Our Services

  • Pet Wellness

    Pet Wellness

    Dr. Taylor Truitt, Dr. Eva Radke and the staff at The Vet Set believe that prevention is the key to your pet’s long term health. This approach helps to identify health issues before they become serious and expensive to treat. We recommend thorough, routine wellness exams, vaccinations, regular lab work, deworming and fecal checks, as well as medications to prevent heartworm, fleas and ticks. The Vet Set team stays current with all the latest veterinary innovations to ensure your pet receives the highest quality care.

    The tests we offer in your home can be done during your pet’s regular exam. This is our chance to get to know your pet, assess your pet’s overall health, discuss any changes we see, update you on advancements in veterinary care, and an opportunity for you to discuss any concerns or questions you may have.

    During your in-home pet’s yearly wellness exam we will:

    • Examine your pet’s teeth, throat, and oral cavity
    • Check your pet’s vision and examine the eyes
    • Examine the ears for infection, ear mites, allergic reaction and other related health issues
    • Examine the respiratory system
    • Assess your pet’s heart
    • Test your pet’s reflexes
    • Palpate lymph nodes and abdomen
    • Inspect the skin
    • Palpate joints and muscles for arthritis and other orthopedic conditions
    • Test to evaluate the function of internal organs, blood, and other systems

    Deworming and Fecal Check

    Dangerous parasites are always present in the environment. If brought into your home, these parasites can be passed from your pet to you and your family. We normally associate parasites, such as roundworms, tapeworms, and hookworms, with cats and dogs. But people can be infected with the same parasites. In home regular fecal checks and deworming are the best way to prevent parasitic disease. It also prevents the shedding of parasite eggs, which can contaminate lawns or any place a pet defecates.

    Routine Blood Work

    A complete physical includes a heartworm test, parasite screening, and should include a full blood workup. Not only can a full chemistry panel and complete blood count identify the presence of underlying disease processes, but these tests help create a baseline should your pet become ill between routine examinations. Additionally, blood work is necessary if your veterinarian recommends a dental cleaning, removal of a skin mass, or any other procedure that requires anesthesia.

    Heartworm Testing

    Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitos and infect the heart of our dogs and less commonly cats. While easy to prevent dogs must be tested prior to starting heartworm preventative medication to prevent complications. A dog that is heart worm positive and given preventative can have a fatal reaction. If your dog has been off of preventative for the winter months you must test your dog prior to starting your heart worm preventative. Don’t worry – the test is a simple blood test.

    Flea and Tick Preventatives

    Since fleas and ticks are also present in our environment, we recommend that your pet receive preventive medication for these pests. We sell a variety of preventive pet medications and would be happy to help you determine which is best for your dog or cat.

    Heartworm Preventative

    Heartworm disease is a serious disease that results in severe lung disease, heart failure, other organ damage, and death in dogs and cats. It is caused by a parasitic worm called Dirofilaria immitis. The worms are spread through the bite of a mosquito. The disease is easy to prevent with prescription medication administered monthly. An easy to administer heartworm test is required prior to prescribing preventative medication.

    Puppy and Kitten Care

    There is nothing more joyous and sometimes stressful than bringing in a new puppy or kitten into your family. We provide custom kitten and puppy packages including all necessary health checkups to make sure your new “kid” is growing well, assess for any genetic diseases, administer all necessary vaccines, test for intestinal parasites, and administer any medications as needed. We take the time to answer any and all questions you may have regarding nutrition, medical care, training, home care, and introducing your “kid” to New York City.

    Senior Pet Care

    Senior pets have special needs. By taking the time to learn more about these needs, you've taken the first step toward ensuring your senior pet leads a healthy and happy life for many more years.
    Pets in their senior years – those of about eight years of age and older – begin to go through a gradual reduction of their physical capabilities. This process can be slowed and managed through proper veterinary care thereby offering your beloved senior pet an extended period of vitality and good health. Additionally, preventive care tailored to your pet's age, lifestyle, risk factors and other elements can help prevent common diseases or detect them at early and easily treatable stages.

    There is also an important role for you to play as your senior pet's primary caregiver. While you cannot control age related decline, you can influence your pet's activity level, living conditions, access to quality senior veterinary care, and daily nutrition. With Vet Set’s help, you can manage these factors in order to prolong your senior pet's good health, vitality, and increase his or her wellbeing, even as his or her pace slows a bit.

    At The Vet Set we offer a Senior Preventive Care Plan personalized to address the specific needs of your older dog or cat. This plan provides a baseline to monitor your pet at a time when small changes can be detected and that will help us identify health problems for dog or cat before they become serious concerns or even life threatening.

    Read more about your senior pet’s needs on our recent blog post here.

