Tag Archives: pet health

Distemper in Pets: What You Need to Know

A dog with a messy nose

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

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Diet-Related Canine Heart Disease

A dog eats from a bowl of food

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

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Immune Mediated Thrombocytopenia

A close up of dog teeth

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,

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Catnip and its Alternatives

A cat sniffing catnip

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 catnip and other plants cat families can use to enrich their cat’s home environment. Catnip Those of us who have had more than a few cats in their lifetime

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Strange Cancers from the Animal World

Melinda being examined by AMC's Oncology team

Being a veterinary oncologist by training, an article about cancer always catches my attention. I wanted to share some strange cancer news from the animal world for this week’s blog post. Contagious Cancer in Dogs I have a very special patient right now, Melinda, a recipient of a grant from AMC to the Rescue, the Animal

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