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Dr. John Campanile D.V.M.
2270 Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11234

Useful Pet Tips

1) Flea, tick and heart worm prevention

Flea and tick prevention can help your pet avoid a number of different problems such as:

- Flea allergies
- Biting adult fleas
- Fleas in your home
- Hot spots
- Skin infections
- Tapeworm
- Lyme disease

2) Heart worms

Heartworm Cycle Heartworms are transmitted by a mosquito bite and can be very harmful to your dog. An easy way to protect your dog is by giving them a monthly topical or chewable medication and when administered properly on a timely schedule heart-worm can be prevented. If your pet is infected by heart worms you may not be able to recognize any signs in the early stages due to the fact they tend to gradually accumulate over a period of time. Heavily infected dogs may show signs of persistent cough, fatigue, and weight loss due to a reduced appetite.

Learn more about the heartworm life cycle here.

3) Do's and Don'ts of dental care

Do get a professional cleaning to prevent tarter build up.
Don’t ignore bad breath...
  - do something about it, try DENTASTIX or bring your pet in for a checkup so the Dr can send you in the right direction when it comes to caring for your pet.
Do start a daily oral routine.

4) Toxic foods to stay Away from, and why

Raw meat and eggs can lead to skin and hair coat problems due to an enzyme called avidin which decreases the absorption of a vitamin B (biotin). Raw meat and eggs can also contain salmonella which can result in food poisoning.

Raw fish can cause death due to a vitamin B deficiency (thiamine) which can lead to seizures, loss appetite and sometimes death.

Bones from fish and or meat sources can cause an obstruction that can damage the digestive system and possibly have to be surgically removed.

Fat trimmings can cause pancreatitis

Chocolate which contains theobromine and theophylline have a compound that is a diuretic and cardiac stimulant. Signs that your pet may be in danger will not be seen for several hours. Death is possible within twenty four hours if a large amount has been ingested. Look for signs of labored breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, staggering, heart rate increase, seizures, coma and abdominal pain.

Coffee, tea and energy drinks all contain caffeine and can be deadly to your pet if ingested in large amounts

Grapes and raisins will cause vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and abdominal pain. This may cause kidney failure and or liver damage.

Milk if the pet does not have sufficient amount of the enzyme lactase which helps them break down the lactose in milk. It can cause them to have diarrhea. However some stores do carry lactose free milk products for pets.

Onions and garlic contain a toxic ingredient thiosulphate, however dogs who are affected by onion toxicity will develop hemolytic anemia. This means the pet’s red blood cells burst while circulating in the body. Some symptoms to watch for include, labored breathing, vomiting, diarrhea and discolored urine.

Mushrooms contain toxins which can affect multiple systems in the body. Symptoms include drooling, convulsions, abdominal pain, coma and in some cases death.

5) Some Poisonous plants to watch out for

Poinsettias, jimson weed, lantana, English ivy, tomato plant, inkberry, pigweed, and foxglove are some plants to keep your pet away from.

6) Some advice caring for aging pets


Hours of Operation

(by appointment only)
Monday - Friday: 10am - 12:30pm / 4pm - 6:30pm
Saturday: 10am - 2pm<
Sunday: 11am - 1:30pm

Public Transportation

Q35, B41 or B41 LTD to Fillmore Ave.
B9 to Fillmore Ave.
B100 to Flatbush Ave.
Q train to Kings Hwy, then B100 to Fillmore Ave
and Flatbush Ave.


Dr. John Campanile D.V.M.
2270 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11234
Phone: (718) 258-0500