    Our senior pet plan includes:
    • Glaucoma check
    • Complete blood count
    • Complete urinalysis
    • Heartworm test
    • Full chemistry blood panel
    • Internal parasite test
    • Thyroid test
    • Electrocardiogram as recommended

    These tests are not time intensive or difficult to do and can be performed during routine home preventative exams.

    We recommend complete blood testing annually for all dogs and cats over the age of seven.

    In Case of Emergency...

    In case of emergency please contact one of the following 24 hour emergency hospitals:

    BluePearl Veterinary Partners
    1 W 15th St
    (212) 924-3311

    BluePearl Veterinary Partners
    410 W 55th St
    (212) 767-0099

    BluePearl Veterinary Partners - Brooklyn
    32 4th Ave
    (718) 596-0099

    Veterinary Emergency & Referral Group (VERG North) - Brooklyn
    318 Warren St
    (718)522-9400

    Veterinary Emergency & Referral Group (VERG South) - Brooklyn
    2220 Flatbush Ave
    (718)677-6700

    Animal Medical Center
    510 E 62nd St, New York, NY 10065
    (212) 838-8100

  • Diagnostics

    Diagnostics

    Deworming and Fecal Check

    Dangerous parasites are always present in the environment. If brought into your home, these parasites can be passed from your pet to you and your family. We normally associate parasites, such as Giardia, roundworms, tapeworms, and hookworms, with cats and dogs. But people can be infected with the same parasites. In home regular fecal checks and deworming are the best way to prevent parasitic disease. It also prevents the shedding of parasite eggs, which can contaminate lawns or any place a pet defecates.

    Routine Blood Work

    A complete physical includes a heartworm test, parasite screening, and should include a full blood workup. Not only can a full chemistry panel and complete blood count identify the presence of underlying disease processes, but these tests help create a baseline should your pet become ill between routine examinations. Additionally, blood work is necessary if your veterinarian recommends a dental cleaning, removal of a skin mass, or any other procedure that requires anesthesia. We recommend complete blood testing annually for all dogs and cats over the age of seven.

    Urinalysis

    The urine gives us a lot of information about the current status of your pet’s health! We can monitor for signs of an urinary tract infection, diabetes mellitus, urine crystals or stones that could be causing your pet pain, renal function and more.

    Endocrine Testing

    If we believe your pet is showing signs of an endocrine disorder such as diabetes mellitus, thyroid disease, Cushing’s disease or something else we can provide the diagnostic testing needed to help diagnose what’s causing the change in your pet’s health status.

    Heartworm Testing

    Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitos and infect the heart of our dogs and less commonly cats. While easy to prevent dogs must be tested prior to starting heartworm preventative medication to prevent complications. A dog that is heartworm positive and given preventative can have a fatal reaction. If your dog has been off of preventative for the winter months you must test your dog prior to starting your heartworm preventative. Don’t worry – the test is a simple blood test.

    While heartworm disease is not endemic to the area, our pets travel to areas where it is, and there are reports of heartworm disease in New York City. We recommend pets being on preventative April to November at a minimum, but ideally year round to minimize any risk of infection.

    We use the following protocols to determine whether or not a dog needs to be tested:

    • Dogs between 2 and 6 months of age may begin Heartworm preventative without a pre-screening test, unless that pet has come from an area of high heartworm risk. Please speak with your veterinarian to determine if you dog meets this criteria.

    • If your pet has been off heartworm preventative medication during any warm weather months or has never taken this medication and is older than 6 months of age, he or she must be tested.

    • If your pet has been on a heartworm preventative year round or during the months between April and the first frost and receive the medication from The Vet Set or purchased (with verification) from another veterinary clinic they will not need to be retested before refilling the medication.
    • If your dog has traveled to an endemic area (usually to the south or Midwest) without protection, please consult with your veterinarian.

    • If your pet is receiving heartworm preventative from a non-veterinary clinic or online pharmacy, we require a test between each prescription. The reason for this is that heartworm preventive is only sold by manufacturers to veterinary clinics. Therefore we cannot be certain that the medicine being sold by these vendors are genuine products (there are many reports of counterfeit products on the market). The risks of using these non-authorized products are two-fold: they are often ineffective, and if your pet has an allergic reaction to the medication the manufacturer will not cover the costs of treatment, as they will for medication obtained through an authorized hospital.

    • Finally, many people opt to test annually for peace of mind. As previously stated, heartworm is not endemic to New York, but dogs do travel widely and testing is a lot cheaper than treating.

  • Vaccinations

    Vaccinations

    A vaccine is a substance used to stimulate the production of antibodies and provide immunity against one or several diseases, prepared from the causative agent of a disease, its products, or a synthetic substitute, treated to act as an antigen without inducing the disease. We give them to all pets to prevent infectious diseases that can harm or kill your dog or cat. We also provide vaccine titers as an alternative to vaccination.

