Category Archives: Responsible Pet Ownership

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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Should You Amputate Your Pet’s Limb? Remove Your Pet’s Eye? Managing Emotional Decisions

A happy, three-legged dog in a park

A note from the mom of Griffin the Tripawd (pictured here): Griffin was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in March 2020 and had his right forelimb amputated on April 2, 2020. Dr. Spector was amazing throughout the surgery process and stayed in touch for weeks afterwards to answer all of my questions. Griffin is now in the

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