Brooklyn Bark Talks

Chocolate & Xylitol May be Sweet, but NOT in Your Pup.   Know what to do "in case"

Posted by Chris Gaylord, DVM on Nov 19, 2015 2:30:00 PM

Last week we blogged about Thanksgiving foods - people foods in general - that are safe and fun to share with your pup.  The flip side is there are a lot of things we eat (or are part of holiday decor) that are toxic to pup or a kitty.  Truthfully, most kitties are too smart eat something poisonous.  Alas, many pups are too curious not to.

We checked in with Dr. Chris Gaylord of North Slope Veterinary to learn what to avoid and what to do in case.


Brooklyn Bark:   What are some things I should look out for this holiday season in order to keep my dog healthy?  Are there certain toxins that are more commonly seen this time of year?

Dr. Chris:  Yes, chocolate toxicity, and increasingly xylitol (an artificial sweetener) toxicity are all things that pet owners should be aware of during the holiday season.  Chocolate ingestion is by far the most common.

BBark: Can my pet die from eating chocolate?

Dr. Chris:  It’s possible but most cases are not that serious.  There are three factors that

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Tags: dog safety, dogs and xylitol, dogs and chocolate

Dogs, Music and Photography: Dog Walking in South Slope with Jake Smisloff

Posted by Helen Bowers on Nov 17, 2015 2:27:00 PM

Jake Smisloff is our dog walker in the South Slope and Flatbush areas.  When he's not busy walking dogs, Jake is playing with his band Pop & Obachan, working on the band's full-length album, playing guitar with August West, and working as a freelance photographer for Paste magazine.  He also volunteers at the non-profit community Gowanus Darkroom.   This talented, passionate musician and photographer loves working at Brooklyn Bark because:  "I prefer to be surrounded by dogs instead of people all day!"   One of his favorites is a Great Dane named Buttercup; every time he sits on a bench to tie his shoelace, the giant dog tries to sit on his lap!


He loves walking dogs in the South Slope and Flatbush areas because of all the dog lovers who admire his charges.  The dogs lov

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Tags: Dog walkers, pet care south slope, dog walking south slope

Make it Thanksgiving for Pup, too

Posted by Helen Bowers on Nov 12, 2015 3:36:03 PM

Most of us love to eat just as much as our pups do.  We just restrain ourselves around food, something pups are not known for doing.

But one day all bets are off as we gather with family and friends around enough food to feed a small nation.  Thanksgiving is a joyous time.  There is no reason why pup cannot share in that joy.


But, as with all things wonderful, he should do so with moderation.  Some people food is just as healthy and enjoyable for

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Tags: canine health, thanksgiving for dogs, canine diet

A Tribute to Our Heros, ALL Our Heroes

Posted by Rachel Bowers on Nov 10, 2015 2:08:29 PM

"We are along the road parallel to 276.4. Our own artillery is dropping a barrage directly on us. For heaven's sake, stop it."


This was the vital message carried by Cher Ami, a heroic messenger, to American soldiers on during the Battle of the Argonne in October, 1918.  Five hundred American soldiers were surrounded by the Germans and unable to retreat.  Their fellow Americans, unaware of their location, had begun shelling the area.


She carried her message through despite being shot in the chest, blinded in one eye, and having a leg nearly blown off.  As a result of her courage, many lives were saved.  The Americans were able to rescue th

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Tags: Dickin award, Animal heroes

Should I Be Expressing My Dog’s Anal Glands? (Yuck!)

Posted by Chris Gaylord, DVM on Nov 5, 2015 2:30:00 PM

Sometimes veterinary medicine is all about cute kittens and doggie kisses.  At the opposite end of the spectrum is caring for anal glands.  Brooklyn Bark caught up with Dr. Chris of North Slope Veterinary who had just finished expressing a pup's anal glands.


Brooklyn Bark: Does my dog have anal glands?

Dr. Chris: Yes, all dogs have anal glands.  They are actually anal “sacs” but most people call them glands, so we will use that terminology.  They are two small pouches that collect glandular secretions within th

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Tags: dog health, anal glands

Building a Healthy Dog Food

Posted by Helen Bowers on Oct 29, 2015 10:17:00 AM

Do you wonder, when buying your pet food, whether everything listed is what's in it?  Pet food manufacturers are required to list anything, and everything they use to produce the pet foods consumers buy for their pets.  That's the law.]

Yet, smoke and mirrors often rule.


According to Pet Food Advisor: "Some of the ingredients are more like additives than actual ingredients."  They say that "the further down the list you find an ingredient

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Tags: what's in dog food, dog food ingredients

Finding Pet-Friendly Housing: A Quick Guide

Posted by Helen Bowers on Oct 22, 2015 10:58:00 AM

People moving to Brooklyn have a lot to think about in looking for a place.  How much is the rent?  Is there enough space for you and your significant other?  Is it close to public transportation?  But among this crowded field of concerns, maybe the biggest for people who love their pets is how to find pet friendly housing in Brooklyn, especially since it is estimated that only 25% of housing in New York City is pet friendly.  Not only that, but some landlords who do rent to people with pets have certain rules--no animals over 70 pounds, for example.


The statistics mean it's hard--but don't worry, you can find a place that takes you and your pet with a little research and some leg work.  

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Tags: pet friendly housing in Brooklyn, dog friendly housing,, dog friendly housing in Brooklyn

What you DON'T Want to See in Your Dog's Food

Posted by Helen Bowers on Oct 15, 2015 9:53:00 AM

Just as in much of processed human foods, synthetic preservatives are commonly present in most commercial dog foods.  A number have been shown to be toxic in the laboratory.  Regular exercise and a healthy diet are critical to your dogs health and happiness.  So is a commitment to provide safe and nutritious food.


For starters, only purchase foods that carry the AAFCO  logo.   Membership in the American Association of Feed Control Officials is voluntary.  AAFCO guarantees WYSIWYG - What You See Is What You Get.  W

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Tags: pet safety, what's in pet food, pet food additives, pet treats

Comedy Central's Next Star is Walking Dogs in Williamsburg: Jacqui Rossi

Posted by Helen Bowers on Oct 13, 2015 9:21:00 AM

Jacqui Rossi, Comedy Central's next star, is dog walking in Williamsburg!    That's right - there's a rising comedic star accompanied by her four-legged entourage on the prowl through the streets of this hip, multilingual  neighborhood.  Jacqui is an actor, comedian, improviser, and writer who has appeared in three productions so far this year.   She played male characters in all three roles - two of them complete with mustaches!   She performs with her two-person improv team and she and her sketch team also regularly create videos for the internet.   Besides playing comedic roles, this talented actress has also appeared in a handful of dramatic roles.

This multi-talented woman also has a Bachelor of Arts (with Honors in History!) from Harvard University and has tutored students in history, English, math, and writing skil

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Tags: Dog walkers, Williamsburg Dog Walker, Dog Walking Williamsburg

Pup’s Ghoulish Delights: an easy to make Halloween treat for pups

Posted by Helen Bowers on Oct 8, 2015 10:22:00 AM

Halloween is a Brooklyn dog’s quintessential holiday.  Even better than Christmas or Thanksgiving where he shares the spotlight with humans, on Halloween pup is center stage.  Sure if there are some people puppies they all share center stage, but we salute Halloween as a Brooklyn Dog’s holiday.


So, how can you make it even more special? You already have pup’s costume.  You have practiced his wearing it, accompanied with lots of praise and treats and he’s ready to go. Howl-a-Ween, PUPkin and even Tompkins Square Park, here we come.


Well, there is one trick in your repertoire for Trick or Treat Day: Homemade Dog Cookies.   And they are so, so easy.


These are easier than you think.  Even pup parents who worship Seamless can make these in less than 5 minutes.  All t

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Tags: dog treats, holiday treats