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Vaccines Are Important!

Posted on 31 October, 2014 at 11:55 Comments comments (2)



(KIR) Vaccines are important, even in our 'indoor only' cats. Your 'indoor only' cat may stay indoors however their humans go outside and there are other animals that sneak their way into our homes, bats in particular. There is also a chance that your kitty could escape accidentally or that you may need to take him/her out on an emergency basis.

Remember: Rabies kills! It is also zoonotic (transmitted from animals to people) AND we still see cases in New Jersey.


Cats have accounted for 90% of the domestic animal cases in New Jersey since 1989. For the last 5 years there has been an average

of 16 cats infected with rabies annually.......NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH STATISTICS

 Besides rabies, there are other kitty diseases that your pet can be exposed to that can cause morbidity and sometimes mortality, including feline upper respiratory diseases and panleukopenia.


(TBS) Please vaccinate your indoor cats. For adult cats I recommend vaccinating them at least every 2-3 years for rabies and their combination vaccines. For those of you concerned with the vaccine induced sarcomas, these occur in a very small percentage of cases AND there are now feline rabies vaccines formulated specifically to reduce the likelihood of vaccine related sarcomas. In addition there are also intra nasal vaccines so for certain vaccinations your kitty does not even have to be injected.

The benefits truly outweigh the risks.


Dr. Pet Lover, LLC is available to examine your indoor kitty and give our recommendations. We believe in preventative care as it is always easier to prevent a disease than to treat it, if indeed it is treatable!




Posted on 24 September, 2014 at 11:30 Comments comments (1724)

Check your calendars: It's adopt a shelter pet day at DPL! You will be saving a life!



 Please don't forget!  The pet industry as a whole is a multi-billion dollar a year BUSINESS!!   Everyone wants in on this pot of gold, of which people are spending every year on their pets, from the so-called 'breed specific foods' to the 'customized' just for pets, pet strollers.  Be aware that certain ONLINE PET PHARMACIES are also cashing in on this ever growing business, 1 out of 3 online pharmacies are a SCAM!


Remember: Cheaper is not always BETTER, sometimes it's just...well...cheaper.  The medications that you use for your pet should first be discussed with your regular veterinarian after a complete physical and diagnostics as deemed necessary.


Please view the following link from which offers some interesting, enlightening and extremely helpful information for pet owners regarding online pharmacies and how to protect yourself from scammers:


Pet Meds: The Latest Online Scams and How to Avoid Them



 (TBS) You are the consumer.  SHOP AROUND.  I strongly recommend to my clients who prefer to purchase from online pharmacies to stick with reputable, well established companies such as 1-800-petmeds and Drs. Foster and Smith.  For food, I HIGHLY recommend, the prices on this site for a variety of foods can't be beat!


Be surprised:   Most of the medications that are prescribed for your pets can be purchased at your local ShopRite pharmacy or Costco pharmacy.   These are examples of legitimate pharmacies that follow the laws and regulations around the sale of drugs, WITH affordable pricing.


True Story: My client purchased 1 months worth of a medication, Trazadone, for her pet

Cost from a local pharmacy/month ~ $200.00

When I got wind of this obscene amount I sent her straight to Costco

Cost at Costco for the same medication/month ~ $11.00








Posted on 17 September, 2014 at 9:00





Seizures in cats and dogs can be caused by several reasons including congenital disease, metabolic abnormalities, infectious disease, inflammatory diseases, toxins and intracranial tumors.


**Note: I will not be covering specific diseases or treatment options, just what to do if you witness your pet having a seizure.


Most seizures that pet owners witness consist of their pet either becoming stiff and non-responsive or full blown ‘grand mal’ seizures which are fully body convulsions. Often the pet will salivate, urinate, and or defecate during a seizure event. There are also atypical seizures that can look very different than either of the aforementioned. Seizures typically last no more than 60-90 seconds, although when we are watching our pets go through this it seems like forever.


Reasons to visit your local veterinarian or an emergency clinic immediately:

· Your pet is under the age of 1 (very young pets can either have a low blood glucose or congenital disease)

· Your pet has more than 1 seizure within 24 hours

· Your pet has ‘cluster’ seizures (seizures that occur consecutively within a time frame, with little time in between)

· There is a chance your pet may have ingested something that is poisonous

· Any one seizure lasts for several minutes (this can be extremely damaging to the brain and lead to dangerous body temperatures that affect internal organs adversely



(TBS) Try to stay calm, keep your pet away from stairs or anywhere else they can harm themselves should they seizure again. Do not stick your fingers in their mouths because you will get bitten. This is because your pet is not in control, mentally or physically, during the seizure. If you have a very young pet, please try your best to rub something sweet (nutri-cal, honey, etc) on their gums AFTER the seizure activity stops.


Reasons to visit your local veterinarian at your earliest convenience:

· Your pet has had a seizure, any seizure, of any duration, at any age regardless how small or big (depending on the individual pet’s condition and other information, your veterinarian may recommend diagnostics to rule out the possible causes, may include blood work, x-rays, urine testing, MRI/CT)


**Dr. PetLover is available for appointments to evaluate pets that have seizured as long as they do not warrant emergent care**


**This blog was requested by Dr. PetLover mini who wants to share with you how we manage our 19 year old cat, Binky, when she has seizures**



Posted on 11 September, 2014 at 0:10 Comments comments (0)


(KIR)  You don't need me (ie. veterinarian) to remove a tick.  You can just DIY (do it yourself).  Use tweezers, not your bare fingers, to remove attached ticks.  Grasp the tick firmly, without crushing it, as near to the skin as you can and remove it with a slow, steady pull away from your pet's body.

