over time. If your pet has foul breath or dark material around the base of their teeth, they are likely suffering from periodontal disease. Infection of the teeth and gums can lead to severe mouth pain, and tooth loss or infection. If infections are left untreated, they can travel into your pet's internal organs causing further health problems. The good news is that through routine dental procedures, we are capable of removing this bacteria laden buildup from around your pet's teeth. A dental procedure includes scaling away all tartar from the teeth and polishing and restoring maximum health to the teeth. Home oral care will also be discussed after this procedure so oral hygiene can be maintained. Home oral care can involve anything from brushing or rinsing of the teeth on a daily basis to using dental specific chews or simple tabs that can be put in your pet's water that will inhibit bacteria growth in the mouth.
Boarding & Day Care
Do you have to go away for an extended period of time? Does your pet destroy your house while you are at work? If so, consider our boarding and/or day care services. Our canine boarding facility offers spacious runs with radiant heated flooring. Your pet will enjoy cozy bedding, fresh food and water, and three daily walks and play sessions. Walks take place in our fenced in outdoor area where your pet can get some sun and fresh air while they sniff around and explore. Playtime takes place in our indoor playroom where your dog can enjoy some time off leash and play fetch with our friendly kennel staff. When it is time to go home after a boarding visit of three or more nights, your dog will also receive a complimentary bath, ear cleaning, and pedicure to top off their stay! Our feline guests will enjoy the beautiful kitty condos during their stay. The kitty condos offer plenty of room to jump, play, and relax as well as eat and use the litter box. Located on our top floor, the condos offer a peaceful oasis with expansive windows and views of feeding birds for entertainment. Our feline guests also get cuddle time throughout the day with our caring kennel staff. If you would like to leave your pet with us for the day, we also offer day care services in both our boarding area as well as our hospital area. Day care is useful for pets who are lonely at home and may behave destructively. It is also good for pets who may be recovering from surgery and should not be left home alone or who may need medication while their owners are at work. Day care services also include fresh food and water according to owner specifications as well as cozy bedding, toys, walks and playtime.
If you are considering boarding and/or day care, here are some things you need to know.
Catch your pet playing in the mud? Don't worry, we can get them looking shiny and new! No matter which breed you have, our hospital staff and professional groomer can get them looking like the best in show. A canine grooming includes a hypoallergenic oatmeal bath, ear cleaning, pedicure and a hair cut. Feline grooming (shave downs or lion cuts) include a complete routine bath, ear cleaning, and pedicure. To schedule an appointment for a grooming, please call 516-256-0022.
Canine and Feline Baths Only
Canine and Feline baths only are available seven days a week and will be performed by our kennel staff. A routine bath includes hypoallergenic oatmeal bath, ear cleaning and a pedicure. To schedule an appointment, please call 516-256-0022.
Did you know that 1/3 of all pets will go missing in their lifetimes, and only 20% of them ever make it home? This is a horrifying thought to anyone who has a pet they love, but with a microchip you can protect your pet and dramatically increase the chances that they will be brought home. Here at Assisi, we can implant a Bayer resQ microchip, which is an internationally accepted technology. More reliable than collars or tags, this chip goes under your pets skin and will serve as a permanent form of identification should your pet ever get lost. If your pet was picked up and brought to any shelter or veterinarian, they would be scanned for a microchip. This chip will emit a signal to the scanner with a personal identification number which can then be searched in a nationwide database. Once the number is found, the database company contacts the owner and arrangements are made to reunite the pet with it's family. This microchip is very affordable and registration as well as lifetime membership to the database is completely free. Free 24/7 live support is also available for pet owners. Don't risk losing your best friend, ask about microchipping today.
Nutrition & Specialty Diets
Nutrition is one of the most important considerations for the well being of your pet. Feeding a high quality diet means that your pet will get the nutritional requirements it needs to maintain a healthy and happy life. Feeding a specialized diet can also help manage many health conditions such as obesity, allergies, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal disorders, oral health, renal disease and urinary tract disease. We carry a full line of veterinarian approved diets such as Hill's Science Diet, Hill's Prescription Diet, Royal Canin Veterinary Diets, Eukanuba, Iams, Life's Abundance and Purina. We also carry a full line of treats for pets with special dietary needs, food allergies, or oral hygiene care.
Unable to bring your pet to us? Don't worry, we can come to you! House calls are available to clients who are unable to bring their pet to our office for various reasons. A pet may be too large to get into the car, may be feeling too sick, or may just hate going to the vet's office. Whatever the reason, our hospital staff can come to your home and perform routine exams and diagnostic screenings. Blood work can be brought back to our in house lab for evaluation and results are available that same day! Our hospital vehicle is also available and is equipped to transport animals to and from our facility as needed. If getting your pet to the office is too stressful, call and schedule an appointment for a house call today!
Pet DNA Testing and Breed Identification
We all know mutts are special dogs, but do you ever wonder exactly where all those loveable traits come from? Maybe your dogs protective instinct is because they are part shepherd, or maybe their goofy demeanor is from being part lab. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you just can't figure out what breeds make up your furry friend. Advances is canine DNA profiling now allow us to take a sample of your pet's DNA and send it to a lab for breed analysis. This test will give definitive answers as to which breeds are in your pet. This test is also useful for ensuring the accuracy of breeding bloodlines as well as screening for potential disorders and traits in bloodlines. Collection of a DNA sample is easy, either a swap from your pet's cheek, or a blood sample is all that is needed. USDA
Interstate and International Pet Travel Certification
Are you planning on traveling with your pet? Either on a plane, by car or by railroad, you should know that any interstate or international travel with live animals requires a certificate of health inspection by a USDA licensed Veterinarian. Dr. Guzman is fully licensed by the USDA and can issue your pet an official health certificate for use when traveling. All that is required to obtain this certificate is a complete medical examination, and up to date vaccinations. These services can be performed seven days a week at your convenience.
