Category Archives: Responsible Pet Ownership

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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Dog Muzzles Shouldn’t Be Scary – Here’s Why

A dog wearing a muzzle

National Dog Bite Prevention Week, April 11-17, 2021, calls attention to the dangers of dog bites. In 2017, 350,000 people visited emergency rooms because of a dog bite. Emergency room physicians believe many more than that were bitten and did not require emergency care. Careful interactions with dogs can prevent most bite injuries. Veterinarians like

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Update on New York City Bordetella Vaccination Requirements

Two veterinary professionals examine a dog

Clients of the Animal Medical Center may have noticed a change in the frequency for their dog’s Bordetella vaccination reminder. Previously, reminders were sent every 6 months. Now, like most other vaccinations, reminders will be sent annually. So why the change? What does the Bordetella vaccine protect against? You might know Bordetella vaccine as the

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The Hidden Risks of a COVID Halloween for Pets

A Kitten Wearing a Halloween Costume

Halloween will be different this year because of the coronavirus. For the safety of human family members, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) lists Halloween activities with low, moderate and high risk. But these guidelines do not address our animal companions when recommending a modified Halloween celebration. Using the CDC’s recommended low and moderate risk

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