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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.

Shinrin-yoku for You and Your Dog

Shinrin –Yoku for You and Your dog   We’ve known for a long time about the health benefits of sharing our lives with companion animals. Studies have shown that they reduce blood pressure, boost immunity and may even lengthen lives. Walking your dog has been shown to have multiple health benefits for both you and [...]

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Salmonella – a Serious Threat From Reptiles and Amphibians

Salmonella – a Serious Threat from Reptiles and Amphibians My last post discussed proper reptile and amphibian care. One of the most important aspects of that care is protecting you and your loved ones from a potentially serious zoonotic disease carried by these animals. Zoonotic diseases are diseases that can be transmitted between animals and [...]

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Basic Reptile Care – Imitating Mother Nature

Basic Reptile Care  – Imitating Mother Nature  Reptiles and amphibians are one of the most difficult groups of companion animals to keep happy and healthy. Successfully raising these animals is a true challenge. It takes a commitment of time, energy and money to provide them with what they need for optimal health. Most people are [...]

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The Best Way to Save on Prescription Medications for your Pets. “Fairness to Pet Owners Act” – Part 4

The Best Way to Save on Prescription Medications for your Pets My last few posts have discussed the “Fairness to Pet Owners Act” sponsored by our own Senator Schumer. This bill would require a veterinarian to provide a written prescription for every medication for a pet. A client would then have the option of having [...]

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Fairness to Pet Owners Act: PART 3 …DANGER AHEAD!

Fairness to Pet Owner’s Act: Part 3…The Dangers     In this series of posts, we’ve been discussing the “Fairness to Pet Owners Act” which has been introduced in Congress and which our own Senator Schumer has promised to introduce in the Senate. This act would require a veterinarian to hand a client a written [...]

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A Dirty Little Secret…… The “Fairness to Pet Owners Act” Part 2

A Dirty Little Secret…… The “Fairness to Pet Owners Act” Part 2 I’m going to let you in on a little secret:  veterinary hospitals are a business. Ssshhhhh. As a business a veterinary hospital has to make money in order to survive. That’s right. We have mouths to feed, mortgages to pay (sometimes two counting [...]

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Live Like a Dog

Live Like a Dog       Live like a dog. Or a cat. Or a rabbit, hamster, ferret or so many of our animal friends. This is a lesson I learn each and every day. It is the greatest gift our companion animals share with us. Live like a dog.   A dog wakes up [...]

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Not All Pit Bulls Are Dangerous

Not All Pit Bulls are Dangerous……. There is a horrible ongoing story in the Times Herald Record about a recent attack by on a family by their pit bull dog. I was quoted in an article published 7/25 and just want to clarify my opinions on this breed as I know some people will be upset [...]

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YOUR CAR IS AN OVEN!

Your Car Is an Oven ! Every year there are lots of warnings posted in print and online about the dangers of leaving animals and children in a car during the heat of summer. Every year many animals and even children die because someone has left them unattended in a vehicle. Every year I see [...]

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Is Holistic Better?

Holistic isn’t Automatically Better….. It seems that more and more people are requesting “holistic” treatments for their animals just as the medical profession reports they also do for themselves. It irks me when I hear this term as any good general practitioner is a holistic practitioner. While yes the term can connote a better approach [...]

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