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Chris Gaylord, DVM

Christopher Gaylord, DVM, is the practice owner of North Slope Veterinary, 207 6th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217. A graduate of Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Gaylord practiced in Manhattan and Jersey City before opening his practice in Park Slope. He can be reached at To make an appointment with Dr. Gaylord, call 718-789-7170, M-F: 9am-7pm or Sat: 9am-3pm. House calls available on request.
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Prospect Park Algae Bloom - How to Keep your Dogs Safe

Last update:  August 26, 2019 

Many of our Barkers read about the algae in Prospect Park Lake this morning in the New York Times  We had the same situation a few years ago and our good friend, veterinarian Dr. Chris Gaylord gave us the following information on how to handle an algae bloom:

PLEASE NOTE: The interview below is from a few years ago but the science and medical info is the same. As of 8/26/19, Prospect Park Lake is the only body of water closed for dog swimming (and people too). It's best to avoid getting close to this area with pups.  Dog beach remains open but is being tested weekly. We recommend that you check the Prospect Park website and keep up to date.


Interview with Dr. Christopher Gaylord

Brooklyn Bark:  The City of New York is reporting that the Department of Environmental Conservation has identified a harmful algal bloom in Prospect Park Lake.  What in the world does that mean?  And for those who don't know where we are talking about Prospect Park allows dogs to swim in their waters, untethered, during off leash hours.

Dr. Chris:  Harmful algal blooms are caused by blue-green algae which is also called cyanobacteria. It grows in warm sunny conditions in stagnant bodies of water where

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My Pup Swallowed What?!?!

At Brooklyn Bark we jokingly call it "zipper surgery."  But it is no joke.  Sometimes it is the only way to save a pup (or kitty's) life after a bout of "creative eating."  How to recognize?  What to do?  We turned to Dr. Chris Gaylord of North Slope Veterinary for an expert's insight.

Brooklyn Bark: Sometimes Barkers chew up toys or eat things that they shouldn’t.  When do we need to worry?

Dr. Chris: Anytime you have reason to suspect that your dog or cat has swallowed something that is not digestible you need to be concerned. Some dogs have digestive systems like trash compactors and whatever the

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Tags: intestinal obstruction dogs, intestinal obstruction cats

Giardia - should I be worried?

Giardia are a scurge all year round.  But they are especially active in Spring and Fall when there are nice puddles to play in and drink and damp earth to roll on and enjoy.  We caught up with Dr. Chris Gaylord of North Slope Veterinary to get some background on this parasite that loves to cause tummy aches and worse.


Brooklyn Bark: What is Giardia and how is it transmitted?

Dr. Chris:  Giardia (Giardia duodenalis) is a gastrointestinal parasite.  It is a type of single celled organism called a protozoa. Both dogs and cats are susceptible although we see it more in dogs, likely because they are inveterate poop sniffers and always out on the streets.

Infected dogs shed Giardia cysts, which are like eggs, in their feces and the cysts can live for many months in the environment and are often found in

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Tags: Dog walkers, Dog walking, dog health, giardia, giardia canis, cat health

Kidney Disease in Older Cats: What Do I Need To Know?

At Brooklyn Bark we care for quite a few cats with kidney disease.  We wondered if this was because we are one of the few companies with staff trained to administer subcutaneous fluids or if this was true in the general cat population.

We checked in with Dr. Chris Gaylord of North Slope Veterinary to find out more.


Brooklyn Bark:  We see a lot of kidney disease in older cats.  Is it very prevalent or do we just see a lot because we are one of the only cat sitters who all are trained to give subcutaneous fluid infusions? 

Dr. Chris: Yes, kidney disease is one of the most common illnesses in older cats.  Dogs get kidney disease too but at a much lower rate than cats. 

Kidney disease goes by many different names and abbreviations such as Acute/Chronic Renal Failure (ARF, CRF) and

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

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

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

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

It's Fall, the Calendar is "Ticking" -  here's what you need to know about ticks and your dog

As the weather cools, many reinvigorated Barkers are heading to the hiking trails with their pups.  Disease bearing ticks have been there all summer - actually they have become year 'round scourges in the Northeast.


Brooklyn Bark caught up with Dr. Chris of North Slope Veterinary who shares that he gets questions from patients about ticks all year. 

Brooklyn Bark:  Are there ticks in Brooklyn? Do they spread disease?

Dr. Chris:  Yes, there are ticks in New York City and Brooklyn. The most common tick is the American Dog Tick.  These ticks

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Tags: Dog, Lyme disease in dogs, canine lyme disease, lyme disease prevention, Lyme vaccine, Ticks,

All Clear! Dr. Chris and the DEC Tell Us Swimming at Dog Beach Can Resume

Two weeks ago Dr. Chris Gaylord of North Slope Veterinary shared the DEC warning about the algae bloom in Prospect Park Lake and suggested keeping your dog out of the water until the agency sounded an "all clear".   That All Clear came today and we are thrilled to share it here.


BBark:  We understand there has been an update about the algae in the Dog Beach in Prospect Park.

Dr. Chris:  Yes. I’ve spoken with the Department of Environmen

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Canine Vaccines: How many shots does my dog really need?

With the "controversy" over human vaccines being finally put to rest - everywhere but California, it seems - Brooklyn Bark caught up with Dr. Chris Gaylord of North Slope Veterinary to discuss canine vaccines, from new puppy shots to annual boosters.  We reviewed what is important for a dog living in urban Northeast.


Brooklyn Bark:   Which vaccines does my dog need?

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Tags: dog vaccines, canine health, canine vaccines

Dog Allergies, Cat Allergies - what should I know?

Allergies can manifest all year round.  Springtime seems to bring more than the usual share so veterinarian Dr. Christopher Gaylord of North Slope Veterinary chatted with Brooklyn Bark about itching, swelling, watery eyes and the Rite of Spring. 

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