Primary care services performed at our hospital are the basic services every pet needs. These services include spays and neuters, health exams, laboratory and pharmacy services, and dental care. Please click on any of the subheadings listed below to learn more about all of the primary care services we offer your pet(s).
Have you ever wanted to know the exact DNA makeup of your mixed breed dog? We can help! The procedure is very simple, and only requires a small blood sample to be drawn from your dog by one of our veterinary technicians. This sample is then sent off to an outside laboratory where a complete analysis will reveal your pet’s heritage. Results are usually available within 3 to 4 weeks.... Read more
Our hospital offers thorough Ear Exams as one of our many extensive Dermatology Services. Conditions of the ears can be extremely uncomfortable and even painful. Symptoms like head shaking, scratching and pawing at the ears, rubbing the ears on the floor or furniture, whining, and abnormal odors are common.... Read more
Our hospital offers emergency care. If you suspect your pet may be having a medical crisis, err on the side of caution and seek medical attention immediately. Our experienced team of veterinarians, technicians and assistants are here to assist your pet when it is needed most.... Read more
Unfortunately, there comes a time in the life of all pets when the possibility of a recovery to a comfortable existence is highly unlikely. Caretakers of an animal must at this time consider all possibilities to relieve the pet's suffering. Our staff is here to help you cope with euthanasia and end of life decisions.... Read more
VCA South Shore is proud to offer our clients a complete diagnostic laboratory. Our in clinic laboratory machines can perform complete blood cell counts, and complete chemistry panels that include liver, kidney, and pancreatic enzyme function tests, as well as tests for glucose and electrolytes. We also have a refractometer, the piece of equipment required to measure total solids in blood serum and specific gravity in urine, a microscope to examine ear and skin cytology, and centrifuges to prepare blood samples and measure packed cell volumes, a means of assessing anemia.... Read more
Our hospital offers Geriatric (Senior Wellness) Medicine Services for your older pet.
When your pet reaches his or her "golden years" they require special care and your veterinarian will recommend certain screening tests. The tests enable your veterinarian to provide an early diagnosis for some of the common diseases that affect older pets, enabling them to manage those diseases more effectively.... Read more
There are two types of health certificates available: one which approves pets for travel within the continental United States, and another which approves them for international travel.
Acquiring a health certificate will require you to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. Your pet will receive an overall exam during which the doctor will be able to certify that your pet is healthy and safe for travel.... Read more
Wellness Exams not only help flag any potential problems with your pet's health, but they are also important in creating an overall medical history for your pet. By meeting regularly with your pet, your veterinarian is able to become better acquainted with his or her personal history, and is able to offer more personalized care.
For pets who are 6 years and younger, wellness exams are recommended at least once a year.... Read more
We have a state-of-the-art intensive care unit that is staffed 24 hours a day with skilled technicians. Continuous ECG and blood pressure monitoring can be performed, as well as continuous intravenous fluids and pain management. We have the capability to maintain our patients on longterm mechanical ventilation with 24 hour nursing care.... Read more
Our hospital is equipped with an In-House Laboratory that enables our veterinarians to quickly perform diagnostic tests on a variety of body fluids (ear swabs, blood, urine, etc) and other samples (feces, etc. ) to achieve an accurate and rapid diagnosis.
This is especially important in very ill animals and those requiring immediate or emergency treatment.... Read more
For your convenience, our hospital has an in-house pharmacy, enabling you to pick up your pet's medications at the time of your visit.
While no hospital carries every medication, we keep the most commonly prescribed medications in stock. If your pet requires a medication that we do not carry, please call ahead and we may be able to order it for you.... Read more
Our hospital features several dedicated surgical suites. Surgical suites are rooms designated for use during surgery only. These rooms are kept as clean as possible to minimize bacteria and other infectious organisms that would be capable of contaminating a surgical wound.... Read more
Keeping your pet pain-free is crucial to maintaining his or her quality of life. Our veterinarians use a multi-modal approach to pain management that includes anti-inflammatories, opioid drugs, local anesthetics, general anesthetics, and even epidural anesthesia to effectively combat pain at all levels.
If your pet is dealing with acute pain, our goal is to prevent the nerves from perceiving and remembering this pain so that it does not become chronic pain.... Read more
As pet owners ourselves, our staff understands that the loss of a pet or dealing with a pet's serious illness can be emotionally devastating. For pet owners struggling with the loss or imminent loss of a pet, we offer a complimentary Pet Loss Support Group. This group meets on the second Tuesday of every month from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm.... Read more
In our continuing efforts to offer the highest quality veterinary medicine, we are pleased to provide a wide range of surgical services for our patients. From routine surgical procedures, such as spaying and neutering, to more complex surgeries, we look forward to the opportunity to care for your pet’s surgical needs.
Our staff is highly skilled in performing veterinary surgeries and will make every effort to ensure that your pet receives the very best care.... Read more
Our hospital routinely performs spays and neuters, the surgical sterilization of female and male dogs, cats, and other animals.
Spaying involves removal of the uterus and ovaries of female animals and is called ovariohysterectomy. Neutering involves removal of the testicles of male animals and is called castration.... Read more