When completing a comprehensive exam, our doctors look for...
Eyes- Signs of disease, discharge or tearing, abnormal movement or reaction to light, eyelid abnormalities or retinal disease.
Ears- Signs of ear infection including pain, gland swelling, redness, odor, mites, ear canal tumors, and ear drum disease and rupture.
Mouth- Bad breath, level of calculus on teeth, gingivitis, oral tumors, gum color, tonsils, and dehydration.
Heart- Heart rate, arrhythmias, and murmurs/valvular disease.
Lungs- Wheezing, crackling, muffled heart sounds and increased airway sounds.
Abdomen- Increased abdominal organ enlargement, liver, spleen, and kidneys; bladder size, pain, or stones; intestinal thickness or gas; discomfort on palpation or excessive fluid.
Legs- Muscle symmetry, grinding sounds or fluid in the joints; limitations in range of joint motion, painful bones or joints and lameness.
Coat, Skin, and Nails- Overall condition and quality of coat; lumps and bumps; excessive dander; saliva-stained fur; fleas/ticks; skin rashes and infections; overgrown nails; tapeworms, fecal matting, or anal gland abnormalities.
Lymph nodes/Thyroid- Any irregularities or changes in size.
Puppy & Kitten Wellness
Each comprehensive exam is scheduled with plenty of time for the exam itself as well as any questions you might have.
We provide additional time during new puppy and new kitten exams for the unique needs of pets at this life stage. This is when we determine the vaccine protocol appropriate for your new pet. We also offer recommendations on many important issues regarding young animals in a new environment.
Senior Pet Care
Our veterinarians provide life long care specific to your pet's life stage. Senior pets have different needs than those just starting out. We have many services just for them such as, senior blood profiles to detect the onset of illness, dental work, joint supplements to treat and/or prevent arthritis, and much more as is needed.
To us the key is customizing care for each individual patient to keep your pet happy and healthy throughout his or her life.
Exotic Pet Care
The exotics we see include rabbits, ferrets, mice, hamsters, gerbils, and rats. Guinea pigs and reptiles are seen at our partner location Belchertown Veterinary Hospital.
Soft Tissue & Dental Surgery
Our doctors perform many surgeries including, but not limited to spays and neuters, dentals, mass removals, dewclaw removals (not declawing) and many other procedures as needed.
Our team takes every precaution to ensure that our patients receive safe anesthesia. Before surgery, we perform a preanesthestic exam and always recommend preanesthetic bloodwork to determine which anesthesias and pain medications are safe to use, as well as IV catheter placement all prior to anesthesia. During anesthesia, your pet will receive electronic monitoring of heart rate, ECG, temperature, oxygenation, blood pressure and personal monitoring. All pets receive pain management both during and after surgery.
Post surgery there is always a medical staff member monitoring during recovery. We always want you to be comfortable with any procedure that is being done and are happy to discuss the procedure and answer any questions you may have both before the surgery is booked and after our patient has been discharged and is back in your care.
We know time is critical when pets are sick.
We have an in-house lab which is state of the art. With this equipment we are able to perform bloodwork including, a full chemistry profile, complete blood count (CBC), thyroid screening, pancreatitis diagnostics, liver screening, annual screening for heartworm, lyme disease, erlichia and anaplasmosis (two other tick borne diseases common to this area), and urinalysis among other tests for same day results.
We also submit specimens daily to IDEXX Laboratories. Most lab results are received the following day.
We have a fully stocked pharmacy with most medications used to prevent or treat illnesses. We can also special order items as needed, and carry a full line of prescription diets.
We ask that you provide us with 48 hours notice for prescription refills to allow us ample time to prepare your medications.
You can also request refills online through Petly.
Friday: 7:30am-12pm (every other week)