Highland Animal Hospital

Preventative Care

We emphasize preventative care at Highland Animal Hospital through routine annual physical exams. These visits help us keep your friend on track, as well as identify potential problems and treat them before they become significant issues.

Examinations

Prevention is the key to your pet’s long term health. At your pet’s annual or semi-annual wellness visits, one of our doctors will gently:

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

A complete physical exam should also include blood work. This allows us to identify underlying diseases and creates a baseline of health in the event your pet gets sick between routine exams. Blood work is also recommended prior to dental cleanings and any surgical procedure that requires anesthesia.

Vaccinations

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 for your pet based on his or her age, lifestyle, health status, and risk of exposure. Vaccine schedules are balanced to provide needed protection while not over-vaccinating your pet.

Canine Vaccines

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

Feline Vaccines

  • Core Vaccines: Rabies, Distemper
  • Non-Core Vaccines: Feline Leukemia Virus and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (for outdoor and multi-cat households)

Parasite Control

Dangerous parasites are nearly always present in the environment. If brought into your home, certain parasites like roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms can be passed from your pet to you and your family. The good news is, with regular parasite testing, deworming, and year round preventive products, your pet and family can remain protected.

We offer a variety of preventative products and would be happy to help you determine which is best for your companion. Monthly oral chews and topicals are available, as well as a 6-month preventative injection.

Interested in learning more important information about common parasites? Read on!

  • Fleas are external parasites that bite the skin, leading to skin irritation and allergies like dermatitis, tapeworms, and Bartonella. In severe cases, flea infestation can cause anemia and death. Check your pet’s skin and coat regularly for signs of fleas.
  • Ticks are external parasites that like fleas, bite a pet’s skin causing skin irritation, discomfort, and fever. In addition, ticks can transmit tick-borne infections like Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Bartonella. We recommend checking your pet for ticks regularly, especially after spending time outdoors.
  • Intestinal Parasites like roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworms can be transmitted from pets to people. Puppies and kittens face the highest risk due to immature immune systems, but dogs and cats can also be easily infected without proper prevention. Fecal tests are recommended 1-2 times a year, along with monthly preventative products.
  • Heartworms cause irreversible damage to vital bodily systems like the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys. Carried and transmitted by mosquitoes, heartworms restrict blood circulation, and oftentimes, cause damage before outward symptoms such as trouble breathing, coughing, weight loss, and lethargy. To best protect your pet, we recommend annual testing, and either monthly preventives or a 6-month preventative injection.

Microchipping

Did you know the #1 cause of pet death is getting lost? At Highland Animal Hospital, we recommend using collars, ID tags, and microchips.

Studies show that more than 10 million pets get lost annually, and about 90% would not make it home without permanent identification. Let’s make sure your pet isn’t one of them! We use microchips as a standard of care for all of our canine and feline patients. With a microchip, your pet can be identified quickly and easily by animal control officers, shelters, and veterinary hospitals. While collars and ID tags can be removed, fall off, or become unreadable, microchips are a safe, unalterable, and permanent form of identification linked to you through a unique registration.  Should you ever change your contact information, the microchip is easily updated online or through a quick call.

Nutrition & Weight Management

Proper nutrition plays a large role in the overall health and longevity of our pets.  At Highland Animal Hospital, our goal is to provide you with the information necessary to feed your pet a diet that meets his or her nutritional needs. In regards to nutrition, client education is key because as a pet owner, you have complete control of what your pet eats on a regular basis.

Our veterinarians are trained to check your pet’s bodily condition and provide professional recommendations during your pet’s physical exam. Based on your pet’s unique healthcare needs, we are prepared to recommend pet foods and prescription diets that are beneficial to your pet’s life stage, health concerns, weight management needs, and food-related allergies.

For pets living with serious nutritional concerns or chronic conditions, we may recommend a special diet as part of the treatment plan. Our veterinarians will recommend a diet to help alleviate nutritional concerns such as intestinal issues, renal failure, food allergies, diabetes, liver disease, and bladder and kidney stones. Our nutritional recommendations are comprehensive, and will also include valuable information on serving sizes, how to read food labels, and strategies to reach and maintain an optimal body weight.

Behavior Counseling

Behavior problems are frustrating and may even impact the bond you share with your pet. In fact, behavioral issues are the #1 reason people give up their pets. We assure you, behavior is modifiable with proper training and patience. Don’t give up on your forever friend! We’re here to help.

We’re prepared to offer behavior counseling for issues such as separation anxiety, inappropriate chewing, excessive barking, inappropriate urination or defecation, and more. We’re also trained to provide you with tips on how to best introduce a new pet into your household.

Behavior issues are oftentimes a result of an underlying medical condition. That’s why the first step is to examine your pet and perform diagnostic tests in an effort to understand your pet’s behavior. Consider this:

  • A cat who is peeing outside of the litterbox may have bladder stones or kidney disease.
  • A dog who is being destructive while you’re gone for the day may have separation anxiety.

We find that many times, once the medical concern is resolved, the undesirable behavior stops, too. If your pet’s behavior is not medically related, we will begin behavior modification techniques and potentially medication-assisted training. If we’re unable to help you control and modify your pet’s behavior, we will refer you to a board-certified animal behavior specialist.

Join the Highland Animal Hospital Family Today!

Located directly across from St. Marys Cemetery and just a quarter mile from John Eliot Elementary School.

Phone: 781.433.0467

Email: info@highlandanimalhospitalma.com

  • Monday: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed