pet suffocation

Suffocation Risks for Pets

August 1, 2018

Last week I noticed a recall on a pet water dispenser from the popular furniture and home accessories giant IKEA. Although I can’t quite wrap my head around how two pets could get their head caught in a water dispenser and die, IKEA is doing the right thing by recalling the product and refunding the cost … Continue reading Suffocation Risks for Pets

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Distemper in Pets

July 25, 2018

This week, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issued a veterinary alert about canine distemper virus infections in Central Park raccoons and both Fox 5 News and ABC 7 News visited Animal Medical Center to talk about the story. An alert from the Health Department about sick raccoons dying from a dog … Continue reading Distemper in Pets

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Diet-Related Canine Heart Disease

July 18, 2018

Last week, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced an investigation into diet-related heart disease in dogs. I suspect most dog families would be surprised to learn diet may play a role in the development of heart disease in their favorite fur baby. Here is a summary of the FDA announcement. Heart Disease … Continue reading Diet-Related Canine Heart Disease

immune mediated thrombocytopenia

Immune Mediated Thrombocytopenia

July 11, 2018

I recently wrote about the concept of immune disease – those disorders where the immune system goes haywire and attacks normal cells in the body. In a more recent blog, I wrote about one of the important canine immune diseases, immune mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA). Today’s blog post focuses on a disease similar to IMHA, … Continue reading Immune Mediated Thrombocytopenia



July 4, 2018

It’s that time of year when the Animal Medical Center’s ER prepares to see dogs and cats with heatstroke. Heatstroke occurs when the ambient temperature overwhelms the body’s cooling mechanisms. Both heat and humidity contribute to the development of heatstroke. When humidity is high, pets cannot cool themselves by panting, a form of evaporative cooling. … Continue reading Heatstroke

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Fun Feline Facts

June 27, 2018

For my final blog post of Adopt A [Shelter] Cat Month, I am going to be less medical and more fun. To that end, I am going to share with you my latest collection of fun feline facts. Purring Pussycats One of the most endearing qualities of cats is their ability to purr. In my … Continue reading Fun Feline Facts


Catnip and its Alternatives

June 20, 2018

June is Adopt a [Shelter] Cat Month and every blog post in June will focus on some aspect of our furry feline friends. Today’s topic is catnip and other plants cat families can use to enrich their cat’s home environment. Catnip Those of us who have had more than a few cats in their lifetime … Continue reading Catnip and its Alternatives