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Give Your Puppy or Kitten the Right Start in Life

At Parkside Veterinary Hospital, each pet's first year of care is customized based on its specific needs. Just like human children, puppies and kittens require additional physical exams and vaccine boosters to ensure that they get the very best start in life.

Puppies and kittens require extra care their first year.Our recommendations for your puppy's or kitten's first year:

  • Physical Exams: Your puppy's or kitten's lifetime of wellness starts with its first comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens should have 3-4 exams between the ages of 8-16 weeks. These visits are important because they give our veterinarians an opportunity to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines.

  • Vaccinations: Due to their immature immune systems puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines. Since every puppy and kitten is unique, we tailor our vaccination recommendations based on their lifestyle and/or breed and according to the suggested guidelines.

  • Diagnostic Testing: We recommend that puppies are tested for Heartworm at 6 months of age if not done previously and that kittens are tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS at their first visit if not done previously.

  • Additional Recommendations: Your veterinarian will also discuss and recommend other services, such as spaying, neutering or microchipping that can lead to a longer and healthier life for your dog or cat.

**At all puppy and kitten visits, we encourage you to ask any questions about physical or behavioral problems you may be having. Behavioral issues in particular should be addressed as soon as problems arise in order to correct undesirable behaviors before they become entrenched.

Puppy Vaccine Protocol

Ideally, your puppy should come for its first visit around 8 weeks of age. At this time, your puppy will get a complete physical examination by one of our veterinarians and will receive the first in a series of immunizations against Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis, and Parainfluenza (fortunately, these vaccines are combined into one injection). We strongly recommend that you bring in a stool sample so that we can determine if your puppy has intestinal parasites so we can treat your pet if necessary. This is particularly important if you have toddlers in your family, since roundworms and hookworms can be transmitted to humans and cause serious health problems.

The next visit, at 10 weeks of age, is for the second Distemper vaccine. The third is at 12 weeks, at which time we vaccinate your puppy against Rabies (required by law, for licensing, and for interstate travel in many areas.) We will then offer you the choice of immunizing against Lyme Disease at this visit, and discuss with you whether your puppy may be at risk for contracting this disease. The fourth and final puppy visit is at 16 weeks of age, the puppy will receive the third Distemper vaccine and possibly second Lyme booster. At this point, we consider your puppy to be properly immunized against the most serious canine diseases, so he/she can socialize with a more extensive circle of canine friends.

Kitten Vaccine Protocol

Your kitten should come for its first visit around 8 weeks of age. At this time, your kitten will get a complete examination by one of our veterinarians and will receive the first in a series of immunizations against Feline Distemper, Calicivirus, and Rhinotracheitis (these vaccines are combined into one injection). We strongly recommend that you bring in a stool sample so that we can determine if your kitten has intestinal parasites so we can treat your pet if necessary. This is particularly important if you have toddlers in your family, since roundworms and hookworms can be transmitted to humans and cause serious health problems. We will also recommend that your kitten be tested via blood sample at this time for exposure to two lethal viruses, Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus.

The next visit is at 12 weeks, at which time we boost the Distemper combination and also vaccinate your kitten against Rabies (required by law, for licensing, and for interstate travel in many areas.) The last visit is at 16 weeks or more, at which time your kitten receives the final kitten Distemper booster. We will discuss with you the risk of Feline Leukemia only if your kitten is going to be outside. If your kitten will be an "indoor-outdoor" pet, then we highly recommend giving the Leukemia vaccine in a series of 2 injections between 12 and 16 weeks of age.

It's time to start thinking about spaying or neutering your pet when they reach the age of 6 months, of course this may be done anytime after the pet reaches 6 months of age. Parkside Veterinary Hospital recommends this surgical procedure for all dogs and cats that are not intended to be bred.

Spaying and neutering pets provides health benefits.Spaying Dogs and Cats

Spaying is a term used to describe the sterilization procedure of female pets. The procedure of spaying most often consists of removal of both the ovaries and uterus, which is called an Ovariohysterectomy.

  • Spaying removes the risk of pregnancy. Pet overpopulation is a serious problem and by allowing your pet to have litters, you are adding to the problem. Finding homes for your new family additions is not as easy as you may think. Even if you choose to keep them you have to consider the additional cost of vaccines, parasite control, and food for several pets. In addition to costs, the health of the mother can be in jeopardy during delivery. Some new mothers can have serious complications during delivery and can even develop health problems during nursing. All these potential problems can be avoided by spaying your pet.

  • Spaying keeps your pet calmer. Without the drive to mate, your pet may be quieter and won’t be prone to seek out a mate. The spayed pet no longer attracts males and their annoying advances and serenades. Spayed animals are also easier to get along with. They tend to be more gentle and affectionate.

