Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Dr. Jay Gottlieb, Dr. Gil Caren, and the staff of Island Trees Veterinary Hospital  are pleased to announce their hospital blog. This fun and fact-filled blog is updated regularly and includes up-to-date information about your pet’s health care. Also included in the blog are fun, pet-related news stories that we want to share with you and photos and information about our hospital and staff members.

We invite you to check our blog often.

Thank you for visiting.

– The Island Trees Veterinary Hospital Team

Oregon Supreme Court Rules That Animals Can Be Treated As Victims

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled the animals can be treated as victims in legal cases, effectively affording animals the same protections humans have in abuse cases. The ruling stems from a 2009 court case in which the defendant was convicted of starving 20 horses and goats on his property. The defendant argued that because the law defines animals as property, he should not have been charged with separate counts of neglect for each animal. The judge disagreed, arguing that each animal was a separate victim.

The ruling is expected to result in longer sentences for those convicted of animal abuse. According to Lora Dunn, staff attorney for the Animal Legal Defense Fund in Portland, the ruling may also change how law enforcement responds to animal abuse calls, as it may eliminate the need for law enforcement to obtain a warrant in certain circumstances to investigate claims of neglect or abuse. “To acknowledge that animals are victims of crime, that’s really common sense to us,” said Dunn.

Tips To Help Dogs Cope With “Back-To-School Blues”

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

In an interview with the Associated Press, Dr. Nick Dodman, specialist and professor of animal behavior at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, recommended the following tips to help ease the transition between summer and the school year:

– Make departure time happy using toys and treats
– Create a place in the house where the dog feels safe
– Try starting the routine before school begins
– Do not indulge with baby talk or sympathy
– See a veterinarian if the dog’s disposition doesn’t improve

With a little advanced planning and a few tweaks to you and your dog’s morning routine, you can keep your dog relaxed and content while his favorite playmate is gone for the day. Before you know it, your dog’s “back-to-school blues” will be a thing of the past.

Goldfish Has Life Threatening Tumor Removed

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

A veterinarian in Australia performed micro-surgery on a goldfish, removing a tumor that might have ended the fish’s life. The goldfish, George, was unable to eat or swim with the tumor, and the veterinarian gave the owner the option to remove the tumor or put George to sleep. She chose to have the tumor removed.

The procedure involved putting the fish under general anesthetic. To accomplish this, George was placed in a water bucket heavily laced with the drug until he fell asleep. He was then placed in a second bucket laced with enough anesthetic to keep him asleep during the surgery. With the procedure complete, he was placed in a third bucket with oxygenized water.

George has fully recovered from the surgery. According to his veterinarian, he could live for another 20 years.

E-Cigarettes Pose Dangers for Pets

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Veterinarians are warning pet owners to keep e-cigarettes away from their pets. The product, which has gained popularity in recent years and is marketed as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes, vaporizes liquid nicotine. The nicotine is often flavored, which may make it more attractive to dogs. It’s also concentrated, which means that ingesting a small amount can cause major complications for your pet. The symptoms include vomiting, seizures, increased heart rate, and even death.

Pet owners should keep e-cigarettes out of reach from pets at all times. If your pet does ingest liquid nicotine, contact your veterinarian immediately and be prepared for an emergency visit. “Time is important,” says Dr. Jay Gottlieb, veterinarian at Island Trees Veterinary Hospital in Hicksville, NY. “If an animal has ingested it and doesn’t seek immediate attention, there is a potential for it to be fatal.”

Colleges Opening their Doors to Pets

Friday, August 29th, 2014

As enrollment figures are starting to drop, many colleges are welcoming pets. Administrators at State University of New York at Canton have seen enrollments increase and emotional problems, often associated with students leaving home for the first time, decrease since allowing pets on campus.

A survey of 1,400 colleges lists allergies and irresponsible students as the two main reasons for not allowing pets. Other objections include mess, noise, disease, biting, roommate issues and pet abandonment.

