Category Archives: Pet Safety

High Rise Syndrome in Dogs and Cats

A cat leaning out of a window

Some diseases occur worldwide, as we’ve learned all too well from the COVID-19 pandemic. But many diseases occur in specific geographic locations or are restricted to certain populations of humans and animals. For example, Valley Fever or coccidioidomycosis, a fungal infection that can affect dogs and people, occurs predominantly in the southwestern United States due

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Less Than 5% of Pet Owners Know How to Handle Pet Food Safely. Do You?

A dog with a bowl of food

I started 2022 with my suggestions for choosing the right food for your pet. This week I want to follow up with some tips for safe handling of pet food and treats, based on the United States Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Guidelines. These guidelines are designed to protect pets and pet owners against infectious

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Rat Sightings Are Up in New York City: What Pet Owners Should Know

A dog with a rat in its mouth

It’s been all over the news in 2021: rat sightings are way up in New York City. While there’s plenty of speculation why, one thing is clear: increased interaction between rats and dogs is not good for the health of our fur families. Rats carry diseases that can be deadly to both dogs and humans,

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Plan Now to be Prepared for any Disaster

Three dogs in a car

September is National Preparedness Month, held annually to promote family and community disaster planning. Many will argue that the past year and a half have been an ongoing disaster. But planning is helping to get us out of the pandemic. Without research and planning based on prior pandemics and existing diseases, we would not have

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What happens when your dog eats your earbuds?

An x-ray of an earbud in a dog's stomach

According to Statista, in 2020, consumers purchased 233 million wireless “hearables” worldwide. The popularity of wireless earbuds is clearly on the rise, and the veterinarians at the Animal Medical Center can confirm that earbuds are popular with our canine patients as well. Not for listening to their favorite podcast, but for eating. Dog Weight to

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