Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Safety For Pets

     Halloween is one of THE BEST holidays of the year.  We love dressing up our kids and our pets!  And who doesn't love free candy?  In the spirit of having a fun and safe Halloween, here are some safety tips for you and your pet:

  1. Remember to keep the candy dish out of reach of your four legged family members.  Most people know that chocolate is not good for pets, but some candy also contains the artificial sweetener xylitol which is very dangerous for pets as well.
  2. Decorations like pumpkin and corn may not be toxic, but they can sometimes cause other problems.  Some dogs and/or cats may get away with a little GI upset, but ingestion of any foreign object has the possibility of getting stuck in your pet's intestines and can require surgery to be removed
  3. Keep carved pumpkins with candles outside!  Sometimes rambunctious pets will knock them over and could potentially start a fire.
  4. If you're taking your dog trick-or-treating make sure to use reflective leashes and collars so that passing cars can see him or her in the dark.  Now a days they even make leashes that light up!
  5. Make sure pet costumes fit properly and don't have any pieces hanging off that could get caught in a car door or eaten by your pet.
  6. Finally, identification!  With so many people out and about and doors being opened pets find it much easier to sneak out of the house or escape from their leashes.  Making sure you have clear, proper ID on your  pet will help you find him or her if they get lost.
  7. Have fun and get lots of candy!  Just don't give any to your pets =)
All of us here at Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod would like to wish you and your family a very safe and fun filled Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone!!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Dental Disease: Fighting The Good Fight

 Periodontal Disease, more commonly known as Dental Disease, is one of the most common conditions we see here at Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod.  Once periodontal disease begins, the degenerative changes to the tooth and its support structures are irreversible.  Those changes then make it easier for plaque and tartar to build up resulting in further progression of the disease.
    In order to better serve our patients and our clients, Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod has introduced our Periodontal 1-2 Package.  Oral health is important to overall health!  And the longer we wait to take care of our pet's teeth, the more advanced periodontal disease becomes.
     Right now for any pet getting an early grade periodontal procedure we are offering a 36% discount in cost.  This comes out to $169.00 off, and it includes a complete examination of the oral cavity, anesthesia, ultrasonic scaling, teeth polishing, intravenous catheter placement, intravenous fluid administration for the entire procedure, as well as our advanced anesthesia monitoring by a trained staff member and state of the art equipment!
     Digital X-rays and extractions are additional to the cost, but it is our hope that by getting your pet into the clinic before they have advanced periodontal disease they will not need the more costly x-rays and traumatic extractions.
    If you have any questions or comments, we'd love to hear from you!  Please visit our website at, or give us a call at 508-394-3566! 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Quality Care Made Affordable

These days we are all on a budget.  At Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod, we see it all the time;  caring clients who want the best for their pets but are struggling to provide it financially.  Because we know how much you love your pets, and that it's not always easy getting that big bill at the end of your visit, Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod has introduced our Preventative Care Plans.

These plans will allow you to make a smaller payment each month so you can assure that your pet will get the quality care you want to provide.  The plans start at $25.95 per month, and are specialized to whether you have a puppy or kitten, an adult pet, or a senior pet. 

For example, the Puppy Core Plan includes 3 nose to tail wellness exams, all rabies and distemper vaccines, two screenings  for intestinal parasites, two de-worming treatments, three free nail trims, and 1 dose of flea and tick and heartworm preventative.    This plan is incredibly helpful for people with a new pup, because young dogs must get a series of vaccines for their first vaccinations.

There are two types of plans, Core and Premium, and they are available for Puppy, Adult Dog, Senior Dog, as well as Kitten, Adult Cat, and Senior Cat.   It is our hope that these plans will help you not only provide quality care for your pet but also allow you to do so without breaking your budget.  For more information regarding our wonderful new Preventative Care Plans, simply click on link to visit our website!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

First Aid For Your Pet! By Doctor Lauren Collazo

Our very own Doctor Collazo will be teaching a pet first aid/CPR training class on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 6pm.  Dr. Collazo is the Medical Director here at Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod and has been providing quality care to our patients for years. 

This class will feature a hands on approach to CPR using a canine mannequin.  It will also include first aid, bandaging, and bleeding control for your pet. Those who complete the class will receive a certification card.

The class is being taught at the Dennis Police Station in the Community Room and all are welcome to attend! Seating is first come first serve and a $15 donation to the Sampson Fund will be requested at the door.

We are so excited for Dr. Collazo to have the opportunity to share this experience with the community and we hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Voted #1 Veterinarian on Cape Cod

Our Hospital was excited to find out that when The Cape Cod A List took a poll our clients voted us as the Best Veterinarian on Cape Cod!
Our team works really hard to make sure that as our patients, your pets will recieve the highest level of compassionate care out there.
Thank You for voting for Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod