Switch to Main Site
Practice Name

ANIMAL HOSPITAL OF ORLEANS

Social Media
Primary Location
65 Finlay Rd.
Orleans, MA 02653
Phone: (508) 255-1194
Fax: (508) 255-9709

Office Hours

DayOpenClose
Monday8 AM5 PM
Tuesday8 AM5 PM
Wednesday8 AM5 PM
Thursday8 AM5 PM
Friday8 AM5 PM
Saturday8 AMNoon
SundayClosedClosed
Main Content

Wellness Examinations  Healthy Pets = Happy Homes

Regular comprehensive physical exams are one of the most important steps that you can take to protect your pet. Our pets have shorter life spans that we do and since pets age faster, they are more likely to develop health problems each year. The physical exam is one of the most effective ways to detect problems early. Early detection leads to prompt treatment and better health.

 video otoscopeJust like when you go to your doctor, the physical exam may also include recommended vaccinations, blood work,urinalysis, or other lab tests on a periodic basis. These recommendations are based on the breed, age, and overall health or your pet. Some tests such as fecal examinations for parasites and the blood test for heartworms are performed on a yearly basis. Other tests, such as a general blood screening panel, may be recommended less often for a young health pet, and more often for senior pets, breeds that are predisposed to certain illnesses, or pets with a history of illness.

The need for vaccination ("dog shots" and "cat shots") can be a confusing subject, so the following is a general overview.  We will create a vaccination schedule that will fit your pet's needs and lifestyle.  We separate our vaccine into "Core" and "Non-core" vaccines. 

Core Vaccines:  Core vaccines are defined as those vaccines which ALL dogs, regardless of circumstances, should receive. Core vaccines protect animals from severe, life-threatening diseases.  These vaccines include Rabies and Distemper combination vaccines.

Rabies (1 and 3 year):  In the state of Massachusetts, Rabies vaccinations are required by law.  Rabies is a contagious and fatal viral disease that is transmissible through saliva to humans.  The first rabies shot in an animal's life is always only good for one year.  This applies regardless of the animal's age at the time of vaccination. 

Canine Distemper Combo (1 and 3 year):  One of the most frequent misconceptions about canine distemper is that is has something to do with the temperament or personality of the dog.  This is not the case.  Canine distemper is actually a contagious viral disease that can be passed from one dog to another, usually through the aerosolization of respiratory secretions that occurs when an infected dog coughs. The distemper vaccine can contain one or more of the following:  Canine Distemper, Canine Adenovirus/Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus. 

Feline Distemper Combo (1 and 3 year):  Our feline distemper combo covers 3 different, highly contagious diseases in cats:  Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia.

Non-core vaccines are given depending on the dog’s and cat's exposure risk. These include vaccines against Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme), Leptospira bacteria (lepto), Canine Influenza (CIV), Bordetella bronchiseptica (kennel cough), and feline leukemia.  Due to the wildlife and tick exposure on Cape Cod, we highly recommend both the Lyme and Lepto vaccinations for dogs.  If your dog or cat board or your dog goes to dog parks, we strongly recommend kennel cough and CIV.  If your cat goes outside we strongly recommend both the leukemia and FIV.

We can discuss what is best for your pet during your office visit!

Welcome

Our AHO family has been caring for yours since 1993!

We always welcome new clients to join our extended family! New clients receive their first office visit  for FREE!

Fear Freesm is an educational program designed for veterinary professionals that focuses on the mental and emotional well-being of our canine and feline patients. The program consists of eight courses that, combined, provide the knowledge and tools necessary for veterinary professionals to reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in patients and their owners.

As an investment in improving our practice, we paid for all of our staff, from our receptionists to our kennel techs, to be trained and certified in Fear Freesm protocols. We want to make sure that your pet’s visit, from veterinary services to boarding, is the best it can be for both you and your pet. The last thing we want is for your pet to fear the one place that is fully committed to ensuring they live a happy and healthy life!

For more information about creating a Fear Free Happy Home, CLICK HERE!
For more information about the Fear Free Initiative, CLICK HERE!

We are an AAFP certified Cat Friendly Practice.

Need Veterinary Financing?
 

Like us on Facebook!

                                             

Our Services

We strive to provide complete care for our patients. Click below to learn more about the veterinary and boarding services we provide.

View Services

Testimonials and Reviews

"Took Buzzy for his first yearly check-up and was nervous about his interaction with the staff as he is a rescue and you can never be sure of their history.  Discovered at the appointment, they have become a Fear Free Certified Animal Hospital.  What a fabulous experience!!!! 20 STARS********** Rather than get through the appointment at any expense to Buzzy, they played with him in a soft music, pheromone infused room (he was already wearing a pheromone neckerchief, courtesy of the front desk) and enticed him with edible treats.  The whole idea is to make it a pleasant experience for the pup or kitty.  It was decided that we would come back next week for the "real appointment" to help Buzzy relax and see the office as a pleasant destination.  It obviously worked. As my other half took Buzz out to the car, and I talked with the staff, the outside door reopened and Buzzy came back in.  Did not want to go to the car! Usually our dogs can't get out of the vet's office fast enough.  Well done all. You even had me relaxed by the end of the visit." Deborah Miller

Office Hours

DayOpenClose
Monday8 AM5 PM
Tuesday8 AM5 PM
Wednesday8 AM5 PM
Thursday8 AM5 PM
Friday8 AM5 PM
Saturday8 AMNoon
SundayClosedClosed

Additional Kennel Pick-up & Drop off Hours Available By Appointment.  Call the Kennel Cell Phone: (508) 240-4810

Saturday 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am - 11:00 am; 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Contact

ANIMAL HOSPITAL OF ORLEANS
65 Finlay Rd.
Orleans, MA 02653
Get Directions
 
  • Phone: (508) 255-1194
  • Fax: (508) 255-9709
  • Email Us
From:  To:  Get Directions
Driving Directions: Reverse Directions Print Directions
Newsletter

Newsletter Sign Up

Community Content