Veterinary Chiropractic Tool

    What is Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM)?  VOM is a healing technique designed to repair and re-establish a healthy nervous system for animals. It uses a hand held device called an “activator” used by many human chiropractors on their patients. The activator used for VOM restores the body’s functions by reducing “subluxations” as in typical chiropractic care. Subluxations are misalignments of the bones. When this is present there is often a corresponding impingement of the nerves that situated in that area.

    When placed and “fired” over the spinous processes or the animal’s spine and other bones, the activator locates the part of the body that has fallen out of communication. By “firing” the activator, it reestablishes neural communication and therefore inducing healing.  As this process is repeated several times it releases endorphins thereby causing the animals to relax and enjoy the procedure. In addition to passing over the spinous processes the activator is also “fired” all the way down the spine on either side. This “opens up” any blockages in the nerve bundles located on either side of the spine. This allows better communication and function of the internal organs.
 
    On average, an improvement in the pet’s behavior is noticeable within one week after treatment. Most clients notice within a day or two of treatment that their pet is more energetic, moving better and acting more like themselves.
This can be performed by the following veterinarians at our practices:

   We are offering a free initial chiropractic treatment ($75 value) for your pet until 5/31/17.  

We recommend treating all young healthy animals at least three times (once a week for three weeks) and then yearly.For animals with any muscular skeletal problems we recommend treating for minimally once a week for three weeks. Skip a week then another treatment. Skip two weeks then another treatment. Follow up treatments every 3 to 6 months as needed.

   VOM was developed by Dr. William Inman, DVM in 1982. Dr. Inman is a veterinary neurologist who performed many surgeries on animals with severe spinal disease before developing the VOM technology.

 

 

 

 

 

PET DENTAL HEALTH MONTH

FEBRUARY 2016 isPatients will receive 10% off all dental procedures* and products: cleaning, radiographs, extractions, bonding,  Healthy Mouth, toothbrushes, toothpaste & CET chews.

*This does not include any of Dr. Martel’s dentistries, or any pre-operative work ups (exams, labwork, x-rays, echo, etc). This offer applies during the month of February only.

DO NOT DELAY!
MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TODAY!

Appointments are limited!

Fall Safety Tips for Pets

Notes on Autumn from Dr.  Kerry McLaughlin

With Contributions from Dr. Sarah McCready

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  1.  Candy: After Halloween has come and gone, there’s lots of extra candy around the house. Most people know that chocolate is toxic to dogs and can cause problems ranging from mild gastrointestinal upset (vomiting, diarrhea) to more 1candysevere signs such as arrhythmias, seizures and even death. Another less known toxin is xylitol which is an ingredient in sugar-free gum. Xylitol ingested in even very small amounts can lead to life threatening hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and liver toxicity. Make sure to keep your children’s Halloween candy up high and stowed out of reach from pets! If your pet does get into a toxin please call our office or you can always reach the Pet Poison Helpline after hours (1-800-213-6680,a one time fee applies).
  2. Rodenticides: Now that the weather is cooling down, the rodents are seeking shelter indoors as well. If you or your neighbors are having pest problems, make sure to discuss the safety of rodenticide products with your exterminator. There are several different types of rodenticides and each can cause different life-threatening problems in pets.
  3. Back to school: Fall means back to school and the return of school art projects. back-to-school-1190569Most school supplies are generally non-toxic to pets but ingestion of foreign material could lead to an intestinal obstruction which can be life-threatening and require surgery. A less known danger is Gorilla Glue- this special adhesive is sweet to the taste so extra tempting to dogs, and once ingested it can foam and expand within the stomach and cause obstruction and bloat-like symptoms.
  4. Disaster Preparedness: As we have seen and experienced, the end of October is peak hurricane season. Make sure to keep your pets prepared for a natural disaster by keeping them up to date on vaccines and make sure to have their leash, harness, or carriers easily available. Here are some more helpful emergency preparedness tips from the ASPCA: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/disaster-preparedness
  5. Turkey Day: While we humans love to indulge during the holidays,1holidaydinner-1329953 we do NOT recommend feeding holiday table scraps to your furry friends! Cooked meat bones can splinter after being cooked and can cause major gastrointestinal issues for pets if they are ingested. Also, high fatty meals and foods they are not used to can lead to conditions like pancreatitis and gastroenteritis. Just stick to extra special pet treats if you want to let them join in on the fun!

Fall is the perfect time of year to get out and about with your pet!  The cooler temperatures make it easier to exercise with your furry friend and enjoy the fall foliage. Here are some tips to keep your pet safe while you are on the go.
Flea/tick prevention: Although the weather is flea_jpgcooling down, fleas and ticks are still very much present during the fall months. Make sure to continue your pet’s flea/tick preventative ideally year-round but at minimum until the temperatures have reached freezing. If you are hiking with your pet, consider combining an oral tick preventative along with a topical for added protection. Ask your vet if you suspect your dog might have increased tick exposure.


1apples-1326142Apple and Pumpkin picking: Enjoy some apple cider and bring your pet with you! Small pieces of apple or pumpkin puree can also be a great treat for your pet (avoid the apple seeds ). If you are taking your dog or cat be sure to have proper identification on their collar and make sure their microchip information is up to date.

