Nutrition plays an important role in the life and health of an animal. Schedule an appointment and speak to one our veterinarians regarding proper nutrition for your pet. Whether its a weight loss plan, adult maintenance, or disease-oriented, our veterinarians can help you make the most educated decision when it comes to your pet’s diet.
Garden City Veterinary Care is partnered with Hill’s Prescription Diet to provide a fully balanced diet for your pet. These diets are formulated to cater for a variety of disorders such as allergies, renal disease, liver disease, joint and bone health, dental health, urinary bladder health, canine alertness, etc.
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All Hill’s pet foods undergo feeding tests that confirm complete and balanced nutrition for your pet.
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We’re so confident that your pet will enjoy Hill’s Pet Foods we offer a 100% money-back guarantee.
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Garden City Veterinary Care has on staff two veterinarians accredited by the United States Department of Agriculture to provide USDA health certificates required for animals in International travel.
After the form has been signed by our veterinarian, the form must be taken to the USDA office across the street from the JFK Airport and signed there as well.
Before scheduling an appointment for your animal’s physical exam it is your responsibility to:
1. Check with the airline to find out within how many days of travel the certificate needs to be issued.
2. Contact the consulate of the country you are traveling to because there may be more forms required to be signed by a veterinarian and those forms must be obtained provided by you and brought to the office on the day of the exam or prior. Ask if there are specific vaccines, blood tests, etc… required for travel to the country including any particular dating of those treatments or blood tests.
3. Bring all up to date vaccination history.
Have a happy and safe trip!
Veterinary Dermatology Treats Common Skin Conditions & Pet Allergies
If your pet is frequently itching, scratching or biting his skin, he may be suffering from an allergy or skin condition. Veterinary dermatology treats common skin conditions and pet allergies, addressing both the underlying cause for your pet’s discomfort as well as providing immediate relief from painful symptoms. Our veterinarians have significant experience in treating pet allergies and skin conditions. Our advanced diagnostic tests make it easier for our veterinary dermatology team to precisely identify the skin condition affecting your pet and take immediate steps to relieve your pet’s pain.
Relieve Your Pet’s Itching with a Veterinary Dermatology Appointment
Your dog or cat can suffer from the same seasonal allergies that affect humans. Allergic dermatitis is one of the most common conditions affecting pets. Pollen, mold, ragweed and dust mites may trigger pet allergies. Rather than experiencing watery eyes or congestion, however, pets suffer from itchy skin. Repeated biting and scratching creates irritated, moist skin that is susceptible to secondary bacterial infections. Prompt treatment for pet allergies is essential to relieving a pet’s painful itching symptoms and preventing secondary skin infections or more complex dermatological problems.
Food allergies to common pet food ingredients, including beef and chicken byproducts, dairy, soy, wheat, and corn, also cause pets to itch or scratch their skin. In addition to itchy skin, food allergies can trigger gastrointestinal upset and ear inflammation. Pets with a food allergy may bite or scratch at their skin, frequently bite or lick their paws, and even drag their rear across the ground in an attempt to scratch it. Since pets with food allergies are often allergic to more than one food ingredient, diagnosing a food allergy can be a complicated process.
Our veterinarians have substantial experience diagnosing and treating pet allergies, both those caused by food and by environmental allergens, such as pollen. If you suspect that your pet is suffering from an allergy, schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians as soon as possible. Diagnostic tests or an elimination diet may be necessary to precisely identify the cause for your pet’s allergies. Once the allergen triggers are identified, your veterinarian works closely with you to create a custom treatment plan. Depending on the trigger, this may include a dietary change, reduced exposure to a seasonal allergy, and/or medication to manage allergy symptoms.
In addition to treating pet allergies, our veterinary dermatology team also treats common skin conditions such as mange and ringworm. Ringworm is a common bacterial infection that can affect both cats and dogs. Pets with a ringworm infection have circular lesions on their limbs and head. The skin will be flaky and some pets may even appear to be “bald.” Ringworm can easily spread to other pets, so prompt treatment is critical. Mange is caused by tiny parasites called mites; symptoms of mange include intense scratching and biting of the skin.
We have a close relationship with Veterinary Emergency and Referral Center of Westbury located at 609-5 Cantiaque Rock Road, Westbury NY 11590 (516-420-0000). They are open 24 hours for emergencies or for overnight care.
