From Routine to Complex

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Slide Just as in humans, good health care habits make for a long, healthy life for our companion animals. Wellness care is an investment that benefits both pets and owners, building a stronger, more rewarding human/animal bond.

Because dogs and cats age at a much faster rate than humans, every year for a dog or cat is equivalent to five to ten human years. Aspects of their health can change dramatically in a short amount of time. That is why it is so important that your pet receives a wellness exam at least once a year, and twice a year for senior pets or animals with certain health issues.
A Higher Standard

Wellness Program

While we use standard protocols as guides, our approach to veterinary care is not a cookie-cutter approach. Our Wellness programs are designed specifically for your pet to live a long, healthy life. Our programs include:

  • Comprehensive physical exam – Your pet will be weighed and a full nose-to-tail physical evaluation performed.
  • Intestinal parasite testing – Both human and animal health are protected by vigilant testing for parasites. We ask that you bring in a recent stool sample.
  • Heartworm and flea/tick treatment – We recommend parasite prevention and treatment twelve months a year. Our doctors are happy to design a program appropriate for your family.
  • Vaccination program – Schedules are customized according to your pet’s individual risk factors; not all pets need all available pet vaccines.
  • Spay and Neuter – Optimum age varies between species and breeds, appropriate scheduling will be discussed.
  • Bloodwork – Blood tests are important for detecting possible serious health problems such as cancer, diabetes, and thyroid disorders. We also recommend yearly testing for Heartworm and Lyme disease.
  • Microchipping – We offer the most widely used microchip products to increase the chances of a safe recovery.

For newly adopted pets, we recommend making an appointment with us shortly after bringing your companion home. In addition to the routine exams and tests, our staff is eager to answer any questions you might have concerning your pet’s well-being including: training, exercise, nutrition, and dental care. We also routinely set aside extra time at this initial exam to address any concerns or questions about how to interact with your new bundle of fur to establish good behavior patterns.
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Vaccinations

These vaccinations may be recommended based on your dog or cat’s risk factors:
  • Canine Distemper
  • Feline Distemper
  • Lyme
  • Feline Leukemia
  • Leptospirosis (dogs)
  • Bordetella (kennel cough) (dogs)
  • Canine Influenza
  • Rabies: mandated by NYS law for all cats and dogs.
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In-House Pharmacy

At Niskayuna Animal Hospital we have a fully stocked pharmacy with medications carefully selected by our doctors and here for your convenience. A wide range of veterinary drugs and prescription foods are stocked to make sure that you have the right pet medications to take home with you at your appointment.

Getting even the most agreeable animal to swallow a pill can sometimes be a challenge. For those times, we offer medicines in a variety of alternative delivery options such as flavored liquids and transdermal gels.
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Pain Management

Animals instinctively hide their pain. It is a self-defense mechanism meant to keep them from appearing weak to potential predators. As a result, pet owners must be aware of subtle changes in behavior that might indicate your dog or cat could be experiencing discomfort or pain and be in need of veterinary treatment.

Pain places undue stress on the body, and over time can impact a companion animal’s overall health. When observing a senior dog or cat limping, many pet owners pass it off as simply a condition of old age. The truth is, if your furry house mate is limping, it is usually in pain.

Recognizing Pain in Pets:
  • Decrease in activity or mobility
  • Difficulty rising
  • Stiffness
  • Limping
  • Resistance to being picked up or held
  • Excessive licking
  • Vocalizing
  • Becoming quiet and withdrawn
  • Inappropriate aggressive behavior or irritability
  • Personality changes

Treatment Options
Our practice offers a number of solutions for managing both acute and chronic pain in companion animals. Each pain management plan is based on the unique needs and requirements of the individual patient. Our goal is to minimize or eliminate your furry friend’s pain.

We offer pain medications in a variety of forms including pills, oral liquids, transdermals (absorbed through the skin), and injectables.

It is very important that you do not give your pet any medication without consulting your veterinarian. Certain human painkillers, including acetaminophen (found in Tylenol), ibuprofen (found in Advil and Motrin), or combinations of medications can be toxic to pets in very small doses.
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