Halloween Pet Safety in Westchester:  Halloween can be full of fun, fantasy and fear for family and furry friends. But it can also be a little too scary for some pets. The American Animal Hospital Association encourages pet owners to protect their four-legged pumpkins by being mindful of their F.E.A.R – food, environment, attire and […]

Like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia. Here are some tips to keep your pets safe during cold weather. Winter Wellness for Your Pets Has your pet had her wellness exam yet? Cold weather may worsen some medical conditions such as arthritis. Your pet should be examined by a veterinarian at […]

Take steps to ensure your pets’ health during cold weather. BE PREPARED: • Talk to your veterinarian about your pet’s risks in cold weather • Have an emergency kit that includes your pet’s needs in case of severe weather or prolonged power outage • If your dog has a short coat or seems bothered by […]

Q: What should I think about when deciding to travel with my pet? A: There are numerous considerations you should take into account: Make sure your pet is comfortable with travel Some pets cannot handle travel because of illness, injury, age or temperament. If your pet is not good with travel, you should consider a […]

Unless they swim frequently, most dogs’ ears remain healthy with a regimen of benign neglect.  They rarely need to have their ears cleaned.  “The normal ear comes with its own built in ear cleaning mechanisms,” says dermatologist William H. Miller, V.M.D, at Cornell.  “If ear cleaners are used when they aren’t needed, they can damage […]

“Discount pet drugs-no prescription required” may appeal to pet owners surfing the Web, but FDA experts say it can be risky to buy drugs online from sites that tout this message and others like it. Some of the Internet sites that sell pet drugs represent legitimate, reputable pharmacies, says Martine Hartogensis, D.V.M., deputy director of […]

Showering your dogs with love by means of big meals and lots of tasty treats is sweet, but misguided.  In dogs, as with you humans, overeating and extra weight can lead to serious health problems. Obesity develops when energy intake exceeds energy requirements.  This excess energy is then stored as fat.  The majority of obesity […]

Probably the best prescription for winter’s chill is to keep your furry friends inside with you. The happiest dogs are those that are taken out frequently for walks and exercise but kept inside the rest of the time. Don’t leave your pets outside when the temperature drops. They are sensitive to severe cold and are […]

If he becomes injured or ill, contact your veterinarian immediately. However, knowing basic first aid could help save his life. To begin with, you should be aware of vital statistics that are normal for your pet. PULSE AND HEART RATE • Cats: 150-200 bpm • Small dogs: 90-120 bpm • Medium dogs: 70-110 bpm • […]

  CHOCOLATE, COFFEE, CAFFEINE  These products contain methylxanthines which, when ingested by pets, can cause vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death. Darker chocolate is more dangerous than milk chocolate.  Beverages and food containing alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, […]