Brooklyn Bark Talks

This High School Bestie has Four Paws

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 j

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NYS Legislature Goes Bipartisan to Help Kitties

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.

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Someone Left a Dog in That Car!  What Do I Do?!?!

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 pre

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It's Midnight and You Need a Vet.  Help!

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 North

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I'm Going to Adopt a Dog; Now What? A Thorough Checklist.

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.

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When Should I Adopt a Dog?

The answer to this question is simple:  when your heart tells you it is time.

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PET SAFETY MONTH: 30 tips in 30 days that can save your pet's life - Tip #30

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 code

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PET SAFETY MONTH: 30 tips in 30 days that can save your pet's life - Tip #29

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 wh

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PET SAFETY MONTH: 30 tips in 30 days that can save your pet's life - Tip #28

Now you have a great pet food or, hopefully, selection of pet foods with the help of AAFCO nutition analysis of anything you purchase.  You know how much to feed pup or kitty with the help of WSAVA's Nutrition Tool Kit.  But there are recalls.  Even some excellent pet foods are recalled, often by the manufacturer themselves if they are honest when they catch something.  

So how do you know and what do you do?

How you find out is pretty simple because the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) monitors all recalls.  And you can

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Tags: canine diet, dog nutrition, Pet Care Tips, Thirty pet safety tips in thirty days, ealuating dog food, evaluating cat food, pet food recalls

PET SAFETY MONTH: 30 tips in 30 days that can save your pet's life - Tip #27

Now that you've found one or more high quality pup or kitty foods with the help of AAFCO and a close read of the ingredient list, how much should you feed pup or kitty?  

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Tags: canine diet, dog nutrition, Pet Care Tips, Thirty pet safety tips in thirty days, ealuating dog food, evaluating cat food