pet loss

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

AMC's neurology team

Veterinary Neurological Conditions

August 29, 2018

The Animal Medical Center has 36 board certified specialists in 17 different specialties. Neurology is a critical specialty at AMC and we are lucky to have three experienced specialists in veterinary neurology who are available to AMC patients seven days a week. The Neurology Service also trains the next generation of veterinary neurologists and currently … Continue reading Veterinary Neurological Conditions


Everyday Medicine: Is it Vomiting or Regurgitation?

August 22, 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 “Cytology” and “Packed Cell Volume.” Today’s post focuses on the question: Is it vomiting or regurgitation? Veterinarians Ask a Lot of Questions The first … Continue reading Everyday Medicine: Is it Vomiting or Regurgitation?

pet suffocation

Suffocation Risks for Pets

August 1, 2018

Last week I noticed a recall on a pet water dispenser from the popular furniture and home accessories giant IKEA. Although I can’t quite wrap my head around how two pets could get their head caught in a water dispenser and die, IKEA is doing the right thing by recalling the product and refunding the cost … Continue reading Suffocation Risks for Pets

canine distemper

Distemper in Pets

July 25, 2018

This week, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issued a veterinary alert about canine distemper virus infections in Central Park raccoons and both Fox 5 News and ABC 7 News visited Animal Medical Center to talk about the story. An alert from the Health Department about sick raccoons dying from a dog … Continue reading Distemper in Pets

dog diets

Diet-Related Canine Heart Disease

July 18, 2018

Last week, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced an investigation into diet-related heart disease in dogs. I suspect most dog families would be surprised to learn diet may play a role in the development of heart disease in their favorite fur baby. Here is a summary of the FDA announcement. Heart Disease … Continue reading Diet-Related Canine Heart Disease

immune mediated thrombocytopenia

Immune Mediated Thrombocytopenia

July 11, 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 a more recent blog, I wrote about one of the important canine immune diseases, immune mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA). Today’s blog post focuses on a disease similar to IMHA, … Continue reading Immune Mediated Thrombocytopenia



July 4, 2018

It’s that time of year when the Animal Medical Center’s ER prepares to see dogs and cats with heatstroke. Heatstroke occurs when the ambient temperature overwhelms the body’s cooling mechanisms. Both heat and humidity contribute to the development of heatstroke. When humidity is high, pets cannot cool themselves by panting, a form of evaporative cooling. … Continue reading Heatstroke