Mythbusters: The Rabies Edition

A crazed-looking dog bares its teeth to the camera

To many of us, rabies seems like an exotic or even old-fashioned disease, perhaps conjuring images of Old Yeller and the like. Although it’s hard to imagine it as a threat to our or our pets’ health, rabies is a real and ever present danger even in the modern, developed world. 

At Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital we want our pet owner to know how serious of a responsibility it is to protect our pets and set some of the misinformation about rabies aside.

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Preventing an Emergency: Brooklyn Pets in the Heat

A woman and her dog play in a public fountain

You know it’s bad when the OZY Fest and the NYC Triathlon get cancelled, but what are residents of the Burroughs supposed to do at home without fully functioning air conditioning? This summer’s power outages may have surprised few, but to be taken off the grid for repairs and maintenance is a tough pill to swallow, especially for those of us with animals to care for. 

Brooklyn pets in the heat take on their own specific safety requirements. Luckily, the strategies necessary for people to avoid heat-related illness or injury is exactly the same for the health and welfare of animals.

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You Both Know they Did Something Bad, but Do Pets Feel Guilt?

A dog looks guilty

All of a sudden your dog avoids meeting your direct eye contact. Their ears are sort of pinned-back and they may be trying to make themselves look small. The tail may or may not be wagging uncontrollably (they just can’t help it sometimes!). Looking around you discover a large puddle. 

Now their behavior and body language make all the sense in the world! 

Your pup knows they shouldn’t have peed on the floor. But even though they appear downright ashamed at what happened, it’s actually a stretch to say that pets feel guilt. 

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Real, Safe, Effective? A Look at Alternative Medicine for Pets

An animal receives acupuncture

The idea of alternative medicine for pets is becoming more popular as a less invasive way to treat various illnesses and injuries. There are numerous modalities under the umbrella of alternative or complementary medicine, and each has the potential to add something of value to the body as a whole. However, as with any approach to your pet’s health and wellness, each modality should be “vetted” by a trusted veterinarian

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