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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.

What Not to Feed Your Animals on Thanksgiving

  Be sure to thank your companion animals during the holiday. Please don’t thank them with food.  We all know that animals are often the definition of unconditional love. We often can’t thank them enough. We also know that to too many of us food is love.  Did you know that some of the foods [...]

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Dr. Google and the Smoke Monster

Dr. Google and the Smoke Monster   Are you the type or patient/animal caregiver that likes to do a lot of internet research prior to making an appointment for an examination?  Great! That shows that you are really invested in finding the right answer to you or your animal’s health issue. So is your doctor. [...]

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Ebola Virus and Your Dog and other Animals

Ebola Virus and Your Dog and other animals   I’m sure that you are aware that Ebola Virus has finally made it into the U.S.  We have been expecting it to escape from Africa for a long time. In today’s global village it’s extremely easy for biological agents to spread from source areas to the [...]

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Obesity,not Curiosity, Kills the Cat (or Dog)

Obesity, not Curiosity, Kills the Cat (or Dog) Do you know that over half of the dogs and cats in the U.S. are overweight? But it’s not fair to say,” well, if only half of my dog is overweight, the other half is ok”. Doesn’t work that way. Just like for the majority of us, [...]

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I Always Wanted to be a Veterinarian

“I  Always Wanted to be a Veterinarian” Veterinarians hear this phrase almost daily. Many people say, “I always wanted to be a veterinarian” and then proceed to explain why that just never worked out for them. I suppose I shouldn’t complain. We’re lucky our profession is so desired. I always wonder if proctologists, plumbers and [...]

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Rabies, Bats and Your Cat

Bats, Cats and Rabies The great outdoors is the place to be this time of year. Whether enjoying your back yard or hiking in our beautiful area parks, you should be aware of some hidden dangers easily found nearby. Rabies disease is one of these. Rabies is real and all around us. The virus which [...]

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Ten Ways to Scare Your Veterinarian

Ten Ways to Scare Your Veterinarian With Halloween only a month away and so many top ten lists and quizzes popular on the internet I thought I’d share some ideas on how to liven up your next veterinary visit. Ten Ways to Scare Your Veterinarian (but please don’t): 10. Make an appointment for your pet [...]

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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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