Weare Animal Hospital offers a comprehensive, compassionate approach to veterinary medicine and surgery. Our veterinary services and facilities are designed to assist in routine preventive care for young and healthy pets, early detection and treatment of disease as your pet ages, and complete medical and surgical care as necessary during his or her lifetime.
Here at the animal hospital, we recommend annual or semiannual examinations along with appropriate vaccinations, fecal testing, and baseline blood work to prevent or diagnose many problems that we commonly see in cats, dogs, and the exotic pet. We all know the saying that “one human year equals seven dog or cat years” so having that annual pet exam is the same as if we received our own physical examination every seven years.
We tailor our well pet exams to their lifestyle, breed type, age and what is happening locally. We offer a wide variety of vaccinations that upon examination will be recommended for you and your pet’s lifestyles. For example, about 1 in 7 of our dog patients test positive for Lyme bacteria exposure. We have a very effective preventive Lyme vaccine for dogs and recommend its use. About 21% of our dog patients test positive for intestinal worms (some of which are transmissible to people), so we recommend annual fecal examination.
Other areas where a proactive preventive approach helps include: preventing pet obesity, good dental hygiene, flea and tick control and heartworm preventative.
Fear Free Professionals
We practice Fear Freesm, caring for your pet’s physical and emotional well-being.
Here at Weare Animal Hospital, we understand that a pet’s emotional well-being is as important as their physical well-being. Fear, anxiety and stress (FAS) in our patients creates obstacles to optimum veterinary health care, well-being and the safety for all involved. In fact, decreasing stress and anxiety can improve pets’ medical health and the care we provide.
Professionals throughout the hospital have chosen to become FearFreesm Certified Professionals. FearFree is a training and certification program for animal care professionals to modify their procedures, handling and facilities to help pets feel safe and comfortable while receiving the medical care they need. The program provides tools, protocols, procedures and guidelines on how to reduce fear, anxiety and stress in patients, and as a result, in clients and our team.
Exotics & Bird Specialties
Exotic pets have unique needs and our staff is experienced and equipped to handle them.
Exotic pets (birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, reptiles, hamsters, ferrets, rats, mice, sugar gliders, and chinchillas) have unique needs and the Hopkinton Animal Hospital staff is experienced and equipped to handle them. Founded in 2000, the Exotic and Bird Clinic of New England is a vital resource for both pet owners and referring veterinarians, and is located at both Weare Animal Hospital and our sister facility, Hopkinton Animal Hospital.
To further increase the experience of the staff with exotic pets, the Hospital volunteers their time and resources to the NH Audubon and local registered wildlife rehabilitators. New Hampshire Fish and Game Department frequently relies on the team to aid an injured wild animal.
Dr. Michael Dutton became an American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) Veterinary Specialist in Avian Practice in 2008. In 2012, he became an Exotic Companion Mammal Specialist as well. He is the only Avian or Exotic Companion Mammal Specialist in New Hampshire, and one of a very few veterinarians in the world who have more than one specialty.
Dr. Dominique Peel recently became an American Board of Veterinary Practictioners (ABVP) Exotic Companion Mammal Resident, on the path to become Board Certified in two years. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Auburn, AL in 2017, when she joined the Weare Animal Hospital team. She had previously interned with us during veterinary school and fell in love with the staff, clients, pets and the high standard of veterinary medicine practiced.
Pet Pain Management
We are up to date with the latest to make your pet as comfortable as possible.
Simply put, “Pain hurts,” and we want to minimize it for your pets. To achieve that goal, our staff and equipment are up to date in the latest that Veterinary medicine has to make your pet as comfortable as possible. Dr. Dutton earned a post-doctoral Master of Science degree in Veterinary Pain Management and became certified in Pain Management by the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management.
Building on that, the rest of the staff receive continual education and experience on ways to best avoid, minimize, and control pain in pets.
We employ a variety of techniques including medications, stem cell therapy, and physical therapy. Each plan is tailored to your pet and their specific needs.
Stem Cell Therapy
Cutting edge therapy is available at the Hopkinton Animal Hospital for dogs with arthritis. Both Dr. Dutton and Dr. Peel are credentialed in Stem Cell Therapy by Vet-Stem. This exciting new therapy uses your own dog’s adult stem cells (derived from their fat) to promote your dog’s own healing processes. Currently it is approved for arthritis and certain autoimmune diseases.
The process consists of obtaining a fat sample from your dog under sterile conditions, having Vet-Stem process the sample to collect the adult stem cells, and then 2 days later after the original fat collection injecting the cells into the traumatized or affected area.
Vet-Stem Regenerative Cell (VSRC) therapy has demonstrated successful therapeutic outcomes in horses with tendon and ligament injuries, fractures, and joint disease, it is now being used to treat arthritis in dogs. Since 2005, select clinics have treated dogs with arthritis and orthopedic soft tissue injuries.
Current canine orthopedic application: osteoarthritis and orthopedic soft tissue (tendon and ligament injuries).
Platelet Rich Plasma
The process consists of separating out platelets and other healing factors from your pet’s own blood, concentrating them, and then injecting them into the affected joint. Research has shown that many pets benefit although the exact method is still being actively researched.
