At Killewald Small Animal Hospital, we are known for serving our patients and clients with compassion, empathy and integrity. We are always looking for dedicated and enthusiastic individuals who are eager to help us continue providing the best care and service to our patients and clients.

If you believe your values match those of our practice and you would like to be part of an outstanding team, we would like to hear from you. For inquiries regarding employment at Killewald Small Animal Hospital, please contact:

Robyn Berghash
Hospital Manager
rberghash@vetcor.com

We are located on the corner of Niagara Falls Blvd. & Robinson Rd., next to Pizza Hut.

 

New Patients Always Welcome!

 

• Physical Examinations
• Vaccinations
• Senior Pet Care
• Surgery
• Injury Care
• Laboratory
• Radiology
• Dentistry
• Minimum Risk Anesthesia

Products

• Pharmacy
• Flea, Tick, & Heartworm Preventatives
• Prescription & Maintenance Diets

Hospital Features

• Ample Parking
• Well Equipped Facility
• Convenient Hours
• Reasonable Fees
• Friendly & Experienced Staff

 

Prolong Your Dog's Life

Killewald Small Animal Hospital provides a full range of canine preventive care services to help your dog live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.

Dog Exam - Amherst, NYOur veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). We then customize our recommendations based on your dog's hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.

Annual preventive care for dogs typically includes:

  • At least one annual Physical Examination at which time our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions.

    During the exam our doctors will perform a:
    • Ear and Eye Examination
    • Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) analysis
    • Temperature Reading
    • Abdominal Palpation
    • Dental Exam
    • Dermatological Exam
    • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Vaccines based on your dog's lifestyle and/or breed. Core Vaccines include Rabies and Distemper/Parvo. Our veterinarians may also recommended additional vaccines such as Leptospirosis and Bordetella (Kennel Cough).

  • Parasite Control Products to control parasites such as heartworms, intestinal parasites (such as round worms), fleas and ticks. Controlling these parasites helps protect your dog and your family members from easily transmitted parasites.

  • Diagnostic Testing to confirm the absence of heartworms or other internal parasites and early disease screening tests to help identify any internal issues which cannot be detected during a thorough physical exam.

  • Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as dental care or microchipping that will benefit your dog's overall health and wellbeing and advise you on any questions you might have regarding your dog's health.

Prolong Your Cat's Life

Killewald Small Animal Hospital provides a full range of feline preventive care services to help your cat live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.

Our veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association and take into consideration your cat’s hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.

Annual preventive care for cats typically includes:

  • Cat Achillies on Weight ScaleAt least one annual Physical Examination at which time our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions.

    During the exam our doctors will perform a:
    • Ear and Eye Examination
    • Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) analysis
    • Temperature Reading
    • Abdominal Palpation
    • Dental Exam
    • Dermatological Exam
    • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Vaccination recommendations include core vaccines Rabies and Feline Distemper. Your veterinarian may also suggest the Feline Leukemia vaccine for outdoor cats.

  • Parasite Control Products to prevent and repel heartworms, intestinal parasites, fleas and ticks. Round worms can be transmitted to humans, so controlling these parasites protects your cat and also your family.

  • Diagnostic Testing to check for Feline Leukemia and/or Feline AIDS (FeLV/FIV), heartworms or other internal parasites and early stages of diseases which cannot be detected during a physical exam.

  • Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as dental care or microchipping, that can lead to a longer and healthier life for your cat.

Give Your Puppy or Kitten the Right Start in Life

At Killewald Small Animal Hospital, each pet’s first year of care is customized based on its specific needs to help your puppy or kitten get the right start in life. Just like human children, puppies and kittens require additional physical exams and vaccine boosters to ensure that they get the very best start in life.

Below are our recommendations, in addition to ones noted above, for your puppy's or kitten’s first year.

  • Physical Exams: Your puppy's or kitten’s lifetime of wellness starts with its first comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens should have 3-4 exams between the ages of 8-16 weeks. These visits are important because they give our veterinarians an opportunity to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines.

  • Vaccinations: Due to their immature immune systems puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines. Since every puppy and kitten is unique, we tailor our vaccination recommendations based on their lifestyle and/or breed and according to the suggested guidelines.

  • Diagnostic Testing: We recommend that puppies are tested for Heartworm at 6 months of age if not done previously and that kittens are tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS at their first visit if not done previously.

