Category Archives: Everyday Medicine

Simple, Yet Essential: Stomach Tubes in Dogs and Cats

NG tube appears on an x-ray

Veterinarians at the Schwarzman Animal Medical Center have many pieces of medical equipment available to provide excellent care for your pets. Some equipment is high tech like our CT scanner, MRI and brand new linear accelerator. Other pieces of equipment are decidedly low tech. Today’s blogpost focuses on the low tech, yet essential stomach tube. Stomach

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What vaccines does my dog really need?

William, a puppy

The Schwarzman Animal Medical Center has been an accredited member of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) since 1976. The AAHA’s mission is to “simplify the journey towards excellence for veterinary practices.” One method of doing so is by developing evidence-based guidelines to help veterinarians practice high quality medicine. AAHA recently convened a task force to update its

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My Dog Ate My Ethernet Cable! And Other Examples of “Wired” Dogs

Wirehaired Fox Terrier

As dog lovers, we all have a special place in our hearts for wirehaired breeds including the wirehaired fox terrier, the breed with the most wins at New York City’s favorite dog show, the Westminster Kennel Club show. There are also wirehaired pointers, dachshunds and a relatedly obscure breed, the wirehaired pointing griffon. However, at

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What Pet Owners Should Know about Flea and Tick Medications

dog on grass

When I was at a recent veterinary conference, I picked up some flyers on flea and tick preventatives. There are now so many products on the market with different combinations of active ingredients that remembering their individual nuances is impossible. The flyers contained tables outlining the ingredients to help me choose the best product for

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Are mixed breed dogs healthier than purebred dogs?

French Bulldog

Veterinarians hear the question all the time: are mixed breed dogs healthier than purebred dogs? And of course, it is our business to know. Because there is much contradictory, and unreferenced, information on the internet, I’m going to offer my stance backed by peer-reviewed research in this blogpost. I would argue that neither group is

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