WELCOME DR. AMANDA SCHEPIS

I want to introduce and welcome our newest associate veterinarian, Dr. Amanda Schepis.  Dr. Schepis will be joining our veterinary staff this July. Dr. Schepis has recently been working as the hospital medical director of VCA owned Sheridan Animal Hospital. She is originally from Buffalo, New York.  After graduating magna cum laude in 2006 from … Read more

COLD WEATHER HAZARDS

You should take steps to ensure your pets’ health during the cold season Have a physical exam done on your pet and discuss your pet’s particular risks Keep an emergency kit for your pet available with extra food, water, medication Make sure your pet can be identified if lost.  I recommend all pets be microchipped. … Read more

Free Delivery for Clients

In order to enhance services to our clients, Cheektowaga Veterinary Hospital is now offering “FREE DELIVERY!” on medications and food.  This service will be available every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Orders will need to be placed by 12pm on the date of delivery. Receptionists will take credit/debit card payments over the phone for the products … Read more

Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism or a low functioning thyroid gland is the most common endocrine disease in dogs. Symptoms include: Weight gain lethargy fur loss, especially on the tail (rat-tail) thinning haircoat seborrhea, dry, flaky skin “sad” facial expression heat seeking mental dullness exercise intolerant It is more common in medium to large breed dogs, although any dog … Read more

Canine Influenza

Canine Influenza or dog flu has been in the news a great deal over the last year.  Canine Influenza is caused by one of two strains of the virus, H3N8 and H3N2.  These are highly contagious diseases easily spread from infected dogs through direct contact, nasal secretions(coughing and sneezing), food bowls, kennel surfaces and people. … Read more

Essential Oils in Cats

It seems everyone is using essential oils for presumed health benefits.  The problem is that cats have a unique way of metabolizing products in their liver.  Therefore many items that are safe for humans or dogs may be toxic to cats. Some essential oils that are toxic to your cat include: cinnamon oil citrus oil … Read more

Miracle Dog

Meet Oliver! Oliver is a Golden Retriever that was born with a forelimb(front leg) deformity. Because of the abnormality, he was only able to use three legs! Dr. Donovan, with the help of Orthopets, was able to fit him with a “boot” designed to allow him to safely put his weight on his deformed limb. … Read more

Disaster Preparedness

Since September is National Disaster Preparedness Month and with all of the natural disasters occurring over the last few weeks, we must remember to include our pets in our disaster planning. The AVMA has created a checklist of supplies for your pet evacuation kit. a several day supply of food and fresh water a supply … Read more

Hairballs in Cats

Every cat owner has at some time either woken to the sound of your cat bringing up a hairball or stepped on one first thing in the morning.  I know that both have happened to me since I have four cats at home.  Hairballs are fairly common in cats, especially long-haired cats, and they are … Read more

Fourth of July

Although for us the Fourth of July is synonymous with summer fun, for our pets it can be one of the most dangerous and frightening days of the year. More pets are lost on the fourth of July than any other day of the year. Some general rules to follow: Make sure your pet is … Read more