Your Other Family Doctor

The goal of every loving pet parent is for his or her furry companion to live a long, happy and healthy life. Boston Veterinary Clinic began as a concierge practice, delivering exceptional pet health care services in the comfort and security of our clients’ homes. Over time, we have grown and evolved to also include in-clinic care within our state of the art Boston area veterinary hospital, located in Boston’s historic Bay Village neighborhood.

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Wellness & Preventative Care

The goal of every loving pet parent is for his or her furry companion to live a long, happy and healthy life. Boston Veterinary Clinic takes this objective very seriously, so we place a strong emphasis on wellness care – the foundation of good health.

Wellness care is just that – monitoring pets while they are well to create a baseline for catching issues before they become health risks. Annual checkups offer a wealth of benefits, both preventative and for early treatment. From vaccinations to monitoring your pet’s overall well being including weight and nutrition, we get to know your pet and track their course of health.

Our wellness visits are two-fold. First, we develop a trusting relationship with you and your pet. When your pet feels safe and comfortable with us, we can more accurately evaluate their health and administer care to manage that health over time. The second component is clinical, including a thorough physical examination to ensure that your pet’s body is functioning as it should be. It is here that we’ll devise a customized preventative health care plan that includes vaccinations, intestinal parasite screens, blood and urine screens, dental cleanings and other services. Boston Veterinary Clinic offers comprehensive wellness plans for pets of all ages. Each plan creates a protocol for your pet no matter their life stage: Puppy/Kitten Wellness Care, Adult Pet Wellness, Senior Pet Wellness.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations will prevent many major diseases from your pet. Boston Veterinary Clinic recommends creating and adhering to a customized vaccination schedule as part of a comprehensive wellness plan.

Vaccinations are sometimes referred to as “core”, which are recommended for all dogs & cats and “non-core”, which are recommended based on the individual pet and environmental risk factors.

Cat Vaccinations

Core: Rabies vaccine prevents the spread of the rabies virus between animals and humans. The vaccine is required by Massachusetts law at 6 months for new puppies and kittens and either annually or every 3 years, depending on the vaccine used.

Core: FVRCP, commonly known as “feline distemper”, is a combination vaccine that includes protection from 3 major airbone feline viruses: rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia. Administered in a single dose every year.

Non-Core: FeLV vaccine prevents an immunosuppressant virus from causing such fatal diseases as anemia or lymphoma, among others. Although non-core, Boston Veterinary recommends the vaccine for cats that have frequent exposure to other cats. Administered in a single dose every year.

Dog Vaccinations

Core: DA2PP combines protection against distemper, adenovirus (hepatitis), parainfluenza, and parvovirus. Administered in a single dose for adult dogs every 3 years.

Core: Bordatella Vaccine aids in the prevention of kennel cough. Administered in a single dose, orally, dose every year.

Core: Rabies Vaccine prevents the spread of the rabies virus between animals and humans. The vaccine is required by Massachusetts law at 6 months for new puppies and kittens and either annually or every 3 years, depending on the vaccine used.

Non-Core: Leptosporosis vaccine prevents a serious infection from bacteria found in water and soil. We include this vaccine as “core” if you are living in Greater Boston and your dog has frequent contact with still water and public parks. Administered in a single dose every year.

Non-Core: Lyme vaccine prevents the onset of a bacterial infection transmitted by the nymph and adult stages of a black legged tick. In the Northeast, tick-borne infections are common; however, the lyme vaccine is recommended on a case-by-case basis, depending on the pet’s lifestyle. Administered in a single dose every year.

Dental Cleaning & Surgery

Imagine going weeks, months or even years without brushing your teeth. Despite its importance, dental care is one of the most neglected components of pet health. What begins as pesky bad breath and yellow teeth can often escalate into a more serious and costly condition. An estimated 85% of adult dogs and cats suffer from dental disease by the time they reach the age of two years old. Not only does this create extreme discomfort, but it can also lead to infection throughout the entire body that could compromise your pet’s overall well being.

At Boston Veterinary, dentistry is one of our specialties. We work with you as a team to be proactive in good oral care. In addition to our complete pet dentistry services, including routine preventative care, we offer advanced treatment for existing oral health problems. We’re also happy to guide you through at-home care such as routine teeth brushing. With our commitment to offering the best in oral hygiene and dental care for your pet, you and your pet are certain to leave with a smile.

Weight Management & Nutrition

Obesity can bring on respiratory problems, diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. The right diet helps dogs shed pounds and get fit. During your pet’s wellness exams, our veterinarians will spend time to create a feeding plan and exercise schedule to achieve their ideal weight and body score. Ingredient impurities in over-the-counter pet foods reduces nutritional value, adds empty calories, and introduces the risk of product recalls. For maintenance diets, we recommend Transparent Nutrition by Veterinary Recommended Solutions.

Theraputic diets, or diets by-prescription-only, support a wide range of health issues such as: Urinary Health, Skin and Food Allergies, Diabetes, Digestive Support, Liver Health, Joint Support, Illness and Surgery Recovery Support, Renal Health, Weight Management, and Cardiac Health. We recommend the veterinary-exclusive diets formulated by Royal Canin TM because their animal first philosophy drives a science-based approach that puts the cat and dog at the heart of all their formulation processes. All our recommended diets are available at the clinic in easy-to-carry starter bags or cans and can be purchased in larger quantities for home delivery or auto-ship through our online pharmacy or Veterinary Recommended Solutions.

Senior Pets

Pets age much quicker than humans, with every year equal to roughly seven of ours. Because of this accelerated aging rate, we recommend seeing your senior pet at least biannually, which is similar to your going to the doctor once every three years.

