Medical Infrared Imaging

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Medical Infrared Imaging

Thermography or “Medical Infrared Imaging” (MII) is presently being used at Long Island Veterinary Specialists (LIVS) under the supervision of two board certified thermologists. Dr. Dominic Marino and Dr. Catherine Loughin, the only two veterinarians to ever be certified by the American College of Clinical Thermology.

The results of their studies indicate that the use of MII is beneficial in screening pets for many conditions including cancer. “The work we do as certified thermologists puts us in a unique position to use MII as an alternative screening method in our daily practice,” says Dr. Marino, Chief of Staff at LIVS. “Numbers like this are not surprising to us. MII is a less invasive and remarkably accurate screening tool that should be openly considered as a practical alternative to the more traditional methods in use today.”

A recent study in The American Journal of Surgery reported that of 92 patients, there was a 97% sensitivity using Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging or MII as a screening tool for women with breast cancer. MII, a commonly used breast cancer screening tool in Europe, Canada and Australia, successfully identified 58 of 60 patients who had a malignancy later proven by biopsy. While the sensitivity of mammography is generally 70%, it has been the gold standard as a screening tool for breast cancer for decades in the United States, while MII remains largely ignored.

MII is a procedure that uses highly specialized infra-red cameras to measure heat as it emanates from the body. It is a 15-minute non-invasive test which can detect subtle changes in breast tissue without the use of radiation. Whether cancer, fibrocystic disease, infection or a vascular abnormality, changes in regional blood flow result in temperature changes that can be detected using thermal imaging. In most cases these temperature changes appear up to four years before the abnormality can be detected by self-check exams or clinical examination. “It’s exciting that our work with canine patients is identifying a safer screening tool for human patients,” says Dr. Loughin. Research studies at LIVS have confirmed the value of MII in diagnosing pets with thyroid cancer, bone cancer, and slipped disks. Dr. Marino and Dr. Loughin are frequent guest lecturers at human medical conferences around the world, where they present their findings of MII as an effective screening tool for cancer and other diseases. A demonstration of this powerful screening tool is available at the LIVS, 516-501-1700 Ext. 243.


Murder Mystery Dinner

Murder Mystery Dinner to benefit Putnam Humane Society, November 9th at 7:00 p.m., Anthony’s, Danbury, CT. Tickets $49 per person, includes show, dinner, 50/50; silent auction. For tickets and information call Michele at 845-278-7068.


Fall Festival To Benefit Animals

The Stratford Animal Rescue Society welcomes you to their annual “Fall Festival To Benefit Animals”. Formerly known as the “Dog Walk & Festival”, the festival will be held on Saturday, October 12, from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and will include a one mile dog walk, food, contests, canine demonstrations, games, music, local celebrities, entertainment, pet adoptions, low cost microchip clinic, a silent auction, crafters/vendors for people and pets and much more.

While there The Society will be offering AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Testing by a Certified Evaluator, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 12, on Paradise Green(Huntington Rd & Main Street), Stratford. The Canine Good Citizen Program (CGC) was developed by the AKC to stress responsible pet ownership on the pet parents part and basic good manners. All dogs who pass the 10-Step CGC test can receive an official certificate from the American Kennel Club.

Please bring your dog on a 6ft leash and a non-training collar to the test. The cost for the test is $20.00 and a portion of the proceeds benefit animals impounded at the Stratford Animal Control Facility.

This is a pass/fail test, that can be taken more than once and is used as a foundation for many other activities, such as agility, performance and advanced training. CGC Testing is also the first step for many therapy dogs that work in hospitals, nursing homes, veterans homes and a variety of other volunteer opportunities.

The benefits of training reach far beyond the bond between you and your dog. Having a CGC certification gives you a chance to help others as well as educate and continue learning.

Some dogs who are entered in CGC tests will have completed CGC classes or basic obedience classes. Owners who have trained their dogs themselves may also have their dogs tested. Clubs and training programs in almost every city can provide CGC training to owners and dogs who need to learn a few more skills before taking the test.

For additional information, please visit their website:


Danbury Animal Welfare Society

Danbury Animal Welfare Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of animals in our community and beyond.

They promote responsible pet guardianship and the humane treatment of animals, and work toward ending animal overpopulation through education and a variety of programs.

They take pride in the work they do to shelter and care for homeless companion animals while they wait for people like you to give them a loving, forever home.

Meet their dogs and cats currently up for adoption. Donate to help them care for the animals. Learn more about them. Learn about volunteer opportunities.

They have Open House hours daily and invite you to come to their shelter at 147 Grassy Plain Street in Bethel. They’re open Monday – Friday, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Saturday/Sunday from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Contact them at 203-744-DAWS (3297).


