Young animals are like children; it’s a never-ending job keeping them safe and happy. Vaccinations are the best weapon against many viral and bacterial infections, preventing deadly diseases like Canine Parvovirus and Rabies. Vaccinations are most important while still a puppy or kitten when their young immune systems are still developing and need protection to stay healthy. Vaccinations are vital to pet health and should be administered to every animal.
A Monroe Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center veterinarian will help you with every step of the vaccination process, including:
- Pet examination and introductory vaccinations
- Necessary booster shots
- Vaccine education
Get rid of those pesky critters.
Your pet is an easy target for parasites and small insects. Common parasites like ticks, fleas and heartworm-carrying mosquitos feed on your pets, potentially infecting them with many dangerous diseases. Discover how these tiny pests can cause big problems.
These bloodsucking insects feed on mammals and lay eggs in their fur. Fleas can transmit harmful parasites like Tapeworms, as well as cause dermatitis and anemia. One flea can reproduce nearly 50 times a day, making a flea infestation a substantial threat to your pet’s wellbeing. Flea infestations often spread throughout your home — living in your carpet and furniture and making them tough to eradicate.
Ticks are found lurking in shrubs and tall grass. They attach to your pet as they run past, biting them and feeding on their blood. Although nearly microscopic, the tick represents one of the most potent dangers to your pet’s health. A single tick bite can carry a host of potentially fatal diseases including Lyme Disease, Typhus, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Ehrlichiosis Anaplasmosis.
Although rare, animal-to-human transfer is possible, making the tick hazardous to you and your family. Special care should be made to inspect your pet, and yourself, after any woodland outdoor activities.
Heartworm-carrying mosquitos represent a lethal danger to your pet. The mosquito’s bite transmits the heartworm larva to your animal, it then slowly develops and makes its way toward the heart. Once their it multiples within your pet’s pulmonary artery, leading to constricted blood flow, heart disease, and major organ failure.
Parasite Prevention Plan
Monthly administrations of antiparasitic products are the best way to prevent potential infections.
Monroe Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center’s Parasite Prevention Plan includes:
- Pet examination and testing
- Parasite-control product consultation with a Monroe Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center veterinarian
- Access to industry-best medicine and equipment
Regular dental care is essential for keeping your pet healthy and happy. Dental disease is a common issue among household pets that can lead to serious health problems if left untreated. Periodic dental exams help maintain proper oral hygiene and prevent future complications.
Monroe Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center offers complete pet Oral Health Services, features include:
- Annual Dental Cleanings
- Preventative Dental Care
- Yearly Oral Examinations
- Digital Dental x-rays
Keep track of your pet
Nearly 1 in 3 pets will become lost during their lives. Microchip implants are an incredibly simple, inexpensive and effective way to find lost pets, keeping them out of animal shelters and back where they belong. These tiny chips serve as a permanent pet identification system that cannot be removed or damaged, reuniting you and your pet quickly. By supporting this practice Monroe Animal Hospital hopes to prevent some of the nearly 8 million animals that enter US shelters each year.
A simple process
At Monroe Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center, we use the 11-digit universal microchip. The microchip is contained in a small biocompatible capsule smaller than a grain of rice, ensuring that the device is non-toxic, hypoallergenic and completely safe. An easy, nearly pain-free procedure then places the transponder just under the skin where a special biopolymer keeps the device in-place inside the animal. These microchips are rated for 25 years, meaning it never has to be removed or recharged during your pet’s lifetime.
The transponder works by passively transmitting radio waves with an animal-specific tracking number that, when connected to the central database, displays the pet’s name and owner contact information. Should your pet run away or get lost, a simple scan of the chip will allow the proper authorities to determine the owner’s identity and return the animal accordingly.
Monroe Animal Hospital believes microchipping is the safest, most effective method of pet recovery available, helping reunite more than 15,000 lost pets to their owners every month. To learn more about the benefits of pet microchips or schedule an appointment, please contact your Monroe Animal Hospital veterinarian today!
Surgery is an effective way to treat many serious injuries and disorders. While invasive, surgical procedures remain the backbone of veterinary medicine, delivering unparalleled results to the field of pet healthcare.
Monroe Animal Hospital is proud to offer state-of-the-art surgical facilities and equipment. We continue to utilize innovative surgical techniques and technology to remain on the forefront of veterinary medicine. Our hospital provides a large number of surgical services ranging from standard spaying and neutering to advanced, highly specialized procedures.
- Foreign body removal
Patient safety and comfort is our main priority. Monroe Animal Hospital’s experienced veterinary anesthesiologists provide skilled pain management during and after all surgical procedures, ensuring your pet recovers quickly and pain-free.
Our veterinary team educates you throughout the entire process, giving you the tools to make informed decisions regarding your treatment options. We understand that surgery is a stressful time for any owner, we are available every step of the way to answer questions and put your mind at ease.
An ultrasound is a powerful diagnostic tool that creates a real-time image of an animal’s body. This composite reveals important information about internal processes including the circulatory, skeletal and gastrointestinal systems, helping identify disease, blockages and internal injury.
An ultrasound works by broadcasting high-frequency sound waves that reflect off your pet’s internal structures. A small probe held against the skin collects the returning signals to create an image of the internal body, most commonly used to examine abdominal organs like the stomach, kidneys, liver, spleen, and gallbladder.
When used in conjunction with other diagnostics tools like radiographs (x-rays), ultrasonography can detect a broad range of abnormalities including cardiovascular disease, skeletal fractures, some forms of cancer, soft tissue damage, foreign bodies, and organ disease. Completely painless and non-invasive, ultrasounds rank among the most precise diagnostic tools in the veterinary industry.