Sloppy or incomplete removal of an attached tick can break off the mouth parts and lead to prolonged inflammation, irritation and possibly secondary infection.

If you are still queezy about removal, feel free to contact your regular veterinarian as MOST of them will just remove the tick for a minimal charge and some at no charge at all.  Please do not seek emergency veterinary care ($$$) for tick removal unless you have no other option to effectively remove the tick in a timely manner.  For our local community and other service areas, Dr. PetLover's certified veterinary technician, Erin Favia, is also available for a technician visit to your home to remove the tick if you just can't stomach looking at that disgusting little crunchy beast, let alone coming in contact with it!

Remember, though, to remove the tick soon after you notice it, as a carrier tick will transmit disease within 24 hours of attachment.

(TBS)  Ticks transmit disease such as Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis to name a few.  These diseases can cause morbity and sometimes mortality.

DPL recommends all year round flea/tick prevention and for dogs yearly Lyme disease testing and Lyme vaccination.

For you non-believers a few months ago I treated a labrador retriever for Anaplasmosis.  This dog was gravely ill, but thankfully his very astute owner called me right away to inform me that he wasn't doing well.   After appropriate diagnostics and treatment ($$$), I'm happy to say that he's doing just fine.  Since he and his housemate go on trail walks on a frequent basis, we have decided to 'double' protect him with topical tick preventatives and a flea/tick collar.   This particular pet lives locally in Montclair, so yes tick-borne diseases are a concern in our area.  Check out Nina W's review on our "Testimonial" page!

**DPL clients please contact us regarding the next steps to take after tick removal.  For all others please contact your regular veterinarian who will instruct you on wound care, follow-up diagnostics, and monitoring for illness associated with tick-borne diseases.**

The Truth About Indoor Cats

Posted on 2 September, 2014 at 19:05

Reminder:  Every day is adopt a shelter pet day, pass it on!

(KIR)  An indoor cat is only indoors because he/she doesn't leave the house.  However, there are parasites and organisms that creep their way into our homes and infest or infect our indoor cats, i.e. fleas, mosquitos, intestinal parasites, etc.

Recent client:  11 y.o. MN DSH cat, owner recently noticed hair missing along the cat's back, cat has ALWAYS been INDOORS ONLY.

On physical exam the cat had hair loss along it's back and had lesions consistent with a superficial skin infection AND there were live fleas scattering throughout this cat's thick under coat.  
This particular cat has a flea allergy dermatitis, a type of allergy to flea saliva.
Treatment for the dermatitis (antibiotics, anti-inflammatories), topical flea/tick treatment for the cat, exterminator (who because of the fleas' life cycles has to treat the home inside and out multiple times) has now and continues to cost this owner upwards of $600....

(TBS) We need to fully protect our indoor cats also against fleas (which besides being YUCKY can transmit disease not only to your cat but to humans), mosquitos (transmit heartworm disease), etc.  Because we go in and out of our homes we can actually "carry " things into our homes.
Revolution, a topical parasitacide costs approximately $16/month!  $600, $16, $600, $ thought required. Let's start protecting our indoor cats too!

***Please note that I am not endorsing any one particular product.  I am just giving you advice based on my experiences and knowledge.  Feel free to speak to your local veterinarian regarding the different products and remember your cat will need to have a heart worm test prior to starting these medications.

(more about indoor vaccinate or not...coming soon)

Making Every Day "Adopt a Shelter Pet Day"

Posted on 29 August, 2014 at 0:45

Here at Dr. PetLover, LLC we are officially making every day ADOPT A SHELTER PET DAY

KIR (Keeping It Real):

Every year 3,000,000‐4,000,000 beautiful, innocent, unwanted dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States alone. That's approximately 9,830 lives per day!

TBS (That Being Said):

Adopt your next pet. There is no need to buy. If you are interested in a pure breed, search the specific breed rescue leagues in the New Jersey/New York area. I can guarantee that you will find your forever pet without spending much money (minimal for vaccination, neuter/spay, donations).

Walking the walk: 

My personal forever rescue pets are, Maddie, a boxer, adopted at 2 years of age, Phoebe, a pomeranian mix, adopted at an unknown age, approximately 2‐4 years old at the time, and Binky DSH cat adopted at 19 years of age)


To my local Hillside/Maplewood/Union/South Orange communities and beyond:

The Jersey Animal Coalition located at 298 Walton Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079, a reputable, non-profit, NO KILL SHELTER may have to close its doors very soon. They are and have been such devoted advocates for pet adoption. They are desperately seeking homes for their dog and cat residents, either adoption (WOOHOO) or temporary fostering (They'll take it) until forever homes are found for these lovely dogs and cats.

Please contact the JAC at (973) 763-7322 ( for more information.

I don't just give advice, I live it. My eye is on Penelope!

Elsa I Campos, VMD