  • Spaying keeps your pet healthier. A final positive aspect of spaying your pet is that spayed animals tend to have fewer health problems. Spaying is the removal of the ovaries and uterus. Without these organs, ovarian cysts, uterine infections and cancer of the reproductive tract are no longer a concern.

Neutering Dogs and Cats

Neutering is a term used to describe the removal of the gonads (testicles) in male animals. This procedure is used to control animal population growth, and to reduce unwanted sexual behaviors.

  • Neutering reduces the risk of pregnancy. Pet overpopulation is a serious issue and by allowing your pet to breed, you are adding to the problem. Although you may not own a female pet, and you are not burdened with finding homes for the offspring, someone else is. If you accept the responsibility and take a puppy or kitten, then you will have additional costs for vaccines, parasite control and food.

  • Neutering makes for a cleaner, calmer pet. Another positive aspect of neutering your pet is that neutering can result in a calmer, and sometimes cleaner home. Without the drive to mate, your pet may be quieter and not prone to calls and an incessant need to seek out a mate. There is no longer a need to mark his territory and urinate throughout the house and yard.

  • Neutering keeps your pet healthier. A final positive aspect of neutering your pet is that neutered pets tend to have fewer health problems. Neutering is the removal of the testicles. Without these organs, testicular cancer is no longer a concern and the risk of prostate problems is reduced. 

Care for Sick and Injured Pets

At Parkside Veterinary Hospital, we focus on keeping your pet happy and healthy. Unfortunately, some pets occasionally experience illnesses or injuries that require a veterinarian’s care and attention.

Pet First Aid iconParkside Veterinary Hospital offers high-quality diagnostic and medical treatments for sick and injured cats and dogs. We provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere to diagnose and treat your pet.

A successful recuperation is our goal and our experienced and caring team of veterinarians is supported by our:

If your dog or cat is experiencing an illness including, but not limited to, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash, loss of appetite or lower energy level, our team and facility are here to diagnose and treat your pet. We are also equipped to help your pet recover if it has sustained an injury such as a bite wound, lameness or trauma from an accident (including if your pet is hit by a car).

We see emergencies during our normal hospital hours. If your pet has an after-hours emergency or if we determine that your pet requires overnight nursing care or a level of specialty we cannot provide here, we will co-ordinate your pet’s referral to the appropriate critical care or specialty hospital.

Digital Pet X-ray

Parkside Veterinary Hospital offers both dental and full body digital x-rays to better diagnose and treat sick or injured pets.

Digital radiography provides x-ray images without the use of conventional film. This allows for the highest-quality images, while providing the lowest possible exposure of radiation to your pet.

Digital images can be computer enhanced to increase detail allowing our veterinarians to see fine detail and subtle changes.

Benefits of Digital X-ray over Traditional Film X-ray

  • Images are obtained much more quickly and with greater accuracy.
  • Fewer retakes are required, resulting in less radiation exposure for both the patient as well as the staff.
  • Images can be easily and quickly sent to other veterinarians, including board-certified veterinary radiologists, allowing us to get results in a matter of hours rather than days.
  • Records can be stored electronically and are protected from damage or loss.
  • The chemical processing step required to develop traditional film x-rays is eliminated, creating a huge reduction in chemical usage and hazardous waste.
  • Digital x-ray allows us to provide superior care to our patients and supports our goal of progressive, high-quality medicine.

Digital Dental X-rays Help Us Assess Your Pet's Oral Health

Digital Pet Dental X-rayAt Parkside Veterinary Hospital, we always provide a comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment plan for pets when their teeth are cleaned. Digital dental x-rays with periodontal probing helps with our assessments. In fact, two thirds of our pets' teeth are under the gingiva (gums) and are not visible.

Digital dental radiographs allow assessment of the teeth (fractures or internal disease), the surrounding soft tissues (periodontal disease, stomatitis, cysts, draining tracks, facial swellings, fistulas or tumors), the joints (TMJ or mandibular symphysis) and the bone (jaw fractures). Digital x-rays can also reveal subgingival (under the gums) foreign objects, cysts and tumors.

X-rays allow us to find problems that need attention. Studies have shown that without dental x-rays, significant problems are missed in up to 75% of pets.

We always diagnose first before creating a treatment plan for each patient. Digital dental x-rays will help us do that by replacing a guess with a diagnosis, and allowing for the correct treatment to be optimally performed.

Our team of veterinarians and technicians is experienced with a range of surgeries. All of our procedures include a thorough pre-surgical physical examination by a veterinarian, surgical monitoring and lots of TLC (tender loving care) throughout the day.

