VCA South Shore (Weymouth) Animal Hospital

Wellness Exams

Wellness Pet Exams
• Routine wellness exams are based on preventative care and reducing your pets health risk. Our pets cannot verbalize their own feelings or concerns, therefore a thorough physical exam performed by a veterinarian and a pet parent’s home observations are the most important tools we have to assess our pet’s overall health status. Routine exams allow a veterinarian to assess your pet’s general health and identify any health issues before they become a serious illness and they can add many happy years to your pets’ lives.
• Once a physical exam has been performed, your veterinarian will make recommendations for your pet including:
o Appropriate vaccinations
o Internal/external parasite control (i.e. heartworm, flea, and tick preventions)
o Dental care
o Nutritional requirements
o Other important preventative health care needs such as a blood test, urinalysis, imaging, fecal test, and cytology
• The frequency of the exam depends on your pet’s age.
o Since dogs and cats age 4-5 times faster than humans, it is important that your pet receives a wellness exam at least every year for adult pets and exams twice a year for pets 7 years and older since health problems can progress much more rapidly in our pets.
• Typical recommendations to expect from your veterinarian:
o Pediatric Wellness for puppies and kitten 0-12 months of age
 Exams every 3-4 weeks starting at 6-8 weeks until 16 weeks of age
 Deworming for intestinal parasites
 At 6 months of age a spay/neuter screening exam
 Recommended laboratory test
• Fecal
• Heartworm test for all dogs > 6months of age
• Feline Leukemia and Immunodeficiency virus testing for cats
o Adult Wellness for pets 1-7years of age
 Annual Exams
 Recommended laboratory test
• Fecal
• Heartworm test for all dogs
• Blood screening test to look for kidney and liver disease, diabetes, inflammations or infection, and blood disorders
• +/- Urinalysis
o Senior Wellness for pets 7+ years of age
 Bi-annual Exams
 Recommended laboratory test
• Fecal
• Heartworm test for all dogs
• Comprehensive blood test to look for kidney and liver disease, diabetes, inflammations or infection, blood disorders, and thyroid disease
• Urinalysis
• +/- X-rays
• +/- Blood pressure


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.