The gradual onset of health problems in an apparently healthy pet often goes unnoticed. Once symptoms appear, the condition may be more difficult or costly to diagnose and treat. Although age itself is not a disease, it can bring many conditions that if diagnosed early can be completely reversed or controlled for extended periods of time. At least once and perhaps twice a year, your pet needs a complete physical examination. Remember, your pet’s lifespan is shorter than a person’s. A lot can happen in 12 months.
Rt. 516 Animal Hospital is equipped with sophisticated instruments that allow us to measure many laboratory values. The most common laboratory tests are a CBC (Complete Blood Count) and a chemistry profile. These tests are crucial for evaluating the function of the liver, kidneys, red and white blood cells, as well as electrolyte balance. Routine blood tests can detect serious problems at an early stage. As a compliment to our regular laboratory services, our in-house diagnostic capabilities allow us to get results pre-surgically, or in an emergency, within minutes.
Inherent to medicine is the necessity to “see inside the body.” Digital Radiography (x-ray) in veterinary hospitals, as in human hospitals, is a vital tool in the diagnosis of disorders and treatment of patients. With our on-site modern digital imaging computers, we are able to take high quality x-rays and are able to have your pets results right away, so you don’t have to wait.
Ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging procedure that complements X-rays and allows us to better visualize internal organs in the chest and abdomen. This painless diagnostic technique is normally done without sedation of your pet. Ultrasound is invaluable for making treatment decisions for various types of heart disease. It also allows us to biopsy organs such as the liver, kidney and spleen through a tiny “keyhole” incision. Using the ultrasound image as a guide, major surgery is avoided and your pet can go home the same day.
Our doctors perform most surgical procedures from spays and neuters to complicated intra-abdominal procedures. We take pride in our equipment and our modern patient monitoring systems. Prior to surgery, each patient receives a thorough physical examination to identify any existing medical conditions that might endanger your pet’s health.
Routine dental exams and dental care are important in your pet’s oral health as well as your pet’s general health. If left unmanaged, tartar and plaque buildup in your pet’s mouth can cause gingivitis and periodontal disease and can send bacteria into the bloodstream and vital organs such as the kidneys, heart, lungs, liver and even the brain. Prevention is the key to caring for your pet’s oral health. Dental examinations should be performed every 6-12 months. Your pet’s teeth should be brushed daily and dental cleanings are performed as needed.
Acupuncture is the stimulation of a specific point (acupoint) on the body with a fine, sterile needle which encourages the body to heal itself. Acupuncture is a very safe medical procedure when administered by a qualified practitioner. Over 95% of patients are comfortable with acupuncture therapy. The owner of our hospital, Dr. Gale Flanagan, is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA).
Laser Therapy is a surgery-free, drug-free, noninvasive treatment to reduce pain, inflammation and speed healing. Laser Therapy uses a beam of laser light, through a handpiece, to deeply penetrate tissue without damaging it and treat the affected area. The laser energy induces a biological response in the cells called “photo-bio-modulation”.
A pet microchip creates a forever bond between you and the pet you love. When you microchip your pet, you’ll give them the best chance of coming back home to you. A microchip for dogs & cats gives the best protection with permanent ID that can never be removed or become impossible to read.
Pet owners have many options when purchasing medications for their pets. However, we can give you the best value and correct medical information when your pet needs medication. We have a very large inventory of veterinary medications and products in our pharmacy. This includes flea, tick and heartworm preventative products as well as medications for chronic conditions or short term problems like illness or recovery from surgery.
We offer boarding for our client’s pets on a reservation basis. It is best that you call to book the dates you need well in advance, especially during the holidays and for seasonal travel. Our hospital has separate areas for cats and dogs and different sized cages and runs. We can accommodate requests to keep […]
If you are travelling overseas with your pet, you’ll need special paperwork. Dr. Marni Cohen-Horowitz has the National Accreditation to issue International Health Certificates for your dogs or cats. This process is very detailed and you’ll have to follow certain steps before coming to our office.
The decision to euthanize your pet is never an easy one. We understand that there can be emotional difficulty that goes with this decision. For our loyal clients, we offer end of life care in the comfort of your home. Our doctors and technicians will provide your pet with expert care that is filled with compassion.