In addition to spaying and neutering, we also offer the following surgeries:

Soft Tissue Surgeries

  • Abdominal and Thoracic Surgeries
  • Bladder Stone Removal (Cystotomy)
  • Canine and Feline Urologic Surgery
  • Declaw
  • Gastric Dilatation Volvulus or GDV (Bloat)
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Mass / Tumor Removal
  • Otitis Externa / Otitis Media
  • Perineal Hernia
  • Pyometras
  • And other general surgeries as needed

Dental Surgery

  • Extractions

Why we are the best choice for your pet’s surgical needs

Many pet owners are curious about what is involved when their pet is placed under anesthesia. At Parkside Veterinary Hospital, your pet's safety and comfort are our top priority so you can be sure that your pet will receive only the best and safest anesthetic and surgical care. We offer a clean and well-equipped facility and experienced team to provide your pet with the highest quality in a stress-free and relaxing environment.

Our surgical procedures include the following:

  • Pre-Anesthetic Blood Work—ensures your pet is healthy enough to undergo a surgical procedure and that its internal organs can safely process the anesthesia.

  • Safe Anesthesia—a very safe anesthetic gas which is also used in human pediatric medicine.

  • Experienced Monitoring Support—our trained technicians use state-of-the-art anesthetic monitors to continuously monitor your pet’s pulse rate, oxygen levels and blood pressure.

  • IV Catheter/Fluids—fluids are given during surgery to maintain blood pressure and to help your pet recover quickly from the anesthesia.

  • Pain Medication—is administered prior to and after surgery to ensure your pet is comfortable.

Here are answers to your frequently asked questions on Pet Pain Management:

How do I know my pet hurts?

There are no tried and true behaviors associated with pain. Frequently, subtle changes in movement, lethargy, appetite, interaction, energy, focus, and even basic life functions (eating, urinating, defecating, and scratching) are the only "signs" of pain in our pets. It's even more difficult when owners live with an animal day in and day out, frequently not realizing their decline over time. What a pet shows you too, will depend on its individual personality, breed, species (cats and certain dog breeds hide pain particularly well), the problem (an injured nail is very painful, osteoarthritis is mildly painful) and even its age (younger and geriatric animals are frequently more sensitive than mid aged patients). That's why it's important for your pet to have an annual exam that focuses on signs of pain and quality of life.

What are some of the diseases that cause pain in dogs and cats?

Cancer, dental disease, dermatitis, and arthritis are a few top causes of chronic pain in our veterinary patients. Acute pain can be caused by trauma, ligament or tendon tears or pulls, gastrointestinal disturbances (such as pancreatitis), urinary issues (kidney and bladder infections, calculi), skin/ear/eye diseases, and even neurologic conditions (disc or back joint, known as "facet" nerve pinching).

How is pain diagnosed?

Pain is often diagnosed by a solid physical exam including observation, history taking, palpation and gait analysis. Generalized blood and urine tests can be performed to assess organ function and dysfunction, often the first signs of problems internally. Radiographs (x-rays) can be taken to assess musculoskeletal issues; ultrasound is usually performed to confirm abdominal diseases or changes in tendons/ligaments/muscles ("soft" tissues around a joint). Advanced imaging usually implies or means Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or Computed Tomography scans (CT scans) and is done once basic testing fails to yield an answer as to from whence the pain comes. 

What can be done to treat pain in my pet?

The last decade has produced a number of new and exciting drug choices to treat pain in both pets and people. These drugs can be compounded into liquid, transdermal, even at home injectable formulations allowing ease of administration for difficult to treat patients. Parkside Veterinary Hospital also offers a variety of myofascial techniques, in home rehabilitation programs, therapeutic ultrasound and cold laser therapies, alternative and complementary treatments (acupuncture included) as well as joint injections, perineural injections, infusion therapies (substance administration through intravenous catheters which slows the transmission of pain)and even mobility devices (orthotics, prosthetics and carts).  Along with the actual techniques and drugs used to treat pain, making sure nutrition, behaviour, mobility, tummy and intestinal function, bladder and bowel control, appetite, skin and mucous membrane issues are under control all assist with improved quality of life. Chronic pain is not treated easily with any one technique, but multimodal treatment (meaning several therapies used together) can truly reduce pain and make life better for your pet. Our veterinarians are committed to balancing all the "quality of life" indicators for your pet to relieve pain regardless of the problem.

Despite the fact that medicines and surgery correct many issues, managing an animal's pain is fundamental to treatment. Frequently owners cannot afford more aggressive therapy for cancer or even arthritis... but the pain and suffering of the problems even as severe as these, can be managed easily and effectively. Please feel free to ask to speak to our veterinarians about the many alternatives for treating your pet's pain.

