6 Ways to Address Vets’ Most Common Complaints

Every pet parent deals with, or has heard about, separation anxiety. Pet parents may fear their pets have some sort of physical illness causing these problems and rush to the vets office for a full checkup. According to the ASPCA, the symptoms of separation anxiety include excessive barking and howling, escape attempts, pacing, eating of feces, chewing and destruction, and unusual defecation and urination. Separation anxiety occurs when pet parents begin preparing to leave, or while pet owners are away. Unfortunately, separation anxiety can cause serious injury and illness to a pet, especially during dramatic escape attempts. After an initial trip to the veterinarian to rule out possible health problems, pet parents need to take action to correct the problems of separation anxiety.

Keep Your Attitude and Actions Calm Before Leaving.

Getting ready to leave involves a host of typical actions, such as getting dressed, grabbing the keys, and turning off electronic devices. When in a hurry, pets recognize the urgency and react appropriately. Ultimately, the rush of leaving contributes to the pet’s building anxiety.

Install Video and Audio Communication Devices.

Hearing your voice, or seeing your image, will typically calm your pet. Some pet owners have created digital recordings of themselves to play on the television while away. Others opt to leave the TV on, and some will call the home phone and speak to the dogs. These options reassure pets that you haven’t forgotten about them, and the opportunities for symptomatic separation anxiety problems and subsequent trips to the animal hospital, will slowly subside.

Train Your Pet to Become Accustomed to Spending Time Alone.

Separation anxiety behaviors do not develop overnight, so correcting the problem with counterconditioning will take time as well. Begin by leaving your pet for short periods of time, such as during a trip to the mailbox, and gradually increase the separation time over the course of several months. Slipping up and checking on your pet in-person during this process will eradicate all of your previous work, so avoid the temptation to run home midday when reaching lengthy away periods.

Encourage Self-Play.

Dogs are naturally curious animals, and interaction with toys is beneficial to your pet’s body and mind. Furthermore, toys can provide a safe distraction while you’re away. Purchase interactive toys, such as those you fill with treats, to encourage pets to play alone.

Reward Your Pet When You Return.

After teaching your pet to become accustomed to being alone, it’s important to continue rewarding him, or her, with praise, affection, and treats for appropriate behavior. However, you must ensure you do not provide the treat immediately following inappropriate actions, such as jumping up on your legs upon your return.

Avoid Taking Your Pet With You on All Excursions.

When you have ample chances to take your pet with you, aside from the routine visits for dog grooming, cat grooming, or a checkup at the animal hospital, it’s tempting to bring him along every time. However, your pet will grow to expect you to take him with you. Sadly, this reinforces separation anxiety problem behaviors. Try to limit taking your pet with you on recreational trips to half of your total times away.

In severe cases of separation, a veterinarian may provide you with medications to help. However, you should take a proactive approach to preventing the development of separation anxiety and addressing it, if it occurs.

If your pet has exhibited the symptoms of separation anxiety, contact University Animal Hospital to schedule a consultation first. When all other causes of symptoms are eliminated, the veterinarian can advise you on which of these tips may work best for you pet.


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Dog Paws on the Snowy Streets | University Animal Hospital NYC

So I might be jumping the gun here just a little bit. I accept that the current rainy and humid mess that has become New York City is not yet the chilling winter nightmare that is just around the corner. Having said that, the chilling mess is just around the corner and that means a whole mess of issues fuzzy child’s feet. Dog paws run a great risk of falling victim to the elements when snow and ice are factored into their daily walk schedule.


What comes with chilling weather? Streets and sidewalks covered in snow and ice which inevitably leads to salt and de-icers all over the sidewalks.

This is potentially harmful for your pooch when going on even brief relief walks during these days. The salt and de-icers have chemicals in them that can be very harsh on dog paws (or specifically, the pads) causing dryness and cracking. The impulse to lick their paws after walking on the streets can lead to unintentional ingestion of said chemicals.

Fortunately, there are solutions to help during these harsh New York City cold months.