Ultrasound & Digital X-Rays
We use the latest and most cost-effective diagnostic tools to view internal organs.
We commonly use ultrasound, either by itself or in conjunction with x-rays, to help examine your pet’s internal organs. Using high frequency sound waves, internal organ structure is better visualized and helps determine the next steps in therapy. We routinely perform pregnancy ultrasounds, cardiac ultrasounds and find it extremely helpful in diagnosing foreign-body ingestions.
Our hospital is equipped with the latest digital x-ray capabilities. With this cost-effective diagnostic tool we are able to visualize important internal structures quickly. This is one of our most widely used medical tools, alongside our In-House Blood Analyzers.
Dental Care for your Pets
Your pet's dental health is just as important as your dental health is to your general health.
Your pet's dental health is just as important to his or her overall health as your dental health is to your general health.
There are two critical components of your pet’s veterinary dental care: oral examinations and dental cleanings. We provide routine annual dental examinations and should your pet require dental care we offer full dental cleanings with extractions on an as-needed basis.
Veterinary dental care begins at the puppy and kitten life stage. AAHA recommends that veterinarians evaluate puppies and kittens for problems related to the deciduous (baby) teeth, missing or extra teeth, swellings and oral development. As your pet ages, your veterinarian will look for developmental anomalies, the accumulation of plaque and tartar, periodontal disease and oral tumors.
We perform a basic oral examination on patients while awake, often in the exam room with you. However, a short-lasting anesthetic is required in order to provide a complete and thorough examination as well as dental cleanings.
The AAHA Dental Care Guidelines recommend regular oral examinations and dental cleanings, under general anesthesia, for all adult dogs and cats. AAHA recommends these procedures at least annually starting at one year of age for cats and small-breed dogs, and at two years of age for large-breed dogs.
Orthopedics & TPLO Surgery
TPLO surgery for dogs with ACL tears and orthopedic screenings for bone/joint conditions.
TPLO has become one of the most popular orthopedic surgeries performed on dogs who have torn their cranial cruciate ligament, also commonly referred a dog’s torn ACL. TPLO is particularly successful in large breeds and those with advanced joint degeneration. Dr. Dutton, Board certified ABVP Canine and Feline Specialist, performs TPLO surgeries at our Hopkinton office. Click here for more details on TPLO Surgery at Hopkinton Animal Hospital.
Dogs genetically are prone to a variety of bone and joint conditions. Hip dysplasia is the most common one encountered. A very sensitive, early test we can perform is PennHip x-rays. Dogs as young as sixteen weeks can be tested for hip dysplasia. If discovered this early, a simple preventive surgery by 20 weeks of age can dramatically reduce hip arthritis in the dog’s later years. In addition to PennHip, we also perform numerous other orthopedic studies allowing for O.F.A. certification of your dog’s joints.
Routine & Complex Surgery
Preventative and therapeutic surgeries, from routine to complex.
There are a number of preventive and therapeutic surgeries we perform. They can range from spays and castrations all the way to “cherry eye” repairs, torn anterior cruciate ligaments, and repair of medial luxating patella. We combine appropriate anesthesia protocols along with pain management to increase the comfort and safety of your pet here in our hospital.
We are also able to perform biopsies, tumor removals, intestinal resection and anastomosis, and eye entropion surgery along with others in our AAHA certified Hospital.
Hospice and End of Life Care
We provide the best care for as long as your pet needs us. We are here for you.
Here at Hopkinton Animal Hospital we understand this is not an easy subject. However, we pride ourselves on our compassion and understanding of this difficult time and will try our best to accommodate you and your family’s needs. Our goal is to provide the best care for your pet for as long as your pet needs us. We are here for you.
High Tech Blood Analyzers
Giving us critical information in a time sensitive situation.
Having high tech blood analyzer equipment in our hospital provides us with critical information that may be needed in a time sensitive situation. This gives us up to date, real time results, which will help us diagnose and treat your pet much quicker than ever before.
We pride ourselves on having the most up to date diagnostic equipment availalbe. With this cost-effective diagnostic information at our fingertips, we are able to practice the best medicine at the best price for our clients and patients.
Range of Pharmaceuticals
A wide range of pharmaceuticals available at our hospital and at our online pharmacy.
For your convenience, we have a wide range of pharmaceuticals available on-site at our hospital. If there is something your pet needs that we don’t have, we also have our online pharmacy, operated by Vet’s First Choice, that you can access directly from the link below.
We are equipped with a wide range of proper nutritional needs for your pet.
Hopkinton Animal Hospital is equipped with the proper nutritional needs for your pet. We carry a large range of prescription diets to best support your pet and their health. We are firm believers that diet plays a large part in keeping your pets healthy, and our team is dedicated and educated in helping you choose the right food for your pet.
We have partnered with Hill’s, the pet food company that makes Hill’s Prescription Diet, Hill’s Science Diet, Hill’s Ideal Balance, and Hill’s Healthy Advantage. Join our program and get Hill’s pet foods for dogs and cats delivered to your home for free.