Pet Health

Protect Yourself from Ticks

Protect Yourself from Ticks Common Sense Prevention & Alert Observations are Recommended ERIE COUNTY, NY— After another mild Western New York winter, the number of ticks in Erie County may be increased compared to previous years. More ticks could lead to more people exposed to tick borne diseases, such as Lyme disease, which is widespread in Erie County. This year, Centers for Disease Control ... »

Southtowns Animal Clinic Strives to Feed Hungry Animals

By Shannon Traphagen Southtowns Animal Hospital in West Seneca, NY, is helping pet owners in need feed their pets. The Animal Food Bank of WNY is a non-profit organization dedicated to supplying food for animals in need. For many, when economic times get tough or a loss of a job occurs, the first thoughts are, “How am I going to feed my family, my pets?” It becomes a choice of paying b... »

Swim Therapy for Canines!

By Shannon Traphagen Swimming provides a great workout. It requires that you move your whole body against the resistance of the water, and keeps your heart rate up while taking impact stress off your body. According to researchers at Bucknell University and the USA Swimming Association, swimming helps the cardiovascular system while reducing stress and anxiety. It is not surprising that swimming f... »

Can your dog’s feet get burned on a hot day?

Can your dog’s feet get burned? by Dr. Kim Smyth Before you burst out the door with Fido on a hot day, stop to think—is the street too hot for four-legged feet? The answer is, yes, it can be. Sometimes these injuries can be quite severe, blistering the pads of pets so badly that the outer layer sloughs off. Aside from being excruciatingly painful, the injuries are prone to infection. Luckily... »

Doggie Yoga, Pet CPR and Puppy Push-Ups

Doggie Yoga, Pet CPR and Puppy Push-Ups – Fitness and Education for You and Your Pet By Katie Coleman Kim Sauer loved being with pets and their owners so much that she decided to spread her passion by opening Sit n’ Stay Pet Services. Now, 14 years later, Sit n’ Stay has blossomed to offer public and private services across Erie County, including in-home pet sitting, private and group dog tr... »

Rabies in Niagara County

Second 2016 Animal Rabies Case Identified in Niagara County Niagara County, NY 3/18/2016 4:34:58 PM “The Niagara County Department of Health Division of Environmental Health has been notified that a raccoon submitted for rabies testing from Lockport Street in the Village of Youngstown was confirmed positive for rabies,” announced Environmental Health Director, Paul Dicky. This is the second rabid ... »

Preparing For Life With Your Adopted Dog

Find your ‘furever’ friend at a local rescue shelter. (NAPS)—Each year, approximately 7 million pets enter U.S. shelters. Unfortunately, 3 million of them are euthanized—but you can help change that. Save a life by choosing to adopt your next dog and consider these tips. Step 1: Test the waters Before committing to adopting your own dog, volunteer to pet sit for a friend or foster from a shelter. ... »

Coping With the Loss of A Pet

The death of a pet often creates a void in a pet owner’s life. Finding ways to cope with the situation can help alleviate some pain. The strong bonds many people share with their pets can make the death of those pets, be it sudden or expected, difficult to handle. It’s not uncommon to be traumatized when a pet dies, and such grief may be influenced by the pet’s age at the time of... »

Which Pets Get into the Most Health Trouble at Home?

The aspca says 2012 was the year of the mischievous labrador retriever (BHL) – According to a new list from the ASPCA the Labrador retriever led the pack when it came to cases handled by its Animal Poison Control Center (APCC). The APCC says it handled more than 180,000 cases about pets exposed to possibly poisonous substances in 2012 – and nearly 14,000 of those calls were from worried Lab ... »

Going the Extra Mile to Keep Your Pets Fit — and Reduce Your Own Stress

      by Annette Pinder I have to admit, I was somewhat reluctant to try Western New York’s newest pet facility even though it was less than a mile from my house. But it had everything I could possibly need — daycare, grooming, boarding for both my cat and my dog, and a canine fitness center. Still, I wasn’t quite sure. Why? It was called a pet resort — a pet... »