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veterinarian Staten Island, NY/ Animal hospital Staten Island, NYBay St. Animal Hospital Pet Wellness Care

The entire staff at Bay St. Animal Hospital takes you and your pet's health very seriously. Your cherished companion deserves the best in veterinary care and our skilled and compassionate veterinary team is dedicated to providing your pet with that care.

We thank you for choosing our animal hospital in Staten Island, NY and appreciate the opportunity to provide exceptional care to your beloved pet. Part of ensuring your pet receives optimal care and lives a long, healthy life is to schedule regular wellness check-ups and examinations. Regular veterinary visits allow our veterinarians in Staten Island, NY to evaluate and assess your pet's overall health and detect any signs or symptoms of disease or medical conditions.

What is a Wellness Examination?

A wellness examination refers to a regularly scheduled medical examination of your pet. The focus of a wellness visit is to observe, evaluate and maintain your pet's optimal health by ensuring his/her physical and systemic body condition remains healthy.

How often should my dog/cat have a wellness examination?

It depends on the age and medical status of your pet. If you have just acquired a new puppy or kitten, wellness exams are scheduled with vaccinations. An average healthy adult dog or cat should have annual check-ups. We also recommend yearly dental checkups for adult dogs and cats.

At Bay St. Animal Hospital, our main focus is to provide high-quality, experienced care to maintain, improve and sustain the health of your pet. A physical examination allows our doctors to observe your companion, listen to his or her heart and lungs, feel specific areas of the body and generally evaluate and assess the overall health of your pet.

An Ounce of Prevention

Preventive medicine is the most effective way to safeguard against illness and injury. Because pets cannot tell us how they feel, disease may be present before you are aware of it. For this reason, additional tests are useful in determining health issues that are not easily observed. If a disease or condition can be detected before your pet shows symptoms, steps can often be taken to manage or correct the problem before the situation worsens.

In addition, early detection and treatment is often less costly than waiting until a disease or problem becomes advanced enough to affect your pet's quality of life.

Wellness examinations and testing are particularly important for your older pet where there is an increased chance underlying disease may be present.

What can I do to prepare my pet for a wellness examination?

We want your pet's wellness exam to be as convenient as possible. When you schedule your pet's appointment at Bay St. Animal Hospital, our receptionist will make recommendations and tell you what, if anything, to bring.

The best way to prepare is to come with questions and concerns you have regarding your furry friend. Have you noticed any behavioral changes? Is she/he eating and drinking normally? Does your pet have the opportunity to consume table scraps and, if so, is this contributing to weight issues? We are here to address all your concerns about your special companion and are honored you have chosen us to care for him.

If you have questions prior to your appointment, please call us at (781) 420-9100.

Veterinarian for Puppies and KittensStaten Island Puppy and Kitten Care

The first year of care for your new puppy or kitten is the most important. Like human infants, puppies and kittens require special attention for them to grow and develop well.

Our team of veterinarians and technicians partner with you to create a custom health plan so your new companion receives the vaccinations and examinations required to get the best start in life.

Your puppy and kittens first year of care will include:

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

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

Diagnostic Testing: Puppies should be tested for Heartworm and kittens tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS.

Additional Recommendations: Your veterinarian will also discuss and recommend other services, such as spaying, neutering and microchipping.

Senior PetsSenior Pet Care

Older pets make wonderful companions, and thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever; however, your senior pet has medical needs that are very different from puppies and kittens. The veterinarians and medical team at Bay St. Animal Hospital work with you to develop a health care plan that ensures your pet is safe and happy throughout his or her golden years.

Pets age faster than people and are considered to be seniors around age 7. Prevention is the key to keeping older pets healthy. Symptoms of disease or a chronic condition many not be readily apparent. In some cases, conditions that may look like the usual signs of old age could be signs of a more serious problem, such as arthritis, periodontal disease, kidney failure or cancer. We recommend all senior pets undergo at least one physical examination each year, though more frequent examinations are encouraged. During an examination, we also perform a number of tests that can detect the signs of heart disease, infection, diabetes and other health problems.

You are an important ally in keeping your senior pet healthy! If your pet is experiencing any changes in behavior, we urge you to bring him or her in for a check-up. We can make sure you and your faithful companion enjoy many more years together.

Parasite Prevention and Control

Parasites can be real pests. Both external (fleas, ticks) and internal (heartworm, hookworm, roundworm) parasites can cause problems for your pet and your family. Prevention is the best approach to eliminating these pests.

Bay St. Animal Hospital carries a wide variety of topical, chewable and injectable parasite preventatives, including Sentinel Flavor Tabs, Heartgard, Parastar and Parastar Plus, Revolution, Easy Spot and Program. Please ask a staff member at Bay St. Animal Hospital for the best way to prevent parasite problems in your pet.

Heartworm Disease

Spread by mosquitoes, heartworm disease is serious and deadly. Fortunately, preventive medications exist to prevent heartworm disease in your beloved companion. The veterinarians at Bay St. Animal Hospital recommend administering preventive medication once a month, all year long.

