Why choose a house call veterinarian over an animal hospital?

A common question is why to choose a house call veterinarian over an animal hospital?   Convenience- I drive to your home wherever in New York you live. There is never any waiting time for your pet’s examination.   Relaxation- Your pet can remain at ease in a relaxed state in the comfort of your own home rather than getting anxious or sick in the car, the waiting room or exam room.  Even if your pet never suffers from motion sickness, if he/she has an upset digestive system … [Read more...]

Is Pet Insurance Worthwhile?

This is a question that crosses the mind of most pet owners. Just look at what insurance companies have done with human medicine. Think about it. Insurance companies are a business for profit. Do they really care about your pet or are they more interested in denying as many claims as they possibly can? I do have clients that are happy they had insurance since their pet was a puppy or kitten and something catastrophic has happened like a serious car accident where the pet was hit and barely … [Read more...]

Is It Ok To Give My Dog Or Cat Milk?

Like people, most dogs and cats are not lactose-intolerant. Obviously, if your pet is, he or she will not be able to digest any dairy products and may end up vomiting and/or having diarrhea after drinking milk or eating any other dairy product like cheese, ice cream, yogurt, etc. Pets that can digest dairy products have an important advantage because these products happen to be excellent for stomach problems- they produce mucous. This is what lines all of our stomachs- pets and people alike, and … [Read more...]

Is Your Pet Eating Right?

Unlike people, who always change food items in their diet depending on the time of day, dogs and cats should be fed the same food daily. In fact, for a healthy dog or cat, there should be 2 meals (same food) fed per day-morning and evening with access to clean, fresh water 24/7. The diet should not be changed and doesn't need to be changed. In fact, changing the diet can lead to digestive problems. If a diet needs to be changed, it should be done very slowly over several weeks to help prevent … [Read more...]

How To Exercise A Fat Cat

It is really hard to stay on a diet; however, it is much easier when someone else has control of what and how much you eat. That is the situation for our pets. If they are overweight, it is our fault, but don't despair, they can get back to a healthy weight with our help. Eating right is the first thing that needs to change. If you have an overweight pet, don't leave a big bowl of dry food out all day long. If they had control of how much they were eating, they wouldn't be overweight in the … [Read more...]

Top 5 Things To Ask Your Vet

For many diseases, there are many treatment options. Ask your veterinarian for a choice. Sometimes, there are natural remedies that can be used without the side effects of medications. Ask your vet about preventative tips. Many illnesses and diseases can be prevented if you take certain steps as a pet owner. For example, daily teeth brushing can prevent heart, liver and kidney diseases, besides preventing bad breath, tooth and gum infections, and tartar build-up. It can save your pet from … [Read more...]

Do I Really Need to Give My Pet Flea/Tick and Heartworm Preventatives?

Unfortunately, we live in dangerous times. Fleas, ticks and mosquitoes carry so many diseases that can harm our pets, our children and us. Some of those diseases are deadly. However, the good news is that we can protect our pets; which ultimately helps to protect our children and us. There are many different heartworm and flea/tick preventatives on the market and sometimes it can be overwhelming to make the right choices. Heartworm protection can be achieved by  your veterinarian giving your … [Read more...]