Sent: Monday, January 19, 2015 9:04 AM
Subject: Thank you for your help and kindness
Hello Don It's been a difficult week as I learn to accept my dog's passing but I've been wanting to reach out to you to thank you again for the speed and kindness and reverence with which you transported us to the Animal Medical Center in the early hours of January 14. I will always recall your calm and compassionate voice on the phone and your brief presence in my apartment as you sized up Matty's condition, carried him out the door and conducted us to the emergency room at AMC. As I look back on everything that transpired that night I realize how fortunate we were to have you as our escort on this part of Matty's journey. Your love of animals and determination to help fight for their lives is something I will never forget. Thank you for being there for us. Sorry we didn't know you in better times. Matty was an incredible dog and a partner I will miss the rest of my life The following is a short tribute I wrote for him after he died. Matelot, July 4, 2004 -- January 14, 2015 :
"Here within my arms
Sailor from the deep
Where you go, my heart will follow
When you go down to the sea"
With much gratitude
When you have a chance, listen to the words from the song Matty’s name comes from: Matelot. For nearly 15 years I looked to find the right dog to call “Matelot”
05.27 2014 Quick Travel Tips for your Summer Vacation Considering your petís needs prior to hitting the road for vacation can save both time and frustration later.
"Once a scared pet is actually in the car, the signs of sickness typically start dur-ing the first few minutes of the ride," said Dr. Diane Levitan, the medical director at The Center for Specialized Veterinary Care in Westbury Long Is-land. "Compounding the problem is the fact that some pets prefer to Ďhide and rideí, so they can end up not only sick but stuck under one of the seats."
To avoid these problems, consider mak-ing "practice runs" in your car with your pet. Start out with short rides at first, the let them become gradually longer. At the end of the ride, offer lots of praise and treats, and before long your pet may be begging for a ride in the car.
Here are 10 tips you should keep in mind when traveling with your pet: 1. Before the trip, take your animal for a veterinary check-up and obtain a health certificate and documentation of inoculations. 2. Your animalís travel crate must be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down in comfortably. Also you should line the bottom of the crate with towels to absorb urine. 3. Try to avoid traveling in extreme weather conditions. If you must travel in hot weather, try to make the trip in the evening or early morning. 4. Bring a couple of jugs of cold water. The water can be used to cool down your pet if the car should break down. 5. Dogs should be given water and exercise during rest stops, but they should not be allowed to run loose at rest areas. No matter how well trained an animal is, this is a new experience and an accident could happen. Cats, birds and all other pets should remain in their carriers until safely indoors once your destination for the day is reached. 6. Under no circumstances should you leave a pet in a car. It takes only minutes for an animal to develop heatstroke. 7. If you will be flying, remember that most airlines have a limit on the number of pets allowed per cabin, so be sure to inform your airline when you make your reservation that you'll be boarding with your animal. Also, ask for the allowable dimensions of your petís carrier. If your pet is flying in the cargo section and youíre traveling in hot weather or to a warm climate, book a night flight. Also freeze water you provide for your pet so that it will not fall out during loading, but will melt by the time the animal is thirsty. 8. Let the person sitting next to you know that you have a pet with you. (He or she may be allergic and want to switch seats with someone else.) 9. If you are planning to stay in a hotel, make arrangements prior to starting your trip. Your pet should be a welcome guest. 10. When you arrive at your destination, keep your pet in a calm, quiet area and give him or her plenty of time to adjust to the new environment.
09.13 2013 Workshops held in Prospect Park teach pet owners CPR NEWS 12 Brooklyn BROOKLYN
- Organizations Brooklyn Bark
and Fido hold a monthly workshop
in Prospect Park to equip pet
owners with the skills to face
emergencies. Lessons include pet
CPR and other emergency treatments
that owners can use to save their
pet's life. Instructors say 25
percent of the pets that don't
make it when they come to the
ER could have been saved by just
one of the techniques taught in
1800 AmbuVet is pleased to announce that we will be covering the NYC Pet Show 2011. Please come out and join
us in celebrating our favorite animal friends and businesses. Celebrity guests will be in attendance... cats and dogs are welcome to
attend the event too!
2011 When: May
10011 Tickets: $20
What: For far too long, canine athletes have faithfully trained alongside their human counterparts,
only to be left on the sidelines on race day. No longer! The Iams Doggy Dash gives man (or woman) and best friend the chance
to compete in tandem over a 5 miles run course. Who:See the 2010
Canine Competitors here(Registration is now closed.) When:July 18, 2010 during the 10th Annual Nautica New York City Triathlon. Where:Central Park (NYC). View thecourse
1-800 AmbuVet is now offering Visiting Tech Service in the NYC area. A licensed veterinary
technician is available for in- home fluid therapy, diabetic maintenance, medication administration, as well as, hospice care. Going away and
not sure who to trust with your beloved special needs pet? Call 1800 AmbuVet today and rest assured your furry friend is in great hands!
CutePetGazette interviews 1-800 AmbuVet at the NYC Pet Expo with Ceasar Milan!See the video here!
New AmbuVet vehicle with electric ramp is introduced. Have an X-Large animal and need some help getting in? We now offer regular transports with lift assistance! Transporting the giant one is now as easy as a smile!
Protect your Pets on Howl-O-Ween
Keep your Pet away from the front door. Dogs in particular may feel the need to protect their home and may be more likely to bite any visitors who appear out of the ordinary. Ensure decorations cannot be pulled down. Your Pet could become injured by or even entangled in decorations, so make sure you keep them Pet-friendly. Do not take your cat or dog with you in the car while your kids go trick-or-treating. It can be very frightening to a Pet to sit in a dark car while scary creatures of every size and shape walk by. A Pet that is normally friendly can become aggressive and protective.
