Pet Wellness Services

Wellness Care for PetsWellness Care for Your Pet at Every Age and Stage

The veterinary team at Sachem Animal Hospital and Wellness Center in Holbrook, NY believes that prevention contributes to your pet's long term health and minimizes the lifetime cost of care. We strongly recommend routine wellness exams, vaccinations, regular lab work, deworming and fecal checks, as well as medications to prevent heartworm, fleas and ticks to keep your pet in optimum health.

Wellness exams are especially important for very young pets and senior pets, which are animals over seven years of age. They provide us with a general picture of your pet's overall health and are invaluable in identifying and addressing concerns before they become serious problems.

Please take a look at the services we offer to learn why we believe they are important to the care and well-being of your pet. Then give us a call to set up an appointment today!

Your Pet's Wellness Examination at Sachem Animal Hospital and Wellness Center

Wellness examinations are the same for your pet as the yearly physical you receive from your doctor. It's a chance for us to assess your pet's overall health, discuss any changes we see, educate and update you on advancements in veterinary care, and is also an opportunity for you to discuss any of your concerns or ask questions.

Your pet's yearly wellness examination at Sachem Animal Hospital and Wellness Center includes our commitment to:

  • Examine your pet's teeth, throat, and oral cavity
  • Check your pet's vision and examine the eyes
  • Examine the ears for infection, ear mites, allergic reaction, and other related health issues
  • Examine the respiratory system
  • Assess your pet's heart and evaluate cardiac function
  • Test your pet's reflexes
  • Palpate lymph nodes and abdomen
  • Inspect the skin
  • Palpate joints and muscles for arthritis and other orthopedic conditions
  • Test to evaluate the function of internal organs and other systems
  • Assess changes in your pet's body weight, appetite, urination, and bowel habits
  • Inquire as to your pet's activity level
  • Palpate the skin for unusual growth developments
  • Monitor your pet's blood count
  • Utilize laboratory testing to detect early signs of Lyme or Heartworm disease
  • Assess and evaluate general or specific changes in your pet's health since the last wellness visit
  • Discuss preventive techniques with you, the pet owner
  • Collect and examine fecal samples for signs of parasitic infestation
  • Evaluate your pet for repetitive licking or biting in one area
  • Assess your pet's hair/fur and check for matting
  • Demonstrate to you, the pet owner, how to administer at-home medication
  • Engage you, the pet owner, in conversation and answer your questions and concerns

Deworming and Fecal Check

Dangerous parasites are always present in the environment. We recommend regular fecal checks and deworming as the best way to prevent parasitic disease and the transmission of intestinal parasites to your pet and your family members.

Regular Blood Testing

A complete physical should include a blood test. Not only can a chemistry panel and blood count identify the presence of underlying disease processes, but these tests help create a baseline should your pet become ill between regular examinations.

You Know Your Pet Best

No one knows and understands your pet like you do. At home, watch for subtle changes in your pet's body weight, appetite, water intake, urination, and bowel habits, as well as general attitude and activity level. These changes may be signs of medical problems. Lumps and bumps under the skin may seem harmless, but can be cancerous. Ear infections, abscessed teeth, and gum disease are common, painful conditions that may not become obvious until seriously advanced. A comprehensive physical exam is the tool to evaluate your dog's, cat's, or other pet's health status and to help you make informed decisions about the care of your special companion. If you notice anything unusual about your pet's behavior or physical condition, please give us a call.

Our Wellness Programs

Your dog or cat has different health care requirements at each stage of his or her life. Sachem Animal Hospital and Wellness Center has developed a series of preventive and personalized wellness programs for puppies and kittens, adult pets, and senior pets.

Puppies and Kittens:

Like infants, puppies and kittens require a series of monthly health exams and lab work during their first 6 months of life. Our comprehensive pediatric visits include a physical exam to ensure proper development, parasitic disease screening and treatment, and vaccinations. We will begin year-round preventative medication for fleas, ticks, and heartworm parasites. At 6 months of age, we recommend spaying or neutering and microchipping your pet.

Adult Pets (Ages 1-6):

For adult dogs and cats, we recommend a yearly wellness visit consisting of a comprehensive physical exam, dental health evaluation, vaccinations, intestinal parasite evaluation, and screening for exposure to common tick diseases, heartworm disease, intestinal parasites, and others.

