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What Food Is Best to Feed My Cat or Dog?

One of the most common questions I get asked revolves around what food is best to feed my cat or dog. Keeping in mind that most of my patients are sick, and many of them have issues with their appetite, the best answer for my patients is the balanced food that meets their nutritional needs …

COVID-19 Update

NEW  INFORMATION It is good news that we continue to obtain more information about SARS-CoV-2 and pet animals! I am sure most of you have heard about the two cats in New York that tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 as well as five tigers and three African lions at the Bronx Zoo also tested positive for …


Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease is a very common disorder in dogs and cats. The most common clinical signs associated with this disorder are vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and decrease or loss of appetite. For some reason, a fair number of cats seem to just have weight loss, or weight loss and decreased appetite, which makes it …

Companion Animals and COVID-19

BE  CAUTIOUS OF  UNPROVEN RESEARCH More scientific information about SARS-CoV-2 and animals is coming out weekly, which is good, but there is still a tremendous amount of information that is still unknown. There are a lot papers being released to the internet as prepublications, meaning they have not been peer-reviewed, and some of them are …


Gall Bladder

So, there we were, on vacation in the Magic Kingdom, when we get the fateful call that one of our dogs is sick. It seems like we lived this nightmare last year, and we were just about in the same place in the park. However, Tink, an eleven-year-old, female spayed English Jack Russell Terrier, had …

Companion Animals and COVID-19

ONGOING RESEARCH There is more and more information about SARS-CoV-2 and animals coming out often – almost on a daily basis!  Many papers being released to the internet as prepublications, meaning they have not been peer-reviewed. For that reason, a lot of information is out there, but as it is new, and untested, it is …

COVID-19 and Companion Pets

Dr. Derek Burney updates viewers on COVID and companion pets on April 10, 2020.

COVID-19 and Pets

Dr. Derek Burney updates on COVID and companion pets.

Companion Animals and COVID-19

With the news over the weekend, of the tiger in the Bronx Zoo showing clinical signs of COVID-19, it is likely that there will be concern about people with their pet cats. There are also three African lions and three tigers that are showing clinical signs of respiratory disease at the Bronx Zoo, but their …



For some reason, we have been seeing increased numbers of dogs with hyperparathyroidism.  This is not a common disorder, but it results in calcium levels that are far greater than normal in the body.  Normally, calcium levels are tightly controlled and not allowed to elevate. The most common complaints by owners of dogs with hyperparathyroidism …