East Islip Animal Hospital

Senior Pet Proof Your Home in 5 Easy Steps

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As your furry companion enters his golden years, you'll want to make sure that he's as comfortable as possible and that he can easily get around the house. Creaky joints, as well as vision and hearing loss, can make going up and down stairs and traveling from room to room a challenge for your senior pet. Here are 5 simple ways to make your senior pet's life a little easier.


5 Ways to Make Your Home Comfortable for Senior Pets



Upgrade Her Bedding

To help your cat or dog feel more comfortable in her old age, add some extra cushioning to her bed. Dr. Patty Khuly recommends bedding made from egg-crate foam. Although they're more expensive, waterbeds are another great option for soothing your pet's achy joints — just be sure to keep his nails trimmed so he doesn't poke a hole in the mattress.


Clean Up Cluttered Floors

If your senior pet is starting to go blind, make his life a little easier by cleaning up any clutter on the floor. Also, make sure he has a clear path to his food and water dishes, and that toys are consistently stored in the same place.


Invest in Nonslip Rugs

Walking on slippery hardwood floors might not be so easy for your aging four-legged companion. Help him out by putting down carpeting and nonslip rugs so he has more traction as he walks around the house. 


Play Brain Games

Just because your pet is getting older doesn't mean she wants to spend her days doing nothing. Keep her mind spry and active by playing with her every day. Batting at feather toys and pouncing on a catnip mouse will keep your feline feeling young at heart. A daily walk will help your pup stay in shape — both physically and mentally. Food puzzles are another excellent way to keep your pet's mind and body active. The interactive game requires your animal to eat slower and use her brain.


Teach Him to Use a Ramp or Stairs

If you share your bed with your aging animal, try installing a ramp or stairs so climbing up to snuggle with you isn't so difficult on his legs. Older dogs can also benefit from learning to use a ramp or stairs to get into the car when you go on trips or visit the vet.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

East Islip Animal Hospital is open Monday through Thursday 8AM—8PM; Friday 8AM—6PM, and on Saturday 8AM—3PM (we are closed on Sunday). If your pet has a medical emergency during our hospital’s hours, please telephone us immediately at 631-277-2266. Our experienced team of veterinarians, technicians and assistants are here to help you and your pet.

Our address is:

East Islip Animal Hospital
700 Main Street
Islip, NY 11751

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If your pet is experiencing a medical crisis when our hospital is closed, you may take your pet to either of following 24/7/365 veterinary emergency hospitals in our vicinity:

Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island
75 Sunrise Highway
West Islip, NY 11795
Open 24/7/365

Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center of Westbury
609-5 Cantiague Rock Road
Westbury NY 11590 
Open 24/7/365