Our veterinarians offer comprehensive testing and treatment for common senior ailments and diseases As part of our geriatric pet services, we offer onsite diagnostics work ups to screen for internal diseases and cancers with blood work, urine tests, X-rays, and ultrasound exams, as well as glaucoma testing, pain assessment, and end of life counseling. We manage chronic conditions such as arthritis through a multi-modal approach of anti-inflammatory medications, pain medications, and laser therapy to relieve pain and inflammation. We also offer a variety of supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin, omega-3 fatty acids, and nutraceutical products to keep your senior friend at his or her best.

Senior Pet Signs
Vomiting
Diarrhea
Unintended weight loss
Change in appetite
Changes in activity level (lethargic, hyperactive, restless)
Limping
Pain when picked up or touched
Disoriented
Seizures, loss of consciousness or collapse
Coughing or labored breathing
Panting (during inappropriate times for dogs, anytime for cats)
Pale or blue tinged color to tongue or gums
Excessive drooling
Foul odor
Change in urination location, frequency, amount, color or smell; crying out when urinating; straining in the litter box
Bloated abdomen
Excessive sneezing
Nose-bleed or bruising anywhere on body
Hair loss
Runny eyes, squinting
Abnormal behavior
Behavior Consultations

Maybe it’s one too many times cleaning up an accident in the house. Or perhaps the local dog park has become a distant memory because of aggression toward other dogs. Whatever the level of severity, bad behavior is a struggle for many pet guardians.

From house training issues to excessive barking, aggression to anxiety, unwanted behavior can drive a wedge between you and your pet. It creates animosity and makes it difficult to embrace them as a part of the family. In fact, behavioral issues are the number one cited reason why people turn pets over to shelters. Our professional behavioral counseling services are designed to help identify the reasons why your pet is acting out.

We will evaluate your pet to pinpoint his or her behavior issues and their triggers. Then we will address them in the most effective manner possible, while also ruling out any medical issues potentially behind your pet’s conduct. We can help restore peace and harmony in your home while unleashing the balanced, well-behaved family member your pet is capable of being.

New Puppies & Kittens

We encourage you to bring in your new kitten or puppy for their first visit. Not only will this allow your new companion to become comfortable with our clinic, it will also help lay the foundation for a long, happy relationship by allowing us to prevent, diagnose, and treat any health issues early on.

When you first bring in your new pet, we thoroughly examine him or her from the tip of their nose to the tip of their tail. Because kittens and puppies are especially vulnerable, proper screening and preventive products can help protect them and are absolutely essential. It’s important to ensure your new family member is healthy, so disease is not transmitted to other animals or humans in your household. We will discuss the following during your new pet’s first exam: Vaccinations (declared by the American Animal Hospital Association as the most effective preventive health measure for pets), Parasite prevention (fleas and intestinal worms), Spay/neuter, Behavioral counseling and Our Puppy and Kitten Wellness Plans (proactive health care through a broad range of preventive care services at an exceptional value).

Vaccinations

When you first bring in your new pet, we thoroughly examine him or her from the tip of their nose to the tip of their tail. This initial exam allows us to check for a variety of ailments and discuss future preventative care for your puppy or kitten. Because kittens and puppies are especially vulnerable, proper screening and preventive products can help protect them and are absolutely essential. It’s important to ensure your new family member is healthy, so disease is not transmitted to other animals or humans in your household.

We will discuss the following during your new pet’s first exam: Vaccinations (declared by the American Animal Hospital Association as the most effective preventive health measure for pets), Parasite prevention (fleas and intestinal worms), Spay/neuter, Behavioral counseling, Our Puppy and Kitten Wellness Plans (proactive health care through a broad range of preventive care services at an exceptional value).

Puppy Vaccine

A sample schedule for your puppy will look like this:

6-8 weeks
First Physical Exam
DA2PP vaccine (1 of 3)
Bordatella
Heartworm preventative

9-11 weeks
DA2PP (2 of 3)

12-15 weeks
DA2PP (3 of 3)
Rabies
Leptosporosis (1 of 2)
Lyme (1 of 2)

16-18 weeks
Leptosporosis (2 of 2)
Lyme (2 of 2)
Heartworm Preventative

Kitten Vaccines

A sample schedule will look like this:

7-8 weeks
First Physical Exam
FVRCP (1 of 3)
FeLV/FIV test

9-11 weeks
FVRCP (2 of 3)
FeLV (2 of 2)

12-15 weeks
FVRCP (3 of 3)
FeLV (2 of 2)
Rabies

Spays & Neuters

Boston Veterinary Clinic recommends neutering your new puppy or kitten. For dogs or cats, both procedures are generally performed around six months of age. These procedures will result in your pet no longer being able to reproduce. Better overall health and behavior are key reasons to consider this procedure. In general, pets that are spayed (female) or neutered (male) live longer and reduce or eliminate the risk of serious disease. Many behavioral problems are reduced or eliminated, resulting in a calmer, better socialized companion.

Both procedures are abdominal surgeries performed under general anesthesia. Surgical time can range from 30 minutes to over an hour. All spays & neuters patients are discharged from our care on the same day. Full recovery will occur over the following 7 to 10 days following restricted activity and comfortable rest. A re-check appointment is booked to make sure the incision has healed and your furry friend is fully recovered.

Microchipping

Becoming separated from a loved pet is a stressful experience that can happen all too easily. Microchipping is the only unique, unalterable, tamper-proof, permanent form of identification that guardians can provide for pets. A pet microchip containing a unique 15-digit identification code is implanted under the animal’s skin by our veterinarians.

