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Photo provided by Catskill Veterinary Services
Bernie is pictured in the reception area of Catskil Vet after his surgery recheck.

Senior dogs and determination

May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Since 2005, this month is dedicated to raising awareness and combating this horrible disease. As part of my column this month, I wanted to capture another unique cancer success story from Catskill Veterinary Services.


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Looking Back

Although Philip Hone became a symbol of upper class New York City, his life began in 1780 as the younger son of a poor carpenter. At the age of 16, he joined his brother’s auctioneering business. By the time he was 35, it had made him a very wealthy man, enabling him to retire at the age of 41.

Breaking Records

Being a veterinarian is an amazing career. It is a job filled with many highs; but while we are part of some of the happiest times, we are also there on the saddest of days. Those happy times look like families bringing in their new puppy or kitten for vaccinations.


Photos provided by Joseph D’Abbraccio/Catskill Veterinary Services

Zorro with his Holter monitor and vest.

Heart abnormalities in young dogs

Spaying and neutering your pets is very important. Veterinarians have been recommending spaying and neutering dogs and cats by six months of age for quite some time. Today, there are several opinions about spaying and neutering pets, particularly dogs, before 12 months of age.


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A shaggy coat of hair is a typical symptom of Cushing’s disease in horses.

Beware of Cushing’s disease in horses

Definitely more than just “old age,” veterinarians are seeing equine Cushing’s disease, or Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID) as it is also known, more frequently now that advances in veterinary medicine are allowing our equine friends to live longer lives.

Lyme disease: 2018 update

Lyme disease has continued to be a common diagnosis among dogs, cats, horses and humans in the first half of 2018. Lyme disease is an infection caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium. The disease is transmitted through the bite of an infected tick and can affect many species. Currently, one out of five dogs are infected with the bacteria.

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