At Associates Animal Hospital, we focus on keeping your pet happy and healthy. Unfortunately, some pets occasionally experience illnesses or injuries that require a veterinarian's care and attention.
Associates Animal Hospital offers high quality diagnostic and medical treatments for sick and injured pets. We provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere to diagnose and treat your pet.
A successful recuperation is our goal and our experienced and caring team of veterinarians is supported by our:
- on-site laboratory
- x-ray capabilities
We offer ultrasound and endoscopy through New England Veterinary Specialists. Advanced laboratory services are supplied by Idexx Laboratories and emergency coverage by Tufts Veterinary Hospital.
If your pet is experiencing an illness including, but not limited to, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash, loss of appetite or lower energy level, our team and facility are here to diagnose and treat your pet. We are also equipped to help your pet recover if it has sustained an injury such as a bite wound, lameness or trauma from an accident (including if your pet is hit by a car).
Routine Diagnostic Tests for Pets
Fecal Exams for Dogs and Cats
We recommend a fecal flotation be performed every year on all pets in your household. Parasites from dogs and cats can be transmitted to people. Every annual physical should include examination of a stool sample that is less than 12 hours old, never frozen and preferably not left in a hot location. This will help keep everyone healthy.
Puppies coming to their 8, 12, and 16 week examinations should have a fecal flotation done at each appointment.
Every kitten that comes to the animal hospital should have a fecal (stool) flotation at their 8, 12 and 16 week checks. Adults cats should have their stool checked annually. Because cats are cats, we often offer prophylactic deworming for outdoor cats (who can find where they poop?). And for cats that live with lots of other kitty friends, we just take one sample from the litter pan.
All cats should either receive deworming medication or a fecal exam once a year. Statistics show a 40% incidence of intestinal parasites in pets in the New England region. Many of these parasites can be transmitted to people, so this is for everyone's well being.
Blood Tests for Heartworm and Lyme Disease in Dogs
Lyme Disease — Every year your dog should be tested for Lyme disease whether they are vaccinated or not. The Lyme vaccine does not protect dogs as well as other vaccines that are used against different diseases. Dogs that have tested positive for Lyme disease in the past can either reinfect or have a resurgence of the disease. We recommend a SNAP 4DX blood test annually on all dogs.
Heartworm Disease — We recommend that all dogs 8 weeks and older receive a heartworm preventative every month for their entire life. We recommend testing all dogs for heartworm disease starting at 6 months of age. As long as the test is negative for heartworm disease and the dog is taking year round heartworm preventatives monthly, we will test them once every 3 years. Some people still like to give their pets heartworm pills only in the summer. This is no longer recommended due to climate changes. The New England mosquito season is too variable now. Since the mosquito carries the disease and they seem to be showing up at odd times throughout the year, we recommend giving the preventatives all year long. Dogs that receive seasonal heartworm medication should have a Heartworm Antigen test done annually before restarting preventative medication.
Blood Tests for Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodificiency Virus
At the age of 12 weeks every kitten should be tested for two very serious feline diseases. These are the Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV ) and the Feline Immunodeficiancy Virus ( FIV ). These viruses can be given to other cats you have at home. Keep the new pet separate from your old friends until you know that your new pet is negative for these diseases.
If all your cats live indoors then you are all done. Once you know all your pets are negative for FeLV and FIV, they are free to mingle and play as they wish. If your pets go outside, then they should receive the Feline Leukemia vaccinations before they taste the great outdoors.