Countryside Veterinary Hospital and Kennel in Dryden, NY, has provided a wide range of veterinary services for over 47 years. Finding quality veterinary care is essential to ensuring your pet lives a full and happy life, which is why our team is committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive care for your pet. We specialize in providing quality preventative, dental and medical care for dogs, cats, birds, small mammals and many other pets throughout Tompkins and Cortland counties, including: Cortland, Dryden, Freeville, Groton, Homer, Ithaca, Lansing, Little York, Locke, Marathon, McGraw, McLean, Moravia, Preble, Scott, Solon, Truxton, Virgil, and the surrounding areas.
Vaccination and Wellness Care
Animals are very stoic creatures and often hide illness until it has advanced. We strive to prevent illness when possible. Educating pet owners on preventative care to catch illnesses before symptoms begin to manifest has rewards for both pet and owner in longevity and quality of life of your loved one. Preventative wellness services we provide are:
- Routine Physical Examinations
- Vaccination Program tailored to your pet’s risk factors
- Intestinal Parasite Examination and Prevention
- Heartworm Testing and Prevention
- Tick-Borne Disease Testing (Lyme/Anaplasma/Ehrlichia) and Flea and Tick Prevention
- Blood Analysis
- Spay and Neutering
It is important to have a physical examination performed by a veterinarian at least once per year for prevention and early detection of diseases. Your pet will receive a thorough physical examination by our licensed veterinarian during your visit. As pets age, their requirements for daily health change. Our veterinarian will discuss your pet’s unique health concerns and preventative measures that could improve your pet’s health and comfort. We recommend older pets have semi-annual examinations as things can change rapidly in senior animals. Call Countryside today for an appointment at 607-844-9188.
Second Opinion Examination
When ailments do not resolve or you received a troubling diagnosis, getting a second opinion can be helpful. Our veterinarian will perform a physical examination and thoroughly investigate the previous diagnostics performed. New or different tests may be necessary. We will work with you to answer all of your questions. Call Countryside today at 607-844-9188 if you would like a second opinion examination.
Emergency care is provided during normal business hours. If a serious medical need arises after hours, we recommend calling Cornell’s at 607-253-3060.
Dr. Wagner performs a wide variety of soft tissue surgery, including, but not limited to:
- Spay and Neuter
- Lump Removals
- Eyelid Surgery
- Cherry Eye Surgery
- Exploratory Laparotomy
- Stomach and Intestinal Surgery
- Bladder Surgery and Stone Removal
- Tail Docking
- Dew Toe Removal
- Umbilical Hernia Repair
- Cesarean Sections
All our patients are constantly monitored during anesthesia via heart rate, respiration, blood pressure, EKG, pulse oximetry, and body temperature. We use isofluorane gas anesthesia. Your pet will receive pain medication before and after surgery and antibiotics if warranted.
Sometimes pet’s must be hospitalized. Our staff strives to keep your pet as comfortable as possible during their hospitalization. We have a separate ward dedicated only for sick patients so they will not be disturbed by boarded animals. Our staff is on site monitoring your pet during normal business hours. Occasionally, pets need to be transferred to a 24-hour hospital. We will provide you with options if needed.
Euthanasia and Cremation Services
We know how important your pet’s role is in your life. If you are unsure if it is time to let your loved one go, call our office for an appointment to discuss your pet’s quality of life with Dr. Wagner. Making the decision for euthanasia is never easy. Whether you want to be present for the euthanasia or not, our staff will support you in your decision and be here to help in any way. Countryside provides the option of cremating your pet with ashes returned if desired. If you are considering euthanasia or want to discuss options for cremation, call our office at 607-844-9188.
Countryside Veterinary Hospital provides a wide range of laboratory services to aide in the diagnosis and prevention of certain diseases. Some of the laboratory services we provide include:
- Complete Blood Count (CBC), Serum Chemistry, and Electrolytes
- Thyroid Levels
- Heartworm Test
- Tick-Borne Disease Test (Lyme/Anaplasma/Ehrlichia)
- Urine Culture
- Urinary Stone Analysis
- Intestinal Parasite Examination
- Skin Scrape
- Skin Cytology
- Ear Cytology
- Ear Culture
- Feline Leukemia/Feline AIDS Test
- Lump Aspirate Cytology and Biopsy
- Vaccine Titer Level Analysis
- Clotting Factors
Radiology and Ultrasound
Countryside Veterinary Hospital utilize x-rays for our veterinarian to visualize your pet’s heart, lungs, gastrointestinal, urinary, reproductive, and muscular-skeletal structures. We have the capability to ultrasound your pet to view the architecture of the internal abdominal structures. The use of ultrasound allows our veterinarian to assess blood flow and subtle changes that may not be evident in blood work or an x-ray.
