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Monday: 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m-12 p.m.

NEWS & EVENTS

Dr. Kearns has written a series of articles for The Times Beacon Record.

Matthew Kearns, DVM
Despite three feet of snow this past winter and a colder than usual spring global warming is upon us and affects our pets as well. What effect will it have? I have decided to concentrate on the most common warmer weather conditions. Parasites
Both internal and external parasites do better...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
Certain behaviors are cured by ignoring them I was looking down at my dog, Jasmine, wondering why she was whining. I had just opened my hero sandwich and could smell all the great aromas. Without missing a beat I took a little bit of cheese off the corner of the sandwich and let my hand fall below...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
I have had many a pet owner come to me and wonder if their dog or cat is deaf. Most times it is said somewhat tongue-in-cheek and followed up with a statement similar to, "well no one else in the house listens to me either, so why should the dog?" But there are times that the owners are concerned....
Matthew Kearns, DVM
I was recently reading about new supplements designed to give high level college and professional athletes an edge. I am not talking about the "supplements" that Lance Armstrong claimed to take before his Oprah confession, but actual supplements. These included Deer Antler Spray, negatively charged...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
Osteosarcoma, or bone cancer, is a scary disease. Even the name sounds scary. How does bone cancer differ in dogs and cats compared to people? Does bone cancer act differently between dogs and cats? These are all good questions. After some research on human osteosarcoma, I found that this cancer...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
Benefits include lower risk of cardiovascular disease and higher self-esteem I did something last night that I have not done in a while. I read a book to my son, Matthew. He is nine years old and does not need me to read him a story but he seemed game, so I proceeded. The name of the story was "The...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
The last day of school has passed and summer is really here. What better time to take advantage of travel with the family and, for many of us, family includes four-legged members. What do we do when we travel? Accommodations
Nowadays, travel can include our pets because more and more hotels...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
There are many over-the-counter flea and tick products available nowadays and it is much more convenient to pick it up while we are out purchasing other items from the store. Unfortunately, there are either staff that are not qualified to answer questions about the product, or no one to speak to at...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
Second of a two-part series.
My first article focused on a brief description of how a dog or cat's kidneys fail, as well as how to diagnose kidney disease/failure. This article will focus on how to slow the process once a pet is diagnosed with kidney disease/failure. Fluid therapy
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matthew Kearns, DVM
Many articles ago I discussed different diseases that cause our pets to drink and urinate more — kidney failure being one of them. This article delves a little more into this particular condition. Although there are many causes of kidney failure (infections, poisons, related to age), the end result...
Matthew Kearns, 2012
Spring is here and although I know it has been an unusually warm winter, I put on a few extra pounds during the winter months. Fighting obesity is a year-round battle in people and pets. We know that obesity can lead to all sorts of diseases that shorten the lifespan of our pets. The questions that...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
And baby makes two. Many pet owners (myself included) become pet owners before we start our families. How do our pets feel when we add a child to the family? How do we smoothly transition this new addition into the household? Although this is not always possible, the best way to help our pets cope...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
Since February is Pet Dental Health Month, I thought it would be a good time to talk about teeth. I had previously authored an article on periodontal disease and discussed how to prevent it. I will now discuss how periodontal disease affects your entire pet. Studies have proven that approximately...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
In our first article (Nov. 10) on fleas we described the life cycle of the flea. This is very important in choosing what type of prevention or treatment is best for you and your pet. The good news is that with the newer medications you can treat your pet and the environment without having to expose...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
Fleas! Nobody likes that word, including myself (and the itch those little buggers cause helps to pay my electric bill every month). These disgusting little parasites can drive our pets crazy and produce many a sleepless night (for them and us). Fleas are insects that are classified as...
Matthew Kearns, 2011
There is a newly diagnosed disease called Chiari syndrome (also known as Chiari malformation) in veterinary medicine. The condition has actually been known for a long time in human medicine. An Austrian pathologist named Hans Chiari first diagnosed the condition in humans in the late 19th century....
