Category Archives: Dog Health

Brooklyn Dog News Fall 2013

Did you know there was a recent string of robberies in Brooklyn committed by a dog walker? Have you heard about a new fitness program in Prospect Park for you and Fido? If this is news to you, it’s time to catch up on Brooklyn dog headlines. Keep reading for the scoop on recent dog news in Brooklyn.

 Fitness for Fido 

Go Fetch Run is a new fitness program created for you and Fido. It’s just like baby bootcamp but with your dog. People and their pets go to Prospect Park five days a week for a workout featuring cardio and strength training, which incorporates dogs. See these fit pets and people in action on Brooklyn News 12.

Photo by Chris Ozer

Dog Walker Busted for Burglary   

A Brooklyn dog walker was caught stealing from the homes of the dogs he walked. According to the New York Post, the walker stole nearly $190,000 worth of jewelry and trinkets from clients. The incidents were reported in five DUMBO condos. I wonder if this was the same dog walker busted for stealing in my building.

Cross Court and Pacific with Care

RIP Mambo, the poor puppy who was killed after being hit by a car while crossing Pacific Street at Court. The Brooklyn Eagle reports on this dangerous intersection that is subject to heavy traffic, poor sight lines and double-parked trucks. While the intersection does not meet federal guidelines for a traffic signal, Councilmember Steven Levin has created a petition to add one. Sign it today!  

Brooklyn Eagle photo by Trudy Whitman shows heavy traffic, poor sight lines and double-parked trucks at Court and Pacific.

Vinegar Hill Vets Expand to Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Heights Veterinary Group, a satellite clinic of Vinegar Hill Veterinary Group, is slated to open November 1st. The new clinic is located at 10 Columbia Place and will be available for scheduled and walk-in appointments Monday through Saturday.



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Keep Your Dog Cool in the Heat Wave (Infographic)

Today was another hot one and it’s not getting cooler with temperatures remaining in the 90s over the next few days. During our evening walk, Laly quickly took care of business and dragged me back home where she happily chewed on ice cubes. Dogs are especially prone to heat stroke since they don’t sweat the way humans do to keep cool. While they can sweat through their paw pads, our furry friends rely on panting to regulate their body temperature. Be sure to take extra care during walks in the heat and make sure your home is comfortable for Fido while you’re at work. The folks at The Uncommon Dog have shared a fun infographic with tips to help keep your dog cool this summer.


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Dedicated: Pet Insurance Across the Pond


Pet insurance is a necessity for all pet owners who have access to it – this ensures that you can cover veterinary bills and associated costs should your pet ever become ill. Many policies will also help you with rewards if pets are lost. While these policies are clearly beneficial, they were not truly considered until around 1947, when the first pet insurance plan was sold in Britain.

The United States didn’t consider the idea until the early 1980s, when TV favorite Lassie was insured for a whopping $1 million. Today, Britain has the second-highest rate of pet insurance policies, while Sweden takes the number one spot – but what are the major differences between plans across the continent?


How policies work: US and UK

UK policies are fairly simple, and will cover veterinary costs (and sometimes extra costs, like the policy offered by Pets at Home) either entirely or with an attached excess fee. US policies are a little more complicated, using a benefit schedule in which limitations and deductible costs are attributed to individual problems, meaning that different plans are available depending on the level of coverage you want for your pet. Lifetime coverage will protect you for repeated treatment for conditions over the pet’s lifetime, while limited coverage plans will stop providing coverage once that condition has been treated.

In both the UK and the US, pet owners must pay the vet directly and then submit a claim to the insurance company in order to receive reimbursement. Always ensure you fill out all forms correctly to avoid delays, and be sure to choose a policy which covers everything for your pet’s needs.

Sponsored post by Pets At Home. 

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Even Dogs Get the Flu: Canine Influenza 101

You know it’s cold and flu season when your entire family is up all night coughing and their temperatures are on the rise. This was the scene at our home last week.  One person got sick after the next, leaving our dog Laly, as the only healthy member of the family.  That’s not to say dogs don’t get the flu. Canine influenza can be a serious  year-round threat to dogs.

The most common sign of dog flu is a soft, wet cough that may last for 3 to 4 weeks. Other signs include fever, runny nose, fatigue, and loss of appetite. According to Amy Adelman, DVM at Vinegar Hill Veterinary Group, “canine influenza appears to primarily affect populations of dogs that are housed close together, such as in shelters, boarding facilities, or at dog shows.”

The canine influenza virus was first identified in January 2004 and dog flu cases have now been reported in 39 states. When I asked Dr. Adelman about dog flu in Brooklyn she told us, “New York in general has been found to have a higher prevalence of diagnosed cases than many other states, and while cases certainly have been diagnosed in Brooklyn, it is still not what I would call a hotbed for it.”

Most dogs have no natural immunity against canine influenza so virtually all dogs exposed to the virus become infected. Don’t panic about sharing living quarters and receiving slobbery kisses from a sick pooch. Canine influenza only affects dogs and cannot be passed to humans.

Vaccinating your dog against the virus is one line of defense. Katja Lang, DVM at Cobble Hill Animal Clinic  says, “the canine influenza vaccine is considered a ‘non-core’ vaccine, which means that not all dogs require it unless they are considered at risk. With the vaccine, dogs can still contract the influenza virus but show milder clinical signs and are less contagious to other animals.”

If you think your pet may be at risk, contact your veterinarian to discuss possible vaccination. To help you prepare for your next trip to the vet, visit and  take a risk assessment to find out what diseases your pet may be at risk for and how to protect against them.

