Category Archives: Responsible Pet Ownership

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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Rabies Alert!

A raccoon holds the finger of a person on the street

I received a veterinary alert from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene last week. In the middle of a pandemic, you would think the topic of the alert would be SARS-CoV-2 in animals. It was not. The alert focused on rabid animals in New York City. Animals with Rabies in NYC

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