  • Additional Recommendations: Your veterinarian will also discuss and recommend other services, such as spaying, neutering or microchipping that can lead to a longer and healthier life for your dog or cat.

 

Spayed and Neutered Pets live a healthier and longer life!

At Killewald Small Animal Hospital we believe in the importance of spaying/neutering puppies and kittens to provide them with a long and healthy life.

Spaying or neutering your dog or cat will reduce common problems such as:

  • A pyometra, or uterine infection, is a potentially life-threatening condition which can cost thousands of dollars to treat. Occurrence is 100% preventable if your pet is spayed.

  • Over one half of all mammary tumors are malignant and can spread to other areas of the body. Early spaying, prior to your pet beginning its heat cycles, significantly reduces the incidence of tumor formation.

  • There are more puppies and kittens overpopulating shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized.

  • Testicular cancer can be eliminated and prostatitis, an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate, can be greatly reduced with early neutering.

  • Unwanted behavioral problems such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with early spaying/neutering.

Killewald Small Animal Hospital accepts Friends of Animals (FOA) discounted spay and neuter certificates. For more information, visit the Friends of Animals website or give us a call at 716-694-9191.

At Killewald Small Animal Hospital, we focus on keeping your pet happy and healthy. Unfortunately, some pets occasionally experience illnesses or injuries that require a veterinarian's care and attention.

Veterinary Technician Morgan prepares to take a closer look at a pet's lab sample.Killewald Small Animal Hospital offers high-quality diagnostic and medical treatments for sick and injured cats and dogs. We provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere to diagnose and treat your pet.

A successful recuperation is our goal and our experienced and caring team of veterinarians is supported by our on-site laboratory and the following advanced diagnostics:

We perform the following in-house tests:

  • Biopsy
  • Complete Blood Count (CBC) and Chemistry Panel
  • Ear & Skin Cytology
  • Fecal Testing (for intestinal parasites)
  • Heartworm Testing
  • Urinalysis

If your dog or cat is experiencing an illness including, but not limited to, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash, loss of appetite or lower energy level, our team and facility are here to diagnose and treat your pet. We are also equipped to help your pet recover if it has sustained an injury such as a bite wound, lameness or trauma from an accident (including if your pet is hit by a car).

We see emergencies during our normal hospital hours. If your pet has an after-hours emergency or if we determine that your pet requires overnight nursing care or a level of specialty we cannot provide here, we will co-ordinate your pet's referral to the appropriate critical care or specialty hospital.

Digital Pet X-rays at Killewald Small Animal HospitalsKillewald Small Animal Hospital offers both dental and full body digital x-rays to better diagnose and treat sick or injured pets.

Digital radiography provides x-ray images without the use of conventional film. This allows for the highest-quality images, while providing the lowest possible exposure of radiation to your pet.

Digital images can be computer enhanced to increase detail allowing our veterinarians to see fine detail and subtle changes.

Benefits of Digital X-ray over Traditional Film

  • Images are obtained much more quickly and with greater accuracy.
  • Fewer retakes are required, resulting in less radiation exposure for both the patient as well as the staff.
  • Images can be easily and quickly sent to other veterinarians, including board-certified veterinary radiologists, allowing us to get results in a matter of hours rather than days.
  • Records can be stored electronically and are protected from damage or loss.
  • The chemical processing step required to develop traditional film x-rays is eliminated, creating a huge reduction in chemical usage and hazardous waste.
  • Digital x-ray allows us to provide superior care to our patients and supports our goal of progressive, high-quality medicine.

Digital Dental X-rays Help Us Assess Your Pet's Oral Health

Digital Pet Dental X-rayAt Killewald Small Animal Hospital, we always provide a comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment plan for pets when their teeth are cleaned. Digital dental x-rays with periodontal probing helps with our assessments. In fact, two thirds of our pets' teeth are under the gingiva (gums) and are not visible.

Digital dental radiographs allow assessment of:

  • the teeth (fractures or internal disease)
  • the surrounding soft tissues (periodontal disease, stomatitis, cysts, draining tracks, facial swellings, fistulas or tumors)
  • the joints (TMJ or mandibular symphysis) and the bone (jaw fractures)

Digital x-rays can also reveal subgingival (under the gums) foreign objects, cysts and tumors.

X-rays allow us to find problems that need attention. Studies have shown that without dental x-rays, significant problems are missed in up to 75% of pets.

