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:


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.


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:
  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


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

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.

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!

english bulldogs dressed up as santa and rudolph
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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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


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

Paw Prints of NYC


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

September 28th is World Rabies Day

Dr. Robin Udoji of Seaport Animal Hospital educates us on Rabies and Rabies Prevention:

What is World Rabies Day?


Every year on the 28th day of September the world unites in the fight against rabies. The Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC), the sponsors of World Rabies Day, envisioned it as a day of activism and awareness. It is an opportunity for you to joint the global movement to put an end to suffering from rabies by organizing and taking part in World Rabies Day events. To participate go to

Key facts about rabies. 

  • More than 55,000 people a year, mainly in Africa and Asia, die from rabies. That is 1 person every 10 minutes that loses their life to rabies.
  • 40% of the people who are bitten by a suspect rabid animal are children under the age of 15 years.
  • Children are at greater risk because they are more likely to be bitten multiple times and suffer from severe exposure.
  • Dogs are the source of the vast majority of human rabies death world wide.
  • Bats are the source of most human rabies deaths in the Americas.
  • In the United States, rabies isbrowntabbycat_jpg reported in cats more than any other domestic species.
  • Rabies in humans is 100% preventable with prompt and appropriate medical care.
  • Every year more than 15 million people world wide receive post exposure vaccines to prevent the disease, preventing hundreds of thousands of deaths per year.

What is Rabies?

  • Rabies is a virus that may affect the brain and spinal cord of all mammals, including dogs, cats, and humans.
  • bats_lgCarriers: Raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes can be carriers of the virus. In New York City, raccoons, bats, cats and opossums are generally responsible for transmitting rabies.
  • Transmission: Rabies virus is passed through a bite or a scratch from an infected animal. It can also be transmitted if saliva comes into contact with mucus membranes (i.e. lips, eyes) or an open wound.
  • The Path of the Virus through the Body: Rabies travels from the site of the bite to the brain by moving within the nerves. The animal does not appear ill at this time. The incubation period (the time between the bite and the appearance of symptoms) is 2 weeks to 3 months but can be as little as 7 days to more than 1 year. Once in the brain, the virus multiplies causing inflammation of the brain. It then moves to the salivary glands and into the saliva. At this same time, most animal begin to show clinical signs of the disease.
  • Clinical Signs of Rabies: Infected animals initially show extreme behavior changes such as restlessness, apprehension, and aggression. Friendly animals become irritable and normally excitable or wild animals become docile. There may be biting or snapping at any stimulus, attacking other animals, humans or inanimate objects. The animal will constantly lick, bite or chew at the bite site. Later in the disease process, fever and hypersensitivity to touch, sound and light develop. They may eat unusual things and hide in dark places. Paralysis of the jaws develops, leading to the characteristic “foaming at the mouth” symptom. Weakness, staggering, disorientation and seizures can develop. Sudden death can also occur. The infected animal usually dies within 7 days of becoming sick.
  • Diagnosis: There is NO accurate test to diagnose rabies in live animals. The most accurate test to diagnose rabies requires brain tissue; therefor it can be only performed after the death of an animal, whether by natural means or euthanasia. There is NO test available to diagnose rabies in humans before the onset of clinical signs.
  • Treatment: There is NO TREATMENT for rabies once symptoms appear. Since rabies is a serious public threat, animals who are suspected of having the virus are most often euthanized.

Distribution of Rabies

  • Rabies has been found in all 5 boroughs of New York City.
  • In the first half of 2014, 158 cases of rabies have been verified in New York State.
  • Rabies is reported in every state except for Hawaii and every where throughout the world except for Australia and Antarctica.

Reducing the Risk of Contracting Rabies

  • Avoid contact with wild animals. Do not feed or handle them even if they seem friendly.
  • Unfamiliar animals seen as pets should be avoided because they often have contact with wild animals.
  • Never pick up or touch a dead animal. The virus may still be present in the saliva or nerve tissue. Call Animal Control to pickup the body.
  • Vaccinate your dogs and cats for rabies-brindledog it’s the law. In New York City puppies and kittens should get their first rabies vaccine between 3 and 4 month of age. They must receive a booster vaccine 1 year later and then every 1 to 3 years depending on the vaccine used. Even indoor cats and dogs are at risk if they escape outside or if a rabid bat enters your home.
  • Protect your pet: Vaccinating your pet not only protects him but protects him if he bites someone. Cats and dogs that have bitten humans are required to be confined for 10 days to see if rabies develops. If the rabies vaccine is not up to date, a lengthy quarantine in a veterinary hospital or even euthanasia may be mandated.
  • Spay and Neuter your pet. This reduces the number of unwanted stray animals who are often not vaccinated for rabies and are often in contact with wild life. Contact animal control to remove stray animals.
  • Maintain control of your pet. Keep cats and ferrets indoors and dogs under direct supervision and on a leash.

Public Health in New York City

  • What if your pet is bitten by a wild animal or another animal that might have rabies?
    • If the biting animal can be captured by animal control, call 311 to see if it can be tested for rabies.
    • Contact your veterinarian immediately.
    • If your pet is current on its rabies vaccine, it will receive a booster vaccine. You will then have to confine your pet to your home for 45 days.
    • If your pet is unvaccinated, it must enter 6 month quarantine in a veterinary hospital.
    • If your pet is suspected of having rabies, euthanasia may be mandated.
  • What if your pet bites someone?
    • Give your contact information to the person bitten; and then confine and monitor your pet in your home for 10 days (even if your pet is vaccinated.) The New York City Department of Health will contact you.
    • If your pet does not show signs, the person bitten will not need shots to prevent rabies.
  • What should I do if I am exposed to rabies?
    • If you are bitten by a wild or stray animal or you are exposed to a bat, contact your doctor immediately.
    • If the animal tests positive for rabies or can’t be tested, you may need to get shots to prevent rabies.
    • The rabies prevention shot is called Rabies Immune Globulin (RIG) which is injected at the bite site. There is also a series of rabies shots given over a 2 week period.


For more information about rabies visit:

or call 311.