Bay Street Animal Hospital

718-420-9100 | 999 Bay Street | Staten Island, NY 10305
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Up to Speed and Beyond — Major New Software Installation

Bay Street Animal Hospital has completed installation of world-class electronic medical records and data systems. The new software is one of the few systems in the United States that allows for simultaneously multiple-doctor consultation from multiple locations.

What this means for you and your pet.

  • A doctor or doctors may instantaneously view your pet’s complete medical history, x-rays, laboratory diagnostic tests results and other diagnostic modalities, such as electrocardiograms and sonograms, from Bay Street Animal Hospital or remote locations.
  • Our veterinarians can communicate and consult with one another in real time to determine the best course of action and treatment for your pet. Consultation and planning ensure the best outcomes for your pet in short- and long-term treatment programs, emergency care, and surgery.
  • The ease and speed of storage, retrieval, and handling of your pet’s medical records result in cost-savings that are passed along to you, the pet owner.

Hundreds Attend Bay Street Animal Hospital’s Annual Block Party

The oppressive heat and thunder storms that we had been experiencing for weeks gave way before last weekend. On Sunday afternoon, June 23, Bay Street Animal Hospital held its annual block party against the backdrop of bright, sunny blue skies and picture-perfect weather

Our annual block party has become a Staten Island tradition. Each year we celebrate and honor the Staten Island Community —our neighbors and friends — and thank them for their support in making BSAH the largest independently-owned animal hospital on Staten Island by holding a block party open to everybody

This year’s massive celebration included massive amounts of complimentary food choices— pizza, hot dogs, ice cream, fresh fruits; prizes; live DJ; many give-away items, and discount veterinary offers. Throughout the long afternoon, hundreds of people of all ages, many of whom brought their pets, enjoyed the great weather, the great eats, the great vibes, the great times, and each other’s great company.

Heartworm Disease: Deadly Threat to Your Pet

Heartworm disease a serious, potentially fatal disease in house pets. The disease is caused by foot-long adult worms that live in the heart, lungs, and blood vessels of infected pets, causing severe lung disease, heart failure, and damage to other organs in your pet’s body. Heartworm is much more common and more severe among dogs than it is among cats.

Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitos who pick up microscopic baby worms when they feed on the blood of an infected dog, cat, ferret, or wild animals, such as foxes, wolves, and coyotes. The worms develop into infective larvae in the mosquito within 10 – 14 days. When an infected mosquito bites another dog, cat, or wild animal, the infective larvae are then transmitted through the bite wound to the blood of the newly-infected animal where they thrive and grow into huge adult worms.

Heartworms can live five to seven years in dogs and up to two or three years in cats. Because of the longevity of these worms, each mosquito season can lead to an increasing number of worms in an infected pet.

Though heartworm disease is linked to summer and mosquito season, it is found in every region and climate, and preventive treatment should be year around. According to the American Heartworm Society, heartworm disease has been diagnosed in all 50 states, and risk factors are impossible to predict.

Multiple variables, from climate variations to the presence of wildlife carriers, may cause rates of infections to vary dramatically from year to year — even within communities. And because infected mosquitoes can come inside, both outdoor and indoor pets are at risk. To date, no vaccine has been developed against heartworm disease.

The American Heartworm Society recommends that pet owners “think 12”: 1. Get your pet tested every 12 months for heartworm and 2. Give your pet heartworm preventive 12 months a year.

Prevention is Key in Dogs and Cats

Dogs — Treatment for dogs with heartworm disease is available, but it is costly, and the disease may cause lasting damage to heart, lungs, and arteries long after the parasites are gone. Heartworm prevention for dogs is by far the best option, and treatment—when needed—should be administered as early in the course of the disease as possible. Puppies under seven months of age can be started on heartworm prevention without a heartworm test, as it takes at least six months for a dog to test positive after it has been infected.

Cats — Unlike the dogs, cats are not ideal hosts for heartworms, and most worms in cats do not survive to the adult stage. Heartworm disease often goes undiagnosed in cats. But even immature worms cause serious damage in the form of a condition known as heartworm associated respiratory disease (HARD). The medication used to treat heartworm infections in dogs cannot be used in cats, so prevention is the only means of protecting cats from the effects of heartworm disease.