Routine and preventive dental care is vital to your pet's health. Poor hygiene can contribute to the development of periodontal disease, which can often lead to heart, lung, and kidney disease.

Canine Oral HealthParkside Veterinary Hospital offers a full range of dental services for your pet including:

We also carry products that will help keep your pet's teeth clean and healthy at home such as, toothpaste, toothbrushes, oral rinses, and dental chews.

Our veterinarians perform basic oral exams on all our patients as part of their comprehensive physical examinations. Puppies and kittens will be examined to detect any problems related to the deciduous (baby) teeth, missing or extra teeth, swellings, and oral development. Senior pets will be evaluated for developmental anomalies, the accumulation of plaque and tartar, periodontal disease, and oral tumors.

What Is Chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy, or chemo, means treating your pet's cancer with medications. It can help to slow down the growth of cancer that may have already spread, or shrink the size of a tumor prior to surgery. Chemo can be administered by injection at Parkside Veterinary Hospital or orally at home.

Chemotherapy protocols vary by type of cancer, the extent of the disease, the health of your pet, and any other known issues specific to your pet. It may be the only line of treatment, or it may be given in combination with other cancer treatments. Your veterinarian will discuss the protocol that is most appropriate for your pet and the potential side effects prior to starting therapy.

The length of time your pet will be on chemotherapy depends on the type of cancer, the treatment goals you and your veterinarian have determined, and your pet's response to treatment. Some pets remain on chemo for the rest of their lives, while others are able to stop therapy if it appears they are in remission.

How Will Chemo Affect My pet?

Animals tend to tolerate chemotherapy better than people do. This is largely because veterinary oncologists use lower doses of drugs and don't combine as many drugs as human oncologists do. Severe side effects in pets are rare, however every animal is different and may have an unexpected reaction to any drug. Note that side effects usually take 24-72 hours to show.

Known Side Effects of Chemotherapy

  • Gastrointestinal issues including decreased appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea – which, if untreated, may lead to weight loss and dehydration. You can treat these problems with antinausea medications and appetite stimulants recommended by your veterinarian.
  • Immune-suppressive effects which may lead to an increased susceptibility to infection. Antibiotics may be prescribed as a preventive measure.
  • Hair loss (also known as alopecia) – while this is less common in pets, it can certainly happen. It may show in spots, as a general thinning, or the entire coat may fall out. Hair generally begins to grow back within a few weeks to a month after treatment ends.

How Do I Take Care of My Pet After Chemotherapy?

Your pet may be tired after treatment – don't encourage strenuous exercise for the first few days. If you have medications sent home with you, make note of the instructions written on the medication and call your veterinarian if you have questions. If your pet takes other supplements or medications regularly, please discuss these with the veterinarian as well, to make sure they are OK to give safely in addition to the chemotherapy.

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The goal of chemotherapy is to extend or improve the quality of life for a pet with cancer. Most owners are surprised at how well their pet does with chemotherapy. The good news is that cancer is not always life-threatening for pets and may be manageable or treatable for a very long time.

Call us at (518) 463-0418 if you have any questions or would like to start getting treatment for your pet.

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What is Laser Therapy?

Laser therapy is a painless use of laser energy to generate a photochemical response in damaged or dysfunctional tissue. Laser therapy can alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and accelerate recovery from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. As rehabilitation specialists know, the main goal of treatment for many painful, debilitating conditions is to facilitate improved function and mobility. Laser therapy is a drug-free, surgery-free technique to help make that goal a reality.

In laser therapy, a greater number of photons are used to create a higher power laser, which allows for deeper penetration into the muscle. This is what makes laser therapy so effective. The injured cells absorb these photons, resulting in an increased metabolic rate and increased circulation. As a result, healing is promoted from within the body. 

Direct benefits of laser therapy are:

  • Shorter treatment times
  • Quicker recovery
  • Drug-free therapy
  • Non-invasive technology
  • Free of side effects

What Conditions Can Veterinary Laser Therapy Treat?

Feline conditions that pet laser therapy treats.   Canine conditions that pet laser therapy treats.
     
Chronic and acute conditions that respond to laser therapy treatments include:
  • Arthritis
  • Allergies
  • Burns
  • Cystitis
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Feline Acne
  • Fractures
  • Gingivitis
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Infections
  • Inflammation
  • Lacerations
  • Otitis (ear infections)
  • Post-surgical healing/pain relief
  • Skin conditions
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Tooth extraction pain relief
  • Wound healing

 

Parkside Veterinary Hospital offers an array of both prescription and over the counter products to keep your pet happy and healthy. Our in-house pharmacy is stocked with prescription medications to provide preventive care, treat illnesses and ensure that your pet’s medication is always available.

