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Pet Wellness

At East Hampton Veterinary Group, we value preventative care as a way to keep your pets feeling their best. By closely monitoring your pet's health trends, we are able to catch illness and disease sooner when conditions are most treatable. Preventive care promotes a healthier and happier pet as well as a longer life!

We invite you to take advantage of our doctors' expertise with annual wellness visits, proper dental care, microchip implantation, and routine testing for common conditions. Still, we like to remind our clients that preventive care does not begin and end at our hospital. We are here to educate our clients on healthy at-home habits to keep our patients healthy year-round. Wellness visits are also a perfect time to get to know you and your pet and discuss all aspects of your pet's health.

If you have any questions at all about our wellness services or would like to schedule a visit, give us a call at 631-324-0282.

 

WELLNESS EXAMS

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Routine wellness exams are the first step towards a healthy and happy pet.

To prevent disease and disease progression, we highly suggest annual or semi-annual wellness visits. We will devise a wellness plan unique to your pet considering factors such as age, breed, lifestyle, and overall health status.

Detecting a health concern early on makes all of the difference. If you suspect something is wrong or your pet is just not acting right, bring your pet in for a wellness exam! All of our patients receive a full comprehensive exam, including checking your pet's eyes, ears, nose, teeth and gums, joints and muscles and more. The sooner treatment begins, the greater chance for treatment success. Not to mention, curing an existing condition can add up financially. Preventive wellness visits promote a healthier life for your pet, and is much more affordable!

 

VACCINATIONS

Vaccinations are effective in preventing conditions that were once life-threatening.

At East Hampton Veterinary Group, we provide core and non-core vaccinations for canines and felines, such as rabies, DHPP, Lyme disease, leptospirosis, FVRCP and feline leukemia. In New York State, rabies vaccinations are mandated for dogs and cats. To keep your pet safe and avoid over-vaccination, we may recommend certain vaccinations based on lifestyle and risk factor.

 

MICROCHIP IDENTIFICATION

Approximately 10 million pets are lost or stolen in the U.S. every year.

Unfortunately, a large majority of pets never return home. The good news is, microchips are a great way to protect your pet with a lifetime of identification. What a relief!

The thought of losing a pet is unsettling, but microchips greatly increase the likelihood of a reunion. Implantation is safe, painless and much like a routine vaccination. Injected between the shoulders, a tiny microchip stores a unique identification number which then needs to be registered in a database to link with your contact information. Most animal hospitals and shelters have special scanners that can decode this information and then contact you if your pet is found. This provides pet owners with peace-of-mind as it cannot fall off, be altered or removed like collars and other forms of identification.

At East Hampton Veterinary Group, we urge all of our clients to have their pet microchipped and wear a collar. Even if your pet stays indoors, accidents happen!

 

PARASITE CONTROL

Fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal worms are no joke. Even if your pet stays indoors, prevention is so important. Parasites are not only pesky, but they can also lead to severe illness and even death. Combat parasite infestation with routine testing and regular preventatives.

Fleas and ticks irritate your pet's skin and commonly cause allergies and transmit diseases. If left untreated, fleas can infect your pet with tapeworms and bartonella, while ticks can cause Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections. Visually check your pet for fleas and ticks during daily grooming, especially after being outside in high-risk areas.

Heartworms are spread by mosquitoes. Heartworm disease is often symptomless and commonly causes irreversible damage prior to a diagnosis. These 6-14 inch worms impair blood circulation and damage the heart, lungs, liver and kidneys. For your pet’s safety, annual testing is imperative. Intestinal Parasites commonly infect pets and some are even transmissible to humans. Fecal testing is recommended once or twice a year depending on your pet's lifestyle.

 

NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING & WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

Our doctors can discuss weight and nutritional issues and concerns, and make dietary and nutritional recommendations based on your pet's special needs.

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Is your pet underweight, a healthy weight or overweight?
  • Based on your pet's weight and activity level, do you know how much food your pet should consume each day?
  • Does your pet experience conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, bladder and kidney stones, allergies, heart disease, etc.?
  • Do you know how to read pet food labels?

Our team can help with answering all of these important questions.

 

PUPPY & KITTEN CARE

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We would love to meet your newest family addition.

Puppies and kittens require extra care during their first year of life. Even if you are an experienced pet owner, bringing your new pet in for a wellness visit is very important. Each time your puppy or kitten comes to see us, we are able to offer special advice on training and behavior, socialization and nutritional needs. This also gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about your new furry family member.

At your puppy or kitten's visit, you can expect:

  • A comprehensive physical exam that will help us detect areas of concern and ensure your pet is as happy and healthy as possible.
  • Discuss a vaccination schedule and parasite prevention based on lifestyle. We ask that you please bring any medical records you may have with you such as past vaccines and deworming.
  • Plan a spay/neuter procedure based on your pet's age and lifestyle.
  • At-home care such as training, socialization and nutrition.
  • Offer advice on introducing your new pet to friends and family.

 

SENIOR CARE

Some medical conditions are difficult or impossible to diagnose simply by looking at your pet. Routine blood work is so important because it helps your veterinarian detect and diagnose medical problems that might otherwise fly under the radar. Having blood work conducted regularly also enables your veterinarian to catch illnesses early, before any minor issues turn into major ones, and to track your pet's health as they mature and grow older.

Your senior pet is an important member of your family and we want to help make their golden years happy, healthy and comfortable.

Depending on breed, many dogs and cats are considered seniors as early as 7 years old. As your pet ages, they are at greater risk for an array of conditions such as arthritis, dental disease, vision loss, kidney failure, cancer and more.

For senior pets, we recommend semi-annual wellness visits and regular health screenings. Because pets age much faster than we do, health conditions can appear suddenly and unexpectedly. More frequent visits and screenings allow us to identify problems early on, which allows us to treat your pet with less difficulty and greater success.

The absence of symptoms does not necessarily mean the absence of disease. Even if your pet appears to be healthy, pets are very good at hiding ailments, which is why we commonly recommend:

  • Bloodwork allows us to detect conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease and liver disease. Bloodwork also may help to expose infections, anemia and various other concerns.
  • X-Rays help us diagnose arthritis, as well as reveal certain cancers.
  • Urinalysis is an important part of your pet's comprehensive blood work. It can help detect kidney problems, urinary/bladder problems, and can even point to hormonal (endocrine) problems.

 

PAIN MANAGEMENT

Your furry friend can't always communicate pain and discomfort. That's where we come in.

We are here for you and your pet. In an effort to eliminate pain and manage your pet's symptoms, we will create an individualized pain management plan.