Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 19 December 2013 00:00
Christmas trees, poinsettias and tinsel. All three are signs that the holiday season is here and while they provide stunning visuals, they could pose harm to your furry little friends, says one Mineola veterinarian.
Pet safety during the holidays is crucial, according to Dr. Aaron Vine of Central Vets of Mineola. For Vine, the leading cause of increased trips to the vet after the holidays is chocolate and tinsel. He has worked for Central Vets since 2003.
“Eating off the floor is a big one,” says Vine. “We see tons of chocolate ingestions during this time of the year. Tinsel is big with cats. There’s a lot of times when tinsel, while it can cause a tummy ache, can get stuck in the intestinal tract. If that happens, it can be very life threatening.”
Vine suggests that Christmas trees pose significant issues to pets, most notably the real ones. The water in the tree stand can sicken animals because of certain fertilizers, or bacteria found in the water. Vine recommends to not put aspirin in the water (some people place aspirin in the tree water to make it stronger).
“The [aspirin] can very bad sickness,” says Vine.
New toys from Santa Claus need care as well. While pets do chew up toys, Vine said he’s seen more cases of eaten ribbon or string show up in animal stomachs after Christmas. Small plastic pieces and rubber balls can causes blockages if ingested, which would need to be surgically removed.
“We’ve removed that from pets in the past,” he said. “Toys too. Maybe not the whole toy, but pieces of it, especially if you’re traveling with toys in the car and they happen to get in the bag.”
Holiday travel, according to Vine, centers on familiarity and comfort for pets. He suggests pet sweaters or booties that can protect your pet from the harsh winter weather.
Booties prevent your dogs’ paws from frostbite. Most importantly, the rock salt should be cleaned off the booties; if ingested, it can result in vomiting.
“In terms of colder weather, keep them inside,” Vine stated. “It can get really cold this time of year and it affects their sense of smell. Also bring stuff of theirs from home if they’re traveling far so they have some familiarity with them in a different place.”
While pet owners can attempt to prepare for every scenario, Vine feels common sense rules over all. “Just keep an eye on your pet. If you’re a pet owner, you know your pet better than anyone else.”
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 00:00
The Mineola School District’s 2014-15 draft budget is $87.5 million, a 1.65 percent increase from the 2013-14 budget, which was $86.1 million when it was certified last May.
The budget also includes a 1.46 percent increase in the tax levy, the maximum allowed by the state. The 2014-15 levy sits at $79 million.
District officials said pensions, salaries and special education costs drove the increases. Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler estimated salaries and pensions would total $400,000 each; special education, $300,000.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
After two denials by John and Theresa Muzio, the Village of East Williston finally inspected 8 Sumter Ave. recently, officials confirmed. The property has been the subject of controversy and public criticism, resulting in numerous hearings and court proceedings.
The village tried to inspect the house on Jan. 14 and 31. The Muzios thwarted their entry each time, calling the police.
“They’re persecuting me,” Muzio said. “They’re harassing me and they destroyed my house. My house froze up since it’s had no heat since 2009. They need a court order before [demolishing the house].”
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
This is the year the program has been waiting for. Head Coach Helms Bohringer, now in his 17th season at Mineola High School, is looking forward to having eight returning seniors from the 2013 varsity baseball team. That squad finished with seven wins, an improvement over the previous year.
The Mustangs have a program that is trending upward and Bohringer is excited for the prospects of this squad.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
Children, teens and adults competed in the recent Winter 2014 Martial Arts Tournament at Charles Water Karate & Fitness in Williston Park.
Williston Park: Mario Lombardo-first place
Williston Park: Gavin Boylan - third place
Williston Park: Gavin Lee - Medal Winner
Matthew Gavagan – Medal Winner