1. Consider picking up booties for your dog. There are a number of options here. There are ones with rubber on the bottom that can help with traction so your furry child doesn’t slip and slide — struggling to keep his footing. There are little ones that look like balloons that are very easy to get on and off their paws and can help with traction as well. Many of them are also waterproof to help in the rain. There are ones that velcro or slip on and off. The market for these has actually expanded quite a bit in recent years. Most pet stores carry these and finding ones that best meet your needs isn’t as difficult as it once may have been.

“But wait! My dog HATES wearing his booties! I have the hardest time getting them on and when they ARE on he/she does everything in his/her power to get them off!”

Try rewarding your pup with a treat immediately after getting the booties on. This works as both a positive reinforcement and also as a distraction. Immediately after the treat hurry them out on the walk. This distraction will also keep them focused on the new activity (the walk) versus the old activity (“put your shoes on!”)

2. Musher’s Secret. This is a gel that you rub onto your dog’s pads just prior to going out. It acts as a protective layer against the salt and ice while also allowing your dog traction. This is obviously not waterproof so your dog can still get wet feet if stepping in puddles or thick snow. The other downside is you need to wash it off immediately after getting home to ensure your pet does not lick the gel off.

Having said that, it’s a fantastic product for people who have issues getting booties on and off of their dog. I’ve also heard that petroleum jelly can be used in the same way. Obviously, the same rule for cleaning off the pads should be applied here. You don’t want your pet eating a lot of petroleum jelly. I can’t imagine that would be good.

“Oh hai! We has the same coat…”

3. Raincoats and Jackets. It’s probably helpful for most dogs to have some kind of jacket or coat in the cold weather but special consideration should be given for puppies, older dog, small-breed and short-haired dogs as well. These fuzzy friends all require more protection from the elements and even short periods outside without a coat can be difficult for them to handle.

Next time you’re coming in to see one of our fantastic doctors at University Animal Hospital ask them about options for protecting your furry child in the cold weather. They’ll have plenty of suggestions that pertain specifically to your pet.

Tips for Home Grooming Between Dog Grooming Appointments

Types of Dog Hair and Shedding


Some dogs have coats that grow continuously and do not shed, requiring frequent trips to the groomer. Other breeds are double-coated with a dense undercoat for insulation and an outer coat of guard hairs. A dog with this type of coat is likely to shed heavily in the late spring and late fall. Huskies, retrievers and malamutes are examples of double-coated dogs.  Many dog breeds with short hair shed continuously, though lightly all year round.


Dog Brush or Comb Selection


Dog grooming brushes and combs are made for each type of dog coat. Dogs with curly coats that don’t shed, such as a poodle, should be brushed with a slicker brush. Combs or brushes with stiff bristles work well for a dog with a medium coat that sheds, such as a retriever. Smooth coated dogs, such as a pointer or boxer are best groomed with a brush with short bristles or a grooming glove. Combs with long teeth in offset rows work well on dogs with long coats, such as collies. It is also helpful to remove shedding hair and tangles.


How Often to Brush Your Dog


Brushing your dog removes loose hair, dead skin and keeps them clean as well as stimulating natural oils from the skin and distributing it along the hair for a healthy luster. Dogs with long or curly coats should be brushed daily to remove tangles and mats. Pay special attention around the ears, armpits and the back of the legs when brushing a long or curly haired dog. Dogs with short coats don’t require daily brushing, but it helps to cut down on dog hair and pet dander in your house when it is captured in a brush.


How Often to Bathe Your Dog


Dogs only require a bath about every six to eight weeks so as not to strip the coats and skin of natural oils. Sometimes you may need to bathe your dog more often, if he gets dirty, a sticky substance on his coat or has accidentally soiled himself. If your dog has skin allergies, talk to your veterinarian about how often to bathe him. Some vets advise bathing them more often to remove outside allergens, such as pollen from the coat. Only use a shampoo that is specifically for dogs on your pet. Dog skin is a different pH level than human skin and human shampoo is very harsh on canine skin. Use warm water when bathing your dog and work the shampoo thoroughly through his coat to remove all debris and dirt. Double rinse him to make sure and remove the shampoo adequately from his skin and coat. Allow your pet to air-dry inside in a warm area or blow dry his coat with a hair dryer on the lowest heat setting. These tips can keep your dog’s coat in tip top shape until his next visit for pet grooming.

