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Local News

Is Spaying And Neutering Bad For My Pet?

On September 3rd, 2019, the NY Times published an Op-Ed piece by Alexandra Horowitz, a cognitive scientist who studies dogs.  In the article, Horowitz argues that we have created a culture where we are desexing dogs and cats to conform to our way of living without paying enough attention to the health implications of our actions. The article is causing quite a stir amongst pet owners and veterinary professionals alike. 

How To Stop Your Dog Digging Up your Flower Bed

Sure you can fence your flowers in or space wooden stakes throughout the bed, but who wants to do all of that!?

Animal Medical of New City Treated Koko, the Gorilla

Many of you have heard that Koko, the lowland gorilla that could use sign language, has died.  What you might not know is that in 2012, Dr. Howard Gittelman of Animal Medical of New City helped to save her life.   Had Toy Lodged In Her Stomach  ...

Where Are All The Bugs and Bats?

View the results of a survey that we conducted of the people that live in our area. Nearly all report a decline in seeing important species.

With a Name Like Smuckers, it has to be…GROSS!

Class Action lawsuit cites proof that Smuckers-owned company sold pet food contaminated with euthanasia solution.  

Animal Hoarding: A mental illness with devastating consequences

Often lampooned as ‘crazy cat ladies’, animal hoarders are no laughing matter. They are psychologically disturbed individuals whose behavior hurts the animals that they possess, their community, and themselves. Animal hoarders have a near 100% recidivism rate and cost municipalities tens of thousands of dollars per case.

Arsenic Saved This Dog

On a remote, Caribbean island, a stray dog is rescued, but only a trip to the U.S., 4 months of special treatments, and 3 doses of arsenic keep her from dying.

Raising Backyard Chickens: Animal Medical of New City is Crowing ‘Why Not’?

Every day, more of us are turning to backyard chickens as a natural source of farm fresh…errr yard fresh eggs.   Here is a short list of facts and how-to’s on getting started with your own New City farmette!   Raising Backyard...

Adoption in Rockland County

Animal Medical of New City veterinarian, Dr Suzanne Bardari, explains how to choose the right pet for adoption   Adopting a pet   So, you’re ready to adopt a pet – AWESOME! It has often been said, “Saving one animal won’t change the...

Take Two Dogs And Call Me in the Morning

Scientists prove that dogs and cats have a positive impact on our own health and the health of our children.   You love them, we love them, and more and more, scientists are starting to love them.  Check out these recent scientific studies showing the positive...

Going for the Gold!

UPDATE:  We did it!  Animal Medical of New City is a Gold Level Feline Care Center!   Animal Medical of New City is poised to be one of Rockland County’s ‘Gold’ standard Feline Friendly practices.   Animal Medical is in the last stages of finalizing its bid...

Dr. Howard Gittelman Diagnosed with Lyme Disease

Though I’ve heard lots of stories of people contracting Lyme disease, I never quite understood how a person could have a tick on him or her and not notice it. Then one day, I woke up with a strange rash on my chest…

Veterinary Emergency Group New To the New City Area

Animal Medical of New City can now expand the comprehensive veterinary emergency services it provides clients with the addition of the Veterinary Emergency Group in the Nanuet area. Animal Medical and Pet Emergencies It’s always been important to our practice to be...

Dining with Your Dog In New York City? It Could Happen Soon!

When's the last time you, your husband, and your dog decided to take in a Broadway show and a dinner in NYC?  Well, your dog might have to wait out the show part of the night back at the apartment, but be sure to add a third to the reservation at Sardi's.  NY health...

Flea Product For Dogs: Bravecto is safe, effective, and comes in a pill!

Greetings clients and patients of Animal Medical of New City! Well it seems as though spring has finally arrived, and with the warmer weather here it is time to make sure your pets are up to date on their flea and tick prevention. We want to take the time to inform...

Reorder Your Flea and Tick Treatments Online…at Our Pharmacy!

Tick Preventatives are Necessary One of the things that continues to shock our clients is the discovery that ticks can be found on dogs even in the deepest, coldest days of winter. Ticks do not die during the winter.  They only hibernate.  Give them one warm day and...

