Bay Street Animal Hospital

718-420-9100 | 999 Bay Street | Staten Island, NY 10305
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Jackie Comes Home in Time for Christmas

Jackie is a sweet seven-year-old Boston Terrier. In late October while on a walk, Jackie and her owner were attacked and severely bitten by a much larger dog.

Jackie’s owner had to go to a human hospital for treatment of her injuries. Jackie was brought to Bay Street Animal Hospital where here she was examined by veterinarian Dr. Malgorzata Banaszek-Lepkowski.

Dr. Banaszek-Lepkowski thoroughly examined Jackie and found that the bite wounds were severe and deep. Radiographs showed that Jackie had a ruptured bladder and needed surgery with extended intensive care and wound management to follow the surgery. 

Jackie underwent treatment for 42 days at Bay Street Animal Hospital. The Bay Street team provided her with the love and care necessary for her healing. Jackie became a fixture here and part of the Bay Street family.

To complete the post-surgery healing process, Dr. Banaszek-Lepkowski and our dedicated technicians worked diligently and administered wound hydrotherapy twice daily, along with wet-to-dry bandages, antibiotics, and pain medications. 

Jackie had to have a second surgery to close the wound after it had healed properly. She was a trooper through it all and kept her sweet disposition right to the end of treatment.

Today, we are so happy to see Jackie return to us after her initial discharge. She is having her sutures removed just in time for Christmas. She came in prancing and jumping all through the waiting room lobby, saying hello to anyone she could. 

It was a sad, unfortunate, and painful situation for Jackie and her owner to go through — but one with a very happy Christmas-story ending.

Holiday Hazards for Pets

The holiday season is the most joyous time of year. It’s a time when we gather with family, including our beloved pets, to celebrate, eat, drink, and be merry — and safe. We must be especially vigilant during the holidays about the special hazards and risks that this time of year poses for our pets.

  1. Chocolate contains a stimulant called theobromine. Like caffeine, it’s tasty, but is severely poisonous to cats and dogs.

  2. Mince Pies and Christmas Puddings. All grapes, raisins, currants and sultanas are toxic. Absolutely no mince pies for your pooch, not even a nibble.

  3. Tinsel looks like a lot of fun to play with for our pets. But tinsel can cause dangerous blockages in an animal’s stomach.

  4. Macadamia nuts are often found in Christmas snacks. These nuts cause severe illness in dogs.

  5. Garlic, chives and onion, which are found in festive foods such as gravy, stuffing, and sausages, are poisonous to dogs.

  6. Snow Globes. Imported versions can contain antifreeze. As little as one tablespoon can be fatal for a cat.

  7. Candles may create a cozy atmosphere, but candle flames can burn paws and the curious noses of our furry friends. There’s also risk of them falling over when brushed against.

  8. Fairy Lights. Cats are curious and will try to chew on anything, including fairy lights – which can burn and even electrocute them.

  9. Alcohol can cause severe liver and brain damage in animals. As little as a tablespoon can lead to severe problems for your cat or dog.

  10. Other hazards.
  • Salt dough ornaments – the mix of flour and salt with water can cause a fatal salt toxicosis.
  • Christmas foliage like poinsettia, mistletoe and ivy– all of which are mildly toxic to both cats and dogs.
  • Wrapping paper – eating a large amount of paper could cause an obstruction in your pet’s stomach.
  • Lilies are extremely dangerous for cats. Eating just two or three leaves, or even drinking water from a vase containing them can be potentially fatal.
  • Don’t forget the warning about the dangers of walking your dogs in the snow without booties and having their sensitive paws subject to salt.
If your pet has eaten anything potentially harmful, you should call the Bay Street Animal Hospital team immediately at 718-420-9100. We’re here for you and your pet 24/7.

Dog (and Cat) Days of Summer Bash at BSAH

On Wednesday, August 15, the staff at Bay Street Animal Hospital joined long-time clients, friends, and a lot of their pets at an almost-end-of-summer block party celebration.

It had rained for days. But that evening the weather cooperated brilliantly. On a perfect summer night from 6 – 10pm, the crowd enjoyed ice cream, hot dogs, pizza, and each other’s company, and had a chance to tour our newly-renovated facility.

Photo montage showing people and doctors having fun at the annual hot dog and pizza party at Bay Street Animal Hospital
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Backyard Dog Run Added at Bay Street Animal Hospital

A recent article in the New York Times documented the fact that Staten Island contains the largest population of large dogs of New York City’s five boroughs (dogs over 50 pounds as a percentage of total dogs owned per borough).