Do not give your Pet candy.
Chocolate contains theo bromine, a substance that can be lethal if ingested by your Pet.
Stick on caramel apples can be swallowed and cause choking or damage to internal organs.
Packaging can cause choking or intestinal blockage. Foil wrappers can become as dangerous as razors when swallowed.
Keep your Pet inside. There are plenty of stories of vicious pranksters who have teased, injured, or even stolen Pets that are left in their yards. Make sure your Pet is safely inside your home.
Can Cats and Dogs Catch Swine Flu?
virus—a faster moving and possibly more debilitating strain of influenza than the typical seasonal flu—has
“Many species can become infected with influenza viruses, but the current 2009 H1N1 virus, which is a mixture of genetic material from different species, has not been identified in animal populations in the United States to date,” says Dr. Miranda Spindel, Director of ASPCA Veterinary Outreach. “These
viruses are notoriously unpredictable,
though, and it is important that we
In terms of other animals who are susceptible, Dr. Spindel warns that influenza or flu viruses are occasionally transmitted from people to pigs, and the 2009 H1N1 virus has also been identified in turkeys. Pet parents of Vietnamese Potbellies, African Pygmies and other pet pigs should monitor their animals' health closely, notify their veterinarian of any signs of illness and speak to their veterinarian about influenza type A vaccines. And ferrets are susceptible to most human flu viruses, so pet parents should take extra care to prevent exposure of pet ferrets to people or other ferrets with flu symptoms.
Meanwhile, flu season is upon us and pet parents should take common-sense preventative measures to keep their dogs and cats healthy:
If your dog is exhibiting flu-like symptoms, including coughing, nasal discharge or fever (normal dog and cat temperature is 101 to 102.5 degrees), play it safe and avoid taking him to places like dog parks, where he can pass on germs or come in contact with unvaccinated or sick dogs.
Avoid letting your cat roam freely outside
If your dog comes into frequent contact with other dogs or is kept in a kennel, the ASPCA recommends that you discuss with your veterinarian whether vaccination against canine influenza may be appropriate. Note: canine influenza and H1N1 are not the same virus.
Talk to your vet about what flu vaccines are currently available, and be sure all your pets get vaccinated!
Don't let your pet share water bowls, food dishes or toys with other animals.
Make sure your pet is eating, drinking and playing as he normally does each day. If you notice your pet behaving unusually, or if he has flu-like symptoms, check in with your veterinarian immediately.
WHY I LIKE MY DOGS
says, "Make me an offer." He's a slacker, but it works for him. I know the argument. These critters that I have anthropomorphized into furry personalities are just doing what eons of evolution have equipped them to do so well - be exactly what I want them to be. There is truth to that. Do the math. There are 10,000 wolves left in the United States, and 60 million dogs. Dogs have learned to play the game. But you have to own - and love - a dog to understand the insignificance of scientific explanation. Dogs are what they are. Why means nothing. I will even argue that if more of us realized that, we might see some improvement in the fact that a third of Americans report regular and extreme levels of stress. The recent Harris Interactive study that quantified stressed-out Americans focused on immediate and personal causes - like jobs, household budgets and dwindling personal time. And those pressures are all very real. But those issues are spikes in an ever-elevating baseline of stress that comes from issues that are beyond our control, but impact our lives. Our stress hormones are telling us to fight or flee or both. But it's hard to choose when there is a crackling disconnect between what we hear and what we see. A war that ranks among the greatest policy blunders in American history drags on without a hint of an exit strategy. The two men who supervised the attack that instigated that war remain free, taunting and threatening the Western world from parts unknown. Relentlessly rising gas prices caused by the ever-mysterious and convenient "market forces" are putting companies out of business and causing consumers to choose between travel and food. Food prices have turned the simple act of feeding a family into a budget issue. A flood of easy-money mortgages ignored by the rating agencies that vouched for their quality are drowning whole neighborhoods in foreclosures. After decades of talk, blame and dithering, medical costs continue to spiral up along with the numbers of uninsured. Through it all, our president "understands" the frustrations of the American people, while taking every opportunity to blame someone else - anybody else. The Democratic Congress voted in to create change has proved to be, well, a Democratic Congress - almost comically unable to agree, organize or move forward on even the simplest issues. As people watch forces beyond their control change their lives in ways they never anticipated, there is a creeping dread that the world is running on a basic rule: You can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time - and that's good enough to start a war or make some money. But when Polly and Stuart sit there in all their simple purity, giving me what our family calls "the look," I
Peggy Drexler is an assistant professor of psychology at Cornell University. This article appeared on page B - 7 of
San Francisco Chronicle
CANINE INFLUENZA VIRUS
of “kennel cough” and
Currently, there is no vaccine for canine influenza
virus. Because the disease is highly contagious
and all dogs are believed susceptible, experts
recommend taking a common-sense approach, which
includes seeking veterinary advice if your dog
exhibits signs of respiratory illness; ensuring
that if you use a boarding kennel it is reputable
and well-known (go to www.abka.com for
information); and staying alert to announcements
in your area regarding outbreaks.
University of Florida
College of Veterinary Medicine, 352.392.4700
University College of Veterinary Medicine, 607.253.3000
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 800.311.3435
Morris Animal Foundation, 800.243.2345 / www.MorrisAnimalFoundation.org
Boarding Kennels Association, 877.570.7788 / www.ABKA.com
Avian Flu Virus with the potential of jumping
from birds to humans and causing