Pet families have many choices when it comes to pet healthcare providers. In New York City, the neighborhood veterinarian is convenient for routine care, but emergency and specialty care may require travel. In addition to the inconvenience of travel, pet families may be apprehensive about coming to a large, teaching hospital like AMC, where, in … Continue reading Why Would I Want to Take My Pet to a Veterinary Teaching Hospital? 7 AMC Myths Dispelled
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There are multiple types of kidney disease, but all types have the same end point: the kidneys’ ability to control water balance, filter waste products from the blood and keep minerals like sodium, potassium and chloride at optimal levels is compromised. Kidneys are even responsible for maintaining red blood cell production. With all these important … Continue reading Kidney Disease in Dogs and Cats
In its new report on pet supplements, the market research group Packaged Facts forecasts a domestic market for pet supplements of $697 million in 2019. This trend is certainly true in the cancer therapy world. As a veterinary oncologist, I know that if your pet receives a diagnosis of cancer, you will be desperate to … Continue reading Spicing up Cancer Treatment
This year, 2016, is on track to be one of the warmest on record. While not everyone ascribes to the global warming theory, those that do will be concerned about the impact of climate change on their pets’ well-being. Expansion of Disease Vectors Some diseases, like canine influenza, are transmitted from one dog to another. … Continue reading How Global Warming Affects Your Pet
If you could eavesdrop on the conversations veterinarians have with pet families, you would frequently hear comments which include the phrase “quality of life.” Quality of life can refer to a broad set of factors impacting day to day living: income, housing availability, gross domestic product, availability of safe water and foodstuffs, or an intangible … Continue reading What is Quality of Life?
Veterinarians spend as much time working with their patient’s human as much as they do with their animal patients. Sometimes, pet families can help increase the quality of their pet’s medical care by modifying their uniquely human behavior. Here are six traits which you can modify to improve your pet’s healthcare. 1. Patience Your pet … Continue reading Six Characteristics of Clients that Improve Their Pet’s Healthcare
The Animal Medical Center’s webmaster received the following electronic query: “My cat has a mass on its toe and my veterinarian has recommended amputation of the toe. Should the mass be biopsied instead?” Here is my response: Maybe Not a Biopsy Given how small a cat toe is, a biopsy might not be possible. Once … Continue reading Does My Cat Need a Biopsy?
I examined the most handsome four year old Labrador with a blocky, square head the other day. Being a very athletic dog, he normally jumps up on the sofa in the waiting area. The other day, he needed help to jump up and couldn’t seem to get comfortable once he was on the sofa. Based … Continue reading Arthritis: Not Just a Single Disease and Not Just a Single Joint
At one time or another, every home becomes infested with a household pest such as ants, cockroaches or rodents. Ridding your home of these noxious creatures can involve using equally noxious poisons which may not be safe for your pets. Here are some pest control treatments that do not involve poisons and are pet safe. … Continue reading Controlling Household Pests Safely When You Have Pets
The decision to euthanize a beloved pet is one of the most heart wrenching decisions pet lovers have to make. I am quite certain every pet family with an ill, aging pet hopes their pet will die peacefully asleep curled up in their bed. I am also certain pets rarely die peacefully in their sleep, … Continue reading Home Euthanasia: The Pros and Cons