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
June is Adopt a [Shelter] Cat Month and every blog post in June will focus on some aspect of our furry feline friends. Today’s topic is one of the “core” feline vaccinations, FVRCP. Vaccines for cats are categorized as core and non-core. Core means veterinary infectious disease and public health experts recommend all cats receive
Last week I saw two patients with Staph infections. Finding a Staph infection is not unusual; veterinarians see Staph infections every day because Staphylococcus bacteria are normal inhabitants of the skin of dogs. Staph infections start like this: your dog scratches, breaks the skin and the Staph slip in and cause an itchy infection in
Foodborne illness has been in the news all week. First, the massive multi-country European outbreak of E. coli has sickened over 1,000 people and killed more than 20. Closer to home, the United States Food and Drug Administration notified consumers of multiple recalls due to possible salmonella contamination in pig ear treats and a raw
I just heard a staggering number, and it is not about our national deficit. In one year, your Labrador sheds 70 pounds of hair. Imagine what that number could be if your dog or cat develops a medical condition causing increased hair loss. Shedding is normal, but there are medical conditions which increase hair loss.