After implantation, the microchip code has to be registered in a pet national database. The owner’s contact information as well as the pet’s description are entered in so when a microchip is scanned, the database will be able to pull up the owner and pet information assigned to that microchip in order to reunite the missing pet with his or her family.

Emergency & Sick Care
From falls and animal bites to eating the wrong thing, we are ready to help. Our clinic includes state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to provide our veterinarians with the best tools to make a fast and accurate diagnosis. We treat chronic conditions, such as allergies, arthritis and thyroid conditions, as well as routine illnesses, such as ear infections, vomiting, intestinal upset, and urinary tract infections.
In-house Diagnostics

While person-to-person conversation helps a doctor understand a patient’s concerns, when it comes to our pets, we need to let something else do the talking. This is where veterinary diagnostics come into play. If your animal friend hasn’t been acting like his or her self and you suspect an underlying illness or injury as the cause, it might be time to do a diagnostic evaluation. This allows us to learn what’s happening inside your pet’s body, so that we can take the appropriate measures.

Boston Veterinary Clinic has invested over $250 million in state-of-the art diagnostic equipment to provide the best information to our veterinarians that reduces waiting time and improves treatment outcomes.

Digital Radiography

Our digital radiography/X-ray machine allows us to image your pet’s internal organs and bones within seconds. This also proves helpful during dental cleanings by giving us visual access to such conditions as tooth abscesses and retained fractured roots.

Surgery

At Boston Veterinary Clinic, we understand the many questions and concerns you have, and we want to place your mind at ease. Whether routine or complex, surgery can be a time filled with anxiety and uncertainty. We work hard to ensure that every surgery performed in our hospital is stress-free and as positive an experience as possible.

Our surgery department offers state-of-the-art facilities, fully equipped surgical suites and a skilled staff to ensure each patient receives the best care. From pre-op pet evaluation and procedure explanation to after-care instructions and a review of any findings, we’re with you every step of the way. Our care team remains on-hand – before, during and following surgery – to monitor your companion’s well being using the most modern equipment available. This translates to your pet’s comfort and safety at all times. We offer a variety of general surgical procedures performed to the highest standards of care.

Surgical Procedures

Spays & Neuters
Emergency spays
Bladder stone removal
Foreign body removal
Gastrointestinal biopsy
Splenectomy
Amputation
Eyelid tumor removal
Rolled eyelid correction
Nasal passage correction
Lymph node biopsy
Dental surgery
Laceration repair

Ultrasound

Our state-of-the-art ultrasound (sonogram) machine allows us to image internal organs in real time and detect abnormalities such as internal tumors/growths, bladder stones, and abnormal fluid within the lungs or abdomen.

Should your pet need extended care, we can refer you to specialists who will help continue their progress towards better health.

Laboratory Diagnostics

Boston Veterinary Clinic uses IDEXX in-house analyzers and IDEXX Reference Laboratory to provide our patients with a complete diagnostic solution. As the industry-leader, IDEXX has led diagnostic innovation over its 30-year history, which means our veterinarians have access to the most accurate and comprehensive diagnostic results to better inform our diagnoses. Our equipment includes:

ProCyte DX: The first and only in-house hematology analyzer that combines three cutting-edge technologies for accurate results in just two minutes.

Catalyst One: In one run with one sample, we get chemistry and electrolyte results in only 8 minutes, total T4in as little as 15 minutes.

SediVue DX: The newest urine sediment analyzer that delivers consistent and accurate results in 3 minutes and produces high-resolution, high-contrast digital images that can be shared in real time.

International Health Certificates

Boston Veterinary Clinic provides a one-stop solution for international travel with your pets. Each country has unique health requirements and tight time frames for compliance and completion. We have completed IHCs for many of the most traveled countries in the world, so our experience is unmatched.

End of Life Care
Palliative Care

Palliative care at end of life is a compassionate, humane approach to treating your beloved companion. We manage pain through a variety of drug therapies and supportive treatments. Our goal is to block discomfort in advance, predicting the pain response and providing treatment before it becomes out of control.

Palliative care is tailored to the specific needs of each patient. Often, pharmaceutical and other supportive therapies are used in combination for the best possible response. Available treatments include pain medications, infection control, GI support medications, anti-anxiety measures, surgical procedures, nutritional support and supplements, heat & massage, and rehabilitation and laser therapy.

Peaceful Passing

Deciding to end suffering can be difficult for pet owners. Our veterinarians are pet owners too, and understand your need for guidance and support. Whenever possible, we support the needs and wishes of our pet owners.

We respect the life of every animal, and believe your pet deserves a humane end. When the time comes, our process of sedation helps create a peaceful passing. You have the option of being with your companion or trusting us to care for your pet during this procedure.

The goal of every loving pet parent is for his or her furry companion to live a long, happy and healthy life. Boston Veterinary Clinic takes this objective very seriously, so we place a strong emphasis on wellness care – the foundation of good health.

Wellness care is just that – monitoring pets while they are well to create a baseline for catching issues before they become health risks. Annual checkups offer a wealth of benefits, both preventative and for early treatment. From vaccinations to monitoring your pet’s overall well being including weight and nutrition, we get to know your pet and track their course of health.

Our wellness visits are two-fold. First, we develop a trusting relationship with you and your pet. When your pet feels safe and comfortable with us, we can more accurately evaluate their health and administer care to manage that health over time. The second component is clinical, including a thorough physical examination to ensure that your pet’s body is functioning as it should be. It is here that we’ll devise a customized preventative health care plan that includes vaccinations, intestinal parasite screens, blood and urine screens, dental cleanings and other services. Boston Veterinary Clinic offers comprehensive wellness plans for pets of all ages. Each plan creates a protocol for your pet no matter their life stage: Puppy/Kitten Wellness Care, Adult Pet Wellness, Senior Pet Wellness.