A K-Laser is a therapeutic laser that uses ultraviolet light as a treatment for many different ailments. This is a holistic therapy that has been accepted and used in Europe for years and was approved for use in the United States in 2002. The therapy can be used in a variety of situations, most commonly for wound healing and chronic pain cases, such as arthritic pets and traumatic injury. According to K-laservet.com, Laser Therapy is proven to bio-stimulate tissue repair and growth. The Laser accelerates wound healing, and decreases inflammation, pain, as well as scar tissue formation. When it comes to pain management, Class IV Lasers are a side effect free and non-addictive treatment that provide dramatic results. Below are some positive effects of the K-Laser for your pet.
If you would like to learn more about the K-Laser, click here, or call our office, a member of our team would be happy to answer your questions!
Radioactive Iodine (I-131) Therapy for Feline Hyperthyroidism
Assisi Veterinary Hospital is now approved to perform Radioactive Iodine (I-131) treatment in cats. This treatment is used in felines with hyperthyroidism. What is hyperthyroidism? Hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland becomes enlarged, and starts producing excess amounts of thyroid hormone (thyrotoxicosis). This is usually caused by a benign tumor on one or both of the thyroid glands. Common symptoms may be:
If your cat is exhibiting one or many of these symptoms and hyperthyroidism is diagnosed, there are various treatment options which can be discussed. Rather than surgery or daily medication, radioactive iodine (I-131) is quickly becoming the preferred method of treatment for this condition. What is the treatment process? If this treatment method is chosen, the process is relatively uninvasive and simple. 15 days prior to treatment, the cat is given hyperthyroid medication to begin the process. After that time, the cat is admitted to the hospital and a single injection of radioactive iodine (R131) is given under the skin. The substance "finds" and destroys all diseased tissue without harming any normal tissue. The cat will stay in the hospital for up to two weeks under the care of hospital doctors and staff, until his or her radioactive levels are acceptable. In about 95% of cases, this treatment provides a permanent cure and has no serious side effects. If you are interested in this potential option for your feline, please contact us and ask to speak with a doctor for more information. We are happy to help.
Wellness exams include routine care such as annual checkups and vaccinations performed by our veterinarians. These exams are performed to ensure that your pet stays in optimal health. These exams are also a good time to discuss any concerns you may have about your pet. During your pet's exam, the doctor will take the current weight of your pet to make sure he or she is maintaining a healthy weight. Vaccinations are discussed and are administered according to each pet's needs. These vaccines work to keep your pet's defenses strong against diseases they may encounter during day to day activities such as going for walks or to the park. The doctor will also discuss preventative measures such as heartworm and flea & tick medications. It is also a good idea to perform blood work on a yearly basis during your pet's wellness exam as a preventative measure. Routine blood work can alert pet owners to conditions that may exist but have not begun to show symptoms. If caught early, many conditions can be treated and can help your pet live a longer and happier life!
Acupunture has been practiced in both animals and humans for thousands of years in China. It usually involves the insertion of thin sterile needles into specific points on the boy in order to cause a therapeutic effect, but may include other methods such as electrical stimulation and moxibustion. Modern research shows that acupoints are located in the areas where there is a high density of free nerve endings, mast cells, small arterioles, and lymphatic vessels. The stimulation of acupoints induces the release of beta-endorphins, serotonin, and other neurotransmitters. Acupuncture is a painless and very safe medical procedure when administered by a qualified practitioner. Each session may take 20-45 minutes. Some results can be seen immediately but others well require several treatments. Generally, a minimum of 3-6 treatments for chronic conditions are needed before one can expect notable improvement.
Only licensed veterinarians are qualified to practice veterinary acupuncture in most states in the USA. A certified veterinary acupuncturist (CVA) can be found at www.tcvm.com.
Studies have shown that acupuncture stimulation relieves pain, promotes tissue healing, regulates gastrointestinal motility and reduces inflammation. Studies have also shown acupuncture can be effective in the following conditions:
Many acupuncturists choose to combine acupuncture with herbal medicine because the use of herbs enhances the effectiveness of acupuncture. View some photos of the procedure here.
Laser Surgery & Ultrasound
Assisi Veterinary Hospital has a state of the art, fully equipped surgical suite. In this suite we can perform routine surgical procedures such as spaying and neutering as well as the most complex life saving procedures. All of our procedures are conducted using laser technology. Laser surgery uses a highly concentrated CO2 wavelength to simultaneously vaporize and seal off soft tissue. This method is incredibly efficient and offers many benefits for the patient. Such benefits include reduced bleeding, less pain, and reduced risk of infection. In addition to performing surgery, our suite also accommodates complete ultrasound technology which allows Dr. Guzman and his staff to diagnose and monitor conditions that may affect your pet's internal organs such as the heart, lungs, liver and kidneys. Our facility also has top notch anesthetic monitoring systems to ensure your pet remains completely comfortable during all procedures.
Oral hygiene is a crucial part of maintaining a long and healthy life for your pet. Did you know that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats are already suffering from periodontal disease by the age of three? Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria present in tartar and plaque which builds up on your teeth