Tag Archives: COVID-19

How Does an Owl Captivate New York: Barry the Barred Owl

A crowd in Central Park to watch Barry the Barred Owl

Being a casual birder, I was captivated last winter by the presence of a snowy owl in Central Park. The photo accompanying this blogpost was taken at the north end of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir last February where I was one of hundreds braving the freezing cold and ice, hoping for a glimpse of

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Emerging from 16 Months of Social Distancing

Veterinarians examine a dog

I saw my first “real” clients in 16 months last week as AMC slowly starts to reopen to pet families (see our “About Your Visit” page for the latest protocols and policies). After the difficulties of the past months, the experience seemed somewhat surreal and I will share my experience and feeling as a veterinarian

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Why We’re Continuing to Wear Masks at AMC

A veterinarian with a puppy

Please Note: This is an evolving situation. We are closely monitoring the latest information provided by local and federal agencies, and our policy is subject to change as new policies are announced. On May 13, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control updated its mask guidance, surprising many. With a few exceptions, the CDC eliminated previous

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Has the COVID-19 Pandemic Resulted in More Pets?

A graph showing more pets under 1 year of age seen at AMC in 2020 when compared to 2019

Since the pandemic started, there have been multiple news articles about pandemic puppies, increases in pets in foster care, and pandemic puppy scams. But how much of this is true and how much is hype? Here are my thoughts and analysis on the topic.  Is AMC seeing more puppies and kittens? I asked our systems analyst to query the medical

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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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