Pet Wellness Care on the East Side of Manhattan

midtown east nyc pet wellness examsNew York is one of the largest and busiest cities on the planet. Within this perpetually restless and sometimes cacophonous environment, our pets provide us with moments of quiet pleasure, contentment and unconditional affection. There is little doubt that sharing our home with a pet in the midst of this dynamic and vibrant city provides us with a uniquely rewarding and satisfying experience.

Therefore, caring for your pet and ensuring his or her health and well-being are very important to you. As pet owners, we understand the special bond you share with your pet and are committed to helping you provide the long, happy and healthy life your special friend deserves.

As people that have dedicated our lives to the care of companion animals, we know the foundation of your pet's health is the thorough practice of Manhattan preventative pet care. We recommend yearly, nose-to-tail wellness checkups, proper dental care, vaccinations, microchip identification, behavioral and nutritional counseling, proper grooming, and regular screenings for diseases that commonly afflict your pet in their senior years.

Please take a look at the veterinary services we offer and feel free to give us a call at (212) 751-5176 to ask our staff any pet health questions or to set up an appointment.

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Protecting Pet Health at Every Age and Stage

east side pet wellness examA regular physical examination is just as important for your pet as it is for you. Because your pet can't tell us how he or she really feels, we recommend a complete nose-to-tail physical examination at least once a year, though more frequent exams are encouraged.

A routine examination provides you and your veterinarian with the opportunity to develop a picture of your pet's overall health as well as to spot potential medical issues before they become serious health concerns. It's also an opportunity for you to ask your veterinarian important questions about your pet's health, habits and daily care. We also use this time to inform you about home healthcare for your pet and offer important advice and new information on the care of your particular type and breed of animal.

Your pet's wellness examination at our animal hospital in Manhattan includes our commitment to:

Listen to the heart – Early signs of cardiac disease such as heart murmurs and abnormal heart beat patterns known as arrhythmias can be heard through a stethoscope. Discovering these initial indicators of trouble ahead can lead to identifying and treating the underlying condition before it becomes a more serious health threat.

Listen to the lungs – Health issues such as infections, obstructive diseases and other problems can be detected by listening to your pet's lungs through a stethoscope. The doctor can also assess the overall pulmonary health of your pet.

Check the teeth and oral cavity – Examining your pet's teeth and mouth is an important part of preventing dental disease, which is one of the most common health concerns in pets. Very young animals, such as kittens and puppies, also need to be checked to ensure they are developing an appropriate bite and that they are losing their baby teeth at the right time. We also take the time to discuss proper home dental care with you.

Evaluate vision – All diseases follow relatively predictable processes and if found early can be more easily treated. Ocular conditions, which can also be prevented through regular care and screenings, are no exception.

Look into the ears – As with dental disease, ear disease is relatively common in many types of pets. Issues such as low-grade allergies, swimming or bathing, reactions to certain foods, mites and other parasites can all cause and contribute to otitis or ear disease. Though you may feel this is an area that can be well-handled at home, the fact is that many ear diseases are difficult to detect and require medical treatment.

Palpate the lymph nodes, abdomen and skin – By feeling the skin, we are looking for unusual lumps or swellings as well as evaluating for skin discolorations, lesions or patterns of hair loss or thinning. These can indicate the presence of more systemic problems, especially metabolic diseases, which most commonly occur in middle-aged animals.

Palpate joints and muscles – By examining the joints, legs and other areas of the body, we are able to evaluate for swollen joints, decreased muscle tone and variations in muscle size between the limbs. We also observe your pet's gait for developmental issues. In puppies, we look for early indications of hip or elbow problems. For older pets, we look for signs of arthritis, which can be well-treated if found early.

Lab work – A complete physical includes a heartworm test, parasite screening, and should include a full blood workup. Not only can a full chemistry panel and complete blood count identify the presence of underlying disease processes, but these tests help create a baseline should your pet become ill between routine examinations. Additionally, blood work is necessary if your veterinarian recommends a dental cleaning, removal of skin masses, or any other procedure that requires anesthesia.

Good Communication Leads to Good Health

We also realize our expertise is of little value if we do not share our knowledge with you. The foundation of a well-functioning doctor/client relationship is the free flow and exchange of information so you can become a knowledgeable and empowered caretaker for your pet. This includes educating you on how to overcome the particular challenges of pet ownership in our city as well as making you aware of some of the unique advantages of raising a pet in Manhattan.

Unfortunately, despite the most aggressive preventative treatment, our pets may experience a periodic illness or injury. The skill and extensive education of the doctors at East Side Animal Hospital allows us to effectively manage complex medical and surgical challenges beyond those typically handled in general veterinary practices. Our capabilities and resources also reduce the frequency of referrals to expensive specialists. Your pet is able to receive care from people he or she knows, in a comfortable and familiar setting.

Additionally, all our doctors are extensively trained and experienced general practitioners with their own areas of specialized expertise. They form a cohesive team with a proven record of working collaboratively to provide timely, qualified and compassionate second opinions. The result is a faster resolution without the need to put your pet through additional costly tests and exams.