Matthew Kearns, DVM
Recently I read an article in this paper that the Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter had an outbreak of ringworm and temporarily had to suspend adoptions until affected animals were treated and the facility was disinfected. What is ringworm? How do pets get it? What is the risk to humans? Believe it...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
Summer is here and the weather is great. What a great time to take a walk with or without our dogs. Of course while we are out many people will wish to pet our dogs. Or, we may see someone else out on a walk with their dog. When is it OK to pet other dogs and when should we be cautious? I recently...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
Stem cells show so much promise in human medicine. Cells that have the ability to become anything that the body needs is nothing short of a miracle. What is the role of stem cells in veterinary medicine? Do stem cells have a place? Many say they very much do. Stem cells are able to be harvested...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
In our first article we discussed the general life cycle of Ixodes scapularis, or the deer tick (May 12, 2011 Leisure, www.northshoreoflongisland.com for article). This second article will focus more on what are known as the transmission time of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases, as well...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
Spring has sprung and those ticks are hungry and looking for hosts. Unfortunately, ticks can also transmit disease to us and our pets (primarily dogs) when they feed. Although there are different types of ticks and different diseases that they can carry (what are commonly called tick borne diseases...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
Aaah … the winter ends. I know I've gained weight and I don't need to step on a scale to confirm it. My pants are more difficult to button, the top button of my shirt chokes me and my belt won't close to the same loop as back in September. Managing obesity in pets is just as important as in people...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
"Doc, I think my dog had a stroke! She is falling over and can't get up. She is holding her head sideways. She vomited twice. What do I do?" Of course the first thing I tell these concerned pet owners is to immediately bring the dog to our clinic for evaluation. What I usually find is a dog that is...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
February is National Pet Dental Health month so I thought I would write about something to do with dental health and pets. In this case it is human dental health and dogs. Xylitol is a commonly used sugar substitute that is found in the fiber of many fruits and vegetables. Although it was first...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
February is National Pet Dental Health month so I thought I would write about something to do with dental health and pets. In this case it is human dental health and dogs. Xylitol is a commonly used sugar substitute that is found in the fiber of many fruits and vegetables. Although it was first...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
This was a difficult article for me to write. I know that the feral cat problem is a controversial topic both locally and nationally. On the one hand, I see feral cats as many of the beautiful, well natured cats that pass through the doors of my hospital every day — just not socialized to humans....
Matthew Kearns, DVM
As the leaves fall this time of year so do other parts of the tree, including acorns. Acorns are usually associated with cute little squirrels and chipmunks. However these nuts can be quite dangerous to dogs and other animals (cats don't seem to bother with them). Acorns contain large amounts of...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
Just like people, pets can get cataracts. So what is a cataract? Why do they occur in animals? And if your pet develops a cataract what can be done? A cataract is a medical term used to describe abnormal opacities in the lens of the eye that cause a significant loss in vision in both humans and...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
The song "Cat Scratch Fever" was made famous by Ted Nugent in 1977 but the disease was first diagnosed in the 1950s and is caused by a bacteria named Bartonella henselae, or B. henselae for short. B. henselae is transmitted to humans primarily via scratches (as the name states) and less commonly...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
Do the terms "floating kneecap" or "trick knee" make you cringe? When I mention this to owners it usually does put a weird look on their face. These layman's terms refer to a condition called a medially luxating patella or luxating patella. The patella, or kneecap, is an integral part of the knee...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
The summer is winding down but the weather remains beautiful. What a great reason to go to the beach with your dog — some of the beaches will tolerate pets. What hazards are out there and how do we avoid them? Salt water I have yet to see a case of a pet that has been exposed to excessive bacteria...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
Aaah, the weather has finally consistently warmed and what better way to spend a day but walking with your best friend. Unfortunately, many of our best friends may not see it that way. More and more often individuals and families alike are providing rescue dogs with good homes. However, not all of...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
In our last article we described both how a normal thyroid gland works, as well as the condition of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid). In veterinary medicine, hypothyroidism is a condition that almost exclusively affects dogs and hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) is a condition that almost...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
Ever feel like your dog is getting heavier when you are not feeding him or her more? Does he or she have less energy than usual? These could be signs of an underactive, or "hypo" thyroid. The thyroid gland is located on the neck just below the larynx (Adam's apple) and produces thyroid hormone....
