About Julie Horton, DVM
If you’re like most cat owners in New York City, your thought process regarding taking your pet to the vet probably goes something like this: My cat is eating and acting normally, and he never goes outside or is exposed to other cats so he doesn’t need vaccines. Plus, he stresses out and pees every time I put him in his carrier. I’ll just take him to the vet when he’s sick.
At the Worth Street Veterinary Center, we see pets with acute diarrhea—or what’s often referred to as gastroenteritis—on an almost daily basis. But what, really, is “acute diarrhea”? This is when your dog’s poop is soft, pudding-like (gross, right?), watery brown, or even slightly bloody.
Have you ever looked at your cat or dog scratching and wondered, Could my pet have fleas? Living in New York City, most of us immediately assume our pets couldn’t possibly have fleas—largely because they don’t spend a ton of time outside, and they’re walking the streets of a concrete jungle (where would the little critters hide anyway?).
Many pet owners have recently called me to ask about the leptospirosis vaccine, wondering whether they should vaccinate their dogs against the disease. This is valid question, and it’s often debated amongst owners and veterinarians. The media often reports “outbreaks” …
Let’s face it, most cats hate going to the veterinarian. Just imagine, you’re going about your daily routine of sleeping in your favorite spot, lounging in the sun, grooming yourself, and occasionally having some food.