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March is national nutrition month. With that being said it’s important to take care of your pets and keep them healthy!

Good Heart Healthy Tips for you and your pet:

Below are some tips that will help you keep your pets healthy and in shape:

  • Diet – A healthy diet is good for your pet’s heart just as it is good for our own hearts. Discuss your pet’s diet with your vet, to help determine the right pet food.
  • Exercise – Regular exercise will keep you and your pet in great shape. If you have any question about exercising be sure to ask your vet!
  • Routine Checkups – Take your pets to the vet every six months to catch any health problems early!

One thing that most pet owners have in common is the love they feel for their pets! After all, they are our four-legged children! Pets are always there to make you smile, laugh and share endless amounts of kisses! 

We asked our staff to share their feelings towards their pets, be sure to share your pet stories below in the comments! 





The January’s Polar Vortex may be over, but winter is still around for a few more months here in New Jersey, and the rest of the Northeast! The cold weather presents many challenges for pet owners!

Here are several tips to keep your pets safe this winter:

  • Slips and falls are very common for our four-legged friends when out walking. (Not just pet owners!) Dogs can sustain sprains and strains as well.  Know your pet’s limits and keep an eye out for limping and whining.
  • During walks, ice can accumulate between their pads and cut their paws. To help prevent this, wipe down your pets paws and in between their toes. 
  • Salt and chemical deicers can also get on your pets paws and fur, which can burn, irritate and even make them sick, if digested. After walks, wash your pet’s paws, legs and belly to remove any salt or chemicals.
  • Remember to keep your pets warm! A big misconception among people is that their fur will keep them warm, but it’s untrue! Animals can get frostbite and hypothermia. Please keep your pets inside in cold weather or provide them a warm shelter.

Dr. Garruba is now a TV celebrity!

Watch our own Dr. Garruba on the local talk show “Skyrocket Your Business” which airs on Comcast Channel 30, Verizon Channel 45 and on the Internet at The show times are Monday at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. 

See you at the Animal Hospital!


Now that the Holidays are here, there are special needs of our pets even in the midst of celebrations!  Pet families, we know you want to include your furry companions in the festivities, but as you celebrate this holiday season, try to keep your pet’s routine as normal as possible.


Garland, tinsel, string and ribbons! Cats love to eat and play these sparkly and pretty items. Unfortunately this can cause intestinal obstruction.

Christmas Tree and Holiday plants

Pets love to play with the Christmas tree! Be sure to securely place your Christmas tree in a safe location that’s free from tipping over. Where there is water they will drink! Be sure to keep your pets from the water at the base of the tree. Tree water contains fertilizer that can cause your pets to get sick.

Placing a poinsettia, holly or mistletoe around the house? Please place these items in safe location and out of the reach of your pets! These beautiful plants are fun and festive, but will make your pet sick if consumed!


Having guests over? Sometimes new people can make your pet stressed! If you are boarding your animal over the holidays please make sure that they are adequately vaccinated to protect them from diseases. Bring your pets bedding and own food to make their stay calm and relaxing.


Giving a new kitty or puppy as a gift is exciting, however please make sure that the person you are gifting is ready for the care and needs of a new pet. Pets need a lot of love and care and are a big responsibility.

Food and leftovers

Pass on giving your pets tasty desserts, and leftovers that are fatty and contain bones! Consuming too much chocolate and fatty food will make your dog sick!

Dressing up!

Before you place that cute new pet sweater on, make sure your pet isn’t allergic to wool!

We hope you have a safe and happy holiday!

Welcome to “Animal Prints

We are proud to introduce Nassau Animal Hospital’s new blog! This blog is an exciting new experience for our team. You can expect to find useful information, relating to your pet’s healthcare.

We will be covering topics including common diseases, nutrition, useful tips, facts, and services we provide.

As you can see, we are shaking things up around NAH! We’ve updated our website, making it easier to find important information.  Dr. Garruba and our amazing team of highly skilled veterinarians and caring staff are prepared to assist your pets!

If you’re not a client of Nassau Animal Hospital, please schedule an appointment today and get to know us! Your first wellness check is FREE with any vaccination!

As always, feedback, suggestions and referrals are welcomed and appreciated.


Try this nice Fall Recipe and shower your best buddy with love by making some delicious, healthy Blueberry Pumpkin Dog Treats.  

Recipe via the Vegan Heartland



½ cup applesauce

½ cup canned pumpkin

2 cups 100% whole-wheat flour

½ cup flax seed meal

½ cup blueberries

½ cup water

Cooking Instructions: 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 1

Blend the applesauce and pumpkin, in a bowl. Stir in the flour and flax seed meal. Next, add the water and stir. Work the ingredients together with your hands until all have become well incorporated.

Step 2

Roll out into ½ inch thickens and cut into your desired shapes

Step 3

Place treats 1-inch apart on parchment-paper-lined cookie sheets. Press blueberries into your treats (as shown in the picture)

Step 4

Bake the treats for 20 minutes on one-side and then turn them over and bake on the other side for an additional 20 minutes or until golden-brown. Allow treats to cool.