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At The Beacon Veterinary Associates we are dedicated to providing the best possible care not only for your pet, but also for the human attached to their leash or carrier – you! We want to make you an active member of your pet’s health care team and strive to be available to answer all your questions. From custom vaccination schedules to major health decisions, we understand that there is no “single right answer” and will work to develop the best plan possible for you and your pet.
Wellness Care
Once a year, you should bring your pet in for a check-up. Annual check-ups include a thorough nose-to-tail physical exam, appropriate vaccinations, and routine diagnostics to screen for heartworm, tick-borne illnesses, and intestinal parasites. Based on the age, lifestyle, and breed of your pet, our veterinarians can advise on the most effective diets, vaccinations, vitamins, minerals and other supplements that can help ensure the healthiest and lengthiest lifespan.

Annual exams are important because they allow the veterinarian to evaluate your pet‘s overall health and become aware of any problems before they become serious illnesses. One year in a human‘s life is roughly 5 to 7 years in a dog or cat‘s. Since our pets age quicker than us, many aspects of their health can change in a short amount of time, so make sure your pet does not miss even one exam!

Dog Vaccinations

Following the American Association of Feline Practitioner’s guidelines for vaccination of cats, our veterinarians offer several important vaccines. We will work with you to develop a custom vaccination schedule for your cat based on his or her lifestyle.

RABIES VACCINATION (REQUIRED BY NY STATE LAW)

Rabies vaccination is extremely important and lifesaving and is required by New York state law for all dogs, cats, and ferrets. The first rabies vaccination should be administered no later than four months of age. Your dog will then receive a rabies vaccination booster the following year and then every three years after that.

4-IN-1 DHPP VACCINE

Our veterinarians recommend this vaccine, which protects against canine distemper, adenovirus, parvovirus, and parainfluenza, for all dogs. Because these diseases are extremely contagious and can easily be fatal, all dogs are at risk. Even indoor dogs can contract parvovirus if the virus is brought home on an unsuspecting owner’s shoes or clothes. Puppies should be vaccinated every 3-4 weeks starting at 6 weeks of age. Vaccination of adult dogs can be decreased to every 1-3 years.

LEPTOSPIROSIS VACCINE

“Lepto” is a bacterial infection of the liver and kidneys. Not only can lepto be fatal to dogs, but it can also be transmitted from dogs to human family members. Dogs contract lepto from exposure to contaminated outdoor water sources so any dog with access to lakes, creeks, or even puddles should be vaccinated. After an initial series, this vaccine should be repeated annually.

LYME VACCINE

Lyme disease is transmitted by ticks and is very common in New York. Symptoms in dogs include limping, fever, and loss of appetite. Rarely, Lyme disease can cause life-threatening kidney failure. We recommend the vaccine for dogs who are known to get ticks or spend time in the woods or grass. After an initial series, this vaccine should be repeated annually.

BORDATELLA BRONCHISEPTICA (“KENNEL COUGH”)

Kennel cough is a contagious upper respiratory infection (a.k.a. “cold”) of dogs. If your dog stays at the kennel or goes to the groomer, the dog park, or anywhere else with lots of dogs, then he or she should be vaccinated. Depending on the level of your dog’s risk, the vaccine can be repeated every 6-12 months.

CANINE INFLUENZA (H3N8)

The canine “flu” causes severe upper and lower respiratory disease which is fatal in 1-5% of dogs. Outbreaks are not common but have been reported in kennels in the Dutchess/Putnam County area. Some kennels have started requiring this vaccine. After an initial series, this vaccine should be repeated annually.

Cat Vaccinations

Following the American Association of Feline Practitioner’s guidelines for vaccination of cats, our veterinarians offer several important vaccines. We will work with you to develop a custom vaccination schedule for your cat based on his or her lifestyle.

RABIES VACCINATION (REQUIRED BY NY STATE LAW)

Rabies vaccination is extremely important and lifesaving and is required by New York state law for all dogs, cats, and ferrets. We offer the PureVax ® feline rabies vaccine which is administered annually. Unlike other rabies vaccines, this one is formulated just for cats – which we all know are not just small dogs!

