VCA South Shore (Weymouth) Animal Hospital

Our Hospital

VCA South Shore Animal Hospital is located in South Weymouth, Massachusetts. We have serviced the local towns of Braintree, Holbrook, Abington, Norwell, Hingham for over 30 years! Appointments are available seven days a week, and our hours are Mon-Fri, 7 am-9 pm; Saturday, 9 am-5 pm; and Sunday, 9 am-5 pm, depending on the service. Please note that our facility is open 365 days a year for emergencies.

Local Medical Issues

There are many diseases that can affect our pets, especially here in the Northeast. Two of these conditions include Lyme disease and leptospirosis. Lyme disease is transmitted to dogs through the bite of a tick. Once in the blood stream, the organism that causes Lyme disease is carried to many parts of the body, and is likely to localize in joints. Symptoms can include lameness, swollen joints, sudden fever and loss of appetite. Veterinarians use blood tests for confirmation of Lyme disease, and treatment usually consists of antibiotic therapy. Ticks are found in grassy, wooded and sandy areas, and the key to preventing Lyme disease is keeping your dog from being exposed to ticks; this is done through the use of monthly topical medications. A vaccine for Lyme disease is also available.

Another important disease we need to be aware of is leptospirosis, which is a bacterial disease of dogs and other mammals that can affect the liver and/or kidneys. The organism that causes leptospirosis is carried mainly by rats and other rodents, but can affect almost any mammalian species, including people. Ingestion of contaminated water, infected urine, or rodent-contaminated garbage are the most common ways dogs become infected.

There are three main clinical forms of this disease: hemorrhagic, hepatic, and renal. The hemorrhagic form is characterized by a high fever, lethargy and loss of appetite; bloody diarrhea and vomiting may also occur. This form is often fatal. The hepatic form begins much like the hemorrhagic form, and many of the signs are the same. However, these patients also become icteric (jaundiced). The renal form causes kidney failure. Antibiotics are a reasonably effective treatment for leptospirosis if begun early in the course of the disease. Most affected dogs also require intensive care in a veterinary hospital. Prevention of this disease by vaccination, with annual boosters, is highly recommended. Leptospirosis can be transmitted to humans!

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

Your emergency needs can be met right here at our hospital.

VCA South Shore (Weymouth) Animal Hospital provides 24 hour emergency veterinary care, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Emergency veterinarians, veterinary technicians and/or veterinary assistants are on staff 24 hours a day.

Please call us at 781-337-6622. We are located at 595 Columbian St, South Weymouth, MA 02190.

We provide the highest standard in veterinary emergency and critical care services. We are trained and equipped to perform a variety of emergency surgeries and procedures. We provide the highest standards of pain management. Emergency internal medicine consultations, including full diagnostics, are available.

Please call or come in immediately if you feel your pet is having an emergency or needs after-hours care.

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