Millwood Preventative/Veterinary Health Care

Dog/Cat Pet Vaccines

millwood pet vaccines for dogs and catsWhile Millwood, New York, and surrounding communities do not have exceptionally high rates of infectious diseases in companion animals, rabies and a range of other diseases are present. Therefore, Doctors Jeremy Tubbs and Daniela Goldman truly believe that our vaccine protocol is an essential aspect of your pet’s preventative medicine program.

Veterinary vaccines have proved to be an invaluable tool in protecting our pets from fatal diseases, but that does not mean some thought shouldn’t be given to how they are administered. Millwood Animal Hospital tailors its pet vaccination protocol to guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the lifestyle of your pet, as well as the diseases he or she is most likely to be exposed to. During your kitten or puppy’s first year of life we also spread out the series of vaccines in order not to put too much strain on his or her developing immune system.

The core dog/catvaccines our doctors recommend are DHPP and Rabies for dogs and FVRCP and Rabies for cats. We may also recommend Lyme, Leptospirosis, and Canine Flu for your dog and FELV for your cat.

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Lost Pet Microchip Identification

chappaqua and millwood pet MicrochippingWestchester County New York is filled with many wonderful communities so it is no wonder that every now and again our dogs and cats will run off to explore for an hour or so. Generally, they will find their way home easily enough or will be returned by a friendly neighbor. However, what would happen if your pet failed to come home or was picked up by another family that didn’t know he or she is your pet? Or worse, if your pet runs off while you're on vacation?

It is unfortunate, but according to statistics on lost pets compiled by the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, less than two percent of cats and 15 to 20 percent of dogs that become lost are returned to their owner.

To help prevent this tragedy from happening to our clients, Millwood Animal Hospital recommends that all pets should receive a lost pet microchip ID. About the size of a grain of rice, the microchip is painlessly injected into the skin of your pet, generally between the shoulder blades. The microchip contains a unique identification number that is linked to a database with important information about your pet, which includes your contact information.

A lost pet microchip ID is permanent and all pets brought into an animal hospital or humane shelter are routinely scanned for a microchip. That information is used to quickly reunite them with their owner.

Doctors Daniela Goldman and Jeremy Tubbs have selected the HomeAgain microchip system for our vet clients in Millwood, Briarcliff Manor, and NY beyond. HomeAgain is the leading microchip system and provides Millwood Animal Hospital’s clients with a number of very useful Millwood veterinary clinic services. These include their National Pet Recovery Database, Lost Pet Specialists, Rapid Lost Pet Alerts, Lost Pet Medical Insurance, Travel Assistance for Found Pets, and more.

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Millwood Puppy & Kitten Care

There is nothing more exciting than bringing a new puppy or kitten into your home. They add energy and fun and are a source of unceasing affection as they bond with you and your family. In fact, shelters in and around Millwood and Chappaqua, New York, as well as throughout the Hudson River Valley have many wonderful adoptable pets.

However, they also require a little extra attention to ensure they get a good, healthy start at life. This means that comprehensive physical exams at key developmental stages are important as well as time- and veterinarian-tested advice on housebreaking and training.

During your puppy or kitten’s first year Millwood Animal Hospital recommends an initial veterinary health/wellness exam, screening for damaging parasitic infections such as worms or giardia, an initial dental exam, and perhaps a vitamin supplement for good nutritional health. At six months of age we recommend spaying or neutering your pet. For our clients with puppies, we also strongly recommend starting medicines to prevent heartworm.

Vaccines are also very important. Westchester County, New York, has its fair share of rabies and other infectious diseases that can easily be prevented by routine vaccinations. However, Millwood Animal Hospital believes that it is very important to take a balanced approach to vaccinating kittens and puppies. We spread vaccine visits throughout your pet’s first year to ensure his or her immune system adequately responds and recovers from each pet vaccine challenge.

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Veterinary Care for Senior Pets

millwood and briarcliff manor ny pet hospital care for Senior PetsPets in their senior years—those about six years in age and older—tend to be more susceptible to a number of diseases such as cancer, arthritis, dental disease, diabetes, and heart disease. However, with a well-targeted veterinary senior pet care program these diseases can be prevented or discovered at an early stage and treated.

Millwood Animal Hospital highly recommends regular geriatric exams tailored to your pet’s age, condition and breed. Your senior pet’s geriatric exam is designed to identify age-related health issues before they become difficult and expensive to treat and covers routine eye and ear examination, basic neurologic and cardiovascular evaluations, as well as a weight and nutritional assessment. We will also perform a geriatric health profile, which includes lab tests such as a complete blood count (CBC), blood chemistry panel, urinalysis, and thyroid level.

