Hingham Area Veterinary Services

Immunization & Wellness Care

Immunization & Wellness Care

Wellness examinations and immunizations are the cornerstone of good health care for your pet. We know that it is far easier and safer to prevent medical problems than it is to treat them after they occur. Therefore, we offer routine well-care visits, discussions of your pet’s health, and proper vaccinations to make sure your pet stays healthy and to catch minor problems before they can become major health issues. Our doctors make sure that each and every pet receives individualized wellness care.

In addition to a complete physical examination, the care program includes internal parasite testing and prevention, external parasite control, routine immunizations, life-stage blood testing, and discussions of your pet’s behavior. Our attention to detail helps ensure that your pet receives the best care at all times.

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Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine

Internal medicine involves the diagnosis and treatment of diseases that are not treated with surgery. This might include problems with the eyes, skin, heart, digestion, nervous system, hormones, and limbs. If your pet is not feeling up to par, the doctors are here to help. They are skilled at combining the history of your pet’s problem with a thorough medical examination so that sound recommendations can be made for diagnostics and treatment. The diagnostic plan is then rapidly implemented, using state-of-the-art equipment. Swift diagnosis allows for immediate treatment; this results in the quick and effective management of most problems. Pets requiring hospitalization are cared for by our compassionate nursing staff, which puts the needs of your pet first.

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture

The ancient Chinese art of acupuncture is extremely helpful for a wide range of medical conditions in pets. Acupuncture is used to treat painful musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis, strains, and sprains. Fine needles painlessly inserted at specific points on the body help decrease the pain of hip dysplasia, back disease, cruciate ligament tears, and muscle spasms. Acupuncture is also successfully used to treat diseases of the respiratory, reproductive, urinary, and digestive systems. We are pleased to provide acupuncture services for cats and dogs.

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Surgical Services

Surgical Services

Our doctors are skilled in a great variety of surgical procedures, including soft tissue surgery and orthopedics. Soft tissue surgeries include procedures such as spays, neuters, tumor removal, and surgeries of the abdomen. Orthopedic surgeries include repair of broken bones, as well as knee and hip surgery. Pets requiring surgery receive the finest care from the moment they enter the hospital. Individualized recommendations are made regarding pre-operative blood testing, anesthesia regime, and pain control. Our doctors and nurses use the latest equipment to monitor pets before, during, and after surgery. Special equipment allows us to keep track of heart rate, oxygen use, body temperature, and respiratory rate while your pet is anesthetized. After surgery, your pet will receive the finest nursing and medical care and be reunited with you as soon as possible.

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Dental Care

Dental Care

Dentistry is a critical, often overlooked part of health care for your pet. Routine dental care is required to maintain the overall wellbeing of your pet. Additionally, a pet with dental disease is not only in pain, but is also at risk of developing serious diseases of the entire body. Old Derby Animal Hospital is pleased to provide needed care of your pet’s teeth and to treat diseases of the mouth, gums, and teeth. After a thorough examination, specific recommendations will be made for your pet. Some pets simply need routine oral care, while those with mouth troubles may require additional, advanced treatment. No matter your pet’s age or problem, the staff is equipped to meet all your pet’s dental needs.

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Pain Management

Pain Management

The need to control pain in our pets is a simple, humane principle of veterinary care. Pets in pain suffer. As members of your family, your pets are worthy of the same attention to pain control as every other loved one. Therefore, no surgical or medical procedure can be considered a complete success if your pet is in pain. This means that pets undergoing even the simplest surgeries, such as a spay or neuter, will receive medication to control pain. These medications may be administered at the hospital and may be sent home with the pet. Our veterinary care team feels that it is our responsibility to do our very best to identify and limit the pain felt by your pet.

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End of Life Care

End of Life Care

We know that the final period of a pet’s life brings to a close years of friendship and love. It is the goal of our doctors and staff to make this time as stress-free and comfortable as possible. We provide expert counseling regarding diet, exercise, alternative therapies, pain control, and environmental modifications for older, ill, or painful pets. Together, we can help make the decisions regarding types and lengths of treatment. When the decision is made to euthanize, we offer a quiet ’comfort room’ for your pet and you, and will help you with burial arrangements.