 

Call us if your pet is experiencing a medical emergency!We see emergencies during our normal hospital hours. Please call us at 518-463-0418 for immediate assistance. If your pet has an after-hours emergency or if we determine that your pet requires overnight nursing care or a level of specialty we cannot provide here, we will co-ordinate your pet's referral to the appropriate critical care or specialty hospital.

We refer after-hours emergencies to:

The Capital District Animal Emergency Clinic
222 Troy-Schenectady Road (Route 2), Latham, NY 12110
(P) 518-785-1094

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New Clients

Thank you for choosing Parkside Veterinary Hospital to care for your pet. Downloading and filling out the New Client Form prior to your first appointment will greatly assist us in adding you and your pet to our system. Please feel free to fax it to us at 518-463-1504 or to bring it with you to your pet's first appointment. We will be happy to contact your previous veterinarian to obtain any necessary information or documentation regarding your pet's medical history.

Annual veterinary care is crucial to keeping your pet happy and healthy. Click the icons below to learn more about what your veterinarian can do for your pet.

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Exams check overall health and detect problems before they become severe or costly.

 

Vaccines protect against common and fatal diseases based on your pet's age and lifestyle.

 
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Dental and oral care prevents bad breath and diseases that could become life-threatening.   Lab tests diagnose and prevent sickness or injury in safe and non-invasive ways.   Parasite prevention treats and protects against deadly heartworms, parasites, and flea/tick infestations.
         
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  Nutrition ensures your pet gets the balanced diet it needs and maintains a healthy weight.   Spaying and neutering protects pets from serious health and behavioral problems.  
 

Care Guides for Pet Owners

Your pet's health also depends on you. Click on the icons below to learn more about what pet owners can do at home to keep their pets living a long, healthy life.

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Home care is just as important as veterinary care in keeping your pet happy and healthy.

 

Care for all ages includes veterinary care and home care tips for your pet at every age.

 

Ages and stages is our chart to help you find out your pet's age in "human years."

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Bringing your pets to the veterinarian for a physical exam every year is the smartest and easiest way to keep them healthy. Exams allow your veterinarian to detect any problems before they become severe or costly.

Pet Exams for Dogs and CatsYour Veterinarian Will Check...

  • muscular and skeletal health by feeling for healthy muscle mass and joint pain.

  • neurologic system – it could indicate birth defects in younger pets, and cognitive issues in older pets.

  • appropriate weight and  lifestyle for your pet's age.

  • lymph nodes – swollen nodes can indicate a wound, virus, infection or some other illness.

  • vital signs (temperature, pulse and respiration) – an abnormal reading could indicate illness.

  • skin and coat condition for growths, infection wounds and overall skin health.
     
 

Bring Your Pet to the Veterinarian Every Year for a Clean Bill of Health and Peace of Mind

Your pet can't tell us what's wrong. But routine physical exams can help your veterinarian detect any problems or diseases you might not have otherwise picked up on, including heart murmurs, tumors, enlarged organs, cataracts, ear infections, ear mites, dental and gum disease, skin issues and allergies.
 
     


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Vaccines protect against common diseases that your pets may become exposed to.

Did You Know?

Vaccines have about a 95% success rate for preventing infections and fatal diseases.

     
  Canine Vaccines

Rabies

The rabies vaccine is required by law and protects against the fatal illness. Rabies can be transmitted to other pets and people through the bite of an infected animal.

Distemper (DHPP)

This combination vaccine protects against viruses that cause life-threatening neurologic, respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.

Leptospirosis

This vaccine protects against a bacteria that can cause deadly kidney or liver disease. Leptospirosis is also transmissible to people.

Lyme

This vaccine helps prevent Lyme disease, which is easily transmitted through the bite of an infected tick.

 
 

Lifestyle Vaccines

These might be recommended if your dog visits boarding facilities, groomers, training classes, dog parks, and other social settings.

Bordetella

This vaccine protects against an airborne respiratory virus known as "Kennel Cough."

 
 
     
  Feline Vaccines

Rabies

The rabies vaccine is required by law and protects against the fatal illness. Rabies can be transmitted to other pets and people through the bite of an infected animal.

Distemper (FVRCP)

This combination vaccine protects against viruses that cause life-threatening respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.
 
     
 

Lifestyle Vaccine

This is given to all outdoor cats, including those who go out occasionally -even if it's just on an open porch.

Feline Leukemia

This vaccine protects against the contagious and often fatal disease, which is easily spread between cats.

