Monday, February 11th, 2013

Dr. Manning and the staff of East Side Animal Hospital are pleased to announce their hospital blog. This fun and fact-filled blog is updated regularly and includes up-to-date information about your pet’s health care. Also included in the blog are fun, pet-related news stories that we want to share with you and photos and information about our hospital and staff members.

We invite you to check our blog often.

Thank you for visiting.

– Dr. Keith Manning and the staff at East Side Animal Hospital

NYC Canine Influenza Update – June 2015 – Already Here

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

The Canine Influenza outbreak that started in Chicago has now spread to 13 states. The strain of the virus, H3N2, originated in Asia in 2007 and has sickened over 1000 dogs in the Chicago area alone. Eight dogs have died from either the virus itself or secondary infections. Alabama, California, Georgia, Texas, Massachusetts, New York, Wisconsin, Michigan, New Jersey, Iowa and Indiana have all reported instances of Canine Influenza. NYC Canine influenza is already upon us.

NYC Canine Influenza Symptoms

Canine Influenza’s symptoms are similar to the flu that humans get, and include cough, runny nose, and fever. However, the disease cannot be spread to humans. Because the virus is highly contagious between dogs, pet owners in affected areas should avoid dog parks. Vaccinations are also available for dogs in high-risk areas.

Vaccinations for Your Dog

Since New York has already reported cases of Canine Influenza, having your dog vaccinated may help prevent the disease. If you have questions or would like to set up a NYC canine influenza vaccination appointment, please call East Side Animal Hospital today.

Dining With Your Dog in NYC? Health Law may soon change!

Sunday, June 21st, 2015


It may be happy hour for ‘ dining with your dog in NYC ‘.  NY health laws are poised to allow dining with your dog in outdoor cafes as early as July of 2015.

Did you know that dining with your dog in NYC is currently illegal?

The law proposes to amend an existing health law in New York that dictates, ‘no live animal shall be kept, housed or permitted to enter into or remain in any food service establishment or non-retail food processing establishment.’

For more on the health laws as they pertain to animals in or near NYC restaurants, go here.

The dining with your dog law won’t be the first in our country. Florida and California already allow pet

Dining with your dog

Imagine the impression an eatery makes on a guest when they bring his or her dog a bowl of water! Dining with your dog has been legal in States like Florida and California for some time

owners to take their dogs to outdoor cafes.

But The measure is not without its opponents. The NY Health Department’s Christopher Miller recently told the NY Daily News, “The Health Department loves all dogs, but just not at restaurants where they can create a risk to the health and safety of diners, restaurant workers and other dogs.”

So what are the risks of dining with your dog in outdoor cafes? Our East Side veterinarians agree that whatever they are, they are minimal and can be divided into two areas: risks that are posed to other animals and risks that are posed to people




dining with your dog

Just because you like to eat with your dog, doesn’t mean that others do. Show consideration of other diners by keeping your dog’s body and mouth off of eating surfaces and furniture meant for humans

If your pet dines with you at a restaurant where another dog is not on a regular flea preventative or is infected with any kind of skin parasite, then your dog is at risk of exposure. Additional concerns would be the transmission of respiratory infections from one dog to another or the possibility of you carrying those pathogens, if they existed, on your hands or clothes to the dogs that you have at your home. Again our doctors underlined that these concerns are small. The annual bordetella vaccination we provide all patients at East Side Animal Hospital and the year-round flea preventative we offer should be sufficient to provide your pet the protection it needs.



East Side Animal Hospital is currently offering FREE doses of flea preventative with the purchase of a 12 month supply. This is an offer exclusive to our office.

And what about the risk to human health? Provided that dogs are not allowed to touch areas of the restaurant where food is placed (tables, serving trays, and utensils obviously), then the risk that these dogs would pose to human health would be the same that they posed to ordinary pedestrians on any New York street.

For it? Against it? Let us know on Facebook! To reach out to Assemblyman Richard
Gottfried on the matter, you can find him on Facebook or reach out to him on the State Assembly page.

Ice Water is Not Dangerous for Your Dog

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Concerned pet owners may have come across a Facebook post warning against giving dogs ice water. The post claims that giving dogs ice water can cause bloat, which can lead to a life-threatening condition called gastric dilation and volvulus, or GDV. It’s often accompanied by a seemingly true story of a well-meaning pet owner trying to keep their dog cool on a hot day only to find they must rush their pet to the veterinary emergency hospital.

