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Veterinary Care Services
Braintree Veterinary Care offers a range of veterinary services for the prevention and treatment of pet disease. Most importantly, we partner with you to establish the best care for your pet to help ensure they enjoy a long and healthy life. Like people, pets benefit from wellness exams, so we encourage you make these visits part of your pet’s regular healthcare plan.
Braintree Veterinary Care believes preventive care is important in the health of your pet. Regular exams are a vital part of your pet’s healthcare plan. We recommend all cats and dogs receive a yearly physical exam, though more frequent exams may be preferred depending upon the age of your pet and his or her physical health.
Vaccines are products designed to trigger protective immune responses and prepare the immune system to fight future infections from disease-causing agents. Vaccines stimulate the immune system’s production of antibodies that identify and destroy disease-causing organisms that enter the body.
Why should I vaccinate my pet?
- Vaccinations prevent many pet illnesses.
- Vaccinations can help avoid costly treatments for diseases that can be prevented.
- Vaccinations prevent diseases that can be passed between animals and also from animals to people.
- Diseases prevalent in wildlife, such as rabies and distemper, can infect unvaccinated pets.
- In many areas, local or state ordinances require certain vaccinations of household pets.
Regular dental cleanings are important in maintaining not only your pet’s teeth and gums, but his or her overall health as well. During your pet’s dental cleaning procedure, we perform a comprehensive oral exam including dental charting and dental probing, followed by ultrasonic scaling and polishing using our Midmark dental unit. Scaling your pet’s teeth allows plaque buildup to be removed both above and below the gum line. Polishing is important as it creates a smooth tooth surface that is more resistant to future plaque buildup.
Digital Dental Radiographs/Digital Dental X rays
Our hospital offers digital dental radiographs (x-rays) as part of our dental care services. You may not know that the majority of tooth disease is hidden below the gum line in areas we cannot see. Utilizing specifically designed digital dental radiology equipment allows our veterinarians to view structures that lie below the gum line and provide the best treatment recommendations for your pet.
Heartworm, Flea and Tick Prevention
Preventives kill heartworm larvae before they have a chance to grow and mature into adult heartworms. A number of heartworm preventives are available to pet owners today. Some heartworm preventives contain additional ingredients that will control other parasites, such as roundworms or hookworms. A monthly preventive should be given to all pets. Remember that mosquitoes can get indoors, so even though your pet may not go outside, your pet is still susceptible.
Spaying and Neutering
We recommend spaying and neutering pets to battle against pet overpopulation as well as to avoid health issues. The decision about when to spay or neuter your pet is one you should make with your veterinarian. Your veterinarian is your most up-to-date resource, and your veterinarian’s knowledge of your pet’s particular breed and potential disease risk can help you make an informed decision about the appropriate age for your pet’s sterilization.
Here at Braintree Veterinary Care, there is no such thing as routine surgery, as general anesthesia for any procedure carries potential risks. Utilizing our highly skilled technical staff as well as our state-of-the-art monitoring equipment that measures blood pressure, SPO2, CO2, EKG, and temperature, we do everything we can to assure safe anesthetic procedures. Our doctors provide the following surgical services (including, but not limited to):
- Ovariohysterectomy (spay)
- Castration (neuter)
- Soft Tissue Surgery (such as mass removals, biopsies, and other skin testing)
- Dental Surgery
If the doctors determine your pet would benefit from seeing a specialist, we also offer surgical referrals.
When your pet is sick, you want results fast. Our hospital is equipped with a full suite of in-house diagnostic laboratory machines giving us the ability to run complete blood counts, chemistry panels and urinalysis while you wait. With results quickly in hand, our doctors can then make the best recommendations for treating your pet.
It’s estimated that 1 in 3 pets will go missing at some point in their life. Our hospital uses HomeAgain microchips which are small rice-sized devices that are placed under your pet’s skin. Once placed, a microchip acts as your pet’s permanent ID storing important information such as your address and phone number. If your pet is lost, any veterinary hospital, animal shelter or animal control can scan your pet with a microchip reader, and quickly return your pet to you.
Hospice Care and Euthanasia
Knowing when to consider hospice care or euthanasia can be a very tough decision, but you don’t have to make the decision alone. Our veterinarians are available to examine your pet and will partner with you on a plan to ease your pet’s pain and suffering. And when the time comes to say goodbye, our veterinarians work with care and compassion to humanely euthanize your pet. Don’t struggle alone with an elderly pet that is sick or terminally ill, call us to learn how we can help.