Heartworm is a progressive disease. The earlier it is detected, the better the chances the pet will recover. There are few, if any, early signs of disease when a dog or cat is infected with heartworms, so detecting their presence with a heartworm test administered by a veterinarian is critical. Results are obtained quickly. If your pet tests positive, further tests may be necessary.

For more information, go to To make an appointment for testing and treatment for heartworm and other pet parasites, call us at 718-420-9100.

The Dog’s on Us

Since its founding in 2002 in Rosebank, Bay Street Animal Hospital has been an integral part of the Staten Island community. Over the years, BSAH has grown into the largest independently owned animal hospital on Staten Island. The full-service facility provides state-of-the-art medical, surgical, emergency, and intensive care, as well as professional grooming and a luxury pet hotel. To celebrate its special long-term relationship with its neighbors, Bay Street Animal Hospital will be holding its annual block party on Sunday, June 23, from 2–7pm.

The block party is open to anyone who wants to join the celebration, including family members of all ages, and furry friends. The party will be hard to miss. It will be taking place over the entire block on Lynhurst Avenue between Bay Street and Edgewater Street, which is adjacent to BSAH’s main entrance and parking lot at 999 Bay Street.

Complimentary food service includes hot dogs, pizza, ice cream, fresh fruit, and soft drinks. Participants will be able to tour BSAH’s state-of-the-art animal hospital and meet the entire staff, including senior veterinarians. Entertainment will be provided, and there will be special discounts and savings offered on veterinary care and pet accessories.

According to Dr. Robert B. Cohen and Dr. Theresa Ann Cavallaro, co-founders of BSAH in 2002, the hospital’s long-term success is based on what makes BSAH special.

Dr. Cavallaro is quick to add that what really makes Bay Street Animal Hospital special is its people. “It’s all about the people.  A compassionate team of six full-time veterinarians with a combined work experience of over 120 years and a seasoned support staff and technicians of 35 allow us to provide the best medical care and services at the highest technical level. Yet the emphasis here has always been on the long-term personal bonds we form with our neighbors and clients and their beloved pets. That is what we will be celebrating at the block party this June 23rd.”

Windows Up Could Save Your Pup

By Jessica Lozano

This spring marks the five-year anniversary of an accident that happened to my dog. The accident has changed forever the way I drive with him in my car. I hope my cautionary tale will help keep other dogs safe from a seemingly innocuous habit.

Mason always hated the car.

My dog Mason is a Jack Russell Terrier, a breed notorious for being energetic. He gets especially worked up when he’s being driven in my car: pacing, whining, and generally being distracting.

I found that having the window open and letting him stick his head out seemed to quiet his anxiety in the car and it became his norm. At the time of his accident, I had owned Mason for three years, and every time we drove, he was “bat dog,” ears flapping in the wind.

On this particular afternoon, we were on our way home from running a few small errands. Mason was in the back seat of my small coupe, stretching to get his head out the window between my headrest. I mention this detail to paint the picture that what happened next was not because he was hanging halfway out the backseat window.

The accident

As I slowed to approach a stop light, I heard an unmistakable yelp. Turning to see how Mason could have hurt himself in the back seat, I found it empty. I was immediately panic stricken and caught sight of him in the side-view mirror disappearing behind my car.

I threw the car into park, hopped out, and managed to catch him before he continued running down the street. Back in the car, we sped off to Bay Street Animal Hospital to have him examined.

When we arrived, Dr. Malgorzata Banaszek-Lepkowski immediately examined him and found several injuries. He had road rash in several places, a deep wound on his foot, and most importantly, his tail was dislocated.

What people may not realize is that the tail is an extension of the spine and is home to several vertebrae and is packed with nerve endings. With his tail dislocated and nerves damaged, he no longer had any anal tone, meaning he did not have control over his anal sphincter.

The prognosis was guarded, and Dr. Banaszek-Lepkowski warned me that he may need to be in diapers for the rest of his life.

