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68 Harry L Dr
Johnson City, NY 13790
Veterinary Services for Cats and Dogs in Johnson City, NY
When you bring your animal companion to Johnson City Veterinary Hospital, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your pet will receive the utmost in quality medical care. We care for cats and dogs at all stages of life with the latest in veterinary care and services. From preventing medical complications early on with vaccinations and medical testing to managing current conditions, our staff will ensure that your pet will lead a happy, healthy life.
We Offer the Following Services
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The Johnson City Veterinary Hospital is pleased to announce we are now offering ultrasound examinations at our office. Now this cutting edge technology can be done right in our office.
We are pleased to now offer acupuncture for dogs and cats. Acupuncture is a two thousand year old practice first used in China. It is also a scientifically proven practice with great efficacy when used for pain and many other physical conditions, including, for example:
- Osteoarthritis and Sore Muscles
- Geriatric Weakness
- Paralysis and Disc Disease
- Vomiting and Diarrhea
- IBD and Constipation
- Canine Vestibular Syndrome
- Behavioral Problems and Seizures
General medical services including vaccinations, heartworm testing, Lyme disease testing, fecal testing, and annual examinations.
Senior Health Care
Senior patients will receive additional medical care including examinations every 6 months and routine screening tests.
When your pet has been with you for many years—not only do they become irreplaceable members of the family, they also need a little extra care. As your pet grows older we recommend that “wellness visits” become more frequent and that we see your pet at least twice a year (every 6 months) for senior bloodwork and senior care. Bloodwork for seniors may include urinalysis, checking kidney and liver functions, complete blood cell counts, and thyroid functioning. It is important to have this bloodwork performed as it can uncover systemic abnormalities that a physical examination may not detect.
Many older dogs suffer from osteoarthritis. Safe and effective pain medications can make these dogs comfortable and help live longer, happier lives with your family.
Because each year of an older animal’s life is roughly equivalent to 4 human years, our pets age much faster than we do. Therefore, we need to do all we can to watch carefully and frequently for any developing problems. The earlier we find them, the more we can do to control these problems.
If your pet is already facing an illness or disability that can come with old age, your veterinarian will work with you to maintain the highest quality of life for your pet.
Every pet entering our hospital for any reason will have a pain assessment score assigned and discussed with the client. Managing your pet’s pain is one of our highest priorities. Notions that pets don’t feel pain or “need” the discomfort to keep them quiet are fairly universally accepted as outdated and incorrect. It has been shown again and again that pain impairs healing and, more importantly, is inhumane. We place utmost importance on your pet’s comfort and well-being. Allowing an animal to suffer pain is, in our view, unethical.
At the Johnson City Veterinary Hospital, we use a multi-modal approach to pain management that includes anti-inflammatories, opioid drugs, local anesthetics, general anesthetics, oral medications, injections, and laser therapy.
Many of these methods are included in the cost for routine surgical procedures. All of these methods are considered for every case, every time. Although these methods are, generally, very safe and very beneficial to our patients, some of these medications do carry risks for some patients. Your doctor will weigh these risks when indicated and be sure to discuss them with you.
If your pet is dealing with acute pain, our goal is to prevent the nerves from perceiving and remembering this pain so that it does not become chronic pain. For this reason, pain-management protocols are a part of the treatment plan for all invasive procedures, such as surgeries. If your pet is already dealing with chronic pain, our veterinarians can create a customized pain management plan based on your pet’s individual needs and medical issues. Surgery Soft tissue surgery, laser therapy, spays, and neuters are performed regularly at our hospital. Our hospital is designed and equipped to provide “state of the art” care in small animal surgery. We do a large variety of surgical procedures using the safest anesthetic to provide extra safety to our patients. All patients are monitored before, during and after all surgical procedures. If your pet requires overnight hospitalization they can be observed by surveillance web cameras during the night.
Dental cleaning and polishing, including necessary tooth extractions, are performed on dogs and cats.
80% of dogs and 70% of cats that don’t receive proper dental care will develop signs of dental disease by the age of three. Dental disease is not only unpleasant for the pet owner when it results in bad breath, but can cause serious systemic problems in pets as well. Good oral hygiene starts at home with regular brushings and an appropriate diet.
The dangers of periodontal disease:
Without proper dental care, your pet will most likely suffer from bad breath, inflamed gums, missing, loose, or broken teeth, and all of the pain and discomfort such problems can cause. Dental disease can also lead to systemic health problems in dogs and cats. The good news, however, is that dental disease is easily prevented by regular dental examinations, home care, and dental cleanings. What is periodontal disease? Periodontal disease is an infection caused by the bacteria found in dental plaque. It often begins with discoloration on the teeth. Without regular dental cleanings, this plaque builds up and turns into tartar. Tartar can dig into the gums, where bacteria can become trapped and cause infections. If left unchecked, periodontal disease can lead to serious pain, infection, and tooth loss. The infection can also result in bacteria entering the bloodstream and damaging other organs or body systems in your pet. It can also complicate other underlying diseases, such as diabetes or chronic sinusitis.
Prevention is the best answer: While the damage caused by periodontal disease is sometimes irreversible, it can be halted with antibiotics and regular cleaning. The wisest solution is to stop the disease before it starts.
Brushing: The best form of oral home care is daily brushing with a soft toothbrush. There is no better way of removing the disease-causing dental plaque. Your veterinarian can show you how to do it, and provide special brushes, toothpastes, and oral gels specifically made for pets. We can also tell you about special treats that help control dental plaque.
Dental diets: Dry food is generally better than canned for tooth health. However, you’ll get the best results with specially formulated foods that have been proven effective in combating plaque and tartar buildup. Ask your veterinarian for recommendations.