Vaccinations will prevent many major diseases from your pet. Boston Veterinary Clinic recommends creating and adhering to a customized vaccination schedule as part of a comprehensive wellness plan.

Vaccinations are sometimes referred to as “core”, which are recommended for all dogs & cats and “non-core”, which are recommended based on the individual pet and environmental risk factors.

Core: Rabies vaccine prevents the spread of the rabies virus between animals and humans. The vaccine is required by Massachusetts law at 6 months for new puppies and kittens and either annually or every 3 years, depending on the vaccine used.

Core: FVRCP, commonly known as “feline distemper”, is a combination vaccine that includes protection from 3 major airbone feline viruses: rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia. Administered in a single dose every year.

Non-Core: FeLV vaccine prevents an immunosuppressant virus from causing such fatal diseases as anemia or lymphoma, among others. Although non-core, Boston Veterinary recommends the vaccine for cats that have frequent exposure to other cats. Administered in a single dose every year.

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Core: DA2PP combines protection against distemper, adenovirus (hepatitis), parainfluenza, and parvovirus. Administered in a single dose for adult dogs every 3 years.

Core: Bordatella Vaccine aids in the prevention of kennel cough. Administered in a single dose, orally, dose every year.

Core: Rabies Vaccine prevents the spread of the rabies virus between animals and humans. The vaccine is required by Massachusetts law at 6 months for new puppies and kittens and either annually or every 3 years, depending on the vaccine used.

Non-Core: Leptosporosis vaccine prevents a serious infection from bacteria found in water and soil. We include this vaccine as “core” if you are living in Greater Boston and your dog has frequent contact with still water and public parks. Administered in a single dose every year.

Non-Core: Lyme vaccine prevents the onset of a bacterial infection transmitted by the nymph and adult stages of a black legged tick. In the Northeast, tick-borne infections are common; however, the lyme vaccine is recommended on a case-by-case basis, depending on the pet’s lifestyle. Administered in a single dose every year.

Back

Imagine going weeks, months or even years without brushing your teeth. Despite its importance, dental care is one of the most neglected components of pet health. What begins as pesky bad breath and yellow teeth can often escalate into a more serious and costly condition. An estimated 85% of adult dogs and cats suffer from dental disease by the time they reach the age of two years old. Not only does this create extreme discomfort, but it can also lead to infection throughout the entire body that could compromise your pet’s overall well being.

At Boston Veterinary, dentistry is one of our specialties. We work with you as a team to be proactive in good oral care. In addition to our complete pet dentistry services, including routine preventative care, we offer advanced treatment for existing oral health problems. We’re also happy to guide you through at-home care such as routine teeth brushing. With our commitment to offering the best in oral hygiene and dental care for your pet, you and your pet are certain to leave with a smile.

Obesity can bring on respiratory problems, diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. The right diet helps dogs shed pounds and get fit. During your pet’s wellness exams, our veterinarians will spend time to create a feeding plan and exercise schedule to achieve their ideal weight and body score. Ingredient impurities in over-the-counter pet foods reduces nutritional value, adds empty calories, and introduces the risk of product recalls. For maintenance diets, we recommend Transparent Nutrition by Veterinary Recommended Solutions.

Theraputic diets, or diets by-prescription-only, support a wide range of health issues such as: Urinary Health, Skin and Food Allergies, Diabetes, Digestive Support, Liver Health, Joint Support, Illness and Surgery Recovery Support, Renal Health, Weight Management, and Cardiac Health. We recommend the veterinary-exclusive diets formulated by Royal Canin TM because their animal first philosophy drives a science-based approach that puts the cat and dog at the heart of all their formulation processes. All our recommended diets are available at the clinic in easy-to-carry starter bags or cans and can be purchased in larger quantities for home delivery or auto-ship through our online pharmacy or Veterinary Recommended Solutions.

Pets age much quicker than humans, with every year equal to roughly seven of ours. Because of this accelerated aging rate, we recommend seeing your senior pet at least biannually, which is similar to your going to the doctor once every three years.

Our veterinarians offer comprehensive testing and treatment for common senior ailments and diseases As part of our geriatric pet services, we offer onsite diagnostics work ups to screen for internal diseases and cancers with blood work, urine tests, X-rays, and ultrasound exams, as well as glaucoma testing, pain assessment, and end of life counseling. We manage chronic conditions such as arthritis through a multi-modal approach of anti-inflammatory medications, pain medications, and laser therapy to relieve pain and inflammation. We also offer a variety of supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin, omega-3 fatty acids, and nutraceutical products to keep your senior friend at his or her best.

Vomiting
Diarrhea
Unintended weight loss
Change in appetite
Changes in activity level (lethargic, hyperactive, restless)
Limping
Pain when picked up or touched
Disoriented
Seizures, loss of consciousness or collapse
Coughing or labored breathing
Panting (during inappropriate times for dogs, anytime for cats)
Pale or blue tinged color to tongue or gums
Excessive drooling
Foul odor
Change in urination location, frequency, amount, color or smell; crying out when urinating; straining in the litter box
Bloated abdomen
Excessive sneezing
Nose-bleed or bruising anywhere on body
Hair loss
Runny eyes, squinting
Abnormal behavior

Back

Maybe it’s one too many times cleaning up an accident in the house. Or perhaps the local dog park has become a distant memory because of aggression toward other dogs. Whatever the level of severity, bad behavior is a struggle for many pet guardians.

