Halloween Hazards

Halloween can be a very fun and festive time of year for many families and their children.  However, this can be one of the most dangerous holidays for your pet.  There are many hazards associated with Halloween.  The following are a few items to be wary of to help your pet have a safe and … Read more


Seizures in your Pet Seizures are not an uncommon occurrence in both dogs and cats. Witnessing your family friend having a seizure can be a very frightening thing. Most seizures last less than two minutes, however, when you are watching they seem significantly longer.   A single short seizure is rarely life threatening. A pet … Read more

High Blood Pressure in Cats

  High blood pressure or hypertension is fairly common in cats, especially older cats.  Most cats have no obvious signs of disease until there is a sudden problem. A hypertensive cat is at constant risk for brain, kidney, heart and eye damage. Long term hypertension will increase the  workload on the heart, predisposing to thickening … Read more

It is Tick season!!!

In the last couple of years, we have seen a SIGNIFICANT rise in the number of animals presenting with ticks attached to them. These are pets that live in Cheektowaga and the surrounding areas.  Ticks are no longer confined to wooded rural areas! This spring, in a tick sweep in Niagara County, 80% of the … Read more

Indoor Cats and Rabies Vaccines

One of the most common questions that I receive is “Why does my indoor cat need a rabies vaccine?” It is the law!  All cats healthy enough to receive vaccinations are required by law in Erie County to receive a Rabies vaccination. Rabies in cats is on the rise mainly due to owners not having … Read more

Easter Holiday Hazards

Although most of us are looking forward to springtime and Easter celebrations, we need to take a few precautions to ensure a safe celebration for our pets. The most common treat for our children at Easter time is chocolate. However, chocolate can be highly toxic to pets. Theobromine is the ingredient in chocolate that makes … Read more

Chocolate Toxicity

Chocolate is one of the most common toxins that dogs and cats are exposed to.  The primary reason is that most of us have some sort of chocolate in our homes everyday.  Whether it is that chocolate chip cookie, candy bar, or chocolate we use to bake with, it is everywhere. The ingredient in chocolate … Read more

February is Pet Dental Health Month

Did you know that February is National Pet Dental Health Month? Dental disease is the most common clinical condition affecting dogs and cats and it is completely preventable. Your pets bad breath could indicate significant health risks to your dog or cat. Periodontal disease can affect not only your pets teeth but their internal organs, … Read more

New Years Resolutions for our Pets

As we start the New Year, most of us think of resolutions for ourselves to improve our overall health and happiness. We need it include our pets in our resolutions as well.  The following are a few of my favorite resolutions for our pets: You want to make sure that your pet is examined by … Read more

Cold Weather Pet Safety

Here are some tips to keep your pets safe during cold weather: Winter wellness: Has your pet had his/her preventive care exam (wellness exam) yet?  Cold weather may worsen some medical conditions such as arthritis. Your pet should be examined by a veterinarian at least once a year, and it’s as good a time as … Read more