A slow and steady recovery

After a few nights in the hospital that included a course of steroids, pain medications, and intravenous fluid support, Mason was discharged.

At home he continued to have strict cage rest and over the next few weeks he slowly recovered sensation in his hind end and is diaper free. Unfortunately, there was no way for him to recover use of his tail, and it hangs limply at all times. Amputation was discussed but we opted not to put him through a difficult procedure, as it was causing him no distress.

Since that day I always keep Mason buckled to a collar seat belt or in his travel crate in the back seat. I hope his story will encourage fellow dog owners to be cautious when letting their pets peek out the car windows. I am thankful that I was lucky his injuries were not more severe, as he could have easily been struck by another car or more seriously injured had my car been moving at a higher rate of speed.

VIPee Week

The Pee Is Free!

During VIPee Week — Monday through Friday, May 13 through 17 — Bay Street Animal Hospital is providing free urinalysis for your very important pet.

No exam necessary. Just drop off your pet’s urine in a clean container and get the results back while you wait. If you cannot collect the urine, come in to BSAH and we will collect the urine specimen without any additional fee.

No appointment necessary. You can drop off a specimen or bring in your pet for urine collection any day during VIPee Week during the hours of 10am – 10pm.

Urinalysis allows us to test the physical and chemical properties of urine. The tests we perform are used primarily to assess the health of your pet’s kidneys and urinary system. But the tests may also indicate problems in other organ systems, and are important for diagnosing metabolic diseases such as diabetes.

Urinalysis is a valuable assessment tool for both healthy and sick animals and should be included in a comprehensive evaluation of your pet’s health.

When you bring in your pet’s specimen during VIPee week, we will be able to check for urinary tract infection, blood loss, bladder stones, possible liver and kidney disease, prostate problems, cancer, diabetes, and other serious diseases.

Call 718-420-9100 for more information.

How to Save a Baby Wild Animal

At Bay Street Animal Hospital, our staff loves animals of all shapes and sizes.

A part of that love and appreciation for all creatures is knowing when to leave wildlife to its own devices. As we move along into spring and summer, the temperatures begin to rise, and so does the likelihood of stumbling upon a seemingly abandoned baby animal. It can be tough to resist the urge to assist these helpless creatures. But in many instances, you could be doing more harm than good by intervening.

Birds of a feather…

Baby birds are often mistaken for being injured when found on the ground. The truth is that if the bird has feathers, it has likely been sent out of the nest by their mother to learn to fly. Birds at this age are called fledglings and will not stay in the nest even if you return them.

If the bird you find does not have feathers, it is called a nestling. If you’re able to locate the nest, you can return a newly hatched baby to its nest where its mother can care for it. There is no truth to the old wives’ tale that a mother bird will abandon its young if it’s been touched by a human. So do the right thing: Go ahead and put the nestling back where it belongs.

Small mammals need their mothers too!

If instead, you’ve stumbled upon a small mammal, such as a squirrel, raccoon, or opossum, the best way to assist is to create a safe space by the nearest tree to where the baby was found. A small cardboard box lined with towels or blankets will keep the animal warm while it waits for its mother to return.

Spring is Kitten Season

The most frequent intervention we see is with kittens. Few can resist the cries of a tiny kittens, and immediately look to rescue them. What most people don’t realize is that a majority of times the mother will return and be searching for her little ones, who she fears may be lost. In order to forage for food or find a safe space, mother cats must leave their kittens for periods of time. But this does not mean the kittens have been abandoned. It is important to give ample time and observe from a significant distance to see if the kittens have been truly left on their own. The mother will not approach if humans are hovering too closely.

By allowing baby animals to flourish on their own, we contribute to keeping the ecosystem balanced. As cute as many wild animals are, we must remember that they are just that — wild — and it is not our place to take them in as pets.

If an animal you find is injured — has visible wounds or appears to have broken bones, for example, or it has been an extremely long length of time with no sign of a mother returning — please reach out to us at 718-420-9100 day or night so we may direct you to the proper resources. We are here for you and our wild friends 24/7.

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