Health Maintenance Services

Dr. Christensen with a PatientHospitalization

Treatment of most illnesses begins at the hospital. Follow up care is generally continued at home. The doctors and staff at Hudson Highlands Veterinary Medical Group's Beacon Office are always available to help and support you during the home care portion of the treatment.

For some illnesses, your pet needs to stay at the hospital for fluid therapy, metabolic stabilization, wound treatment, or other procedures that require direct veterinary supervision. For our critically ill patients, our Lime Kiln Road facility in Hopewell Junction is equipped with cutting edge diagnostic and patient monitoring equipment necessary to handle the most critically ill patient.

During the hospitalization period, the doctors speak with you daily about your pet's progress. At Hudson Highlands Veterinary Medical Group, the entire staff is dedicated to making you and your pet feel comfortable and secure during his or her hospital stay.

Microchip

A microchip is a tiny electronic device, about the size and shape of a grain of rice. It is implanted beneath a pet's skin between the shoulder blades, and stays there for the pet's entire life. This procedure is as easy and as painless as a vaccination.

Each microchip – and therefore each pet – has a unique number. This number, along with information about the owner and pet, are added to a national pet registry. Most veterinarians and animal shelters have electronic scanners for detecting and reading these implanted microchips. If a lost pet is found, and the microchip is scanned, the registry is called and the owner is contacted.

We use the HomeAgain microchip system, which is recognized nationwide. Our practice suggests keeping an active membership with their Pet Recovery Service. One of the many benefits of membership is free access to poison control. When your pet ingests something toxic that unique situation is best handled by someone who specializes in toxicology, so we ask you to call poison control to speak with one of their specialists. After they get all the pertinent information from you, they will give you a case number and let you know if your pet needs to see the veterinarian for treatment. Using that case number, our doctor will be able to get specific advice on how best to care for your pet.

Prescription Diets

We offer a variety of Hill's and Iams Prescription Diets, and can special order specific foods recommended by our veterinarians to meet your needs. Over many years our doctors have developed great confidence in these diets as an adjunct to the treatment of a variety of diseases including those affecting the kidney, heart and liver.

Additionally there are diets for obesity, allergy, joint disease, diabetes and cancer which have all been shown conclusively to help the underlying disease process, and which we therefore utilize regularly.

RetailPharmacy and Pet Supplies

As the prescribing veterinarian for your pet's medications, we are able to ensure there is a direct link between the exam room and our pharmacy. This means your pet will receive the right medication, at the right dose, in the right form as quickly as possible. We will also be able to easily guide you on the medication's use as well as monitor its effectiveness.

We maintain a complete inventory of pharmaceuticals, vitamins, shampoos, flea and tick control products and heartworm preventatives to meet the needs of your pet. We also carry a full line of prescription diets.

Ensuring that you have convenient and timely access to competitively priced medications is an important aspect of our veterinary practice.

Refills are easy, too. Simply give us a call.

Puppy and Basic Obedience Training Classes

Do you have a new four-legged addition to your family? Hudson Highlands Veterinary Medical Group offers puppy and obedience training at our Lime Kiln Road facility. Our classes encourage good behavior while helping you establish a strong bond with your young pet. Key topics can include:

  • Introduction to simple cues, such as sit, come and stay
  • Basic manners
  • Socialization with people and other dogs
  • Relationship-forming games
  • Problem prevention
  • Tips on puppy health, grooming and nutrition

Obedience training doesn't solve all behavior problems, but should be the foundation for appropriate behavior. Training can also open communication between you and your puppy.

Obedience training should also be fun and rewarding for you and your dog. Our goal is to enrich your relationship and make living together more enjoyable. A well-trained dog is more confident and can more safely be allowed a greater amount of freedom than an untrained one. It can also help minimize the lifetime cost of care for your pet.

Training classes are offered at our facility on Lime Kiln Road in Hopewell Junction.

Shannon Maeurer is one of our licensed veterinary technicians and a certified dog trainer. For information about her classes or to register please call 845-656-1489 or email her (Download our registration form in our Client Forms Section.)

Referrals and Emergency Care

Please visit the Referral Section of our website for information regarding our Referral and Specialty Practice.

Our Lime Kiln Road facility in Hopewell Junction is staffed 24 hours a day to meet the needs of our established clients and provide 24 hour care to our critically ill patients. Anyone with an emergency should call ahead in order to be sure the doctor is notified, and we are best prepared for your arrival.

Our doctors are on call for Hudson Highlands General Practice patients 24 hours a day for emergencies. Specialty Practice patients who have been referred by another hospital will be seen only if the emergency is related to recent surgery or visit (all others should call their referring veterinarian).