3-IN-1 FVRCP VACCINE

This vaccine protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis (feline herpesvirus-1), calicivirus, and panleukopenia. These diseases are highly contagious and can be fatal, especially for kittens. Although it is often referred to as “feline distemper,” panleukopenia of cats is actually very similar to parvovirus in dogs. The vaccine is about 60% effective for calicivirus, 50% effective for herpesvirus, and nearly 100% effective for panleukopenia, the most fatal of the three diseases. Kittens should be vaccinated every 3-4 weeks starting at 6 weeks of age. Vaccination of adult cats can be decreased to every 1-3 years.

FELINE LEUKEMIA VACCINE

Feline leukemia is spread through direct contact between cats. For those cats who become infected, it is generally 1-3 years before they develop signs of illness in the form of fatal cancers such as leukemia or lymphoma. This disease affects approximately 3% of cats in the northeastern US; at Roosevelt Vet on the Hudson, we diagnosed our first case of feline leukemia within 2 weeks of opening. Any cat who goes outside without direct supervision should be vaccinated. Cats should be tested for feline leukemia before vaccinating. After an initial series, this vaccine should be repeated annually.

Dental Care
Dental care is an important factor in the overall health of your pet. To establish good pet dental health, bring your dog or cat in for an examination at our clinic. Dental disease isn’t always visible to the naked eye. Our veterinarians will know what signs to look for that might indicate dental disease or the beginnings of dental problems. Based on the veterinarian’s findings, regular teeth cleaning schedule or special treatment for particular tooth problems may be recommended.

Regular teeth cleanings are the most basic part of pet dental care. The ultrasonic teeth cleaning procedure does not require an overnight stay, but it often involves the use of anesthesia. It is highly recommended to have blood work done before any anesthetic procedure. This service may help to detect metabolic abnormalities that could lead to a problem during anesthesia. For pets 5 years and older, pre-anesthetic blood work is mandatory.

We also encourage you to brush your pet’s teeth at home every day. Home cleanings are another key part of good pet dental health. Pets that are used to getting mild brushings of their teeth from the time they are young grow up being used to it. Older pets who are not used to this may have to be coaxed slowly into accepting brushings, usually through the use of short sessions at first that gradually increase in length, plus treats and lots of petting and praise.

Orthopedic Surgery

The Beacon Veterinary Associates offers a wide range of surgical options. In most cases, we bring in a specialist to handle the surgery. Dr. Spaccarelli is also able to perform ACL surgery, typically coming at a lower cost than the specialists we bring in for the procedure. We’re happy to discuss options during your surgical consultation.

Knee Surgeries – Crucial Injury or ACL Tear

The most common orthopedic surgeries are from knee problems – injuries to the Cranial Cruciate ligament (CCL) or from patellar (knee-cap) problems (Medial Patellar Luxation or MPL).

Many people are familiar with Anterior Cruciate Ligament — the ACL. It is the most common knee injury to athletes. It is also the most common injury in dogs. CCL is the same as ACL in people, but in dogs, it’s called the CCL because they walk on all 4 limbs. Cruciate injury in dogs involves a combination of genetics, breed, activity level and body weight.

Unfortunately, the story is all too common that after playing or exercise the owner notices a small to significant limp on the hind limb. The limping may be persistent, or, after some time, the limping can get better but often will return in a couple of days to weeks after activity. Limping in dogs is a sign of discomfort and pain. Most dogs do not cry or show pain other than limping or carrying the affected leg.

There are some tests we can perform on examination that can help us diagnose if there is a cruciate tear or if there is another cause for limping such as arthritis or joint infection. Diagnosis is best performed by orthopedic physical exam and radiographs.

How we diagnose cruciate ligament rupture: We palpate for tibial thrust or drawer movement. When the ligament is intact, the knee is stable, there is no movement. When the ligament has ruptured or is rupturing, there is forward “drawer” movement or instability palpate

Cranial Cruciate Injury

  • TPLO-Tibial plateau leveling osteotomy
  • Extracapsular suture technique (lateral suture)
  • TTA- Tibial tuberosity advancement

1. TPLO- (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy)
The TPLO is the surgical repair method preferred by many surgeons for larger, active dogs. Excellent return of function can be expected with little to no progression of osteoarthritis. The slope of the knee is changed to protect against instability and a bone plate is used to hold the slope in place.

2. Extracapsular Suture Technique
This technique is much less invasive and works very well for small to medium-sized dogs using thick suture material to stabilize the joint through healing scar tissue.

