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Wellness Services

The services we offer at the Village Veterinary Clinic of Hamburg are the devices that we use that will best provide for your pet in times of wellness or ill-health.  We do not ascribe to any “one size fits all” doctrine of veterinary medicine and realize there is a correct, customized path for each animal patient.

Once we meet you (the owner) and your pet (the pet) we can plot together a course to help correct, manage or diagnose any number of conditions or ailments.

Some (but not nearly all!) of the diagnostic/therapeutic tools at our disposal are as follows:

Physical Exams:

We thoroughly encourage annual wellness visits. Our professional team will evaluate the needs, risks and rewards of each pet individually when recommending vaccination protocols, de-worming regimens, appropriate diets and other important concerns.

Yearly physical exams are important for every dog and cat.  Most pets are very very good at hiding their illnesses.  This means they may not show physical signs that something is wrong.  And it is always easier on your pet to start preventative or early care.  This is where physical exams come into play.  We want to make sure that your pets are not gaining or losing too much weight, their heart sounds good, take a look at eyes/ears/teeth, make sure all organs all feel normal, and to make sure we are not finding any lumps or bumps.

In Home Visits:

Can’t get into the clinic?!?!  If you need help or prefer to stay home, the Village Veterinary Clinic of Hamburg is ready to help!  We want all pets to have access to proper veterinary care, so we are coming to you and your pet!

Scheduled wellness visits ONLY will be available on Friday mornings with Dr. Reyda.

*All sick and emergency patients will need to be seen in hospital.

End of life care will also be available for those in need.

Please call the office for questions or to schedule you appointment.

Vaccinations:

Vaccinations are an important component of our office visits.  Vaccines help keep away bad diseases.  There are a few vaccines that we label as “core vaccines”.  The other vaccinations are given based on your pets exposures to the diseases.

For dogs both dogs and cats, it is New York State law that your pet is vaccinated against rabies.  This is no matter if your pet spends 99.9% of its time in the great outdoors or if it spends its time hiding under their favorite blanket.  If your pet comes into contact with another animal that is labeled as a rabies vector, the health department will step in.  It is also scary that there have recently been a large number of positive rabies animals in Erie County!  These animals were in located all over including Buffalo, Aurora, West Seneca (and that is not naming them all).  The pets that were positive were bats, raccoons, cats, skunk, and fox.

Dog core vaccinations include canine distemper (DA2P2).  This is a disease that affects their gastrointestinal and central nervous system.  Cats also have a feline distemper vaccine (FVRCP) as part of their core vaccinations.  Feline distemper protects against a culmination of various upper respiratory and gastrointestinal viruses.

Dogs can also get bordatella or kennel cough vaccines for boarding, grooming, and daycare.  There is a vaccine for leptospirosis which is a type of bacteria that can affect the liver, kidneys and other parts of the body.  This disease can also be transmitted to people.  There is also a vaccine for lyme for dogs that are big hunters or in areas with heavy tick infestations (monthly tick protection is the best prevention though).

Cats can receive the feline leukemia vaccine, which affects cats immune systems.

In house Diagnostics:

  • Comprehensive, In-House Lab:  evaluating blood and urine results for any derivations from normal.  We can evaluate multiple metabolic parameters in a single blood test.  CBC allows for red blood cell, white blood cell and platelet monitoring.  And of course there is the ever important electrolytes.  Urine chemistries let us know about urinary tract infections, diabetes, kidney function, you know all that important stuff.  Thyroid testing is also done on our fancy bloodwork machines, hyperthyroidism is a very common condition in cats, while dogs can become hypothyroid.  We can also do some therapeutic monitoring for some medications. That’s cool.
  • Fecal: your pet should have their poop checked at least once a year (3-4 times a year if you have an outdoor cat that just loves to hunt).  We need to check for roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, coccidia, and do the occasional specialized giardia test.  And yes, some of these intestinal parasites can be transmitted to people and can be tough to get rid of so need to get deworming!
  • Gram Stains: We also can look at other things on your pet, like bacteria and yeast on their skin and ears.  We take some samples, check those things out under the microscope.  We also can check out if your pet has ringworm, demodex or scabies, which is never fun (because some of them are transmittable to people!).

