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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 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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What is “Natural” Pet Food?

What is “Natural” Pet Food? An article published in this month’s Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Society discusses the “Awareness and evaluation of natural pet food products in the U.S.”. It shared several insights into this topic that is very important to me, any responsible, caring pet family and many fellow veterinarians. I thought [...]

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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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