Monroe Animal Hospital employs advanced imaging technologies operated by board-certified veterinary radiologists, guaranteeing the highest quality of care for our patients.
You are what you eat. Preventative care starts with food.
A nutrition-rich diet is your pet’s first line of defense. Proper daily nutrition is an important factor for keeping your pet healthy, bolstering the immune system and supporting normal development in younger animals.
Every pet’s nutritional needs are different, making feeding them more complicated than it seems. Pet food education is a great way to learn important facts about beneficial nutrients, food safety, and breed-specific feeding requirements.
Your pet depends on you to make the right nutrition choices for them, make sure you know how.
Pets can’t tell you something is wrong, so it’s important you are able to spot unusual shifts in mood or behavior. These changes are often a symptom of an underlying medical issue and could indicate more serious health problems. If you notice your pet acting abnormally you should schedule an appointment with Monroe Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center immediately.
Our experienced staff can determine the medical cause for your pet’s unusual behavior and work thoroughly to fix the problem, helping them return to their happy and loving selves.
Just like people, the medical needs of senior animals change over time. In fact, pets age at nearly 7 times the rate humans do. As your cat or dog gets older they require different nutrition programs, exercise routines and are prone to a variety of new diseases.
Common Age-Related Diseases:
• Kidney and liver disease
• Intestinal disorders
• Joint and bone disease
• Breast and testicular cancer
• Cognitive difficulties
It is important to consider these changes throughout their lives. Separating the natural aging process from emerging medical disorders becomes increasing difficult with senior pets. Diagnoses and treatment are often adjusted based on patient age and other factors. Routine veterinary visits are the best way to identify, track progress and treat problems early on.
Scheduled appointments are important throughout the years leading up to and during old age; we recommend that senior pets see their veterinarian every six months. These visits establish the baseline health of your pet and are used to ensure that they are aging normally. Monroe Animal Hospital veterinarians provide ongoing education to pet owners about what to expect from, and how to prepare for, elderly animals. Information about feeding and exercise changes is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep your pet comfortable in their old age.
We are always available to answer questions or concerns you may have about your aging companion. Schedule an appointment today to discover the many ways Monroe Animal Hospital can help your senior pet!
Spay & Neuter
Support the fight against animal overpopulation.
Every year thousands of stray and unwanted animals are euthanized in shelters across the United States. Many of these deaths are the avoidable result of owners failing to spay and neuter their pets. The unexpected offspring of these liaisons often fill shelters and are never given the chance at happy, loving lives.
Spaying is a common surgical procedure performed on female cats and dogs. The process is called an ovariohysterectomy and involves removing the patient’s uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes, rendering the animal incapable of reproduction. Monroe Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center veterinarians recommend spaying your female pet at approximately 6 months, depending on your dog’s breed and ideally before the patient’s first heat.
This procedure has many notable benefits including:
Prevents unwanted pregnancies
Eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine tumors
Remove the possibility of uterine infections
What to expect after surgery
Spaying is a major surgery that requires 7-10 days of recovery time and may include medication; lethargy is common for the first couple days following the procedure.
Neutering is performed on male cats and dogs. This process castrates the animal, removing their testicles and making them unable to impregnate females. Neutering is advised when your pet is approximately 6 months for large breed dogs, but can be performed on older animals as well.
Neutering generates many important health benefits:
Prevents unwanted reproduction
Placates the animal, reducing aggressive behavior and decreasing dominant tendencies
Reduces roaming and spraying (territory marking)
Eliminates the risk of testicular and prostate tumors
What to expect after surgery
Although less invasive than spaying, neutering is still a major medical procedure that requires some recovery time. Following the procedure your pet will be sleepy from the anesthesia, this lethargy may last a couple days. Medication may be administered to combat pain. Owners must prevent the animal from licking or biting the incision to reduce the risk of infection.
Our laboratory facilities host precise diagnostic equipment used in preventative care and early detection.
Veterinary diagnostic imaging creates composites of the internal body used to discover disease or injury. Monroe Animal Hospital employs advanced imaging technologies operated by board-certified veterinary radiologists, guaranteeing the highest quality of care for our patients.
Radiographs, or x-rays, use electromagnetic radiation directed towards the body to highlight objects within. These popular tests can detect a number of abnormalities including skeletal fractures, soft tissue damage, foreign bodies, and dental disease. Radiography remains one of the most popular and accurate non-invasive diagnostic tools in the veterinary industry.
Monroe Animal Hospital Radiology Services
Some specialized procedures may require anesthesia. Orthopedic radiographs and contrast studies require the patient remain completely still to work correctly, necessitating sedation in most cases. The duration of sedation is usually short and patient recovery is swift. A board-certified anesthesiologist oversees all procedures.
Exotic Pet Care
Veterinary medicine for exotic pets is growing as the popularity of these animals increases. When pet owners have access to the best information about nutritional and environmental management, exotic pets have a greater chance to live longer, healthier lives. If you own one of these unique pets, we encourage you to schedule a complete physical examination and consultation on proper care and feeding.
Our dedicated veterinarians and staff have experience working with species ranging from rabbits and guinea pigs to snakes and turtles.
Compassionate veterinary care and pet wellness in Monroe, Ny.
Monroe Animal Hospital has clients from all over the Hudson Valley area including Monroe, Central Valley, Harriman, Chester and Goshen NY!
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