Dog Drinking Water


It sounds scary, but it’s absolutely false. Veterinarians across the country have been addressing this myth for years, but the misinformation continues to spread thanks to social media. In an article addressing the myth, Dr. Patty Khuly says that “frigid gastric ‘cramping’ is a falsehood akin to those that inform you that your hair will grow back coarser if you shave it (myth), or that you shouldn’t go swimming for 30 minutes after eating lest you drown in a fit of cramps (myth).”

Bloat can be caused when your dog drinks too much too quickly, but the temperature of the water has nothing to do with this. In fact, putting ice cubes in your dog’s water can sometimes slow your dog’s water consumption, keeping the risk of bloat at bay.

If you have a large dog and are worried about bloat, we recommend feeding a few small meals per day instead of one large meal and avoiding exercise for an hour or so after eating. But if your pup is thirsty on a hot day, there’s nothing dangerous about helping them cool off with ice water.

If you have any questions about about the special care your pet needs during the hot weather, please call our animal hospital in Midtown East. We’re always here to help.

What Do My Pet’s Blood Tests Mean ?

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Many technologies that help humans live longer and better lives are also available for your pet. Blood testing, an important medical technology, is performed regularly by your veterinarian because it provides valuable information for determining the overall health of your companion.

The staff at East Side Animal Hospital is pleased to provide you with information regarding NYC veterinary blood testing. Please do not hesitate to call the hospital if you have specific questions about your pet’s blood test results.

A complete blood count (also called CBC) actually consists of several tests that evaluate the number and type of blood cells in the circulation. Cells that are evaluated consist of white blood cells (WBC), red blood cells (RBC), and platelets.

Veterinary Laboratory Technician Counting Blood Cells

Laboratory Technician Counting Blood Cells


White blood cells are important in helping the body fight infection. Red blood cells are fundamental for carrying oxygen to the body’s tissues. Abnormal numbers of these cells can indicate anemia, infection, leukemia, stress, and inflammation.

Platelets are involved in the blood clotting process and if low (in number) can indicate a bleeding disorder.

The hematocrit (HCT) provides information pertaining to the relative number of red blood cells (RBC) in circulation. This test is used to diagnose anemia and dehydration.

These tests survey many of the organ systems of the body in order and often indicate if they are working properly.

Albumin (ALB) – Low levels indicates chronic liver or kidney disease, intestinal disease, or intestinal parasites (especially hookworms).

Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT) – Elevated with liver disease or injury.

Alkaline Phosphatase (ALKP) – Elevated levels can indicate liver disease or Cushing’s disease.

Amylase (AMYL) – Elevated blood levels can indicate pancreatic and / or kidney disease.

Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) – Reflects kidney and liver disease as well as dehydration.

Cholesterol (CHOL) – Elevated levels are seen in many disorders. Some include liver and kidney disease and hypothyroidism.

Creatinine (CREA) – Elevated levels can be due to kidney disease or urinary tract obstruction.

Blood Glucose (GLU) – High levels can indicate diabetes. Low levels can indicate liver disease, infection or certain tumors.

Total Bilirubin (TBIL) – Levels of Bilirubin are useful in diagnosing anemia and bile duct problems.

Total Protein (TP) – This can detect many conditions. Some include liver, kidney, and gastrointestinal diseases as well as dehydration.

Calcium (Ca) – Increased levels are seen with certain tumors and kidney and parathyroid gland disease.

Phosphorus (PHOS) – Elevated levels can indicate kidney disease.

Sodium, Potassium, Chloride – all should be within normal levels. Vomiting, dehydration, and diarrhea can affect their levels.

How and Why Does my Cat Purr ?

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

There is almost nothing more comforting than when a cat jumps on our lap and begins to purr. Ever since the Egyptians started worshiping the cat, philosophers, scientists and cat lovers worldwide have wondered why cats purr. When we hear and feel this purring, we assume that everything is just fine with the cat. But why do cats purr? And what produces this sound?

Purring is still somewhat of a mystery; however, most experts agree that it’s due to the vibration of the vocal cords when the animal inhales and exhales.

It appears as though purring is not just limited to domestic cats. Some wild cats, such as pumas and mountain lions, are able to purr. In general, most large cats that cannot roar are able to purr. The calls of the leopard vary and include a series of harsh coughs, throaty growls, and deep, purring sounds.

It turns out that cats have special wiring traveling from the brain to the muscles in the vocal cords. Nerve signals that pass through this wiring system cause vibrations of the vocal cords. While the nerves cause the vocal cords to vibrate, the air forced through them by the diaphragm causes the musical hum. Since breathing has both inspiratory and expiratory phases, cats purr continuously.