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Pharmacy

Pharmacy

Old Derby Animal Hospital has an on-site pharmacy supplied with prescription medications for preventive care and treatment of illnesses. A wide range of veterinary drugs are stocked to make sure that the medication your pet needs is immediately available. This allows for rapid filling of needed prescriptions and refill medications. In addition, the hospital stocks a complete supply of prescription foods needed to treat diverse illnesses such a kidney, cardiac, and intestinal disease.


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Nutritional Counseling

Nutritional Counseling

It is a challenge to pick the best foods for your pet. Meeting your pet’s nutritional requirements no longer means simply feeding the same dry food throughout his or her life. We now know that your pet’s dietary needs will vary with species, breed, age, activity level, and health status. Fortunately, the highly trained and certified staff at Old Derby Animal Hospital can help you choose the right diet. We can create an individualized diet plan that meets your pet’s needs. We are pleased to be able to offer an extensive variety of foods for your pets, ranging from all natural diets to those made specifically for pets with medical conditions.

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Oncology (Cancer Diagnosis & Treatment)

Oncology

Unfortunately, pets, just like people, may suffer from cancer during their lives. Fortunately, we are here to help. It is our goal to provide the most up-to date, integrated care for your pet, while also supporting owners during this difficult time. To this end, our veterinarians are well-informed regarding current therapies for cancer; they can perform surgeries and administer chemotherapy to treat the cancer and enhance your pet’s life. In addition, the doctors offer advice as to diet, supplements, pain control, and other modifications that will help your pet feel better.

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State of the Art Diagnostics

Diagnostics

Accurate diagnostic equipment helps our doctors reach a quick, correct diagnosis. We are pleased to provide state-of-the art diagnostic equipment, including new radiographic tools designed to take clear, precise x-rays of your pet's body and specialized dental x-rays. In addition, we use non-invasive ultrasonography to painlessly examine internal organs and diagnose pregnancy. If laboratory work is needed, we offer both in-house laboratory equipment and commercial laboratory services to provide comprehensive testing and rapid results.

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Microchip Pet Identification

Microchip Identification

Our doctors recommend that all cats and dogs receive identification micro-chips. These chips are tiny, rice-sized devices that contain valuable identification and contact information. During an office call, the chips are easily implanted under the skin and remain as a permanent means to identify your pet if lost. Microchips can also be placed while your pet is under anesthesia during a spay/neuter procedure. The chips are readable with a small hand-held scanner that allows the information to be retrieved rapidly and lets your pet be traced back to your home. It is a regrettable fact that many lost pets are not reunited with their owners. Their chances of getting back home are greatly improved if the animal carries a microchip, because veterinarians and animal shelters routinely scan for these tiny identification chips.

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Therapeutic / Medical Baths

Medical Baths

Cutting edge therapy for skin disorders includes therapeutic baths with medicated shampoos. Safer and often more effective than oral or injectable medications, therapeutic shampoos allow the skin medication to be applied uniformly and directly to the site of the problem. In addition, the water used in the bath acts to treat and sooth irritated skin. After an examination by one of our veterinarians, animals are treated using a HydroSurge sprayer. This specialized sprayer massages your pet while applying a mixture of pure air, water, and medicated shampoo. Your pet feels comforted and relaxed while receiving topical medication to effectively treat the skin.

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Well Care & Treatment of Small Mammals

Small Mammals

Our hospital strives to meet the medical needs of all your small mammals. We are thrilled to be able to offer care for rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, rats, and mice. Just like pet dogs and cats, your small pets need veterinary care, balanced nutrition, human interaction, and appropriate management of their environment. Each species of exotic pet has its own specific needs for housing, diet, and care. Our doctors are highly skilled at treating and caring for many types of exotic pets and are pleased to be able to offer care and guidance. Whether your ferret needs immunizations or your guinea pig needs a special diet, we are here to help.

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