The reason we have been successful for more than 80 years is because we are committed to keeping pace with the continually evolving nature of veterinary medicine. This includes keeping up-to-date with the importance and effect of vaccines on disease and the most recent advances in medicine, diagnostics and surgery.
We also continue to update our facility and equipment to ensure our compassionate and skilled veterinarians have the tools they need for treating illness and maintaining your animal's health. This includes digital radiography, a modern surgical suite, advanced dental care, a full veterinary lab and more.
While all of this may sound as if it comes at a premium, Pine Plains Veterinary Associates understands that offering the best veterinary care includes being affordable. Our friends and neighbors with companion animals work hard and deserve to know that their pets can receive premium veterinary care at a price that won't break their budget.
Please take a moment to learn about why we believe that everything we do is important to the health and well-being of your pet. Then feel free to call to set up an appointment for your pet today.
Small Animal Wellness Exam
Wellness exams are key to any preventative health care regimen.
A nose-to-tail exam is the best way for us to periodically assess your pet's health, as well as to notice any changes or detect signs of underlying illness or injuries. These exams provide a great opportunity for you to ask any question or address concerns you may have. We will use this time to provide you with new veterinary information that is specific to the type of breed of your pet. During your pet's exam, we will:
Examine your pet's teeth and oral cavity
Examine the respiratory system
Assess your pet's heart
Check your pet's vision and examine the eyes
Test your pet's reflexes
Examine the ears for infection, ear mites, allergic reaction and other related health issues
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, blood, and other systems
Regular Blood Testing: A complete physical includes a heartworm test, parasite screening, and should include a full blood workup. Not only can a chemistry panel and complete blood count (CBC) identify the presence of underlying disease processes, but these tests help create a baseline should your pet become ill. Additionally, blood work is necessary if a dental cleaning, removal of a skin mass, or any other procedure that requires anesthesia is recommended. 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. Fleas and Ticks Fleas and ticks are virtually everywhere. Although they're a bigger problem in certain parts of the country and at specific times during the year, no cat or dog is completely safe from them. Fortunately, many safe and highly effective products are available. Today, there's no reason for any pet or owner to be bothered by these pests. Fleas are so common because they are reproductive marvels. A single female flea can lay as many as 30 eggs a day and can live and breed on your pet for up to 100 days. The eggs then fall and land in carpets and upholstery where they can lie dormant for up to 8 months. The best management techniques of flea-proofing your home include regularly vacuuming carpets, furniture, floors and areas where your pet sits or sleeps. You should also wash your pet's bedding, toys, and towels weekly. Beyond causing serious discomfort, fleas and ticks can carry diseases dangerous to both you and your pet. Fleas can carry tapeworm, which your pet can contract. If a pet is allergic, a flea bite can cause an intense reaction. Ticks can transmit serious diseases such as Lyme disease, which can affect both your family and your pet. There are numerous signs that indicate your pet may have fleas. Scratching may be a sign of fleas. Redness or oozing lesions on the skin can be signs of flea allergy dermatitis. Tiny black dots on your pet might be an indication of flea dirt, or flea feces, an obvious indication that there are fleas present on the pet. Even small bites on yourself, especially around the ankles, might be due to fleas. The good news is that these problems can be avoided by using parasite preventive products that are available at our hospital. Ask a veterinarian or staff member at Pine Plains Veterinary Associates for which flea or tick product is best-suited for your pet. us.bravecto.com/faq Heartworm Disease Heartworm is a serious, life-threatening disease of dogs and cats. Mosquitoes spread the disease by injecting the parasite into your pet at the time of the bite. After the infected female mosquito bites your pet, the heartworm migrates through the bloodstream and moves to the heart and adjacent blood vessels, maturing to adults within 6-7 months in dogs and 8 months in cats. As many as 30 species of mosquitoes can transmit heartworms. Heartworm disease is due to the presence of a parasite, Dirofilaria immitis, in the pulmonary arteries and right ventricle of the heart. Heartworm affects many organs, particularly the heart and lungs. Symptoms of heartworm include coughing, fatigue, and weight loss. Until the early 1970s, the occurrence of heartworm in the United States was primarily confined to the southeastern part of the country. Today, heartworm disease is found almost everywhere in the continental United States and is particularly abundant in the northeast. Clinical symptoms of heartworm disease develop very slowly. Often symptoms are not noticeable until several years after the initial infection. Lack of energy and exercise intolerance are early symptoms. Coughing and difficulty breathing are both common symptoms. As the disease progresses, most dogs develop congestive heart failure. Dogs often collapse in the final stage of the disease. In cats, the symptoms of heartworm disease are similar to those of feline asthma. Some cats may exhibit no signs of the disease, while others may suddenly die. Since heartworm is a serious and deadly disease, pets should be tested annually. In order to perform the test, a small amount of blood needs to be taken. The test for heartworm is very accurate and is a reliable method for diagnosing the disease. Heartworm prevention is simple. Once-a-month heartworm preventive medication can be administered through chewable treats. Some are combined with other preventive medications. The medical staff at Pine Plains Veterinary Associates can recommend the product that is best suited for your pet. www.heartwormsociety.org