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Aqueduct Animal Hospital

Aqueduct Animal Hospital
896 Riverview Rd, Rexford, NY 12148

Our Doctors

Matthew Pike, Owner

Mark Caravaty

Nicole Blanchette

Jenifre McConnell

Our Services

  • Ultrasound
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Behavior
  • Dental Care
  • Surgery
  • Radiology
  • Feline Wellness
  • Canine Wellness
  • Microchipping
  • Diagnostics
  • Vaccinations
  • Exotics
  • Urgent Care

Similar to an X-ray but often more accurate, ultrasound provides real-time images of your pet's internal organs. Used primarily for abdominal or cardiac illnesses, ultrasounds allow your veterinarian to look inside your pet and perform organ biopsies that would otherwise require surgery. 

Ultrasound is also used to diagnose pregnancy in pets and the viability of the fetus, and it is helpful for avoiding contamination when performing cystocentesis (collection of urine samples).

Aqueduct Animal Hospital is proud to work with Dr. Christopher Ryan as our veterinary radiologist! Dr. Ryan earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in general biology and went on to earn his VMD degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. Dr. Ryan achieved board certification as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology in 2013. Learn more about him here.

Consultations are available by appointment with a board-certified radiologist. Just give us a call at 518-346-3467 today!

Good nutrition is the key to a healthy life for your pet. At Aqueduct Animal Hospital, counseling about nutrition starts with your pet's very first visit with a veterinarian. We talk to you about the choices available for your pet's food, the proper frequency of feedings and the amount of food your pet should receive. We can also counsel clients whose pets are overweight or have special dietary requirements.

Nutrition is just as important for your pet as it is for you. The benefits of nutritional counseling include weight loss, increased energy levels, and a healthier lifestyle. 

Give us a call at 518-346-3467 to schedule a consultation today!

Pets can’t tell you something is wrong, so it’s important that you spot unusual shifts in mood or behavior. These changes are often a symptom of an underlying medical issue like illness or injury and could indicate more serious health problems. Don’t assume that sudden abnormal behavior is just your pet acting out; they could be trying to express that they are sick or in pain. Identifying and treating the root cause of the behavior often returns the animal to normalcy, so it is crucial that you report any shifts in behavior to your veterinarian.

Examples of behavioral changes include:

  • Increased aggression
  • Confusion/spatial disorientation
  • Decreased activity level, lethargy
  • Restlessness and agitation
  • Separation anxiety
  • Unusual vocalization (barking, howling, whimpering)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Incontinence, loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Inability to perform normal memory-related procedures like recognizing familiar family members or following standard commands

If you notice your pet exhibiting any of the above behaviors, give us a call at 518-346-3467 as soon as possible! Our experienced staff can determine the medical cause for your pet’s unusual behavior and work to fix the problem, helping them return to their happy and loving selves. 

Did you know that, according to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by the age of three? This highlights a very scary truth about poor dental health and pets – a lack of dental care can significantly impact your pet’s quality of life and could even shorten it.

At advanced stages, dental disease can make eating difficult due to mouth pain. Plus, bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and cause heart, liver, and kidney complications. Keeping up with the cleanliness of your pet’s mouth and their overall dental health can prevent years of discomfort and lost teeth. As a rule of thumb, we recommend you get your pet’s teeth checked and cleaned once a year.

If it’s been a year since your pet’s last dental exam or cleaning, give us a call to make an appointment at 518-346-3467. We’ll turn your best furry friend’s frown upside down!

There’s no getting around it – surgery for our pets is always a little scary, even when the procedure is as simple as a spay or neuter. It’s impossible not to worry about whether or not your best friend is ready and healthy enough for surgery, and, of course, there’s anesthesia and recovery time to consider.

At Aqueduct Animal Hospital, we’ve made our surgery-suite a worry-free zone. How have we done that? By taking care to keep pet parents informed – and pet patients comfortable and safe – every step of the way, and by offering state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. Our surgery recovery room even faces the south, so your best friends wake up to sunshine.

Our hospital provides a full range of surgical services ranging from standard spaying and neutering to more advanced procedures.