    We follow the American Animal Hospital Association guidelines for vaccines.   You can read their vaccination policy here:
    https://www.aaha.org/professional/resources/canine_vaccine.aspx#gsc.tab=0
    We believe in creating a customized vaccine protocol for every pet since every pet has different lifestyles and medical needs.

    Read More about vaccines here

    Licensing Your Dog In NYC

    It is a legal requirement to license your dog in New York City. You can follow the steps for license requirements here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/environmental/dog-license.shtml You’ll need your information from your Rabies vaccine certificate.

  • Health Certificates

    Health Certificates

    International Health Certificates

    If you're moving out of the country, you're most likely going to need a Veterinary Health Certificate.
    The certificate is issued by USDA-accredited veterinarians only and must be endorsed by the state's USDA Veterinary Services office. The state Veterinary Services offices will oversee all of the export documents for pets departing from the US, and ensure that the veterinarians issuing the documents are accredited and have filled out the forms with accurate information. Our veterinarians can perform a complete exam and issue USDA health certificates. Be advised that different countries have different requirements, and requirements by the country of import vary and can require up to 6 months planning prior to departure.

    Domestic Health Certificates

    The Vet Set can also issue domestic travel health certificates required by the airlines with our USDA –accredited veterinarians. Be advised that Hawaii has particular requirements for non-quarantine entrance to the state, and we can help you through the Hawaii importation process.

  • Acupuncture & Cold Laser Therapy

    Acupuncture & Cold Laser Therapy

    Acupuncture may be defined as the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to produce a healing response. Each acupuncture point has specific actions when stimulated. This technique has been used in veterinary practice in China for thousands of years to treat many ailments. The Chinese also use acupuncture as preventative medicine. Acupuncture is used all around the world, either alone or in conjunction with Western medicine, to treat a wide variety of conditions in every species of animal. Clinical research has been conducted showing positive results in the treatment of both animals and humans, and the use of acupuncture is increasing. Acupuncture will not cure every condition, but it can work very well when it is indicated.

    Cold laser therapy increases circulation and oxygen to damaged tissue providing pain relief, faster healing times, and decreased inflammation.

     

    For Which Conditions is Acupuncture & Cold Laser Indicated?

    Acupuncture is indicated for functional problems such as those that involve paralysis, noninfectious inflammation (such as allergies), and pain. For small animals, the following are some of the general conditions which may be treated with acupuncture:

    -Musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis, torn ACL’s, or pulled muscles
    -Respiratory problems such as feline asthma
    -Skin problems such as lick granulomas and allergic dermatitis
    -Gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea
    -Neurologic conditions such as degenerative diseases, chronic neurologic pain, or intervertebral disc disease

    How Does Veterinary Acupuncture Work?

    Although acupuncture has its roots in ancient times before modern scientific methods were available with which to study it, many important studies have been done to indicate how acupuncture works and what physiologic mechanisms are involved in its actions. Using functional MRI (fMRI), to examine 15 different points, the basic tenets of acupuncture have been proven. Those are that acupuncture is based upon the point selected, the method of stimulation, and the duration of stimulation. Stimulation of these points result in specific changes in the central nervous system. It was shown that acupuncture points that have pain relieving properties associated with them tend to activate specific pain-association brainstem regions. The National Institute of Health developed a consensus statement about acupuncture and its efficacy. NIH said that there was compelling evidence that acupuncture was useful in the management of osteoarthritis and musculoskeletal pain.

    In western medical terms, acupuncture can assist the body to heal itself by affecting certain physiological changes. For example, acupuncture can stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasm, and cause the release of hormones, such as endorphins (one of the body’s pain control chemicals) and cortisol (a natural steroid).

    Is Veterinary Acupuncture Painful?

    For small animals, the insertion of acupuncture needles is virtually painless. The larger needles necessary for large animals may cause some pain as the needle passes through the skin. In all animals, once the needles are in place, there should be no pain. Most animals become very relaxed and may even become sleepy. Nevertheless, acupuncture treatment may cause some sensation, presumed to be those such as tingles, cramps, or numbness which can occur in humans and which may be uncomfortable to some animals.

    Is Veterinary Acupuncture Safe for Animals?

    Acupuncture is one of the safest forms of medical treatment for animals when it is administered by a properly trained veterinarian. Side effects of acupuncture are rare, but they do exist. An animal’s condition may seem worse for up to 48 hours after a treatment. Other animals become lethargic or sleepy for 24 hours. These effects are an indication that some physiological changes are developing, and they are most often followed by an improvement in the animal’s condition.

    How Can My Pet Benefit from Veterinary Acupuncture?

