Health Maintenance Services

Immunizations

ImmunizationsVaccinations are not only safe and effective; they are an important and fundamental piece of your pet’s preventative healthcare plan. Advances in veterinary immunology have made diseases that once were relatively common and fatal to pets easily preventable. There are also vaccines—such as for rabies and other zoonotic diseases—that help protect your family from very dangerous and difficult to treat illnesses. Additionally, with each passing year, veterinary science is improving on existent vaccines as well as increasing our ability to prevent an even wider array of contagious diseases.

Deer Park Animal Hospital’s vaccination protocol is tailored to American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines and individualized to your pet’s lifestyle, age, and risk factors such as species and breed. We will also look at where you live with your pet in order to further personalize your pet’s vaccination program to the diseases he or she is most likely to encounter.

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Microchip Lost Pet ID

Microchip Lost Pet IDDoes your pet have a microchip? Each year, millions of pets go missing and many don’t make it back 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 the country and around the world are equipped with special scanners capable of reading these microchips. The information in the chip is used to reunite you with your pet.

Deer Park Animal Hospital uses the AVID (American Veterinary Identification Devices) microchip system. AVID is recognized not only across the United States, but throughout South and Central America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. AVID also offers a number of resources to help families reunite with a lost pet.

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Nutritional Counseling

Nutritional CounselingOne of the key factors contributing to the improved health and longevity of companion animals is our expanded knowledge of the important role that proper nutrition plays in overall health. During your pet’s comprehensive physical examination we evaluate his or her body condition and give recommendations based on what we see. However, some pets with nutritional issues or chronic conditions such as diabetes require a little bit more intervention, which may include specialized foods, feeding strategies and even prescription diets.

Deer Park Animal Hospital has trained staff available to help you with your pet’s nutritional challenges. We also have a diverse inventory of prescription foods and high-quality nutritional products. If your pet requires a prescription diet we do not carry, we can easily order it for you. We can also offer advice and provide information about diets that benefit specific medical conditions such as liver disease, bladder and kidney stones, renal failure, food allergies, diabetes and other conditions.

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External & Internal Parasite Control

External & Internal Parasite ControlExternal parasites (fleas and ticks) as well as internal parasites (heartworms, roundworms, and hookworms) are not only a health threat to your pet, but to your family as well. Many of these parasites are considered to be zoonotic, which means they can affect animals and humans too.

Symptoms associated with internal parasites depend upon the location of the parasite, the number of parasites, the age of the animal, and the overall health of the infected animal. Intestinal parasites are responsible for causing various digestive problems. These problems can range from an overall unhealthy condition to a severe bout of bloody diarrhea.

Intestinal parasites appear to be particularly bothersome when an animal has a pre-existing medical condition. The parasites can further weaken the animal’s immune system, causing a decline in the animal’s health. Animals suffering from immune deficiencies are more likely to exhibit pronounced symptoms from intestinal parasites than animals with healthy immune systems.

Young animals with immature immune systems are particularly susceptible to intestinal parasites. These animals also exhibit the most pronounced clinical symptoms.

Additionally, as anyone who has experienced an infestation of fleas in their home can attest to, some parasites can be difficult and expensive to eradicate. Ticks can transmit a variety of diseases, including lyme, anaplasmosis, and ehrlichiosis.

The best means to keep your pet, family and home safe from these pests is through prevention. Deer Park Animal Hospital will work with you to develop a program that best meets the specific needs of your pet and your own particular environmental situation. We will look at possible exposure points, your pet’s activities and review with you the best ways to control fleas and ticks in your house, yard and on your pet. We will also discuss with you exposure risks for internal parasites, signs and symptoms, and the best means to prevent infection.

Preventioncan go a long way toward keeping you family and your pet healthy.

For more information on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of parasite infections, see Pets and Parasites.

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Internal Medicine

If your pet becomes ill or you suspect there may be something wrong with him or her, Deer Park Animal Hospital has a full-time member of our medical staff that is a board-certified internal medicine specialist. We are fully capable of managing a range of chronic and acute internal medical disorders such as diabetes, Cushing’s disease, Addison’s disease, renal disease, gastrointestinal disorders, hyperthyroidism, cardiac disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), and others.

In order to provide you and your pet with an accurate and speedy diagnosis in a low-stress setting, our hospital is fully equipped with a wide range of cutting-edge diagnostic resources as well as a high degree of professional expertise. These include ultrasound, radiographs, endoscopy, allergy testing, and our comprehensive in-house lab.

We also believe that educating you regarding your pet’s condition and treatment options results in better care for your pet. We have extensive educational resources and materials in our hospital and are more than willing to take the time required to provide you with a full understanding of the tests being performed, your pet’s condition and treatment options.

Additionally, we have a high degree of infectious disease control and treatment experience and expertise. For those animals suffering from contagious diseases we offer a separate isolation facility for treatment in order to protect our other clients’ pets.

