Wellness & Preventive Care

Maintaining your best friends health is easy! Regular, thorough exams and vaccines are an essential part of keeping your pet happy and healthy and preventing common diseases. For all adult pets, exams should be yearly. Senior pets, and pets with chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, epilepsy, or thyroid problems should be evaluated every 6 months, or as advised by your doctor.
Don’t hesitate to call or email us with questions concerning your pet.
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General Medicine

At BFVC we recognize that you know your pet best. However, dogs and cats are masterful at concealing signs of illness until conditions may be quite advanced. With more than 25 years of combined experience, our Veterinarians are well-versed in all aspects of general medicine including dermatology, gastroenterology, nephrology, and cardiology.
When your pet isn’t feeling well, a thorough, careful discussion focused on recent changes is the essential start of the evaluation. Then the doctor perfoms the physical exam. Next, we partner with you to help your best friend get the care needed. We take the time to be certain you clearly understand our recommendations and treatment plan. Always together, through open communication, we move forward to return your pet to good health!
Once we begin the diagnostic process we will have answers very quickly. Our on-site blood machines can rapidly diagnose common conditions such as infection, kidney failure, liver disease, diabetes, or anemia. If your pet needs images taken to aid diagnosis our digital x-ray unit produces incredibly clear pictures within seconds, or we may choose to call in one of our consulting ultrasound specialists.
The sooner we arrive at a diagnosis, the sooner we begin treatments to return your pet to good health. At BFVC we will always prioritize your pet's health! You will be informed with up-to-the-minute updates via your preferred method of contact such as telephone, text, or email.
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Vaccinations

At BFVC we know vaccines keep your pet free from common contagious diseases. Our vaccine protocol follows the guidelines set forth by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). All puppies and kittens should receive vaccines starting at 6-7 weeks of age, boostered every 2-4 weeks until approximately 15-16 weeks of age, or when the vaccine series is completed.
Most adult pets should receive annual booster for many vaccines, except for canine Rabies, which is given every 3 years to dogs. However, since no two pets are the same or lead the same life our vaccine protocols are custom tailored for his or her specific needs based on your input.
Did you know even your indoor cat is at risk for diseases? Open windows, visiting pets, and newly adopted pets are possible sources of preventable diseases for your indoor cat.
We will gladly discuss our pediatric or adult pet vaccine protocols with you at any time.
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Pharmacy

At BFVC we dispense medications from our comprehensive veterinary pharmacy. Your pet can begin feeling better immediately, and you won’t need to make another stop. Additionally, many medications can be special ordered in very little time when liquid, chewable, topical or unique strength doses are required. For prescription refills please call ahead, and it will be ready and waiting for you.
Prefer home delivery? We have that covered too. We have partnered with Vets First Choice Veterinary Pharmacy to provide a comprehensive pharmacy available 24x7, online for your convenience. And yes, shipping is free!
Visit our online pharmacy here.
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Dentistry

Did you know that it is dental disease that causes “doggy or kitty breath”? Gingivitis and dental disease are the most common problems pets face, affecting some toy breed dogs and cats as soon as adult teeth erupt, at about 6 months of age, though any breed of dog or cat may be affected at any age.
So what to do? We recommend brushing your pet’s teeth, starting at a very young age, using pet toothpaste and a soft bristle brush. The general rule is daily, but certainly as often as you possibly can. Yes, even for cats!
In a healthy mouth the teeth should appear clean, the gums a soft pink color, and the breath should be relatively pleasant. Signs of dental disease can be vague including poor appetite, a swelling of the face, dropping of food, blood on a favorite toy or treat, or a sudden change in breath odor. Dirty teeth, loose teeth, and bad breath are a major cause for concern. This means there is infection of the gums, which may spread to other parts of the body.
All pet dental care is performed under general anesthesia in order to thoroughly examine your pet's mouth for disease, ensure your pet's comfort and safety, and to properly clean and polish all surfaces of every tooth. Only once clean are the teeth assessed for problems such as periodontal pockets, cavities, fractures, etc. Unfortunately many patients with advanced dental disease require tooth extractions. Our Veterinarians are experienced in tooth extraction surgery, gingival flap procedures and administration of local nerve (novicaine-type) blocks to provide excellent pain relief postoperatively.
"Awake" Dentistry
Some places may offer “awake” pet dentistry – a very appealing notion. Everyone is afraid to subject their beloved pet to anesthesia. However, even the best behaved pet won’t remain still for dental care if their teeth hurt. Not only does “awake” dentistry not allow for proper above and below the gumline care, it could lead to serious injury. Sharp instruments may injure the mouth, or worse, the eyes, during “awake” dentistry. The safest, most humane, and the only thorough procedure for pet dental care is with anesthesia.
We understand many pet owners are anxious about these procedures and welcome any questions you may have about your pet’s oral health.
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Digital X-Rays

At BFVC our digital x-ray system produces images in less than 4 seconds, using state-of-the-art cesium technology that exposes your pet to significantly less radiation than traditional systems. This allows us the ability to diagnose quickly, begin treatments immediately, and make your visit to us as brief as possible. Our digital x-ray system also allows us to make copies for you to bring home on CD, and to send the images via the internet for immediate review, if necessary, by a wide array of specialists such as cardiologists, orthopedists, and oncologists.
Any guess what the above xray shows? Yes, those are puppies very soon to be born!
We are proud to use JPI Healthcare, a Long Island Company, for our digital x-ray system
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On-Site Laboratory

