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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 since 1995. Licensed NYS and Federal wildlife rehabilitator. Practice treats all companion animals including dogs,cats, ferrets, rabbits, birds, reptiles, small mammals, pigs, sheep and goats. Member of multiple professional organizations. One of a few practitioners involved in reproductive medicine.

SECRETS OF THE STOOL SAMPLE -Part 2 THE WORMS!

Secrets of the Stool Sample – Part 2  THE WORMS!                              Continuing our journey into the secrets of the stool sample, let’s learn about those monsters inside us – the worms. There’s a lot of misinformation out there about what worms our animals can be exposed to and infected with, what the symptoms look like [...]

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SECRETS OF THE STOOL SAMPLE

Secrets of the Stool Sample We veterinarians ask that you bring in a stool sample once or twice a year as part of a complete health assessment of your animal. Why do we ask you to do this? It’s not because of some strange sadistic tendencies – the way we test your commitment to your [...]

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OMA SCHOOL

Oma School   This past week I had the pleasure of seeing a patient brought in by her people which included three pretty exuberant young boys. The dog was in great shape. I asked each of the boys what grade he was in. The first two answered “second” and “kindergarten”. The third and youngest had [...]

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The Old Grey Muzzle Tour

The Old Grey Muzzle Tour I recently had the pleasure of attending a thought-provoking session presented by Dr. David Waters as part of the Old Grey Muzzle Tour 2015. Dr. Waters is a veterinarian and cancer research innovator that spends time each year touring the country to visit with the oldest living Rottweiler dogs. His [...]

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SPRING IS HERE!! AND SO ARE TICKS….

SPRING IS HERE! AND SO ARE TICKS…… Yes, time is ticking. But it’s not that tick I’m referring to, but those dangerous critters that will soon be on the attack. Our heavy snow cover is making the calendar hard to believe, but every plant and animal knows that spring is coming. Our outdoor animal friends [...]

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CAT DECLAWING- JUST THE FACTS, CAT

Cat Declawing – Just the Facts, Cat There has been quite a bit of discussion recently within the veterinary community in New York State regarding a bill banning the declawing of cats within the state which has been introduced in the state assembly. Assembly Bill A01297 can found on the following link:http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&bn=A01297&term=2015&Summary=Y&Text=Y This bill would make [...]

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WHAT IS A COHAT?

What is a COHAT? You often hear how important dental health is for our animals. Many of you likely have had your dog or cat’s teeth cleaned or had a “dental” performed. As the annual Pet Dental Health Month comes to a close, here’s the full story about why dental care is so important for [...]

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It Really Does Take a Village

It Really Does Take a Village I’ve thought about this phrase, an African proverb made famous by a New York politician, a few times recently. I’ve been practicing veterinary medicine in Orange County for twenty years. Our location is right outside the Village of Maybrook. My children attended Maybrook elementary and continued through the Valley [...]

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If You’re Drunk You Cannot Buy a Puppy

If You’re Drunk You Cannot Buy a Puppy I recently heard this amusing song by clever, comedic singer-songwriter Christine Lavin. It’s based on a sign she once saw in a Greenwich Village Pet Shop. The song continues on to outline other things you can’t (or shouldn’t) do if you’re drunk. It started me thinking. Not [...]

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COLD WEATHER SAFETY FOR YOUR ANIMALS

COLD WEATHER SAFETY FOR YOUR ANIMALS The first Arctic cold snap of the winter is now upon us. Just as hot weather can pose problems for our animal companions, cold temperatures can create some health risks as well. I’d like to share some tips from the American Veterinary Medical Association for keeping your animal safe [...]

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