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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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Fun Feline Facts

June 27, 2018

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

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Catnip and its Alternatives

June 20, 2018

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

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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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Q&A on SiriusXM Radio

April 11, 2018

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

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#PreventDogBites

April 4, 2018

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

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Dog Etiquette in Public Places

January 31, 2018

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

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Genetic Testing for Your Dog

December 20, 2017

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

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Everyday Medicine: Cytology

December 6, 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 “Blood Pressure.” Today’s post focuses on cytology. Cytology is a very common exam room test performed by … Continue reading Everyday Medicine: Cytology

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Holiday Pet Gift Guide 2017

November 29, 2017

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

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Purging Your Pet’s Closet

October 18, 2017

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

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Doc, My Dog is Shaking

January 11, 2017

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

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What is Quality of Life?

August 24, 2016

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?

What to Do if Your Dog Bites Someone

May 20, 2015

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

Pet Insurance: FAQ from The AMC

August 21, 2013

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

Choosing a Veterinary Hospital

July 31, 2013

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 Health Papers: How to Avoid a Justin Bieber Epic Fail

May 21, 2013

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

Should Pets Go to College?

October 25, 2012

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 Park Dangers

July 12, 2012

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

Pet Food Pantries

July 28, 2011

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