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Customized Vaccines for Your New York City Pet

east side nyc pet vaccinesVaccinations are the cornerstone of your pet's preventive health care plan. Advances in veterinary immunology have made diseases that once were fatal to pets easily prevented. Many immunizations and preventative treatments are available that did not exist just a few years ago. We always tailor your pet's vaccination schedule according to his or her needs. All decisions about vaccinations and preventative care are made jointly by the veterinarian and you to develop a vaccination protocol based on your pet's lifestyle, environment, and other risk factors.

Our Midtown East veterinary hospital believes our well-balanced vaccination protocol is the best means to protect your pet from disease as well as the risk of an adverse reaction to a vaccine.

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Microchip Pet Identification

manhattan pet microchippingDoes your pet have a microchip? Each year, millions of pets go missing and many don't return home. Microchipping your pet is a safe, simple and effective way to prevent this tragedy. About the size of a grain of rice, identification microchips are encoded with your pet's vital information and implanted beneath your pet's skin, usually between the shoulder blades. Veterinary hospitals and animal shelters across North America are equipped with special scanners capable of reading these microchips. The information in the chip is used to reunite you with your pet.

East Side Animal Hospital uses the HomeAgain microchip system. HomeAgain provides services useful to pet owners such as their National Pet Recovery Database, Lost Pet Specialists, Rapid Lost Pet Alerts, Lost Pet Medical Insurance, Travel Assistance for Found Pets and more. Here is more information on the ID lookup tool and how pet microchipping identification works.

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Nutritional Counseling & Prescription Diets

Proper nutrition and a balanced diet, along with fresh, clean water, are essential ingredients for good overall pet health. As your pet's caregiver, nutrition is the most significant health variable you control. Making the best nutritional choices for your dog or cat not only effects general health, but will improve the quality and length of your pet's life.

To support your efforts, our veterinarians perform a thorough body condition evaluation during every pet wellness examination.We know how important a quality diet is to overall pet health. During your pet's comprehensive physical examination we evaluate his or her body condition and give recommendations. Some pets require special food to maintain optimum health, but all pets benefit from a balanced, healthy diet.

Some pets have nutritional challenges or chronic conditions such as liver disease, bladder and kidney stones, renal failure or food allergies that benefit from a special diet. East Side Animal Hospital offers information on high-quality prescription diets and our trained staff provide offer advice and provide information about one that will best meet your pet's needs. Making this change can have a significant positive impact on your pet's health and well-being.

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Behavioral Counseling

Even with the right training and lots of attention and love, your dog or cat can develop bad habits or unwanted behaviors. Please don't make the mistake of believing you and your family must live with these problems or worse, consider giving up your pet.

East Side Animal Hospital offers behavior counseling for issues such as inappropriate urination or defecation, aggression, separation anxiety, inappropriate chewing and barking, introduction of new pets into the household and household pets that are in conflict with one another. A behavior problem, such as inappropriate voiding, can often be linked to a medical issue such as cystitis, bladder stones or kidney disease.

Your veterinarian will help you recognize, validate and categorize any behavior issues you may notice. We will then work closely with you to develop a plan to help eliminate your pet's unwanted behavior. If our veterinarians and technical staff members cannot help with your pet's behavior problem, we can refer you to a specialist in animal behavior.

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Exotic and Pocket Pets in Manhattan

east side nyc pet wellness examsWe not only provide superior and compassionate care to your dogs and cats, but we also offer a full range of medical services for your smaller friends, such as birds, rabbits, reptiles, hamsters, guinea pigs, chinchillas and other small mammals.

In the wild, many of these animals have developed strategies to conceal illness or injuries as a survival technique to avoid predators. As a result, their medical problems often go unnoticed for too long. By the time the owner recognizes there is a problem with his or her exotic pet, the condition is often extremely serious. This is why we strongly recommend regular physical examinations to check for health problems as well as annual monitoring to check for nutritional and husbandry-related conditions. With twice yearly veterinary examinations at our animal hospital in Manhattan problems are often diagnosed before they become serious medical conditions.

After acquiring your new exotic or pocket pet, a complete veterinary examination is also strongly recommended. This exam includes a thorough physical examination, nutritional consultation, and disease screening and laboratory testing if necessary.

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International Health Certificates

If you and your pet are traveling internationally, our veterinarians can provide the needed USDA International Health Certificate. International Health Certificates are issued by USDA-accredited veterinarians only and must be endorsed by the state's USDA Veterinary Services office. We can also offer important advice and tips on how to safely travel with your pet.

For additional questions concerning requirements for travel, please visit the US Department of Agriculture for a complete list of travel regulations and alerts.

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Pickup and Drop-Off Services for Your Pet

We understand you are busy and that traveling in a taxi, bus or subway with a pet is not the easiest thing to do in New York City. That's why we can refer you to a pet pickup and drop-off service. We will also deliver your pet's medicines and prescription diets to your door.

To make arrangements for either of these pet health services, please call our animal hospital at (212) 751-5176.

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