Welcome to Animalia!

Let’s talk animals! Welcome to my new blog about all things animals. Let’s truly make this interactive. Please feel free to ask questions, suggest topics and talk animals. I hope to make this an interesting place to learn useful information about animals who are not only  our companions but  all  animals in the world around us.

Here you’ll learn how to keep your companion animals happy and healthy, timely and interesting information about veterinary medicine, fun facts about animals in the world around us, medical topics important for all of us and cutting edge animal information you may not even know exists.  I promise to keep this interesting as we cover any topic which pertains to animals. We’ll cover bacteria to blue whales and everything in between. Remember that people are animals too (yes, some more than others) so you may even learn some interesting information about yourself along the way.

Please be advised that under New York State Law I can’t give specific advice about an animal without first having examined it. So while this IS a place to “ask the vet” I will only offer general advice and information. Thanks for understanding.

There sure has been a lot of snow in our area this week. Many dogs are having difficulty with its depth. Make sure you shovel  a satisfactory path for bathroom activities and keep this area clean. The snow can stick to a dog’ paws making it uncomfortable to walk. You can try boots made for dogs, but many dogs will not walk with  boots on.  They must just feel too strange. You can try coating the feet with petroleum jelly when going outdoors to keep the snow from sticking and clean them well once back inside. Most dogs are able to handle our present temperatures without the need for coats or coverings, but if your dog seems more comfortable when wearing one then go right ahead. That shouldn’t stop it from making those adorable dog “snow angels” that result from its humorous roll in the snow.


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    Dr. James Zgoda

    Education: University of Pennsylvania, B.A. Animal Behavior 1980 Rutgers Univ., M.S. Zoology 1981 Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, D.V.M., 1985 Owner and chief veterinarian of Otterkill Animal Hospital in Campbell Hall, NY ... Read Full
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