Matthew Kearns, DVM
Springtime is here and what makes a better sight than a little bunny hopping around? Do rabbits make good pets? I think so. However, before running out and buying a rabbit on impulse, here is a quick overview of them to insure a bunny is the right pet for you and your family. Rabbits live pretty...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
This is the second of a two-part series on cardiomyopathies. The first article in this two-part series focused not only on the definition of a cardiomyopathy, but also some basic anatomy and physiology of a healthy heart. This article will focus on the two most common types of cardiomyopathies in...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
February and Valentine's Day and I usually think of cupid and arrows with little hearts on the end of them. Unfortunately, in reality the old ticker doesn't always function like it should (and I'm not talking about poor Charlie Brown and waiting for a letter from the girl with the red hair) and one...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
February is National Pet Dental Health Month so I thought now would be a good time to talk about a new topic in periodontal health in dogs: a new vaccine. Porphyromonas (pronounced "pour-fear-oh-moan-us") is a species of bacteria found in the mouths of not only dogs, but also many other species of...
Matthews Kearns, DVM
No matter which holiday that we celebrate this time of year a pet dog or cat makes a great gift. The bond is almost always immediate and lasts a lifetime. Conversely, the thought of losing a pet is terrible. I know. Our dog, Jasmine, snuck under the fence in our backyard just the other day. The...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
I have a confession. I never read the book, "Marley and Me." Never saw the movie in the theatre — not even when it first came out on video. I finally was able to watch the movie recently on cable. I have another confession. I loved it. Everyone I spoke to about the movie said it was too sad at the...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
This is the second in a two part series of veterinary supplements. Below are some commonly used veterinary supplements/neutraceuticals that have also undergone some clinical research. I am the first to admit this is not a complete list. • Essential fatty acids (EFAs) — the highest levels of EFAs...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
Our country is big on supplements. So much so that I commonly hear requests for supplements for pets. The correct term for supplements is "nutraceutical." Nutraceutical was first coined by human physicians in the 1980s and referred to any oral compound that is neither a nutrient, "nutra," nor a...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
I recently read an article in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association on dog bites in the United States and it is estimated that approximately 370,000 people are bitten by dogs every year. How can we avoid this? Aggression Aggression is never appropriate and should not be...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
"Hot spots" is one of the most commonly used layman's terms in veterinary medicine. What does this term mean and what is its origin? Ironically, there is a consensus amongst the veterinary community as to what hot spots refer to, however there is no consensus as to where the term originated. Hot...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
The months of July and August are here and our pets feel the heat just like we do. Heat stroke, or malignant hyperthermia, refers to an acute (very sudden) rise in body temperature unrelated to infection. The hypothalamus is a portion of the brain responsible for setting the body's set point, or...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
Now that I've been in general practice for a few years away from the hustle and bustle of the animal ER, I've been asked some of the same questions many times over. These questions focus on some of the quirks of our furry family members. After some research on my part I think it's time I clarified...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
Aah, springtime, puppies and kittens. Pregnancy, labor and delivery in dogs and cats can be as wonderful as it is for ourselves but complications can also develop which can be serious (sometimes even life-threatening) to both the mother and the unborn puppies or kittens. If one decides to breed a...
Matthews Kearns, DVM
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure for your kitty I thought it would never happen but the weather is warming into spring. That means my cats will be itching to go outside. Previously I had authored an article on canine heartworm disease. More recently, there has been more of a focus on...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
I did it. I invested in a digital dental radiography unit. Why, you ask? Well, because I am finally heeding the advice of the veterinary dental experts and the experts state that assessing what is going on below the gumline counts. In an earlier article I discussed what periodontal disease is and...
January 22, 2009
Despite their furry exterior, dogs and cats are susceptible to the elements Wintertime can be as difficult for our four-legged furry family members as it is for us. Here are a few important facts and tips to help them get through another winter. Hypothermia/exposure Although dogs and cats have "...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
Speedy diagnosis and intervention can save vision and ease pain Glaucoma, or an increased intraocular pressure (pressure within the eyeball), is a painful condition in dogs and cats that can lead to blindness. In human medicine, glaucoma describes a multitude of diseases that affect the optic nerve...
Matthew Kearns, DVM
Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD for short, is a severe form of irritable bowel syndrome found in pets. This disease affects cats more than dogs and can be difficult to diagnose. The actual trigger, or cause of disease, is poorly understood. This makes treating this disease difficult and leads to...