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Immune Mediated Neutropenia

September 26, 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 more recent blog posts, I wrote about two important immune diseases: immune mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA) and immune mediated thrombocytopenia (ITP or IMTP).  Today’s blog post focuses on a third immune disorder … Continue reading Immune Mediated Neutropenia

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Medical Machines: Infusion Pumps

September 19, 2018

“Medical Machines” is a new series of blog posts highlighting the equipment AMC veterinarians use to provide state-of-the-art care to thousands of pets annually. These machines save lives, but pet families rarely ever have the opportunity to see them up close and personal. This series will give readers a glimpse into the equipment AMC veterinarians … Continue reading Medical Machines: Infusion Pumps

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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Heatstroke

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

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Canine Influenza Q&A 2018

May 30, 2018

Recently the Gothamist, an online New York City-centric news site, reported on a canine influenza outbreak centered in the borough of Brooklyn; although veterinarians expect the outbreak to expand to other boroughs. Compared to diseases like rabies and distemper, canine influenza is a relatively new disease, first described in 2005. Because many dogs have never … Continue reading Canine Influenza Q&A 2018

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Is Your Pet’s Water Bowl Half Empty? Disorders of Water Drinking

May 2, 2018

A common reason pet families bring their pets to the veterinarians at the Animal Medical Center is an increase in water consumption, or polydipsia in doctor speak. If the pet family doesn’t mention water consumption, the veterinarian will usually ask about any changes in water drinking habits. In today’s post, I outline some of the … Continue reading Is Your Pet’s Water Bowl Half Empty? Disorders of Water Drinking

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Doc, My Dog Has a Rash

April 18, 2018

Last month, Nationwide Pet Insurance announced the top pet insurance claims for the 650,000 pets they insure. The top four are skin issues. Number one and four are both skin diseases. Allergic dermatitis and pyoderma (skin infection) result in a skin rash which is the topic of this blog post. Atopic or Allergic Dermatitis Allergies are … Continue reading Doc, My Dog Has a Rash

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Everyday Medicine: Physical Examination

March 21, 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 “PCV.” Today’s post focuses on the physical examination. A physical examination is the foundation of your pet’s medical care. Abnormalities of the … Continue reading Everyday Medicine: Physical Examination

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Concerning Intestinal Parasites

January 24, 2018

The New York Times published a disturbing article in last week’s Science Section. The article highlighted the risk to humans of worms transmitted in the feces of dogs and cats to children. In Linnaean taxonomy, the worm is known as Toxocara (cati in cats and canis in dogs); in the veterinarian’s office, the worm is … Continue reading Concerning Intestinal Parasites

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Everyday Medicine: Packed Cell Volume

January 17, 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 “Blood Pressure.” Today’s post focuses on packed cell volume. What is Packed Cell Volume? Despite the fact that a packed cell volume … Continue reading Everyday Medicine: Packed Cell Volume

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Proteinuria in Pets

January 10, 2018

When your pet has an annual physical examination, your veterinarian will often request a urine sample. Once you collect the sample, your veterinarian will have the urine analyzed in the laboratory. Urinalysis is a test which assesses nearly 20 different parameters. This blog post will focus on one particular parameter of the urinalysis, protein. Protein is … Continue reading Proteinuria in Pets

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Everyday Medicine: Blood Pressure

November 1, 2017

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 “The Highs and Lows of Blood Sugar” and “The Third Eyelid.” Today’s post focuses on blood pressure. Blood Pressure Definition Everyone has had their blood pressure … Continue reading Everyday Medicine: Blood Pressure

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Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia

October 11, 2017

I recently wrote about the concept of immune disease – those disorders where the immune system goes haywire and attacks normal cells in the body. Immune mediated hemolytic anemia, better known by its acronym IMHA, is one of these types of diseases. It is most common in dogs, but occasionally we see IMHA in cats. … Continue reading Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia

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World Rabies Day 2017: Zero By 30

September 27, 2017

September 28th is the annual celebration of World Rabies Day. Promoted by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, this day raises rabies awareness. In 2017, the theme “Rabies: Zero By 30,” highlights a common goal of eliminating human deaths from canine rabies by 2030, an agreement supported by the World Health Organization, World Organization for … Continue reading World Rabies Day 2017: Zero By 30

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Successfully Switching Your Pet to a Prescription Diet

September 20, 2017

All veterinarians, not just the specialists at the Animal Medical Center, use specially formulated prescription diets to help manage a variety of diseases in pets. For example, low protein diets are used in pets with liver shunts and kidney disease. Pets with arthritis benefit from diets rich in anti-inflammatory nutrients. But, pets don’t always want to give up … Continue reading Successfully Switching Your Pet to a Prescription Diet

