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Summer Dangers – Heat Stroke

As summer truly arrives, the hot and humid weather can create danger for our pets. Heat stroke is a serious, life threatening condition that affects both humans and animals. Immediate recognition and treatment of this condition in our pets can be lifesaving. Heat stroke is a condition that occurs when the body is unable to…

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Preparing Pets for the 4th of July

The VMC of CNY wishes everyone a safe and happy July 4th holiday! Independence day isn’t always our pets’ favorite holiday, however. Loud noises from fireworks can be frightening to anyone, but especially to our pets that have a heightened sense of hearing. Reactions may range from slight anxiety to full blown panic — pets…

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Is Your Pet in Pain?

How do we know our pet is experiencing pain? Pets feel pain for many of the same reasons as humans: dental problems, infections, arthritis, disease and cancer as well as discomfort after surgical procedures. There are certain signs and changes in behavior that can indicate when a pet is suffering. As a pet owner, you…

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Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips

Thanksgiving – isn’t it just about everyone’s favorite food holiday? Food, family, and fun – what can go wrong for our pets? A lot, as it turns out. Straying too far from your pet’s normal diet can cause problems. Thanksgiving “complications” that we commonly deal with here at VMC range from the mild to the…

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Hanukkah Pet Safety Tips

As we start this festive season, it is a great idea to remind ourselves about potential holiday hazards for our pets. Every time your normal household routine is disturbed, opportunities for injury or illness can arise. Even straying too far from your pet’s normal diet can cause problems. Holiday “complications” that we commonly deal with…

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Halloween Safety Tips from VMC

Halloween – the spooky, silly, fun holiday that some of us look forward to all year. All the preparations and anticipation can cause us to overlook some very real dangers for our pets, however. Here are some great tips that will allow your pet to enjoy Halloween just as much as you do. Candy, Candy,…

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Is Your Pet’s Condition an Emergency?

  Typically, if you’re asking yourself this question, the answer is “yes”. We understand that it can be terrifying to worry about your pet. Just like a child, a pet can’t tell you what’s wrong – you’re not being silly to be concerned, and we understand what it’s like to worry about your pet. Don’t…

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Handling a Pet Toxin or Poisoning Emergency

My pet just got into something he shouldn’t have. What should I do? This could be the shortest blog post ever. The answer: Call your veterinarian or the nearest emergency veterinary hospital. If #1 is not possible, call Poison Control. ASPCA Animal Poison Control (888) 426-4435 Perhaps you’ve been through a similar situation in the…

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Christmas Pet Safety Tips

No one wants to end up in our emergency room over the holidays! Consider these risks to reduce the likelihood that we will need to see you! Holiday Ornaments: Consider any new decoration you put out! This is especially important with young dogs and cats who are typically more boisterous and curious, and also with…

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Jada’s Story

This month in Syracuse, NY, a Good Samaritan reported seeing an emaciated dog in a cage, in her own filth, with no access to food or water. Syracuse Police Department Animal Cruelty Investigator, Officer Rebecca Thompson, and Syracuse Dog Control Officer, Jason Driscoll, promptly removed two dogs from the household and charged the owners with…

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