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Pets

Marijuana toxicity in dogs and cats

Marijuana is not new, but it’s still the most popular illicit drug in the United States. With the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana in some states, plus the availability of synthetic versions, marijuana toxicity in pets is on the rise.

How do pets become intoxicated?  Read more

Training your dog

The goal of training your pets is to teach them a response that you want to see them continue. Achieving this good behavior is often accomplished with either a verbal command or hand signal. In this article, we will touch on only one small facet of good behavior, which uses a tool called a halter.  Read more

Rare and weird chickens at Catskill Exotic Bird Club

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Chicken expert Craig Russell will bring some of his unusual chickens with him to the Catskill Exotic Bird Club on Thursday, June 9.  Read more

Common illnesses of birds

Pet birds just like other pets can become ill and some species are more prone to some diseases than others. If you already have a pet bird or are exploring making a bird part of your family, it is important to be familiar with their diseases.  Read more

K-Kids rock with shelter donations

SLATE HILL, NY — Minisink Valley Intermediate Kiwanis K-Kids, mentored by advisor Mary Jo Wagner, once again came through for pets at the Humane Society of Port Jervis/Deerpark, delivering a carload of food, toys, blankets and beds and a check for $306.36 to benefit the animals at the shelter. The K-Kids club, made up of third-, fourth- and fifth-graders from the Minisink Valley Intermediate School, participates in service projects all year long. The shelter donations were collected by the kids from students at their school.  Read more

Parvovirus in Dogs

Parvo, or canine parvovirus (CPV) infection, is a relatively new disease that was appreciated in dogs in the 1970s. The disease is often rapidly spread and has great severity, thus causing great cause for concern among pet owners. The canine parvovirus is very similar to the feline panleukopenia (feline distemper) and is thought to be a mutation of the canine parvovirus.  Read more

Choking horses

The word “choke” for most people immediately puts an image of someone standing over a table, unable to talk or breath because a piece of food is lodged in their trachea or windpipe. In horses, “choke” is used to describe a condition that refers to an esophageal obstruction, not an airway (tracheal) obstruction. Since the horse can continue to breath with this condition, it is not an immediately life-threatening emergency. However, complications with choke include aspiration pneumonia, scarring within the esophagus and potential rupture of the esophagus.  Read more

GAIT seeks volunteers

MILFORD, PA — GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center volunteer Doris Bouckenooghe leads Diggy while rider David Martone warms up for his lesson. Side aides Corinne Gannon, left, and Rich St. John, right, assist David by showing him the next step in his exercise. GAIT’s most popular program, Therapeutic Riding, runs from January through November and relies heavily on the assistance of volunteers to ensure a safe, fun, and educational experience for the riders involved.  Read more

Equine metabolic syndrome

Nearly 70% of adults in the United States suffer from obesity. Unfortunately, poor dietary behavior is also appreciated in our pet populations. While there are a number of diets for dogs and cats that include low carbohydrate, grain-free, unique protein, holistic, and even vegetarian options, not much is said for horses. Obesity is a serious health condition, but, unfortunately, many horse owners still look at a fat pony and think how cute it is, or look at a fat horse and compliment its big bones. However, science has shown that fat tissue is more than storage of energy.  Read more

Indoor-only cats: Are vet visits needed?

Keeping a cat indoors is a very responsible decision, especially when being concerned about the safety not only of your cat, but also of the local wildlife population. Indoor/outdoor cats exercise their complete predatory instincts and are responsible for the devastation of many birds, rodents and other small animals. Some of them may be endangered. But while living indoors is certainly safer overall than living outdoors for a cat, and indoor living contributes to a longer life expectancy, regular veterinary care is still very important.

Vaccines  Read more

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