Garden City Veterinary Care is excited to offer its clients Companion Laser Therapy. Laser therapy provides a non-invasive, pain-free, surgery-free, drug-free treatment which is used to treat a variety of conditions and can be performed in conjunction with existing treatment protocols. Relief and/or improvement is often noticed within hours depending on the condition and your pet’s unique health status. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, your companion can benefit from this innovative approach to treating pain.
What is it?
Laser therapy is a drug-free, surgery-free, noninvasive treatment that reduces pain, reduces inflammation and speeds healing.
How Does it Work?
Laser therapy stimulates the body to heal from within. Non-thermal photons of light are administered to the body for about 3 to 8 minutes per area and are absorbed by the injured cells. The cells are then stimulated and respond with a higher rate of metabolism. Your pet may feel a gentle and soothing warmth. This results in relief from pain, increased circulation, reduced inflammation, and an acceleration of the healing process.
Applications for laser therapy include:
- Treatment of arthritis, degenerative joint disease, or hip dysplasia
- General pain management (sprains, strains, and stiffness)
- Post-surgery pain (spays, neuters, declaws, and other surgeries)
- Skin problems (hot spots, lick granulomas, infections)
- Dental procedures
- Fractures and wounds (bites, abrasions, burns, and lesions)
- Ear infections
Orthopedic/Soft Tissue Surgery
Our veterinarians can perform all orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries your pet may require.
To ensure the safety of your pet under anesthesia, all surgical and dental patients are offered pre-surgical blood work, and in addition, geriatric patients are offered EKGs.
Surgeries are performed Monday to Friday.
Please call our office to schedule a pre-surgical consult and discuss the procedure with your veterinarian. Specific instructions will be given to you upon scheduling the procedure.
“My caseload encompasses patients with a wide range of orthopedic, neurologic, oncologic (cancer), thoracic, and soft tissue problems. I am available for surgery, consultation, assistance with difficult surgical cases, or when the use of specialized surgical equipment or techniques is required. My combined effort allows me to confer on patient management, to be readily available for trauma or other emergency referrals, and to further expand our own surgical subspecialties. My practice is equipped with the latest specialized instrumentation and equipment. The safest anesthetic agents are used, and patients are continuously monitored throughout anesthesia. Experienced, registered veterinary technicians and well-trained technical support staff play a key role in perioperative intensive care. Patient care is provided 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.” – Dr. Thomas
We have board-certified surgeons on staff, and competitive pricing – please call for a free evaluation and estimate for all surgeries!
24-hour pet care is generally provided after major surgeries and accommodated on as needed basis.
Wellness and Vaccines
At Garden City Veterinary Care, we believe annual wellness care is imperative to keeping your pet happy and healthy!
During your annual physical exam, your veterinarian fully examine your pet and speak to you about vaccinations, preventative care for Heartworms, Gastrointestinal Parasites, and Ectoparasites.
How to they work?
Vaccines contain small quantities of modified or “killed” viruses, bacteria or other disease-causing organisms. When administered, they stimulate your dog’s immune system to produce disease-fighting cells and proteins – or antibodies- to protect against such diseases.
What vaccines does GCVC recommend?
DHPP (Distemper/Adenovirus/Parvovirus/Parainfluenza) The distemper virus is highly contagious. It is fatal and very hard to treat. Canine adenovirus causes hepatitis, primarily damages the liver and can become fatal. Parvovirus is also highly contagious and spreads through vomit and diarrhea. Parainfluenza is an upper respiratory disease that can develop into pneumonia.
Bordetella (Kennel Cough) A viral and bacterial infection that can cause coughing, sneezing, nasal and eye discharge. It is spread through direct contact from another dog, contaminated objects or it can be airborne.
Rabies An incurable viral disease that affects the central nervous system. Spread through contact with saliva of infected animals, through bites or any break in the skin. This disease can be passed to humans.
Leptospirosis A serious bacterial disease, which attacks the kidneys and liver. It is typically spread when infected urine from wildlife comes into contact with an opening of the skin or a mucous membrane (eyes, nose or mouth). This disease can be passed to humans.
Lyme Transmitted by ticks to dogs. This disease is very common on Long Island. Often results in chronic arthritis and can sometimes lead to death.
Canine Influenza Dog virus similar to the human “flu” virus. Can cause a cough with a low-grade fever. If not treated can lead to pneumonia. This virus is airborne and highly contagious.
What to expect after vaccines?