Halloween Pet Dangers To Look Out For

By Dr. Justine A. Lee, DVM, DACVECC Ah, Halloween, one of the busiest chocolate holidays of the year!  As Halloween night approaches, keep in mind that some human treats can be potentially deadly for your dog or cat. Help keep your dog and cat safe by being aware of...

Apoquel: A new treatment option for your itchy dog

Pruritis...Itchiness...A Very Common Problem With Dogs and Cats One of the most common, and sometimes frustrating, conditions that we are asked to treat is the itchy dog. Many of these patients are chronic sufferers and management can be challenging. Patients...

A Happy Ending for Everyone at Animal Medical of New City

Children Lose Young Cat To Kidney Failure The doctors at Animal Medical had been working very hard on a case that involved a young cat in Kidney failure.  Despite all of their best efforts and amazing at home care by the family, the disease was progressing too fast...

“Tech Tips”

Check out the latest "Tech Tips" from the Licensed Veterinary Technicians at Animal Medical of New City.   Coughing up a hairball" is an inaccuracy. Hairballs are formed when a cat grooms itself and swallows the hair that gets caught in their comb-like tongue....

Humor

Veterinary Hospital Treats a “Tribble”

Animal Medical of New City treats earth’s first ‘Tribble’, a genetically modified organism developed by Dr. Albert Elaboro Fibb at the Weiss Research Center of Cornell University

Stony Point Residents Say Veterinarian Discovered Sasquatch

Night of terror leads to authenticated video footage. New City Veterinarian, Howard Gittelman fails at attempt to safely sedate and control the animal.

No Bowl Feeding System …didn’t go exactly as I had planned…

Gold Level Feline Friendly Practice Owner, Howard Gittelman decided to try the NoBowl Feeding System to keep his cat, Gary, stimulated and engaged. He kept a diary of his progress, but it didn’t quite turn out as planned.

Pet Food Recipes and Nutrition

4th of July Treats for People AND Pets!

Independence Day is a day of celebration. Fireworks, bbqs and ice cream ! So why not mix those 3 and make edible 4th of July treats!  While you grill this summer, make a yummy firecracker frozen yogurt ice cream that both you and your furry friend can eat! Only 4...

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Healthy Living

Are Raw Diets Good For My Dog or Cat?

Veterinarian, Dr. Howard Gittelman of Animal Medical of New City, explains everything pet owners need to know about raw diets for dogs and cats. Is it okay to feed my dog or cat a raw diet? The answer…

What Should I Do If My Pet Is Lost?

A recent story about a Washington State couple that lost their dog while vacationing in Montana is making its rounds in the news cycle. The husband and wife spent 57 days searching for their pet, sometimes with night vision goggles, before he...

Is Spaying And Neutering Bad For My Pet?

On September 3rd, 2019, the NY Times published an Op-Ed piece by Alexandra Horowitz, a cognitive scientist who studies dogs.  In the article, Horowitz argues that we have created a culture where we are desexing dogs and cats to conform to our way of living without paying enough attention to the health implications of our actions. The article is causing quite a stir amongst pet owners and veterinary professionals alike. 

Hospice Care For Pets

Do you have a very elderly or terminally ill dog or cat that you are trying to care for at home? Animal Medical of New City can help you keep your pet as comfortable as possible without hospitalization and with a minimum amount of visits to our...

How To Know If My Pet Is Dying

Watching an elderly or sick pet decline in health is an emotionally draining experience.  Here are signs that your pet’s health is waning and that he or she may be nearing death.

The Second Opinion Veterinarian

Saved a dog with arsenic? Helped remove a plastic toy from Koko the gorilla? Find out how this New City Animal Hospital became the Second Opinion Vet.   Betty White Recommended Animal Medical of New City   In 2012, Koko, the gorilla...

Toy Obsession in Dogs

Does your dog have a favorite toy?  Does your dog mother her toy?  Carry it around everywhere?  Destroy it? Here’s a look at what’s going on with your toy obsessed dog and some guidelines on selecting a toy for your pet.

Why Does My Dog Jump On Me?

There are a number of reasons why your dog jumps on you.  Here’s a lineup of the most likely reasons.   He’s trying to get closer to your face   It is natural for dogs to sniff the muzzles of other dogs that they meet.  The dogs are...

House Burns Down After Family’s Dog and Cat Have Colossal Fight.

