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A veterinarian and a veterinary technician arrive at your home with all the equipment needed to care for your pet.Your job is to give us an accurate history about your pet's appetite, thirst, energy level, physical appearance and elimination habits. If your pet has any ongoing problems we welcome prior medical records in advance by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Your intimate knowledge of your pet’s well being and behavior, and what medical care has been done in the past is integral in determining what specific tests will be run on the blood, urine or feces of your pet. We are pleased to have you observe when we perform our examination and diagnostic tests, but remember that it is the technician’s job to hold your pet in the appropriate manner for the exam.
Our City Pets team is equipped to do a full physical examination in your home. A full exam includes inspection of eyes, ears, the oral cavity, auscultation (listening to) of the heart and lungs, palpation (feeling) of the internal organs of the abdominal cavity, an orthopedic review and examination of the skin, coat and nails. Problems, if any, will be pointed out to you and then further diagnosed or corrected while we are in your home. Dirty ears will be cleaned and long nails will be cut. Blood tests, urine and fecal collection for laboratory analysis and vaccinations can all be done in your home. City Pets does not use anesthesia nor does it perform any surgery in a client's home.
City Pets veterinarians will keep your pets up to date on their vaccinations. Puppies and kittens get multiple boosters until they are fully immunized. We then customize your pet's vaccine schedule to keep them protected with the fewest number of vaccinations needed. Even indoor pets should be vaccinated so that they are fully protected in the event of unanticipated exposure to other animals. Rabies vaccinations are required in New York State for all pets regardless of whether they go outside or not. We are especially interested in your pet's travel plans, whether they visit "doggy day care" or boarding facilities, grooming parlors, go to dog or cat shows or whether your indoor cat in Manhattan enjoys outside time in the country to make certain that we have them properly covered. Always let us know anything that you do with your pet that might be out of the ordinary so that we can do our best to keep them healthy.
When dogs reach eight years of age, they are entering the “mature years” of their lives (for very large breeds, this happens at 5 years of age). For cats, this occurs a little later -- at about age 10. Although we do not think of the aging process as a disease, the physiological changes associated with aging predispose pets to various disease processes, and they often develop multiple health problems. There is an advantage to finding these problems and treating them early. Even in the absence of symptoms, City Pets recommends twice-yearly health visits with blood tests and a urine analysis once pets reach their mature years.
Our doctors and nurses can do venipuncture (taking of blood); cystocentesis (taking of urine, which is used for analysis and culture); and obtain feces (which is needed for multiple types of analysis) in your home. City Pets also carries specialized equipment to measure your pet's blood pressure, to take an EKG (electrocardiogram), to measure your pet's intra-ocular pressure (looking for glaucoma) and to determine whether a bump on or under the skin might be malignant or benign (cancerous or not). A fecal analysis and a test for giardia on feces should be once every year or whenever your pet has abnormal stool. If your pet has diarrhea, remember to save a sample for us in a plastic container for the fecal analysis.
People are often surprised to learn that pets suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure) just like we do. City Pets doctors are able to get a more accurate reading of an animal’s blood pressure using our Doppler pressure machine on patients who are less stressed in the comfort of their own homes.
Many diseases of the eye are asymptomatic until they are quite advanced. An example of this is glaucoma (increased intra-ocular pressure) which just like in people, can be present and not cause any problems until it is too late. Many breeds of dog are predisposed to glaucoma and should have their eye pressure checked regularly. Of course, patients getting treatment for glaucoma should be monitored regularly as well. City Pets is equipped with a Tonopen, which painlessly measures eye (intra-ocular) pressure on your pets.
City Pets can make arrangements for ultrasounds to be performed at home. Our ultrasound service does both echocardiograms (ultrasound of the heart) and abdominal ultrasounds. This is a very useful, non –invasive technique, which provides a lot of diagnostic information. Since the procedure is not painful, no sedation is required and it can be done comfortably in your home. You are welcome to watch.
Subcutaneous fluids (the injection of electrolyte fluids under the skin) is a frequent therapy for patients who are vomiting, having diarrhea or who are dehydrated from these or other chronic conditions. City Pets doctors will often use additional medications with the fluids for treatment of sick patients. Often, subcutaneous (SubQ) fluids are recommended for continual care of a pet with a chronic condition and we can train you to do this treatment for your pet at home.
We hear from many people that when it is time to end their pet’s lives it is a great comfort for both the pet and the family to remain at home in familiar and comfortable surroundings. The procedure is gentle and painless. A City Pets veterinarian and a nurse will administer a sedative injection to your pet to ensure a deep sleep after which the final injection is given. This can be done wherever your pet is most comfortable. Families may be present and involved if they choose to be. We will also make the final arrangements to have your pet cremated or buried in a pet cemetery.
City Pets offers the HomeAgain® Pet Recovery Service. HomeAgain requires the injection of a tiny microchip which provides a permanent, unalterable method of pet identification. A microchip with a unique identification code is injected by syringe under the skin between the shoulder blades of your pet. Microchipping is safe, permanent, completely unalterable, and does not change or harm the appearance of your pet in any way. The unique number of this microchip is permanently enrolled in the HomeAgain Recovery Service by City Pets. The number can be read by a scanning over the location with a microchip reader. The national database of HomeAgain is open and available 24-hours daily, 365 days a year. When a lost pet is found, it can be scanned at an animal shelter or at a veterinary clinic. The animal's identification number is called into HomeAgain, and the pet owner is notified immediately. HomeAgain microchips provide identification which is necessary if you will be doing international travel with your pets.
Our veterinarians are accredited by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) to examine your pet and sign the official documents required for domestic and international travel. In this heightened security time, it has become much more difficult to travel with your pets and we encourage you to contact us well in advance to discuss what is required to enter the country you are going to with your pet. Some destinations require extensive procedures prior to admission. We encourage you to plan ahead so we can provide you with the necessary official documents and pre-travel health appointments. This would avoid unnecessary headaches with customs officials and prevent your pet from unwanted quarantine or mandatory immediate return to the place of origin.
Serious emergencies are not appropriate for home visits and these pets should be taken directly to an animal hospital. Serious emergencies include trouble breathing, seizures, serious trauma, loss of consciousness and bleeding uncontrollably. If you are taking your pet to one of these hospitals you may call us en route to the hospital and we will make arrangements for your arrival. You may also call us from the hospital so we can speak directly with the doctors there about your pet’s condition.
If you do not already have a relationship with an animal hospital there are several open 24 hours a day; 365 days a year in Manhattan:
• Blue Pearl Veterinary Specialists - Midtown
410 West 55th Street (between 9th Ave and 10th Ave)
• Blue Pearl Veterinary Specilists - Downtown
1 West 15th Street (between 5th Ave and 6th Ave)
• Animal Medical Center
510 East 62nd Street (between York Ave and the East River)
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Doctor Amy has cared, with affection, intelligence and skill, for my beloved feline companions for over 35 years! She visited our Leo for his annual check-up last week (yes, he is in wonderful shape); I always enjoy these visits; and she cares for my grown-up daughter's Romi as well. Doctor Amy and her staff are always responsive, dedicated to the health and happiness of our pets; I am very appreciative of all that CityPets does for our family, feline and human.
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