When Should I Test My Dog for Heartworm?

Symptoms of heartworm are not always immediately apparent. Therefore, it can be difficult to detect symptoms in your pet. Some dogs may show no signs of the disease while others may exhibit clinical signs, such as a mild, persistent cough, reluctance to move or exercise (lethargy), fatigue after only moderate exercise, reduced appetite and/or weight loss.

Cats may exhibit clinical signs that are non-specific, such as vomiting, gagging, difficulty or rapid breathing, lethargy and weight loss. If your pet is experiencing these symptoms, please call Bay St. Animal Hospital at (718) 420-9100 to schedule an appointment.

Heartworm in Staten Island PetsThe timing and frequency of heartworm tests depend on several factors. These include:

  • The pet's age when heartworm prevention was started
  • Was preventative heartworm medication ever forgotten?
  • If the pet was switched from one type of heartworm prevention to another
  • If the pet was not on preventive medication and traveled to an endemic area
  • The length of the heartworm season in the region where the pet lives.

Prevention is the Best Medicine

Since it is easier and more convenient to protect your pet from disease and illness the veterinarians at Bay St. Animal Hospital recommend you have your dog tested yearly for heartworm disease. Call us today at (718) 420-9100 to set up a heartworm test for your pet.

Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease is a common problem of both humans and dogs in the Northeast. The infection is transmitted by the bite and attachment of a deer tick.

Commonly Asked Questions Regarding Lyme Disease

If I find a tick on my dog do I need to go to the veterinarian?

If you are comfortable removing the tick, then you do not need to make an appointment with your veterinarian. The best way to remove a tick is to use a tweezers and grab the tick as close to the skin as possible. Pull it straight out (do not twist or crush). Wash your hands thoroughly following tick removal and disinfect the skin of your pet.

How long does a tick need to be attached to transmit infection?

For Lyme Disease to be contracted, the tick must be attached to your dog for at least 48 hours. It is important, therefore, to inspect your dog's skin daily, especially if they have been in wooded areas.

Does a frost kill all ticks?

No. Adult ticks can be active even if temperatures are below freezing. Even in winter months, ticks can be active.

Staten Island Pet VaccinesVaccinations & Wellness Care at
Bay St. Animal Hospital

Since an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, the veterinarians and staff at Bay St. Animal Hospital are strong advocates of preventative care. To offer your pet optimal care and a long, healthy life, we believe it is important to identify problems before they develop.

Vaccines are an excellent way to protect your pet. While some vaccines prevent common infectious diseases, others protect against dangers present in a pet's lifestyle.

Bay St. Animal Hospital recommends the following vaccinations:


  • DAP+C: This vaccine protects against Canine Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2, Coronavirus and Parvovirus. It is typically administered at 8, 12 and 16 weeks.
  • Rabies: Protecting your puppy from the Rabies virus, this vaccine is typically given at week 16.

Adult Dogs:

  • DAP+C: This vaccine protects against Canine Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2, Coronavirus and Parvovirus. For adult dogs, this is administered every two years.
  • Rabies: We use a 3-year Rabies vaccine for adult dogs.


  • FVRCP: This combination vaccines protects your kitten from Panleukopenia Virus, Feline Calicivirus, and Rhinotracheitis, also known as Herpes Virus. We administer this vaccine to kittens at 8, 12 and 16 weeks.
  • Rabies: Kittens are inoculated against Rabies at 16 weeks old.

Adult Cats:

  • FVRCP/Rabies: Adult cats receive one combination vaccine that protects against from Panleukopenia Virus, Feline Calicivirus, Rhinotracheitis and Rabies. This vaccine is administered annually.

Bringing your pet to Bay St. Animal Hospital for regular wellness visits is part of your pet's overall wellness care program. Vaccines, parasite prevention and dental care are all important aspects of your pet's overall health plan. Our goal at Bay St. Animal Hospital is to provide your companion pet with the maximum protection available.

If you would like to schedule an appointment to get your pet up-to-date on vaccinations, please give us a call at (718) 420-9100.

Pocket Pets in Staten IslandExotic Animal Care

We offer optimum wellness care programs for rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs. Since it is often difficult to determine if an exotic pet is ill, we strongly recommend physical examinations twice a year to check for health problems plus annual monitoring to check for nutritional and husbandry-related conditions.

Exotic animals normally conceal their illnesses in the wild to survive attacks from their predators,. As a result, their medical problems often go unnoticed for long periods of time. By the time you recognize there's a problem with your exotic pet, the condition is often extremely serious. With medical examinations by a veterinarian at Bay St. Animal Hospital, 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, be certain he or she is healthy.

If your exotic pet needs intensive care or hospitalization, Bay St. Animal Hospital has the technology, training and expertise necessary to treat your exotic pet.

If you would like more information about the Staten Island veterinary wellness services that Bay St. Animal Hospital offers for your pet or to schedule an appointment at our animal hospital in Staten Island, please send us an email or call (718) 420-9100.

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