Health Maintenance Services

When your pet is sick, the entire veterinary medical team at Sachem Animal Hospital and Wellness Center provides the best possible care for your pet in a compassionate and loving environment. From the latest ultrasound technology to advanced surgical procedures, your pet always receives the highest level of care available.

To maintain the highest standards of veterinary care, we offer a broad range of services to our patients beyond our comprehensive wellness care programs. Please take a look below to learn more about all the ways we can respond to all your pet's healthcare needs. Whether your pet is a playful puppy or a cat entering the golden years, he or she receives the best care possible at Sachem Animal Hospital and Wellness Center.

Pet Health Holbrook NYAllergies and Dermatology

If left untreated, allergy-related conditions can fester and become serious health concerns for your pet. Therefore, it is important to be able to identify the first signs and symptoms of allergies and dermatological conditions. These include:

  • Inflamed ears
  • Hotspots, especially those that recur
  • Scratching
  • Rubbing the eyes or mouth area
  • Flaking
  • Lesions on the skin
  • Hair loss
  • Red itchy bumps on the skin
  • Asthma-like wheezing or respiratory issues

These problems can indicate a serious dermatological or allergic reaction to allergens such as fleas, pollen, dust, and various foods. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important that you bring your pet in to our hospital for an evaluation. If left untreated, these problems can become severe medical concerns. At Sachem Animal Hospital and Wellness Center, we take the time to explain your pet's condition, the proper method of treatment, and how to prevent future occurrences.

Glaucoma Prevention

Glaucoma is a condition in which the fluid pressure inside the eye increases to a point where the optic nerve is damaged, causing loss of vision and blindness. It doesn't only affect humans; your pet can develop glaucoma, too.

There are two types of glaucoma: chronic glaucoma, which is relatively common and develops as your pet ages, and acute glaucoma, which is the result of an injury or illness. In many cases, glaucoma can progress quite rapidly, especially when it is the result of injury or underlying illness and is considered an emergency situation.

Symptoms to look for include:

  • Redness in the eye
  • Tearing or discharge
  • Eye sensitivity to light
  • Pain
  • Cloudy-looking eye
  • Bulging eyeball

Due to the severity and incidence of glaucoma, we recommend that your pet be checked regularly for this disease. A routine glaucoma exam is not only an effective screening measure for chronic and acute glaucoma, but can also help set a baseline measurement. Setting a baseline measurement is important because normal intraocular pressure (IOP) can vary between species, breeds, and even individual pets.

At Sachem Animal Hospital and Wellness Center, we use an instrument called a tonometer to measure the fluid pressure inside your pet's eyes. This is a noninvasive, simple procedure that should not cause your pet any pain or discomfort. Your veterinarian will apply a mild anesthetic eye-drop to ensure your pet is comfortable during the exam.

Feline Hyperthyroidism

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Feline hyperthyroidism is a serious condition that occurs in cats. It is a disorder that occurs when the feline thyroid gland produces an excess of thyroid hormone. An excess of thyroid hormone affects all of the cat's organ systems.

Feline hyperthyroidism (or cat hyperthyroidism) occurs in middle aged and senior cats. Both feline sexes and all breeds are equally at risk. Dr. Lissman and Dr. Camay are also the co-founders of Thyro-Cat, Centers for the Treatment of Feline Hyperthyroidism.

The thyroid is butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck region of the cat. Hyperthyroidism is caused by a tumor in this gland that produces excessive amounts of thyroid hormone. Ninety eight percent of these tumors are benign (adenoma) and two percent are cancerous (carcinoma). Seventy percent of cats with thyroid tumors have both lobes of the gland affected.

Symptoms of Feline Hyperthyroidism

Symptoms of thyroid problems in cats may include:

  • weight loss
  • changes in behavior - anxiety or nervousness
  • excessive appetite or decreased appetite
  • increased water intake
  • hyperactivity or lethargy
  • excessive shedding, hair loss (alopecia), poor coat condition
  • diarrhea or vomiting
  • increased urination
  • cardiac symptoms - rapid heart rate, arrhythmia

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your cat and questionable symptoms, please call our office at (866) 467-8228 to schedule an appointment or email us with your concerns.