  • Digital Radiographs (x-rays): Our fancy digital x-ray is fast and gives great detail on what’s happening on the inside of your pet. X-rays look at the size and shape of organs. Helps aid in the diagnosis of issues such as constipation, obstruction, asthma, urinary or kidney stones.  List goes on!

  • Ultrasound:  we use GE’s Logiq P5 ultrasound machine.  You won’t care what make/model it is, but it works really well and was just plain fun for me to type. Now to what it really does… Ultrasounds allow us to look at the size and shape of organs.  But it allows us to look inside of them (which is just an added bonus!)  This handy machine is also great for when your pet is shy/stubborn and doesn’t want to provide a urine sample, or if we need a sterile sample.

  • Heartworm and Lyme Testing: we have the ability to test your dog for heartworm and lyme exposure.
    • Heartworms live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets, causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body. These worms can grow to be feet long!
    • Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitos, a bug very common around here!
    • Stray and neglected dogs and certain wildlife such as coyotes, wolves, and foxes can be carriers of heartworms, which those types of animals will not be on any type of prevention. Mosquitoes blown great distances by the wind and the relocation of infected pets to previously uninfected areas also contribute to the spread of heartworm disease.Transporting and relocating dogs have become increasingly common practices for many valid reasons. Whether the situation is a pet accompanying their traveling owners or the necessary relocation of homeless animals for adoption, these exercises carry a risk of spreading infectious diseases.  This includes the transmission of heartworm disease.The recent devastation with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will increase the threat of heartworm disease through the relocation of dogs who lived in endemic heartworm areas into new communities, including New York State, where heartworm may not currently be entirely common.  The same incidence occurred following Hurricane Katrina.  Following that storm, nearly 250,000 pets were adopted and transported throughout the country forever changing the incidence of heartworm in many areas of the country.  The American Heartworm Society and fellow veterinarians in clinics and shelters throughout Texas and Florida are warning that nearly 80% of dogs over 6 months of age could be heartworm positive.  Heartworm disease is already highly prevalent in the southern half of the United States and as it is spread by mosquitos, its incidence is expected to unfortunately increase due to the significant amounts of rainfall that has occurred in these areas.

      The loving and well deserving pets from these areas are in need of forever homes, but they can potentially be afflicted with this serious disease.  An adoring companion can be found amongst these pets displaced by the hurricanes but make sure to ask the adoption organization you are working with whether their animals have been tested for heartworm disease.  Also, based on the life-cycle of the heartworm itself, your pet may need to be re-tested at some point in the future to establish if your pet is indeed free of heartworm infection.

      To also reduce the risk of heartworm for your pet at home, heartworm prevention is key.  This disease is 100% preventable if your pet is on monthly prevention.  There are many different safe and effective option for heartworm prevention for your specific pet.

      Many factors must be considered, even if heartworms do not seem to be a problem in our area.  Our area may have a greater incidence of heartworm disease than you realize, these following examples should be taken into consideration when thinking of prevalence.

      You may unknowingly travel with your pet to an area where heartworms are more common.  Many people from this area travel to Florida during the colder months, or others have relatives or travel on vacation to the south (South Carolina, Tennessee for example) are states that are all heavily infected with heartworm.

      The fact is that heartworm disease has been diagnosed in all 50 states, and risk factors are impossible to predict. Multiple variables, from climate variations to the presence of wildlife carriers, cause rates of infections to vary dramatically from year to year.  And because infected mosquitoes can come inside, both outdoor and indoor pets are at risk.

  • New York State is at HIGH risk for lyme disease.  Ticks are very common and it only takes 24-36 hours of attachment for disease to transmit.  Ticks are generally in brushy areas, woods, your backyard, lawn, grass, really anywhere you may go nowadays.  What is really creepy is that they sense you coming by changes in your carbon dioxide and heat levels, then they book it toward you.  And it only takes 32 degrees for a tick to start hunting you and your pets down again!  And guess what, ticks are not killed in the winter.  They have adapted themselves to survive a frost!
  • FeLV/FIV Testing: we test these diseases in cats.  FeLV= feline leukemia virus; FIV= feline immunodeficiency virus.  It is transmitted through blood, saliva or urine or infected cats.  Kittens can also get it from their mothers.  It is important to get your kittens tested, along with any outdoor or exposed indoor cats.

