Winter Hazards for Pets

Always use pet-safe ice melt for slippery pavements, and shovel out "bathroom" areas for your pets. Tap your car’s hood before starting to avoid fan belt accidents from animals crawling up inside seeking warmth from the engine.

February is Dental Health Month

Dirty gums and teeth equal bacteria that can cause health problems with any body system. Talk to your veterinarian about good dental hygiene for your pet.

Household Hazards That Might Surprise You

Many cats and dogs become toxic from ingesting inappropriate substances. High on the list are chocolate, raisins, grapes, xylotol (a sugar substitute found in diet foods), onions (cats), Gorilla Glue, plants, and paint balls. Call your veterinarian with any concerns.

Don't flush old medicines down the toilet!

Contamination of ground water by discarded medicines is a serious problem. It may already be compromising the "early warning" species such as frogs and insects. When discarding old medications (human or pet) mix them with kitty litter, coffee grounds or vacuum bag remains, put in a plastic zip-lock bag, and put them in the trash.

Fitness for Life!

They may be cute, but obese pets have shorter lives, just like humans. Sometimes a significant weight gain can indicate another medical problem. With the proper diet and exercise, we can help your pet reach his or her optimum weight range.

Ticks can infect your pet at any time of the year!

Here in New England ticks pose a threat to people and pets every day of the year. Be proactive and keep your family and pets safe. Talk to your veterinarian and physician about preventive measures you can take. Get more information at Groton's Lyme Awareness Week: June 8–15.

Summer heat can be dangerous for pets!

Dogs and cats, and especially rabbits, are susceptible to heat stroke during periods of high heat and humidity. Always make sure water is available. When the outdoor temperature gets above 90° keep your pets indoors and cool. For snub-nosed dogs and cats make sure a fan or AC is available.

Skin and Ears

The heat and humidity of summer can cause skin/ear infections (i.e. hotspots) within 6–8 hours. Always dry ears after swimming or any water activity. Put cotton in ears before bathing and use a hair dryer to dry coat. If the coat or ears stay wet or damp over night, or if there is any skin irritation, it can lead to infections.


Diabetes is the same explosive problem in dogs and cats as in humans. Reportedly 1 in 200 cats and 1 in 500 dogs are diabetics, mostly type 2. Weight, diet and exercise are the key issues. If a pet is overweight, "lite" diet and regimented exercise periods (1–2 times a day for 5–10 minutes) can eventually correct the problem. Your own veterinarian should have a chart of body condition to compare.

Halloween is near so think defensively.

Sweets and treats can make your pets ill. Chocolate, macadamia nuts, raisons and diet treats with xylitol can kill or cause serious illness. Costumes also need to be checked for strings and objects that can attract cats. Inappropriate ingestion can lead to obstruction and surgery.

We provide quality veterinary care and comprehensive counseling to help you keep your pets healthy and safe.

Preventive Medicine


Guinea Pigs
Pocket Pets


Dr. Susan Horowitz, VMD
171 Lowell Road
Groton, MA 01450


hours: Mon – Fri:  8am – 6pm
Saturday:  8:30am – 12 noon