 

 

     
 

Vaccines are the key to a long and healthy life. Your veterinarian will suggest the best vaccines for your pet based on age, medical history and lifestyle.

 
     

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Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets. Without proper preventive or home care, plaque and tartar can build up, which may cause oral infections, bad breath, infected gum tissues (gingivitis) or even bone loss (periodontitis).

Did You Know?

It's not normal for your pet to have bad breath – it can be a sign of serious dental or gum issues.

Pet Dental & Oral Care

     
 

Sixty percent of dental disease is hidden below the gum line, and can only be found with x-rays. Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about screenings, cleanings and products available to help keep those pearly whites clean.

 
     


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Yearly lab tests are safe and non-invasive ways to diagnose and prevent sickness or injuries in pets that a physical exam cannot detect.

     
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Blood Screening

A blood screening checks for anemia, parasites, infections, organ function and sugar levels. It is important to get a blood test annually for your pet, to help your veterinarian establish a benchmark for normal values and easily see any changes that may point to problems.

Urinalysis

This test has the ability to screen for diabetes, urinary tract infections, bladder/kidney stones, as well as dehydration and early kidney disease.

Intestinal Parasite Check

Using a stool sample, your veterinarian can check to see if your pet has parasites. Many parasites can be passed on to humans, so it is important to complete this screening annually, especially if your pet has any symptoms including upset stomach, loss of appetite and weight loss.

 
     
 
 
     
 

Routine testing can add years to your pet's life. Your veterinarian will recommend lab tests appropriate for your pet based on age and lifestyle.

 
     
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Canine Tests

Your veterinarian may check for the presence of heartworms in your dog, as well as the three common tick-borne diseases – Lyme, Anaplasma, and Ehrlichia Canis.
 
     
 
 
     
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Feline Tests

A combination test checks for heartworm, Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). FeLV and FIV are serious diseases that weaken the immune system, making cats susceptible to a variety of infections and other diseases. FeLV is spread through casual contact, and FIV is transmitted primarily through bite wounds. They can also be transferred to cats by their mothers. Any new pets, or sick/stray cats entering a household, should be tested.

Blood Pressure Testing

Senior cats are routinely tested for high blood pressure. It may occur as a secondary disease to another illness and is commonly seen in older cats. But it can affect a cat at any age and cause damage to the eyes, heart, brain and kidneys. A new heart murmur or alterations in your cat's eyes during a routine exam may prompt your veterinarian to take a blood pressure reading.

 
     

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Prevention is the best approach in protecting your pet against deadly heartworms, intestinal parasites, and flea and tick infestations. Your veterinarian will help you find the product that is right for your pet based on his or her needs.

     
 

EXTERNAL PARASITES
are assessed visually by your veterinarian.

 
     
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Fleas

Fleas thrive when the weather is warm and humid. All cats and dogs are susceptible to flea infestations. Beyond the skin irritation and discomfort, flea infestations can also cause deadly infections, flea-allergy dermatitis (OUCH!) and the transmission of tapeworm parasites if ingested.

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Ticks

Ticks can spread serious infectious diseases such as Lyme, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis and Babesiosis to pets and people. Pet owners should inspect their pets regularly for ticks, large and small, especially after being outside in a wooded or grassy area.

 
     
 
     
 

INTERNAL PARASITES
are assessed by blood tests and fecal exams.

 
     
 
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Intestinal Parasites

Roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm, whipworm, Coccidia, Giardia and Cryptosporidium are all common in cats and dogs. Many of these parasites can be transmitted to you and your family if your pet becomes infected.

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Heartworm

Mosquitoes can spread heartworm, a harmful disease that affects both dogs and cats. As its name implies, heartworm lives in the blood of a pet's heart and blood vessels. We recommend annual screenings for both dogs and cats, even if they are already on heartworm preventatives.

 
     
     
     
 

Life is better for your pet and family without parasites.
Let us help you choose your flea, tick, heartworm and
intestinal parasite preventatives today!

 
     


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Just like humans, an animal's diet directly affects its overall health and well-being. Allowing a pet to overeat, or to consume the wrong foods, may lead to a wide variety of ailments including obesity, diabetes and arthritis.

Did You Know?

Over 50% of dogs and cats in the United States are obese or overweight.

Proper Nutrition

Although we think of our pets as family members, they shouldn’t be allowed to eat like us. Maintaining a proper diet will help keep your pet at a healthy weight. Be sure not to overfeed, and that you are providing a diet tailored to your pet's breed, age, weight and medical history.