It is commonly believed that cats purr when content. However, cats also purr when they are severely injured, frightened or giving birth. According to some veterinarians, the original function of the purr was to enable a kitten to communicate with his mother that things are going well. A kitten is able to purr by the second day of life, and although he can’t meow and nurse at the same time, he can purr and nurse.

Cat Purring

As the cat matures, the meaning of the purr changes. Some cats purr to indicate contentment or pleasure, but badly frightened cats and severely ill cats also purr. It is not uncommon for cats to purr when they are close to death. This final purring may indicate a state of anxiety or possibly euphoria. These states have also been elucidated in terminally ill people.

Since the purr has lasted through hundreds of generations of cats, there must be a survival mechanism behind its continued existence. Researchers believe that self-healing is the survival mechanism behind the purr. There is extensive documentation that suggests that low frequencies, at low intensity, are therapeutic. These frequencies can aid bone growth, fracture healing, pain relief, tendon and muscle strength and repair, joint mobility, the reduction of swelling, and the relief of dyspnea, or breathlessness. Purring may be linked to the strengthening and repairing of bones, relief of pain, and wound healing.

Animal behaviorists believe that when cats purr under stressful circumstances, they are reassuring or comforting themselves, much as humans may sing to themselves or hum when they are nervous. Frightened cats may purr to communicate submissiveness or non-aggressive intentions. A feral cat may purr to signal that he is not planning to attack and other cats need not feel threatened. Older cats may purr when they play or approach other cats, signaling that they are friendly and want to come closer.

If you have questions about your cat’s behavior or health, please don’t hesitate to call East Side Animal Hospital in Midtown East NYC. Our goal is to help you and your pet in sickness and in good health.

Most Popular Dog Breeds in 2014

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Dogs occupy a larger place than ever in our society in recent years. They’re not just pets – they’re real members of our families. People have come to cherish a wide variety of these four-legged friends. Depending on your personality, physical environment and time commitment, one of the breeds listed below would most likely make a great pet.

If you would like to discuss the ideal dog for you or your family, please stop by East Side Animal Hospital and speak to one of our staff members. We’re always here to help.

According to the American Kennel Club, the 10 breeds below topped the ranks in 2014.

1. Labrador Retriever – Labrador Retrievers, or simply Labradors or Labs, are frequently described as devoted, obedient, outgoing, gentle, agile and intelligent. Great with children and eager to please, it’s no surprise these dogs came out on top for the 24th consecutive year.

2. German Shepherd Dog – German Shepherds are working dogs, originally bred for herding sheep. They are known for being strong, intelligent, obedient, loyal and easy to train. While they are a common choice for law enforcement and the military, they also make great family pets.

3. Golden Retriever – Golden Retrievers are the loyal, strong and sometimes overly enthusiastic good buddies of the dog world. These energetic, affectionate canines shower their families with endless nuzzles, kisses and tail wags, and make very emotionally rewarding pets.

4. Bulldog – This breed is gentle, kid-friendly, affectionate, and stubborn. Bulldogs are not the energetic equals of Golden Retrievers or Labs. Instead, they favor brief walks and long periods of rest – most preferably with their heads on a beloved human’s lap – between meals.

5. Beagle – Beagles are members of the hound group and possess a great sense of smell and tracking instinct. Happy, outgoing, loving but also inquisitive and determined, these small and hardy dogs make great family pets.

6. Yorkshire Terrier – Yorkshire Terriers are the most popular toy breed in the US. Attention seeking, intelligent and independent, with a propensity for yapping, they are great for apartment dwellers and families with older children.

7. Poodle – Poodles have an unmistakably distinct appearance that makes them stand out from other dogs. They’re elegant, active and very intelligent. There are three types of poodles, Standard, Miniature and Toy, and all are considered to be affectionate family pets.

8. Boxer – Boxers are medium-sized dogs that are happy, loyal, brave, high-spirited, playful, intelligent and energetic. This breed is an excellent watchdog, is a great family pet and benefits greatly from dominant owner and training starting at a young age.

9. French Bulldog – French Bulldogs have a distinct look, too – but they’re a little more funny looking than other dogs. They’re adorable, too, and it’s no mystery why these affectionate small dogs, with their easy-going and playful natures, have won people’s hearts. French Bulldogs enjoy lavishing love on their human companions and generally get along well with everyone, including children.

10. Rottweiler – Often used as search and rescue dogs, guide dogs for the blind, and guard dogs or police dogs, Rottweilers also make great companion pets. Known for being exceptionally intelligent and strong, they are also devoted, good-natured, obedient and fearless. Properly bred and socialized Rottweilers are playful, gentle, and loving to their families.