Everyday Medicine: The Highs and Lows of Blood Sugar

April 19, 2017

Everyday Medicine is an intermittent series of blog posts highlighting tests, treatments and procedures commonly used at AMC. Some past examples of this type of blog post include “Vital Signs” or “Pulse Oximetry.” Today’s blog post will discuss blood glucose, colloquially referred to as blood sugar. A Delicate Sugar Balance The body’s main source of energy is … Continue reading Everyday Medicine: The Highs and Lows of Blood Sugar

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Pet Poisoning in the News

March 15, 2017

March 19-25 is National Poison Prevention Week, sponsored by the Poisoning Prevention Council. The Council seeks to educate Americans about the risks of unintentional poisoning. I think this week is a good time to remind pet families of potential hazards in the home and to help pet families protect their favorite fur baby against unintentional … Continue reading Pet Poisoning in the News

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Cushing’s Disease in Dogs

January 18, 2017

Recently, two of my patients needed testing for a possible diagnosis of Cushing’s disease, a.k.a. hyperadrenocorticism. Named after Harvey Cushing, the famous neurosurgeon who first described the disease in humans, Cushing’s disease results from excess production of steroids by the body. In dogs, we recognize two major forms of this endocrine disease: a pituitary form … Continue reading Cushing’s Disease in Dogs

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Pancreatitis in Dogs

January 4, 2017

The pancreas is a thin, elongated organ that is shaped a bit like a pounded piece of chicken tenderloin. The pancreas lies along the initial portion of the small intestine called the duodenum. As the bile duct leaves the gall bladder, it traverses the pancreas before it enters the duodenum. The pancreas is probably best … Continue reading Pancreatitis in Dogs

#ThisIsDiabetes

#ThisIsDiabetes

November 16, 2016

November is National Diabetes Awareness month. While dogs and cats both develop diabetes and veterinarians treat diabetic pets with insulin, I am not going to write about treatment of diabetes in pets. Instead, this blog will focus on the intersection between human diabetes and dogs – diabetes assist dogs. Dog Noses as Diagnostic Tools Dogs … Continue reading #ThisIsDiabetes

Kidney Disease in Dogs and Cats

Kidney Disease in Dogs and Cats

September 14, 2016

There are multiple types of kidney disease, but all types have the same end point: the kidneys’ ability to control water balance, filter waste products from the blood and keep minerals like sodium, potassium and chloride at optimal levels is compromised. Kidneys are even responsible for maintaining red blood cell production. With all these important … Continue reading Kidney Disease in Dogs and Cats

Feline Bladder Disease

Feline Bladder Disease

July 13, 2016

My feline patient, Rerun van Pelt, did not have a fun 4th of July. Neither did his family. Rerun spent the holiday weekend urinating blood tinged urine outside the cat box. That behavior got him a trip to the animal ER and he spent the rest of the weekend locked in the bathroom to salvage … Continue reading Feline Bladder Disease

Spring is Leptospirosis Season in New York City

May 13, 2015

With the help of veterinarians and physicians, public health officials monitor human and animal populations for signs of infectious diseases. City and state public health officials investigate outbreaks of disease to protect the health of their citizens. Between 2006 and 2013, 116 cases of leptospirosis have been diagnosed in NYC. Any dog can contract leptospirosis. Find out how to protect your dog on our blog.

Adrenal Gland Yin and Yang

March 5, 2014

Last week was a big week for adrenal gland disorders at The Animal Medical Center. Not one, but three dogs were admitted by The Animal Medical Center’s 24-hour Emergency Service with a diagnosis of Addison’s disease, or hypoactivity of the adrenal gland. Additionally, I evaluated two of my patients for adrenal gland hyperactivity, or Cushing’s … Continue reading Adrenal Gland Yin and Yang

Respiratory Medicine

October 24, 2009

Respiratory medicine is the study of the upper respiratory tract (including the nose, nasopharynx, larynx and trachea), and the lower respiratory tract (including the bronchi and lower airways). Our internists often utilize radiographs and advanced imaging, including a CAT scan or MRI and rhinoscopy (using a scope), to visualize the nasal cavity, and sometimes obtain … Continue reading Respiratory Medicine

MRSA Infections in Pets

July 9, 2009

The evening news and the morning papers often carry stories about the scary “super bug” Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. These stories can be so frightening as reporters describe patients who have succumbed to overwhelming infections unresponsive to antibiotics. To make matters worse, MRSA was recently in the news again. This time, researchers are suggesting our … Continue reading MRSA Infections in Pets