Keeping Your Bridgewater, MA Pet Healthy

<? echo $title ?>You love your pet. When your pet is sick, you want to find the best care possible. Drs. Sullivan, Brown, Botelho, and the entire veterinary medical team at Bridgewater Veterinary Clinic provide the best possible care for your pet in a compassionate and loving environment. The entire staff is committed to medical excellence and prides themselves on open communication with all their clients.

At Bridgewater Veterinary Clinic, your pet receives the highest level of care available. To maintain our high standards, we offer a broad range of veterinary services to our patients. Our focus is on disease prevention and wellness care and we take a personalized approach to high quality pet care based on you and your pet's lifestyle. Through our preventative care program, your pet receives a comprehensive "nose-to-tail" physical examination in order to establish his or her own overall health profile. Our team of veterinarians also works very closely with an excellent reference laboratory for blood/urine/tissue samples in order to obtain highly accurate and timely results.

Whether your pet is a playful puppy or a cat entering the golden years, he or she receives the best care possible at Bridgewater Veterinary Clinic. We offer a full range of treatments from traditional spays and neuters to more advanced medical and surgical procedures.

Internal Medicine

One of the frustrations of dealing with a sick pet is that you cannot simply ask him/her what is wrong. Therefore, Bridgewater Veterinary Clinic takes pride in holding regular meetings as a team to discuss complicated patient conditions. We also believe in the wisdom of reaching out to specialists for their expert guidance in challenging cases. We focus on developing a diagnostic and treatment plan that is best for both the client and the patient and never judge those who cannot afford the "gold standard".

Bridgewater Veterinary Clinic knows that when your pet is not well, we need to find out what is wrong. After performing a thorough examination, a series of diagnostic tests may be necessary in order to identify the medical condition. We work very closely with an excellent reference laboratory so that we can guarantee accuracy and timely results on your beloved pet's bloodwork and samples.

All the veterinarians at Bridgewater Veterinary Clinic are knowledgeable and have a large amount of expertise in diagnosing and treating complex internal medicine cases such as kidney, heart, respiratory, immune-mediated, and endocrine diseases.

DermatologyAllergies and Dermatology

If left untreated, allergy-related conditions can fester and become serious health concerns for your pet.

Therefore, it is important to be able to identify the first signs and symptoms of allergies and dermatological conditions. These include:

  • Inflamed ears
  • Hotspots, especially those that recur
  • Scratching
  • Rubbing the eyes or mouth area
  • Flaking
  • Lesions on the skin
  • Hair loss
  • Red itchy bumps on the skin
  • Asthma-like wheezing or respiratory issues

These problems can indicate a serious dermatological condition or allergic reaction to allergens such as fleas, pollen, dust, and various foods. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important that you bring your pet in to Bridgewater Veterinary Clinic for an evaluation. Skin conditions, allergies in particular, are often lifelong conditions that require chronic management.

At Bridgewater Veterinary Clinic, we take the time to explain your pet's condition, how to prevent future occurrences and the proper method of treatment.

Puppy and Kitten Care

Bringing a new puppy or kitten into your home is always something to celebrate. They add energy and fun and are a source of unceasing affection as they bond with you and your family.

However, new pets require a little extra attention to ensure they get a good, healthy start at life. This means that comprehensive physical exams from one of the veterinarians at Bridgewater Veterinary Clinic at key developmental stages are essential. Any time that you get a new pet, whether it's a pediatric or adult pet, it's important to schedule an appointment right away so that we may review their prior medical records and make timely recommendations for appropriate wellness care.

Your first visits with your new puppy or kitten at Bridgewater Veterinary Clinic are perhaps the most important. These initial visits are where you, one of our veterinarians, and your pet first meet and begin to form the relationship that lasts throughout the life of your pet. We take plenty of time with these visits to give your puppy or kitten a thorough examination, talk with you about concerns you may have, offer health care and training advice, and more.

Puppy and Kitten CareSome of the issues discussed during your kitten's first visits include:

Some of the issues discussed during your puppy's first visits include:

We take plenty of time during these visits to give your puppy or kitten a thorough examination, which includes assessing for potential congenital problems, offer health care and training advice, and talk with you about any concerns you may have. This is your new kitten or puppy and we're happy to answer all of your questions.

Your Pet's Senior Care

Congratulations! By taking the time to learn more about the special needs of your senior aged pet, you have taken the first step toward providing the best care for your friend in his or her golden years. As with humans, pets in their senior years - those of about six years of age and older - begin to go through a gradual reduction of their physical capabilities. However, this process can be slowed and managed through proper veterinary care thereby offering your beloved pet an extended period of vitality and good health. Preventative care tailored to your pet's age, lifestyle, risk factors and other elements can help prevent common diseases or detect them at early and easily treatable stages.

There is also an important role for you to play as your pet's primary caregiver. While you cannot control age related decline, you can influence your pet's activity level, living conditions, access to quality senior veterinary care, and daily nutrition. With your veterinarian's help, you can manage these factors in order to prolong your pet's good health, vitality, and increase his or her well-being, even as his or her pace slows a bit.

However, the best time to begin your pet's senior care program and recognize the need for a little extra TLC is well before age related conditions begin to set in.

Senior Pet CareSenior Wellness Exams

This semi-annual visit includes a routine physical examination that gives you an opportunity to discuss concerns regarding your pet's age, and may include specialized lab work to detect the early signs of disease processes. Our doctors tailor these exams and tests to your pet's age, breed, lifestyle, and physical condition in order to best meet his or her health needs. Because a mature pet's condition can change significantly in a short period of time, we recommend that families bring in their senior pets approximately every 6 months.

Dental Care

Unfortunately, dental disease is all too common in pets, especially older pets, and it represents a significant systemic health risk. Because bacteria in the mouth can enter the bloodstream and be passed to other organs, periodontal disease has been found to have associations with kidney, liver, lung, and heart disease. Additionally, pets in oral distress will often have difficulty or discomfort when eating.

Skin Conditions

As with humans, aging causes your pet's skin to become more susceptible to a range of medical issues as well as become less elastic and heal more slowly. A range of dermatological conditions can cause changes, such as hair loss and new growths; therefore, we recommend regular examinations of your pet's skin and hair, especially if you notice itching, hair loss, or painful areas.

Home Care

During your pet's senior exams your veterinarian will discuss with you ways that you can help maintain your older pet's health at home. These suggestions include:

Your older pet is a real member of the family. With proper care and regular testing, your loyal companion should be able to live a long and healthy life.