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September 1, 2015
The Animal Medical Center’s emergency room staff often talks about medical versus surgical emergencies. A medical emergency is one treated with medications, where a surgical emergency needs an urgent surgery to resolve the crisis. Glen, a 12 year old male terrier arrived at AMC as a surgical emergency on a Friday night. Glen had a hernia on the left side of his rectum which had been present for some time, but it began to enlarge, causing him to have trouble urinating and defecating. Glen’s regular veterinarian diagnosed entrapment of the bladder and intestine within the hernia with an x-ray... Read More
August 26, 2015
Pathologists are the invisible specialists; at least they are invisible to pet families.  Despite the fact that the American College of Veterinary Pathology is the oldest veterinary specialty college, I would be willing to bet you never got to meet the pathologist who read your pet's biopsy. I would also bet you don’t even remember the pathologists name on the bottom of the biopsy report. But, pathologists are not invisible to me or to any of the veterinarians at the AMC – pathologists are critical members of your pet’s health care team. Two Types of Pathologists Pathologists come in two... Read More
August 19, 2015
Music has both physiological and psychological effects on listeners. A snippet of song can bring back memories of childhood, a summer romance or a long absent friend. Music appears to have health benefits as well. A study recently published in the venerable British medical journal, The Lancet, analyzed 73 studies of music as medicine. Surgical patients were allowed to choose the music they preferred to hear and doctors monitored their level of pain. Music reduced not only pain, but the need for pain medications, reduced anxiety and improved patient satisfaction – all without side effects and... Read More
August 12, 2015
A couple of weeks ago, I listed “Five Reasons to Go to the Animal ER NOW!” Readers seemed to take my advice and from Sunday night until Monday morning, 12 of the 25 patients seen in AMC’s 24/7 ER were admitted to the hospital. Here are the highlights of Monday morning’s admissions list: Admission One: Sand Impaction Too much fun at the beach landed this dog in the hospital. The owners noticed her eating sand the day before she started vomiting. What they didn’t realize is how much sand she had eaten. Based on the x-ray on the right, there was enough sand in the intestine to make an entire... Read More
August 5, 2015
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I can’t imagine there is any pet family that has not experienced an episode of diarrhea in their pet. A bout of diarrhea is common, especially when dogs help themselves to a snack from the kitchen trash can or when the weekend guests stress out the family cat. These issues usually resolve themselves in short order, but sometimes diarrhea requires treatment. Age Matters The common causes of diarrhea vary depending on the pet’s age. Intestinal parasites occur at any age, but are most common in puppies because roundworm-infected mother dogs pass roundworms to puppies before they are born. ... Read More
July 29, 2015
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With the heat and humidity of the summer bearing down on us, we are looking for ways to keep our pets and ourselves cool. In this week’s blog, I have complied the links to prior blog posts on heat related illness and safety. For ideas on keeping your dog cool, check out the tips in “Hot Summer Cool Dogs.” And if you and your pet still plan to exercise outdoors during the summer, check out these 10 tips for making outdoor exercise with your pet safer and more fun. Heat-Related Illness Heat and humidity aggravate certain medical conditions, so owners of pets with these conditions should take... Read More
July 22, 2015
Pet families often ask me how they will know when it is time for their pet to go to an animal ER, like The Animal Medical Center’s 24/7 emergency room. This blog lists five things that should make you stop what you are doing and head to the closest animal ER. Acute Collapse or Inability to Walk The problems potentially responsible for a pet’s inability to walk are legion. They cover the entire gamut of body systems, including a slipped disc in the back, the pet version of vertigo, abnormal heart rhythms, orthopedic problems, non-functional adrenal glands and internal bleeding from a tumor,... Read More
July 15, 2015
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This Sunday, July 19th, the New York City Triathlon will feature athletes biking on the West Side Highway, running in Central Park and swimming in the Hudson River. As part of the weekend activities, canine athletes who have faithfully trained alongside their human counterparts will no longer be left on the sidelines on race day. The 2015 Animal Medical Center Doggy Dash gives man (or woman) and best friend the chance to compete in tandem over a five-mile running course. Each year, about 30 loyal pups and their loving owners participate! The Animal Medical Center Doggy Dash gives canine... Read More
July 8, 2015
On July 19th, the New York City Triathalon will feature athletes biking on the West Side Highway, running in Central Park and swimming in the Hudson River. As part of the weekend activities, canine athletes who have faithfully trained alongside their human counterparts will no longer be left on the sidelines on race day. The 2015 Animal Medical Center Doggy Dash gives man (or woman) and best friend the chance to compete in tandem over a five-mile running course. Each year, about 30 loyal pups and their loving owners participate! The Animal Medical Center Doggy Dash gives canine runners the... Read More
July 1, 2015
When we think about the Fourth of July we think about barbeques, parades and fireworks. Animal shelters think about how many extra lost dogs they will take in when frightened dogs run away to escape loud and unpredictable fireworks. Here are some tips to minimize your dog’s distress during the holiday weekend: Exercise early and long. A tired pup is less likely to be awake and frightened by fireworks. On the day of your local fireworks display, spend extra time outdoors early in the day so your pup falls asleep early. Create a calming environment. Don’t take your dog to fireworks displays. ... Read More

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