Setauket Animal Hospital cares about the health and wellbeing of your pet. We believe the key to your loved one's longevity is through preventative medicine. Preventative medicine starts with an annual exam. At your visit we encourage you to talk to the doctor and staff and inform them of any changes in your pet's history including appetite, weight, energy level, drinking habits, behavior or any other unusual sign. Annual exams consist of a comprehensive physical exam checking the whole body from head to toe to examine for skin sensitivity, dental disease, heart issues, and joint discomfort such as osteoarthritis.
During the visit we can discuss and make recommendations for nutrition, supplementation, vaccinations, dental cleaning, flea and tick prevention, and screening for heartworm and parasitic disease, as well as blood testing and any questions you may have. SAH takes pride in spending time getting to know you and your companion because we understand that each pet is unique. We pledge to formulate a plan that will fit you and your pet's individual needs.
Setauket Animal Hospital welcomes your new puppy or kitten and congratulates you on your new addition. We encourage you to bring your new puppy or kitten in for an initial exam and check-up. At your first visit we will discuss the overall wellness of your pet. We will also come up with a vaccine protocol based on the individual's needs. We will formulate a plan for the following months for vaccine boosters. We want you to feel prepared by knowing what to expect from a growing puppy or kitten. Our doctor and staff are here to answer any questions you may have such as breed predisposition, diet, behavior, house-training, socialization, and preventative care as your puppy or kitten grows to adulthood.
Along with preventative care, Setauket Animal Hospital believes in the importance of wellness exams for older pets. A wellness exam of your senior pet consists of a comprehensive physical exam. Our doctor will then discuss the findings of the exam and any concerns you may have. Problems to be aware of that may arise as your pet ages include:
Depending on your pet's signs we may recommend a dental cleaning or monitor blood pressure. Diagnostics can include blood, urine, and/or stool testing, x-rays, or an ultrasound. We have all the equipment to do this follow-up on site.
Our doctor will thoroughly explain clinical signs that you should monitor in your pet at home. Other ways of supporting older pets include supplements, nutritional changes such as prescription food, or medications from our complete in-house pharmacy. Rest assured we will come up with the right plan for your loved one as he or she ages.
We believe in a well-balanced vaccination protocol tailored to your pet's individual needs. The veterinary profession has made great advances in immunization that now make once fatal diseases easily preventable. Setauket Animal Hospital uses the highest quality vaccines available.
For puppies and kittens, we recommend starting vaccines around 8 weeks of age, followed by boosters over the next 2 months. For adult and senior pets we tailor our protocol to fit each animal's lifestyle. Setauket Animal Hospital does not believe in over-vaccination and instead uses an extended vaccine protocol as your pet ages. Whether pediatric, adult, or senior we will discuss and formulate a vaccination plan for the lifestyle and environment of your pet. We are always open to discussing any questions or concerns you may have regarding vaccination protocols for your pet.
Parasite control is essential to keeping your pet safe as well as protecting you and your environment. We understand the importance of education and we will take the time to discuss with you the different types of pet parasites, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Common intestinal parasites include:
We recommend bringing a stool sample to your pet's exam. SAH will perform a fecal test for worms in our hospital. If your pet does have parasites we will provide you with the appropriate medication from our hospital pharmacy. Parasite prevention is key to a healthy pet and we are happy to discuss preventive care.
SAH recommends year-round flea and tick prevention here on Long Island. We abide by The American Heartworm Society recommendations for year round heartworm prevention as well. We understand that there is an overwhelming number of preventative flea/tick/heartworm products on the market so we are here to assist in selecting the right medication for your pet. We welcome any special requests.
SAH has a complete on-site pharmacy. We maintain a full inventory of medications, shampoos, and supplements as well as flea, tick, and heartworm preventatives. We also carry prescription diets from Royal Canin, Hills and Purina. SAH works closely with a compounding pharmacy to special order medications in forms that make administering doses easier.back to top
Dental disease can occur in pets of all ages. If left untreated, dental problems can lead to tooth and gum disease, chronic pain, and lead to systemic disease such as damaging the heart, kidneys and liver.
We recommend routine oral check-ups as well as prophylactic dental cleanings. In a dental cleaning we use ultrasonic equipment to remove plaque. We also polish the teeth and extract teeth if needed. We are fully equipped to perform oral surgery in more serious cases. Pets that undergo dental cleanings routinely go home on the same day.
Dr. Brown is dedicated to keeping all of his patients as comfortable as possible using the most up-to-date resources as available. He regularly attends continuing education on pain management. Our staff is here to alleviate any pain your pet may experience. We will formulate a plan that works for your pet and your budget, whether it be for pre or post operative surgery, injury, chronic pain, or systemic or orthopedic disease. We will find the safest and most effective way to manage your pet's pain.
SAH is available to discuss any behavioral problems your pet may be experiencing. We offer consultations regarding conditions such as anxiety, destroying furniture, excessive barking, inappropriate elimination, fear, and aggression. Let us help you make you and your pet's lives better.
SAH offers exclusive veterinary prescription diets from Royal Canin, Hills, and Purina. Our diets can help with a vast number of conditions such as allergies, diabetes, kidney disease, urinary disease and sensitive gastro-intestinal tracts. Our hospital is fully stocked but we always recommend calling ahead of time in case we need to special order a particular diet for your pet. Our staff is here to guide you through dietary decision-making for growth, maintenance, and senior life stages. We also offer a wide range of nutritional supplements as alternatives to NSAIDS and traditional pain medications. We welcome any questions you may have regarding prescription or even over the counter diets.
SAH offers the HomeAgain Microchip. The microchip, which is the size of a grain of rice, is implanted between the shoulders and beneath your pet's skin. If your pet is missing, the microchip is a safe and effective way to help bring your pet home to you. The annual HomeAgain membership also includes free access to the ASPCA 24 hour emergency hotline for assistance with pet poisons or toxins. Please call our staff to inquire more about the microchip and HomeAgain's membership services.