From house training issues to excessive barking, aggression to anxiety, unwanted behavior can drive a wedge between you and your pet. It creates animosity and makes it difficult to embrace them as a part of the family. In fact, behavioral issues are the number one cited reason why people turn pets over to shelters. Our professional behavioral counseling services are designed to help identify the reasons why your pet is acting out.

We will evaluate your pet to pinpoint his or her behavior issues and their triggers. Then we will address them in the most effective manner possible, while also ruling out any medical issues potentially behind your pet’s conduct. We can help restore peace and harmony in your home while unleashing the balanced, well-behaved family member your pet is capable of being.

We encourage you to bring in your new kitten or puppy for their first visit. Not only will this allow your new companion to become comfortable with our clinic, it will also help lay the foundation for a long, happy relationship by allowing us to prevent, diagnose, and treat any health issues early on.

When you first bring in your new pet, we thoroughly examine him or her from the tip of their nose to the tip of their tail. Because kittens and puppies are especially vulnerable, proper screening and preventive products can help protect them and are absolutely essential. It’s important to ensure your new family member is healthy, so disease is not transmitted to other animals or humans in your household. We will discuss the following during your new pet’s first exam: Vaccinations (declared by the American Animal Hospital Association as the most effective preventive health measure for pets), Parasite prevention (fleas and intestinal worms), Spay/neuter, Behavioral counseling and Our Puppy and Kitten Wellness Plans (proactive health care through a broad range of preventive care services at an exceptional value).

When you first bring in your new pet, we thoroughly examine him or her from the tip of their nose to the tip of their tail. This initial exam allows us to check for a variety of ailments and discuss future preventative care for your puppy or kitten. Because kittens and puppies are especially vulnerable, proper screening and preventive products can help protect them and are absolutely essential. It’s important to ensure your new family member is healthy, so disease is not transmitted to other animals or humans in your household.

We will discuss the following during your new pet’s first exam: Vaccinations (declared by the American Animal Hospital Association as the most effective preventive health measure for pets), Parasite prevention (fleas and intestinal worms), Spay/neuter, Behavioral counseling, Our Puppy and Kitten Wellness Plans (proactive health care through a broad range of preventive care services at an exceptional value).

A sample schedule for your puppy will look like this:

6-8 weeks
First Physical Exam
DA2PP vaccine (1 of 3)
Bordatella
Heartworm preventative

9-11 weeks
DA2PP (2 of 3)

12-15 weeks
DA2PP (3 of 3)
Rabies
Leptosporosis (1 of 2)
Lyme (1 of 2)

16-18 weeks
Leptosporosis (2 of 2)
Lyme (2 of 2)
Heartworm Preventative

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A sample schedule will look like this:

7-8 weeks
First Physical Exam
FVRCP (1 of 3)
FeLV/FIV test

9-11 weeks
FVRCP (2 of 3)
FeLV (2 of 2)

12-15 weeks
FVRCP (3 of 3)
FeLV (2 of 2)
Rabies

Back

Boston Veterinary Clinic recommends neutering your new puppy or kitten. For dogs or cats, both procedures are generally performed around six months of age. These procedures will result in your pet no longer being able to reproduce. Better overall health and behavior are key reasons to consider this procedure. In general, pets that are spayed (female) or neutered (male) live longer and reduce or eliminate the risk of serious disease. Many behavioral problems are reduced or eliminated, resulting in a calmer, better socialized companion.

Both procedures are abdominal surgeries performed under general anesthesia. Surgical time can range from 30 minutes to over an hour. All spays & neuters patients are discharged from our care on the same day. Full recovery will occur over the following 7 to 10 days following restricted activity and comfortable rest. A re-check appointment is booked to make sure the incision has healed and your furry friend is fully recovered.

Becoming separated from a loved pet is a stressful experience that can happen all too easily. Microchipping is the only unique, unalterable, tamper-proof, permanent form of identification that guardians can provide for pets. A pet microchip containing a unique 15-digit identification code is implanted under the animal’s skin by our veterinarians.

After implantation, the microchip code has to be registered in a pet national database. The owner’s contact information as well as the pet’s description are entered in so when a microchip is scanned, the database will be able to pull up the owner and pet information assigned to that microchip in order to reunite the missing pet with his or her family.

From falls and animal bites to eating the wrong thing, we are ready to help. Our clinic includes state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to provide our veterinarians with the best tools to make a fast and accurate diagnosis. We treat chronic conditions, such as allergies, arthritis and thyroid conditions, as well as routine illnesses, such as ear infections, vomiting, intestinal upset, and urinary tract infections.
Top 10 Dog Conditions
Skin allergies
Ear infections
Non-cancerous skin mass
Skin infection
Arthritis
Vomiting
Diarrhea
Periodontal/Dental disease
Urinary tract infection
Soft tissue trauma

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Top 10 Cat Conditions
Urinary tract infection
Periodontal/Dental disease
Kidney disease
Thyroid disease
Vomiting
Diabetes
Diarrhea
Lymphoma
Upper respiratory infection
Skin allergies

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While person-to-person conversation helps a doctor understand a patient’s concerns, when it comes to our pets, we need to let something else do the talking. This is where veterinary diagnostics come into play. If your animal friend hasn’t been acting like his or her self and you suspect an underlying illness or injury as the cause, it might be time to do a diagnostic evaluation. This allows us to learn what’s happening inside your pet’s body, so that we can take the appropriate measures.

Boston Veterinary Clinic has invested over $250 million in state-of-the art diagnostic equipment to provide the best information to our veterinarians that reduces waiting time and improves treatment outcomes.

