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
For my final blog post of Adopt A [Shelter] Cat Month, I am going to be less medical and more fun. To that end, I am going to share with you my latest collection of fun feline facts. Purring Pussycats One of the most endearing qualities of cats is their ability to purr. In my … Continue reading Fun Feline Facts
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 … Continue reading Catnip and its Alternatives
June is Adopt-A-Cat Month and every blog post in June will focus on some aspect of our furry feline friends. Today’s topic is obesity. I saw one of my favorite patients the other day. Okay, I admit, all my patients are my favorite. Buster Brown is a mink-coated Tonkinese cat, just a bit over one … Continue reading Lifestyle Factors Related to Feline Obesity
Summer is officially here, and everyone is looking forward to the next few months of outdoor activities. For those of us with furry family members, summer is the time of year when they drag unwanted visitors, like fleas and ticks into our homes. The “yuck factor” for these critters is high, but fleas and ticks … Continue reading Housekeeping Tips to Prevent Fleas and Ticks
Pet travel has been all over the news these past months from the changes in service animal travel regulations to the errant shipping of pets to destinations other than their planned one. Seems like there has been a new pet travel crisis reported daily. Managing pet travel from the veterinary standpoint has been challenging too. … Continue reading Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Summertime Travel Tips for Pets
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
Last week was somewhat of a personal record for me. I appeared on three different radio programs on SiriusXM in a single week. On Tuesday with my good friend Dr. Frank Adams on “Doctor Radio” (channel 110) powered by NYU Langone Medical Center, on Thursday night with “Just Jenny” on SiriusXM Stars (channel 109) and … Continue reading Q&A on SiriusXM Radio
April 8-14, 2018 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week® sponsored by the National Dog Bite Prevention Coalition. Although any dog can bite, this post is based on recent research into the causes of dog bite injury and is devoted to helping readers recognize situations where a bite injury is imminent. If this blog prevents even one … Continue reading #PreventDogBites
I received an email from a cat patient’s family. They have recently moved to the suburbs and with the move came a mouse! The mouse problem didn’t last too long since Tigger killed and ate the mouse right in front of the entire family. While their initial reaction was pride at Tigger’s new found prowess … Continue reading My Cat Just Ate a Mouse! Should I Be Proud or Worried?
The title of the blog is a direct quote from the human belonging to one of my patients. This gentleman was delirious at the prospect of the new fluff ball with puppy breath about to come into his life. The family already included a very sociable, well-mannered adult dog and they thought this dog would … Continue reading What Could Be Better Than a Puppy?
“Can peacocks fly?” “Pets on the fly” “Delta tightens the leash on emotional support animals” These are but a few of the clever headlines online and in print over the past few weeks regarding emotional support animals traveling in airplane cabins. The topic of traveling with emotional support animals came to the forefront when Delta … Continue reading New Travel Regulations Affect Service Animals
This week was the week New York City went to the dogs; the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was in Madison Square Garden on Monday and Tuesday and there were activities all over the city related to man’s best friend. The Animal Medical Center veterinarians were at the Show triaging dogs unlucky enough to … Continue reading Are Purebred Dogs Sicker than Mutts?
I read a really instructive blog this past week, posted by a local dog training school. Since it is winter in New York City, where both the Animal Medical Center and the dog school are located, the blogger created a list of 20 places to warm up with your dog this winter. The list includes … Continue reading Dog Etiquette in Public Places
Winter can be a harsh time for everyone, animals included. Diseases spread more easily when everyone is cooped up inside; cold weather can be hard on pet feet and wildlife struggle to survive. Here are a few suggestions to keep the animals in your life healthy during the long winter months, which have only just … Continue reading Keeping Animals Healthy in the Winter
The end of the year is often a time of retrospection. So for this final blog of 2017, I asked the AMC webmaster to give me a list of 2017’s most popular blogs. Seeing what was important to AMC blog readers might give me some insights to provide more great pet health information in 2018. … Continue reading Summing Up 2017: AMC’s Top Blog Posts
Watch the news or read the paper and you are sure to come across a story where genetic testing plays a role, such as these stories: Genetic testing lies at the root of precision medicine where genetic testing characterizes disease and identifies treatments. Genetic testing helps to identify diseases, allowing people to make lifestyle changes … Continue reading Genetic Testing for Your Dog
“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 “Blood Pressure.” Today’s post focuses on cytology. Cytology is a very common exam room test performed by … Continue reading Everyday Medicine: Cytology
Here it is: the Animal Medical Center’s 2017 pet gift guide. These pet products have caught our attention over the past year for their ability to stimulate the brain by engaging your pets in both physical and mental activity. Pets in more stimulating environments are happier and healthier, two great gifts to give your pet … Continue reading Holiday Pet Gift Guide 2017
November 13-19 is World Antibiotic Awareness Week. I can’t believe any of my readers need to be made aware of the importance of antibiotics in both veterinary and human medicine, but we all need to be aware of how to protect these precious medical resources. Antibiotics have been around for less than 100 years and … Continue reading Antibiotics: Precious Medical Resources
When witches go riding, and black cats are seen. The moon laughs and whispers, ‘tis near Halloween. – 19th century postcard Although black cats are one of the spooky creatures connected with Halloween, many cats and dogs may not be as excited about Halloween as their families are. Halloween has become one of America’s premier … Continue reading The Horrors of Halloween: The Pet Version
A common recurrent theme in magazines like Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, and Glamour is closet organization. These publications recommend purging closets seasonally to prevent accumulation of unwanted clothing and accessories. Many of us with pets have a small cabinet or closet devoted to our pet’s belongings. Taking a cue from these glossies, I am going … Continue reading Purging Your Pet’s Closet
The New York Times is frequently an inspiration for my blog posts. Typically, my posts are to alert readers to breaking news about a disease like leptospirosis, to give a hint about how readers might better handle pet-related issues, or to highlight a recently published interview. But today I am going to disagree with an article published … Continue reading Why New York City is Better Than #97 When it Comes to Pets
Winter Storm Niko is forecast to dump up to 10 inches of snow on the Northeast tomorrow. With blowing and drifting snow and a travel advisory issued for our area, pet owners are looking for ways to keep their pets safe and warm. Here are seven hot tips for a cold winter week. Coats or … Continue reading Hot Tips for Keeping Your Pet Warm During Winter Storm Niko
Like the Jerry Lee Lewis song, some dogs “got a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on.” If your dog is shaking, a trip to the veterinarian is in order. Below you will find a list of some of the more common causes of canine shaking. Please note, some of these are emergency conditions and should prompt … Continue reading Doc, My Dog is Shaking
Nothing is better than a soak in the tub after a long, hard day: warm water, nice smelling soaps and shampoos and that squeaky clean feeling as you dry off. Your pet probably likes being clean and fresh too, but if you are not careful, bath time could result in an animal ER visit. Brush … Continue reading Can Bath Time be Dangerous for Pets?