Patient safety and comfort is our main priority. Our experienced veterinary anesthesiologists provide skilled pain management during and after all surgical procedures, ensuring your pet recovers quickly and with minimum discomfort. We utilize the safest available anesthetics to provide an extra margin of safety, especially for our older or high-risk patients. Using the most modern equipment, the patient’s vital signs are monitored during all anesthetic procedures.

If you are considering veterinary surgery for your pet, please contact us at 518-346-3467 to schedule a consultation.

Radiology, including X-rays and ultrasound, is one of the most common and useful diagnostic tools in medicine. At Aqueduct Animal Hospital, we use X-rays and ultrasound to examine your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity, and other areas and for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions. 

If we suspect your pet has a fractured bone, has swallowed a foreign object, or is suffering from a heart problem, an X-ray can tell us what we need to know.

Advanced diagnostic capabilities are an extremely important part of veterinary medicine, in part because we can't simply ask our patients what is wrong. An investment in X-ray technology reflects a commitment to offering you and your pet the best, most comprehensive healthcare available.

You know the saying “every cat has nine lives,” but kitties are experts at hiding illness. Annual wellness checks are essential for detecting possible health conditions and making sure your cat companion is happy and healthy from youth to those precious golden years.

At every wellness appointment, your vet will conduct a head-to-tail exam, including a dental check, and will likely recommend routine bloodwork to check for issues like anemia, liver disease, hypothyroidism, and kidney problems.

This is also the purrfect opportunity to discuss any nutritional and/or behavioral changes you’re seeing in your cat and to take care of any necessary deworming treatments. You’ll likewise want to stock up on flea, tick, and heartworm prevention.

If it’s been more than a year since your favorite feline’s last checkup, give us a call 518-346-3467 today!

Preventative or general wellness care means a proactive approach to medicine. Ideally, problems are caught before they become more serious – and more expensive – and it frees you and your pet to spend your time doing what you really want to do: enjoy each other’s company and unconditional love.

At Aqueduct Animal Hospital, we cherish the opportunity we have to nourish and care for pets over the course of a lifetime. We pamper our puppy patients, adore our adults, and celebrate our seniors. And because we understand that needs change with age, we tailor our treatment plans to best meet your pets where they are on their journey.

Annual wellness checkups are a crucial part of preventative care. Our nose-to-tail exams give us a good picture of your dog’s overall health and alert us to any changes that might have occurred since their last visit.

We recommend a physical exam at least once per year for adult pets and then every six months for senior pets. If you’ve recently adopted or purchased a pet, then we advise you that you book an appointment for their first examination within the first few weeks of ownership. Younger animals are very vulnerable to illness, and this will allow us to make sure they have the vaccinations they need, reassure you of their health, and give us a starting point for their medical records.

If it’s been a while since your dog’s last physical exam, give us a call at (518) 346-3467 today!

One of the worst feelings to experience as a pet parent is the realization that your pet has gone missing. Considering that only 17% of lost dogs and 2% of lost cats make it back to their owners, the fear you may never see your friend again is a very real possibility.

Microchipping your pet will make it much more likely your cat or dog will be returned to you! Unlike collars and tags, microchips cannot fall off and get lost. They serve as permanent identification for a pet’s entire life.

The process is extremely affordable and simple: a veterinary technician injects the tiny chip between your pet’s shoulder blades. Inserting the chip is virtually painless, and many microchip manufacturers include reunification services as part of their service.

Give yourself peace of mind and your pet a ticket home—schedule an appointment for microchipping today by calling 518-346-3467.

Early detection is key when it comes to treating your pet, and our state-of-the-art facility is equipped with comprehensive in-house diagnostics, including an on-site laboratory. This obviously saves time and money. More importantly, we’re able to diagnose your pet quickly and accurately, providing you with priceless peace of mind.

We’re able to perform various blood tests, pre-anesthetic bloodwork, and other types of testing on-site instead of sending samples to an outside lab, and the result is, again, a more efficient approach to treatment.