Our digital radiography/X-ray machine allows us to image your pet’s internal organs and bones within seconds. This also proves helpful during dental cleanings by giving us visual access to such conditions as tooth abscesses and retained fractured roots.

At Boston Veterinary Clinic, we understand the many questions and concerns you have, and we want to place your mind at ease. Whether routine or complex, surgery can be a time filled with anxiety and uncertainty. We work hard to ensure that every surgery performed in our hospital is stress-free and as positive an experience as possible.

Our surgery department offers state-of-the-art facilities, fully equipped surgical suites and a skilled staff to ensure each patient receives the best care. From pre-op pet evaluation and procedure explanation to after-care instructions and a review of any findings, we’re with you every step of the way. Our care team remains on-hand – before, during and following surgery – to monitor your companion’s well being using the most modern equipment available. This translates to your pet’s comfort and safety at all times. We offer a variety of general surgical procedures performed to the highest standards of care.

Spays & Neuters
Emergency spays
Bladder stone removal
Foreign body removal
Gastrointestinal biopsy
Splenectomy
Amputation
Eyelid tumor removal
Rolled eyelid correction
Nasal passage correction
Lymph node biopsy
Dental surgery
Laceration repair

Back

Our state-of-the-art ultrasound (sonogram) machine allows us to image internal organs in real time and detect abnormalities such as internal tumors/growths, bladder stones, and abnormal fluid within the lungs or abdomen.

Should your pet need extended care, we can refer you to specialists who will help continue their progress towards better health.

Boston Veterinary Clinic uses IDEXX in-house analyzers and IDEXX Reference Laboratory to provide our patients with a complete diagnostic solution. As the industry-leader, IDEXX has led diagnostic innovation over its 30-year history, which means our veterinarians have access to the most accurate and comprehensive diagnostic results to better inform our diagnoses. Our equipment includes:

ProCyte DX: The first and only in-house hematology analyzer that combines three cutting-edge technologies for accurate results in just two minutes.

Catalyst One: In one run with one sample, we get chemistry and electrolyte results in only 8 minutes, total T4in as little as 15 minutes.

SediVue DX: The newest urine sediment analyzer that delivers consistent and accurate results in 3 minutes and produces high-resolution, high-contrast digital images that can be shared in real time.

Boston Veterinary Clinic provides a one-stop solution for international travel with your pets. Each country has unique health requirements and tight time frames for compliance and completion. We have completed IHCs for many of the most traveled countries in the world, so our experience is unmatched.

Palliative care at end of life is a compassionate, humane approach to treating your beloved companion. We manage pain through a variety of drug therapies and supportive treatments. Our goal is to block discomfort in advance, predicting the pain response and providing treatment before it becomes out of control.

Palliative care is tailored to the specific needs of each patient. Often, pharmaceutical and other supportive therapies are used in combination for the best possible response. Available treatments include pain medications, infection control, GI support medications, anti-anxiety measures, surgical procedures, nutritional support and supplements, heat & massage, and rehabilitation and laser therapy.

Deciding to end suffering can be difficult for pet owners. Our veterinarians are pet owners too, and understand your need for guidance and support. Whenever possible, we support the needs and wishes of our pet owners.

We respect the life of every animal, and believe your pet deserves a humane end. When the time comes, our process of sedation helps create a peaceful passing. You have the option of being with your companion or trusting us to care for your pet during this procedure.

Online Services

Registration

An online form so we can gather some basic information before you arrive. We strive to be environmentally conscious by reducing our use of paper products. All medical records are maintained electronically.

Register online

Online Pharmacy

Get your pet’s medication right to your home. The most convenient way to have your pet medications, prescription food and many other items delivered safely and securely from us to your door.

BVC Online Pharmacy

24/7 assistance

Your deserve to know that someone will be available if you have a pet issue afterhours. Through VetX, you finally have access to high quality care 24/7.

VETX

Appointments & history

Request appointments, get reminders, and have all of your pet’s information in one location. Access vaccination and appointment history, and know when it’s time for that next check up or shot.

Pet Desk

Meet the Team

Dr. Brian J. Bourquin

Owner

Fueled by childhood dreams of being a keeper at his own zoo, Dr. Bourquin realized from a young age his path – a career in veterinary work. His journey began with becoming valedictorian of his high school class and continued with graduation from Cornell University, the No. 1 school in the U.S. for veterinary medicine. After 13 years as a Boston veterinarian, he founded Boston Veterinary Clinic in 2012, placing an emphasis on trust, compassion, and top-level patient care.

Dr. Randi Henry

VETERINARIAN

Pursuing her dream to help those who can’t help themselves, Dr. Henry worked at emergency and referral veterinary clinics in Ohio after Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine graduation. She has been practicing 12 years in medicine surgery and shelter medicine.

Dr. Kelly Temple

Veterinarian

Before entering into practice nine years ago, she was surrounded by the great outdoors and all its creatures. She served as a Biological Technician at the USDA-National Wildlife Research Center in Colorado, where she participated in wildlife management research with birds, rodents, reptiles, and a variety of mammals. She participated in wildlife rehabilitation at the Wildlife Center in New Mexico, as well as research at the Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Sarah Cazabon

VETERINARIAN

Even as early as her grade school years in Watertown, Mass., Madrid native Dr. Cazabon always dreamed of being a veterinarian. The symbiotic relationship between science/medicine and personal care captured her heart and has held it throughout her 15 years of practice.

