Pet Wellness Care Ultimately Means Better Pet Health

Pet Wellness Care From Paumanok Veterinary Hospital

Each and every pet deserves the best quality veterinary care available. At Paumanok Veterinary Hospital, keeping your family pets healthy is our goal. A thorough history, including up-to-date blood test results, gives us a baseline against which we can measure changes in your petís health.

Early detection and treatment are very important to making sure your pet gets well. We employ many diagnostic tests to discover problems early.

Paumanok Veterinary Hospitalís Comprehensive Approach to Pet Care

During your petís regular examinations, Paumanok Veterinary Hospitalís veterinarians and staff will advise you about what to look for and early symptoms of health problems you might otherwise miss. Weíll listen carefully to your questions and observations. An educated and involved pet owner is our best ally. The more knowledge you have, the better decisions about treatment and care options you can make.

During each twice-yearly exam, in addition to a complete nose-to-tail, hands-on check, we will take the time to examine and discuss:

  • Weight, diet, and nutrition
  • Vaccines
  • Heart, skin, ears, lungs, and eyes
  • Behavior issues or changes
  • Teeth and your petís mouth
  • Mobility issues—arthritis and neuropathies (nervous system problems)
  • Gastrointestinal problems

An annual fecal exam is done to check for intestinal parasites. In addition, we test yearly for heartworm disease, blood parasites, and feline infections. After obtaining the results of these tests, we will prescribe appropriate preventive medications.

The Body Condition Score (BCS) is a nine-point scale describing your petís weight and conformation. It will help you understand where your pet is on a relative weight scale. Regular exercise is crucial for your pet and can be fun for both of you. As well as helping to control weight and keeping your pet fit, vigorous playtime outside along with regular walks can lead to fewer health problems.

“Thirteen years ago, my 140-pound Rott was having trouble walking. My normal vet just explained to me that she most likely sprained her knee. We took her to another vet, who also said the exact same thing. Still not convinced, Paumanok was recommend by a family member. We live in Brooklyn, New York, so to go out to Paumanok was almost a 2-hour trip each way. When I called to make an appointment on a Saturday, they told me that the office was closed on Sundays but since I was coming from such a distance, they agreed to meet me early on a Sunday morning. We figured that since it was just another opinion, it was worth the trip because it was to be a one-time deal. When I walked into the office, Dr. Dave dropped down onto the floor and started playing with my dog. After a complete physical exam and X-rays, Dr. Dave said to us that she had blown out her ACL. We scheduled surgery with him for the next day. Ever since that moment, I would NOT ever bring my dog to any other vet. Since that surgery, Shannon (our dog) went on to have three other surgeries over the years ó ALL done by the Paumanok family. Dr. Dave has ALWAYS treated Shannon and family with the utmost care and respect. Iíve boarded Shannon there MANY times and have NEVER thought twice about it. Even though I live almost 70 miles away, I would never even consider using another vet. Over the years, Iíve grown to know the staff at the hospital, who have become like a family to us. Iíve spoken with just about every staff member. When I would walk into the office, many of the staff would come right over to Shannon and start playing with her as if she was one of their family members, not like just a patient. The staff at Paumanok understands that an animal is not just a pet but also a family member. They understand that to many people, this is a child and they treat them that way. Their main concern is to see to it that every animal that they come across has the best quality of care that they can provide ó no matter what! Iíve grown to know Drs. Dave and Dee over the years and I can honestly say that they are two of the most compassionate people for animals that Iíve ever met. We have many other veterinarians at our disposal (living in Brooklyn, New York) but we chose, and will always choose, to make the almost 2-hour trip to go to see the Paumanok family for our familyís pet care.”

The materials offered on this website are intended for educational purposes only. Paumanok Veterinary Hospital, P.C. does not provide veterinary medical services or guidance via the internet. Please consult your veterinarian in matters regarding the care of your animals.