There is nothing more important than getting a fast answer when a pet is sick! The time from examination to treatment can be life saving. At Best Friends our on-site hematology and blood chemistry analyzers provide detailed blood reports in less than 15 minutes. We are proud to offer on-site testing with industry standard Abaxis machines, and to partner with Antech Diagnostics for enhanced laboratory services. You and your pet won’t wait long for answers at Best Friends. Read More

Spay/Neuter

Get those terms mixed up? Don’t worry, lots of people do. Spay, for females is a complete ovariohysterectomy or removal of the ovaries and uterus. For males, a neuter is an orchidectomy or removal of the testes. Most pet owners today understand the long term health benefits of having their pets spayed or neutered such as prevention of mammary (breast) cancers and common prostate diseases such as BPH. Did you know if a female is spayed before the onset of “puberty” that her chances of ever developing a breast tumor are almost zero?
Safety and comfort are the primary goals for our surgical patients. Hopefully this is the only surgery your pet will ever have, and at BFVC we make certain that this procedure is as safe as possible. Before we begin any anesthetic procedure we will strongly recommend pre-operative blood work to evaluate liver and kidney function, among other important tests, exactly like what your own Doctor’s office would do for you.
Once the test results have been reviewed by our Veterinarians, your pet’s surgery will be scheduled based on your most convenient day. We will ask you not to feed your pet for 12 hours prior to that scheduled time. Every patient will have only the safest drugs available administered under the direct supervision of our Veterinarians. Anesthesia is closely monitored by state-of-the-art-equipment and our highly trained, licensed, and experienced staff. Our patients are always kept comfortable with heated table surfaces, plenty of soft comfortable bedding, and proper pain management.
Most pet owners positively groan thinking their pet may have to wear the dreaded Elizabethan collar (satelite dish or cone of shame). For that reason and your pet's comfort, our surgical incisions are usually closed with absorbable sutures underneath the skin. This method provides the most cosmetic appearance and with no “outside” stitches to lick, most pets tend to ignore their incisions. Best of all, no “satellite dish” needed!
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Surgery

There are many reasons your pet may need surgery besides spaying or neutering. Orthopedic injury, broken bone, laceration, ingestion of a foreign object, bladder stones, and growth of tumors (whether cancerous or not) are just some of these possibilities. At BFVC our doctors are highly experienced in all aspects of soft tissue surgery and common orthopedic procedures such as rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). With well over 25 years of combined practice experience and a fully licensed support staff, you can rest assured that your best friend is in very capable hands.
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Second Opinions

At BFVC we know exactly how important your pet is to you and your family. It is essential that you are confident and comfortable with the information you are given about your best friend. We are always happy to provide additional opinions on any issue your pet may be facing. As these consultations may be quite involved we prefer to have a copy of your pet's complete medical record to review prior to your appointment. The record should include the doctor’s notes, laboratory tests, copies of x-rays or ultrasound reports, or other pertinent information.
These records may be delivered in person, via fax, or email. If records are being sent directly from another veterinary office we ask that you contact our office to confirm receipt.
Please allow 24 – 48 hours for the record(s) to be reviewed prior to your pet's appointment.
Fax: 631-656-6008
Email: bfvcmail@yahoo.com
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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a healing modality that originated in China over 4,000 year ago. Treatment involves the insertion of thin sterile needles into specific points on the body known as acupoints or areas where there is a high density of free nerve endings, tiny arteries and veins, lymphatic channels, and white blood cells.
When an acupoint is stimulated, it causes a release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones (such as natural endorphins in the body) to relieve pain, relieve muscle spasms, stimulate nerves, stimulate the immune system, increase blood flow and decrease inflammation.
Acupuncture is commonly used to treat:
  • Pain, especially in geriatric patients to improve quality of life
  • Musculoskeletal disorders including osteoarthritis, back pain, degenerative joint disease, post-operative orthopedic surgery, joint dysplasia
  • Neurologic disease including intervertebral disc disease, paralysis/paresis, seizures, neuropathies
  • Gastrointestinal disorders causing nausea, constipation
  • Skin disorders such as allergic dermatitis, chronic skin, or ear infections
  • Respiratory diseases: asthma, chronic cough, rhinitis/sinusitis
  • Kidney and Liver disease
  • Immune system stimulation
  • Urogenital disorders including urinary incontinence and urinary tract infections
  • Oncology (Cancer) patients to reduce side effects of chemotherapy and enhance the immune system
In addition to needles, there are other ways of stimulating an acupuncture point including heat (moxibustion), electrical stimulation (electroacupuncture), injections of dilute solutions into acupoints (aquapuncture) and infrared light therapy (laser therapy).
But…does it hurt? Insertion of needles is not painful, and the patient feels the needle only as it goes through the skin - for only a moment. Most patients barely react, if at all.
What about side effects?
Acupuncture is one of the safest therapies available when performed by a certified veterinary acupuncturist. Response to acupuncture is usually cumulative and based on the individual. Some patients see improvement immediately, but others will require treatment over a period of weeks.
How many treatments are necessary?
Generally a minimum of 3 to 5 treatments done 1-2 weeks apart are needed for chronic conditions before there is notable improvement. A treatment schedule will be developed based on your pet’s specific needs. Each treatment takes anywhere from 15-30 minutes.
What if my pet takes other medications or supplements?
Acupuncture can be successfully combined with conventional veterinary treatment. In many cases a combination of Eastern and Western medicine will provide the best clinical outcome.
Our Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, Dr. Rooney, also performs house call Equine acupuncture. If you are interested, please call us at 631-656-5990.
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