We always diagnose first before creating a treatment plan for each patient. Digital dental x-rays will help us do that by replacing a guess with a diagnosis, and allowing for the correct treatment to be optimally performed.

Killewald Small Animal Hospital provides surgical services for dogs and cats. We offer a clean and well-equipped facility and experienced team to provide your pet with high-quality surgical care in a stress-free and relaxing environment.

Our team of veterinarians and technicians is experienced with a range of surgeries. All of our procedures include a thorough pre-surgical physical examination by a veterinarian, surgical monitoring, and lots of care and attention throughout the day.

In addition to spaying and neutering, we also offer the following surgeries:

Soft Tissue Surgery

  • Laceration Repair
  • Mass / Tumor Removal
  • And other general surgeries as needed

Dental Surgery

  • Tooth Extractions

Why we are the best choice for your pet's surgical needs

Many pet owners are curious about what is involved when their pet is placed under anesthesia. At Killewald Small Animal Hospital, your pet's safety and comfort are our top priority so you can be sure that your pet will receive only the best and safest anesthetic and surgical care.

Our procedures include the following:

  • Pre-Anesthetic Blood Work—ensures your pet is healthy enough to undergo a surgical procedure and that its internal organs can safely process the anesthesia.

  • Safe Anesthesia—a very safe anesthetic gas which is also used in human pediatric medicine.

  • Experienced Monitoring Support—our trained technicians use state-of-the-art anesthetic monitors to continuously monitor your pet's pulse rate, oxygen levels and blood pressure.

  • IV Catheter Placement—fluids are given during surgery to maintain blood pressure and to help your pet recover quickly from the anesthesia.

  • Pain Medication—is administered prior to and after surgery to ensure your pet's comfort.

Our veterinarians provide dental services including routine cleaning and polishing (dental prophylaxis), digital dental x-rays, and surgical extractions to manage and treat severe oral disease conditions.

Canine Oral HealthKillewald Small Animal Hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art oral surgical equipment and the latest technology to provide your pet with a safe dental procedure.

Pet Dental Care

Routine and preventive dental care is vital to your pet's long term health. Pets with poor oral hygiene can develop periodontal disease, which can often lead to heart, lung, and kidney disease.

Killewald Small Animal Hospital offers a full range of dental services for cats and dogs including dental examinations, dental extractions, and oral surgery as well as home care instructions for keeping your pet's teeth clean and healthy.

Routine Pet Dental Examinations

Our veterinarians perform basic oral exams on all our patients during their comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens will be examined to detect any problems related to the deciduous (baby) teeth, missing or extra teeth, swellings, and oral development. Senior pets will be evaluated for developmental anomalies, the accumulation of plaque and tartar, periodontal disease, and oral tumors.

Good Oral Hygiene for Pets

Dental Care Tips for Dogs and Cats

  • Schedule a dental oral exam for your dog or cat every year.
  • Schedule regular dental cleanings as recommended by your veterinarian.
  • Brush your pet's teeth daily, or give your pet a dental hygiene chew every other day.
  • Serve dog or cat food and treats that control tarter and plaque and promote good dental health.

Pet laser therapyKillewald Small Animal Hospital offers the latest technology in health care for your pet — therapeutic laser therapy. Our therapy laser provides a deep-penetrating light that allows relief of pain by releasing endorphins and stimulation cells to heal faster. Your pet will relax and enjoy the pain-free treatments.

What Is Veterinary Laser Therapy?

Laser therapy is a surgery-free, drug-free, non-invasive treatment to relieve pain. It accelerates the body's natural healing process. Laser therapy is effective in treating chronic conditions, acute conditions, and post-surgical pain and inflammation in pets. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds or simply aging, laser therapy has been shown to provide relief and speed healing.

What Conditions Can Veterinary Laser Therapy Treat?

Feline conditions that pet laser therapy treats.   Canine conditions that pet laser therapy treats.  
       
Chronic and acute conditions that respond to laser therapy treatments include:
  • Arthritis
  • Allergies
  • Burns
  • Cystitis
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Feline Acne
  • Fractures
  • Gingivitis
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hot Spots
  • Infections
  • Inflammation
  • Lacerations
  • Otitis (ear infections)
  • Post-surgical healing/pain relief
  • Skin conditions
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Tooth extraction pain relief
  • Wound healing

If you think that your pet would benefit from laser therapy call us at (716) 694-9191 to schedule a consultation to find out how laser therapy can help your dog or cat.