ThyroCatCat Hyperthyroidism Treatment at Thyro-Cat - Long Island Feline Hyperthyroidism Treatment Center

There are three ways that hyperthyroid conditions in cats can be treated: medicine, surgery, and radioactive iodine (I-131) therapy. By far, Radioactive Iodine (I-131) Therapy is the treatment of choice.

Medicine: Methimazole is administered daily for the life of the cat. Things to consider are the price, side effects (to the liver and blood system), and maintenance and that it also will not cure your cat of hyperthyroidism. This method also comes with routine blood tests and ongoing therapy adjustments. Yearly cost is approximately $800/yr.

Surgery: Surgery for your cat's hyperthyroidism is another option; however this, too, has its problems. Surgery does require anesthesia for your cat; the surgery is risky; and often might need to be repeated.

Radioiodine (I-131) Therapy: The preferred hyperthyroid treatment therapy among specialists (and the method employed at Thyro-Cat feline hyperthyroid treatment centers) is Radioiodine (I-131) therapy for a number of reasons including the following:

  • Safe and effective
  • Requires one injection just under the skin
  • No anesthesia is required
  • No daily medication
  • Does not have harmful side
  • Is cost effective
  • Corrects thyroid function typically in one month
  • Does not destroy healthy tissue
  • Requires a short 3-day stay after treatment is administered (by law to ensure radiation level is at an acceptable level prior to leaving)

With Thyro-Cat, feline hyperthyroidism treatment for your cat's hyperthyroid condition is just a shot away. Call Thyro-Cat today to learn more about how Thyro-Cat feline hyperthyroidism treatment with Radioiodine (I-131) Therapy can help you and your feline friend.

Oncology and Cancer Treatment

With new advances in veterinary medicine, many pets with cancer are living longer with a greatly improved quality of life. Successful cancer treatment often lies in early detection. Early detection can be difficult at times as cancer may not only present itself as a lump on the skin, but may develop inside the body. If this occurs, a thorough examination with diagnostic tests (X-rays, ultrasound) can often discover the tumor. If left undiagnosed, the disease may not be noticed until clinical symptoms develop.

Treatment depends on the type and location of the cancer. If possible, surgical removal of the tumor is recommended. Some types of cancer are responsive to chemotherapy, which include a variety of oral and injectable drugs. Dogs and cats tend to tolerate chemotherapy well and rarely develop the side effects common in humans.

Pet Behavior IssuesBehavior Counseling

Behavior problems are the number one reason that owners give up a pet. Sachem Animal Hospital and Wellness Center offers behavior counseling for many of your pet's problems including inappropriate urination or defecation, aggression, separation anxiety, inappropriate chewing and barking, and introduction of new pets into the household.

Our veterinarians will work closely with you to understand the source of these behavior issues and develop a specific plan to help eliminate your pet's unwanted behavior. Often the behavior problem, such as inappropriate voiding, can be linked to a medical issue (such as cystitis, bladder stones, or kidney disease) and can be treated medically. For other behavior issues, the treatment plan often includes behavior modification and may include medication-assisted training. If our veterinarians and technical staff members cannot help with your pet's behavior problem, we can refer you to a board-certified animal behavior specialist.

Nutrition Counseling

Pets are living longer, healthier lives and a big part of that is due to our expanded knowledge connecting proper nutrition with overall good health. In fact, nutrition is the biggest health variable controlled by a pet's caregiver.

Our doctors can assist you with information on proper serving size and other feeding strategies so your pet can maintain optimal body weight and nutritional health. We can also help you navigate through pet food producers' claims so you can make the most informed nutritional food choice for your pet.

Prescription Diets

Some pets have more serious nutritional challenges or chronic conditions that can benefit from a special diet. Prescription diets benefit medical conditions such as liver disease, bladder and kidney stones, renal failure, food allergies, diabetes, and more.

Sachem Animal Hospital and Wellness Center carries Royal Canin Veterinary Diets and Hills Prescription Diets. If your pet requires a prescription diet we do not carry, we may be able to order it for you.