When to Take Your Cat to a Pet Hospital

Feline Urinary Tract Disease

Cats that start urinating too frequently, stop using the litter box and have bloody urine may have an inflamed bladder or a urinary tract infection. Veterinarians suspect that viruses or interstitial cystitis contribute to the development of urinary tract disease in cat but have yet to pinpoint the exact cause. Cats that are stressed due to moving to another home or having to deal with the addition of a new cat in the household can suffer reduced immune system functioning that can also lead to urinary tract infections.

An pet hospital veterinarian may prescribe medications to relieve UTI symptoms, depending on the severity of the infection. Additional treatments for feline urinary tract disease include feeding the cat smaller meals throughout the day and making sure the cat drinks plenty of water to help flush the urinary system of any irritants or toxins that could be inflaming the urinary tract and bladder.

Respiratory Infections

Chylamydiosis is the medical term for feline upper respiratory infection, a highly contagious, bacterial infection affecting a cat’s lungs and airways. Symptoms include a runny nose, watery eyes, appetite loss and coughing and sneezing that continues for more than 24 hours. Diagnosis of chylamydiosis is made after a pet hospital veterinarian tests a sample of the cat’s eye discharge for bacteria. Occasionally, pneumonia bacteria is present in the sample, which requires X-rays of the cat’s lungs to determine the extent of the illness. Cats with upper respiratory infections are given antibiotics in oral form or as eyedrops and need to remain on a regimen of antibiotics for several weeks to completely eliminate the infection.


Contact with debris, rodent feces or dirt containing roundworms will quickly infect a cat if the animal touches the worms with his paw and then licks his paw, or sniffs the worms, gets worms on his nose and then licks his nose. Roundworms attach themselves to the cat’s small intestinal walls and may cause malnutrition if not eliminated by deworming medication provided by a veterinarian at an animal hospital.

The Importance of Animal Teeth Cleaning–Cat Gingivitis (Gum Disease)

Unless examined regularly by a pet dentist, cats can develop feline gingivitis when accumulations of plaque and tartar destroy dental enamel and gum tissue. Cats with gum disease will have visibly yellow stains on their teeth at the gum line, bad breath, loose teeth and swollen gums that seep blood. If a veterinarian diagnoses a cat with gingivitis, the cat will need anesthetized so a pet dentist can thoroughly clean the cat’s teeth and gums.

Keep Your Cat Healthy and Happy–the Essentials

In addition to providing cats with a protein-rich diet, plenty of fresh water, professional pet grooming sessions, check-ups at an established animal hospital and lots of love, owners of multiple cats may want to consider using self-cleaning litter boxes to help keep cats cleaner and healthier. These time-saving, self-servicing litter boxes also encourage cats that are finicky about their litter box to use the box consistently instead of spraying or urinating elsewhere in the home.

Animal Teeth Cleaning is an Important Part of Health

Promoting Healthy Teeth Daily


There are several ways to keep your dog or cat’s teeth healthy between visits to your pet dentist for animal teeth cleaning.

Feed your pet kibble instead of semi-solid or wet food. The dry kibble cleans his teeth when it breaks into small particles as it is chewed to scrub teeth and gums.

Provide your dog or cat with chew toys. The act of chewing on something, especially long periods at a time, scrapes plaque and dirt away from his teeth and gums to promote a healthy mouth.

Look for dental chews for your pet with the “VOHC-approved” stamp on them. These products meet the teeth cleaning standards of the Veterinary Oral Health Council and are helpful in removing unwanted buildup of food or plaque from teeth and gums.