Post Operative Care
Proper care of your pet at home after surgery is crucial to a successful outcome. Patients must be confined to a small pen or crate and not be allowed off-leash for 3 months. A bandage may be used for a few days. Physical therapy consisting of range of motion exercises, leash controlled walks and swimming is always advised and in some cases may be required to enhance recovery. With TPLO and TTA procedures, x-rays are required at 3 and 8 weeks after surgery to evaluate the progression of healing of the osteotomy (bone incision.) Even though a return to full function is expected by 3 months, a full six months to one year recovery period is necessary for all of the soft tissue structures (ligaments, tendons, muscles.)

Medial Patellar Luxation (MPL)

Medial Patellar Luxation or MPL is common in small dogs under 20 pounds of body weight, however, it can occur in any dog. In MPL, the patella (knee-cap) comes out of place. MPL is second to CCL in terms of frequency and requires a high level of expertise to correct. It is necessary to deepen the groove (trochlea) where the knee-cap sits and provide balance via a combination of the release of tissue on the inside and tightening on the outside. In addition, it is frequently necessary to move the bone where the knee-cap tendon attaches. The best outcomes with MPL surgery are achieved by using an accomplished surgeon in conjunction with a pet owner who is committed to following exercise guidelines.

Hip Surgery: Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO)

Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO) can be performed in dogs with dislocated hips, broken hips, or hips that are very arthritic and painful. This procedure involves removing the head of the femur that is causing pain, inflammation and chronic problems in the hip joint. After surgery, at-home physical therapy will help the gluteal muscles hold the leg in place. This procedure is appropriate for dogs and cats with chronic hip dislocation or where the head of the femur (hip joint) – is fractured (broken) or severely arthritic. Proper patient selection is essential for FHO surgery. We recommend this procedure for hip dysplasia when pain is intractable and not responsive to medical management. Postoperative care is critical for full recovery – we will help you with at-home rehabilitation plans.

Diagnostics and Imaging

When your pet is dealing with an issue that cannot be seen by the naked eye, we use the latest diagnostic technology to see what cannot be seen by the naked eye. We offer x-rays and CT scans in-house and work with specialists for ultrasounds and cardiology diagnosis.

A radiograph (X-ray) is a type of photograph that looks inside the body and reveals information that may not be discernible from the outside. Radiography can be used to evaluate your pet’s internal organs like the heart, lungs, and abdominal organs, as well as bones. When it comes to accurately diagnose your pet, radiology can be an extremely valuable tool in our diagnostic arsenal.

Ultrasonography, or ultrasound, is a diagnostic imaging technique similar to radiography (X-rays) and is often used in conjunction with radiography and other diagnostics. It allows us to visualize certain organs very thoroughly, including the heart, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, bladder, spleen, and intestines. It can also be useful to detect and monitor pregnancy. We work closely with specialists – people who have dedicated their entire lives to imaging – so you get the most out of this fantastic diagnostic tool.

We also offer CT Scans in our office. Types of cases this is used for fall under nasal disease/epistaxis, known abdominal or thoracic masses/surgical planning, and nasopharyngeal stenosis.

Microchipping

According to PetFinder, over 10 million pets go missing every year, and one in three pets will go missing at some point in their life. 

A microchip is a tiny device that contains unique identifying information about a pet. It is approximately the size of a grain of rice contains a code that corresponds to the contact information of the pet cat or dog’s owner. This allows missing cats/dogs to be returned to their rightful home as quickly as possible.

The microchip is inside a large needle that is inserted between the shoulder blades, where it cannot be removed or damaged. Once the microchip is in, it is there forever, keeping your pet safe and secure. If your pet ever needs to be identified (for instance, if it has run off and been picked up by the authorities), any vet will be able to find the microchip using a handheld scanner.

Pharmacy and Medication

You have multiple options when it comes to getting a refill of your pet’s medication. You can call us directly at 845-202-7129 or you can use our online pharmacy by clicking here.

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Our mission is to provide 20th-century care and compassion coupled with 21st-century medicine and surgery.

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Contact

Phone: 845-202-7129
Fax:
845-202-7137
Email: thebeaconvet@gmail.com

Location

385 Main Street
Beacon, NY 12508
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Hours

Mon - Fri: 8 AM - 6 PM
Sat: 9 AM - 1 PM
Sun: 9 AM - 2 PM

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