If you could eavesdrop on the conversations veterinarians have with pet families, you would frequently hear comments which include the phrase “quality of life.” Quality of life can refer to a broad set of factors impacting day to day living: income, housing availability, gross domestic product, availability of safe water and foodstuffs, or an intangible … Continue reading What is Quality of Life?
At one time or another, every home becomes infested with a household pest such as ants, cockroaches or rodents. Ridding your home of these noxious creatures can involve using equally noxious poisons which may not be safe for your pets. Here are some pest control treatments that do not involve poisons and are pet safe. … Continue reading Controlling Household Pests Safely When You Have Pets
June is the ASPCA’s Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, and June 4 was International Hug Your Cat Day. I need no better reasons to write a blog on cat “language” than those two cat celebrations. Cat Talk Some cat words are universally used by cats and understood by humans. For example, consider the wail emitted by … Continue reading Understanding Cat Tail “Language”
Summer is a lovely time of year full of outdoor activities and happy, sunny days. But severe storms can ruin summer fun and be frightening to people and pets alike. In the New York City area, we frequently have severe thunderstorms and occasionally hurricanes, which send many pets under the bed or into the closet. … Continue reading Five Must-Dos to Prepare Your Pet for Severe Summer Weather
May 17 -23, 2015 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week. The United States has 70 million dogs, all of them wonderful companions, but any dog can bite. Animal bites are a serious problem, affecting 4.7 million people per year, most of them children. Senior citizens are the second most common age group affected by bite injuries. Preventing Bite … Continue reading What to Do if Your Dog Bites Someone
The webmaster at The Animal Medical Center fields questions related to pet health from all over the world. Many of the recurrent questions are related to pet health insurance. Here are the answers to a few of the most common pet health insurance questions. What insurance policies does The AMC accept? Pet insurance is different … Continue reading Pet Insurance: FAQ from The AMC
Is there a new puppy in your family? Has the backyard cat installed himself on your family room sofa? Have you inherited grandma’s piano and her parrot? If so, you won’t want to leave the important decision regarding the choice of your new pet’s healthcare provider to chance. Here are some tips for choosing the … Continue reading Choosing a Veterinary Hospital
International travel with pets is a complicated affair. Each country has its own set of rules about vaccinations, blood tests, deworming and microchipping. For island countries free of rabies, an elaborate scheme of testing and vaccination is required to prevent a dog or cat from introducing the disease to the country. Some families handle the … Continue reading International Health Papers: How to Avoid a Justin Bieber Epic Fail
It’s that time of year again; the time when we make New Year’s resolutions. I seem to make the same ones every year: eat healthier, exercise more, be kinder. My suggestion for 2013 is for every pet owner to be a responsible one. To achieve that goal, the American Veterinary Medical Association has developed a … Continue reading Resolve to Be a Responsible Pet Owner
For college students, the fall semester is well underway. While undergrads percolate chemistry experiments, burn the library lights late into the night, and strike keyboards as they type out the latest term paper, some will find themselves homesick and missing their family pet. Often on a whim, many students go so far as to take … Continue reading Should Pets Go to College?
Dog parks are popping up all over suburban and urban areas, and for good reason. Daily exercise helps keep your dog healthy and gives her a chance to get out and socialize with other dogs and humans. In urban areas, dog parks provide a safe space for daily doggie exercise, but recent research suggests dog … Continue reading Dog Park Dangers
When most people think of animal hoarding, they think of the extreme cases shown on Animal Planet’s Confessions: Animal Hoarding, or similar programs on A&E and Discovery networks. Others think of the crazy, elderly cat lady, exemplified by Arabella Figg, the Squib cat dealer who served as Harry Potter’s occasional babysitter on Wisteria Walk. Despite … Continue reading Animal Hoarding: How Many Pets are Too Many?
Last Sunday, I was at St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City attending a discussion of its Crossroads Community Services Program which supports breakfast for 150-200 New Yorkers three days a week, an overnight shelter and a food pantry. During the question and answer period, an audience member asked the program director, “Where is there … Continue reading Pet Food Pantries
Making certain decisions for your pet can be pretty simple. Yes, I give heartworm medication every month, because the drug is effective and much safer than treating my dog for heartworms. Yes, I know spaying my dog prevents mammary gland cancer and unwanted puppies. Yes, I keep my cat indoors to protect against cat fights, … Continue reading Making Difficult Decisions for Your Pet