It’s no surprise that American families love their cats- and their cats love them back! As of 2014, there were over 93 million owned cats in the United States making them the new “man’s best friend”. MEOW!
September is Happy Healthy Cat Month at Boston Veterinary Care (BVC), so what better time to bring in your kitty companion for their annual wellness
Schedule an appointment with Dr.Breda, BVC’s new Lead Veterinarian, at (617) 226-5605 or arlboston.org/bvc
exam! Your feline will love you even more for keeping them in tip-top shape, since, well, you know how meticulous they are!
Yearly check-ups are essential for cats of every age so that their veterinarian can carefully monitor their overall health and nutrition, while also making sure that they are up-to-date on all vaccinations and internal and external parasite preventatives.
Take advantage of BVC’s Happy Healthy Cat Month offer this September and receive a:
- RESERVED appointment time on Thursdays between 9:30am – 12 noon. (Cats only! No dogs will be allowed in the lobby or clinic during this time.)
- FREE wellness exam, if not seen within the last 3 years (2012 or earlier)
- FREE cat toy with wellness exam, while supplies last
- FREE sample of a Feliway wipe, while supplies last. Feliway is a pheromone that may help to calm cats during periods of stress, such as trips to the vet! The wipe can be used on the cat’s carrier or bedding.
To make an appointment, call (617) 226-5605 or visit arlboston.org/bvc.
Boston Veterinary Care is located at 10 Chandler St, Boston, MA 02116 in the South End with easy access via I-90 and I-93. FREE on-site parking is available for your convenience.
Boston Veterinary Care offers discount for pets ages 7 and up during Senior Pet Month
November is National Senior Pet Month and National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and that makes it a great time to bring your pet to Boston Veterinary Care for their wellness exam.
In honor of all senior pets, BVC is offering a special senior wellness package for the entire month: Senior Exam, Diagnostic Bloodwork, Fecal Exam, Urinalysis and Nail Trim, all for $210. That’s over $50 off of the list price!
As an added bonus, each senior pet will go home with a pet toothbrush and toothpaste sample to help to maintain their oral health.
If you need a refresher on how to brush your pet’s teeth, ask your veterinary technician or watch the YouTube video demonstration on the bottom of their website: bostonvetcare.com.
Located in the same building as the Animal Rescue League, BVC is conveniently located off of I-90 and I-93, close to the Green Line, Orange Line and Silver Line and offers FREE on-site parking for your convenience.
Pet Photos with the Easter Bunny!
FIVER is one of the bunnies who’ll be at the event. His adoption fee has been waived thanks to a generous sponsor.
Please join Boston Veterinary Care for a special Easter event celebrating their dedicated clients and welcoming new faces.
Bring the whole family (pets too) today, Saturday, April 12 from noon-3pm for photos with the Easter Bunny, refreshments, and Easter egg hunt and YES live, adoptable bunnies from the ARL!
Learn more at bostonvetcare.com
Special thank you to the Berkeley Perk Cafe for donating refreshments for the event!
We’ll Have Your Pet Smiling In No Time
In honor of Pet Dental Health Month, Boston Veterinary Care (BVC) will offer 20% off pet dental cleanings booked during the month of February!
Did you know that, if left untreated, dental disease can lead to serious health concerns ranging from tooth loss to bacterial infection of the heart, liver and kidneys?
Or that 80% of dogs over the age of 3 and at least 50% of cats have advanced periodontal disease that requires immediate professional treatment?
We encourage you to have your pet’s teeth examined by one of the skilled veterinarians at BVC. Remember: you get 20% off dental-related products and services booked this month!
Call 617-226-5605 to schedule an appointment for your pet today!
 Wiggs RB, Lobprise HB. Periontontology. In: Veterinary Dentistry. Principles and Practice. Philadelphia, PA: Lippin-Raven, 1997:186-231
All Proceeds Benefit the ARL
Come in from the cold and join Boston Veterinary Care today from 1-3PM to have your pet’s photo taken with Santa! Hot cider and treats for both pets and humans alike will be provided. All proceeds benefit the Animal Rescue League of Boston.
Donate to a good cause, enjoy some refreshments and have a lasting keepsake of your furry family member – a photo with Santa! Check out the event on Facebook! Your donation will help shelter pets find a ‘Home For The Holidays’!
Please be sure that cats and small pets are in a suitable carrier for their safety.
Thank you in advance for your contribution!
We hope to see you there!
National Veterinary Technicians Week: October 13-19
Veterinary technicians are an essential part of the work done at the Animal Rescue League of Boston. They work in our shelters, on the Spay Waggin‘ and at Boston Veterinary Care. As advocates for pet health, veterinary technicians assist veterinarians in providing care to the animals in our care. The National Veterinary Technician Association has declared Oct 13 to 19 National Vet Tech Week. The ARL applauds the message from NVTA, “Lifelong Commitment. Lifelong Care.” as it echos our own sentiment for pet ownership.