Daily Tooth Brushing


Cats and dogs should ideally have their teeth brushed daily to obtain good oral hygiene. You should start when your pet is very young, so they accept this as part of a daily routine. If you can’t brush their teeth daily, try for at least several times a week. Purchase toothpaste formulated for your dog or cat at a pet store. They are made with chicken or beef flavoring to be palatable to pets. Choose a pet toothbrush and place a small bead of the pet toothpaste on it. Let your pet lick it off and enjoy the flavor. Start by brushing the front teeth with gentle circular motions and move to the rear as your pet allows you. It can take some patience and time to get your pet acclimated to this new idea.


Pet Mouth Examination


A close examination of your pet’s mouth, teeth and gums can alert you to a problem requiring a visit to your pet hospital for dental issues. The first sign of tooth decay is when your pet has a gum condition, such as gingivitis is his breath. If your pet’s mouth has a very strong or foul odor, he needs to see your veterinarian. Lifting your pet’s lips gently allows examining his gums. The gums should be pink and firm. Abnormal gums are white, red or swollen. The teeth should not have brown tartar on them and teeth should not be loose or broken.


These signs are an indication that your pet needs to see his dentist:


Difficulty chewing food

Drooling excessively

Pawing at his mouth

Red, swollen gums

White Ulcers on his tongue or gums

Loose teeth

Pus anywhere in the mouth

A dark red line along the gum line


At the first sign of swelling, take your pet to your veterinarian to treat gum disease so he can retain his teeth, be able to eat kibble and live a happy and healthy lifestyle.


Fun Dog Names | University Animal Hospital NYC

Last night I watched Mike White’s hilarious and bizarrely somber 2007 comedy “Year of the Dog” and besides finding myself loving the character Molly Shannon perfected in “Peggy” I also found myself really digging the names of the various dogs (“Pencil” and “Valentine,” to name two) that she interacted with throughout the film. In recent years dog names have trended more towards cutesy names people would otherwise give their kids.

Working in the dog-care field I’ve met thousands of dogs and cats and I can say I rarely hear a name that’s incredibly original. Sure Ella, Stella and Bella are cute names but they’ve become so common in the pet world that nothing stands out. I recall meeting a dog several years back named “Iggy Von Bacon Bits III” and to this day I remember him quite well. I recall a time when people used to pick a name that fit the personality of their pet or fit his or her look.

According to some of my internet research these are

the most popular dog names of 2015

Female: Bella, Lucy, Daisy, Molly, Lola, Sophie, Sadie, Maggie, Chloe, Bailey

Male: Max, Buddy, Charlie, Jack, Cooper, Rocky, Toby, Tucker, Jake, Bear

Those names are all adorable and I can think of several dogs and cats (past pets of my own included) that had names from those lists.

Still I can’t help but wonder how much more fun everything would be if people gave their pets names that were a little more exciting or absurd. Imagine strolling along the streets of the Upper East Side of Manhattan and hearing someone call out “Oompa Loompa! Stop licking the pavement!”

I’m going to compile my own list of fun dog names I’d like to see given to animals soon. These names are gender neutral because gender roles are absurd. Imagine your male or female future pet with any of the following names and see the potential for fun and hilarity. I’ll refrain from explaining why these names are, in general, the best possible names for your dog or cat and leave it ambiguous. It’s just funnier that way.

Fun Dog Names

1. “Hilaryswank” (yes, one word)



2. “Cucumber”


3. “Sigourneyweaver” (again, one word) (also will accept “Zuul” or “Ripley” and since he’s pictured “billmurray”)



4. “USB”


5. “Garol”

6. “Stove”


7. “Hashtag” or “#”


8. “BobBarker”


9. “DoloresVanCartier” (will also accept “OdaMaeBrown,” each one word)



10. “Idon’tbelieveinfairies” (one word)

11. “Seinfeld”


12. “Cottonweary” (or “Galeweathers” — one word)


13. “Cat Stevens” (for a Dog only. For your cat = “Dog, The Bounty Hunter”)


14. “Selfie” (let’s be honest, this is a much better cat name)

15. “Wife,” “Husband” or “Life Partner” (cause let’s be honest… for some of us this is looking likely)


