It’s National Pet Poison Prevention Month

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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:

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!


Pet Dental Month

Dental Month at DVM Hospitals

Oral disease is the most common recurring or chronic problem in our canine/feline patient population.  These problems start with accumulations of plaque and calculus on the tooth surface.  Small amounts of this material, commonly called “tartar”, do not make for a serious problem, but as it accumulates, the margins of the gum become infected causing gingivitis and bad breath.  As infected gum dies and recedes, more of the tooth root is exposed and the periodontal tissue, which holds the tooth in place, becomes involved.  Periodontitis progresses to tooth root abscess, infection of the surrounding bone, tooth loss, and in some cases disease in distant parts of the body.  Breath will become markedly foul, the surrounding lip folds become infected, and in some cases there may be poor appetite, weight loss, signs of pain, or other signs of overt illness.


The treatment of dental disease is the most common reason for which we use general anesthesia.  Attempts at non-anesthetic dentistry have not allowed for more than the most superficial treatment of these problems, almost always with disappointing short-term results.  Yet, fear of anesthesia is the most frequent reason for pet owner reluctance to pursue needed dental care.  Anesthesia for dentistry is, in general, the same as other anesthetic situations, but does require strict attention to “protecting the airway” from the fluids sprayed into the mouth during dental procedures.  In our anesthesia protocol, we give a mild sedation to reduce the anesthetic required and to ease recovery from the anesthetic state; an IV catheter is placed and anesthesia is initiated with a short-acting anesthetic given IV; a plastic tube is placed in the airway and is designed to inflate slightly to prevent entry of any fluid into the airway during dental procedures.  General anesthesia is maintained with isoflurane, an anesthetic gas, administered through this endotracheal tube.  Our patients are kept on an IV drip and monitored continuously throughout anesthesia by a staff member dedicated to that one purpose.


For the past 4 years we have held a “Dental Month” in February.  These have been very popular.  Each year, many of our clients look forward to the opportunity to take care of anything from routine dental prophylaxis to major dental problems in their pets.  They also look forward to saving some money on what can become an expensive procedure because Dental Month offers a 15% discount on all but the most advanced procedures.  This discount also applies to a pre-anesthetic blood panel, dental xrays, gingivectomy when required, and medications dispensed.  We love Dental Month as well.  There are few areas of practice where the results of our training and work are so apparent and gratifying.


For further information on dental care or Dental month, contact one of our DVM Hospitals locations at:


Mark G. Burns, DVM


Spring Forward Your Pets!

New York is great in the spring, probably the best time of year here, in my opinion. The bitter chill of winter is a fading memory and we haven’t yet been bombarded with the 95 degree, 80% humidity days of July and August. It’s a time to delight in the sunshine and promise of warmer days to come, and well, just spend some good ol’ quality time outside! For many of us, we get to share this good fortune with our four legged friends. Even my three cats, while they don’t get free rein of the wild outdoors, they do get some great kitty outdoor time as they stretch out for a springtime snooze in the sun on our gated balcony. While it is a time to celebrate Mother Nature, spring is also a time to make sure our furry companions are protected against common springtime hazards.

Parasite prevention is critical year-round, not only for the health of our dogs and cats but also from the perspective of public health as some of these parasites can be transmitted to humans. Given the mildness of this past winter (read: idyllic blessing and repose from harsh winters-past, in my humble opinion), this spring and summer promise to delivery higher loads of pesky “bugs” (parasites, viruses, bacteria, mosquitoes, ticks, fleas) normally knocked back in numbers by cold weather. Therefore, we should be extra diligent to ensure our cats and dogs are adequately protected. All cats and dogs should receive heartworm prevention (yes, even indoor cats – face it, your apartment is not a impenetrable biosphere), gastrointestinal parasite protection (again, even indoor cats can be exposed if we inadvertently bring microscopic eggs in on our shoes, for example) and based on lifestyle and exposure, flea and tick prevention.

Spring is also a good time to update your pets’ vaccinations, which will be individually tailored based on lifestyle and risk of exposure to common bacteria and viruses. The ASPCA has a wonderful website dedicated to Springtime Safety Tips. I highly recommend taking the time to read this info-packed article, especially the links to poisonous plants and home chemicals. Finally, among other things, springtime also brings the increased likelihood of allergies and traumatic events (scuffle at the dog park, plant parts in paws, etc). Bottom line: we’re here to help. Check out our Pet Care & Resources page for tips on common health issues as well as general wellness care for dogs and cats including vaccination recommendations. Or, better yet, stop on by our hospital to check our our new digs and say hello in person! Thanks for reading, and I look forward to meeting you and your furry family members…

Kristin Lester, DVM, MBA, Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist
Seaport Animal Hospital
80 Beekman Street, New York, NY 10038