Senior Care (Pets Age 7 and Older):

Older pets can suffer from a variety of illnesses, such as kidney disease, diabetes, cancer, and arthritis. The key to managing these conditions is early detection and treatment. Because animals have a unique ability to hide disease and pain, we recommend that you bring your senior pet for a physical exam at least twice a year. We also perform blood and urine tests to detect diseases in their earliest stages, allowing your pet to enjoy the longest and healthiest life possible.


Up-to-date vaccinations play a large part in keeping your pet healthy and free from disease. However, not every pet requires the same series or frequency of vaccines. Our veterinarians will tailor a vaccine protocol that's specific to your pet based on his or her lifestyle. We do recommend the following general vaccination schedule:


  • Rabies: Every 3 years, after initial 1 year booster
  • FVRCP: Every 3 years, after initial 1 year booster
  • FELV: Annually for outdoor cats


  • Rabies: Every 3 years, after initial 1 year booster
  • DHPP: Every 3 years, after initial 1 year booster
  • Bordetella: Every 6-12 months, depending on lifestyle
  • Lyme Disease: Annually, depending on lifestyle
  • Leptospirosis: Annually, depending on lifestyle

Vaccine schedules should be balanced to provide needed protection while not over-vaccinating your pet. Please talk to one of our veterinarians for more information about vaccinations.

Pet VaccinesFlea and Tick Prevention

Fleas and ticks are more than a nuisance; they can carry and transmit diseases that are dangerous to both you and your pet. Although they're a bigger problem at specific times during the year, no cat or dog is completely safe from them. Fortunately, many safe and highly effective parasite prevention products are available. We also offer a Lyme disease vaccination for dogs.

Dr. Barry Lissman, Sachem Animal Hospital and Wellness Center's co-founder, is a clinical authority on both Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, two serious tick-borne diseases in our region. Dr. Lissman was the first veterinarian to identify both illnesses in dogs, has published his findings in many veterinary publications and textbooks, and is an internationally recognized expert on both diseases.

Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease is a serious, life-threatening disease affecting dogs and, to a lesser extent, cats in the Holbrook, NY area. Mosquitoes spread the disease by injecting the parasite into your pet at the time of the bite. Clinical symptoms of heartworm disease develop very slowly. Lack of energy, exercise intolerance, coughing, and difficulty breathing are early symptoms. Because heartworm disease is increasing in frequency and is a serious and deadly disease, we recommend that your dog be tested annually.

Heartworm disease prevention is simple and effective. For dogs, a once-a-month heartworm preventive can be given as a tasty, chewable treat. This medicine prevents not only heartworms from developing, but also kills and prevents most other types of worms that can infect your dog. Cats are protected by applying a drop of heartworm prevention liquid to the skin once-a-month. We recommend this to prevent heartworm disease as well as fleas, ear mites, and other types of worms that can infect your cat.

If you would like to have your pet tested for heartworm disease, or if you would like additional information on how best to protect your pet from this dangerous parasite, please call Sachem Animal Hospital and Wellness Center today for an appointment.

Exotic pet careExotic Animal Care

We offer optimum wellness care programs, along with diagnostic testing and surgery, for birds, reptiles, small mammals, and other exotic pets. Since it is often difficult to determine if an exotic pet is ill, we strongly recommend physical examinations to check for health problems.

In order to survive attacks from their predators, exotic animals normally conceal their illnesses in the wild. As a result, their medical problems often go unnoticed for long periods of time. By the time you recognize that there is a problem with your exotic pet, the condition is often extremely serious. With medical examinations by a veterinarian at Sachem Animal Hospital and Wellness Center, problems are often diagnosed before they become serious medical conditions.

After acquiring your new exotic pet, a complete wellness appointment is strongly recommended. This exam includes a thorough physical examination, husbandry and nutritional consultation, disease screening, and laboratory testing if necessary. Before bringing your pet into your home, you want to make sure that he or she is healthy.

If your exotic pet needs intensive care or hospitalization, you want to be sure that your veterinary hospital is specifically equipped to care for exotic species. The doctors and medical staff at Sachem Animal Hospital and Wellness Center have the technology, training, and experience necessary to provide the skilled, comprehensive care you want for your exotic pet.