Need - Dog Tags?
Dog regulations fall under the New York City dept of Health
New City Health Department on-line registry - painless when the link is not hung up!
Dog Licence - An alternative is to download their PDF application and mail it in. Takes a few weeks! See your veterinarian for rabies tags.
Environmental Working Group
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Sidewalk Electrical Hazards
Sidewalk grates; lamp pole bases; all have lethal potential when winter salt and ice melt corrodes electrical cables. If your dog refuses to walk over an area it may be energized. To report a suspicious locations:
Call 800 75 CON ED
For more details, see Winter Health Tips below for accounts of Park Slope incidents or click electrical hazards
Anecdotal evidence gathered by an informal survey of a few Park Slope Veterinarians suggest that Lepto cases come in clusters; often one to three cases, then nothing for a year.
Drinking from small standing pools of water is a big NO, NO for doggie: leptospirosis, a disease caused by Leptospira bacteria, can result in severe illness, or in rare instances, death among dogs as well as people. Rodents and other wild animals such as raccoons and opossums that are infected with Leptospira can shed the bacteria in their urine, potentially contaminating standing pools of water. The bacteria can survive for weeks or longer in a warm moist environment.
Dogs and other animals can be infected through drinking contaminated water or contact with open wounds or mucous membranes (eyes, nose, mouth). While some infections may not result in illness, symptoms of leptospirosis in dogs may include fever, vomiting, yellowing of the skin or eyes, refusal to eat, weight loss, decreased activity, muscle pains, or stiffness.
While ridding the park of rats and other wildlife is impractical; dog owners can take preventive measures to reduce the risk of transmission to their pets such as bringing a supply of fresh water. Some people use Gator Ade plastic bottles which have swivel-on caps that are "tooth proof".
Vaccines against leptospirosis are available, but you should consult with your veterinarian when deciding whether to vaccinate your dog. The vaccine does not cover all strains of leptospirosis and is not considered a core vaccine according to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). In addition, anecdotally it has been associated with adverse reactions in toy breeds and young puppies.
If your pet is diagnosed with leptospirosis, the risk of transmission to family members and other pets is likely limited; but it is extremely important to discuss with your veterinarian what prevention measures to put in place in order to reduce this risk.
Note: Have humans contracted this disease either from contact with Dog Beach water or from dogs which frequent the park? While the Department of Health has seen a handful of human cases city-wide in the past ten year, none have been reported from Prospect Park - though it's always a possibility. The body of water associated with the Dog Beach is supplied by chlorinated city water, the source of which is located within a few hundred feet of the Dog Beach.
Adverse reaction to Lepto vaccinations?
Some have been reported... www.b-naturals.com/newsletter/leptospirosis/
You should make your own decision in conjunction with your veterinarian.
Anecdotal numbers from one Park Slope Veterinary Office suggest that they see "...about 3 per year of classic cases. It's almost always in dogs who've traveled to Lyme endemic areas and contracted it there. We get plenty of cases with a positive Lyme titer, but no clinical signs of Lyme disease (fever with acute lameness or kidney failure). Which just means they've been exposed to the organism and their immune system has prevented the illness. They don't have Lyme disease.
"...Recommendations to prevent Lyme disease revolve primarily around repelling or killing the tick vector. In dogs that stay in Brooklyn - Frontline or Advantix. If they travel to endemic areas of Lyme disease a Preventick collar is recommended in addition to Frontline or Advantix.
"The more controversial question is whether to vaccinate or not against Lyme's. In Brooklyn only dogs, I say no. In dogs traveling to endemic areas, I say maybe in a case by case basis. The controversy is about the effectiveness and safety of the vaccination."
if your dog does have an imbedded tick, DO NOT crush it. Remove it carefully, baggie it and send with a $50 check to the UCONN lab where they will identify it and test it for Lyme. Way cheaper and faster than a vet visit and numerous tests on your dog. They will call you and send you the report within a week, usually. If the tick proves positive for Lyme, then you MUST bring your buddy to the vet. Unlike Lyme Disease in humans, dogs can be treated quickly and effectively with medication. Jennifer DeFrank, City Pitties
Your Aging Dog - Pain Relief
This article was previously published in the January 2010 issue of the Versatile Hunting Dog (NAVHDA) magazine and permission has been granted by the author to reprint here.
Dr. Boyer was asked about giving medication for an older hunting GWP who was slowing down and showing evidence of being stiff and sore, whether he could give her human over the counter pain medication like Tylenol or Motrin to help with this pain.
Dr. Boyer's response:
Please do not ever give your dog human pain medications without consulting your veterinarian. Over the counter pain relivers like Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), Naproxen (Aleve), and Acetaminophen (Tylenol) can cause liver failure in dogs wth just a single dose. Aspirin, preferably buffered or coated can be given, however, there is a risk of gastric (stomach) ulcers with regular use.
There are many safe and effective pain relievers specifically formulated for dogs. There are several classes of drugs available for pain relief. Most commonly Rimadyl, Previcox, Deramaxx and Metacam are prescribed as non-steroidal anti-inflamatories. Other stronger medicaiton can be added to these to provide additional relief if your dog is still painful. In addition, there is a substance called Adequan that is used by injection or orally in dogs, cats and horses to provide additional relief from joint pain.
If medications are ineffective or you would like other alternatives, acupuncture and Chinese herbs are very effective in dealing with osteoarthritis or other pain. Cold laser therapy is a new modality available at some general practice veterinarians or those who specialize in rehabilitative medicine or holistic care. For severely affected dogs, Stem Cell therapy offers exceptional relief for osteoarthritis and although expensive, alleviates the need for the use of medication long term. Your veterinarian should be able to help you locate non-traditional options that are effective. In general, short courses of treatment with non-traditional options can offer your dog increased mobility and improvement of performance in the field.
Recommend remedy for kennel cough is Drosera, a homeopathic elixer. Give 3 pellets, 3x a day and the cough will miraculously disappear.
Winter Health Tips
weather presents it's own set of problems
when it comes to proper care of our canine
companions. Check out Jennifer Brauer's cold
weather advice (newly updated) at: Winter Health Tips.
Hot Weather Health Tips
Did you know that a dog needs one ounce of water per pound of weight on a hot day? Hot Weather Tips
This is more than seasonal - some indoor plants present a hazard to your pet!
Deadly Canine Virus.
As first reported in the New York Times...
some important info regarding a dog virus
going around for some time in the NYC
area: www.diaglab.vet.cornell.edu/news.asp The
more people informed and aware of the potential
dangers, the better you'll be able to respond to
the situation, if it arises.Symptoms
resemble Kennel Cough, but can rapidly esculate
to pnenomia and death. Has been observed in Kennels
just outside the NYC area. Download
friends of four legged creatures should explore this
online manual. Know what to ask the vet when going
for check ups.