Because of the shorter lifespan of our pets, we stress the importance of an annual physical examination. Thorough check-ups and preventive care can help alleviate serious health problems. We offer a wide range of veterinary services to keep your companions feeling their best!
Routine Wellness, Preventive Care and Vaccines: Routine and preventive care is one of the best ways to help your pet stay healthy, happy, and active throughout it's life. Regular exams, vaccinations, and preventatives should be part of every pet's care and can help identify health concerns early, before they become more serious health issues.
Vaccine requirements and their frequency may vary for each pet depending upon the individual pet's lifestyle, age, health concerns, and risk factors. We will evaluate each pet's unique needs and then recommend an appropriate vaccine protocol for him/her.
We will also help you keep track of when your pet is due for care by scheduling annual visits and sending you reminders for services coming due.
Dental Care: Dental care is an important part of your pet's health care, as regular dental cleanings can help prevent tooth and mouth pain and other diseases. Over time, bacteria from tartar buildup on your pet's teeth can eat away at their teeth and gums and also affect other parts of the body such as the heart and kidneys, causing serious health problems. Signs of dental disease include bad breath, drooling, pawing at the face or mouth, listlessness, dropping food, and reluctance to eat. Our dental services include ultrasonic teeth cleaning, polishing, flouride treatments, tooth extractions when necessary, and minor periodontal care. We will refer patients to a veterinary dentist for advanced periodontal care, root canals, and other more involved procedures.
Surgical Services: Our veterinarians are qualified to perform all the routine surgeries your pet may need in our modern on-site surgical suite. We utilize the safest available anesthetics- including Sevoflurane, currently the safest anesthetic available- to provide an extra margin of safety, especially for our older or high-risk patients. Patient vital signs are also monitored continually during all anesthetic procedures.
Specialty Surgery: We partner with a board certified surgeon from the renowned Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine who performs surgeries in our office for pets requiring a surgical specialist. Orthopedic and other complicated surgeries are performed by Dr. Robert McCarthy of Tufts, who is typically available on Mondays or Tuesdays.
Ultrasound and Endoscopy: We offer the in office services of board certified internal medicine and cardiology specialists who perform these special procedures and help us with the diagnosis of more complicated cases.
Radiology Services: Our on-site, modern X-ray equipment provides high quality radiographs to aid in the quick diagnosis of many disorders.
Electrocardiography Services: We provide ECG services on-site as well as consultations with cardiology specialists.
Laboratory: Our in-house laboratory facilities provide for full serum chemistry, hematology, a variety of serologies, urinalysis, and parasite testing; results are usually available within 30-60 minutes. We also utilize commercial veterinary laboratories for more extensive and specialized diagnostics.
Microchipping: Along with an ID tag, a microchip is the likeliest way for getting a lost pet returned to it's owners safely. A microchip is a tiny chip, about the size of a grain of rice, that is embedded between a pet's shoulders, with the chip containg the owner's contact information. Most animal shelters and vet hospitals will scan a found pet to check for a microchip and be able to locate the owner through a database associated with the microchip.
Pharmacy and Retail items: We maintain a complete inventory of pharmaceuticals, vitamins, shampoos, flea and tick control products and heartworm preventatives to meet the needs of your pet. We also carry a full line of prescription diets, pet treats and toys, pill pockets and other items. For your convenience, we are happy to special order many products at your request.
Individualized Flea Control Programs: We develop programs for the specific needs of your pet and your own particular environmental situation. We will review with you the best ways to control fleas in your house and on your pet.
Dietary Counseling: Although we primarily stock prescription diets for pets with medical issues, we are keenly aware of the important role nutrition plays in the health of all pets. We will provide guidance regarding your pet's nutritional needs for each life stage, including dietary requirements for growth, weight maintenance and performance.
Behavioral Counseling: We can provide advice regarding the correction of problems such as excessive barking, chewing, spraying, scratching, digging, house soiling and aggression.
Emergency Care: Please see the "Emergencies" page of this website for detailed information. We always recommend you call ahead if your pet has a medical emergency during our open office hours so that we may prepare for your arrival. In the event of an after-hours emergency, we have provided the contact information of area animal emergency hospitals; these phone numbers are also provided in our office's outgoing phone message when our office is closed.