Celebrating National Pet Dental Health Month Over 85% of dogs and cats have some type of periodontal disease. In fact, this preventable disorder is the number one health problem diagnosed in small animals. Here is our simple, four step plan to greater health for your pets. 1. Annual Exam  It begins with an annual oral […]

This Fall I made two visits to SPARC’s Pet Connection session with my two dogs, Freddy and Erin, and one of my rabbits, Snowy.  SPARC is an organization based in Yorktown that provides therapeutic recreation activities to people with developmental disabilities.  Through these activities individuals develop friendships, independence and inclusion skills.       Croton […]

I know you’ll still need me. I know you’ll still feed me? When I’m 64! Make 7 your pet’s lucky number. It’s a common belief that dogs age seven years for each human year. And that’s pretty accurate, depending on his weight. But there’s another reason to consider this number as special: it’s typically when your […]

Is a Dog’s Mouth Cleaner than a Human’s Mouth?  Apples, Oranges, Humans and Dogs: Comparing a dog’s mouth to a human’s mouth is “like comparing apples and oranges.” Although both dog and human mouths are full of microbes, and there is some overlap in the types of bacteria between species, there is also a host […]

Do the Fall Paw Safety Dance Beware of these Falling Dangers:  The crisp, cool air and beautiful foliage can make fall the most breathtaking of seasons. Not too hot – not too cold. But despite the pleasant perks fall ushers in, it also has its share of lurking dangers for our furry friends. Here are […]

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 […]