Alert: Craigslist Posting threatens to poison NYC Dogs!

Alert: Craigslist Posting threatens to poison NYC dogs!

Many of our clients have contacted us regarding an e-mail going around stating that a Craigslist poster has been threatening to place poison in and around dog runs in Manhattan.

The NYC Department of Parks stated that they were not aware of any serious, credible threats, but as this is such a serious allegation, we felt it was our duty to inform you, and arm you with information on how to keep your pup safe.

Dog Run Safety Tips

1. When entering the dog run, please

2. Be vigilant. Make sure that your dog is not eating anything off the ground, any plants or any treats that do not come directly from you.

3. Do not touch anything suspicious and do not let any dogs near it.

If you suspect that your dog has ingested something harmful, please call us right away. Be on the look out for any of these signs:
  • Loss of appetite
  • Excessive Drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of coordination
  • Tremors/seizures
  • Labored breathing
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Non-responsive behavior

Please call us on (212) 288-8884 if you have any questions. Stay Safe!

University Animal Hospital

(212) 288-8884

354 East 66th Street

New York, NY

10065

Alert: Craigslist Posting threatens to poison NYC Dogs!

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Alert: Craigslist Posting threatens to poison NYC dogs!

Many of our clients have contacted us regarding an e-mail going around stating that a Craigslist poster has been threatening to place poison in and around dog runs in Manhattan.

The NYC Department of Parks stated that they were not aware of any serious, credible threats, but as this is such a serious allegation, we felt it was our duty to inform you, and arm you with information on how to keep your pup safe.

Dog Run Safety Tips

1. When entering the dog run, please

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2. Be vigilant. Make sure that your dog is not eating anything off the ground, any plants or any treats that do not come directly from you.

3. Do not touch anything suspicious and do not let any dogs near it.

 

If you suspect that your dog has ingested something harmful, please call us right away. Be on the look out for any of these signs:
  • Loss of appetite
  • Excessive Drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of coordination
  • Tremors/seizures
  • Labored breathing
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Non-responsive behavior

Please call us on (212) 288-8884 if you have any questions. Stay Safe!

University Animal Hospital

(212) 288-8884

354 East 66th Street

New York, NY

10065

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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

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

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.)

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