Flea and Tick Protection:

It also important not to forget the flea control.  Fleas are a year round problem.  If they want to feed and find you, they will!  If your pet is itchy at the base of it’s tail or down its legs, or has scabs there (cats have scabs on their neck)… reasons for this problem are Fleas!  #1, 2, and 3. All it takes is 1 bite… if your dog or cat are allergic, they are going to start reacting!  They can even come in on you, they take a ride on your shoe or pant leg.  They are also small enough to fit through screens on doors or windows.  During the winter they are smart enough to find a warm spot to hang out (preferably in your house), but they are hardy enough to locate somewhere hospitable outdoors too.

You’re in luck!… We currently have lots of flea and tick medications available!

Nexgard: protects puppies (8 weeks and older) and dogs against fleas and ticks.  Taken as an oral monthly medication.

Bravecto: protects dogs (6 months and older) against fleas and ticks.  Taken as an oral medication every 3 months.

Frontline Gold: protects dogs and cats against fleas and ticks.  Used as a monthly topical medication.

Advantage: protects dogs and cats against fleas.  Used as a monthly topical medication.

Advantix: protects dogs ONLY against fleas and ticks.  Used as a monthly topical medication.

Need help getting your cat in a carrier?:

The best way to get your cat used to the carrier is to make it their friend not enemy!  The goal is to make it a comfortable place for them to be, not just used when they have to travel.

  • Leave the carrier out with the door open.  Can put it in an area they feel safe.
  • Put their favorite blanket, towel in the bottom.
  • Putting treats or some of their food in the carrier.  This will offer positive reinforcement.
  • Using Feliway, which is a synthetic pheromone for cats, that produces a feeling of contentment and relaxation for cats.

If your cat really doesn’t like the carrier, here is help them in for travel:

  • Put the carrier on its end so the open door is facing upward.
  • Having a blanket or towel in the bottom so if your cat urinates, the towel will absorb the wetness.
  • Lower your cat rear end first into carrier (hold your cat under his front legs and supporting its bottom), they won’t feel forced into it.
  • Close and secure the door, then gently return the carrier to the correct position.
  • Cover the carrier with a light towel or blanket.  Cats can feel safer when covered, just be sure it is nothing that will cause overheating.

Hospital Protocols for General Anesthesia:

We understand and appreciate the concerns of owners when a pet must undergo general anesthesia. Therefore, our comprehensive patient monitoring of anesthetized patients consists of evaluating heart rate, blood pressure, EKG, blood-oxygen saturation, respiratory rate and carbon dioxide levels. We even measure the pressure of the inflatable cuff on the endotracheal tube (breathing tube) which accompanies every anesthetized patient.  We have the experience, knowledge and equipment necessary to create the safest environment possible for our anesthetized patients.  All patients are maintained on fluids to properly regulate organ function and help maintain appropriate blood pressure.  Post-surgically, if the use is warranted, patients are given a laser therapy treatment to promote healing, decrease pain and reduce inflammation.

Surgical Procedures:

We are able to do a wide range of surgical procedures from spay, neuter, mass removals, dental procedures, etc.  There are also emergency surgical procedures that we have the capabilities of performing on a daily basis.

Post surgically we have several areas for pets to recover in.  We have a separate dog and cat room so that patients can peacefully recover.  We also have a large treatment and ICU room for those patients that need a little more TLC.  All our patients have 24/7 monitoring by a licensed veterinary technician and we have state of the art monitoring equipment to accompany them.

Dental Cleanings:

We all want your dog and cat to have fresh breath and more importantly we want them to keep their teeth.  The best way is to do prophylactic dental care.  How often this needs to be done will be determined by your veterinarian on our yearly physical exams.  Dental cleanings are done under anesthesia, most dogs and cats do not want to say “ahhh” voluntarily.  We then clean with an ultrasonic scaler and polish the teeth.  We have he capabilities of taking digital dental x-rays, which can help us save teeth.  Dental x-rays help us look under the gum line (teeth are like ice bergs, most of the tooth is under the surface).  If teeth do need to come out (because of poor genetics, heavy tartar, gingivitis, resorptive lesions, etc) we are able to numb their mouths and remove them.

Don’t forget that after dental care!  Brushing your pets teeth is the best way to help prevent plaque and tartar (next to getting them professionally cleaned).  We have several veterinary approved products that can help reduce the speed at which the plaque and tartar will build back up again too.  They include Hill’s T/D, Virbac Veggie Dents, and Greenies.