Rabies still a concern in Central Park!

NYC Department of Health ALERT!

As we have posted before, there have now been confirmed cases of rabies in raccoons in Manhattan this year. Today the NYC Dept. of Health sent another bulletin reminding us to stay vigilant.

“We have a rabid raccoon issue in the upper Manhattan areas referenced above [Upper East Side, Central Park,Upper West Side & Morningside Park]which apparently is not getting any better, despite the colder weather. “

In 2009, 20 animals have tested positive for rabies in NYC. Please ensure that your pet is up to date on his/her rabies vaccine to ensure their safety, and be on alert while out with your pet.

Please contact the hospital IMMEDIATELY if your pet sustains a bite or if you are not current on your vaccines. More information can be found on the Department of Health’s site

University Animal Hospital
(212) 288-8884
354 East 66th Street
New York, NY 10065

Help University Animal Hospital Go Green!!

Help University Animal Hospital Go Green!!

Please help us conserve resources by allowing your account to go paperless!!

We now offer online access to your medical history and reminders via Pet portal and have been notifying you by e-mail of your upcoming services or reminders due.

If you wish to no longer receive paper reminders from University Animal Hospital, please contact us via e-mail with

Rabies – A Deadly Disease

Rabies is a fatal disease of the nervous system. It is caused by a virus that can infect all warm-blooded animals, including humans. The virus attacks the brain and spinal cord, causing severe nervous system dysfunction and eventually death. While instances of rabies infection are lower than ever, the disease remains a continuing problem. Vaccinating your pet against rabies is a key prevention method.

The most common way to contract rabies is through a bite from an infected animal. When a rabid animal bites, the rabies virus in its saliva passes through the broken skin of the victim. Rabid cats can also transmit rabies through their scratches if they have saliva on their paws.

Skunks, bats, coyotes, foxes, and raccoons are very susceptible to rabies. Cats, dogs, cattle and horses usually contract rabies through encounters with rabid wildlife.

The symptoms of rabies can be quite varied. In general, the disease shows three stages that occur in succession. (NOTE: not every animal will display these signs, so any animal behaving abnormally should be regarded with suspicion.)

The Holidays Are Approaching – Book your Pet’s Boarding & Grooming Now!

The holidays are getting closer, and our grooming and boarding spaces are filling up fast!

If traveling with your pet is not an option, let them have a staycation with us. Whether it’s one night, one week, or more, your dog will enjoy our clean and comfortable facilities. We provide supervised and loving care around the clock. While you are away we will closely monitor your pet, ensuring his or her comfort and health. We have a veterinarian on premises 24 hours a day for boarding supervision, and can accommodate special medical boarding requests.

Rain, sunshine, sleet or snow, our kennel attendants walk each dog individually 3 – 5 times per day, just like you would at home. Our expert groomer,

Gracia, is also available to give your pets the spa treatment with a full grooming before they go home. Call us today to book your space.

University Animal Hospital

(212) 288-8884

354 East 66th Street

New York, NY


Get Monthly Reminders for Heartworm and Flea/Tick Preventatives

Prevention is important, but it’s easy to forget which day to give your pet their monthly Heartworm preventative, or Flea/Tick preventative application.

Remind My Pet is a great website to make those remembering medication easy! You can opt for

Canine Flu – A Vaccination Is Now Available

This summer has proven to be a very active flu season – for dogs, that is. Pet owners, their canine companions and veterinarians across the country are on high alert against the H3N8 canine flu; areas including Florida, New York City, Philadelphia and Denver have all been particularly hard hit by the flu.

Help is on the way, though. In May, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the first vaccine for canine influenza. The vaccine is now available at University Animal Hospital.

Canine influenza is an extremely contagious respiratory infection. Signs of the infection include cough, sneezing, runny nose and, sometimes, a fever. Canine influenza bears a close resemblance to other canine respiratory illnesses and only diagnostic tests can confirm the presence of canine influenza. It was first discovered in 2004 and has so far been documented in 30 states.

New York City dog owners should be careful. If you notice your dog is coughing, sneezing, or has a runny nose you should not shrug it off as a little cold or even allergies. The early signs of canine influenza are coughing or gagging. Clinical symptoms such as coughing, runny nose, lethargy, depression, and a fever as high as 103-107 degrees typically appear within 7 to 10 days post exposure. The severe form of canine influenza can lead to viral pneumonia.

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Start Your Pet’s Dental Program Today

You are a responsible pet owner. You take good care of your pet. But do you always remember to take care of your pet’s teeth? Pets have dental diseases and problems just like you do. Many of these problems can be avoided by bringing your pet to University Animal Hospital for regular dental check-ups and dental cleanings.

Dental disease can be avoided

Does your pet have bad breath or reddened gums?


Severe Tartar Buildup with Advanced Gingivitis

If so, it could be from gingivitis. Gingivitis occurs when soft plaque hardens into rough, irritating tartar. Tartar build-up on your pet’s teeth can cause damage to the teeth and gums. If treated early, the gums and teeth can return to normal appearance and function. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to an infection called periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a common ailment and can cause the loss of teeth.

You can prevent serious dental problems from happening by making sure your pet receives dental exams at the time of each vaccination and then annually. Since older pets are more prone to dental disease, they should be examined more frequently.

Dental Cleanings

Your pet’s dental cleaning begins with a physical examination. This is important in order to evaluate your pet’s general health. After the physical exam, your pet is given an anesthesia for a safe and painless sleep during the dental cleaning.


Teeth Cleaning at University Animal Hospital

The first part of dental cleaning requires the removal of tartar. This is done with a hand scaler.

Next, a periodontal probe checks for pockets under the gumline where periodontal disease and bad breath starts. An ultrasonic scaler is used to clean above the gumline while a curette cleans and smoothes the teeth under the gumline in the crevice.

Your pet’s teeth are polished, creating a smooth surface. The gums are washed with an anti- bacterial solution to help delay tartar build-up both under the gumline and on the crown of the tooth.


Polishing of Teeth

Finally, the doctor also administers a fluoride treatment to strengthen your pet’s teeth, to desensitize exposed roots, and to decrease infection.

Dental care doesn’t end at our hospital. A home dental care regimen, including regular brushing, can help prevent plaque and tartar buildup and fight periodontal disease. The staff at University Animal Hospital can show you how to brush your pet’s teeth at home and recommend oral rinses, treats and other products that promote good dental health.

October is Pet Dental Health Month. Call University Animal Hospital and set up a dental exam for your pet.

Third Annual Dog Run Schmooze!

Join Dr. Zola and Family at the Dog Run Committee of The Carl Schurz Park Conservancy’s Third Annual Dog Run Schmooze to benefit the renovation and upkeep of our dog runs!

Wine and tasty treats will be served!

Monday, October 5th

6:30 – 8:30pm

Cost: $75 per person (Checks are payable to the Carl Shurz Park Conservancy, please mark your check Schmooze III )

Furry Friends NOT included in this schmooze

For more information please call Nina Mortellito (212) 828-1858

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