When your veterinarian at Millwood believes your pet has reached his or her senior years, we will discuss with you how we can help make them the best years of your pet’s life.

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Resolving Behavior Problems in Pets

It is not uncommon for the human/animal bond to become a bit frayed due to behavior challenges in our pets. In fact, behavior issues are often cited when people give up a pet.

For example, new puppies and kittens are very cute and fun, but they require housebreaking and training so they integrate well with your family and any other pets you may have. The same is true of adopted adult pets, especially if they have ingrained behavior traits that don’t mesh well with your household.

There are also times where a physical malady can affect behavior. For example, a pet with cystitis or kidney disease may have issues with inappropriate voiding. This is not a behavior issue, but a sign and symptom of an underlying disease that requires medical treatment from your Millwood veterinarian.

Millwood Animal Hospital strives to help our clients strengthen the bond they share with their pets and we believe that helping you with behavior issues is an important aspect of our work. Your veterinarian can help you with many of your pet’s problems including inappropriate urination or defecation, aggression, separation anxiety, inappropriate chewing and barking, introduction of new pets into the household and household pets that are in conflict with one another.

If your pet exhibits a sudden change in behavior, we will identify its cause and provide appropriate medical treatment and behavior counseling if needed. If your pet’s behavioral issue is significantly complicated or beyond our area of expertise, we can refer you to a board certified animal behaviorist.

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millwood Dog and Cat NutritionManaging Dog & Cat Nutritional Challenges

Pets are living longer, healthier lives than ever before and a big part of why that is happening is our expanded knowledge on the importance of proper nutrition to overall health.

This fact is not lost on the doctors of Millwood Animal Hospital. During your pet’s comprehensive physical examination we evaluate his or her body condition and give recommendations based on what we see.

For most pets these recommendations will include information on proper serving size and other feeding strategies to maintain optimal body weight and nutritional health. However, some pets have more serious nutritional challenges or chronic conditions such as diabetes or renal issues that require veterinary treatment. This can include more intensive feeding strategies, specialized foods, and prescription diets.

We also carry 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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Treating Illness in Your Dog or Cat

If your pet becomes ill or you suspect there may be something wrong with him or her, we cover all areas of internal medicine, including endocrinology (e.g. diabetes and related diseases), gastrointestinal disease, renal and hepatic failure, 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. 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.

Veterinary 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.

Millwood Animal Hospital treatments include diagnostics, surgical excision, and chemotherapy. We can also refer you to a veterinary oncology specialist.

Dog/Cat Dermatology & Allergies: Millwood Can Help!

The first signs and symptoms of allergies and dermatological conditions in pets include:

  • Inflamed ears
  • Hotspots, especially those that recur
  • Scratching or rubbing the eyes or mouth area
  • Flaking
  • Lesions on the skin
  • Hair loss
  • Red itchy bumps on the skin
  • Asthma-like wheezing or respiratory issues

All of these can indicate a serious dermatological condition or allergic reaction to allergens such as fleas, pollen, dust and various foods. If you notice any of these issues it is important that you bring your pet in for an evaluation because if left untreated they can become severe medical concerns.

Millwood Animal Hospital is capable of testing for and treating a number of allergic and dermatologic conditions in pets. For allergies, this may include hyposensitization in which your pet is exposed to small doses of an allergen to prompt immunologic tolerance to the specific allergen.

For both allergies and dermatological conditions, we will also take the time to explain your pet’s condition, how to prevent future occurrences and the proper method of home treatment.

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Millwood Animal Hospital’s Pharmacy

PharmacyEnsuring that pet owners throughout Westchester County, New York, have timely access to competitively priced medicines is an important aspect of our veterinary practice.

More than ever before, medications play an important role in helping cure a sick animal, relieve pain after an injury or surgery and manage chronic conditions such as arthritis and diabetes. Without these medications we would see higher mortality/morbidity rates, shorter lifespans, and degraded quality of life in our companion animals.

Millwood Animal Hospital maintains a comprehensive pharmacy within our veterinary practice and is able to quickly access any medication that is necessary for the care of your pet. Additionally, because we are the prescribing veterinarian, we are able to ensure there is a direct link between the exam room and our pharmacy. This means your pet will receive the right medication, at the right dose, in the right form as quickly as possible. We will also be able to easily guide you on the medication’s use as well as monitor its effectiveness.

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

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