Our Services:Laser Therapy for Pets
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?
|Chronic and acute conditions that respond to laser therapy treatments include:|
Our Services:Pharmacy and Products
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.
Our Services:Emergency Care
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
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Contact Us:Client Forms
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.
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.
|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.
Pet Wellness:Pet Exams
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.
Your 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 MindYour 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.
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.
Pet Wellness:Dental & Oral Care
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.
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.
Pet Wellness:Lab Tests
Yearly lab tests are safe and non-invasive ways to diagnose and prevent sickness or injuries in pets that a physical exam cannot detect.
Pet Wellness:Parasite Prevention
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pet Wellness:Spaying & Neutering
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...
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.
This cancer, as well as prostatitis (an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate), can be greatly reduced with early neutering.
Unwanted behaviors such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with spaying or neutering.
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.
Pet Wellness:Home Care
Make your pet's well-being a priority. See your veterinarian regularly and follow these tips to keep your pet happy and healthy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Wellness:Care for All Ages
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pet Wellness:Ages & Stages
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 Wellness:Pet FAQ's
Frequently Asked Questions on Pet Care
Pets require diligent care. They require vaccines, physical examinations, a good diet and lots of
love. Learn more about how to care for your pet. Below is a list of answers to your frequently asked questions.
Canine Pet Care
Feline Pet Care
Pet Wellness:More Resources & Links
The veterinary resources featured on this page provide useful information to pet owners on a variety of topics related to veterinary medicine and pet health care.
Animal Breed Associations
- American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
- Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
- The Humane Society of the United States
- North Shore Animal League America
Pet Grief Support
Contact Us:Local Pet Resources:
Just moved to the area?
Let us help make one part of the transition easy – finding a new vet! In between unpacking and organizing, give us a call at (518) 463-0418 and let us know who your previous veterinarian was. Then we’ll do the rest!
Our reception staff will call your former veterinarian to transfer the records to our practice. Keeping pets happy and healthy is our number one priority. Check out our Pet Wellness page to learn about the ways veterinarians and pet owners can work together to keep their pets living long, healthy lives.
Contact Us:Local Pet Resources:Tips for Moving with Your Pet
We know how stressful adjusting to a new home can be – not just for your two-legged family members, but for your four-legged ones, too! Help make your pets feel a little more at home in your new place with these helpful tips.
- Pet proof your house. Did you know that certain plants and food can be toxic to pets? Common household items like cleaning products and medications can also pose a threat. Especially in a new environment, curious pets can get into household hazards. Be sure to store these in areas that are inaccessible to your furry friends.
- Make sure your pet has proper identification. In addition to standard collars that may come off or get lost, consider getting your pets microchipped. The permanent ID option is as easy and as painless as a vaccination, and greatly increases your chances of reuniting with a lost pet. If Fido is already microchipped, be sure to update the microchip database with your new address information.
- Keep your schedule consistent. Pets are creatures of habit, so maintaining your regular routine will help to make things feel a little more normal. Sticking to your usual times for walks, meals, cuddle time and bed time can help your best friend adjust.
- Be loving and patient. The best way to make pets feel comfortable in a new home is to associate positive experiences with it. Remember to be patient with them and give them lots of affection and treats, and you will have plenty of new, happy memories in no time. You can also take advantage of calming pet products like pheromone diffusers and collars, thundershirts and composure treats to help Fluffy feel at ease.
- Get to know your veterinarian. Bringing your pets to the veterinarian for a routine exam is the smartest and easiest way to keep them healthy. Call us at (518) 463-0418 so we can schedule a visit to get to know you and your pets!
Alyce M. Meyer, DVM – Chief of Staff
Dr. 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, VMD
Dr. 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.
Olivia Gliserman, DVM
Dr. 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.”
Keith Anderson, DVM
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.
Address / Hours
172 Morton Avenue
Albany, NY 12202
P: (518) 463-0418
F: (518) 463-1504
Friends of Animals Spay and Neuter Program
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!*
We 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.
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.