What is Cryotherapy?

Many pet owners worry about the various warts, skin tags or other masses on their pets. Now, thanks to technology, veterinarians are able to quickly, effectively and economically remove these skin growths with the help of cryotherapy.

Cryotherapy involves using an extremely low-temperature gas to freeze skin masses, killing them without the need for anesthetic. This is a well-proven method for a variety of skin problems and the new CryoProbe device makes it even easier for your veterinarian and your pet.

Side effects are limited, and there is little to no discomfort. The side effects that can be seen are hair loss at the treated area and sometimes change in the pigmentation of the skin.

For more info, or to schedule a consultation for your pet, please call us at (716) 694-9191.

Killewald Small Animal Hospital offers microchip identification for pets. We use Avid Microchips and PETtrac Pet Recovery Service. You can rest easy knowing your pet is protected – whether you are at home or you take them out of town.

Pet Microchip and Grain of RiceWhat is microchipping?

A microchip is a tiny electronic device, about the size and shape of a grain of rice. It is implanted beneath your 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.

How does microchip identification work?

Each microchip has a unique number. This number, along with information about the owner and pet, are added to a national 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.

Please call us at 716-694-9191 to make an appointment.

Did you know that getting lost is the No. 1 cause of death for pets?

One in three pets goes missing during its lifetime and without identification, 90 percent of pets never return home. Microchip implantation causes no more discomfort than a vaccination and is a simple one-time insertion with a syringe.

Almost all humane organizations have scanners that read microchip IDs. Microchips help recover thousands of lost pets each month.

 

Our Pet StoreKillewald Small Animal Hospital offers an array of both prescription and over the counter products to keep your pet happy and healthy. Our in-house pharmacy is stocked with prescription medications to provide preventive care, treat illnesses and ensure that your pet’s medication is always available.

Other products available include:

  • Flea, Tick & Heartworm Preventatives
  • All-Natural, Gourmet Dog TreatsPrescription Diet Pet Foods (Royal Canin pet foods and treats)
  • CET treats for cats
  • CET veggie chews for dogs
  • CET toothpaste and toothbrush kits
  • Dentahex rawhide bones for dogs
  • Oravet dental chews for dogs
  • Pet Odor Eliminator Candles
  • Tailbangers all-natural dog treats

We see emergencies during our normal hospital hours. Please call us at 716-694-9191 for immediate assistance. If your pet has an after-hours emergency or if we determine that your pet requires overnight nursing care or a level of specialty we cannot provide here, we will co-ordinate your pet’s referral to the appropriate critical care or specialty hospital.Pet Emergency Calls

 We refer after-hours emergencies to:

Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center
Open 24 Hours for Emergencies
3930 North Buffalo Road, Orchard Park, NY 14127
(P) 716-662-6660

Greater Buffalo Veterinary Emergency Clinic
Open 24 Hours / 7 Days a Week
4821 Genesee Street, Cheektowaga, NY 14225
(P) 716-780-4533

Northtowns Veterinary Emergency Services
Open 24 Hours / 365 Days a Year
2060 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda, NY 14150
(P) 716-213-0283

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New Clients

Thank you for choosing Killewald Small Animal Hospital to care for your pet. Downloading and filling out the New Client Form prior to your first appointment will greatly assist us in adding you and your pet to our system. Please feel free to fax it to us at (716) 694-4804 or to bring it with you to your pet's first appointment. We will be happy to contact your previous veterinarian to obtain any necessary information or documentation regarding your pet's medical history.

 

Annual veterinary care is crucial to keeping your pet happy and healthy. Click the icons below to learn more about what your veterinarian can do for your pet.

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Exams check overall health and detect problems before they become severe or costly.

 

Vaccines protect against common and fatal diseases based on your pet's age and lifestyle.

 
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Dental and oral care prevents bad breath and diseases that could become life-threatening.   Lab tests diagnose and prevent sickness or injury in safe and non-invasive ways.   Parasite prevention treats and protects against deadly heartworms, parasites, and flea/tick infestations.
         
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  Nutrition ensures your pet gets the balanced diet it needs and maintains a healthy weight.   Spaying and neutering protects pets from serious health and behavioral problems.  
 

Care Guides for Pet Owners

Your pet's health also depends on you. Click on the icons below to learn more about what pet owners can do at home to keep their pets living a long, healthy life.

