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 (www.nyc.gov/health/rabies). Also available at the Website is additional information about rabies, including summary data for New York City and a downloadable brochure for pet owners.
*Dentistry patients must be current on their vaccinations, which will be updated at the pre-dental exam, if necessary. Some patients may require extractions or other services, such as x-rays at additional cost. Although all additional dental procedures will be discounted, basic prices quoted are subject to the actual procedures that are completed under anesthesia. Discount is being offered on dental appointments scheduled before March 31, 2018, and may not be combined with other discounts.
On October 20, Dr. Robert B. Cohen, Co-Director of the Bay Street Animal Hospital, was honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award from his undergraduate alma mater, the University of Delaware (www.canr.udel.edu). The award was based on a “clear record of outstanding career accomplishments, service, and leadership to the profession, and community service…”
Dr. Cohen graduated from the University of Delaware with a Degree with Distinction in 1972. He went on to attend the prestigious University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, where he was awarded the coveted American Animal Hospital Association Student Achievement award for outstanding clinical performance. Dr. Cohen continued his post-graduate veterinary medical and surgical training at the world’s largest teaching animal hospital, The Animal Medical Center of New York (www.amcny.org).
While at AMC, Dr. Cohen founded, with another veterinary cardiologist, a high-tech innovative computer-based cardiac and internal medicine consulting service for veterinarians. The venture evolved into the world’s largest provider of veterinary consulting services, CardioPet. AMC and Dr. Cohen sold their interests in the company in 1987. Today, the consulting service continues in worldwide use as part of Idexx Laboratories companion veterinary services program.
The Bay Street Animal Hospital on Staten Island
Dr. Cohen came to Staten Island in 1988 and developed several private practices, including Rosebank Veterinary Practice. It was here that Dr. Cohen teamed up with Dr. Theresa Ann Cavallaro and blended their professional skills. In 1995, the team opened South Shore Veterinary Practice.
In 2002, Dr. Cohen and Dr. Cavallaro left South Shore and established a larger, state-of-the-art facility — Bay Street Animal Hospital — a six-doctor, full-service veterinary practice. BSAH has developed into one of the largest animal hospitals on Staten Island, and has, over the years, been providing its patients with 24/7 comprehensive care. The facility houses an adjacent residence for veterinary staff. Services include emergency pet care; pet surgery; pet grooming; holistic and alternative pet medical treatments, such as acupuncture; and a pet boarding hotel. This spring, BSAH will be opening up an outdoor weather-protected 1,000-sq.-ft year-round sanitary green space, which will contain large runs and a communal play area for dogs. (www.baystanimalhospital.com)
It was an auspicious beginning on Wednesday evening, November 15, when Bay Street Animal Hospital launched the first in a series of scheduled VIP Lecture and Roundtable presentations. The two-hour event, “Understanding Pet Electrocardiograms: A Vital Diagnostic Tool for You and Your Pet,” featured an audio-visual presentation by Robert B. Cohen, VMD, the former clinical director and Chief of the Cardiology Section, The Animal Medical Center of New York (www.amcny.org), who is currently Co-Medical Director of Bay Street Animal Hospital (www.baystanimalhospital.com).
The event was attended by the staff at BSAH and 15 pet owners, who were provided with important information on understanding cardiograms and the critical use of cardiograms in diagnosis and treatment of heart disease of their dogs and cats. The informal, friendly setting of the event, which included the serving of hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, allowed for a lively give-and-take of questions, answers, and comments during Dr. Cohen’s presentation.
BSAH plans to hold its next VIP Lecture and Roundtable in March. The presentation will be by Dr. Justine Candrilli, a staff veterinarian at BSAH, who is currently completing advanced training at the Chi Institute of traditional Chinese Veterinary medicine. The topic of the talk will be alternative pet care options, and will include discussion of holistic pet medicine, pet acupuncture, herbal pet medicine, and pet laser therapy.