Schools that allow pets solve these problems in a variety of ways, including special dorms for students with pets and extra security deposits and cleaning fees. Schools also require current veterinary records and waivers of liability.

A girl and her dog on the quad

Here are a few schools that allow students to bring their pets to college:

MIT – Cambridge, MA
At Massachusetts Institute of Technology, students may keep cats in “cat-friendly” areas of certain dormitories. The cat-friendly areas have a Pet Chair who is responsible for approving and keeping track of pets in the dorm, and the pet owner must have approval from his or her roommates.

Stetson University – DeLand, FL
Stetson University allows students to bring fish, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, rats, mice, cats and dogs under 50 pounds to pet-friendly housing areas on campus. While several breeds of dogs including pit bulls and Rottweilers are prohibited, the college nonetheless won the Halifax Humane Society’s 2011 Wingate Award for encouraging responsible pet ownership.

Eckerd College – St. Petersburg, FL
Students with pet ducks are in luck at Eckerd College. In addition to cats, small dogs and rabbits, the college allows owners of waterfowl to cohabitate with their feathered friend in its pet friendly dormitories. All pets on the Eckerd campus must be registered with Eckerd’s pet council.

Stephens College – Columbia, MO
Stephens College is home to Searcy Hall, affectionately referred to by students as “Pet Central.” In addition to welcoming cats and small dogs, Stephens offers an on-campus doggie daycare and opportunities to foster pets through a nearby no-kill animal rescue organization.

Caltech – Pasadena, CA
Students housed in Caltech’s seven pet-friendly dorms are allowed to keep up to two indoor cats. Cats are provided with an ID tag by Caltech’s housing office, and students must remove cats if neighbors complain.

SUNY Canton – Canton, NY
State University of New York’s Canton campus has a designated pet wing where students are allowed to keep one cat or a small caged pet with the approval of the residence hall director. Pets in this area are allowed free reign in the hall, as the school’s pet wing community tries to promote a family-like atmosphere for its residents.

These are just a few of the colleges that currently allow pets on campus. In fact, a recent survey of college admissions officers found that 38% of schools have housing where some pets are permitted, with 10% of those schools allowing dogs and 8% allowing cats. Students who dread leaving Fido behind every fall might not have to if they choose a pet-friendly college.

Schools require that all pets be current with their vaccinations. If you are planning to bring your pet to college, please call Island Trees Veterinary Hospital in Hicksville NY at 516-735-0090 to make sure that he or she is up-to-date. Each state has their own requirements. The veterinarians at Island Trees know the vaccinations that are needed for your pet.

Parvovirus Outbreak Kills 15 Dogs In Massachusetts

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

An outbreak of canine Parvovirus has killed 15 dogs in Massachusetts. The highly contagious virus is spread through vomit, feces or contaminated environment and is fatal if not treated early. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy. Very often, young puppies die suddenly from heart failure. This sudden death occurs before any gastrointestinal symptoms of Parvovirus appear.

Bloody diarrhea is the most common symptom of Parvovirus infection. Pet owners should contact their veterinarian immediately if their dog exhibits these symptoms.

Parvovirus is preventable through vaccinations. Contact Island Trees Veterinary Hospital to make sure your pet is up to date on vaccinations.

Island Trees Veterinary Hospital’s Hicksville veterinary location is 451 New South Rd., in Hicksville, NY. We provide complete veterinary services for pets in Nassau County including the towns of Levittown, Hicksville, East Meadow, Plainview, Westbury, and Farmingdale. To set up an appointments, please call 516-735-0090.

Petition To Ban Unattended Animals In Cars

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

A pet insurance company has launched a petition to encourage legislation prohibiting animals being left unattended in cars. Petplan Insurance posted the petition on We The People, the Obama administration’s petition site. Like all petitions posted to the website, a White House staff member will review it and provide an official response if the petition reaches 100,000 signatures within 30 days.

The initiative, called “Driven to Bark,” aims to have all states adopt statutes that do not allow pet owners to leave animals unattended in cars. Currently, only 15 states have laws against the practice, which Petplan says causes “countless” deaths every year.