    The success of the treatment will vary according to the condition being treated and the frequency of acupuncture treatments. The length and frequency of the treatments depends on the condition of the dog or cat and the method of stimulation (dry needle, electroacupuncture, aquapuncture, etc.) that is used by the veterinary acupuncturist. A simple acute problem, such as a sprain, may require only one treatment, whereas more severe or chronic ailments may need several treatments.

    How Safe is Veterinary Acupuncture?

    Acupuncture should never be administered without a proper veterinary medical diagnosis and an ongoing assessment of the pet’s condition by a licensed veterinarian. This is critical because acupuncture is capable of masking pain or other clinical signs and may delay proper veterinary medical diagnosis once treatment has begun. Elimination of pain may lead to increased activity on the part of the animal, thus delaying healing or causing the original condition to worsen.

    In general, acupuncture can be effectively combined with most conventional and alternative therapies. Certified Veterinary Acupuncturists have the comprehensive training, knowledge and skill to understand the interactions between different forms of treatment and to interpret the patient’s response to therapy.

    The American Veterinary Medical Association considers veterinary acupuncture a valid modality within the practice of veterinary medicine and surgery.

    How Should I Choose a Veterinary Acupuncturist for My Pet?

    There are two important criteria you should look for in a veterinary acupuncturist:

    Your veterinary acupuncturists must be a licensed veterinarian.
    Your veterinary acupuncturist should have formal training in the practice of veterinary acupuncture.
    In most countries, states, and provinces, veterinary acupuncture is considered a surgical procedure that only licensed veterinarians may legally administer to animals. A veterinarian is in the best position to properly diagnose an animal’s health problem and then to determine whether the animal is likely to benefit from an acupuncture treatment, or whether its problem requires chemical, surgical, or no intervention.

    Because of the differences in anatomy, and the potential for harm if the treatments are done incorrectly, only a properly trained veterinarian should perform acupuncture on animals. The proper training for a veterinarian would include an extensive post-doctoral educational program in veterinary acupuncture. The more your veterinarian knows about traditional Chinese philosophies and the western scientific basis for acupuncture the more you can be assured that your animals will be treated properly.

    Dr. Taylor Truitt trained at the world renowned Chi Institute in Florida from 2007-2009 learning traditional Chinese acupuncture, herbology, and food therapy. She believes in practicing integrative medicine by combining both Western & Eastern medicine for the best results.

    How does cold laser therapy work?

    When the laser is turned on the infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level. Photons of light from laser penetrate deeply into tissues and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. The laser light also increases the energy available to the cell by increasing ATP production so that the cell can take on nutrients faster and get rid of waste products. As a result of exposure to laser light, all cells, including the cells of tendons, ligaments and muscles are repaired faster.

    How often should I treat my pet with cold laser therapy? And how long until I see results?

    Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week, tapering to once every week or two as improvement is seen.

    Response time depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions 1-2 treatments may be sufficient. Those of a more chronic nature may require 5 to 8 (or more) treatments. Some conditions may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.

    Heartworm Testing Protocols

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  • Hospice

    Hospice

    The Vet Set understands how hard it is once your beloved pet has been diagnosed with a terminal condition. Hospice care allows your pet to live comfortably and with dignity in her own home before saying goodbye. The Vet Set hospice team consists of our veterinarians and trained technicians who provide expertise in palliative care and pain control for such terminally ill pets. When it’s time to say goodbye we can help your pet pass peacefully in your own home. We will help with the care of the remains during this difficult time.

  • Dental

    Dental

    Bad breath isn’t just an annoyance, it’s a sign of periodontal disease, which, while very common, can be a detriment to your pet’s health. Periodontal disease is a chronic and painful infection of the mouth affecting more than 85 percent of dogs and cats over four years of age, and if left untreated, it is progressive. Good dental hygiene in your pet can prevent this disease, as well as prevent a number of serious secondary problems such as heart, kidney and liver diseases that can develop from infected gums.

  • Surgery

    Surgery

    Whether it’s a simple or complex surgical procedure, The Vet Set cuts no corners in ensuring the safe and smooth recovery of your pet. We always perform preoperative examinations prior to any surgical procedure, and we also suggest preoperative health screens to determine the best choice of anesthetics to help prevent unforeseen complications during or after surgery. Pain medications are always administered before, during and after the surgeries are completed. Our veterinarians, along with our strong support staff, closely monitor your pet from start to finish, tailoring care as needed.

    If the procedure is complicated we have established relationships with board certified surgeons to come in and ensure your pet receives the best care possible for the best possible outcomes.