When deciding to welcome a canine companion into your home, it’s important to consider where you live, your family, your existing pets and your lifestyle. Choosing a pet with the temperament, energy level and size that complement each of these factors is a vital part of making sure your life together is a long and happy one!

Canine Influenza Outbreak in Chicago Infects Over 1,000 Dogs

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Five dogs have died and over one thousand dogs have been sickened by a severe Canine Influenza outbreak in the Chicago area. The illness is highly contagious between dogs, and symptoms include loud coughs, fever, lethargy, and loss of appetite. Canine Influenza can lead to pneumonia, which can be fatal in dogs.

If you and your dog spend time in the Chicago area, we recommend keeping your dog away from other dogs. For the best protection, have your dog vaccinated against Canine Influenza. The virus is found everywhere and can infect your dog at any time.

Please contact East Side Animal Hospital for more information and to schedule a vaccination.

The Cat’s Out of the Bag: Ten Toys Under $25 That Your Cat Will Love

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Da Bird Feather Teaser

Play and exercise are an important part of pet health. For cats, toys are a great way to stimulate play, combat obesity, discourage unwanted behavior, and provide an outlet for unused energy and predatory instincts. Below are ten highly rated toys that at under $25—most under $10—will help keep your cat happy and healthy and won’t break the bank.

  1. Da Bird Feather Teaser, online from $7.49. This teaser simulates the motion of a bird at your control. A flick of the wrist and the brightly colored feathers dance and spin enticing your cat to play. Encourages instinctual behaviors and exercise to keep your cat healthy and alert.
  2. Mylar Crinkle Ball Cat Toys, online from $1.49, an inexpensive, sure-fire hit that your cat will love to bat and bobble around the house.
  3. Yeowww! Catnip Banana, online price from $4.13. These popular stuffed bananas are made in the USA and filled with organically grown catnip.
  4. Fat Cat Kitty Hoots Big Mama’s Scratchy Box, online from $8.37. An effective, economical way to satisfy your cat’s desire to scratch and save your furniture. Comes with a supply of “Zoom Around the Room Organic Catnip.” The box is 100 percent recyclable. May need to be replaced every 1-2 months, depending on usage.
  5. PetSafe SlimCat, online from $4.69. PetSafe Slimcat is an interactive feeding ball that works by distributing your cat’s food into smaller meals that can be fed at regular intervals. Slimcat can also satiate your cat’s craving to hunt which results in a more peaceful pet.
  6. Petlinks System Dream Curl Curvy Two-Surface Scratcher

  7. Petlinks System Dream Curl Curvy Two-Surface Scratcher online from $20.99. Your cat will love the shapely contours of the Dream Curl and its enticing variety of scratching surfaces and angles. Made from Earth-friendly sisal and contains organic catnip. The scratcher core is made from recycled material.
  8. Tipsy Nip Ball, online from $5. This organic catnip infused non-toxic wooden ball is sure to be a hit with your cat. When not in use, store in the accompanying bottle of catnip to keep the ball catnipalicious.
  9. Cat Amazing Interactive Puzzle for Cats

  10. Cat Amazing Interactive Puzzle for Cats, from $14.95. This interactive puzzle game has three levels of difficulty to stimulate and challenge cats, and those who complete the puzzle are rewarded with a treat. It is the perfect test of your cat’s skill and ingenuity and is an instant hit wherever people and cats are gathered. Made from 30 percent recycled cardboard and is 100 percent recyclable, and printed with certified metal-free inks.
  11. The Cat Dancer, available online from $1.79. The Cat Dancer is the original interactive cat toy. Spring steel wire and rolled cardboard create an irresistible lure for cats and great fun for cat lovers. According to their website, The Cat Dancer has been “home-tested by over 8 million cats.”
  12. Teddy for Kitty, $5.95, available online through EcoChoices Natural Living Store, is a teddy bear made from rugged corduroy and a colorful patch and filled with organically grown catnip. Made in the USA.

Don’t forget: Homemade cat toys can be just as entertaining as those that are store-bought. Cats love batting around a crumpled ball of paper, hiding in a large paper bag or cardboard box, or attacking an object, such as a feather, bell, or stocking stuffed with catnip, attached to a string or pole. Best of all, you probably have most or all of these items in your home already.

