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February 10, 2016
In addition to February being National Pet Dental Health Month, we celebrate Valentine’s Day, a day about love. To expand on the theme of love, todays’ blog highlights the reasons veterinarians love fluid therapy for their patients. Fluids Treat Dehydration Serious cases of vomiting and diarrhea often result in dehydration. Fluid is lost in both vomit and diarrhea, plus tummy upset decreases intake. That double whammy of increased fluid loss and decreased intake can result in serious fluid deficiency. The veterinarians in the animal ER can rapidly fill your pet back up with fluids via an IV... Read More
February 3, 2016
February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Tooth and gum disease is commonly diagnosed in dogs and cats. During routine veterinary examinations, dental tartar was the second most common problem identified; the number one problem is obesity. Last year we highlighted common dental problems in our photo blog for National Pet Dental Health Month 2015. For this year’s celebration, I have translated recent veterinary dental research into action steps for pet families. Daily Brushing IS Important Veterinary dentists studied tooth brushing with an American Dental Association approved soft... Read More
January 27, 2016
One way small animal veterinary medicine differs from human medicine is in the field of obstetrics. Human hospitals have entire floors devoted to labor, delivery and the newborn nursery. Most litters of puppies and kittens make their entrance into this world at home. Last week at The Animal Medical Center, a mother dog having a difficult delivery arrived in our ER. Oliva arrived in the AMC ER after several hours of labor without producing a puppy. Assessment by the ER staff found a stuck puppy which was delivered. An x-ray was taken and two more puppies were awaiting delivery. Treatment with... Read More
January 20, 2016
For anyone with a pet, hair accumulating on your clothes, furniture and corners of every room in your house is a reality of life. Ok, maybe not quite everyone. According to the American Kennel Club, there are 13 breeds of non-shedding dogs, and there is also a hairless cat breed, the Sphynx. This unusual cat has very little to no hair and would not be guilty of contributing to the hairballs in your corners. So if you own one of the non-shedding breeds, you don’t need to continue reading. For everyone else, here are some tips on managing pet hair.  Causes of Excess Shedding Pets with hair shed... Read More
January 13, 2016
After a balmy Christmas and New Year’s where many New Yorker’s turned on their air conditioning, winter finally seems to be here. With the arrival of winter, we get out our warmer clothing, the lip balm and the electric blanket. Pets, too, need special provisions in the winter months to be comfortable and safe.  Here are just a few of the important ones. Foot Care Snow, ice and slush take a toll on your dog’s paw pads. Avoid walking where ice melt has been applied as the chemicals are harsh. Once your dog comes inside, wipe the paws with a wash cloth or pet wipes to remove any chemical... Read More
January 6, 2016
Veterinary Research
Veterinary research results in new treatments, procedures and tests leading to improved pet healthcare. For the first blog of 2016, Fur the Love of Pets will review some of the research published in 2015 which has had a positive impact on the care of dogs and cats. Rabies Vaccination While it is important to keep both your dog and your cat up to date on vaccinations, sometimes life gets in the way and you are a bit late making it to your veterinarian’s office. Researchers at Kansas State University studied dogs and cats whose rabies vaccination had lapsed and monitored their immune response... Read More
December 23, 2015
The holiday season is all about family – special dinners, gifts, visits from far away relatives and a sense of belonging. Moo never had a family.  Through the windows of the houses in his neighborhood, he could see families in their cozy homes and longed to be part of a family. The closest he came to a family of his own were the kind people in his neighborhood who set out cat food. But he did not have his own bowl or could not even count on getting more than a bite or two before the bigger, tougher cats moved in to take more than their share. This black and white cat was completely alone, and... Read More
December 16, 2015
At least every day, if not more often, I am asked by a worried cat family, “Is my cat in pain?” This is probably a more difficult question for me to answer than the other one I hear every day, “Why did my cat get cancer?” Signs of Pain Many of the current recommendations to identifying pain in pets are based on behavioral changes. Reluctance to jump, walk or move in general can be a sign of pain, as is the more obvious limping. I worry about pain in my feline patients when a cat with a robust appetite suddenly does not lobby for 40 Temptations™ on a daily basis. Changes in posture and sleep... Read More
December 9, 2015
I suspect this is a question every veterinarian is asked at least once a day and I also suspect there are many cat families with this question in their minds as well. Research shows the average cat sees their veterinarian less than once a year, suggesting that some cat owners have answered the question without the input of their cat’s veterinarian and answered the question with a NO! Common Cat Vaccines Most vaccinated cats receive two separate vaccines which the American Association of Feline Practitioners has designated core vaccines: a rabies vaccine and a trivalent vaccine against feline... Read More
December 2, 2015
Busted! Fracture Repairs in Pets from Buddy Amcny


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