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Home care is just as important as veterinary care in keeping your pet happy and healthy.

 

Care for all ages includes veterinary care and home care tips for your pet at every age.

 

Ages and stages is our chart to help you find out your pet's age in "human years."

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Bringing your pets to the veterinarian for a physical exam every year is the smartest and easiest way to keep them healthy. Exams allow your veterinarian to detect any problems before they become severe or costly.

Pet Exams for Dogs and CatsYour Veterinarian Will Check...

  • muscular and skeletal health by feeling for healthy muscle mass and joint pain.

  • neurologic system – it could indicate birth defects in younger pets, and cognitive issues in older pets.

  • appropriate weight and  lifestyle for your pet's age.

  • lymph nodes – swollen nodes can indicate a wound, virus, infection or some other illness.

  • vital signs (temperature, pulse and respiration) – an abnormal reading could indicate illness.

  • skin and coat condition for growths, infection wounds and overall skin health.
     
 

Bring Your Pet to the Veterinarian Every Year for a Clean Bill of Health and Peace of Mind

Your pet can't tell us what's wrong. But routine physical exams can help your veterinarian detect any problems or diseases you might not have otherwise picked up on, including heart murmurs, tumors, enlarged organs, cataracts, ear infections, ear mites, dental and gum disease, skin issues and allergies.
 
     


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Vaccines protect against common diseases that your pets may become exposed to.

Did You Know?

Vaccines have about a 95% success rate for preventing infections and fatal diseases.

     
  Canine Vaccines

Rabies

The rabies vaccine is required by law and protects against the fatal illness. Rabies can be transmitted to other pets and people through the bite of an infected animal.

Distemper (DHPP)

This combination vaccine protects against viruses that cause life-threatening neurologic, respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.

Leptospirosis

This vaccine protects against a bacteria that can cause deadly kidney or liver disease. Leptospirosis is also transmissible to people.

Lyme

This vaccine helps prevent Lyme disease, which is easily transmitted through the bite of an infected tick.

 
 
     
  Feline Vaccines

Rabies

The rabies vaccine is required by law and protects against the fatal illness. Rabies can be transmitted to other pets and people through the bite of an infected animal.

Distemper (FVRCP)

This combination vaccine protects against viruses that cause life-threatening respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.
 
     

 

     
 

Vaccines are the key to a long and healthy life. Your veterinarian will suggest the best vaccines for your pet based on age, medical history and lifestyle.

 
     

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Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets. Without proper preventive or home care, plaque and tartar can build up, which may cause oral infections, bad breath, infected gum tissues (gingivitis) or even bone loss (periodontitis).

Did You Know?

It's not normal for your pet to have bad breath – it can be a sign of serious dental or gum issues.

Pet Dental & Oral Care

     
 

Sixty percent of dental disease is hidden below the gum line, and can only be found with x-rays. Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about screenings, cleanings and products available to help keep those pearly whites clean.

 
     


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Yearly lab tests are safe and non-invasive ways to diagnose and prevent sickness or injuries in pets that a physical exam cannot detect.

     
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Blood Screening

A blood screening checks for anemia, parasites, infections, organ function and sugar levels. It is important to get a blood test annually for your pet, to help your veterinarian establish a benchmark for normal values and easily see any changes that may point to problems.

Urinalysis

This test has the ability to screen for diabetes, urinary tract infections, bladder/kidney stones, as well as dehydration and early kidney disease.

Intestinal Parasite Check

Using a stool sample, your veterinarian can check to see if your pet has parasites. Many parasites can be passed on to humans, so it is important to complete this screening annually, especially if your pet has any symptoms including upset stomach, loss of appetite and weight loss.

 
     
 
 
     
 

Routine testing can add years to your pet's life. Your veterinarian will recommend lab tests appropriate for your pet based on age and lifestyle.

 
     
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Canine Tests

Your veterinarian may check for the presence of heartworms in your dog, as well as the three common tick-borne diseases – Lyme, Anaplasma, and Ehrlichia Canis.
 
     
 
 
     
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Feline Tests

A combination test checks for heartworm, Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). FeLV and FIV are serious diseases that weaken the immune system, making cats susceptible to a variety of infections and other diseases. FeLV is spread through casual contact, and FIV is transmitted primarily through bite wounds. They can also be transferred to cats by their mothers. Any new pets, or sick/stray cats entering a household, should be tested.

