Wellness Care For Your Needham, MA Pet

Wellness Care for AnimalsWellness Care at Every Age and Stage

Highland Animal Hospital offers comprehensive veterinary wellness plans designed to address the particular health needs of each life stage. Our goal is to help you help your pet as he matures from juvenile to adult to senior.

We will make responsible recommendations for your pet regarding his or her vaccinations, nutrition, dental care, heartworm prevention (both dogs and cats), parasite control, appropriate laboratory testing and behavioral counseling. Our health care team works with you to ensure that your pet enjoys a long, happy and healthy life. Pet owners rely on us as a welcoming, skilled and cost-conscious partner in the care of their beloved companions.

State-of-the-Art Technology and Veterinary Care

We strive to remain on the cutting edge of veterinary and client care. Our animal hospital features a surgical suite, updated treatment areas, a full laboratory, a complete pharmacy, four large private exam rooms, including a lift table for large dogs, and more.

Our doctors and veterinary technicians are highly trained and skilled practitioners who are committed to providing quality care and promoting client education and responsible pet ownership. We will work with you to understand your pet's unique healthcare requirements and develop a preventive care plan that best meets your pet's individual needs.

We are also caring and compassionate people, which is why we truly excel at what we do.

Generally, we have found that when a dog or cat receives regular and routine wellness exams, vaccinations, proper dental care, and screening for common diseases they have a much better chance of living a long and happy life. We also know that when our pets receive the best possible nutrition their energy level, alertness, mood, and health are significantly impacted.

Despite the very best preventive care, a beloved pet may develop an illness or be injured. Our internal medicine and surgical expertise, as well as advanced diagnostics and veterinary laboratory, ensure your pet will receive a quick and accurate diagnosis. We will then explain that diagnosis to you as well as the various options for treatment.

It is our intention to provide you and your pet with the best veterinary care possible, within a modern and welcoming facility, by a staff that is kind and courteous. Please take a look at the services we offer. Then give us a call to set up an appointment today!

Wellness Examinations in Newton, Wellesley, and DoverCaring for Your Norfolk County Pet with Comprehensive Wellness Examinations

Prevention is the key to your pet's long term health as well as minimizing the cost of care. Our doctors strongly recommend routine wellness exams, vaccinations, regular lab work, deworming and fecal checks, as well as medications to prevent heartworm, fleas and ticks. Our Highland Animal Hospital wellness program begins with twice a year physical examinations.

Wellness care is offered at a reasonable cost. Most of the tests we recommend can be done during your dog or cat's regular exam. These examinations are similar to the yearly physical you receive from your doctor. It is a chance to assess your pet's overall health and discuss any changes we see, update you on advancements in veterinary care. It is also a chance for you to discuss any concerns or questions you may have.

The yearly wellness care exam we recommend includes:

  • Examine the heart and lungs
  • Check the teeth and oral cavity
  • Assess vision, eyes, and ears
  • Palpate the lymph nodes, abdomen and examine the skin
  • Palpate the joints and muscles

A complete physical should also include a full blood workup. Not only can a full chemistry panel and complete blood count identify the presence of underlying disease processes, but these tests also help create a baseline should your pet become ill between routine examinations. Additionally, blood work is necessary if your veterinarian recommends a dental cleaning, removal of a skin mass, or any other procedure that requires anesthesia.

We recommend complete blood testing annually for all pets.

Parasite Control

Deworming and Fecal Check: Dangerous parasites are nearly always present in the environment, even in our area of Massachusetts. Importantly, if brought into your home, these parasites can be passed from your pet to you and your family. For example, we normally associate parasites, such as roundworms, tapeworms, and hookworms with cats and dogs, but people can also be infected with the same parasites. Regular fecal checks and deworming are the best way to prevent parasitic disease and the transmission of intestinal parasites from pets to people. It also prevents the shedding of parasite eggs, which contaminate yards or any place a pet defecates.

We offer a variety of preventives and would be happy to help you determine which is best for your companion. It is also possible for dogs to test positive for heartworm. We recommend that all dogs have an annual blood test for heartworm.

Pet Vaccinations in Needham, MAVaccines

Up-to-date vaccinations play a large part in keeping your pet healthy and free from disease. At Highland Animal Hospital, we tailor a vaccine protocol that is specific to your pet based on his or her lifestyle. Vaccine schedules are balanced to provide needed protection while not over-vaccinating your pet.

Feline Vaccines

Core Vaccines
Rabies, Distemper

Non-Core Vaccines
Leukemia (if outdoor)

Canine Vaccines

Core Vaccines
Rabies, Distemper

Non-Core Vaccines
Leptospirosis, Lyme, Bordetella

Care for Your Exotic Pet In Norfolk County

Caring for Your Birds, Reptiles and Small Mammals

We understand how important your exotic pet is to you, and that's why we have taken a strong interest in the treatment of these animals. The diagnostic and treatment options we provide for our dog and cat patients area also available for our exotic patients. The doctors at Highland Animal Hospital have a special interest in treating birds, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, mice, rats, hedgehogs and reptiles.


Acupuncture, the stimulation of specific points on the body, has long been one of the most common types of holistic medicine for pets and humans alike. Used for millennia, the treatment is said to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions and help the body heal itself.

Veterinary AcupunctureResearch has demonstrated that acupuncture can be effective for certain medical conditions. Acupuncture points contain nerve bundles, clusters of blood vessels, and increased numbers of mast cells that release histamine and other chemicals when stimulated - including endorphins and enkephalins, the body's natural pain killers.

At Highland Animal Hospital, we're able to treat certain cases of arthritis, hip displaysia, seizure disorders, sprains, keratoconjunctivitis sicca ("dry eye"), lick granulomas, neurological conditions, chronic digestive disorders (such as irritable bowel disorder, diarrhea, and constipation), spinal cord disorders, and more with acupuncture.

Before treatment starts, one of our doctors will conduct a thorough examination. This examination often involves an in-depth history of environmental and emotional situations that may be affecting your pet's condition, as well as palpation of certain acupuncture points. Acupuncture does not replace the use of traditional treatments for the above disorders; rather, it compliments them. Therefore, all pets undergoing acupuncture must have a complete and thorough conventional medical workup and be treated medically or surgically as appropriate prior to acupuncture.

Treatments themselves last anywhere from 10 seconds to 30 minutes, depending on the condition treated and the specific method used. Pets are typically treated once weekly for four to six weeks, but this can vary based on the individual pet's response to the treatment.

If you have any questions about any of Highland Animal Hospital's veterinary wellness services or programs, please email us or call us at (781) 433-0467.

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