After vaccinations, many patients will be a bit sore and tired for a day or two. Provide a little extra TLC and ensure adequate food and water intake.
While uncommon, some pets develop an injection site “vaccine bump” seven to ten days after vaccines. This firm, non-painful swelling will resolve within 2-3 weeks.
Signs of a true allergic reaction include sudden weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, facial swelling, difficulty breathing and skin hives. Should such signs occur, warrant immediate medical attention. Feel free to call us with any questions or concerns.
At Garden City Veterinary Care we highly recommend fecal analyses. Puppies often have parasites but adult dogs are susceptible as well. Intestinal parasites can be transmitted from animal to animal; often not showing any clinical signs. Parasites can be found in the environment and are released through animal feces. Some parasites tend to be zoonotic, meaning they are transmissible to humans. If the fecal analysis comes back positive for worms or parasites, your veterinarian will prescribe the necessary medications for your pet, which will be available at our hospital.
What is heartworm disease?
Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in pets in the United States and many other parts of the world. It is caused by foot-long worms (heartworms) that 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. Heartworm disease affects dogs, cats and ferrets, but heartworms also live in other mammal species, including wolves, coyotes, foxes, sea lions and—in rare instances—humans. Because wild species such as foxes and coyotes live in proximity to many urban areas, they are considered important carriers of the disease.
Dogs. The dog is a natural host for heartworms, which means that heartworms that live inside the dog mature into adults, mate and produce offspring. If untreated, their numbers can increase, and dogs have been known to harbor several hundred worms in their bodies. Heartworm disease causes lasting damage to the heart, lungs and arteries, and can affect the dog’s health and quality of life long after the parasites are gone. For this reason, prevention is by far the best option, and treatment—when needed—should be administered as early in the course of the disease as possible.
Cats. Heartworm disease in cats is very different from heartworm disease in dogs. The cat is an atypical host for heartworms, and most worms in cats do not survive to the adult stage. Cats with adult heartworms typically have just one to three worms, and many cats affected by heartworms have no adult worms. While this means heartworm disease often goes undiagnosed in cats, it’s important to understand that even immature worms cause real damage in the form of a condition known as heartworm associated respiratory disease (HARD). Moreover, the medication used to treat heartworm infections in dogs cannot be used in cats, so prevention is the only means of protecting cats from the effects of heartworm disease.
When should my pet be tested?
Testing procedures and timing differ somewhat between dogs and cats.
Dogs. All dogs should be tested annually for heartworm infection, and this can usually be done during a routine visit for preventive care. Following are guidelines on testing and timing:
Puppies under 7 months of age can be started on heartworm prevention without a heartworm test (it takes at least 6 months for a dog to test positive after it has been infected), but should be tested 6 months after your initial visit, tested again 6 months later and yearly after that to ensure they are heartworm-free.
Adult dogs over 7 months of age and previously not on a preventive need to be tested prior to starting heartworm prevention. They, too, need to be tested 6 months and 12 months later and annually after that.
If there has been a lapse in prevention (one or more late or missed doses), dogs should be tested immediately, then tested again six months later and annually after that.
Annual testing is necessary, even when dogs are on heartworm prevention year-round, to ensure that the prevention program is working. Heartworm medications are highly effective, but dogs can still become infected. If you miss just one dose of a monthly medication—or give it late—it can leave your dog unprotected. Even if you give the medication as recommended, your dog may spit out or vomit a heartworm pill—or rub off a topical medication. Heartworm preventives are highly effective, but not 100 percent effective. If you don’t get your dog test, you won’t know your dog needs treatment.
Cats. Heartworm infection in cats is harder to detect than in dogs, because cats are much less likely than dogs to have adult heartworms. The preferred method for screening cats includes the use of both an antigen and an antibody test (the “antibody” test detects exposure to heartworm larvae). Your veterinarian may also use x-rays or ultrasound to look for heartworm infection. Cats should be tested before being put on prevention and re-tested as the veterinarian deems appropriate to document continued exposure and risk. Because there is no approved treatment for heartworm infection in cats, prevention is critical.
More questions can be answered at https://www.heartwormsociety.org/pet-owner-resources/heartworm-basics
If your pet goes outside it is being exposed to a variety of ectoparasites such as fleas, mites, ticks, mosquitos, etc
Garden City Veterinary Care carries several products used monthly as a preventative for Heartworms and Ectoparasites. Please ask our veterinarian which product best suits your pet and its lifestyle.