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.

 

 

 

 

 

It’s National Pet Poison Prevention Month

March is National Animal Poison Prevention MonthunnamedPrecription for Pet Poison Prevention from Dr. Jeanne Klafin, Seaport Animal Hospital


March is National Animal Poison Prevention Month, and this week is Pet Poison Prevention Week. Many common household items can cause serious illness to your pet cat or dog!
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), over-the-counter medications and human prescription medications are two of the most common toxins ingested by pets. KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAHuman foods such as chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions and garlic can also cause harm to our furry friends. Even gums, candies and sweeteners containing xylitol, an artificial sweetener, can have serious consequences if ingested by a dog or cat.

Take action this week! pills-1422509Make sure that all human medications are secured in tamper-proof containers, and are stored in a safe place not accessible to pets, such as an eye-level locking cabinet. If your pets commonly rummage through your purse or bag, be sure to prevent them from eating gum or candy that may be lurking there.

pastel-1402050Did you know that most species of lilies can be fatally toxic to cats? Cats that ingest any part of the plant – even just the pollen – can be susceptible to life-threatening kidney failure. Check out ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control website for a complete list of toxic plants and other substances: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control

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

Strut, Swagger & Slobber 2015

Bulldogs of New York – the largest bulldog meet-up group in the US with over 2,000 members – is proud to announce the Strut, Swagger & Slobber 2015 event. Downtown Veterinary Medical Hospitals, in association with: The Howard Hughes Corporation, Old Seaport Alliance, and The Salty Paw, help to host and hope to see you there!

Please join us on Saturday May 16, 2015 (from 11am-2pm) at Peck Slip, South Street Seaport, NYC for ‘Strut, Swagger & Slobber 2015’ – A Bulldogs of NY event. It will be an afternoon of fun, meeting, and watching your bulldog strut, swagger – and yes – slobber with other bulldogs at the South Street Seaport to raise funds for our area bulldog rescues: Mid Atlantic Bulldog Rescue and Bumper Bulldog Rescue.

 

Strut, Swagger & Slobber 2015

A Bulldogs of New York Event

Saturday, May 16, 2015

11am-2pm

at Peck Slip,

South Street Seaport,

New York City

Each year, many bulldogs are left abandoned and without basic care in our area. These smart, friendly, proud, and slobbery companions need our help in finding their ‘forever’ homes. All dog breeds are welcome to join us celebrating bulldogs, while raising funds for this valuable cause.

The dogs will get the chance to mingle and play with other dogs, have photos taken, and participate in the Costume Parade! Owners will get local vet advice, see fashions made exclusively for bulldogs, and participate in the costume parade too! Our MC for the event is Celebrity Dog Trainer Travis Brorsen. All breeds are welcome in the costume parade – dig out the outfits now!

The owners will have a chance to make generous donations to the bulldog rescues, “Kiss a Bully” in our Kissing Booth, mingle with other owners, swap dawg stories, experience a sea of loving bulldogs, and do some shopping for their furry friends at one of our vendor booths.

The Old Seaport Alliance is gathering local support (participating Seaport restaurants, bars and shops) to offer all-day-long food and beverage specials in conjunction with the event. A portion of the tab will be donated to our bulldog rescue fundraiser. So eating and drinking in the neighborhood will add to our final total for the day! We hope you enjoy every aspect of the event and look forward to seeing you and your wonderful dogs. Non-dog owners are more than welcome too!

Follow the event on Twitter @bulldogsofny 

Visit the Facebook page: Strut, Swagger and Slobber 

See you and our Slobbery friends, Saturday May 16th, Struttin’ and Swaggerin’ about Seaport.
The Doctors and Staff at

Downtown Veterinary Medical Hospitals

CANINE INFLUENZA: IMPORTANT FACTS

As there have been more than 1000 diagnosed cases of Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) in the Midwest over the past month, the doctors and staff of Downtown Veterinary Medical Hospitals want to keep our clients informed about this extremely infectious and potentially deadly disease.

Canine influenza is a respiratory virus that was initially spread to dogs from horses (H3N8).  This current strain is new to the US and is thought to have originated in Asia (H3N2).

Who can be affected: Dogs who attend doggy day care, board at a kennel, go on walks with other dogs, or frequent the dog park are at an increased risk of exposure to this virus.

What to watch for: Your dog may become lethargic, develop a cough or nasal discharge, or show signs of a fever or poor appetite. Some dogs do not show clinical signs but are still capable of spreading the disease.  Cats can also show respiratory signs when exposed to this virus.

How to keep your dog safe: At this point, there are no confirmed cases of this strain of CIV in New York State. If your dog is a regular at doggy day care or the dog park, consider vaccination.  If your dog is immuno-compromised, we recommend limiting its exposure to other dogs during this time.

The canine influenza vaccine can help prevent infection or lessen the severity of symptoms if a pet is infected. It also helps prevent spread of the virus. The vaccine is given as a two-part series (initial vaccine and booster two-to-three weeks later).  It is not yet clear if the existing vaccine is effective against this new CIV strain (H3N2).

If you suspect your dog may have been exposed to another dog with respiratory illness or is showing signs of the virus please keep it separate from other dogs and call our office.

We are happy to answer any questions about CIV. Please speak with your veterinarian if you have further questions about CIV or any other pet health concerns.

You can also find additional information about canine influenza from the American Veterinary Medical Association here: https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/CanineInfluenza.aspx

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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
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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

Kitten Stocking

Your generosity is appreciated!

 

November – the Official Love a Senior Shelter Pet Month

 

The Official Love a Senior Pet MonthDVM Hospitals

November 2014 

Volume VIII

From the Desk of Doctor Timi Lee 

at Tribeca Soho Animal Hospital

This month is the official Adopt a Senior Pet Month.

It’s an amazing opportunity to bring a much in need and adoring older pet into your loving home.

There are so many great reasons to adopt mature dogs and cats!

They are fully grown so you know how big or small they will stay to better fit into your apartment and building requirements.

Their personalities are already developed, so you will know if they are high strung, quiet and shy, or bold. This will allow better fit with your lifestyle and routine.

Most of these pets are already house-broken, which means you will get to skip the hassle of house training and the possible ruining of furniture.

Mature pets can also settle into your family’s life much faster than a puppy or younger animal, making it easy for everyone involved. Since these pets already have a good immunity, there should be less spread of infectious diseases and therefore fewer trips to the veterinarian.

Senior citizens and senior pets can make a great combination! They both can lead a less active way of life so it can be a win-win situation.

Wouldn’t it be nice to cuddle up with your new mature dog or cat this winter?!?!

The best reason to adopt a senior pet is…. You’re saving a life! What could possibly feel better than that?

Go to your local shelter and adopt a Senior Dog or Cat today!

View extended version of this newsletter in expanded PDF:

November Newsletter – The Official Love a Senior Pet Month