Routine dental care is important in your pet’s health and comfort. Plaque, which is an accumulation of bacteria, builds up on teeth daily. Brushing your pet’s teeth daily is vital in their oral health. If brushing is not an option, having a licensed veterinarian clean your pet’s teeth is essential. For proper cleaning of the teeth and for the safety of your pet, animals must be under anesthesia to scrape off the plaque that has accumulated. Waiting until there is severe tarter build up and gingivitis is sub-optimal as many of those pets will require teeth to be extracted. Our goal is to keep as many healthy teeth as possible. Schedule an appointment today at 607-844-9188 to discuss your pet’s oral health.
Cancer Consultation and Chemotherapy
We understand the devastation of hearing the news of cancer in your beloved pet. There are often a lot of questions about the progression of the disease and keeping your pet comfortable. Call Countryside today at 607-844-9188 to discuss your pet’s cancer options.
Diabetes doesn’t have to be a scary word. However, many pet owners have questions and concerns when their pet is diagnosed with diabetes, including: When to feed? What to feed? How much to feed? What about treats? Do I have to give shots? How often do I have to get blood work? Etc. Our staff will go over every question you have about managing your pet’s diabetes and how to keep him/her healthy. If your pet has recently been diagnosed with diabetes, give Countryside a call at 607-844-9188 to start a consultation to bring your pet back to a healthy lifestyle!
Does your pet:
- Take a while to get up from laying down?
- Does he do purposeful stretching?
- Has he started to struggle going up or down stairs?
- Does he not jump the same as the past?
These are all signs of pain in aging pets. Make a consultation appointment with Dr. Wagner to discuss your pet’s symptoms and formulate a treatment plan together. Let us help your pet live a pain-free life. Call today 607-844-9188.
Allergy Consultation and Treatment
Pet allergies can be very frustrating to treat. Distinguishing between food, contact, or inhalation (seasonal) allergies is the first step in developing a treatment protocol. Call Countryside Veterinary Hospital today at 607-844-9188 to begin an allergy consultation and treatment plan for your pet.
Many pet ailments can stem from having poor nutrition. Different life stages require different levels of protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Certain disease states require specific ingredients, supplements, or pH balance. If you are concerned about your pet’s nutrition, call for an appointment today at 607-844-9188.
Our veterinarian will talk to you about the problems you are seeing at home to determine if there is an illness or behavioral problem. Some behavioral problems we will discuss, include:
- Separation Anxiety
- House Soiling
- Obsessive Disorders
- Food Aggression
- Territorial Aggression
We will work with you to determine the best treatment plan for your pet.
Preventing internal and external parasites is important for your pet’s health. Almost all pets have parasites when they are born. Some of these parasites are zoonotic, meaning they can be transferred from pet to humans causing skin lesions, permanent vision loss, and diarrhea. Intestinal parasite examinations are necessary at least once yearly, but also if your pet has vomiting or diarrhea. Does your dog or cat hunt and kill prey? Eat other animal’s feces? Then they are at risk for intestinal parasites.
Fleas and ticks are prominent in Central New York. There has been an increase in Lyme and Anaplasma disease-positive animals in this region. Your pet should be checked annually for tick-borne diseases. There are many options for flea and tick control. Set up an appointment with our veterinarian to go over the best options for your pet’s lifestyle.
Heartworms are a parasite in the blood stream spread by mosquitoes. Heartworm disease has had a six-fold increase since Hurricane Katrina displaced animals into shelters up North. Your pet should have a blood test yearly and started on a monthly preventative program.
If you have concerns about your pet and parasites, call Countryside Veterinary Hospital at 607-844-9188 for an appointment.
In House Pharmacy and Prescription Foods
Countryside Veterinary Hospital takes pride in maintaining a complete pharmacy of pharmaceuticals, flea/tick and heartworm products, shampoos, vitamins and supplements. We carry most medication your pet should need. If we do not have it in stock, we can special order it for you. We also carry a variety of prescription foods by Hills, Royal Canin, and Purina.
Microchips have re-united thousands of pets with their owners. We offer Home Again microchip products to aide in your pet’s recovery if lost. Make an appointment at 607-844-9188 and get your pet’s microchip placed today!
Pets are required to have a health certificate when traveling across state lines or leaving the country. Dr. Wagner is an Accredited Veterinarian by the USDA to issue health certificates to cats and dogs traveling. Call Countryside today at 607-844-9188 to begin a consultation on traveling with your pet.