Common Foods To Avoid

Think twice about feeding your pet table scraps. Common foods such as chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions and garlic could be dangerous to an animal. Some non-food items like lily plants and antifreeze are also toxic to pets. Check with your veterinarian if your pet has ingested anything questionable.
Pet Nutrition

 

Growth Diet

Growing puppies and kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults. Ask your veterinarian which food is right for this stage of life. Cats switch to an adult diet right after being spayed or neutered, no matter what the age, to decrease the likelihood of obesity and related conditions.

Adult Diet

Selecting an adult dog or cat food that will keep your pet healthy and energetic starts with knowing your pet's lifestyle. Does your dog weigh just the right amount and go for long walks daily? Or is it a lap dog that loves nothing more than to snooze the day away? Talk to your veterinarian about these issues to help guide you in choosing the best food for your pet.

Senior Diet

Your senior dog or cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Many older pets can continue eating the food they always have – just a little less to compensate for not being as active. Check with your veterinarian which food and amount is best for your pet.

   
     
 

Every pet ages differently. Your veterinarian can help you determine the best diet for your pet's needs.

 
     


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Spaying or neutering can protect your pet from serious health and behavioral problems later in life. It also helps control the stray animal population.

Spaying or Neutering Reduces the Risk of...

Uterine Disease

Known as a pyometra, this is a potentially life-threatening condition which can be very expensive to treat. It is 100% preventable if your pet is spayed.

Mammary Tumors (Breast Cancer)

Over one-half of all mammary tumors are malignant and can spread to other areas of the body. Early spaying, prior to your pet beginning its heat cycles, significantly reduces the incidence of tumor formation.

Testicular Cancer

This cancer, as well as prostatitis (an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate), can be greatly reduced with early neutering.

 

Behavioral Problems

Unwanted behaviors such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with spaying or neutering.

Overpopulation

There are more puppies and kittens in shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized. Spaying or neutering can help reduce the number of animals in need of homes.Cat and Dog graphic

   
     
 

Spayed and neutered pets live healthier and longer lives! Consider the benefits to your pet and the community, and ask us when is the best time to spay or neuter your pet.

 
     


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Make your pet's well-being a priority. See your veterinarian regularly and follow these tips to keep your pet happy and healthy.

Nutrition

Your veterinarian will give you a recommendation for a high quality and nutritious diet for your pet, and advise you on how much and how often to feed him or her. Diets may vary by species, breed and age.

Identification

Microchipping is a safe and permanent identification option to ensure your pet's return should he or she get lost. Ask us about the process and get your pet protected.

Safety

Always keep your dog on a leash in public, and your cat indoors to protect them from common hazards such as cars and other animals.

Grooming

Frequent brushing keeps your pet's coat clean and reduces the occurrence of shedding, matting and hairballs. Depending on the breed, your pet may also need professional groomings.

Dental and Oral Health

Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about professional cleanings as well as dental treats and products available to help prevent bad breath, gingivitis, periodontitis and underlying disease. Although your pet's teeth may look healthy, significant disease could be hidden below the gum line.

 

Exercise

Be sure to spend at least 15 minutes a day playing with your cat to keep him or her active and at a healthy weight. All dogs need routine exercise to stay fit, but the requirements vary by breed and age. Ask us what's best for your dog. Doggy daycares and boarding facilities are other ways to help to burn off some energy and socialize your pets.

Training

Enroll your dog in training classes to improve his or her behavior with pets and people. Cats need minimal training. Be sure to provide them with a litter box beginning at four weeks of age.

Environmental Enrichment

Entertain your pet's natural instincts by using toys that encourage them to jump and run. Cats especially need to fulfill their instinct to hunt – provide interactive toys that mimic prey like a laser pointer or feathers on a wand. You can also hide treats in your pet's toys or around the house to decrease boredom while you're away.Pet Care at Home

     
 

Be Your Pet's Guardian Angel

Call us if your pet experiences vomiting, diarrhea, poor appetite, lethargy, trouble breathing, excessive drinking or urinating, wheezing or coughing, pale gums, discharge from nose, swollen eye or discharge, limping, and/or difficulty passing urine or stool as these may be signs of illness.

 
     


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Every animal is unique, and the start of each stage of life calls for different home and veterinary care. Check with your veterinarian to establish a proactive wellness plan to keep your pet happy and healthy throughout its life.

Annual Wellness

Puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines and physical exams. During these exams, your veterinarian may also recommend parasite preventatives or lab tests.

Adult pets will need to continue visiting the veterinarian annually for physical exams, recommended vaccines and routine testing.

Senior pets can develop similar problems seen in older people, including heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and arthritis. Your veterinarian may recommend biannual visits to ensure your pet's quality of life.