  • Radiology

    Radiology

    Imaging you pet is important when your dog or cat is limping, coughing, vomiting or more. There are many ways to assess the internal structure or function of your pet. We offer digital x-rays, ultrasounds of the abdomen, and echocardiograms of the heart. No matter what it is we’re looking at we have a way to image it.

Pet Wellness

Dr. Taylor Truitt, Dr. Eva Radke and the staff at The Vet Set believe that prevention is the key to your pet’s long term health. This approach helps to identify health issues before they become serious and expensive to treat. We recommend thorough, routine wellness exams, vaccinations, regular lab work, deworming and fecal checks, as well as medications to prevent heartworm, fleas and ticks. The Vet Set team stays current with all the latest veterinary innovations to ensure your pet receives the highest quality care.

The tests we offer in your home can be done during your pet’s regular exam. This is our chance to get to know your pet, assess your pet’s overall health, discuss any changes we see, update you on advancements in veterinary care, and an opportunity for you to discuss any concerns or questions you may have.

During your in-home pet’s yearly wellness exam we will:

  • Examine your pet’s teeth, throat, and oral cavity
  • Check your pet’s vision and examine the eyes
  • Examine the ears for infection, ear mites, allergic reaction and other related health issues
  • Examine the respiratory system
  • Assess your pet’s heart
  • Test your pet’s reflexes
  • Palpate lymph nodes and abdomen
  • Inspect the skin
  • Palpate joints and muscles for arthritis and other orthopedic conditions
  • Test to evaluate the function of internal organs, blood, and other systems

Deworming and Fecal Check

Dangerous parasites are always present in the environment. If brought into your home, these parasites can be passed from your pet to you and your family. We normally associate parasites, such as roundworms, tapeworms, and hookworms, with cats and dogs. But people can be infected with the same parasites. In home regular fecal checks and deworming are the best way to prevent parasitic disease. It also prevents the shedding of parasite eggs, which can contaminate lawns or any place a pet defecates.

Routine Blood Work

A complete physical includes a heartworm test, parasite screening, and should include a full blood workup. Not only can a full chemistry panel and complete blood count identify the presence of underlying disease processes, but these tests help create a baseline should your pet become ill between routine examinations. Additionally, blood work is necessary if your veterinarian recommends a dental cleaning, removal of a skin mass, or any other procedure that requires anesthesia.

Heartworm Testing

Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitos and infect the heart of our dogs and less commonly cats. While easy to prevent dogs must be tested prior to starting heartworm preventative medication to prevent complications. A dog that is heart worm positive and given preventative can have a fatal reaction. If your dog has been off of preventative for the winter months you must test your dog prior to starting your heart worm preventative. Don’t worry – the test is a simple blood test.

Flea and Tick Preventatives

Since fleas and ticks are also present in our environment, we recommend that your pet receive preventive medication for these pests. We sell a variety of preventive pet medications and would be happy to help you determine which is best for your dog or cat.

Heartworm Preventative

Heartworm disease is a serious disease that results in severe lung disease, heart failure, other organ damage, and death in dogs and cats. It is caused by a parasitic worm called Dirofilaria immitis. The worms are spread through the bite of a mosquito. The disease is easy to prevent with prescription medication administered monthly. An easy to administer heartworm test is required prior to prescribing preventative medication.

Puppy and Kitten Care

There is nothing more joyous and sometimes stressful than bringing in a new puppy or kitten into your family. We provide custom kitten and puppy packages including all necessary health checkups to make sure your new “kid” is growing well, assess for any genetic diseases, administer all necessary vaccines, test for intestinal parasites, and administer any medications as needed. We take the time to answer any and all questions you may have regarding nutrition, medical care, training, home care, and introducing your “kid” to New York City.

Senior Pet Care

Senior pets have special needs. By taking the time to learn more about these needs, you've taken the first step toward ensuring your senior pet leads a healthy and happy life for many more years.
Pets in their senior years – those of about eight years of age and older – begin to go through a gradual reduction of their physical capabilities. This process can be slowed and managed through proper veterinary care thereby offering your beloved senior pet an extended period of vitality and good health. Additionally, preventive care tailored to your pet's age, lifestyle, risk factors and other elements can help prevent common diseases or detect them at early and easily treatable stages.

There is also an important role for you to play as your senior pet's primary caregiver. While you cannot control age related decline, you can influence your pet's activity level, living conditions, access to quality senior veterinary care, and daily nutrition. With Vet Set’s help, you can manage these factors in order to prolong your senior pet's good health, vitality, and increase his or her wellbeing, even as his or her pace slows a bit.

At The Vet Set we offer a Senior Preventive Care Plan personalized to address the specific needs of your older dog or cat. This plan provides a baseline to monitor your pet at a time when small changes can be detected and that will help us identify health problems for dog or cat before they become serious concerns or even life threatening.