Signs of poor dental health:
Bad breath, Visible tartar on the teeth, swelling under the eyes, loose or missing teeth, difficulty eating, discharge from the nose, drooling or excessive salivation, pawing at the teeth or mouth, discoloration or staining of the teeth, red, irritated, swollen, or bleeding gums, weight loss or loss of appetite, and lethargy and loss of vitality.
Broken teeth can be extremely painful for pets and can lead to chronic infection, abscess formation, and loss of secondary teeth. Immediate treatment is vital. Performing a root canal will save what’s left of the broken tooth and prevent it from being reinfected. Where root canal is not an option, the tooth should be extracted.
When necessary, we may recommend a professional dental cleaning. Our packages all include:
- Pre-Anesthetic Labwork; In-House
- IV Catheter and IV Fluids before, during and after the procedure
- Scaling, Cleaning and Polishing
- Veterinarian performs a complete Oral Exam
- Antibacterial Fluoride Rinse
Please ask one of our staff if you have further questions about dental care for your pet or to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors.
Anesthesia is one of the most important aspects of any surgical procedure. We choose the best anesthetic protocol available in veterinary medicine today, and will continue to offer the safest protocol we can. We choose Sevoflurane. Sevoflurane (Sevo) has been shown to be less of a respiratory depressant than Isoflurane (Iso). Sevo’s low blood gas solubility and greater range of vaporizer settings gives us rapid, precise control of anesthesia during your pet’s procedure. Sevo provides smoother, more rapid inductions and recoveries. We are one of a few hospitals in the area who are using Sevo for 100% of our procedures. It continues to be more expensive, because of its superiority. But, Sevo is what we want for our own pets and we feel it’s what our clients want for their own as well. It is the safest choice! Be sure that you always know what anesthesia protocol your pet is going under, and be sure that it is Sevo. It may add a little to the cost of your procedure, but the added safety is worth every penny.
While a patient is under anesthesia, he or she will be monitored in much the same way as a human undergoing anesthesia would be. This monitoring includes listening to your pet’s heart and lungs, visually assessing your pet’s reflexes, and using equipment to monitor your pet’s blood pressure, level of blood oxygen, and temperature. Your pet will also be monitored using an ECG machine. Trained technicians act alongside veterinarians to ensure that your pet’s procedure goes smoothly.
Our hospital offers Hospitalization Services. Hospitalization involves admitting your pet into the hospital for monitoring or necessary medical care. Your pet will have their own cage or kennel within the hospital building and will be monitored closely by technicians and veterinarians throughout their stay. If your pet requires overnight stay they can be observed constantly via surveillance web cameras. Your pet will receive medical treatments (such as medications, fluid therapy, and physical therapy) as directed by your veterinarian. You should ask our staff about the best time to call each day to receive an update on your pet. Once your veterinarian determines your pet is well enough to go home, you will be given verbal or written follow-up instructions. Schedule your recheck appointment with your veterinarian before you leave the hospital with your pet.
X-Ray, EKG, and Laboratory Service
State of the art digital X-rays, EKG’s, blood testing, urine testing, and fecal testing are performed daily, with test results reported to the client within 24 hours for most tests. Specialty Radiologist Services: We work closely with prominent Board Certified Veterinary Radiologists to ensure your pet gets the best care.
Laser therapy (Class IV laser) is being used to help control chronic and acute pain, improve/speed healing, and reduce swelling. Therapy laser treatments are performed on all patients having elective surgery.
Our in hospital pharmacy maintains a wide variety of medications, supplements, dental care products, skin care products, flea and tick preventatives, Heartworm preventatives and the full line of Hill’s and Royal Canin Prescription Diets.
Allergy and Skin
Allergy Testing Management of Ear Diseases, Chronic and Acute. Management of Flea Allergy Dermatitis, Food Allergy, and Environmental Allergies. Treatment for Ringworm (Dermatophytosis), Bacterial Infections, Fungal Infection, and Hormonal (endocrine) Diseases. Treatment for Skin Mites-Demodex, Sarcoptes..etc. Hyposensitization (Immunotherapy) Injections Microchip Identification We offer Home Again ID Chip insertion.
Emergency care is available to patients of the Johnson City Veterinary Hospital in the area both during and after office hours. For after hours Emergency Medical assistance call our office at: 607-766-7387 to obtain the number for the veterinarian on-call.
Euthanasia and End of Life Care
Our staff is here to help you with euthanasia and end of life decisions. There comes a time in the life of all pets when the possibility of a recovery to a comfortable existence is highly unlikely. Caretakers of an animal must consider all possibilities to relieve the pet’s suffering.
One option is the palliation of symptoms. Proper nursing care is critical when patients cannot care for themselves. Providing proper nutrition, hydration, warmth, and skin care provide comfort. Pain, nausea, digestive irregularities, respiratory congestion, and movement limitations should be medically addressed. When proper care is provided, the final days of life can provide solace to the caretakers.
The decision to euthanize a beloved pet is among the most difficult choices a pet owner ever has to make. Consultation with a veterinarian will help owners determine whether euthanasia is appropriate and when that might occur. Prior to euthanasia, pet owners should decide how the pet’s body will be cared for. This reduces the emotional stress at the time of the procedure. Our hospitals provide a range of respectful options, from burial, group or private cremation. Through consultation with the veterinarian and the hospital staff, the last days of a pet’s life can be comfortable and can reflect the care and love that the pet has experienced throughout its entire life.
68 Harry L Dr,
Johnson City, NY 13790
Serving patients throughout Broome and Tioga Counties in NY and Northern Susquehanna County in PA, including: Binghamton NY, Vestal NY, Endicott NY, Endwell NY, Johnson City NY, Apalachin NY, Owego NY, Kirkwood NY, Conklin NY, Chenango Forks NY, Hallstead PA, Great Bend PA and Brackney PA.