Spay/Neuter

Females spayed before their first heat cycle will be less likely to get uterine infections, ovarian cancer and breast cancer. Males neutered at any age will be less likely to get prostate disease. Spaying or neutering also helps prevent behavioral problems like marking and escaping. Talk to your veterinarian about spaying or neutering your pet.

Nutrition

Pets require different types of food to support each life stage. Growing puppies and kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults while adult dogs and cats need food that will keep them healthy and energetic. Your senior dog or cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Talk to your veterinarian to determine what's appropriate for your pet.

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Exercise

Adult dogs should stay active with daily walks and one-on-one training. Keep your adult cats fit by using toys that encourage them to run and jump, and be sure to give them at least 15 minutes of playtime a day.

Weight management of your senior dog or cat is extremely important to ensure they are at an ideal body weight and able to move around comfortably.

Training

Behavioral issues are a major cause of pet abandonment. Begin training your puppy or kitten right away to prevent bad habits and establish good ones.

Start house training your puppy as soon as you get home. Keep your puppy supplied with plenty of chew toys so he or she gets used to gnawing on those and not your belongings.

All cats need a litter box, which should be in a quiet, accessible room. Place your kitten in the box after a meal or whenever it appears he or she needs to go. Be sure to scoop out solids daily and empty it out completely once a week. The number of boxes in your household should be the total of number of cats plus one.

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Animals age at a faster rate than humans do, and your pet's health needs will evolve over time. Use this chart to figure out your pet's age in human years, and check with your veterinarian to establish a wellness plan specific to your young, adult or senior pet.

Pet Ages & Stages Chart

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Veterinary Education

Alyce M. Meyer, DVMDr. Alyce Meyer has been part of Parkside Veterinary Hospital's team since 1998 and our Chief of Staff since 2008. She grew up in rural Greene County and now resides in suburban Albany County with her husband, son, and three cats. Dr. Meyer received both her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Cornell University. After graduating from veterinary school in 1996, Dr. Meyer spent two years practicing in Springfield, Vermont before moving back to the Capital District to join Parkside Veterinary Hospital.

Dr. Meyer enjoys all aspects of general veterinary practice since whole health management and patient advocacy are at the root of her professional beliefs. She is a skilled general surgeon and has particular interest in geriatric medicine, dentistry, feline medicine, and dermatology. She values the longstanding client relationships and patient bonds that come with years in a single location as well as the constant stream of new faces she has the opportunity to welcome to the hospital. Her daily practice, management duties, and continuing education pursuits keep her busy doing what she loves.

Tyler Hotaling, VMDDr. Tyler Hotaling joined Parkside Veterinary Hospital in 2010. Growing up in southern Vermont, he now happily resides in East Chatham, NY. He received an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, earning a VMD degree in 2007. Prior to joining Parkside Veterinary Hospital, he worked in the Fort Collins, CO area where he did a one-year internship at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital followed by several years in mixed animal practices.

dr-olivia-gliserman-dog-tylerDr. Olivia Gliserman grew up in the Round Lake area and attended SUNY New Paltz where she majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry. Afterward, she attended The Ohio State University for veterinary school.

Throughout her veterinary education, Dr. Gliserman developed a special interest in surgery, internal medicine, cardiology, oncology and clinical pathology. She also enjoys feline behavioral medicine. During her spare time, Dr. Gliserman enjoys hiking, traveling, cooking, reading, and spending quality time with her cat “Hobbes.”

Dr. Keith Anderson grew up in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, and attended the University of New Hampshire for his undergraduate degree. He received a DVM degree from the University of Illinois. His special interests include veterinary surgery and dentistry.

In his spare time, Dr. Anderson enjoys hiking, camping, and canoeing with his wife and family. He also breeds Bernese Mountain Dogs.

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Parkside Veterinary Hospital is proud to take part of the Friends of Animals Spay and Neuter Program. That means, if you purchase a discounted certificate from Friends of Animals, it can be used for your pet's spay or neuter here!*

spay and neuterWe joined this program to make spaying and neutering more affordable. There are many benefits to the procedure for your pet and the community. For example, spaying and neutering reduces the risk of breast cancer, testicular cancer, uterine disease and behavioral problems. Learn more here.

Qualifications

To qualify for the Friends of Animals program at Parkside Veterinary Hospital, pets must be:

  • At least 5 months old
  • Up to date on rabies and distemper vaccines with verifiable paperwork if not done at Parkside Vet
  • Examined by Parkside Vet staff with pre-surgical bloodwork done within a month of procedure (or with verifiable paperwork if done elsewhere)

In addition, all animals must go home with pain medication the day of the surgery and be seen back at our hospital 10-14 days for a follow-up.

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