Read more about your senior pet’s needs on our recent blog post here.

Our senior pet plan includes:
• Glaucoma check
• Complete blood count
• Complete urinalysis
• Heartworm test
• Full chemistry blood panel
• Internal parasite test
• Thyroid test
• Electrocardiogram as recommended

These tests are not time intensive or difficult to do and can be performed during routine home preventative exams.

We recommend complete blood testing annually for all dogs and cats over the age of seven.

In Case of Emergency...

In case of emergency please contact one of the following 24 hour emergency hospitals:

BluePearl Veterinary Partners
1 W 15th St
(212) 924-3311

BluePearl Veterinary Partners
410 W 55th St
(212) 767-0099

BluePearl Veterinary Partners - Brooklyn
32 4th Ave
(718) 596-0099

Veterinary Emergency & Referral Group (VERG North) - Brooklyn
318 Warren St
(718)522-9400

Veterinary Emergency & Referral Group (VERG South) - Brooklyn
2220 Flatbush Ave
(718)677-6700

Animal Medical Center
510 E 62nd St, New York, NY 10065
(212) 838-8100

Diagnostics

Deworming and Fecal Check

Dangerous parasites are always present in the environment. If brought into your home, these parasites can be passed from your pet to you and your family. We normally associate parasites, such as Giardia, roundworms, tapeworms, and hookworms, with cats and dogs. But people can be infected with the same parasites. In home regular fecal checks and deworming are the best way to prevent parasitic disease. It also prevents the shedding of parasite eggs, which can contaminate lawns or any place a pet defecates.

Routine Blood Work

A complete physical includes a heartworm test, parasite screening, and should include a full blood workup. Not only can a full chemistry panel and complete blood count identify the presence of underlying disease processes, but these tests help create a baseline should your pet become ill between routine examinations. Additionally, blood work is necessary if your veterinarian recommends a dental cleaning, removal of a skin mass, or any other procedure that requires anesthesia. We recommend complete blood testing annually for all dogs and cats over the age of seven.

Urinalysis

The urine gives us a lot of information about the current status of your pet’s health! We can monitor for signs of an urinary tract infection, diabetes mellitus, urine crystals or stones that could be causing your pet pain, renal function and more.

Endocrine Testing

If we believe your pet is showing signs of an endocrine disorder such as diabetes mellitus, thyroid disease, Cushing’s disease or something else we can provide the diagnostic testing needed to help diagnose what’s causing the change in your pet’s health status.

Heartworm Testing

Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitos and infect the heart of our dogs and less commonly cats. While easy to prevent dogs must be tested prior to starting heartworm preventative medication to prevent complications. A dog that is heartworm positive and given preventative can have a fatal reaction. If your dog has been off of preventative for the winter months you must test your dog prior to starting your heartworm preventative. Don’t worry – the test is a simple blood test.

While heartworm disease is not endemic to the area, our pets travel to areas where it is, and there are reports of heartworm disease in New York City. We recommend pets being on preventative April to November at a minimum, but ideally year round to minimize any risk of infection.

We use the following protocols to determine whether or not a dog needs to be tested:

• Dogs between 2 and 6 months of age may begin Heartworm preventative without a pre-screening test, unless that pet has come from an area of high heartworm risk. Please speak with your veterinarian to determine if you dog meets this criteria.

• If your pet has been off heartworm preventative medication during any warm weather months or has never taken this medication and is older than 6 months of age, he or she must be tested.

• If your pet has been on a heartworm preventative year round or during the months between April and the first frost and receive the medication from The Vet Set or purchased (with verification) from another veterinary clinic they will not need to be retested before refilling the medication.
• If your dog has traveled to an endemic area (usually to the south or Midwest) without protection, please consult with your veterinarian.

• If your pet is receiving heartworm preventative from a non-veterinary clinic or online pharmacy, we require a test between each prescription. The reason for this is that heartworm preventive is only sold by manufacturers to veterinary clinics. Therefore we cannot be certain that the medicine being sold by these vendors are genuine products (there are many reports of counterfeit products on the market). The risks of using these non-authorized products are two-fold: they are often ineffective, and if your pet has an allergic reaction to the medication the manufacturer will not cover the costs of treatment, as they will for medication obtained through an authorized hospital.

• Finally, many people opt to test annually for peace of mind. As previously stated, heartworm is not endemic to New York, but dogs do travel widely and testing is a lot cheaper than treating.

Vaccinations

A vaccine is a substance used to stimulate the production of antibodies and provide immunity against one or several diseases, prepared from the causative agent of a disease, its products, or a synthetic substitute, treated to act as an antigen without inducing the disease. We give them to all pets to prevent infectious diseases that can harm or kill your dog or cat. We also provide vaccine titers as an alternative to vaccination.

