We're a city of the pet-obsessed. New
Yorkers live with 1 million dogs and 4 million cats and our
pampered darlings have considerably longer lives than their counterparts
in the rest of the country. That's partly because we keep them indoors
(significantly limiting their contact with cars and raccoons), but
also because they receive the finest medical care money can buy. Laser
declawing? Root canal? Endoscopic surgery? If your pet needs attention
above and beyond what your regular vet can provide, you have the good
luck to be living among the top veterinary specialists in the country.
"Just like with people, there's a second level of care," says
veterinary neurologist Richard Joseph. Some of the vets on our list
of the best specialists in New York are affiliated with the city's
veterinary hospitals, but we've also included many private-practice
specialists. Every doctor here was nominated by multiple peers,
and our list includes both board-certified specialists and general
practitioners whose reputations are built on their expertise in
a specific field. Among other things, these specialists tend to
have access to the most advanced equipment; so the more technologically
reliant the field (dentistry, oncology), the more worthwhile a visit
to a specialist might be.
Just ask some of the pets that these great specialists have saved, like Oakley,
the dog who swallowed a spiky rubber ball; Sammy, the cat who couldn't
meow; and Bonkers, the cockatiel who wouldn't stop laying eggs.
What do these animals have in common? Owners who can -- and will
-- go to great lengths to keep their pets healthy and happy into
their golden years. "The oldest cat I've seen was 31," says Paul
H. Schwartz, a general practitioner at the Center for Veterinary
Care. At first, Schwartz didn't believe the animal's owner. "Then
I looked at the record and saw that the cat's name was Groovy."