Magnets, Toys and Dangerous Objects

November 15, 2010

One characteristic of pets that makes them so entertaining is their unpredictable nature. Some of them will eat anything — and when they do, the veterinarian is presented with a diagnostic challenge. The veterinarian surgeons here at AMC have exceptionally good stories about the objects they have found jammed up inside of pets. Around the … Continue reading Magnets, Toys and Dangerous Objects

Measuring Your Pet’s Medication

November 8, 2010

Medical professionals, veterinarians included, speak to each other in our own language, more difficult to understand than either ancient Latin or Greek. This language is confusing to pet owners and often results in question about medication administration. This weekend was a case in point. An owner called while she was out of town on vacation. … Continue reading Measuring Your Pet’s Medication

Bedbugs and Pets

November 1, 2010

A few weekends ago, I was volunteering at The AMC's "Ask the Vet" booth during AKC's Meet the Breeds show at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. A pet owner came to the booth with questions about bedbugs and pets. I know there is a nationwide epidemic of bedbugs, but in veterinary school … Continue reading Bedbugs and Pets

Halloween Hazards

October 19, 2010

For children, Halloween is a long anticipated holiday featuring parties, costumes and above all, candy. Adults celebrate the holiday too, by decorating their homes and yards with ghosts, goblins and jack o'lanterns. But as you can see by the photo above of my cat, Cheetah costumed as Minnie Mouse, pets don't enjoy Halloween. Trick or … Continue reading Halloween Hazards

Celebrating Key Members of the Veterinary Healthcare Team

October 11, 2010

When you make a visit to your doctor, an entire team of medical professionals work together to provide you with optimal care. A visit to your pet’s veterinarian is no different. The key member of the veterinary healthcare team we are celebrating this week is the licensed veterinary technician, sometimes called registered veterinary technician, licensed … Continue reading Celebrating Key Members of the Veterinary Healthcare Team

World Rabies Day 2010

September 27, 2010

Tuesday September 28 is World Rabies Day. This is the 4th year of the event to raise awareness of and resources for rabies prevention and control. For most Americans, rabies is not an imminent threat, but worldwide, rabies is estimated to kill 55,000 humans annually. Over 99% of human cases are caused by the bite … Continue reading World Rabies Day 2010

False Pregnancy in Dogs

September 20, 2010

There has been a recurrent question on the WebMD Pet Health Community website lately. Although the question has been asked in several different ways, the dog owners asking the question needed information about pseudopregnancy in their unspayed female dogs. Some dog owners questioned the physical and behavioral changes occurring in their dogs about two months … Continue reading False Pregnancy in Dogs

Driving with Pets

September 13, 2010

For those of us growing up with a passion for cats and late night TV, the highlight of the weekend was the newest episode of “Toonces, The Driving Cat” on Saturday Night Live. Toonces was just a family pet, who drove the family car. The skit was pure fantasy and very silly. Riding with Toonces … Continue reading Driving with Pets