Testing provided in the hospital includes:

  • Complete Blood Counts (CBC)
  • Blood Chemistry Panels (assessing organ health)
  • Electrolyte Panels (essential for critical care)
  • Heartworm/Lyme/Anaplasma/Ehrlichia/Feline Leukemia/Giardia testing
  • Urinalysis (Urine testing for disease or infections)
  • Fecal parasite screening 

While we offer an extensive range of on-site testing, it is possible your pet may need laboratory work beyond our scope. For those cases, we send blood work or another testing to an outside lab that will send results back to us.

We’re proud to employ advanced laboratory testing for the benefit of our pet patients. If you have questions about how we can put such technologies to work for your best friend, give us a call at 518-346-3467. We’re here to help!

Vaccinating your pet is a relatively inexpensive but essential way to protect his or her health. In addition to protecting your pet from a wide array of life-threatening illnesses, vaccinations can prevent diseases prevalent in wildlife and those that can be passed to humans. It's particularly important to administer vaccinations when pets are puppies and kittens because their young immune systems are still developing and need protection to stay healthy. 

While any medical treatment involves some degree of risk, in the case of vaccinations, the benefits far outweigh any potential side effects. Adverse reactions are rare and usually mild and short-term when they do occur.

Which vaccines should your pet have? Core vaccines are those recommended—and possibly mandated by law—for most pets. Core vaccines include:

  • Rabies (dogs and cats)
  • DA2PPV - Distemper, Hepatitis, Adenovirus 2, Parvo, and Parainfluenza (dogs)
  • FVRCP - Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia (cats)

Other non-core, but highly suggested vaccinations for cats include FIV for feline immunodeficiency virus and FeLV to protect against feline leukemia. For dogs, Bordetella and canine influenza shots are recommended if they frequent dog parks, boarding kennels, or any place where they’re socializing with other canines.

It’s also important to note that even pets who live primarily indoors should be vaccinated, as they can still be exposed to disease. Your Aqueduct Animal Hospital veterinarian can advise you on which vaccinations are required or recommended for your pet based on age, health, and lifestyle. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at 518-346-3467.

Snakes, lizards, rats, gerbils, hamsters—bring us your reptiles and pocket pets!

Aqueduct Animal Hospital welcomes small mammals and reptiles. Our veterinarians can advise you about proper care, feeding, and maintenance of your pet, as well as treat illnesses and conditions specific to their species.

Our doctors see a wide variety of pets including:

  • Birds
  • Snakes
  • Turtles/Tortoises
  • Frogs/Toads
  • Lizards
  • Iguanas
  • Geckos
  • Chameleons
  • Bearded Dragons
  • Ferrets
  • Rabbits
  • Gerbils/Hamsters
  • Mice/Rats
  • Sugar Gliders
  • Hedgehogs
  • Chinchillas

Many of these pets require a very particular environment to thrive, and it’s important you have a veterinarian experienced in their care to help. Please note, we do not see the following: monkeys, wildlife (unless raptor), baby songbirds, and fish. We see a wide variety of pets, so if your companion is something smaller—or a little more exotic—than a cat or dog, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 518-346-3467

Your pet eats something he shouldn’t…is suddenly sick…or traumatically injured. Health problems, injuries and illness can happen quickly and many need immediate attention. Don’t wait! When your pet urgently needs to see a veterinarian, Aqueduct Animal Hospital offers urgent care services.

Aqueduct Animal Hospital has a veterinarian and staff on duty six days a week who are trained and equipped to handle urgent care visits — this means that the condition is not life-threatening but still can’t wait for an appointment. If you ever feel your pet needs urgent care, don’t hesitate to call or come in immediately. Our number is (518) 346-3467.

While we understand you may not always be able to call in advance, if you are able to do so it will help our staff be prepared for your pet's arrival so the animal gets needed medical care that much quicker.

If you think your pet has eaten something poisonous:

Call us, or if after hours, contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435. Trained toxicologists will consider the age and health of your pet, what was ingested, and then make a recommendation about what action should be taken.

We understand that a pet is part of the family. Our goal is to provide each one with a long, healthy and happy life. The day your pet enters our hospital it becomes part of our family too. From new puppies and kittens to graying seniors, we are there every step of the way with a comprehensive suite of veterinary services and the experienced, compassionate care your pets deserve.

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