Audrey Engels

Certified Vet Tech

Audrey comes to Boston Veterinary Clinic from Fayette, Iowa and is a Certified Veterinary Technician. “I’ve always loved animals and always loved medicine. Originally, I went to school or nursing until I realized that I would rather work with animals.”

Francesca Zagami

Veterinary Nurse

Fran grew up in Brooklyn NY and holds a BS, Communications and Business Administration. She has been a veterinary nurse since 2006 and currently leads our care team to provide the best service in Boston. Fran specializes in surgery, both soft tissue and dental. Her pets include 3 rescues, Lexus, Leo and Gigi.

Dr. Mia Lieberman

VETERINARIAN

Dr. Lieberman received her veterinary degree in 2011 from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to veterinary school, she completed her undergraduate degree in Chemistry, also at UC Davis. After graduation, she worked in small animal practice in the San Francisco Bay Area and Boston. In 2013, Dr. Lieberman joined the Division of Comparative Medicine at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is currently pursuing a PhD with a focus on antibiotic resistance. 

Rain Lyons

Concierge

Rain is a New England native and before joining Boston Veterinary, she studied Early Childhood education and was a nursery school teacher. As our lead client concierge at the reception desk, Rain makes sure all our clients and patients have a fear free, productive visit. Rain is fascinated with the human-animal bond, which is great for us, because she is so good at fostering it at Boston Veterinary. Rain has her own beloved cat, Isis.

Victoria Strojwas

Veterinary Nurse

Victoria is a Boston native, growing up in Dorchester. She is currently pursuing her degree in Biology at UMass Boston. “Veterinary medicine has been a dream of mine since I was about 8 years old. I dedicate my work in the field to my 5 pets at home, Ezzy, Dezzy, Q, Mim and Felix the Miracle Kitten”

Jena Christen

Veterinary Nurse

Jena grew up in Hopewell Junction, NY and has earned a BS, Biology from Northeastern University. Jen was first exposed to veterinary medicine through her college’s co-op program and her position at Boston Veterinary Clinic. She is currently pursuing admittance to veterinary school.

Testimonials

“I LOVE this vet. It’s everything I could possibly hope for for my kitty– clean, crisp, chic waiting area and the friendliest, most professional staff and vets. My cat sees Dr. Kelly and she consistently gives detailed analysis of labs and walks through all the options with me so I can make an informed decision. The staff remember each pet and treat them with love and great care! My cat is elderly and needs a lot of TLC, and our vet is super gentle and knowledgeable! He is a happy camper at BVC. Highly, highly recommend to pet parents.”

ALINA EVERETT

This clinic deserves all the stars. I’ve been here twice for general check-ups and vaccinations for my two foster kitties, and everyone came out happy. The place is spotless, well-furnished, all the staff members are pleasant and efficient, their email reminders are helpful, and my son and I got mini-cupcakes on our last visit!

NICOLE M.

I’ve been bringing my cats here for several years, ever since we adopted our second cat from the Animal Rescue League next door. I had previously gone to a vet in my neighborhood, who gleefully talked about going on tropical vacations for his continuing education – not the best way of engendering confidence in. As soon as I went to BVC, I felt a huge sense of relief that I had finally found a vet practice filled with well-trained, highly professional staff.

ABIGAIL G.

Things we love

Health
Angell Memorial

The Pain Medicine service at Angell Animal Medical Center offers treatment for companion animals with discomfort that negatively affects their quality of life, regardless of their primary diagnosis. On-site specialists provide easy access to consulting advice. Treatment options include novel drug therapy and non-drug modalities of treatment, including acupuncture and mobility exercises. Visit the website to learn more.

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Massachusetts Veterinary Hospital

Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital, a member of the IVG network, is a 24-hour emergency/critical care and specialty veterinary hospital dedicated to providing compassionate medical care to all the pets entrusted to our care. Their board-certified veterinary specialists provide a complete range of care in Cardiology, Diagnostic Imaging (Radiology), Emergency/Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Oncology, Ophthalmology and Surgery.

More 

Veterinary Dental Services

Providing state-of-the-art dentistry and oral surgery for pets in New England. Veterinary dentists are board certified in veterinary dentistry by the American Veterinary Dental College and technicians are certified by the American Society of Veterinary Dental Technicians. Priding on educating pet owners about dental care and disease prevention, and work closely with you, your pet, and your primary care veterinarian for the best outcome.

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Specialty
Animal Rescue League

The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) is a progressive animal welfare organization dedicated to rescuing domesticated animals and wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect. With over 100 staff members and a dedicated corps of 500 volunteers, the ARL provides direct care to thousands of animals in need each year through their adoption centers in BostonBrewster, and Dedham, rescue services and law enforcement teams, and shelter and community veterinary services.

More 

Services
Trupanion

Trupanion wants make pet insurance simple and easy to understand. Their comprehensive pet insurance policy covers surgeries, diagnostic tests, medications, treatments and hospital stays if your pet gets sick or injured. They also reimburse from your actual veterinary bill so you don’t have to worry about a predetermined benefit schedule.

More 

Boston K9 Concierge

Providing Certified Professional Training, Walking, Grooming, Education and Shopping – Serving Your Pet Like Its Part of their Pack.

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Smoochie Poochies

Pippa Nava is the proud Owner and Operator of Smoochie Poochies Boston. An avid outdoorswomen, and dog owner, Pippa took her passion for service and love for animals, and brought them together to form Smoochie Poochies Boston; Pet Concierge Service for Boston Animal owners desiring a high level of service, respect and dignity for their pets.

 

City Struts

City Struts offers South End one-on-one or individual walks providing your pet with the specific care and attention that they deserve.

