Protect Your Pet From Intestinal Parasites

Protect Your Pet From Intestinal Parasites

Many of you have called in regarding Dr. Oz’s recent segment on Intestinal Parasites.

With all of the statistics concerning intestinal parasites in dogs and cats (over 18% of dogs and cats tested positive for some form of intestinal parasite in the Tri-state area in 2009!), it is natural to have questions about what to do to protect yourself, your pet, and your family.
Many worms are zoonotic, which means that it IS possible for humans to become infected, however, good hygiene, awareness, and vigilant testing and deworming can help to significantly decrease the risk.

What to look for:

Symptoms manifested by pets that are infected with internal parasites can vary, and depend on a pet’s age, nutritional status, parasite load, duration of infestation, etc. One of the most common symptoms of internal parasitism is diarrhea. Other symptoms include poor appetite, lethargy, coughing, and abdominal distention. Some pets don’t show any symptoms while others can become very ill, or even die from their infestation.

How to prevent them:

Because so many pets can have worms and remain asymptomatic, University Animal Hospital recommends regular fecal tests (at least twice a year) for all of our patients,

As a preventative, we strongly urge all parents to keep their pet on a year round Heartworm preventative, such as Sentinel for dogs, which, in addition to preventing heartworm disease, also prevents and controls flea infestations, and protects against intestinal worms. For cats we recommend Revolution to prevent heartworm disease, and for use as a broad spectrum dewormer.

Frontline for dogs and cats is another important part of your pet

February Is Pet Dental Health Month!

February is Pet Dental Health Month!

Receive 10% off your pet’s Dental Health Care in February.

Dental care is more than just a cure for bad breath. Just like people, pets need preventative dental health care to avoid painful problems later in life.

Here are some things to think about while you’re brushing your teeth:

  • More 8 out of 10 dogs, and 7 out of 10 cats show signs of poor dental health by the age of three.
  • Dental problems in pets as in people can lead to pain, tooth loss, and periodontal disease
  • Pets’ oral disease invariably progresses with time, as does people’s, and can result in damage to internal organs, including the heart, liver and kidneys.

Poor dental care affects more than just your pet’s mouth. Bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and damage your pet’s liver, kidneys, lungs and heart. A proper dental care routine can add 3-5 years to your pet’s life.

Call (212) 288-8884 to schedule ‘s appointment. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Kennel Cough Outbreak in Manhattan!

Cases of Kennel Cough being Reported In Manhattan!

Recently an outbreak of kennel cough, and canine influenza has hit Manhattan. Many boarding facilities, daycare and grooming salons in the area have reported cases of these highly contagious diseases.

Although these diseases are extremely contagious, and potentially deadly, they are preventable by keeping your pet current on his or her vaccines and staying vigilant about your pet’s environment. Even pets who have been vaccinated for Bordetella or Canine Influenza may still be susceptible to other strains of the same disease.

The most common symptom is a dry hacking cough sometimes followed by retching. Many owners describe the cough as having a ‘honking sound.’ A watery nasal discharge may also be present. With mild cases, dogs continue to eat and be alert and active. In more severe cases, the symptoms may progress and include lethargy, fever, lack of appetite, pneumonia, and in very severe cases, even death. The majority of severe cases occur in immunocompromised animals, or young unvaccinated puppies.

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

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

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