Run with the Big Dogs (and the Small Dogs). This April, BSAH added a cutting-edge outdoor dog run to our backyard. Dogs whose loving owners book them for a stay at BSHA’s Luxury Pet Hotel receive many VIP guest amenities, including the opportunity to exercise in the run — rain or shine. The 1,100-square foot dog run, open to dogs of all sizes, is completely protected from the weather by overhead cover.
360° Panorama – Dog’s Eye View

It’s All About the Sanitation (and the French Drains).
Bay Street’s dog run represents the latest developments in sanitation. The only thing not cutting edge about our dog run is our grass — there is none. A top layer of protection is provided by a proprietary maintenance-free 100% permeable artificial turf and backing that allow all liquids and solids to be washed away and completely drained at 250 inches per hour without back-up. Below ground level, a system of French drains — perforated pipes — redirects water washed from the surface away from the area of the dog run.

Detailed graph describing the French Draoins in the Dog Run at Bay Street Animal Hospital
Other Dog (and Cat) Amenities. While you and your family go on vacation, boarding your beloved pet at BSAH provides the perfect opportunity for your pet’s annual check-up and grooming needs. Besides our Destination Hotel for dogs, we also provide boarding for cats at our Kitty Korner. Our Pet Hotel page lists the many benefits and perks, including a complimentary bath for pets who stay more than three days and a 10% discount on our boarding guests’ grooming needs.

And Furthermore. Behind BSAH’s outdoor dog run there is a separate staff residence, where a member of our staff is on call 24/7. That makes us the only hotel in the world where the staff gets to live with the dogs.
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And Still Growing…

Bay Street Animal Hospital proudly announces the addition of Dr. Thomas Parker to our senior veterinary staff. Dr. Parker has over 30 years of experience in treating animals of various sizes in the U.S. and abroad.

Dr. Parker was born and raised in Brooklyn. He received a Bachelor of Science (Biology) from St. Francis College, Brooklyn. He completed his graduate work at Gregorio Araneta University, Manila, Philippines, where he received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.

From 2001 – 2017, Dr. Parker was owner/partner of the Park Slope Veterinary Care facility. He is known for his calm, caring nature and his ability to communicate with pet owners and co-workers.

His exceptional skills include radiology and ultra sound diagnostics, emergency medicine, nutritional medicine, and teaching. His extensive background in the U.S and internationally includes working with farm and marine animals. Dr. Parker is also a certified SCUBA diver.

Pee Is Free during the Week of April 9 – 15.

During the week of April 9 – 15, Bay Street Animal Hospital is providing FREE urine analysis for your very important pet (usually costing $50).

No exam necessary. Just drop off your pet’s urine in a clean container and get the results back while you wait. If you cannot collect the urine, come in to BSAH and we will collect the urine specimen without any additional fee.

No appointment necessary. You can drop off a specimen or bring in your pet for urine collection any day during the week of April 9 – 15 before midnight (Sunday before 6:00pm).

Call  718-420-9100  for more information.

Upcoming VIP Lecture/Roundtable: A Blend of Eastern and Western Pet care for Your Dog and Cat

Photograph of dog receiving acupuncture from the blog of Bay Street Animal Hospital

On Wednesday, April 11, Dr. Justine Candrilli will be presenting a lecture and slide show to invited pet owners, East Meets West: Acupuncture, Laser Treatment, and Herbal Medicine — An Integrative Approach to Canine and Feline Healthcare.

The lecture will be followed by a roundtable discussion. The event is scheduled for 7:00 – 9:00pm at Bay Street Animal Hospital.

The event will be filmed live and simultaneously live-streamed on Facebook. Digital participants will be able to relay questions and comments to Dr. Candrilli and the audience during the event.

Dr. Candrilli is an attending Veterinarian at Bay Street Animal Hospital, and has trained at the Chi Institute of Chinese Veterinary Medicine as a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist.

Rabies Alert Issued for New York City Area


On February 1, The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) issued an alert to area veterinarians that several rescue dogs for adoption or sale have been diagnosed with the rabies virus. New York City is the main port of entry for rescue dogs from other countries.

The cases of recently diagnosed rabies in New York City has revealed that many rescue dogs are entering the United States with intentionally falsified documentation, such as fake certificates of vaccination against the rabies virus.

Rabies is a deadly disease of the central nervous system found in all warm-blooded animals, including dogs, cats, and humans. The virus is spread primarily when an infected animal bites another animal or human. Rabies is incurable. After the onset of symptoms, the course of the disease results in fatality from paralysis leading to cardiac arrest or respiratory failure. In humans, unless an anti-rabies serum is administered within 24 hours after exposure to the virus, the course of the disease is irreversible.

According to the DOHMH alert, maintaining vaccination against rabies is required for all dogs and cats in New York City. “Any healthy pet dog or cat that has bitten or otherwise potentially exposed a person to rabies is required to be confined and observed by the owner for 10 days after the bite incident.”

Current information on rabies and animals testing positive for rabies in New York City is available on the Health Department Website ( Also available at the Website is additional information about rabies, including summary data for New York City and a downloadable brochure for pet owners.