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Ophthalmic Care

Glaucoma doesn’t only affect humans; your pet can develop it too. Glaucoma is a condition in which the fluid pressure inside the eye increases to a point where the optic nerve is damaged, causing loss of vision and blindness. Glaucoma is relatively common in animals and can develop as your pet ages—this is known as chronic glaucoma—or as the result of an injury or illness—this is known as acute glaucoma.

In many cases glaucoma can progress quite rapidly—especially when it is the result of injury or underlying illness—and is considered an emergency situation. Symptoms to look for include:

  • Redness in the eye;
  • Tearing or discharge;
  • Eye sensitivity to light;
  • Pain;
  • The eye may look cloudy;
  • Bulging eyeball.

Due to the severity and incidence of glaucoma, we recommend that you have your pet checked regularly for this disease. A routine glaucoma exam is not only an effective screening measure for chronic and acute glaucoma, but can also help set a baseline measurement for your pet. Setting a baseline measurement is important because normal Intraocular Pressure (IOP) can vary between species, breeds and even individual pets.

Your veterinarian will use an instrument called a Tonometer to measure the fluid pressure inside your pet’s eyes. It is a noninvasive procedure that should not cause your pet any pain or discomfort; though your veterinarian will apply a mild anesthetic eye-drop to ensure your pet is comfortable during the exam.

The examination is very quick to perform and once done, your veterinarian will explain your pet’s measurement, what it tells us about the health of your pet’s eyes, and provide any treatment options if necessary.

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Cancer Care

A diagnosis of cancer can be frightening. However, most pets respond extremely well to cancer treatments, which include tumor removal surgery and chemotherapy, and go on to lead happy, healthy lives. Additionally, pets do not experience the same side effects from chemotherapy that humans do, and often go on to lead healthy lives long after their cancer is gone.

The key to successful treatment, though, is early detection, which can occur during a thorough wellness exam as well as via diagnostic testing and imaging. Treatments offered by Deer Park Animal Hospital include diagnostics, surgical excision, chemotherapy, and supportive therapies. We can also refer you to a veterinary oncology specialist.

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Exotics & Avians

Exotics & AviansDeer Park Animal Hospital is also very proud of the wellness services we are able to offer our clients that have exotic or pocket pets such as birds, reptiles, ferrets, guinea pigs, mice, chinchillas, rabbits, hamsters, and other small mammals. These animals’ healthcare needs are often quite unique and require a veterinary practice with the experience and expertise to ensure they live long, healthy and happy lives. Dr. Boccia has been caring for birds and exotic pets for over ten years.

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 that 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 regular veterinary medical examinations—two per year is recommended—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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Reproductive Services

Reproductive ServicesDeer Park Animal Hospital is also able to offer our clients a full range of reproductive services and counseling. Whether you are an experienced breeder or breeding your pet for the first time, we can help, from initial planning and consultation all the way through birth.

In particular, obstetric care and counseling will provide the best chance for maximizing litter size as well as maintaining the health of the mother and litter.

Our reproductive services include:

  • Progesterone testing
  • Semen collection and evaluation
  • Artificial insemination
  • Pregnancy monitoring
  • Ultrasonography
  • Planned Caesarian sections (when appropriate)
  • Follow-up nursing care

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Reviving the Lost Art of Veterinary House-Calls

Veterinary House-CallsAn important piece of supporting your bond with your pet as well as providing the best service to you is through reviving the lost art of the veterinary house-call. We have a state-of-the-art facility that is both a safe and welcoming place for you and your pet, but we still believe that a number of our services can and in some cases should be provided in our clients’ homes. Quite simply, there are times when it is better to bring medical care to the pet than it is to require our clients to bring a pet to our facility.

For example, some pets simply do better in their own homes where they are more comfortable and less likely to become agitated or anxious. In other cases, there are those people who own more than one pet or who have limited mobility making veterinary visits difficult at best and impossible at worst.

Certainly the most difficult, though important house-call we will make is when a beloved pet has reached his or her last day. Being at home, surrounded by familiar and loving faces with a trained professional helping to ease a sick or aged pet from this world is an important aspect of veterinary care.

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Our Pharmacy

PharmacyIn numerous acute or chronic conditions, medication is required to cure or alleviate symptoms. At Deer Park Animal Hospital we believe that timely and convenient access to these medications is an important aspect of caring for your pet. For this reason, we maintain a comprehensive pharmacy.

Not only does our pharmacy mean you don’t have to wait for important medicines for your pet, but there is a direct line of communication between the examination room and the pharmacy window. Each medication becomes part of your pet’s medical record, which reduces the chance for errors and enhances our ability to monitor its use and the outcome for your pet.

Refills are easy too. Simply give us a call and we can either mail them to you or have them ready at your next visit.

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