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Pet Wellness Services


An Ounce of Prevention Equals a Pound of Cure

Protecting your pet's health begins with preventive care customized to best meet your pet's needs at every age and stage of life. Our veterinarians recommend annual wellness examinations for the same reason that your physician recommends them: if a health problem or issue can be detected in its early stages there is a far greater likelihood that it can be resolved and treated with less difficulty, less expense and greater success.

Wellness Care for Dogs and CatsYour Pet's Preventive Care at Lloyd Animal Medical Center

When you bring your pet to Lloyd Animal Medical Center, we work with you to create a lifetime preventive health care plan that takes into consideration his/her special needs, lifestyle, breed and home life. This includes a balanced schedule of vaccines (to protect your pet against dangerous, but preventable, diseases), routine dental care (good oral health protects overall systemic health), and microchip identification (should your pet become lost). We also provide internal medicine services, nutritional and behavioral counseling, general and orthopedic surgery, advanced diagnostic testing capabilities and much more.

Our commitment to you and your pet's health begins with an annual examination which includes:

  • Examining your pet's teeth, throat and oral cavity
  • Checking your pet's vision and eyes
  • Examining ears for infection, ear mites, allergic reaction and other related health issues
  • Assessing your pet's heart and cardiac function
  • Examining the skin
  • Palpating lymph nodes and abdomen
  • Examining the respiratory system
  • Evaluating internal organ function and other systems
  • Monitoring your pet's blood count and serum chemistry
  • Performing laboratory tests to determine the presence of specific diseases
  • Assessing changes in your pet's health since the last wellness visit
  • Fecal check for the presence of intestinal parasites

During each examination, we also take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions and keep you up to date on all the information you need to be the best caregiver to your pet. Good communication between you and one of our veterinarians ensures that your beloved companion is receiving the optimal care and attention that he deserves so that he can live a long and healthy life.

Vaccinations for Your Pets

Vaccinations are the number one way you can protect your beloved pet from serious infectious diseases and bacteria. To best meet the specific needs of your pet our veterinarians determine a vaccination protocol based on your pet's lifestyle, susceptibility to disease our location here in the Northeast and the most current recommendations from the American Animal Hospital Association. Our goal to is to maintain optimal health and protection while not over-vaccinating your pet.

We recommend the following vaccinations:

Puppies

Core: Distemper, Leptospirosis, Lyme Disease, Rabies
Non-Core: Bordetella, Influenza

Adult Dogs

Core: Distemper, Rabies, Leptospirosis, Lyme Disease
Non-Core: Canine Influenza, Bordetella

Kittens

Core: Distemper, Rabies, Feline Leukemia (if outdoors)

Adult Cats

Core: Distemper, Rabies
Non-Core: Calicivirus, Feline Leukemia




If you would like to schedule an appointment to get your pet's current vaccinations or you have any questions about the vaccines we offer, please give us a call at (781) 344-2500.

Pet ExamsPuppy and Kitten Care: Starting Off
on the Right Paw

Like human infants, puppies and kittens require special attention in order for them to grow and develop well and so you both can enjoy a long, healthy and happy life together. That is why our commitment to your new pet begins as soon as he or she enters your family. Our team of veterinarians and technicians partner with you to create a custom health plan so that your new companion receives the vaccinations and examinations required to get the best start in life.

Your puppy and kittens first year of care at our animal hospital will include:

Physical Examinations: 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 provide our veterinarians with an opportunity to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines.

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

Diagnostic Testing: Puppies should be tested for both intestinal parasites and Heartworm after six months of age, and kittens tested for intestinal parasites, Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS.

Additional Recommendations: Your veterinarian will also discuss and recommend other services, such as spaying, neutering and microchipping.

For more information about caring for your new puppy or kitten, please give us a call. We also offer a multi-pet discount.

Caring for Your Elder Pet

Due to advances in veterinary care and available diets, pets are living longer and healthier lives. However just like with older humans, senior pets have different care requirements than younger pets. Understanding the needs and the age-related conditions of your elder pet can help both you and your pet experience "the golden years" with happiness and good health.

While you cannot control age related decline, you can influence your pet's activity level, living conditions, access to quality senior veterinary care and daily nutrition. With the help of one of our veterinarians you can manage these factors in order to prolong your pet's good health and well-being, even as his or her pace slows a bit.

Senior Pet CareSenior Wellness Examinations at Lloyd Animal Medical Center

This annual visit includes a comprehensive physical examination, an opportunity to discuss concerns regarding your pet's age and if needed specialized lab work to detect the early signs of disease. Our doctors tailor these exams and tests to your pet's age, breed, lifestyle and physical condition in order to best meet his or her health needs.

Protecting Oral Health

Unfortunately dental disease is all too common in pets, especially older pets, and it represents a significant systemic health risk. Because bacteria in the mouth can enter the bloodstream and be passed to other organs, periodontal disease has been found to have associations with kidney, liver, lung and heart disease. Additionally pets in oral distress will often have difficulty or discomfort when eating. Lloyd Animal Medical Center recommends regular dental exams and cleanings for all pets, but especially those in their senior years.

