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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.

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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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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    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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