Blood Pressure Testing

Senior cats are routinely tested for high blood pressure. It may occur as a secondary disease to another illness and is commonly seen in older cats. But it can affect a cat at any age and cause damage to the eyes, heart, brain and kidneys. A new heart murmur or alterations in your cat's eyes during a routine exam may prompt your veterinarian to take a blood pressure reading.

 
     

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Prevention is the best approach in protecting your pet against deadly heartworms, intestinal parasites, and flea and tick infestations. Your veterinarian will help you find the product that is right for your pet based on his or her needs.

     
 

EXTERNAL PARASITES
are assessed visually by your veterinarian.

 
     
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Fleas

Fleas thrive when the weather is warm and humid. All cats and dogs are susceptible to flea infestations. Beyond the skin irritation and discomfort, flea infestations can also cause deadly infections, flea-allergy dermatitis (OUCH!) and the transmission of tapeworm parasites if ingested.

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Ticks

Ticks can spread serious infectious diseases such as Lyme, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis and Babesiosis to pets and people. Pet owners should inspect their pets regularly for ticks, large and small, especially after being outside in a wooded or grassy area.

 
     
 
     
 

INTERNAL PARASITES
are assessed by blood tests and fecal exams.

 
     
 
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Intestinal Parasites

Roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm, whipworm, Coccidia, Giardia and Cryptosporidium are all common in cats and dogs. Many of these parasites can be transmitted to you and your family if your pet becomes infected.

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Heartworm

Mosquitoes can spread heartworm, a harmful disease that affects both dogs and cats. As its name implies, heartworm lives in the blood of a pet's heart and blood vessels. We recommend annual screenings for both dogs and cats, even if they are already on heartworm preventatives.

 
     
     
     
 

Life is better for your pet and family without parasites.
Let us help you choose your flea, tick, heartworm and
intestinal parasite preventatives today!

 
     


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Just like humans, an animal's diet directly affects its overall health and well-being. Allowing a pet to overeat, or to consume the wrong foods, may lead to a wide variety of ailments including obesity, diabetes and arthritis.

Did You Know?

Over 50% of dogs and cats in the United States are obese or overweight.

Proper Nutrition

Although we think of our pets as family members, they shouldn’t be allowed to eat like us. Maintaining a proper diet will help keep your pet at a healthy weight. Be sure not to overfeed, and that you are providing a diet tailored to your pet's breed, age, weight and medical history.

Common Foods To Avoid

Think twice about feeding your pet table scraps. Common foods such as chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions and garlic could be dangerous to an animal. Some non-food items like lily plants and antifreeze are also toxic to pets. Check with your veterinarian if your pet has ingested anything questionable.
Pet Nutrition

 

Growth Diet

Growing puppies and kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults. Ask your veterinarian which food is right for this stage of life. Cats switch to an adult diet right after being spayed or neutered, no matter what the age, to decrease the likelihood of obesity and related conditions.

Adult Diet

Selecting an adult dog or cat food that will keep your pet healthy and energetic starts with knowing your pet's lifestyle. Does your dog weigh just the right amount and go for long walks daily? Or is it a lap dog that loves nothing more than to snooze the day away? Talk to your veterinarian about these issues to help guide you in choosing the best food for your pet.

Senior Diet

Your senior dog or cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Many older pets can continue eating the food they always have – just a little less to compensate for not being as active. Check with your veterinarian which food and amount is best for your pet.

   
     
 

Every pet ages differently. Your veterinarian can help you determine the best diet for your pet's needs.

 
     


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Spaying or neutering can protect your pet from serious health and behavioral problems later in life. It also helps control the stray animal population.

Spaying or Neutering Reduces the Risk of...

Uterine Disease

Known as a pyometra, this is a potentially life-threatening condition which can be very expensive to treat. It is 100% preventable if your pet is spayed.

Mammary Tumors (Breast Cancer)

Over one-half of all mammary tumors are malignant and can spread to other areas of the body. Early spaying, prior to your pet beginning its heat cycles, significantly reduces the incidence of tumor formation.

Testicular Cancer

This cancer, as well as prostatitis (an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate), can be greatly reduced with early neutering.

 

Behavioral Problems

Unwanted behaviors such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with spaying or neutering.

Overpopulation

There are more puppies and kittens in shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized. Spaying or neutering can help reduce the number of animals in need of homes.Cat and Dog graphic

   
     
 

Spayed and neutered pets live healthier and longer lives! Consider the benefits to your pet and the community, and ask us when is the best time to spay or neuter your pet.

