Bay Street Animal Hospital

718-420-9100 | 999 Bay Street | Staten Island, NY 10305
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The Dog’s on Us

Since its founding in 2002 in Rosebank, Bay Street Animal Hospital has been an integral part of the Staten Island community. Over the years, BSAH has grown into the largest independently owned animal hospital on Staten Island. The full-service facility provides state-of-the-art medical, surgical, emergency, and intensive care, as well as professional grooming and a luxury pet hotel. To celebrate its special long-term relationship with its neighbors, Bay Street Animal Hospital will be holding its annual block party on Sunday, June 23, from 2–7pm.

The block party is open to anyone who wants to join the celebration, including family members of all ages, and furry friends. The party will be hard to miss. It will be taking place over the entire block on Lynhurst Avenue between Bay Street and Edgewater Street, which is adjacent to BSAH’s main entrance and parking lot at 999 Bay Street.

Complimentary food service includes hot dogs, pizza, ice cream, fresh fruit, and soft drinks. Participants will be able to tour BSAH’s state-of-the-art animal hospital and meet the entire staff, including senior veterinarians. Entertainment will be provided, and there will be special discounts and savings offered on veterinary care and pet accessories.

According to Dr. Robert B. Cohen and Dr. Theresa Ann Cavallaro, co-founders of BSAH in 2002, the hospital’s long-term success is based on what makes BSAH special.

Dr. Cavallaro is quick to add that what really makes Bay Street Animal Hospital special is its people. “It’s all about the people.  A compassionate team of six full-time veterinarians with a combined work experience of over 120 years and a seasoned support staff and technicians of 35 allow us to provide the best medical care and services at the highest technical level. Yet the emphasis here has always been on the long-term personal bonds we form with our neighbors and clients and their beloved pets. That is what we will be celebrating at the block party this June 23rd.”

Windows Up Could Save Your Pup

By Jessica Lozano

This spring marks the five-year anniversary of an accident that happened to my dog. The accident has changed forever the way I drive with him in my car. I hope my cautionary tale will help keep other dogs safe from a seemingly innocuous habit.

Mason always hated the car.

My dog Mason is a Jack Russell Terrier, a breed notorious for being energetic. He gets especially worked up when he’s being driven in my car: pacing, whining, and generally being distracting.

I found that having the window open and letting him stick his head out seemed to quiet his anxiety in the car and it became his norm. At the time of his accident, I had owned Mason for three years, and every time we drove, he was “bat dog,” ears flapping in the wind.

On this particular afternoon, we were on our way home from running a few small errands. Mason was in the back seat of my small coupe, stretching to get his head out the window between my headrest. I mention this detail to paint the picture that what happened next was not because he was hanging halfway out the backseat window.

The accident

As I slowed to approach a stop light, I heard an unmistakable yelp. Turning to see how Mason could have hurt himself in the back seat, I found it empty. I was immediately panic stricken and caught sight of him in the side-view mirror disappearing behind my car.

I threw the car into park, hopped out, and managed to catch him before he continued running down the street. Back in the car, we sped off to Bay Street Animal Hospital to have him examined.

When we arrived, Dr. Malgorzata Banaszek-Lepkowski immediately examined him and found several injuries. He had road rash in several places, a deep wound on his foot, and most importantly, his tail was dislocated.

What people may not realize is that the tail is an extension of the spine and is home to several vertebrae and is packed with nerve endings. With his tail dislocated and nerves damaged, he no longer had any anal tone, meaning he did not have control over his anal sphincter.

The prognosis was guarded, and Dr. Banaszek-Lepkowski warned me that he may need to be in diapers for the rest of his life.

A slow and steady recovery

After a few nights in the hospital that included a course of steroids, pain medications, and intravenous fluid support, Mason was discharged.

At home he continued to have strict cage rest and over the next few weeks he slowly recovered sensation in his hind end and is diaper free. Unfortunately, there was no way for him to recover use of his tail, and it hangs limply at all times. Amputation was discussed but we opted not to put him through a difficult procedure, as it was causing him no distress.

Since that day I always keep Mason buckled to a collar seat belt or in his travel crate in the back seat. I hope his story will encourage fellow dog owners to be cautious when letting their pets peek out the car windows. I am thankful that I was lucky his injuries were not more severe, as he could have easily been struck by another car or more seriously injured had my car been moving at a higher rate of speed.