Veterinarian Services in Selden, New York
Prevention of disease and early treatment of disease are the essentials of our philosophy of optimal pet care
and will ultimately save you time and expense, as well as save your pet unnecessary suffering. Recognizing the speed of our pet's aging, relative to our own, underlines the importance of thorough yearly physical and dental examinations. Fecal examinations for internal parasites, heartworm testing and prevention, flea and tick control and vaccinations are all essential components of preventative medicine. Vaccinations for puppies and kittens can begin as early as 6 weeks of age and will be tailored to your pet's individual needs throughout the years. As your pet ages, we may recommend blood and urine analysis as part of your pet's preventative care.
If your pet is injured or ill, the ability to restore his or her good health is dependent on a accurate diagnosis. The process starts with your description of your pets symptoms, followed by our doctor's thorough physical examination. Based upon our findings, we will recommend appropriate safe, often non-invasive diagnostic options, potentially including blood, urine , or fecal analysis, state of the art digital radiography, EKG, ultrasonography or biopsy. The information so gathered will guide us down the path most likely to get your kitty purring, dog wagging, bird singing, or ferret frolicking again.
We offer a wide-range of surgical services, and whether your pet is scheduled for a routine spay or neuter, or a procedure as complicated as removal of an ingested corn cob from your curious (and naughty!) pet's stomach, we follow the same guidelines of careful anesthetic monitoring, sterile procedures and close post-op monitoring. Surgery is never to be taken lightly and we never forget that. From the time your pet is anesthetized until he or she is out of recovery, a dedicated technician oversees their care.
As animals age, there are many problems that we anticipate depending on the species and the breed. As cats get older, we see many who develop kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, cancer, or hypertension. As dogs age, we often see heart and kidney disease, diabetes, cancer, sometimes debilitating arthritis, and even dementia. Our goal however, is to identify these and other problems in the early stages. With early identification and treatment, we can slow the progression of many diseases, keeping them at the early stages for a longer period of time, and thus keeping your beloved pet happy and at home.
When your pet comes in for their yearly examination, we will ask a variety of questions to determine if your pet is starting to show subtle, early signs of illness. Once your pet approaches the double digits, we'll start recommending senior screens to evaluate their blood and urine for evidence of disease, with, as always, the preservation of the best possible quality of life our mission and passion
When during the course of your pet's checkup we ask them to say 'ahhhhhhh', we are monitoring for tartar buildup, and evaluating for gingivitis (redness along the gum line) and periodontal disease (recession of the gums). Infections of the mouth may spread to other organ systems, potentially playing a role in infections of the heart, lungs, and kidneys.
Dental care encompasses a variety of options, including brushing, diet, and dental chews. For those of you who don't have the time or a pet tolerant to brushing (most!), there are rinses that can be added to their drinking water.
Despite the best efforts to maintain oral hygiene, your pet will likely, at some point in his or her life, benefit from a thorough cleaning, performed under safe, general anesthesia. Similar to our dental care
, this involves ultrasonic scaling and polishing of your furry friend's pearly whites......fresher breath guaranteed!
It is well known that pet obesity is on the rise, carrying with it increased risks of diabetes, heart, respiratory, liver, skin and joint disease. Affected pets have a reduced life expectancy and often a diminished quality of life as well.
Young puppies and kittens often suffer from chronic intermittent diarrhea, are thin, with poor dry coats.
We see many cases of inflammatory bowel disease (similar to Chrohn's disease in people) with chronic episodes of vomiting and/or diarrhea.
Many older cats suffer from renal failure and constipation.
All of these cases have one thing in common....a need for nutritional guidance. Our doctors and staff are well versed in nutritional counseling and consider it an importance piece of your pet's overall health care.
The list of behavior problems is long and varied. Does your dog bark all day long? Is he anxious when you're gone, tearing up rugs and furniture? Does your dog show fear aggression, territorial aggression or aggression to members of your family? Does your dog hate thunderstorms? Does your cat urinate or defecate outside the litter box? You are not alone. Many people have pets who exhibit these unwanted behaviors, but the causes can be different for each pet. And the sooner we start behavior modification and/or medication the greater the chance of success. We want to help your pet succeed in being a positive member of your family.
None of us expect our pet to stray, but one quick moment of looking the other way and your pet can escape out the door, break through the fence or slip out of its leash. The good news is that in addition to the traditional collars and tags (which don't always stay on) we have a new option to permanently identify your pet using a microchip. The procedure is very straightforward involving a quick injection to insert the chip under the skin between the shoulder blades. The chip is the size of a grain of rice and carries a unique identification number. The number on the chip can be "read" using a special scanner, allowing the chip to be individually identified. Veterinary practices, the police and animal shelters routinely scan all strays hopefully ensuring that if the unthinkable happens, you and your pet can be speedily reunited. So don't hesitate, ask us about micro chipping your pet!
Any emergencies during normal business hours will be seen immediately at Middle Country Animal Hospital. If you phone after business hours, you will be directed to either the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island
in West Islip ( 631) 587-0800, or the East End Veterinary Emergency Center in Riverhead (631) 369-4513 where care is available 24/7.
If you have a medical concern over the weekend, you can leave a message at our office (631 732 0900) and one of our doctors will return your call Sunday morning or later that evening sometimes preventing an unnecessary visit to an emergency facility.
For suspected poisoning contact the ASPCA, Poison Control Center 1 888 426 4435. This is a reliable and valuable resource, but fee based, so you will need to have a credit card handy.