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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

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News from the Service Dog World

August 30, 2017

September is National Service Dog Month. We have all seen those hard-working service dogs out in our communities. A service dog is one that has been specially trained to help someone with a disability. Service dogs serve various purposes, such the guide dog for those who are blind, or a dog who works for someone … Continue reading News from the Service Dog World

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Those Irritating Hot Spots

August 16, 2017

Hot spots are double irritating. First, they are irritating to your dog because he has an itchy sore on his skin. Second, they are irritating to you because not only do you feel bad for your dog, but you also have to make a trip to your veterinarian’s office because your itchy, scratchy pup has … Continue reading Those Irritating Hot Spots

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Immune Mediated Disease

August 9, 2017

The body’s immune system is a host defense system in both people and pets. But I bet you don’t often think about your own immune system. There are several reasons the immune system is harder to wrap your head around than other body systems. You hardly know the immune system is there unless it doesn’t work. … Continue reading Immune Mediated Disease

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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

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How to Biopsy a Liver

July 12, 2017

At first glance, you might think this blog is a do it yourself piece on performing a biopsy. Not so fast. Veterinarians at the Animal Medical Center have at their disposal a wide array of medical equipment designed to collect a sample from your pet’s liver to determine the underlying cause of an abnormal liver. … Continue reading How to Biopsy a Liver