Brooklyn Pet Wellness Care

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When it comes to keeping your pet healthy, prevention is key. Regular Brookyn pet wellness exams help us establish a baseline measurement of your pet’s health and, most importantly, allow us to detect disease and health problems before they become more serious and more expensive to treat.

Our animal hospital recommends all dogs and cats undergo a complete examination at least once a year, though more frequent exams are always encouraged. During an examination, our veterinarians conduct a thorough survey of your pet. We examine your pet’s heart and lungs, check his or her vision and hearing, palpate the abdomen (for signs of swelling), check muscles and joints for signs of arthritis and much more. Routine blood tests are also performed during an examination. These tests are used to detect signs of diabetes, heart disease, parasite infection (such as heartworms) and other potential problems.

Your dog or cat's pet wellness exam also is an excellent time to ask any questions you may have about your pet’s health. We believe that educated pet owners are responsible pet owners and we are more than happy to answer your questions.

Dog And Cat Vaccinations

Pet vaccinations are an important component of your pet’s overall health care plan. Many diseases once fatal to pets can now be prevented through the use of veterinary vaccinations. Every pet is different and has his or her own unique needs when it comes to vaccines.

For younger pets, we recommend yearly vaccinations for the first two years of your pet’s life. After that, we work with you to create a specific vaccine program for your pet. We vaccinate dogs that go outside New York City yearly, except for rabies vaccines, which are administered every three years after the initial vaccine, as per New York state law. Because most of the cats in Brooklyn are indoor-only cats, we recommend a three-year vaccination schedule after the first annual booster.

Brooklyn Pet Microchipping

In a city like Brooklyn, pet identification is a must! But a collar and ID tag may not be enough to make sure your pet gets home safely if he or she is lost. Microchipping your pet is an effective way to make sure your pet makes it back home. A microchip is about the size and shape of a grain of rice and is implanted beneath your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. The microchip is encoded with your pet’s vital information. Veterinary hospitals and animal shelters across the country are equipped with special scanners capable of detecting and reading the microchip. If your pet is lost, his or her microchip is scanned and you and your beloved companion can be reunited quickly. Atlantic Animal Care uses the resQ pet microchip system.

pet nutritional counseling, brooklynVeterinary Nutritional Counseling

Your pet’s diet has a profound effect on his or her overall health. A well-balanced diet prevents obesity (a common problem among many pets) and promotes good health. Some pets may be allergic to certain kinds of food and we can offer advice regarding specialty or prescription diets that best fit your pet’s needs. Atlantic Animal Care does not recommend raw diets for pets. We discuss pet nutrition with our clients during each visit. Dr. Greenberg and Dr. Swails are happy to answer any questions you may have about your dog or cat's diet.

Pet Behavior Counseling

At Atlantic Animal Care, our veterinarians believe in the psychology of starting your pet off with proper training during the early months. Too many pet owners either ignore or abuse the pet’s training in its early formative months. That is not because they mean to do so; it is because they do not know how to train a young animal to be a good pet for life when it grows up. It is much easier to prevent problems in the pet’s formative stages than it is to re-train an adult dog or cat by modifying its unwanted behavior. If you are interested in training your pet or need behavioral modification for an adult pet, we can refer you to several local trainers.