Dental Appointments still available!

JANUARY 2015 is  PET DENTAL MONTH! Patients will receive  10% off all dental procedures*  and products: cleaning, radiographs, extractions, bonding,   Healthy Mouth, toothbrushes, toothpaste  & CET chews.

Patients will receive 10% off all dental procedures* and products:
cleaning, radiographs, extractions, bonding, Healthy Mouth, toothbrushes, toothpaste,& CET chews.

Holiday Hours at Downtown Veterinary Medical Hospitals


Wishing you and yours a holiday season that is both merry and bright. In hopes that our staff might spend some extra time with their families this time of year, please note that our hospital hours over the holidays are slightly altered.  We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Our offices will have the following revised schedule
in observation of the winter holidays:

Tribeca Soho Animal Hospital

  Wednesday, December 24th, 7:30AM – 6:00PM

  Thursday, December 25th – CLOSED

  Friday, December 26th, 7:30 AM – 6:00PM

  Wednesday, December 31st, 7:30AM – 6:00PM

  Thursday, January 1st, 2015 – CLOSED

  Friday, January 2nd, 7:30 AM – 6:00PM

West Village Veterinary Hospital

Thursday, December 25th – CLOSED

Thursday, January 1st, 2015 – CLOSED

All other days – WVVH is open normal hours. 

Battery Park Veterinary Hospital

  Wednesday, December 24th, 8:00AM – 5:00PM

  Thursday, December 25th – CLOSED 

  Friday, December 26th, 8:00 AM – 5:00PM

  Wednesday, December 31st, 8:00AM – 5:00PM

  Thursday, January 1st, 2015 – CLOSED

  Friday, January 2nd, 8:00AM – 5:00PM

Seaport Animal Hospital

  Wednesday, December 24th, 8:00AM – 5:00PM

  Thursday, December 25th – CLOSED 

  Friday, December 26th, 8:00 AM – 5:00PM

  Wednesday, December 31st, 8:00AM – 5:00PM

  Thursday, January 1st, 2015 – CLOSED

  Friday, January 2nd, 8:00AM – 5:00PM

 West Village Veterinary Hospital will also be open normal business hours

Saturday &  Sunday throughout the holiday weekends.


Also please note: January 2015 is

Pet Dental Health month

at all 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.

Coughing Canines

We recently wrote to our dog owners regarding the spread of canine influenza within Lower Manhattan. We wanted to follow up by speaking more about respiratory infections in dogs. Dr. Kristin Lester of our Seaport Animal Hospital expands upon this:

white-dog-polaroid.jpg There you are, lying in bed, dreaming of taking little Fifi to the dog park the next day when through the darkness you hear the first muffled sounds of your beloved one starting to cough… Is this merely a nightmare? Or could it be… the dreaded Kennel Cough?!? You’ve heard about this disease, but wonder what it is, how it is transmitted, and what to do about it. The good news is that we are here to help arm you with information and take care of Fifi, so you both can rest peacefully.


Infectious tracheobronchitis, also known as Canine Contagious Cough Complex or “kennel cough,” is caused by a collection of highly contagious respiratory pathogens, not just Bordetella. In fact, multiple infectious organisms may be involved in a single case, including Bordetella bronchiseptica, parainfluenza virus, adenovirus type 2, distemper virus, influenza virus, herpesvirus, mycoplasma canis, respiratory coronavirus, pneumovirus, and canine reovirus. Bordetella bronchiseptica can also infect cats, rabbits and pigs. Rarely, kennel cough can be spread to humans; however there have only been a handful of cases and it is typically only a risk with severely immunocompromised people.  Canine influenza, an uncommon contributor to kennel cough syndrome, typically causes much more severe disease with fever and pneumonia, but can start with the classic signs of coughing.

Kennel cough can occur year-round and the incubation period, time it takes from exposure to onset of symptoms, is 2 to 14 days. Dogs typically only show clinical signs for 1-2 weeks, but infected animals can continue to shed the organism via respiratory secretions for up to 3 months. Young, stressed, crowded or debilitated animals are more susceptible than adults. Furthermore, compromised respiratory health secondary to heavy dust, cigarette smoke, cold temperature and/or poor ventilation can also make animals more prone to infection. Infection is spread via animal-to-animal contact, aerosolized respiratory secretions or inanimate objects that get “blessed” by an infected animal. A single sneeze from Fifi can cover up to 20 feet from her cute pink nose!

Clinical signs in dogs typically include an acute-onset, non-productive, dry, hacking cough, with coughing fits occasionally ending in a terminal retch (that white foamy material that is brought up at the end of a hack). In addition to a cough, cats can develop sneezing and discharge from the nose and eyes.   While typically limited to the upper respiratory tract, kennel cough can occasionally spread to the lower airways resulting in pneumonia. Uncomplicated upper respiratory cases typically do not entail a fever, poor appetite or significant lethargy, so these are important signs for which to watch when monitoring for progression to pneumonia.


If your dog or cat is coughing, it is important to bring them in to be evaluated by your veterinarian. Often times, the diagnosis of kennel cough can be made based on history and physical exam. Depending on exam findings, severity of signs or chronicity, your veterinarian may recommend chest x-rays to screen for complicating pneumonia and/or obtaining respiratory samples for infectious disease confirmatory tests to identify the exact combination of involved infectious agents to help guide therapy and gauge prognosis. The treatment for kennel cough often involves a course of antibiotics +/- other supportive care as needed based on severity and symptoms. Antibiotics will not help if the infectious agents are purely viral, but they will help prevent or treat secondary infection. As stated, it’s often times a combination of multiple infectious agents in a single case of kennel cough!


Vaccination is available for a number of the kennel cough organisms (Bordetella bronchiseptica, canine adenovirus type 2, canine parainfluenza virus, canine distemper, and canine influenza), but not all can be prevented. The canine influenza vaccination is especially recommended for dogs that travel to dog shows, race tracks or other high density areas, or if there is a documented case in the area. It is important to note that vaccination is NOT useful in a dog already incubating kennel cough. If you plan on boarding your dog and more than 6 months have passed since the last Bordetella vaccination, ideally booster that vaccine at least 5 days prior to boarding. As for canine influenza, if your dog has never had that vaccine, the initial vaccine MUST be followed by a booster in 3-4 weeks to provide any protection, and even so, protective immunity does not develop until at least 7-10 days after the SECOND vaccination. Furthermore, it may not fully prevent infection, but often times it can lessen the clinical signs and duration associated with disease. Recovering dogs that contracted kennel cough are typically immune to reinfection for 6-12 months afterward (assuming the same pathogens are involved with the repeat exposure).


If there is an outbreak in your area, but your dog is not yet showing symptoms, there are a couple things that may help keep Fifi healthy. First, ensure that the Bordetella vaccination is up to date (every 6 months), but remember that the vaccination will not help if your dog is already incubating the disease. Avoid contact as much as possible with potential sources of infection and ensure that your dog is otherwise as healthy as possible (not stressed or sick from something else) and ready to fight off the invading pathogen if exposed. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, including but not limited to coughing, lethargy, decreased appetite, fever, etc, please bring Fifi in to be examined sooner rather than later to minimize the risk of serious disease developing.


My sincere wishes for the health and happiness of all your furry family members. Until next we meet, keep well and enjoy the rest of your summer.



Dr. Kristin Lester
Seaport Animal Hospital