Reuters: A long-standing feud between a family’s dog and cat ended in a 3 alarm fire.   Bradford County, Pa.volunteer firemen were called to the scene of 12585 Rte 187 in Wyalusing, Pa. after a family’s dog and cat chased each other in a...

You’ll Live To Be A Hundred (and so will your pet!)

Veterinary medicine is keeping step with the advances in human health care to extend life, increase the quality of living, and keep both the two-leggers and four-leggers living together longer.

Why Dogs Love (or HATE) The Snow

Animal behaviorists from around the country ponder why some dogs love the snow (and others hate it).   It's Fun   We hope that science gives us impressive answers to life's hard questions, but sometimes the simple prevails.  To...

What Do Animals Dream About?

Evidence points that the origins of dreaming go back 300 million years or more and that virtually every animal dreams to some degree.  Here is what’s happening when your pet is ‘paddling’ through the sheets of your bed.

Extra Turkey, Pumpkin, or Sweet Potatoes? Turn Them Into a Pet Treat!

Extra turkey, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin puree can easily be turned into a Thanksgiving treat for your dog or cat.  Here's how to use leftovers and extra ingredients to make your pet smile. Extra Turkey?  How About An Easy-To-Make Turkey...

Teaching With Pets: Instructor’s dog ‘treats’ students to learning.

Caroline Gaynor is a second grade teacher in Arizona and long-time client with Animal Medical of New City. After her dog, Niblet, was diagnosed with an allergy, Animal Medical Director, Howard Gittelman, recommended Hill's Prescription Hypoallergenic...

What You Should Know About FDA Bravecto, Nexgard and Simparica Alert

The FDA recently issued an alert regarding products like Nexgard, Bravecto, Simparica and Credelio.  Here’s what you should know.

Take One Camera and Call Me In The Morning

Swallowable camera photographs entire length of dog’s digestive track for 360 degree, painless, diagnosis of canine digestive disorders.

Why the NYC Distemper Outbreak Is Concerning

On July 23rd, the NYC Dept of Health issued an alert to veterinarians that 20 Central Park raccoons tested positive for the distemper virus.   Distemper: Highly Infectious and Long Lived In The Environment   Distemper is a highly contagious,...

Animal Medical of New City Treated Koko, the Gorilla

Many of you have heard that Koko, the lowland gorilla that could use sign language, has died.  What you might not know is that in 2012, Dr. Howard Gittelman of Animal Medical of New City helped to save her life.   Had Toy Lodged In Her Stomach  ...

Where Are All The Bugs and Bats?

View the results of a survey that we conducted of the people that live in our area. Nearly all report a decline in seeing important species.

Veterinarians Pick Top 7 Holiday Presents for Pets

Holidays aren't just for people any more.  A 2012 study by the American Veterinary Medical Association showed that 30% of pet owners buy presents for their pets.  That got us to thinking...'what gifts do our Animal Medical of New City vets think are best?'   Pet...

Oral Health and Dentistry

6 Breeds with the Worst Dental Disease

If your pet is on this list, take advantage of Animal Medical's affordable dental options to treat your dog’s oral infection, save her teeth, and get her well again. Small Breeds More At Risk In general small breed dogs have worse dental disease than large dogs...

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How To Brush My Pet’s Teeth: 4 Simple Steps

You ask, 'why brush my pet's teeth?' Because you'll win a spot on our website if you do!  Submit a video of your dog or cat getting a stress-free, thorough brushing.  We'll be looking for pets that enjoy getting their teeth brushed and some super pet-owner tips on how...

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Puppies Kittens and More!

Thanks Mom For Letting Me Have One

There were the gerbils, the hamsters, and the money you blew on Habitrail links. There were the fish…the bags and bags of fish over the years, and the months you nagged me to clean the tank, and, because I never complied, the slight smell of swamp whenever you entered...

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Picking a Child’s First Pet

Choosing Your Child's First Pet According to the statistics compiled by the American Veterinary Medical Association, dogs are the most popular American companion animal, followed closely by cats, then birds and horses. Among the exotic or cage animals (which include...

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New Kitten Care

By Jessica Vogelsang, DVM A tinny "meow," the scratchy tickle of a teensy tongue — few things are as delightful as the introduction of a new kitten to the house. Don’t be fooled, though. As small as kittens are, the number of items you can accumulate in the attempt to...

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