We follow the American Animal Hospital Association guidelines for vaccines.   You can read their vaccination policy here:
https://www.aaha.org/professional/resources/canine_vaccine.aspx#gsc.tab=0
We believe in creating a customized vaccine protocol for every pet since every pet has different lifestyles and medical needs.

Read More about vaccines here

Licensing Your Dog In NYC

It is a legal requirement to license your dog in New York City. You can follow the steps for license requirements here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/environmental/dog-license.shtml You’ll need your information from your Rabies vaccine certificate.

Health Certificates

International Health Certificates

If you're moving out of the country, you're most likely going to need a Veterinary Health Certificate.
The certificate is issued by USDA-accredited veterinarians only and must be endorsed by the state's USDA Veterinary Services office. The state Veterinary Services offices will oversee all of the export documents for pets departing from the US, and ensure that the veterinarians issuing the documents are accredited and have filled out the forms with accurate information. Our veterinarians can perform a complete exam and issue USDA health certificates. Be advised that different countries have different requirements, and requirements by the country of import vary and can require up to 6 months planning prior to departure.

Domestic Health Certificates

The Vet Set can also issue domestic travel health certificates required by the airlines with our USDA –accredited veterinarians. Be advised that Hawaii has particular requirements for non-quarantine entrance to the state, and we can help you through the Hawaii importation process.

Acupuncture & Cold Laser Therapy

Acupuncture may be defined as the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to produce a healing response. Each acupuncture point has specific actions when stimulated. This technique has been used in veterinary practice in China for thousands of years to treat many ailments. The Chinese also use acupuncture as preventative medicine. Acupuncture is used all around the world, either alone or in conjunction with Western medicine, to treat a wide variety of conditions in every species of animal. Clinical research has been conducted showing positive results in the treatment of both animals and humans, and the use of acupuncture is increasing. Acupuncture will not cure every condition, but it can work very well when it is indicated.

Cold laser therapy increases circulation and oxygen to damaged tissue providing pain relief, faster healing times, and decreased inflammation.

 

For Which Conditions is Acupuncture & Cold Laser Indicated?

Acupuncture is indicated for functional problems such as those that involve paralysis, noninfectious inflammation (such as allergies), and pain. For small animals, the following are some of the general conditions which may be treated with acupuncture:

-Musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis, torn ACL’s, or pulled muscles
-Respiratory problems such as feline asthma
-Skin problems such as lick granulomas and allergic dermatitis
-Gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea
-Neurologic conditions such as degenerative diseases, chronic neurologic pain, or intervertebral disc disease

How Does Veterinary Acupuncture Work?

Although acupuncture has its roots in ancient times before modern scientific methods were available with which to study it, many important studies have been done to indicate how acupuncture works and what physiologic mechanisms are involved in its actions. Using functional MRI (fMRI), to examine 15 different points, the basic tenets of acupuncture have been proven. Those are that acupuncture is based upon the point selected, the method of stimulation, and the duration of stimulation. Stimulation of these points result in specific changes in the central nervous system. It was shown that acupuncture points that have pain relieving properties associated with them tend to activate specific pain-association brainstem regions. The National Institute of Health developed a consensus statement about acupuncture and its efficacy. NIH said that there was compelling evidence that acupuncture was useful in the management of osteoarthritis and musculoskeletal pain.

In western medical terms, acupuncture can assist the body to heal itself by affecting certain physiological changes. For example, acupuncture can stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasm, and cause the release of hormones, such as endorphins (one of the body’s pain control chemicals) and cortisol (a natural steroid).

Is Veterinary Acupuncture Painful?

For small animals, the insertion of acupuncture needles is virtually painless. The larger needles necessary for large animals may cause some pain as the needle passes through the skin. In all animals, once the needles are in place, there should be no pain. Most animals become very relaxed and may even become sleepy. Nevertheless, acupuncture treatment may cause some sensation, presumed to be those such as tingles, cramps, or numbness which can occur in humans and which may be uncomfortable to some animals.

Is Veterinary Acupuncture Safe for Animals?

Acupuncture is one of the safest forms of medical treatment for animals when it is administered by a properly trained veterinarian. Side effects of acupuncture are rare, but they do exist. An animal’s condition may seem worse for up to 48 hours after a treatment. Other animals become lethargic or sleepy for 24 hours. These effects are an indication that some physiological changes are developing, and they are most often followed by an improvement in the animal’s condition.

How Can My Pet Benefit from Veterinary Acupuncture?

The success of the treatment will vary according to the condition being treated and the frequency of acupuncture treatments. The length and frequency of the treatments depends on the condition of the dog or cat and the method of stimulation (dry needle, electroacupuncture, aquapuncture, etc.) that is used by the veterinary acupuncturist. A simple acute problem, such as a sprain, may require only one treatment, whereas more severe or chronic ailments may need several treatments.