 

Crate Escape

With a high standard of care, Crate Escape provides daycare, van service, and overnight boarding to their daycare customers. Their ethic is to provide superior, satisfying service to your best friend and, of course to you!

 

Elliots House

At Elliot’s House our professional dog walkers and pet daycare providers take pride in giving your pups everything they need, from walking to pet sitting to pet taxi, and we have a lot of fun. Walkers capture your pup’s adventures on camera so you can see how much fun your they’ve had. We are fully insured dog walkers, pet sitting, daycare, and boarding company that services Boston, Cambridge, Somerville and soon to be continued.

 

Boutiques
Polka Dog Bakery

Polka Dog Bakery is a treat boutique for dogs. They use the finest ingredients, and bake and prepare all their delicacies by hand. They now offer these treats to you, for your own four-legged diamond in the rough.

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K9 Strolls

Located in the heart of Boston’s South End, k9strolls Shop & Play, inc. is a full-service boutique pet center that offers top-quality daycare, playgroups and walking programs for clients. They believe in long-term relationships with their clients and care for each dog as if they are our own.

 

Provincetown Pet Resort & Supplies

Provincetown Pet Resort is a family owned and operated business established to offer high quality, convenient doggie daycare, cage-free dog boarding and cat boarding, and premium pet supplies.

 

D’Tails

Whether you’re on Columbus Avenue or Berkeley Street, D’tails stores are fully stocked with dog and cat food, toys, treats and more. They also offer several services for you and your pets, including Dog Walking, Grooming, Cat Visits, and Doggie Playgroup.

 

Bark Place

Bark Place is the South End’s hip spa and boutique just for dogs. Bark Place is owned and staffed by dog people who have been very active in the dog community. Choose from a wide variety of options, including pampering from professional groomers, DIY washing and much more.

Visit The Official Website

The Pain Medicine service at Angell Animal Medical Center offers treatment for companion animals with discomfort that negatively affects their quality of life, regardless of their primary diagnosis. On-site specialists provide easy access to consulting advice. Treatment options include novel drug therapy and non-drug modalities of treatment, including acupuncture and mobility exercises. Visit the website to learn more.

More 

Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital, a member of the IVG network, is a 24-hour emergency/critical care and specialty veterinary hospital dedicated to providing compassionate medical care to all the pets entrusted to our care. Their board-certified veterinary specialists provide a complete range of care in Cardiology, Diagnostic Imaging (Radiology), Emergency/Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Oncology, Ophthalmology and Surgery.

More 

Providing state-of-the-art dentistry and oral surgery for pets in New England. Veterinary dentists are board certified in veterinary dentistry by the American Veterinary Dental College and technicians are certified by the American Society of Veterinary Dental Technicians. Priding on educating pet owners about dental care and disease prevention, and work closely with you, your pet, and your primary care veterinarian for the best outcome.

More 

The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) is a progressive animal welfare organization dedicated to rescuing domesticated animals and wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect. With over 100 staff members and a dedicated corps of 500 volunteers, the ARL provides direct care to thousands of animals in need each year through their adoption centers in BostonBrewster, and Dedham, rescue services and law enforcement teams, and shelter and community veterinary services.

More 

Trupanion wants make pet insurance simple and easy to understand. Their comprehensive pet insurance policy covers surgeries, diagnostic tests, medications, treatments and hospital stays if your pet gets sick or injured. They also reimburse from your actual veterinary bill so you don’t have to worry about a predetermined benefit schedule.

More 

Providing Certified Professional Training, Walking, Grooming, Education and Shopping – Serving Your Pet Like Its Part of their Pack.

More 

Pippa Nava is the proud Owner and Operator of Smoochie Poochies Boston. An avid outdoorswomen, and dog owner, Pippa took her passion for service and love for animals, and brought them together to form Smoochie Poochies Boston; Pet Concierge Service for Boston Animal owners desiring a high level of service, respect and dignity for their pets.

 

City Struts offers South End one-on-one or individual walks providing your pet with the specific care and attention that they deserve.

 

With a high standard of care, Crate Escape provides daycare, van service, and overnight boarding to their daycare customers. Their ethic is to provide superior, satisfying service to your best friend and, of course to you!

 

At Elliot’s House our professional dog walkers and pet daycare providers take pride in giving your pups everything they need, from walking to pet sitting to pet taxi, and we have a lot of fun. Walkers capture your pup’s adventures on camera so you can see how much fun your they’ve had. We are fully insured dog walkers, pet sitting, daycare, and boarding company that services Boston, Cambridge, Somerville and soon to be continued.

 

Polka Dog Bakery is a treat boutique for dogs. They use the finest ingredients, and bake and prepare all their delicacies by hand. They now offer these treats to you, for your own four-legged diamond in the rough.

More 

Located in the heart of Boston’s South End, k9strolls Shop & Play, inc. is a full-service boutique pet center that offers top-quality daycare, playgroups and walking programs for clients. They believe in long-term relationships with their clients and care for each dog as if they are our own.

 

Provincetown Pet Resort is a family owned and operated business established to offer high quality, convenient doggie daycare, cage-free dog boarding and cat boarding, and premium pet supplies.

 

Whether you’re on Columbus Avenue or Berkeley Street, D’tails stores are fully stocked with dog and cat food, toys, treats and more. They also offer several services for you and your pets, including Dog Walking, Grooming, Cat Visits, and Doggie Playgroup.

 

Bark Place is the South End’s hip spa and boutique just for dogs. Bark Place is owned and staffed by dog people who have been very active in the dog community. Choose from a wide variety of options, including pampering from professional groomers, DIY washing and much more.

Visit The Official Website

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