 
     


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Make your pet's well-being a priority. See your veterinarian regularly and follow these tips to keep your pet happy and healthy.

Nutrition

Your veterinarian will give you a recommendation for a high quality and nutritious diet for your pet, and advise you on how much and how often to feed him or her. Diets may vary by species, breed and age.

Identification

Microchipping is a safe and permanent identification option to ensure your pet's return should he or she get lost. Ask us about the process and get your pet protected.

Safety

Always keep your dog on a leash in public, and your cat indoors to protect them from common hazards such as cars and other animals.

Grooming

Frequent brushing keeps your pet's coat clean and reduces the occurrence of shedding, matting and hairballs. Depending on the breed, your pet may also need professional groomings.

Dental and Oral Health

Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about professional cleanings as well as dental treats and products available to help prevent bad breath, gingivitis, periodontitis and underlying disease. Although your pet's teeth may look healthy, significant disease could be hidden below the gum line.

 

Exercise

Be sure to spend at least 15 minutes a day playing with your cat to keep him or her active and at a healthy weight. All dogs need routine exercise to stay fit, but the requirements vary by breed and age. Ask us what's best for your dog. Doggy daycares and boarding facilities are other ways to help to burn off some energy and socialize your pets.

Training

Enroll your dog in training classes to improve his or her behavior with pets and people. Cats need minimal training. Be sure to provide them with a litter box beginning at four weeks of age.

Environmental Enrichment

Entertain your pet's natural instincts by using toys that encourage them to jump and run. Cats especially need to fulfill their instinct to hunt – provide interactive toys that mimic prey like a laser pointer or feathers on a wand. You can also hide treats in your pet's toys or around the house to decrease boredom while you're away.Pet Care at Home

     
 

Be Your Pet's Guardian Angel

Call us if your pet experiences vomiting, diarrhea, poor appetite, lethargy, trouble breathing, excessive drinking or urinating, wheezing or coughing, pale gums, discharge from nose, swollen eye or discharge, limping, and/or difficulty passing urine or stool as these may be signs of illness.

 
     


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Every animal is unique, and the start of each stage of life calls for different home and veterinary care. Check with your veterinarian to establish a proactive wellness plan to keep your pet happy and healthy throughout its life.

Annual Wellness

Puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines and physical exams. During these exams, your veterinarian may also recommend parasite preventatives or lab tests.

Adult pets will need to continue visiting the veterinarian annually for physical exams, recommended vaccines and routine testing.

Senior pets can develop similar problems seen in older people, including heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and arthritis. Your veterinarian may recommend biannual visits to ensure your pet's quality of life.

Spay/Neuter

Females spayed before their first heat cycle will be less likely to get uterine infections, ovarian cancer and breast cancer. Males neutered at any age will be less likely to get prostate disease. Spaying or neutering also helps prevent behavioral problems like marking and escaping. Talk to your veterinarian about spaying or neutering your pet.

Nutrition

Pets require different types of food to support each life stage. Growing puppies and kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults while adult dogs and cats need food that will keep them healthy and energetic. Your senior dog or cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Talk to your veterinarian to determine what's appropriate for your pet.

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Exercise

Adult dogs should stay active with daily walks and one-on-one training. Keep your adult cats fit by using toys that encourage them to run and jump, and be sure to give them at least 15 minutes of playtime a day.

Weight management of your senior dog or cat is extremely important to ensure they are at an ideal body weight and able to move around comfortably.

Training

Behavioral issues are a major cause of pet abandonment. Begin training your puppy or kitten right away to prevent bad habits and establish good ones.

Start house training your puppy as soon as you get home. Keep your puppy supplied with plenty of chew toys so he or she gets used to gnawing on those and not your belongings.

All cats need a litter box, which should be in a quiet, accessible room. Place your kitten in the box after a meal or whenever it appears he or she needs to go. Be sure to scoop out solids daily and empty it out completely once a week. The number of boxes in your household should be the total of number of cats plus one.

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Animals age at a faster rate than humans do, and your pet's health needs will evolve over time. Use this chart to figure out your pet's age in human years, and check with your veterinarian to establish a wellness plan specific to your young, adult or senior pet.

Pet Ages & Stages Chart

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The veterinary resources featured on this page provide useful information to pet owners on a variety of topics related to veterinary medicine and pet health care.

