Bay Street Animal Hospital

718-420-9100 | 999 Bay Street | Staten Island, NY 10305
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If your pet could talk, we wouldn’t need diagnostic tests.

To ensure your pet’s health and well-being, Bay Street Animal Hospital recommends a routine annual physical exam, vaccinations, and fecal analysis for younger and older pets alike. The fecal analysis may reveal the presence of parasites, such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, coccidia, and giardia.

During the month of April, we are offering a saving of 50% on additional diagnostic testing when you bring in your pet for an annual physical exam.

The discounted tests that are being offered are the Complete Blood Count test (CBC), a 27-test blood chemistry profile, and urinalysis. Our state-of-the-art facility performs the tests in house. Most results are available within 20 – 30 minutes.

The tests let us know what your pet can’t tell us about, including anemia; dehydration; certain forms of cancer; health of your pet’s vital organs; diabetes; kidney and bladder stones; urinary tract and other infections; and an initial screening for leptospirosis, the potentially deadly bacterial disease, which may attack both pets and humans.

We can’t tell how your pet feels unless we know what’s going on inside. Early detection of health issues through diagnostic testing allows for early treatment and a healthier, happier pet in your home. Call us today at 718-420-9100 to make an appointment for your pet’s physical exam.

Big Surgery for Tiny Trouper

At her recent re-check appointment, 10-year-old Chihuahua, Brook, and her mom, Thaycha, were all smiles. There was a lot to be happy about. Brook had a scary post-surgery complication, which, had it not been for the expert team at Bay Street Animal Hospital, could have ended very differently.

Brook was first brought in to the hospital because her appetite had decreased, and her owners noticed that her stomach seemed bloated. After several diagnostic tests, including bloodwork and radiographs, it was discovered that Brook had a condition called pyometra.

What Is Pyometra?

Pyometra is the name for an infection of the uterus that may develop when a female dog or cat has not been spayed. Pyometra is a serious and life-threatening condition that must be treated quickly and aggressively.

Brook’s surgery was scheduled for the same day as her diagnosis and took place in Bay Street Animal Hospital’s state-of-the-art surgical facility. With pyometra, surgery is generally the recommended and safest option, even though the surgery may be complicated and require careful monitoring and a period of hospitalization.

The Surgery

Brook’s surgery was completed successfully. But during her post-surgical monitoring, the diligent technicians noticed Brook had developed a complication and was having bleeding from her incision. The entire staff at Bay Street, including senior veterinarians, leapt into action, performing blood typing and a blood transfusion to stabilize Brook. She remained in the hospital under intensive care, as her owners visited daily to check on her condition.

The Road to Recovery

After nearly two weeks in the hospital with daily diagnostics, intravenous medications, and a heaping dose of TLC, Brook was ready to return home. Her owners report that she is eating, active, and gaining weight — all signs of a pet on the mend. This adorable, spunky little fighter stole the hearts of the entire hospital staff, and we are delighted to hear she’s doing so well and will continue to improve in the coming days. 

What You Don’t Know May Kill Them

March is Pet Poison Awareness Month. Bay Street Animal Hospital would like to bring attention to the harmful substances that can wreak havoc for your furry friends. Poisons can come in many shapes and sizes, ranging from foods and chemicals to house plants.

Some of these dangers may be obvious, such as anti-freeze. But even harmless human snacks, like grapes, can be toxic to animals. How many of the ten most common pet poisons, compiled by Pet Poison Helpline, are you aware of, and what should you do if your pet comes into contact with these items?

Dogs: 1. chocolate; 2. rodent poisons; 3. anti-inflammatory medications (such as Aleve); 4. xylitol (sugar substitute found in sugarless gum and other foods); 5. grapes and raisins; 6. antidepressants; 7. acetaminophen (such as Tylenol); 8. vitamin d; 9. stimulant medications; 10. fertilizer.

Cats: 1. lilies; 2. canine flea/tick products; 3. household cleaners; 4. antidepressants; 5. essential oils; 6. anti-inflammatory medications; 7. rodent poisons; 8. stimulant medications; 9. onions and garlic; 10. vitamin d

But what happens when my pet has ingested something toxic?

It is crucial to act quickly in a possible poison situation. Some owners may opt to wait and monitor their animal for any signs of illness. But many pet poisons do not cause outward symptoms right away. By the time your pet becomes visibly ill, it may be too late.

Step one: Remain calm and remove the toxin from the area if there’s any remaining. It’s important to minimize the amount they actually consume. Step 2: Gather any packaging, so that you know exactly what it is your pet has gotten into. In many cases, the active ingredients and quantity can cause the treatment plan to vary greatly. For example, a chocolate toxicity can range in severity depending on what type of chocolate and how many ounces were ingested. Step 3: Call your veterinarian or one of the pet poison helplines.­

In Case of Emergency, you can call Bay Street Animal Hospital 24/7 at 718-420-9100.

At Bay Street Animal Hospital, we can be reached at any time, day or night, to handle any pet emergency. We can provide life-saving care for toxic substances that your furry baby thought looked appetizing.

Remember, while March may be dedicated to bringing awareness to the dangers of poisonous substances, it’s important to be diligent all year round and know what substances your pet can and can’t eat. It’s our job as owners and caregivers to be ever vigilant and to keep our pets safe from dangerous toxins, no matter what form they take. A complete listing of substances and household items that are poisonous to dogs and cats may be found at www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poisons