Caring for your four-legged family members as our own.
Because of the shorter lifespan of our pets, we stress the importance of an annual physical examination. Thorough check-ups and preventive care can help alleviate serious health problems. We offer a wide range of veterinary services to keep your companions feeling their best:
Congratulations on your new kitten! We look forward to meeting the latest family addition.
When you come for your first visit be sure to bring any paperwork, including vaccines that may have been given, microchip information if already chipped, and test results for feline leukemia or FIV if it has been done. Also, please bring a fecal sample to check for intestinal parasites. A fresh sample is preferable.
FVRCP #1 (feline viral rhinotracheitis/calicivirus/panleukopenia)
Feline leukemia vaccine (FeLV) #1 (non-core vaccine)
Stool exam and deworming
Feline leukemia/Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) testing
Begin parasite prevention protocol
Litter box training
Rabies vaccine may be given at 12 weeks
Feline leukemia vaccine #2
Stool exam and deworming
Rabies vaccine should be given at this time if it was not given at 12 weeks
Stool exam and deworming, if needed
Our dental services include teeth cleaning and polishing, tooth extractions and minor oral surgery. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 70% of adult cats and 80% of adult dogs show symptoms of oral disease. Don’t let your pets become part of this statistic!
Just as it’s important for you to see a dentist regularly, it’s important for dogs and cats as well. Your pet’s oral health is directly connected to their overall health. Signs of dental disease include bad breath; loose, broken or missing teeth; yellow or brown teeth; red, inflamed or bleeding gums; difficulty or pain when chewing; pawing at the mouth; and excessive drooling. If you notice any of these symptoms, please contact our team, and we’ll be happy to help.
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services
It is difficult to see your pet in pain or suffering and not know what’s wrong. Our team provides state-of-the-art in-house diagnostics to help us learn what’s wrong and provide an accurate diagnosis. A quicker diagnosis leads to quicker treatment!
Our hospital is equipped to provide diagnostic and therapeutic services to care for your pet’s complete health care needs.
Our on-site, modern X-ray equipment provides high-quality radiographs to aid in the quick diagnosis of many disorders. There have been many advancements in digital X-ray technology, and we can now manipulate the digital images that we take. This allows us to diagnose issues that may not be seen on a traditional X-ray. Because the X-rays are digital, we can also easily share the images with specialists or other veterinarians we may consult for more difficult cases.
The chance of being reunited with a lost pet increases greatly if they’re microchipped. Microchipping can offer reassurance that, if lost, animal shelters and veterinarians can identify your pet. A tiny microchip is placed under the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades. The microchip has an identification number on it, which can be read by a scanner. A veterinarian’s office or animal shelter can scan the chip to find out who owns the animal.
Flea and Tick Control
We develop programs for the specific needs of your pet and your own particular environmental situation. We will review with you the best ways to control fleas in your house, in your yard, and on your pet. Parasites and the diseases they carry can all be prevented with proper medication and maintenance. Fleas and ticks are not only a source of irritation to your pet, but they can also harbor disease and adversely affect your pet’s health. Heartworm is a dangerous parasite that lives in the heart of dogs and cats, damages the heart muscle, and can be fatal.
We can provide advice regarding the correction of problems such as excessive barking, chewing, spraying, scratching, digging, house soiling, and aggression. A poorly behaved pet can drive a wedge in your peaceful daily life. If you have questions or behavior issues, we’re here to help you address and correct them so you and your companions can continue a life full of good behavior.
Routine and therapeutic bathing services are available. A clean pet is a happy pet! A therapeutic bath is great for pets both inside and out. Our team is here to help keep your pets looking and feeling their best.
Congratulations on your new puppy! We look forward to meeting the new addition.
Recommended vaccination schedule for your puppy:
8 weeks: Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, parvovirus, parainfluenza (DHLPP), Bordetella
12 weeks: DHLPP, Rabies vaccine
16 weeks: DHLPP
1 year: DHPP 3-year vaccine, Leptospirosis 1-year vaccine, Rabies 3-year vaccine, Bordetella 1-year vaccine, Lyme disease vaccine: series can be started at 9 weeks, followed in 2-3 weeks by a second booster, followed by an annual booster
With any vaccination, be observant for signs of an allergic reaction to the vaccines demonstrated by vomiting, facial swelling, hives, or extreme lethargy. If you see any of these signs, bring your pet in for evaluation. If our hospital is closed, please contact the emergency clinic.
