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November 25, 2015
Kane is a 100 pound Italian mastiff who was a 2014 Christmas gift from Jeter’s fiancée, according to the story on The Players’ Tribune. The story of Derek Jeter’s first dog gives insights to the process of selecting and caring for a family pet.  Gifting Pets Kane was a Christmas gift. With the holiday season just around the corner, many families may be considering a pet as a Christmas gift. I don’t believe a surprise pet is a good idea because the pet recipient may not really be ready for a pet. Even if the family is in agreement about the addition of a pet, the busy holiday season may not be... Read More
November 18, 2015
I was thinking about what I was going to be especially thankful for this turkey day, and of course pets popped into my mind. Here are my thoughts about why I am thankful for pets. Pets Keep You Healthy The title of a recent Harvard Medical School Special Health Report, “Get Healthy, Get a Dog,” says it all. The Harvard report amalgamates data from a number of studies to create a compelling case for how having a dog improves both your physical and mental health. The Surgeon General of the United States is on the dog ownership bandwagon as well because he knows walking your dog is good for you... Read More
November 11, 2015
Your smartphone has become an essential item for you, but I think a smartphone is essential for your pets. Not that they will be making calls, but many of the phone functions can be used for pet health related purposes. Emergency Information Of course you have the veterinarian’s office number in your contacts list, but do you have your pet’s emergency information accessible if something happens to you? If you have an iPhone, ICE Standard Smart 911 is an app that lets you display important medical information on the lock screen of your phone. It is kind of an electronic medical alert “bracelet... Read More
November 4, 2015
Every morning at about 5 am, veterinarians from the Animal Medical Center’s Emergency Service send out a list of all pets admitted to the hospital overnight. Not too long ago, one admission caught my attention: a small dog admitted because his paw got caught in an escalator. Ultimately he recovered, but not before three toes on that paw were amputated because the damage inflicted by the escalator was so severe. This sad story made me wonder about other uniquely urban hazards that might impact the health of your dog. What Goes Up, Must Come Down Because the urban landscape is vertical, not... Read More
October 28, 2015
On September 21st, the Animal Medical Center hosted its annual “Cocktails and Conversation” event, which this year featured some of the AMC staff veterinarians involved in clinical research. Each researcher spoke about their current project and how the results of the study will benefit pets. Here are some of the highlights. Cancer Research at AMC During the entire month of October we are celebrating the opening of the Cancer Institute at the Animal Medical Center and, as part of this celebration, all blogs this month focus on some aspect of cancer in pets. At “Cocktails and Conversation,” Dr... Read More
October 21, 2015
On Saturday, October 2, 2015, the Animal Medical Center hosted its inaugural One Health Conference at the Belfer Research Building of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. The One Health concept recognizes the health of humans, animals and the environment are inevitably intertwined. Attendees spent the rainy and windy Saturday in the comfortable Starr Foundation/Greenberg Conference Center on the third floor. The day’s presentations featured eight pairs of veterinarians and physicians presenting collaborative talks on a wide variety of cancers and cancer related topics, such as pain... Read More
October 14, 2015
If cocktail party conversation turns to my profession, other partygoers frequently express astonishment over the fact that pets suffer from cancer. They are even more surprised that the cancers in dogs and cats are very similar to human cancers. For the entire month of October, we are celebrating the opening of the Cancer Institute at the Animal Medical Center, and as part of this celebration, all blogs this month will focus on some aspect of cancer in pets. Last week I wrote about the Cancer Institute’s Licensed Veterinary Technicians. This week, I have amalgamated past blogs on cancer to... Read More
October 7, 2015
Veterinary Oncology Technicians 
September 30, 2015
Think your dog recognizes when you have had a bad day at the office? Does your tone of voice put your dog’s tail between his legs? Does your dog know you need a cuddle when you are sick in bed? A recent article in the Daily Mail out of the United Kingdom described how dogs can detect, using nonverbal cues, when people are dying or grieving. Although we want to attribute great cerebral powers to our beloved canine companions, good science lies behind the observation that dogs can detect moods and illness in humans. It is not just body language, but involves multiple senses. Sense of Smell Dogs... Read More
September 23, 2015
September 28, 2015 is World Rabies Day. Rabies is a viral disease found on every continent in the world except Antarctica. Any warm blooded animal, including humans, can contract the disease through a bite from an infected animal.  Mammals have the greatest susceptibility to rabies, and topping the list of animals serving as vectors for the transmission of rabies are foxes, skunks, bats, jackals and wolves, as well as domestic dogs and cats. Worldwide, dog bites are responsible for causing most cases of human rabies. The Rabies Virus All humans should fear rabies. This disease kills nearly... Read More


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