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Diabetes: Pets and People

November 7, 2018

November is American Diabetes Month. To highlight how veterinarians care for pets with diabetes, I thought I would tell the story of one of my patients, a fluffy, grey and white cat named Stone. Stone is a youngster, just under two years of age. He came to see me because his owner had noticed weight loss … Continue reading Diabetes: Pets and People

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Paw-o-ween: Halloween Animal Myths

October 31, 2018

Halloween is a mystical holiday, full of supernatural creatures with magical powers. The spirits inhabiting All Hallows Eve and the Day of the Dead, have given us some animal myths. In this blog post, I dig deeper into the myths and determine if they are fact or fiction. Chicken Halloween Costumes are the New Trend … Continue reading Paw-o-ween: Halloween Animal Myths

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Everyday Medicine: Hospital Wards

October 17, 2018

“Everyday Medicine” is an intermittent series of blog posts highlighting tests, treatments, and procedures common in daily Animal Medical Center practice. Some past examples of this type of blog post include physical examination and vomiting or regurgitation. Today’s post focuses on the types of hospital wards your pet would stay in at AMC. If you have been unlucky … Continue reading Everyday Medicine: Hospital Wards


Veterinary Nursing in Action

October 10, 2018

October 14-20 is the annual celebration of National Veterinary Technician Week. In New York State, we call these animal healthcare professionals licensed veterinary technicians (LVT), but in other municipalities they are known as certified veterinary technicians, veterinary technologists, or registered veterinary technicians. No matter what their exact title is, these critical members of the veterinary … Continue reading Veterinary Nursing in Action

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Should I Adopt an Older Dog?

October 3, 2018

October is Adopt a Dog Month or Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Either way, I hope your family is thinking about whether or not adopting a dog is the right move. Keep in mind, adopting a dog at the wrong time or without considering its impact on your family is always a bad idea. Adopting … Continue reading Should I Adopt an Older Dog?


Immune Mediated Neutropenia

September 26, 2018

I recently wrote about the concept of immune disease; those disorders where the immune system goes haywire and attacks normal cells in the body. In more recent blog posts, I wrote about two important immune diseases: immune mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA) and immune mediated thrombocytopenia (ITP or IMTP).  Today’s blog post focuses on a third immune disorder … Continue reading Immune Mediated Neutropenia

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Medical Machines: Infusion Pumps

September 19, 2018

“Medical Machines” is a new series of blog posts highlighting the equipment AMC veterinarians use to provide state-of-the-art care to thousands of pets annually. These machines save lives, but pet families rarely ever have the opportunity to see them up close and personal. This series will give readers a glimpse into the equipment AMC veterinarians … Continue reading Medical Machines: Infusion Pumps

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Cleaning Up Eye Goop

September 12, 2018

Last week I took calls from pet families on SiriusXM “Doctor Radio,” which is broadcast from NYU Langone Medical Center. Although I answered numerous calls during the one hour show, one question stood out in my mind for its pure practicality: “What products are safe for me to use around my pet’s eyes?” Dirty Eyes … Continue reading Cleaning Up Eye Goop

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Coping with the Grief of Pet Loss

September 5, 2018

Recently, one of my friend’s dogs developed cancer. Although I am not her veterinarian, she and I had a long talk about the grim prognosis and the treatment options. A few weeks later, after her beloved dog had crossed the Rainbow Bridge, I overheard a mutual friend, who is not a pet person, saying something … Continue reading Coping with the Grief of Pet Loss