16. “2/2”

17. “Coffee_Bean” (with underscore)

18. “Pennsatucky”


19. “Walter White” or “Jesse Pinkman” or “Nancy Botwin” “Don Draper” “Tony Soprano” (really any modern TV anti-hero fits well in here)


20. “Dirty Martini” “Scotch” “Whiskey” (any drink of choice would make an excellent dog name)

The reality is you can name your pet just about anything you want. With a world of choices let’s expand this spectrum a bit more and encourage more creativity and try to think more outside the box. I’m naming my next pet “dotcom.com” (intentional use of double .com)

Veterinarian Recommendations For Pet First Aid

When your pet has been injured, chokes, or has another medical emergency, you must not panic. Your pet will need to see a veterinarian for x-rays, testing, and treatment if the injury is severe. Furthermore, you may need to provide first aid before arriving at the animal hospital. You need to know what to do in these emergency situations.


If your pet chokes on food, toys, or other objects, open his mouth and try to remove the object. Lay your pet on his side, and place your hands on both sides of his chest. Apply one hard thrust until the object is expelled, explains the American Veterinary Medical Association. This should help expel the object. If your dog loses consciousness, continue to thrust and attempt to remove the object until arrival at the vet’s office.

Not Breathing

If your pet stops breathing, close his mouth, and breathe into his nose. Once you see his chest expand, stop breathing into the nose. Repeat this every five to six seconds.  Check for a pulse between each rescue breath. If your pet does not have a pulse, move to the next step.

Cardiac Arrest

You can check your pet’s pulse by feeling on the left side of his chest behind the elbow. Lay your pet on his right side, and press down in the “area where you checked for a pulse. For larger pets, you may need to compress this area in by one to 1.5 inches. For smaller pets, press in at about one-half of this depth. For If your pet weighs more than 40 pounds, you will need to perform 80-120 compressions per minute. Smaller pets will need 100-150 compressions per minute.

For reference, the song, “Stayin’ Alive,” has a rhythm of 100 beats per second. Sing the song to yourself while performing compressions for 100 beats per minute. For smaller pets, you may need to perform approximately 1.5 compressions per word of the song.

Perform compressions for 10 seconds, and then give two rescue breaths. Check for a pulse AFTER GIVING rescue breaths.


If you suspect your pet may have ingested something poisonous, contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435. You will receive instruction on how to address the problem immediately, and you may need to give water or induce vomiting.


Remove your pet from the heated area. Place a cool, wet towel around your pet’s neck. After a few minutes, rinse the towel with cool water, and place it back on your pet’s neck. Run cool water, NOT ICE COLD, water over your pet’s body.


For chemical burns, flush the area with lots of water. For fire-related burns, apply an ice-water compress to the area. Do not attempt to remove any of the burned skin, fur, or tissue from the area.


Splint the area by wrapping a magazine around the limb and tapping it together. If bleeding is present, move on to laceration first aid.


Press a clean cloth, preferably gauze, over the wound. Apply pressure until the bleeding stops, checking every three to five minutes. If a leg is bleeding profusely in bright red spurts, it means the injury is to an artery. Apply a tourniquet immediately two-inches above the laceration. You can fashion a tourniquet out of a stick and piece of fabric. Wrap the fabric around the leg once, and then place a stick on top of the fabric. Wrap the fabric around once more and tie it loosely. Twist the stick to cut-off circulation to the limb. This must be a last resort and only used if bleeding is excessive. Get to your local vet immediately.

Each of these first aid tips could save your pet’s life. However, you NEED to stay calm throughout the situation. If any of these events have occurred, take your pet to an emergency veterinarian immediately.