Bring a stool sample in to have it tested for intestinal parasites including hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, and coccidiosis.
Heartworm disease is a 100% preventable condition. We recommend monthly oral tablets for heartworm control, in all dogs beginning at eight weeks of age. Monitor weight to make sure the proper dose is used.
Flea and tick control:
Flea and tick control is important year-round in New York. Aside from creating itchy bites, fleas also can transmit disease and parasites (tapeworm) to your puppy. Ticks can transmit diseases including Lyme disease to your companion. Before applying any flea or tick product, be sure that your puppy is older than the minimum age stated on the label of the product. Please ask if you would like more information on flea or tick control.
We highly recommend crate training as a method of teaching your puppy not to go to the bathroom in the house. It also gives your dog a portable “den” where he/she can feel safe and at home, even when traveling.
Most puppies are spayed or neutered at five to six months of age. Pre-surgical bloodwork is recommended before the procedure to aid in evaluating how well the puppy will handle the anesthesia.
At the time of spay/neuter, we recommend microchip placement for your pet in case they get lost.
Puppies should be fed high-quality puppy food. This is one of the most important choices you will make for your pet. There is an incredible amount of marketing, misinformation, and hype about certain diets. Please talk to either the veterinarian or one of our staff about good choices for your puppy’s nutrition.
It is important to introduce your puppy to other dogs. Before they have completed their puppy vaccination series, it is important to make sure that the dogs you introduce your puppy to are healthy and up to date on their vaccines. Also, make sure to pick up any poop in the yard before allowing dogs to play together. Early puppy training classes will help establish good habits. Just make sure not to bring your puppy if he/she is having diarrhea or seems extra tired. Also, be prepared to bring your puppy home if any other puppies in the class don’t look healthy. It is important to safeguard your pet’s health as puppies are more susceptible to diseases.
Puppyhood is an excellent time to get your puppy used to being handled all over and having his/her ears and mouth looked at. Also, spend time touching your puppy’s paws to make nail trimming easier.
Behavior topics: Please talk with your veterinarian if you are experiencing any behavior issues such as house soiling, biting, mounting, aggression, eating of non-food items, destructive tendencies, etc. The earlier these issues are addressed, the more easily these behaviors may be changed.
We recommend all owners are aware of the existence of pet insurance.
An estimated 59% of cats and 54% of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese. Good nutrition and weight management are key to your pet’s overall health. These healthy habits are created at a young age for your pet, and it’s up to you to help them maintain these habits. Through a good diet and proper exercise, you greatly increase your pet’s chance at a long, healthy life. We will provide guidance regarding your pet’s nutritional needs for each life stage, including dietary requirements for growth, weight maintenance, and performance.
Our state-of-the-art surgical suite provides for the performance of a wide variety of surgical procedures. Our team is highly skilled and experienced in performing a wide variety of pet surgeries using modern techniques, cutting edge equipment and always adhering to the strictest standards of safety and care. You can feel confident that when it comes to surgery, your loved one will be in excellent hands with our team!
Internal Medicine Consults
We offer in-hospital referrals to an internal medicine specialist who performs ultrasounds and endoscopic procedures and helps us with the diagnosis of more complicated cases.
Our in-house laboratory facilities provide for serum chemistry, hematology, serology, urinalysis, and parasite testing. We also utilize commercial veterinary laboratories for specialized diagnostics and consultations. We are able to process a wide array of diagnostic laboratory tests with our in-house laboratory.
Our tests include things like:
- Blood tests
- Urine tests
- Fecal tests
- Parasite tests
- Digital X-rays
- …and more!
Whether your pet is in need of a prescription medication or diet, you won’t have to go far. Our in-house pharmacy allows you to fill your pet’s prescriptions during your appointment so you don’t have to spend time waiting. We maintain a complete inventory of pharmaceuticals; vitamins; shampoos; flea and tick control products; and heartworm preventatives to meet the needs of your pet. We also carry a full line of prescription diets.
Please call our main telephone number for instructions for after-hour emergencies.
If you have an emergency outside of our regular business hours, we recommend that you contact the following emergency facility:
Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Service
825 White Spruce Blvd.
Rochester, New York 14623
Phone : (585) 424-1277