Pets & Your Family

Pet Insurance

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

Pet Safety

pet suffocation

Suffocation Risks for Pets

August 1, 2018

Last week I noticed a recall on a pet water dispenser from the popular furniture and home accessories giant IKEA. Although I can’t quite wrap my head around how two pets could get their head caught in a water dispenser and die, IKEA is doing the right thing by recalling the product and refunding the cost … Continue reading Suffocation Risks for Pets

heatstroke

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

dog bite prevention week

#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

pet poisons

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

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

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

Responsible Pet Ownership

Adopt a dog

Should I Adopt an Older Dog?

October 3, 2018

October is Adopt a Dog Month or Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Either way, I hope your family is thinking about whether or not adopting a dog is the right move. Keep in mind, adopting a dog at the wrong time or without considering its impact on your family is always a bad idea. Adopting … Continue reading Should I Adopt an Older Dog?

heatstroke

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

dogs in public

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

pet temperature

Taking Your Pet’s Temperature

July 19, 2017

Since the medical thermometer was invented in 1866, every physical examination includes a body temperature measurement. The assessment of this parameter helps veterinarians direct the diagnostic plan. For example, in a cat with an elevated body temperature, we think about diagnoses like a cat bite abscess, a postoperative infection, or an infectious disease like feline … Continue reading Taking Your Pet’s Temperature

animal medical center blog

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?

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

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?

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

Traveling with Pets

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

Other Topics

dog DNA

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

pet closet

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

memorialize a pet

Memorializing Your Pet

September 6, 2017

Since antiquity, humans have memorialized animals. Dog and cat graves have been found in Germany, Cyprus, and China dating from nearly 10,000 years ago. Ancient Egyptian tombs contain mummified remains of dogs, cats, and pet birds. The oldest, continuously operating pet cemetery is just north of the Animal Medical Center in Hartsdale, New York and … Continue reading Memorializing Your Pet

Do Cats Faint?

March 22, 2017

We ascribe many human characteristics to our pets: the loyal dog and the cunning cat. Pets and people share many of the same diseases, such as leptospirosis and Lyme disease. But what about fainting? In Victorian times, women commonly “swooned” when receiving shocking news or viewing a grotesque injury. Cats could make us swoon by depositing a … Continue reading Do Cats Faint?

shaking dogs

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