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!

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!

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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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

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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

ImPAWsible Allergies!

DVM Hospitals

    ImPAWsible Allergies!

                                                                         June 2014 

Volume IV

Adopt a Cat Month!

  

It’s adopt-a-shelter cat month! Many organizations nationwide have cat adoption events this month!  There are adoption events in NYC every weekend this month. So if you were considering a new pet, there is no time like the present to give a cat a home!

There are many kitties in need throughout the city, we encourage you to consider adopting from one of these organizations:

Show ’em that you care!
Each June brings us pet appreciation week.
This year that week is June 5-11.
So take a longer walk,
throw the ball extra hard,
nuzzle that purring cat
for just 5 minutes more,
and splurge on that extra treat.
We love our pets year round,
but this week, let’s make sure we show ’em a li’l extra affection because they deserve it!

Comedy Corner

From the desk of Doctor Alexis Holroyde:

Sneezing? Runny nose? Changing seasons can result in a flair up of allergies. Did you know that our dogs and cats can be affected by allergies too? While allergies are very common in our pets, sometimes they do not exhibit the classic signs that we would expect. Instead, dogs and cats can demonstrate licking, scratching, and itchiness as well as chronic intermittent vomiting and diarrhea.

What are allergies? Clinical signs of allergies are the result of an abnormal immune response to normal stimuli. What type of allergies does my dog or cat have? Allergies in our pets can be generally divided into three categories:

1) flea allergies, 2) food allergies, and 3) environmental allergies.

Flea allergy dermatitis has historically been the most common cause of itching, scratching, and the resultant skin infections. Not seeing fleas does not mean that they are not there! Even one flea bite can result in a severe allergic reaction! While fleas are not as common in New York City as in other areas, year-round flea prevention is still recommended in all animals exhibiting signs of allergies.

Food allergies can result in itching and scratching, and can also be the cause of intermittent gastrointestinal signs (vomiting and diarrhea). Dogs and cats are most typically allergic to the major protein (chicken or beef) and/or carbohydrate source (corn or wheat) common in over the counter pet foods. Your pet does not need to be on a new diet to develop allergies, but may become intolerant to a food that they have been on for years. The only way to diagnose a food allergy is by their response to a hypoallergenic diet. This diet is a prescription diet that is composed of either a hydrolyzed diet (components are broken down into molecules too small to be recognized by the immune system), or novel protein/carbohydrate diets composed of ingredients not typically found in over-the-counter pet foods (venison, rabbit, duck and potatoes, peas, etc.). This diet, and this diet only, needs to be fed for several weeks (>10) before we can assess your pet’s response.

Most of us are familiar with environmental allergies. Pollen, dust, mold, and other allergens in the environment can trigger severe itching, scratching, sneezing, etc. in our pets. Clinical signs can be seasonal or year round depending on what specific allergies your pet has. A diagnosis may be suspected based on your dogs history, but can only be confirmed by intradermal skin testing.

Unfortunately, most pets do not recover from allergies and can experience symptoms throughout their lives. Diagnosing the underlying allergy is helpful when tailoring a specific treatment for your pet as most pets’ allergies can be adequately controlled with changes to diet, frequent bathing, regular antihistamines, or other therapies.

Additional information on pet allergies can be found on our blog in a recent article by

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!