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Nassau County Routine Pet Vaccinations

Vaccines have proven to be an invaluable tool in protecting our pets from fatal diseases.

Island Trees Veterinary Hospital tailors its vaccination protocol to the:

  • Guidelines established by the AVMA
  • Lifestyle of your pet
  • Diseases your pet may be exposed to

During your kitten or puppy’s first year of life vaccines are spread out so as not to overwhelm the developing immune system. We do this in order to reduce the possibility of your pet having an adverse reaction to a vaccine.

Lost Pet Microchip Identification

There is nothing more upsetting than the thought of a lost pet. The fact is that at one time or another in our pets’ lives they will find a way out of the house or off their leash. Very few pets make their way home on their own.

Most lost pets are picked up by an animal control officer or good Samaritan and taken to a local shelter. In this scenario, a collar may not be enough for your pet to return home safely as it can fall off.

Lost pet microchip IDs are a safe, simple and effective way to prevent your pet from becoming permanently lost. The pet microchip is:

  • About the size of a grain of rice
  • Implanted beneath your pet’s skin
  • Encoded with your pet’s vital information

Microchips can be read by scanners at veterinary hospitals and shelters across the country and around the world. Once the information in the chip is read, it can be used to easily reunite you with your beloved companion.

Blood Pressure & Glaucoma Screening

Blood Pressure

High blood pressure can be just as dangerous for your pet as it is for you. High blood pressure—also known as hypertension—is far more common in pets than many people realize. It can cause a number of serious illnesses, such as:

  • Renal disease
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Hypothyroidism
  • …and more

Island Trees Veterinary Hospital in Hicksville uses an ultrasonic Doppler blood pressure monitor specially designed to accurately measure and monitor blood pressure in companion animals. Your veterinarian will explain results and provide treatment options if necessary.

Glaucoma Screening

Glaucoma is a condition in which the fluid pressure inside the eye increases to a point where the optic nerve is damaged, causing excruciating pain and blindness.It can develop in the following ways:

  • As your pet ages (chronic glaucoma)
  • As the result of an injury or illness (acute glaucoma)

Symptoms to look for include:

  • Redness in the eye
  • Tearing or discharge
  • Eye sensitivity to light
  • Pain
  • Cloudy eye
  • Bulging eyeball
  • Squinting

We recommend that you have your pet checked regularly for this disease. A routine glaucoma exam can help set a baseline measurement for your pet, as normal Intraocular Pressure can vary between species, breeds and even individual pets. The glaucoma exam:

  • Utilizes an instrument called a Tonometer
  • Is a noninvasive procedure
  • Should not cause your pet any pain or discomfort
  • Includes an anesthetic eye-drop to ensure your pet is comfortable
  • Is very quick to perform

Nassau County Exotics & Pocket Pets

We are proud of the Nassau County pet wellness services we are able to offer our clients that have exotic or pocket pets. We treat all of the following:

  • Rabbits
  • Hamsters
  • Guinea pigs
  • Ferrets
  • Mice
  • …and other small mammals, too!

These animals’ healthcare needs are unique and their medical problems often go unnoticed for too long. This is why we strongly recommend regular physical examinations to check for health problems as well as annual monitoring to check for nutritional and husbandry-related conditions.

Onsite Hicksville Veterinary Pharmacy

We believe that in order to fully support the wellbeing of your pet it is important to provide our clients with convenient and timely access to the medications their pets need. This is why we maintain a well-stocked veterinary pharmacy at our practice.

Benefits of having an onsite veterinary pharmacy include:

  • A direct line of communication between exam room and pharmacy
  • Reduced chance for error
  • Medications instantly become part of your pet’s medical record
  • Drs. can accommodate special dosing needs (add flavors, etc.)
  • Easy refills