Celebrate National Pet Week!

May 4, 2010

May 2-8, 2010 is National Pet Week and this year the theme is “People and Pets – Healthy Together.” Common human health issues such as obesity, diabetes and cancer are now also health concerns for our pets. Since so many of these health concerns are preventable, this year’s theme spotlights how we can help ourselves … Continue reading Celebrate National Pet Week!

Flea and Tick Medication Update

March 30, 2010

In the June 5, 2009 AMC blog, “Flea & Tick Treatments: Are They Safe or Not?,” I wrote about the investigation of “top-spot” or “spot on” flea and tick preventatives by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the regulatory body for flea and tick medications. The investigation into the safety of these products has been completed. … Continue reading Flea and Tick Medication Update

Rabies in NYC

March 16, 2010

Rabies is on the move in New York City (NYC). Last summer, five rabid raccoons were identified in NYC – four in the Bronx and one in Manhattan’s Inwood Park. By fall, three rabid raccoons were identified in Central Park. This week, a rabid cat from the Riverdale section of the Bronx was identified. Unfortunately … Continue reading Rabies in NYC

Feline Oral Cancer

February 22, 2010

February is National Pet Dental Health Month and complete oral health involves not only dental hygiene, but also monitoring the oral cavity for other problems such as cancer. Oral cancer accounts for 3% of all cancers in cats, a rate comparable to that in humans. Oral cancer is an important cause of morbidity and mortality … Continue reading Feline Oral Cancer

Broken Teeth

February 8, 2010

Like people, our pets are prone to dental disease. Pet Dental Month, in February, focuses on the importance of controlling and preventing dental disease in our cats and dogs. Untreated dental disease is associated with both infection and pain. Recent studies in people and dogs show that untreated infection in the mouth has also been … Continue reading Broken Teeth

Taking Better Care of Our Cats

January 20, 2010

It seems that cats are getting the short end of the stick when it comes to veterinary care. Research has shown that cat owners are taking their cats to the vet less often. Research sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association determined 83% of dogs see a veterinarian annually while only 64% of cats see … Continue reading Taking Better Care of Our Cats