New York Metro Reptile Show

The New York Metro Reptile Show will be held Saturday, November 2 at the Westchester County Center, White Plains, NY, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Receive a $1 discount off adult admission with their ad on page 20 of this issue. Thousands of live pet reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates on display and for sale. Books, supplies, cages, and more! 200+ vendor tables. Buy breeder direct and save! Sorry, no personal pets allowed.



PAWS is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in continuous operation since 1962 by Westport, Connecticut resident Betty Long to rescue homeless dogs and place them in permanent homes. In the early 1980s, their rescue efforts were expanded to include cats. PAWS rescues & rehomes approximately 115 dogs and 435 cats annually. Many of the dogs faced euthanasia at local pounds and most of the cats that they help are strays and abandoned cats that roam our streets. A portion of the pets that come to PAWS have been relinquished by their owners who are no longer able to care for them.

For 37 years, PAWS rented space from local boarding kennels & veterinary hospitals. Over time, the demands placed on them by the community increased and they felt that in order to increase & expand their services. In 1999, PAWS undertook the task of building a shelter of their own. They moved into our their shelter in 2001 and have since increased the number of pets they help.

As they are a registered non-profit, all contributions to PAWS are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law. PAWS also seeks to decrease the number of unwanted pets by informing and educating the public about the importance of spaying and neutering. For low cost spay/neuter resources, please visit the spay/neuter section of their links page on their website at Contact PAWS at 504 Main Ave., Norwalk, CT, 06851, 203-750-9572.


Greater New Haven Cat Project

Two exciting events happening this fall with the Greater New Haven Cat Project.

  • Save the Date! Coffee and Cats! Friday, October 25th. *Save the Date! Feral Feline Festival, Saturday, November 16th. Live music, dancing, raffles, and more!

For more information call The Greater New Haven Cat Project, Inc. 203-782-2287.


Good Dog’s Bash At Barneys

Support the life-changing work of certified therapy dogs from The Good Dog Foundation and enjoy a memorable evening at the 8th Annual Bash at Barneys New York. It will be held Thursday, November 7, in Fred’s Restaurant at Barneys New York, 660 Madison Avenue, 9th Floor, New York, New York.

The cocktail reception and silent auction is from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and dinner is at 8:00 p.m. Wines from the cellars of Patrick McMullan will be served. Cocktails & dinner tickets are $500 each. Cocktail reception tickets are $125 each, ($350 of each cocktails & dinner ticket and $75 of each cocktails only ticket is tax-deductible).

Purchase your tickets by October 31. Email for more information.

The Good Dog Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1998 to promote the use of animal-assisted therapy. Good Dog’s mission is to elevate the stature and promote society’s understanding of the therapeutic value of the human-animal bond.


SavvyBeast Treats

Make your dog happy with DogStars, the only organic treats made with Chia Flour. Queny Villanueva, the owner and founder of SavvyBeast Treats LLC, developed these healthy nutritious dog treats because she saw a need in the market for a truly healthy and nutritious line of treats. All of their treats are made with the highest quality meat. They get their grass-fed, certified organic lamb locally from Nectar Hills Farm. All their meat is antibiotic and byproduct free. Call 855-620-0200.


Green Chimneys

Green Chimneys is a multi-faceted nonprofit organization helping young people to maximize their full potential by providing residential, educational, clinical and recreational services that create and nurture connections to the community and the natural world.

Founded in 1947 and headquartered on a farm and wildlife center in Brewster, NY, with a second campus in Carmel, NY, Green Chimneys is recognized as a worldwide leader in animal-assisted therapy and educational activities for children with special needs. Green Chimneys services include an accredited special education school on two campuses; residential treatment center; nature-based therapeutic programs; community-based support for youth and families; and public education and recreation opportunities for people of all ages.

Green Chimneys is home to nearly 300 farm animals, unreleasable wildlife, horses and a small number of service dogs in training. The main criteria for animals in the program are that they play a supportive role with the children. Domesticated animals, such as sheep, goats, chickens, dogs and other animals accustomed to living with people make up the majority of animal residents and these are the animals that provide close contact with the children.

Non-domesticated species such as eagles, hawks and owls live in our wildlife center. The children do not handle them in the same way they work with the farm animals and dogs; the philosophy behind working with wildlife is to teach that not all animals are there to be hugged. Some animals also come to Green Chimneys with a difficult history, which allows for productive metaphors with children who are overcoming challenges in their own lives.

Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for news and upcoming events. Schedule a visit and bring the kids for a fascinating day trip. They hope to welcome you soon! Their contact information is 400 Doansburg Road, Brewster, NY 10509, 845-279-2995,