Animal Breed Associations

Feline Health Care

  • Thyro-Cat—Provides information about hyperthyroidism in cats.

Humane Societies, Associations and Non-Profit Organizations

Pet Grief Support

Pet Insurance

Pet Products

Veterinary Education

Shanna M. Decker, MPH, DVMDr. Shanna Decker joined the Killewald Small Animal Hospital team in September 2010. She assumed the role of Chief of Staff in July 2013. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she now calls Western New York her home. She completed her studies at the Ohio State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in 2005, Master of Public Health in 2008, and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. She continually strives to provide superior medical care to her clients and their cherished pets.

Dr. Decker is interested in preventive medicine, surgery, and fostering the human-animal bond. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, traveling, exploring small eateries in the area, and spending time with her family. Dr. Decker and her husband have two boys, two dogs, and three cats. The attraction to upstate New York came from years of family vacations in the Finger Lakes region and the abundance of outdoor activities the area has to offer.

Emily Caruana, DVMDr. Emily Caruana grew up in Clarence, New York and graduated from Canisius College of Buffalo in 2006. She received a DVM degree from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010.

Before joining the Killewald Small Animal Hospital team in May 2015, Dr. Caruana practiced veterinary medicine in a private practice, an animal shelter, and pet rescue organizations in Columbus, Ohio. Her special interests include small animal preventive medicine, soft tissue surgery, and shelter medicine.

In her spare time, Dr. Caruana enjoys cooking, being outdoors, and spending time with her husband, daughter and dog. She is very happy to be back in New York, and we are happy to have her on our team!

Hilary Pasi, DVMDr. Hilary Pasi joined our team in June 2016. She is originally from Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. A recent graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Pasi earned a DVM degree in 2016. Prior to veterinary school, she attended Penn State University, where she earned a BS degree in Animal Science. Her veterinary interests include preventive medicine, soft tissue surgery, and dermatology.

In her free time, Dr. Pasi enjoys cooking, painting, running, and spending time outdoors. She is looking forward to getting back into horseback riding and would like to have a horse someday. She is very excited to be beginning her veterinary career here at Killewald Small Animal Hospital!

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3020 Niagara Falls Blvd
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Killewald Small Animal Hospital is proud to take part of the Friends of Animals (FOA) Spay and Neuter Program. That means, if you purchase a discounted certificate from Friends of Animals, it can be used for your pet's spay or neuter here!*

spay and neuterWe joined this program to make spaying and neutering more affordable. There are many benefits to the procedure for your pet and the community. For example, spaying and neutering reduces the risk of breast cancer, testicular cancer, uterine disease and behavioral problems. Learn more here.

Qualifications

To qualify for the Friends of Animals program at Killewald Small Animal Hospital, pets must be:

  • At least 5 months old
  • Up to date on rabies and distemper vaccines with verifiable paperwork stating they were given by a licensed veterinarian, if not done at KSAH
  • Examined by KSAH staff with pre-surgical bloodwork done within a month of procedure (or with verifiable paperwork if done elsewhere)

In addition, all animals must go home with pain medication the day of the surgery and be seen back at our hospital 10-14 days for a follow-up.

Purchase a Preventive Health Care Plan and Get 10% Off Your Pet's
Dental Cleaning with X-rays*

Dog with toothbrushKillewald Small Animal Hospital is offering 10% off all pet dental cleanings* with the purchase of a Preventive Healthcare Plan.** Each patient is sent home with a dental goodie bag, too!

Are you ready to book your pet's next dental visit? Give us a call at (716) 694-9191.

*Pre-surgical exam is required. Discount is 10% off the cost of a dental with dental x-rays. Offer expires 6 weeks from the date of the healthcare plan purchase and does not include extractions or pain control.

Our Preventive Health Care Plans for Dogs & Cats**

Our comprehensive wellness blood work program provides essential preventive health care for dogs and cats of any age at an affordable price.

**Preventive Health Care Plans exclude sick and injured visits.

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Hospital Manager

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Ashley, LVT
Veterinary Technician

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Veterinary Technician

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Katie, LVT
Veterinary Technician

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Veterinary Technician

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Rachel
Client Care Specialist

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Client Care Specialist

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Cory
Client Care Specialist

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Kelly
Client Care Specialist

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Brooke C.
Pet Care Attendant

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Pet Care Attendant