Out of the Cage! The E-Newsletter of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals

Dr. Nulton has written several articles for the Mayor’s Alliance Newsletter, Out of the Cage! on issues of timeless relevance to pets, and the people who love them.

Oh, Mercy, Do I Need to Worry About a MRSA Infecting My Dog or Cat?

(First published May 2010)

For those of you who haven’t heard the buzz, there’s a “new” strain of bacteria that is resistant to widely used antibiotics like penicillins and cephalosporins. MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a bacteria that has acquired a gene that prevents certain antibiotics from binding to it. Obviously, a pathogen that is drug-resistant can be dangerous…. More

Recognizing Behavioral Changes in Aging Pets…and What You Can Do to Help

(First published January/February 2006)

Like other older dogs and cats, Bo and Kimberly may experience changes in their cognitive function that could change their behavior.

As animals age, they can undergo significant changes in their behavior. Aging of the brain affects multiple aspects of cognitive function…. More

Heartworm Disease: Prevention Beats the Cure

(First published September 2005)

The heartworm parasite is transmitted to dogs and cats by mosquitoes.

According to the Heartworm Society, “an ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure.” I encourage my clients to take this literally. Occasionally, I encounter a naturalist who is wary of overmedicating…. More

Understanding Cancer in Pets

(First published May 2005)

While many of us may have previously equated cancer with death, there have been great advances in the treatment both of humans and animals with cancer. With increasing awareness, we are able to…. More

Why Should I Spay or Neuter my Companion Animal?

(First published March 2005)

Spaying a female cat will prevent dozens of unwanted litters, in addition to greatly reducing the risk of mammary tumors. Pictured is new mom, Maggi, from AC&C with her kittens.

First, here are some facts: … More

Are You Considering Adopting an FIV-Positive Cat?

(First published December 2004)

The Facts:

  • Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is the same subfamily as HIV, the causative agent of AIDS in humans.
  • It primarily disrupts immune function; therefore…. More

Thinking of Adopting a Feline Leukemia Positive Cat?

(First published November 2004)

We all want our pets to live as long as we do! Chances are that’s not going to be the case, no matter what type of pet you adopt. While it is true that a cat with feline leukemia (FeLV) may have a shorter life expectancy, many of these cats…. More