Ferret Ban May Be Lifted In New York City

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio may be lifting a 15-year ban on ferrets. The ban, which was implemented by then-mayor Rudy Giuliani in 1999, was a source of controversy for fans of the small mammal. Giuliani and his administration said that ferrets were likely to carry rabies and were known to attack young children, but ferret advocates maintained that the animal was no more dangerous than other small mammals.

NYC's ban on ferrets may be lifted.

In an internal memo, city health officials stated that “evidence shows ferrets do not bite more frequently or severely than other pets the same size.” Ultimately, the health department recommends lifting the ban, but says that spaying and vaccination requirements should be put in place. According to NYCFerrets.com, a ferret advocacy site, ferret ownership remains illegal in New York but may be lifted by the end of 2014.

Fourth Of July Safety For Your Pet

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Fireworks and the Fourth of July go together like … well, fireworks and the Fourth of July. While you may already have safeguards in place for people and children, there are additional things to consider for pet owners. Here are a few tips on helping your pets remain safe and happy while dealing with fireworks.

Always keep fireworks out of reach of your pet. While this may seem obvious for lit fireworks, it’s important to keep unlit fireworks away from your pets as well. Ingesting fireworks could be lethal for your pet. If your pet does get into your fireworks, contact your veterinarian right away.

Be aware of projectiles. Roman candles, for example, have projectile capabilities. If used incorrectly, an ejected shell can hit a pet, causing burning. If your pet gets burned, contact your veterinarian right away.

Keep your pet on a leash or in a carrier. Never let your pets run free in an area where fireworks are going off.

Know what do to in case of a seizure. For some animals, being in the presence of fireworks can trigger a seizure. If your pet is prone to seizures, he or she should never be around fireworks – but most pet owners won’t know if their dog is prone to seizures until he or she experiences one. If this happens, stay calm and remove any objects in the area that might hurt your pet. Do not attempt to move your pet, as they may bite without knowing it. When the seizure is over, move him or her into an area clear of the firework’s sights and sounds. Call your Hicksville veterinarian right away.

Ease your pet’s fear. Many pets are frightened of fireworks, and may exhibit fear by whimpering, crying, or otherwise displaying uneasiness. Create a safe space for these animals before the event. During the fireworks, use the radio, television, fan or air conditioner to create white noise that will drown out the sound of the fireworks.

By planning ahead and keeping key information in mind, your pet can have a happy, stress-free Fourth of July – and so can you!

The veterinarians and staff at Island Trees Veterinary Hospital wish you and your pets a happy Fourth of July.

Ice Water Is Not Dangerous For Your Dog

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Concerned pet owners may have come across a Facebook post warning against giving dogs ice water. The post claims that giving dogs ice water can cause bloat, which can lead to a life-threatening condition called gastric dilation and volvulus, or GDV. It’s often accompanied by a seemingly true story of a well-meaning pet owner trying to keep their dog cool on a hot day only to find they must rush their pet to the emergency veterinarian.

Dog Drinking Water

It sounds scary, but it’s absolutely false. Veterinarians across the country have been addressing this myth for years, but the misinformation continues to spread thanks to social media. In an blog article addressing the myth, Dr. Patty Khuly says that “frigid gastric cramping is a falsehood akin to those that inform you that your hair will grow back coarser if you shave it (myth), or that you shouldn’t go swimming for 30 minutes after eating lest you drown in a fit of cramps (myth).”

Bloat may be caused when your dog drinks and eats too much too quickly, but the temperature has nothing to do with this. In fact, putting ice cubes in your dog’s water can sometimes slow your dog’s water consumption, keeping the risk of bloat at bay.

If you have a large dog and are worried about bloat, the veterinarians at Island Trees Veterinary Hospital recommend feeding a few small meals per day instead of one large meal and avoiding exercise for an hour or so after eating. But if your pup is thirsty on a hot day, there’s nothing dangerous about helping them cool off with ice water.

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