Veterinary Associates of North Branford, LLC

2364 Route 80
North Branford, CT 06471


Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some questions/answers that we are frequently asked. If you have additional questions that aren't covered here, please feel free to give us a call at Veterinary Associates of North Branford, LLC.

1. What do I do if my pet was sprayed by a skunk?

  Try this recipe:
  32 ounce bottle of hydrogen peroxide
  1/4 cup baking soda
  2 tablespoons liquid dish soap

  Combine ingredients until dissolved. Sponge onto animal, thoroughly soaking the fur down to the skin. Do not allow solution to get into eyes. Allow solution to sit for 10 minutes - massaging it into the fur down to the skin while waiting. Allow the pet to air dry. Repeat application if necessary. Mix at the time of use - do not mix ahead of time.

2. How do I remove a tick from my pet?

    Using tweezers, grab the tick as close to the skin as possible. Pull the tick out using a steady, straight motion. Do not apply any caustic agents, alcohol, or fire to your pet. Dispose of the tick by squishing in a tissue, dropping into rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer,  or by flushing down the toilet. You can apply antiseptic ointment to the site. If any parts of the tick remain in your dog, there can be some swelling. This will usually subside after a few days. If it becomes red and painful, please bring your pet into the veterinarian.

3. What should I do if my pet eats chocolate?

  Please estimate the amount of chocolate and the type (baking vs. semisweet vs. dark chocolate or coffee) and call a veterinarian or animal poison control as soon as possible. Clinical signs will occur within 1-4 hours after ingestion. Clinical signs varying from vomiting, diarrhea (with secondary pancreatitis in severe causes), to neurologic signs which include stumbling gait, weakness or hyperexcitability, seizures to coma, and occasionally cardiac arrhythmias. We recommend that you induce vomiting within 2 hours of ingestion and have your pet evaluated by a veterinarian.

4. What if my pet is straining to urinate?

   Urinary blockage is a condition usually seen in male cats, and occasionally dogs. The obstruction is usually caused by mineral plugs or stones that block the urinary outflow tract (urethra). Early signs of a possible urinary blockage may include straining to urinate but producing little to no urine, crying when urinating, small drops of blood in litterbox(cats), excessive licking at the prepuce or vulva, frequent trips in and out of the litter box (cats) or frequent need to go outdoors (dogs). Urinary obstructions will cause the waste products, which are normally cleared from the body via urine, to build up in the blood. This will subsequently cause your pet to exhibit some or all of the following clinical signs: vomiting, weakness, lethargy, disorientation, collapse and death. The inability to urinate is a life threatening emergency that must be dealt with quickly. If you notice any abnormalities when your pet is urinating call the veterinarian immediately.