the tissues surrounding the tooth are destroyed, the bony socket holding the tooth in erodes, and the tooth becomes loose. This is a very painful process for your four-legged friend, but these problems can be averted before they start with proper dental care.

 Home Dental Care

Pet owners also play an important role in their animals’ oral health. Regular teeth brushing at home coupled with regular dental check-ups can help your pet live a longer, healthier life.


Is there a physical sign that my pet has a dental problem?


Pets’ breath isn’t normally great smelling, but if it becomes particularly offensive, it could be a sign of a serious oral problem. Other signs include excessive drooling, loose teeth, tumors on the gums, and cysts beneath the tongue.


What’s the best way to brush a dog’s teeth?


Use a brush or wrap your finger in gauze and hold it at a 45-degree angle to the teeth. Using small, circular motions, work in one area of the dog’s mouth at a time. Be sure to lift the dog’s lip if necessary to reach the teeth. Since the most tartar builds up on the tooth surfaces that touch the cheek, concentrate there and finish up with a downward stroke on the teeth to remove tartar. Your dog may not let you clean the backside of its teeth, but don’t worry about it because very little tartar builds up there.


Is there anything else I can do to help my dog’s oral health?


Provide chew toys that help massage your pet’s gums and keep their teeth clean. Ask your veterinarian to recommend toxin-free chew toys. An added benefit of chew toys is their ability to reduce your dog’s stress level, eliminate boredom, and give pets an outlet for their desire to chew.

Watch this video on how to effectively brush your pet’s teeth…

A tick-free dog is a healthier dog

Ticks are common parasites that can be found anywhere, from the deep woods to urban parks. And each year, thousands of dogs become infected with serious diseases transmitted by a number of different ticks. Diseases like ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and others.

Generally known as vector-borne disease, the risks they pose to your dog can be minimized with preventive measures (topical medications, tick collars, etc.) and annual checkups include vector-borne disease screening. This is especially important, as symptoms of vector-borne disease are often vague and difficult to recognize. Because of this, many pet owners don’t know their dog is suffering from a debilitating tick disease until it’s too late.

We had 35 new cases of lyme disease in 2013, which is up 15% over 2012.  More alarming is the incidence of other tick borne  diseases: 5 cases of anaplamosis and 5 cases of ehrilichiosis which doesn’t sound like a lot but we didn’t have these diseases in our area until recently and they are affecting our pets.

We are always happy to give you advice and tips on keeping your pets and you safe from disease carrying ticks.  An informative and fun website,, can help pet owners with tips and information about vector-borne disease and how to keep dogs safe. Because when you know more about the risk, you can help keep your best friend happy, healthy and tick-free.


Boarding Facilities

travling dogWith winter and spring breaks fast approaching, here is a list of boarding facilities in the area.  We suggest calling ahead and request a tour of the facility before scheduling a stay for your pet.

If your dog has not had a kennel cough (bordetella) vaccination within the last year, we recommend having one at least 2 weeks prior to boarding to make sure the vaccine reaches its full effectiveness.

We are happy to email or fax vaccination records to you or the facility for your pet’s visit.

Boarding Facilities

Fly Hawk Kennels 662-7828
Casseroo Pet Lodge 655-4819
Paws Inn 684-7114
Wagside Inn 607-842-6990
Country Hound Kennels 495-5781
Shadowbrook 662-7189
The Bed N Bowl 655-4652
Blue Ribbon Kennel 697-3100
Paws Please 761-5913
Super Paws 683-5522
School House 662-7239

Pet Peeves

We wanted to take just a minute to address a couple of our “pet peeves”.

Carry Their Cat

cat in carrierWe’ve never been able to fathom why some owners insist upon bringing their cats to the vet hospital without carriers. Some will use harnesses, which won’t help them when faced with a truly motivated dog. And, honestly, the hospital is located on a busy highway, surrounded by open land and woods.  Over the years, cats have gotten away from their owners, never to be seen again despite days of searching. Or worse, found on the side of the road, hit by a car.  Use a carrier.  It doesn’t have to be fancy; a pillow case securely tied will work.  We have a limited supply of loaner carriers you can use and carry both plastic and cardboard carriers for purchase.

Remember cats are more comfortable in uncertain environments when they’re enclosed.

Don’t Follow Through

There’s no shame in admitting that you can’t medicate your difficult cat or trim your unruly dog’s toenails. Veterinarians are pet owners, too. We absolutely understand why you might not be able to manage these not-so-simple tasks.

pill pocketsBut you’ve got to let us know if you can’t, don’t or won’t do what we say. After all, we have plenty of alternatives to offer. And there are few things more frustrating to a veterinarian than failing to treat a patient who could have been helped if only the vet were able to employ some ingenuity. Many medications can be compounded into a form that is easier to administer like tasty chew treats or transdermal gels.  Perhaps using Pill Pockets to hide medication and make it easier to give.  Don’t hesitate to discuss any problems you are having following medical treatment instructions we have given to get your pet better, we want him better just like you do.