Health Maintenance Services
Your Pet's Vaccinations
Vaccines are one of the most effective preventive tools in veterinary care and a very important part of each pet's overall health. We use a customized vaccination plan at St. Marks Veterinary Hospital, providing the vaccines required by law, but also evaluating each pet's needs and lifestyle before determining the other vaccinations they will receive. It is no longer necessary to administer all inoculations and boosters every year, so we will discuss your pet's specific needs at your next vaccination appointment.
Nutritional Counseling for Pets
Nutrition is very important to our veterinary team at St. Marks Veterinary Hospital. What we eat is important to us, so it should also be important for our pets. After all, they're part of the family too. During our annual physical examinations, we also perform body condition evaluation and report our findings back to you. We routinely make nutritional recommendations for pets based upon their needs and we help you make the right decisions based on information we've received about over the counter pet diets that are available.
We've seen it before: pets who have behavioral problems are more likely to be given up by their owners than well-behaved pets. We don't want to see this happen, so our team at St. Marks Veterinary Hospital provides behavior counseling to address issues of:
- Inappropriate urination or defecation
- Separation anxiety
- Excessive chewing or barking
- Conflict between household pets
...and more. Behavioral problems can often be linked to health problems as well, so our team believes it is always important for pets with these issues to be evaluated first by a veterinarian. We can run diagnostics to determine if a physical health condition is the root of the problem, and we can also work with you to create a detailed plan for behavior modification and training.
Our house call service has been an extremely important part of our practice at St. Marks Veterinary Hospital. Our hospital is state-of-the-art and provides a safe and fully-equipped space for pet care, but we also understand that sometimes your home is the best place for your pet to receive care. Our house call service can be utilized by pet owners with extremely anxious pets, pet owners who own too many pets to comfortably transport, or pet owners who have a physical disability that makes traveling to our office difficult for them. We also provide house call services to many bird owners because we know it's not always easy to transport your feathered friend. We know that this option can be a relief, especially for pets who don't travel well.
We can provide the following services through house calls:
- Wellness examinations
- Routine medical care
- Blood draws for lab testing
- General services that do not require diagnostic laboratory equipment onsite
We are also able to provide end-of-life services in the comfort of your home, making your pet's last day more relaxing and less stressful for them and for you. Providing this extra compassionate care is central to what we do at St. Marks Veterinary Hospital.
Our pharmacy allows our clients to have quick and convenient access to your pet's medications, which we are proud to price competitively to give you the best value. Our pharmacy enables us to provide your pet's medications in a timely manner, allowing your pet to begin their treatment plans right away. The pharmacy is only for our existing patients. Do you need a refill on your pet's medication? Contact us for more information.
Does your pet have itchy or inflamed skin? We provide medicated baths for our patients who have already had an examination and a skin condition diagnosis from our veterinarians.
Protecting Your Pets While Away
Especially in a city like New York, pet owners often find themselves called away from home for either business or pleasure. Most people, if leaving for more than 24 hours will enlist the help of a pet sitter or a kennel. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for the doctors at St. Marks Veterinary Hospital to deal with a pet that has become ill while the owner is gone. This puts the pet sitter and us in a very difficult situation. There are many occasions where the pet is quite critical, and the owner cannot be reached. You can help your pets, your pet sitter, and us by following these steps:
- Always leave a number where you can be reached. Sometimes this is not possible; i.e., backpacking overseas. In this case, leave a number of someone you trust that knows your relationship with your pet and can help the pet sitter make good decisions.
- If there is no number where you can be reached, and you do not have an alternate number, leave a letter with your pet sitter. The letter should state what your wishes are in case your pet requires hospitalization or medical care. It should list any problems or abnormal behaviors you were noticing before leaving. It should also be able to tell the doctor and sitter how much decision-making authority the sitter has as your agent.
- Many times a sitter will not want to hospitalize a pet for financial reasons. If you are not reachable, they are responsible for leaving a deposit when the pet is admitted to the hospital. Alternately, they would have to pay in full for any medications or diagnostics your pet needed as an outpatient. You can avoid limiting your pet's care by completing this form in advance.
- If you are currently a patient at St. Marks Veterinary Hospital, you can email or fax us the above letter before your trip and it will be kept in the pet's medical record. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and fax number is 212-475-8351.
- Always check with your kennel as to what their procedures are if your pet gets sick while there.
- If your pet has a sensitive stomach, you may want to bring their own food if they are staying at a boarding facility. Some people even bring bottled water or water from home if their pet has a history of diarrhea while away from home. Make sure the sitter has enough food in case your trip is prolonged.
- Make sure that you leave a pet-proofed home! Pets should not be able to get into cleaning products. They should not find shoes or laces to chew on which could cause intestinal obstruction. Dogs should not be left with rawhides or bones to chew. Even if your dog or cat has never had a problem getting into things, you don't want the first time to be while you're not there!
- Make sure your sitter knows the rules of your home. For example- No going to the dog run, no smoking in the house, no Teflon cooking because of the toxicity to birds, don't bring new animals over to the apartment, don't let her sniff other dogs on the street. This may sound obvious, but you'd be amazed at what some people don't think is an issue.
- In summary: ANTICIPATE. Murphy's Law runs true! If you have a plan to avoid problems, they seem to have a much lower chance of happening! Know your sitter and communicate in detail with them. Make sure your vet knows what you'd want. Minimize opportunities for problems (Example: no going to the dog run while you're gone to avoid a chance of bite wounds). Also accept that you can't think of everything. So plan ahead, leave phone numbers, have a sitter/kennel you trust, trust in the medical judgment at St. Marks Veterinary Hospital., and have a great trip!