Traveling Outside the US with Your Pets

Monday, March 30th, 2015

For anyone traveling outside the United States with pets:

  • Call the appropriate embassy in Washington to confirm the entry requirements for your pet(s). Some embassies provide forms printed in English and in the host language for your veterinarian to complete. Some countries do not permit importation, or have long quarantine requirements.
  • Check the requirements to see how close to departure the required veterinary examination, vaccinations and tests must be completed.
  • Arrange with your veterinarian for required vaccinations and certificates.

Certification requirements vary from country to country. Some countries simply require the examining veterinarian to be licensed in the state of origin. In this case, the veterinarian’s examination statement does not need USDA certification. Some countries accept a standard letterhead health certificate and rabies certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian and endorsed by the USDA. Other countries require that your pet be examined by a federally accredited veterinarian and that a United States Interstate and International Certificate for Health Examination for Small Animals (AHPIS Form 7001) be issued by the examining veterinarian and endorsed by the USDA. (Since August 1994, only a federally accredited veterinarian can sign this form.) Call the embassy to determine the exact requirements before making an appointment with a veterinarian. Also, check the airline, as there have been cases where a country does not require a certification but the airline does.

The timetable for obtaining examination statements and certifications can be very tight. Plan well in advance to be sure all paperwork is completed in time for your departure date. You may send your paperwork by mail or courier, along with a rabies certificate, the appropriate fee for service and a self-addressed stamped envelope or a pre-paid Federal Express envelope (if you are short of time) for return to you. Make sure that the veterinarian’s name is legible and include a contact person with a daytime telephone number.

If you are planning to travel outside the US with your pet, you need to contact your local Veterinary Services office.

If you have a relatively uncomplicated plane flight, taking your pet along with you might be the best solution. Even if your pet is on the same flight as you, the appropriate documentation is still necessary. Ask your travel agent or call the airlines for price information.

If you are planning to ship your pet, reserve air space as early as possible. Be sure to schedule your pet’s arrival on a weekday and not on a weekend, as it is usually necessary for animals to be cleared by a veterinarian or health inspector upon arrival.

Provide a sturdy, leak-proof crate (lined with absorbent material such as newspaper) that is large enough for the animal to stand, lie down, or turn around, but not so large that the animal can be battered around in rough weather. Most pet stores sell shipping crates in various sizes.


  • Your pet should become acclimated to the crate by having practice sessions. Be sure the pet has a comfortable pad to lie on and a few familiar toys. A leash should also be included inside the crate.
  • Even if your pet is microchipped, put identification tags that include an emergency phone number on your pet’s collar.
  • Print your name and destination address clearly on the shipping crate. Include your pet’s name so that attendants can talk to him. If your pet has special needs or habits (bites or growls at strangers) include that information. You might want to list this information in other languages as well. In case your pet gets lost or needs to be identified, you should carry a photo with you.
  • Feed your pet a very light meal about six hours before shipping. Give water up until two hours before departure. A water dish attached to the the crate should be provided. The water dish should be conveniently located so an attendant can provide water at stopovers without being bitten. Send dry food along if the trip is long. If you send canned food, fasten an opener and dish to the crate in a cloth or mesh bag with feeding instructions clearly marked on the crate.
  • Do not tranquilize your pet without your veterinarian’s approval. A tranquilized pet can injure himself more easily than a non-tranquilized animal.
  • Exercise your pet just before shipping.
  • If your pet is traveling with you, make sure you have a decent amount of time between connecting flights. This way, it’s more likely that he is going to be transfered to your connecting flight.
  • If there is a delay, the airline may kennel the pets. Some airlines have kennel facilities while other do not. State on your airway bill that your animal is to be taken to the animal port if there is a delay or stopover.
  • Arrange to have your pet picked up immediately upon arrival. Airline facilities for pets may be limited or nonexistent.

Blind Man and Guide Dog Survive Subway Train Collision

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Blind Man and Guide Dog Survive Subway Train Collision

A blind man and his guide dog escaped serious injury after the man fainted on a New York City subway platform and fell onto the tracks. The operator of the train was able to slow the train and reduce the impact on the man and his dog while bystanders called for help. The man, Cecil Williams, said that the presence of his guide dog, Orlando, saved his life. “He tried to hold me up,” Williams said, adding that the dog barked frantically and tried to stop Williams from falling, but was unable to do so when Williams fainted.

Williams originally would have had to surrender the dog to a shelter when the dog turned 11 on January 5th, as his insurance will not cover the cost of a non-working dog. However, after an outpouring of support from New Yorkers, Williams will now be able to keep Orlando. “He’s my best buddy,” Williams said. “He takes me everywhere I need to go. He’s a very gentle gentleman.”

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