VCA Wakefield Animal Hospital

Getting to the vet

 

Most cats are not wild about road trips, but there are some things you can do to help minimize their stress:Renee Landry's cat Autumn loves her top-entry carrier

  • Keep their carrier out and accessible in the home
     
  • Create and maintain a positive association with the carrier by making it a comfortable resting, feeding, or play location
     
  • When feasible, and if your cat is neutrally or favorably inclined to car travel, take your cat out on periodic car rides paired with positive experiences
     
  • Withholding food prior to travel may prevent motion sickness, increase interest in treats at the clinic, and is beneficial if blood is to be collected
     
  • Place familiar clothing from a favorite person in the carrier on a routine basis or just prior to transport
     
  • Provide cover/hiding options in the carrier, such as a blanket or towel with familiar scents
     
  • The feline pheromone product Feliway®* can be sprayed in the carrier 30 minutes before travel to help keep your cat calm
     
  • A towel draped over the carrier (possibly spritzed with Feliway) can reduce motion sickness and help your cat feel more secureThese kittens have a carrier that opens on top and on the end. This carrier's top half can also be removed.
     
  • There are many styles of carriers available: A top-loading carrier makes removing your cat less stressful, and the type where the top half is easily removed allows your cat to remain in the bottom half for the exam

We have a separate waiting area for cats so they don’t have to see dogs, and we will do our best to get your cat into a room quickly to minimize stress from lobby noises. 

*Feliway can be purchased here at the hospital or from our online store

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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

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, please contact Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital at 781-932-5802 or VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in Weymouth at 781-337-6622.

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