Attentive Skin Care

As with humans, aging causes your pet's skin to become more susceptible to a range of medical issues as well as become less elastic and heal more slowly. A range of dermatological conditions can cause changes such as hair loss and new growths. Therefore we recommend regular examinations of your pet's skin and hair, especially if you notice itching, hair loss or painful areas.

Extra TLC at Home

During your pet's senior exams your veterinarian will discuss with you ways that you can help maintain your older pet's health at home. These suggestions include:

  • Avoid excessive weight gain.
  • Keep your pet's living and areas clean, dry and warm at all times.
  • Regularly check your pet's mouth for reddened gums, loose teeth or unusual swellings. Check eyes for redness, unusual cloudiness, discomfort and discharge. Check ears for wax build-up, discharge or unusual odors.
  • Thoroughly groom and inspect your older pet's skin regularly. Look for lumps, bumps and wounds.
  • If your older pet's eyesight is impaired, avoid relocating furniture and changing his or her surroundings. Also try not to drastically change your pet's daily routine.
  • Note any changes associated with eating, drinking or elimination and discuss them with your veterinarian, as these may be manifestations of disease.
  • Discuss your pet's diet. Many "treats" are high in sodium or fat; therefore it is important to talk to your veterinarian about the source(s) of your pet's daily calories.

Together, we can make sure you and your faithful companion enjoy many more happy and healthy years together.

Heartworm Disease and Your Norfolk County Pet

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Heartworm disease is a serious, life-threatening disease transmitted by mosquitoes. It affects dogs and, to a lesser extent, cats. In the U.S. heartworm disease is most common along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts from the Gulf of Mexico to Maine and along the Mississippi River and its major tributaries but it has been reported in dogs in all 50 states.

Clinical symptoms of heartworm disease develop very slowly. Early symptoms include lack of energy, exercise intolerance, coughing and difficulty breathing. Because heartworm disease is increasing in frequency and is a serious and deadly disease, we recommend that your dog be tested annually.

Heartworm disease prevention is simple and effective. For dogs a once-a-month heartworm preventive can be given as a chewable treat. This same chewable medicine prevents heartworms from developing and also kills and prevents most other types of internal parasites that can infect your dog. Dogs can also be given injectable six-month Heartworm protection. Cats are protected by applying a drop of heartworm prevention liquid to the skin once a month. We recommend this to prevent heartworm disease as well as fleas, ear mites and other types of parasites that can infect your cat.

If you would like to have your dog tested for heartworm disease or if you would like additional information on how best to protect your pet from this dangerous parasite, please call (781) 344-2500 today for an appointment.

Flea and Tick Prevention in Massachusetts

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Fleas and ticks are more than a nuisance; they carry diseases dangerous to both you and your pet. Prevalent tick-borne diseases in Massachusetts include Lyme Disease, Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis and they are a significant threat to you and your dog in this part of the country especially during the warmer months of the year. Not only can you get these illnesses, your dog can also become infected if bitten by an infected tick. Ticks and tick eggs live in the grass and weeds that your dog may run through on family outings or during regular daily activities. Check and brush your dog after being outside, especially in grassy or brushy areas. If a tick is attached to your dog's skin, remove it carefully with tweezers and wash the affected bite area and your hands afterward.

Fleas are most abundant during the warm weather; however, if left untreated, they can be a nuisance year-round. Your pet can also be allergic to fleas, and even just one bite can result in a severely painful skin infection. Fleas can also transmit tapeworms.

The best course of action to protect both your dog and yourself from ticks, the potential of tick-borne diseases, and flea infestation is prevention. There are many safe and effective flea and tick control products available at our hospital, and our veterinary team will help you choose the correct preventive regimen based on your pet's risk factors and health status. We also offer a Lyme Disease vaccination and we recommend discussing whether it is right for your dog with one of our veterinarians.

Bird and Pocket Pet CareAvian and Exotic Animal Care

We offer optimum wellness care programs for birds, guinea pigs, pigs, rats, ferrets, reptiles, rabbits, snakes, turtles and chickens. Since it is often difficult to determine if an exotic pet is ill, we strongly recommend physical examinations twice a year to check for health problems plus annual monitoring to check for nutritional and husbandry-related conditions.

In order to survive attacks from their predators exotic animals normally conceal their illnesses in the wild. As a result their medical problems often go unnoticed for long periods of time. By the time you recognize that there is a problem with your exotic pet the condition is often extremely serious. With bi-annual medical examinations by a veterinarian at Lloyd Animal Medical Center problems are often diagnosed before they become serious medical conditions.

After acquiring your new bird or exotic pet a complete wellness appointment is strongly recommended. This exam includes a thorough physical examination, husbandry and nutritional consultation, disease screening and laboratory testing. Before bringing your pet into your home you want to make sure that he or she is healthy.

If your exotic pet needs intensive care or hospitalization, you want to be sure that your veterinary hospital is specifically equipped to care for exotic species. Lloyd Animal Medical Center has the technology, experience and skill necessary to treat your exotic pet.

If you would like more information about the pet wellness services that Lloyd Animal Medical Center offers for your pet or to schedule an appointment at our hospital please click the button below, or call (781) 344-2500.



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