October is Pet Obesity Awareness Month at BVC

Receive 20% OFF all weight-loss formula food for cats and dogs

As humans, we’re reminded daily about the short and long-term health benefits of proper nutrition and exercise. To keep our weight in check, we can pretty easily monitor our weight loss or gain by stepping on our bathroom scale, trying on those “skinny jeans”, or observing our overall energy level. And, if we don’t like what we see or how we feel, we can make a conscious effort to get our health back on track.

When it comes to our pets, the same rules about a proper diet and maintaining a healthy weight apply, except that our pets cannot regulate it themselves; we must do it for them!

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 52.6% of dogs and 57.6% of cats in the United States are overweight or obese. These statistics are concerning since there are many health risks for overweight pets, which include: diabetes, joint stress, arthritis, an increase in blood pressure, heart disease, lethargy, and overall poor quality of life. These worrisome negative health implications are why obesity in our pets is not only important to recognize, but also to control and prevent.

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Let BVC help you achieve your pet’s weight-loss goal! Now through October 31st, *BVC is offering 20% OFF all weight-loss formula for cats and dogs.

Boston Veterinary Care (BVC) shares 5 important tips on how to manage your pet’s weight:

  1. Keep track of your pet’s weight, just as you would your own, so that any gains or losses can be easily detected. A 5-pound weight gain may not have a significant effect on a 160lb human, but it will on a 15lb dog. To determine if your pet may be overweight, stand directly over your pet and look down at them; if you do not see a waistline, then your pet may be too heavy.
  2. Monitor your pet’s eating habits. This includes snacks too! Proper calorie intake varies by animal, so consult your veterinarian to determine your pet’s ideal weight and a proper diet. If your pet seems hungrier than normal after mealtime, try to figure out if their eagerness to eat is from actual hunger or simply the desire to taste those yummy table scraps.
  3. Observe any changes in energy level. If your pet seems to be tired or less active than normal, weight gain or improper nutrition may be to blame. If the lethargy lasts more than a few days, contact your veterinarian.
  4. Create a lifestyle that encourages exercise. Most pets like to play, so find an activity that you both enjoy. If your dog likes to run, try jogging with them a few times a week. If they like to fetch, throw a ball around with them in the park after work. If you have a cat, find a toy that they like to chase. Remember, you’ll reap the benefits of the daily exercise too without even realizing it!
  5. Schedule vet appointments regularly. In addition to your pet’s annual wellness exam, you should take your pet to their veterinarian if you observe any significant weight gain (or loss!), or a change in eating habits or energy level. If your veterinarian determines that your pet needs to lose a few pounds, it’s important to help them slim down to a healthy weight- and to help them maintain it afterward.

Take advantage of Boston Veterinary Care’s special October offer!

Pet obesity is the #1 health problem for pets in the United States. Is your pet overweight? If so, then let BVC help you achieve your pet’s weight-loss goals through our October offer!

Now through October 31st, *BVC is offering 20% OFF all weight-loss formula for cats and dogs. Call BVC at 617-226-5605 or email us at bvc@arlboston.org for details!

*Offer good for Boston Veterinary Care (BVC) patients who have had an exam within the last 12 months. May not be combined with any other offer.


BVC’s September offer will keep your feline friend in PURRfect shape!

It’s no surprise that American families love their cats- and their cats love them back! According to the 2015-2016 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, there were over 85 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 exam! Your feline friend will love you even more for keeping them in tip-top shape, since, well, you know how meticulous they are!

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Schedule an appointment with Dr.Breda, BVC’s Lead Veterinarian, at (617) 226-5605 or meet the rest of our team at www.arlboston.org/bvc/meet-our-staff.

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.

Click here to download our promotional flyer – be sure to share this flyer with your friends and family!

Take advantage of BVC’s Happy Healthy Cat Month offer this September and receive:

  • 25% OFF a cat wellness exam*, even for seniors!
  • FREE goody bag filled with pawsome items for your feline friend, while supplies last.

To make an appointment, call (617) 226-5605 or visit arlboston.org/bvc.

All profits from Boston Veterinary Care support the Animal Rescue League of Boston. 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.

*Not to be combined with any other offer. Offer ends 9/30/16. 


Special BVC Offer During National Senior Pet Month

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.

senior pet 3In 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.



Today! Pet-Friendly Spring Event at BVC

Pet Photos with the Easter Bunny!

FIVER will be at BVC's event this afternoon.

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!


Enjoy 20% Off Pet Dental Services at BVC

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?[1]

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!


[1] Wiggs RB, Lobprise HB. Periontontology. In: Veterinary Dentistry. Principles and Practice. Philadelphia, PA: Lippin-Raven, 1997:186-231


Pet Photos with Santa Today!

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!



Thank You to Our Veterinary Technicians

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.

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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
Sasha M.
Victor V.
Olivia L.
Sue M.

Spay Waggin’/Shelter Medicine
Andrea G.
Bonnie M.
Jean M.
Jessica W.

Be sure to let your veterinary technician know how much you appreciate him/her next time you’re at the vet with your pet!


Calling All Vet Technicians

Boston Veterinary Care is Currently Hiring a Veterinary Technician

07-06 BVC VetTech ThumbWe 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.

Looking for Quality Healthcare for Your Pet in Boston?

Dr.MeklerSendableBOSTON 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
  • Dentistry
  • 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 bvc@arlboston.org.

Hours of operation:
Monday – Wednesday – 8am to 7pm
Thursday – Saturday – 8am to 4pm
Sunday – Closed

BVC also offers free on-site parking!