SPAY OR NEUTERING YOUR PET
Please, spay/neuter your pet! In addition to saving lives, spaying and neutering can also drastically improve your pet's health and life expectancy. The idea that pets become "fat" or "lazy" when they are spayed or neutered is a myth. Sterilized pets lead healthier, longer lives. Spaying a female eliminates the possibility of uterine and ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the risk of breast cancer. Neutering a male reduces the risk of both prostate enlargement and prostate cancer. Neutering also will make your pet more affectionate and less likely to roam, get in fights, or become lost.
• Spayed and neutered pets are better, more affectionate, companions.
• Neutered cats are less likely to spray and mark territory.
• Spaying a female dog or cat eliminates its heat cycle, which can last twenty-one days, twice a year, in dogs, and anywhere from three to fifteen days, three or more times a year, in cats. Females in heat often cry incessantly, show nervous behavior, and attract unwanted male animals.
• Spayed and neutered pets are less likely to bite. Unaltered animals often exhibit more behavior and temperament problems than those that have been spayed or neutered.
We can accomodate walk-in clients however, it is best to call ahead to let us know you are coming. Emergency cases will always be given top priority followed by scheduled appointments. Your time is valuable to us and we will do our best to accomodate all patients in a timely fashion. Please give at least 24-hours notice for all cancelled appointments.
We carry a large selection of Hill's Prescription Diet, Science Diet, Purina & Royal Canin for dogs and cats. If your pet needs help with skin conditions, digestive health, weight control, kidney issues, bladder issues, gum disease, diabetes or a food allergy, proper nutrition can make a difference. We also carry Prescription Diet treats that are compatible with many of the various diets. Please call ahead when you are in need of food.
Unless properly vaccinated, your pet can be at risk of contracting one of several, possibly fatal diseases. Most common infectious diseases can be prevented by routine vaccination. We vaccinate our pets for the most important & common of these diseases in order to protect them. In fact, vaccines are usually effective in more than 95% of pets vaccinated. Additionally, routinely vaccinating your pet is often less expensive than paying for treating your sick pet later, and reduces virus transmission in the pet population.
Massachusetts law requires dogs & cats to be vaccinated for rabies.
Pets should be vaccinated annually for most vaccines, after the initial booster series is administered. Some vaccines can be boostered every three years, such as the Imrab III Rabies Vaccine. We also recommend testing a fecal sample from your pet annually and a Heartworm/Lyme blood test for your dog. Heartworm pills should be given to your dog once-a-month year round as they offer intestinal parasite control also. Flea & tick topical medications such as Vectra 3D or Frontline Plus should be applied monthly.
CVC has a large pharmacy to accommodate our patient's needs.
SURGICAL & DAY PROCEDURES
All pets are closely monitored during the entire anesthesia process with state-of-the-art equipment. Respiratory rate, heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, oxygen level, and EKG's are recorded digitally and placed in each pet's electronic medical file.
The drop off time for surgeries is 8:30am-8:45am. Most surgeries are performed Monday - Thursday and need to be scheduled in advance.
All dog and cat spays will spend one night with us in the hospital. Dog and cat neuters can go home the same day usually after 4:30-5pm.
Please do not feed your pet the night before past midnight. He/she can have a small amount of water up until 7am the day of the procedure. Rabbits do not need to be fasted before arriving at the clinic. Cancellations should be made with 24-hour notice.