Does Your Dog Have a City Dog Tag/Rabies Tag?
New York City Health Department Dog License on-line registry - painless! Dog owners may apply and make payment online for a new dog license or renew an existing one. BEST OF ALL, IF LOST, YOUR DOG CAN BE EASILY TRACED BACK TO YOU.
go to: https://a816-healthpsi.nyc.gov/DogLicense/doglicense/founddog?
annual fee to license your dog is $8.50 if your dog is spayed or
neutered. The fee is $34 if your dog is not spayed or neutered
See your veterinarian for rabies tags. Know that a lost dog can be traced back to the veterinarian who issued the rabies tag.
evidence gathered by an informal survey of a few Park Slope
Veterinarians suggest that Lepto cases come in clusters; often one to
three cases, then nothing for a year.
Drinking from small standing pools of water is a big NO, NO for doggie:
leptospirosis, a disease caused by Leptospira bacteria, can result in
severe illness, or in rare instances, death among dogs as well as
people. Rodents and other wild animals such as raccoons and
opossums that are infected with Leptospira can shed the bacteria in
their urine, potentially contaminating standing pools of water. The bacteria can survive for weeks or longer in a warm moist
Dogs and other animals can be infected through drinking contaminated
water or contact with open wounds or mucous membranes (eyes, nose,
mouth). While some infections may not result in illness, symptoms
of leptospirosis in dogs may include fever, vomiting, yellowing of the
skin or eyes, refusal to eat, weight loss, decreased activity, muscle
pains, or stiffness.
While ridding the park of rats and other wildlife is impractical; dog
owners can take preventive measures to reduce the risk of transmission
to their pets such as bringing a supply of fresh water. Some
people use Gator Ade plastic bottles which have swivel-on caps that are
Vaccines against leptospirosis are available, but you should consult with your veterinarian when deciding whether to vaccinate your dog.
The vaccine does not cover all strains of leptospirosis and is not
considered a core vaccine according to the American Animal Hospital
Association (AAHA). In addition, anecdotally it has been
associated with adverse reactions in toy breeds and young puppies.
If your pet is diagnosed with leptospirosis, the risk of transmission
to family members and other pets is likely limited; but it is extremely
important to discuss with your veterinarian what prevention measures to
put in place in order to reduce this risk.
Note: Have humans contracted this disease either from contact with Dog
Beach water or from dogs which frequent the park? While the Department
of Health has seen a handful of human cases city-wide in the past ten
year, none have been reported from Prospect Park-- though it's always a
possibility. The body of water associated with the Dog Beach is
supplied by chlorinated city water, the source of which is located
within a few hundred feet away.
You should make your own decision in conjunction with your veterinarian.
numbers from one Park Slope Veterinary Office suggest that they see
"...about 3 per year of classic cases. It's almost always in dogs
who've traveled to Lyme endemic areas and contracted it there. We get
plenty of cases with a positive Lyme titer, but no clinical signs of
Lyme disease (fever with acute lameness or kidney failure). Which just
means they've been exposed to the organism and their immune system has
prevented the illness. They don't have Lyme disease.
to prevent Lyme disease revolve primarily around repelling or killing
the tick vector. In dogs that stay in Brooklyn--Frontline or Advantix.
If they travel to endemic areas of Lyme disease a Preventick collar is
recommended in addition to Frontline or Advantix.
"The more controversial question is whether to vaccinate or not against
Lyme. In Brooklyn only dogs, I say no. In dogs traveling to endemic
areas, I say maybe in a case by case basis. The controversy is about
the effectiveness and safety of the vaccination."
Your Aging Dog - Pain Relief
article was previously published in the January 2010 issue of the
Versatile Hunting Dog (NAVHDA) magazine and permission has been granted
by the author to reprint here.
Boyer was asked about giving medication for an older hunting GWP who
was slowing down and showing evidence of being stiff and sore, whether
he could give her human over the counter pain medication like Tylenol
or Motrin to help with this pain.
Dr. Boyer's response:
Please do not ever give your dog human pain medications without
consulting your veterinarian. Over the counter pain relivers like
Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), Naproxen (Aleve), and Acetaminophen
(Tylenol) can cause liver failure in dogs wth just a single dose.
Aspirin, preferably buffered or coated can be given, however, there is
a risk of gastric (stomach) ulcers with regular use.
are many safe and effective pain relievers specifically formulated for
dogs. There are several classes of drugs available for pain relief.
Most commonly Rimadyl, Previcox, Deramaxx and Metacam are prescribed as
non-steroidal anti-inflamatories. Other stronger medicaiton can be
added to these to provide additional relief if your dog is still
painful. In addition, there is a substance called Adequan that is used
by injection or orally in dogs, cats and horses to provide additional
relief from joint pain.
medications are ineffective or you would like other alternatives,
acupuncture and Chinese herbs are very effective in dealing with
osteoarthritis or other pain. Cold laser therapy is a new modality
available at some general practice veterinarians or those who
specialize in rehabilitative medicine or holistic care. For severely
affected dogs, Stem Cell therapy offers exceptional relief for
osteoarthritis and although expensive, alleviates the need for the use
of medication long term. Your veterinarian should be able to help you
locate non-traditional options that are effective. In general, short
courses of treatment with non-traditional options can offer your dog
increased mobility and improvement of performance in the field.
Winter Health Tips
weather presents it's own set of problems
when it comes to proper care of our canine
companions. Check out Jennifer Brauer's cold
weather advice (newly updated) at: Winter Health Tips.
Hot Weather Health Tips
Did you know that a dog needs one ounce of water per pound of weight on a hot day? Hot Weather Tips
This is more than seasonal - some indoor plants present a hazard to your pet.
Deadly Canine Virus.
As first reported in the New York Times...
more people informed and aware of the potential
dangers, the better you'll be able to respond to
the situation, if it arises.Symptoms
resemble Kennel Cough, but can rapidly esculate
to pnenomia and death. Has been observed in Kennels
just outside the NYC area. Check with your veterinarian.
friends of four legged creatures should explore this
online manual. Know what to ask the vet when going
for check ups.