We are proud of the work our vet techs do so professionally, and we are grateful that they have chosen to work at the Animal Rescue League of Boston.
Jessica is our vet tech extraordinaire at the Boston shelter!
Although we value our vet techs (listed below) every day of the year, we take this week to especially honor them for their commitment to compassionate, high-quality veterinary care for all animals! Thank you for all that you do!
Boston Veterinary Care
Spay Waggin’/Shelter Medicine
Be sure to let your veterinary technician know how much you appreciate him/her next time you’re at the vet with your pet!
Boston Veterinary Care is Currently Hiring a Veterinary Technician
We are seeking an experienced technician who is certified and/or has at least two years of experience in a small veterinary practice. This position is key to Boston Veterinary Care’s operations because it involves every aspect of the Clinic.
A high level of professionalism and strong customer service skills are mandatory. Working in a small busy environment make strong interpersonal skills and a willingness to be a team player absolute requirements. This position has to be flexible in the duties and responsibilities to best fit the changing needs of the Boston Veterinary Care and the mission of the Animal Rescue League of Boston. The duties of the position cover any part of the veterinary practice and does not include diagnosis, prescription or surgery. The duties do not entail any activities prohibited by the veterinary practice act of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The technician performs all functions under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian.
If you’re looking for a fun, yet challenging work environment with some amazing veterinarians, consider applying!
For more information about this position or to apply please visit the careers section of our website.
All three of our shelters and Boston Veterinary Care are closed today in observance of the 4th of July holiday. Please note that even though we are closed to the public a dedicated group of staff members and volunteers are with our shelter animals today.
BOSTON VETERINARY CARE is currently accepting new clients! If you’re looking for a quality vet clinic with friendly staff you should visit Boston Veterinary Care at the Animal Rescue League of Boston. The BVC team of highly-skilled and dedicated veterinarians and technicians share invaluable experience in treating animals with challenging medical conditions. They pride themselves in serving primary care for privately owned pets.
They offer the following services:
- Preventative Medicine
- Wellness Vaccines
- Feline/Canine Nutrition Counseling
- Digital Dental Radiography
- Outpatient Surgery
- Orthopedic Surgery
Most importantly, when you bring your pet to Boston Veterinary Care you are supporting the League’s mission to rescue domesticated animals and wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment and neglect!
To make an appointment, call 617.226.5605 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hours of operation:
Monday – Wednesday – 8am to 7pm
Thursday – Saturday – 8am to 4pm
Sunday – Closed
BVC also offers free on-site parking!
Danielle d.W.: We just had a terrible scare with our dog and the disease HGE! I had never heard of this before and I think it would be great to let people know how serious, but treatable this is!
Answer: BVC Relief Veterinarian Dr. Vo explains Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis (HGE) as an acute condition that leads to inflammation and bleeding of the intestines. This disease can also cause systemic infection, this means that bacteria can be absorbed into the body. Dr. Vo tells us that HGE presents with bloody diarrhea and vomiting. When this illness is present the stool is described as “raspberry jam.” When diagnosed by a veterinarian the treatment includes, hospitalization with fluids and pain management. Depending on the cause of the disease it may be treated by antibiotics as well. Symptoms of this illness can be severe and even fatal if not treated. Causes are still unknown, but may be due to abnormal reactions to food, bacteria or drugs. Dr. Vo reminds us that many other diseases can cause similar symptoms. If your dog suddenly displays bloody diarrhea you should seek medical attention immediately.
Erin: My 4-year old male cat (8.5 lbs) with a formally small appetite is suddenly, over the past few months, seemingly starving about an hour after eating and bugs me for the rest of the night. He also wakes me up in the morning now wanting food (which he never did, that was left to my other (fat) cat). I took him to the vet and they did a fecal and found nothing wrong, or no physical symptoms like weight loss, etc…is it worth getting blood work? They didn’t’ think so, unless his weight changes.
Answer: Dr. Vo explains that changes in dietary habits can be caused by both medical and behavioral issues. Endocrine problems, parasites and intestinal disease are some common medical causes of these symptoms. At 4 years old it would be rare for a cat to have hyperthyroidism. Blood work can indicate other issues and it is never a bad idea to check because doing this will also help in ruling out certain medical problems. Dr. Vo notes that if behavior is the cause of her increasing food demands, then it may be helpful to evaluate her environment and your own behavior to see if you may be enabling these changes. To learn more check out http://indoorpet.osu.edu/. Here you can find tips to help you identify sources of un-wanted behavior.
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