Services for Our Bridgewater Clients

Behavior CounselingBehavioral Counseling

Behavior problems are the number one reason that owners give up a pet. Bridgewater Veterinary Clinic offers behavior counseling for many of your pet's problems including inappropriate urination or defecation, aggression, separation anxiety, inappropriate chewing and barking, and introduction of new pets into the household.

Our veterinarians will work closely with you to understand the source of these behavior issues and develop a specific plan to help eliminate your pet's unwanted behavior. Often the behavior problem, such as inappropriate voiding, can be linked to a medical issue (such as cystitis, bladder stones, or kidney disease) and can be treated medically. For other behavior issues, the treatment plan often includes behavior modification and may include medication-assisted training. If our veterinarians and technical staff members cannot help with your pet's behavior problem, we can refer you to a veterinarian who is board-certified in animal behavior.

Nutrition Counseling & Prescription Diets

We offer prescription diets and nutrition counseling during your pet's comprehensive physical examination, based on what we see. Dr. Botelho also offers nutrition consultations particularly for weight loss guidance. With body measurements and calculations, she can help your pet reach an ideal weight.

Why is this important? Pets are living longer, healthier lives than ever before and a big part of that is due to our expanded knowledge of the importance of proper nutrition to overall health. In fact, nutrition is the biggest health variable controlled by a pet's caregiver.

Some pets have more serious nutritional challenges or chronic conditions that can benefit from a special diet. If we identify an issue in your pet, we offer advice and provide information about diets that benefit specific medical conditions such as liver and intestinal disease, bladder and kidney stones, renal failure, food allergies, diabetes, and other conditions.

We carry a diverse inventory of prescription foods, including Hills, Purina, and Waltham brand foods. If your pet requires a prescription diet we do not carry, we may be able to order it for you. We also have many diets available on our online store that can be sent directly to your home. Please call us with any questions or concerns.

MicrochippingAVID Microchipping

All too often a pet that has run off fails to return home. This is a terrible, frightening situation. We have all seen the sad lost pet notices posted throughout our neighborhoods. Getting lost is more than an inconvenience: It's the number one cause of pet death.

One day, a client brought a dog into our clinic she had found running around her outdoor work site. We scanned the dog and the microchip company directed us to an owner out of state. The owner had asked a relative in Massachusetts to watch the dog for a period of time. The dog had been riding in a car with the relative with the window open when a loud noise frightened the dog. He jumped out of the car window and ran off. We were able to reunite the dog with the relative who was grateful and excited to be able to return the dog to his owner.

Studies have shown that more than 10 million pets get lost each year and about 90 percent would not be returned to their owner unless they have some form of permanent pet identification.

This is why the team at Bridgewater Veterinary Clinic views microchip pet IDs as a standard of protection for your pet. With a microchip, your pet can be identified quickly and easily by animal control officers, shelters, and veterinary hospitals. Microchips are safe, unalterable, and permanent identification for pets. The implant procedure is brief and causes minimal discomfort. We often perform microchip implantation at the time of spay or neuter, but we also schedule outpatient appointments for this procedure.

We use the AVID microchip system. The AVID ID system uses a microchip that registers the animal with a unique identification number. This number is filed in a database with important contact information that can be updated at any time.

AVID uses technology that is standardized around the U.S. so that your pet's microchip can be read at shelters and veterinary hospitals in any part of the country.

Euthanasia

Difficult Choices, Compassionate Answers

Euthanasia and tending to your pet's remains are two of the most difficult issues for many people to consider. Asking the question means confronting fear, guilt, and grief.

Euthanasia methods are designed to cause minimal pain and distress. Talk to a veterinarian or staff member at Bridgewater Veterinary Clinic about pet euthanasia long before it becomes an issue. Find out about your options, make some key decisions ahead of time, and ask us to add this information to your pet's record. Taking the time to plan, as challenging as it may be, will lessen the pain and discomfort for you and your pet in the event this option ever has to be considered. We offer cremation and burial services through Angelview Pet Cemetery. To memorialize and honor your beloved friend, we offer complimentary clay paw prints of euthanized pets.

All of us at Bridgewater Veterinary Clinic will do our best to help you prepare for these important issues with the compassion and sensitivity they require.

Telemedicine

PharmacyWhen necessary, Bridgewater Veterinary Clinic staff guides pet owners over the phone, which may include recommending that the pet come in to be seen by one of our veterinarians. We make a point to call owners of sick or recently discharged pets to check on them and serve as a support system for our clients. Our receptionists, technicians, and doctors do their best to properly advise pet owners on the necessity of an office visit or whether a home therapy should be first attempted. We strive to accommodate any client who feels anxious about their pet's health and wants to schedule an appointment.

In-House Pharmacy

As the prescribing veterinarian for your pet's medications, we are able to ensure a direct link between the exam room and our pharmacy. This means your pet will receive the right medication, at the right dose, in the right form as quickly as possible. We can easily guide you regarding the medication's use as well as monitor its effectiveness.

We maintain a complete inventory of pharmaceuticals, vitamins, shampoos, flea and tick control products, and heartworm preventatives to meet the needs of your pet. We also carry a full line of prescription diets. For medications, prescription diets and recommended products that we do not have in stock, we can refer you to our online pharmacy, or in some cases, prescribe to a human pharmacy of your choice.

Ensuring that you have convenient and timely access to competitively priced medications is an important aspect of our veterinary practice.

Refills are easy too. Simply give us a call at (508) 697-3831 or send us an email.