Brooklyn Bark Talks
Conventional wisdom says that cats are standoffish. That they're just here for the food and the convenient litter cleanup. That they can take or leave their human owners. Conventional wisdom has never owned a cat, because true cat lovers know better. It's true that cats are more subtle in the way they show affection than their canine cousins—they probably won't wag their tails and wriggle with joy when you come home—but they have their own methods of showing you they care.
1. They Bunt
Does your cat push her head against your hand? That move is called bunting, and it's one way for your precious pet to tell you she loves you (and she wants your attention). Bunting is a social behavior between cats that can show trust and affection. Your cat also has scent glands on the top of her head that mark you with her scent. She's telling other animals to stay back, because you're her human and she wants you all to herself.Read More
Do you remember being in high school and there were days when the only reason you went to school was so that you could see your best friend? Well, we do. Many of us have felt that way. We showed up at school to see our best friend and once we got there we were in a better frame of mind to learn.
We had the honor of meeting a Best Friend to many at Mahopac High School in the lower Hudson Valley. His name is Carlos and he has four paws, black fur and floppy ears. He is a Service Dog. Carlos is a trained Service Dog who is actually on staff at MHS Academy with all the lanyards and tags of any other staff member. He is, however, paid in pats and dog biscuits from the 60 students in the Academy.
You'd think having a dog in class could contribute to mayhem. Not at all! Before Carlos was brought on staff the Academy students as well as the 1500 students in the student body learned about role of Service Dogs, how they have a jRead More
Onychectomy. The veterinarian amputates each of a cat's toes at the first joint. Because of feline anatomy that their claws are attached directly to the bone, declawing is not a simple process. Declawing involves the removal of bone and tendons at the first joint. It is as painful as it sounds. It is also risky with a significant failure rate that the cat must live with for the rest of her life.Read More
Hey, we educated pet lovers have heard it often enough. Even on a beautiful spring day, a closed car can simulate an oven. If you want hard numbers, here is a YouTube from a vet from the UK who shows us how in 20 minutes the interior of his car became hotter than the highest temperature ever recorded in Death Valley (which happens to be 117 degrees Fahrenheit.) He talks about protein breakdown at temperatures we call over 100 degrees and points out that he's wearing lightweight cotton scrubs and "dying" in the hot car. A dog is wearing a fur coat.
For those who are mathematically inclined, we preRead More
You're relaxing at home late in the evening and one of your pups decides to take a piece out of his brother.
It's 10 o'clock Christmas eve, your family has just finished exchanging gifts and, lo, what's that sticking out of kitty's bottom? Could it be? Yes it is! Tinsel.
It's a rainy Sunday afternoon and your Labrador is watching you practice your golf putt down the apartment hallway and gets so excited he decides to grab and swallow your golf ball.
Where is your vet, just when you need him of her? Probably taking his own pup to the dog park or opening her own family Christmas presents or perfecting her own golf game on a rainy Sunday. But you need a veterinarian. Pronto!!!
If you live in Brooklyn you are fortunate for we have two top rated emergency vets with a total of three facilities. And they provide 24-hour coverage. Two are independently owned, those would be VERG NorthRead More
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You've fallen in love. You've filled out the papers. You're just waiting but you know you'll be approved and you are so excited you are almost shaking.Read More
The answer to this question is simple: when your heart tells you it is time.Read More
April is ending but the need for pet safety awareness never ends. The more you know as a pet parent, the better off your pup, kitty or other pet is should an emergency arise.
We've covered quite a few situations but far from everything and there are some you just have to practice in person and for this reason we invite you to join us at our next pet CPR/first aid class. Moreover, as a loyal reader we are offering a $15 discount on the next class which is on Wednesday evening, May 15th. Click on the bone below and enter the codeRead More
Vacation time is coming. Pup would love to come with you. He's sitting at the front door ready to go, no matter what the adventure, yes?
Pups are great traveling companions. Just ask them. They are.
Are you going hiking and camping? Oh the joy of being off leash, or for the less trustworthy of our canines, Oh the joy of being on a long leash. It is all so wonderful, wonderful unless someone's doggie nose or doggie paw gets into trouble.
The closest we in Brooklyn come to a poisonous snake, thank you very much, is on the other side of the glass in Prospect Park Zoo. So if you are going out into the woods and especially with a curious pup, check the web for poisonous snakes in the area you will be hiking. Know that snakes don't want to bite because once their venom is spent they are defenseless but they will if they feel threatened.
Rule of thumb is that snakes hide in piles of leaves or logs or rocks. Keep curious noses out. If you hear a yipe from pup and see, generally just 3 punctures, get him to the closest vet in the area. Pronto. Local vets know local fauna and whRead More