How Safe is Veterinary Acupuncture?

Acupuncture should never be administered without a proper veterinary medical diagnosis and an ongoing assessment of the pet’s condition by a licensed veterinarian. This is critical because acupuncture is capable of masking pain or other clinical signs and may delay proper veterinary medical diagnosis once treatment has begun. Elimination of pain may lead to increased activity on the part of the animal, thus delaying healing or causing the original condition to worsen.

In general, acupuncture can be effectively combined with most conventional and alternative therapies. Certified Veterinary Acupuncturists have the comprehensive training, knowledge and skill to understand the interactions between different forms of treatment and to interpret the patient’s response to therapy.

The American Veterinary Medical Association considers veterinary acupuncture a valid modality within the practice of veterinary medicine and surgery.

How Should I Choose a Veterinary Acupuncturist for My Pet?

There are two important criteria you should look for in a veterinary acupuncturist:

Your veterinary acupuncturists must be a licensed veterinarian.
Your veterinary acupuncturist should have formal training in the practice of veterinary acupuncture.
In most countries, states, and provinces, veterinary acupuncture is considered a surgical procedure that only licensed veterinarians may legally administer to animals. A veterinarian is in the best position to properly diagnose an animal’s health problem and then to determine whether the animal is likely to benefit from an acupuncture treatment, or whether its problem requires chemical, surgical, or no intervention.

Because of the differences in anatomy, and the potential for harm if the treatments are done incorrectly, only a properly trained veterinarian should perform acupuncture on animals. The proper training for a veterinarian would include an extensive post-doctoral educational program in veterinary acupuncture. The more your veterinarian knows about traditional Chinese philosophies and the western scientific basis for acupuncture the more you can be assured that your animals will be treated properly.

Dr. Taylor Truitt trained at the world renowned Chi Institute in Florida from 2007-2009 learning traditional Chinese acupuncture, herbology, and food therapy. She believes in practicing integrative medicine by combining both Western & Eastern medicine for the best results.

How does cold laser therapy work?

When the laser is turned on the infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level. Photons of light from laser penetrate deeply into tissues and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. The laser light also increases the energy available to the cell by increasing ATP production so that the cell can take on nutrients faster and get rid of waste products. As a result of exposure to laser light, all cells, including the cells of tendons, ligaments and muscles are repaired faster.

How often should I treat my pet with cold laser therapy? And how long until I see results?

Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week, tapering to once every week or two as improvement is seen.

Response time depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions 1-2 treatments may be sufficient. Those of a more chronic nature may require 5 to 8 (or more) treatments. Some conditions may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.

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Hospice

The Vet Set understands how hard it is once your beloved pet has been diagnosed with a terminal condition. Hospice care allows your pet to live comfortably and with dignity in her own home before saying goodbye. The Vet Set hospice team consists of our veterinarians and trained technicians who provide expertise in palliative care and pain control for such terminally ill pets. When it’s time to say goodbye we can help your pet pass peacefully in your own home. We will help with the care of the remains during this difficult time.

Dental

Bad breath isn’t just an annoyance, it’s a sign of periodontal disease, which, while very common, can be a detriment to your pet’s health. Periodontal disease is a chronic and painful infection of the mouth affecting more than 85 percent of dogs and cats over four years of age, and if left untreated, it is progressive. Good dental hygiene in your pet can prevent this disease, as well as prevent a number of serious secondary problems such as heart, kidney and liver diseases that can develop from infected gums.

Surgery

Whether it’s a simple or complex surgical procedure, The Vet Set cuts no corners in ensuring the safe and smooth recovery of your pet. We always perform preoperative examinations prior to any surgical procedure, and we also suggest preoperative health screens to determine the best choice of anesthetics to help prevent unforeseen complications during or after surgery. Pain medications are always administered before, during and after the surgeries are completed. Our veterinarians, along with our strong support staff, closely monitor your pet from start to finish, tailoring care as needed.

If the procedure is complicated we have established relationships with board certified surgeons to come in and ensure your pet receives the best care possible for the best possible outcomes.

Radiology

Imaging you pet is important when your dog or cat is limping, coughing, vomiting or more. There are many ways to assess the internal structure or function of your pet. We offer digital x-rays, ultrasounds of the abdomen, and echocardiograms of the heart. No matter what it is we’re looking at we have a way to image it.

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Dr. Taylor is an animal lover's dream vet! I've always found her to be sensitive, sensible, extremely knowledgeable and understanding, whether for a routine visit, a recurrent issue or something as difficult as saying goodbye to a beloved pet.

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