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Stolen Dogs On the Rise | University Animal Hospital NYC

Did you ever think your dog would be stolen from you? It’s a frightening thought. Imagine you run out to the corner deli to grab some ice cream. You decide to bring your fuzzy child along with you for the walk. You tie your pooch up to the street sign directly outside the door to the deli. He seems happy enough to wait a few minutes while you grab some supplies. You emerge with a bag of goodies, in under five minutes, and you’re greeted with just an empty leash.
This scenario isn’t such a rarity, unfortunately. It isn’t just an amusing plot device in a Woody Harrelson movie, either.
It’s a pet-owner nightmare that is becoming more and more common with each passing year.
Animal theft is a growing concern among pet owners and New York City is no exception. According to the American Kennel Club there has been a rise in stolen dogs since 2008 each and every year. 2015 looks to be no different. In 2012 there were 444 reported crimes, nationally, which is up significantly from the 255 cases reported in 2010. It is worth noting that these are just the cases reported. Some estimates have the number of stolen dogs climbing as high as one million.
That terrifying experience at the deli is exactly what happened to a 7-year-old Pomeranian named Suki when he was left unattended outside of a city deli. Security cameras show a woman snatching little Suki and driving off with him in her car. In a surprising turn of events Suki was returned to his owners after the story blew up on social media. This is a lucky situation for Suki and his owners. It is certainly not the norm. In most situations the dogs are often never seen again by their owners.
In some cases the stolen dogs are listed for sale on craigslist or through the black market by people hoping to make a quick buck. Other times they’re held for ransom as the dog-nappers await a reward from the pet owner hoping to be reunited with his or her fuzzy child. They are sometimes given away as gifts to family or friends of the dog-napper.  In the worst situations the animals are harmed physically or are used as bait in dog-fighting rings (another issues plaguing the dog community). Pure bred dogs are particularly at risk as thieves often steal them intending to resell at a high price. Manhattan has quite a few pure-bred dogs so it makes this city a prime target for thieves.


Here are some tips for dog owners hoping to avoid this nightmare:
1. Do not leave your dog unattended in your car or yard. Never tie them up outside of a restaurant or shop. This is just asking for trouble. If you know you need to stop in somewhere just leave your dog at home. It isn’t worth the risk.
2. Do not tell people how much your dog cost. This is just flashing to potential thieves how much your dog is worth.
3. License and microchip your dog. This can increase the likelihood that your lost or stolen pet might someday be returned to you. I recently read a story about a woman who responded to a craigslist posting from someone trying to sell a dog that looked suspiciously like her stolen pooch. She showed up armed with a microchip scanner and confirmed that the dog was hers.
4. File a police report. Besides alerting to the authorities to your stolen dog this can help with any criminal charges filed if the situation escalates to a court hearing. If the police are apprehensive about making a report remind that pets are legally considered “property” and their theft is either a felony or misdemeanor under all state laws. Do not let them talk you out of it because they might not want to mess with some additional paperwork.
5. When posting signs avoid mentioning “stolen” as the potential dog-nappers or good-Samaritans might avoid coming forward out of fear of criminal charges.

The best thing you can do is be aware. Keep an eye on your pets and don’t create a situation for something bad to happen. Most property theft is opportunity based. Don’t give someone that opportunity and you can do your best to keep your pet safe. Next time you’re meeting with Dr. Zola or one of our amazing veterinarians ask about getting your pet micro-chipped if you haven’t already.


Ask the Pet Dentist: “What Is Periodontal Disease?”

Of all potential health problems for your pet, dental problems tend to be the most common. Unfortunately, this has become a common occurrence as pets instinctively hide their discomfort. Many pet owners do not notice dental problems until the disease has become severe and threatens the health of the pet. To help you fight this growing trend, let’s ask the pet dentist about pet dental disease prevention, signs, and treatment.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is the most common dental disease affecting dogs and cats. According to the American Veterinary Dental College, periodontal disease includes inflammation of gums, or gingivitis, and infection in bone and tissues around the teeth. Unfortunately, unmanaged periodontal disease has been linked to poor quality of life and pet health, especially for pets with diabetes. Additionally, periodontal disease may lead to holes from the mouth to the nasal passages, damage to the tissues around the teeth, heart problems, and kidney failure.

How Is Pet Dental Disease Prevented?

