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.

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

Summer Safety Tips for Your Pets!

Summer is a great time to have a pet in the city, but it can also be a dangerous time of the year for your canine or feline friends.  Veterinary emergency rooms see an influx of dogs and cats during this time of the year.  Here are some of the most common illnesses or injuries and how you can prevent them.

1. Heat Stroke: Imagine wearing a fur coat during the hottest day of the summer – that’s how your dog feels when walking around in the middle of the day.  Dogs dissipate heat by panting and through their paw pads, so they can become easily overheated in the summer. Signs of overheating/ heat stroke include lethargy, excessive panting, drooling or weakness/ collapse. If you notice these signs, put a wet towel on your dog and bring him or her to a veterinarian immediately.  You can prevent heat stroke by always having water on hand and walking your dog early or late in the day.  Their paw pads can also burn on hot concrete, so stick to the shade!  Also, NEVER leave your dog in a car – it can get very hot, even if the windows are down.

2. High Rises: It might be tempting to leave your window open for a nice summer breeze, but this can be very dangerous for your dog or cat!  Many animals will put their weight against a screen to explore the outside and can fall.  Most cats will try to land on all fours (depending on the height) but this can lead bad injuries.  To be safe, keep your windows closed or combine a screen with a  secure window guard.

3. Gastrointestinal (GI) Upset:  If you’re taking your pup to a rooftop barbeque or movie in the park, be cautious of what human foods your pet is offered.  Many foods (including grapes, raisins, chocolate, gum, etc) can be toxic to your pet and other typical BBQ foods (ribs, burgers) can cause vomiting, diarrhea or pancreatitis. To keep your pet satisfied, bring a baggie of his or her regular dry food and have friends offer that as a safe but satisfying treat!

4. Wellness Care: Parasites, fleas, ticks and mosquitoes carrying heartworm disease seem to triple during the warm weather months.  Visit your vet at the beginning of the summer to make sure they are covered against all these parasites before traveling to the shore, dog park or kennel.  Also, we always recommend veterinarian approved flea and tick control products and some over the counter versions can be dangerous for your pet.  An animal’s fur is used to block the sun, so if your pup has to be shaved for any reason, be sure to apply a veterinarian approved  sunscreen before taking him or her out into the sun!

Enjoy the summer with your pet and stay safe!

Sarah McCready, DVM

DrMcCready@dvmhospitals.com