This post is in participation with the DogTime Blog Champions program.  No compensation was received and information was provided with references. 

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5 Safety Tips for a Dog Friendly Thanksgiving

Photo: The Doggy World

A Brooklyn Dog’s Life is headed to the city of brotherly love for Thanksgiving. That means it’s time to get out the dog seatbelt and pack toys for the furry and human babies. We love celebrating the holiday with our dog Laly, but it also means we have to be diligent to make sure she doesn’t steal the turkey and that kids don’t feed her anything harmful. As you get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, keep in mind a few safety tips from of the American Veterinary Medical Association to ensure you have a safe holiday.

Your Thanksgiving feast is for people – not pets.  Table scraps may seem like a fun way to include your pet in the holiday, but many foods are poisonous to pets, including onions, garlic, raisins and grapes. Most people understand that chocolate is poisonous to pets but aren’t aware of an artificial sweetener called Xylitol that has been shown to be just as deadly to dogs. Play it safe and don’t share your dessert with Fido or Fluffy.

Just because it’s dead, doesn’t mean it’s not deadly.  A turkey carcass left in an open trash container or one that’s easily opened could prove deadly if the family pet finds it.  A pet that “discovers” the carcass can quickly eat so much that it causes a dangerous condition called pancreatitis.  Dispose of turkey carcasses in a covered, tightly secured container along with anything used to wrap or tie the meat and any bones left on plates. These are also hazards and can be very tempting for your pets.

Photo: Find A Vet

Want to treat your pet on Thanksgiving?  Buy a treat that is made just for them.  Make sure the pet treat is not a part of any recall and/or doesn’t contain ingredients of questionable origin. Your pet will enjoy the treat just as much, and chances are you won’t spend the holiday at the emergency clinic.

For some pets, houseguests can be scary.  Some pets are shy or excitable around new people, and Thanksgiving often means new people will be visiting. If you know your dog can be overwhelmed when people come over, put them in another room or a crate so they’re out of the frenzy and feel safe. If they are comfortable around guests, make sure you watch them closely — especially when your guests are entering or leaving your home. In the confusion, a four-legged family member may make a break for it out the door and become lost.

Photo: Lekki Frazier-Wood’s Blog

Decorations and fire can be dangerous. As you dress your Thanksgiving table with a centerpiece and flowers, remember to keep them up and away from your pets.  Some decorations look good enough to eat, and pets may decide to have a taste. Pine cones and needles, if consumed by a pet, can cause an intestinal blockage or even perforate the animal’s intestine. Also beware of dinner by candlelight and your cozy fireplace. Where there’s a flame, there’s the opportunity for disaster.  Make sure you’re careful to keep children and pets away from any open flame or fire.

Photo: Canine Couch Potato Blog

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Wanted: Dog Models for Coneheads Photography Project

If you’re anything like us, you have a soft spot for dogs wearing cones. By cone, we’re referring to those lampshade-like, Elizabethan collars, which ensure a pup doesn’t tear out their stitches or damage a healing wound. Photographer, Ben Baker also has a fondness for dogs in cones and is working on Coneheads, a photography project focusing on pets in recovery.

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The project idea began as a collaboration between Ben Baker and fashion designer and animal lover, Sylvie Cachay. Tragically, Sylvie passed away before the project could even begin. With support from the Sylvie Cachay Foundation, Ben is moving forward with the project and creating a series of portraits for an exhibition and photo book.

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Coneheads is currently recruiting doggie models in New York City. If you have or know a cone wearing furry friend in recovery, please contact Ben Baker Studio.  Portraits will be shot quickly on location wherever a dog is recovering. This can be in their home,  a vet office or even animal shelter. Participants will receive an 11×14 gift print of their dog. Please don’t submit photos for inclusion as Ben will need to meet the dogs and photograph them himself.

Ben Baker Photography

Proceeds from the future exhibition and book will go to the Sylvie Cachay Foundation, which provides assistance and education for women in abusive relationships, and funding to foster the creativity of young artists and designers. The foundation may also donate proceeds to an animal charity. Spread the word and have your dog wear their cone with pride as they strike a pose!

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Join the Train Humane Campaign

Every year millions of unsuspecting dogs and pups are choked, pinched, yanked and pulled on by their collars or training tools. To raise awareness and change dog owners’ behavior, Alecia Evans, a Holistic Dog Trainer and Animal Wellness Consultant, started the Train Humane Campaign, with September 27 as its official awareness day.

The mission of the Train Humane Campaign is to end the choking of dogs and pups  by evolving the tools people use to train them. In other words, lose the medieval choke collar and get with the humane harness. Alecia Evans is on a mission to educate dog owners about the benefits of proper fitting harnesses and the behavioral changes they lead to. The campaign’s goal is to be 3 million dogs strong by Sept 27, 2013.

We know the benefits, firsthand with Laly. As new dog owners we never used  a choke collar, but did use a standard neck collar. This was no fun for either of us since she yanked and tugged, choking herself and took us for a wild ride during each walk. The minute we started using a harness, our problem was solved.

According to the Train Humane Campaign,  dog owners are causing damage to their pets such as tracheal injuries, neck subluxations, spinal misalignments, tearing of retinal tissue in the eye, soft tissue damage in neck and esophageal damage.   Alecia Evans says, “the time has come to evolve the tools we use to train our dogs and pups to make them safer, pain and choke free, completely humane and respectful of our dog’s bodies.” Visit the campaign’s site to get the facts on neck collars vs. harnesses and join the Train Humane movement.


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