Prevention is critical to avoiding dog and cat dental problems. Your pet should have at least one annual animal teeth cleaning, and you should avoid feeding table food to your pets. Additionally, you should brush your pet’s teeth with an AVDC-approved, pet toothpaste at least twice per week. Some additional products, such as Greenies, are an excellent way of curbing the buildup of tartar and plaque on your pet’s teeth as well.

What Are the Signs of Pet Dental Problems?

You may notice some changes in your pet’s typical behaviors when dental problems are present. Periodontal disease may also be identified, explains WebMD, by the following symptoms:

  • Bad breath.
  • Bleeding and inflamed gums.
  • Loose and missing teeth.
  • Blood in the water dish and on chew toys.
  • Excessive chewing on toys and other items.
  • Making noises when eating and drinking.
  • Swollen pockets and bumps in the mouth and on the cheeks.
  • Avoiding touching on the head.
  • Excessive sneezing, nasal discharge, or difficulty breathing.

What Is the Treatment For Pet Dental Disease?

The treatment for dental disease in pets depends on the progression of the illness. Some teeth may need to be removed.  Teeth may require sealants and a thorough animal teeth cleaning. Your pet may be given antibiotics prior to dental work to reduce the chance of spreading the dental infection. Additionally, you will need to perform some home dental hygiene for your pet, such as brushing his teeth and giving medication.

Although periodontal disease remains the most prevalent health condition for US pets, it’s completely avoidable with proper, routine dental screening and total health checkups. If you have noticed any of the above-mentioned symptoms in your pet, contact University Animal Hospital for a dental consultation today.



International Health Certificate | University Animal Hospital NYC

So you have plans to travel to another country with your pet. You looked up the information but it seems confusing and complicated. Depending on where you plan to travel there are specific requirements and they’re all time-sensitive and overly specific. You’re feeling anxious because it seems like there are too many steps and you aren’t sure if you’ve completed them all.

At this moment you’re probably thinking “Great! He’s going to tell us exactly what we need to do! We should buy him a present!”

You can lower your enthusiasm a tiny bit because this entry is not going to give you a breakdown of the exact protocol and procedure for traveling out of the country with your pet. You can feel free to still get me a present, though. I like presents.

“Why!? Why wouldn’t you want to tell us this information and just be done with it? Our tickets are booked and we just need some answers! Fluffy wants to see the Eiffel Tower! There’s no way you’re getting a gift now! We’d sooner toss it in the trash!”

Okay, that seems a little excessive. I like gifts. I’d love nothing more than to help you with this situation but the reason I can’t give you a simple list is because such a thing doesn’t really exist. Unfortunately pet travel is not simple.

The fact of the matter is that pet travel (out of the country, at least) is complicated. In order to fly outside of the country with your pet you aren’t so much following protocol from the USA — you’re following the protocol of the country you’re flying into. This means that different countries have different requirements. In some cases your pet might need to have seen a vet within ten days of arrival at your destination. In some cases it’s three days.

Some countries require proof of de-worming at a certain point before travel. Other countries require your pet have a microchip implanted within a specific time-frame prior to your trip. There’s no easy answer for exactly what you’ll need but when you come in for an appointment to get your certificate the doctors will make sure everything you need to travel is in order. What I can guarantee is that in almost every situation you will require an international health certificate. That much I do know. So haul that present out of the garbage and send it on over.

The USDA maintains an online database for each country which breaks down specific requirements and provides the exact paperwork for that nation. Even these documents and requirements can change from time to time as individual countries update their standards, etc. The paperwork is essentially a legal document stating that a USDA accredited veterinarian examined your pet on a specific day and has deemed them fit for travel. All of our staff veterinarians are USDA accredited and are highly experienced filling out these forms. They know how to make the process as simple and stress free as possible for you.

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Our vets can handle all of this

I realize it’s a daunting task reading up on all the requirements and it can seem overwhelming. That is why our vets are here. Let them do all the work. These papers seem complicated and overly specific but our vets are used to filling them out and know what is required for wherever you are traveling to. We will find the necessary paperwork and handle everything we can

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