Have fun and be safe this season!dog-in-leaves-1-1361942

Holiday Happenings!

Holiday Happenings!
at Downtown Veterinary Medical Hospitals
 
Ho Ho Ho & Happy Holidays!
 We invite you and your pets to join us for Photos with Santa when he makes a visit to each of our hospitals:

Wednesday, December 10th, 6-8PM
Thursday, December 11th, 6-8PM
Monday, December 15th, 5-7PM
Tuesday, December 16th, 5-7PM
 
Suggested donation of $5 for photos
will benefit a local animal rescue:
 
 

Our featured Santas include: 

The very jolly Dr. Charles Berk of Battery Park Veterinary, NYC’s favorite Kentucky-born Vet Tech: Chris Gatterdam, Travis Brorsen of Greatest American Dog Trainers, and our newest Santa to join the DVM Team: Dr. Dan Smith.

Dr. Dan Smith joined the team in August and now holds regular hours at our Tribeca Soho Animal Hospital Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday as well as every other Sunday at our West Village Veterinary Hospital.

The Salty Paw, Paws On Pine, & Downtown Veterinary Medical Hospitals are hosting a Holiday Drive.

Now accepting unopened Pet Food donations, new and gently used leashes, collars, clothing, pet carriers, and beds, cleaning products: all purpose spray, hand soap, and laundry detergent. Items collected will be donated to Social Tees Animal Rescue.

Tis the Season… to be jolly! We value the trust that you place in our veterinarians and staff. In hopes that your holidays are merry and bright, take advantage of 25% off veterinary exams during the month of December for a healthy jumpstart to the new year!

A gift for you:

25% off your pet’s veterinary exam*

for the month of December!

*Discount applies only to the price of an exam (regularly $90). Not applicable on already reduced recheck examination fee. May not be combined with any other offer.

 JANUARY 2015 is PET DENTAL MONTH!
10% OFF! MORE DETAILS TO COME!
DO NOT DELAY! CALL AND MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT TODAY!
Best wishes to all of our patients and clients this holiday season,

Doctors and Staff of Downtown Veterinary Medical Hospitals

Save the Date! Santa Claus is coming to town!

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Each of the four
will host
Photos with Santa
to benefit local NYC Rescue Organizations.
Santa will visit each location as follows:
Wednesday, December 10th
Thursday, December 11th
Monday, December 15th
Tuesday, December 16th
Kitten Stocking
Come out and enjoy the holiday festivities –
Donate $5 and receive your pet’s portrait with Santa
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HOLIDAY PET FOOD DRIVE

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The Salty Paw and Downtown Veterinary Medical Hospitals

are accepting unopened Pet Food donations,

new and gently used leashes, collars, clothing, pet carriers, and beds,

cleaning products like all purpose spray, hand soap, and laundry detergent.

ALL donations to benefit

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Donations accepted at:

The Salty Paw ~ 38 Peck Slip ~ 212-732-2275

Seaport Animal Hospital ~ 80 Beekman Street ~ 212-374-0650

Tribeca Soho Animal Hospital ~ 5 Lispenard St ~ 212-925-6100

Battery Park Veterinary Hospital ~ 21 South End Ave ~ 212-786-4444

West Village Veterinary Hospital ~ 75 Eighth Ave ~ 212-633-7400

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Your generosity is appreciated!

 

Paw Prints of NYC

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Did you know — Downtown Veterinary Medical Hospitals has its very own Newsletter!?

Paw Prints of NYC was created in March of 2014. It is a monthly update of hospital happening with useful information contributed by the doctors at our 4 downtown locations!

Check out our past volumes below:

March Newsletter – Eat Play Love

April Newsletter – Fleas Ticks and Parasites – Oh my

May Newsletter – Fur Ever Friends

June Newsletter – ImPAWsible Allergies

July Newsletter – Summer in the City

August Newsletter – Helping Pets Get Home

September-October Newsletter – Rabies

November Newsletter – The Official Love a Senior Pet Month

Introducing our Online Store!

Downtown Veterinary Hospital is happy to announce our online store! Another source for medications, supplements, preventatives and pet food!

Online StoreDog LaptopDowntown Veterinary Medical Hospital’s Online Pharmacy and Pet Store!

 

Visit the site: http://dvmhospitals.vetsfirstchoice.com/

for home delivery, compounded medications, recurring food orders!Group of cats and dogs sitting in front of white background

Pets can have allergies too!

Note on Allergies from Dr. Kerry McLaughlin

What are allergies?
Allergies are an overreaction of the immune system to substances that normally cause no reaction in the majority of individuals.

Allergies in people vs pets:
In people, the most common signs of allergies are hay fever (sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes). However, in pets, the most common presentation is itchy skin (although we do occasionally see hay fever-like signs, allergic bronchitis, and asthma in our pets).

Three are 3 main categories of allergies in pets. Each of these has a characteristic age of onset, distribution of skin irritation, and treatment.

1) Environmental (Atopy)
2) Food allergy
3) Flea allergy dermatitis

Environmental Allergies (Atopy):
Signs are usually seasonal but can be year-round depending on what your pet is allergic to. The most common age of onset is between 1-3 years of age, although age of onset can range from 6 months to 7 years. The most common pattern of skin irritation is in areas where the hair is sparse and the area stays moist: armpits, groins, ear canals, muzzle, around the eyes, around the anus, and the conjunctiva.lab

Allergy testing is used to identify specific allergens for the making of allergy vaccines. The procedure is very similar to what is done in people. For intradermal (skin) testing, a variety of different allergens are used including air-borne allergens (such as pollen, ragweed, etc), indoor allergens (such as dust mites, mold), and common insects. Patients are usually sedated for this procedure, a small amount of allergen is injected into the skin, and the response to the injection is monitored and graded. The allergens that produce the greatest response allergyare then used in the formulation of an allergy vaccine, which is customized for each patient. The vaccines are usually given 1-2 times weekly in the beginning of treatment and then the frequency of administration is decreased to once every few weeks. Allergy vaccines improve clinical signs for 50-80% of dogs, but response can take anywhere from 3-18 months!

Other treatments for environmental allergies include the use of antihistamines (such as Benadryl, Zyrtec, Claritin, etc) and medications which suppress the immune system (such as Atopica (cyclosporine)).

Food allergies:
The component of pet food that pets are usually allergic to is the protein source. In dogs the most common proteins implicated are beef, dairy products, and wheat. In cats the most common culprits are beef, dairy products, and fish. The age of onset ranges from 3 months to 13 years (with a mean age of 2-4 years in dogs). As a general rule, think about food allergy in extremely young and older patients with non-seasonal itchiness! Be suspicious of food allergies in patients that have skin disease and are also having gastrointestinal signs such as diarrhea, vomiting, or flatulence.
What most owners find difficult to understand is that most patients will develop an allergy even after they have been eating the particular diet for months to years. The distribution of skin irritation is not incredibly different from seasonal allergies, although some patients will have worse issues in the ear canals and around the anus (“ears and rears”).

Food trials: This should be done with a prescription diet that contains either a novel protein (a protein that your pet has never been exposed to before such as kangaroo, venison, duck, etc) OR a hydrolyzed protein (protein that is broken down into such small particle sizes that it is not recognized by the immune system). It is very important that a prescription diet is used for the food trial, as they are the only diets that are guaranteed to contain ONLY the ingredients listed on the product information. The diet should be fed for a minimum of 8 weeks to determine whether or not it will improve the clinical signs. During this time period the pet can be fed ONLY the prescription diet with no outside treats or flavored medications (such as Heartgard chewables). If there is a positive response to the food trial, then the animal may be able to switch over to a cheaper over the counter diet.

Food allergy myths: (from veterinarypartner.com)
http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&C=14&A=468&S=2

Flea allergy dermatitis (FAD):
At one time this was the most common allergic skin disease in dogs and cats. However, with the advent of newer and improved flea preventative products we are seeing this type of allergy less commonly. The allergic reaction occurs in response to the saliva of the fleas, which is deposited into the wounded skin as the flea feeds.flea_jpg
There is no age, sex or breed predisposition with this type of allergy. The most common presentation is itchiness and a rash over the back end of the body (base of the tail, back of the hind legs, and groin areas).
Very importantly, findings fleas or flea dirt on your pet are not necessary for a diagnosis! An allergic animal can respond to even a single flea bite with a severe reaction. In addition, pets (especially cats) can be very successful in removing them by scratching or ingesting them and making it difficult to find fleas on exam.

Treatment of FAD involves treating the patient with a flea preventative (with a prescription product such as Frontline, Revolution, Vectra, Sentinel), treating any secondary bacterial infections, treating all housemates, and treating the home.

Finally, it is important to realize that some pets may be suffering from one, two, or all three of the forms of allergies discussed above! If your pet is showing any signs of itchy skin such as scratching, excessive licking, paw chewing, or head shaking we recommend you have him or her evaluated by a veterinarian!

Pet Nutrition Seminar – June 17, 2014

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Free client education seminar on Pet Nutrition!

Do you have any questions on what to look for when choosing a diet for your pet?  What does it mean when it states that it is organic, holistic, lite, light, low fat or that it is made with chicken or beef?

 

Doctor Charles Berk will host a Pet Nutrition Education Seminar at

the Battery Park Veterinary Hospital.  This is a great opportunity to learn about a topic pet owners often find overwhelming. 

 Dr. Berk will teach you how to accurately read pet food labels and what you should look for when choosing the right diet for your pet.
 
Bring along a can or empty bag of your pet’s food to use as reference.
Pet Nutrition Education Seminar
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
5:30-7:00 PM
21 South End Ave,
New York, NY 10014
or by calling (212) 786-4444.
This is a free education event.
*Please call to reserve your spot as seating is limited and the list fills up fast!
This seminar will be packed with interesting and useful information for pet owners and will conclude in a question and answer session. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. We look forward to seeing you here!

We hope you are able to attend.

Sincerely,

The Doctors and Staff at
Downtown Veterinary Medical Hospitals