Health Maintenance Services

Health CareVaccines

Immunizations are an invaluable way to keep your pet healthy. The key to an effective vaccination protocol is to determine which diseases your pet may be at risk for and then vaccinate for those diseases no more than necessary. Due to advances in veterinary immunology, diseases that were once relatively common and fatal to pets are now easily preventable.

There are also vaccines – such as for Rabies and other zoonotic diseases – that help protect your family from very dangerous and difficult to treat illnesses. Additionally, with each passing year, veterinary science is improving on existent vaccines as well as increasing our ability to prevent an even wider array of contagious diseases.

Dr. Walsh and Dr. St. Pierre take a balanced approach to vaccines as the best way to protect your pet from disease and minimize the risk of an adverse reaction to a vaccine.

Nutrition Counseling

We offer prescription diets and nutrition counseling as needed during office visits. Why is this important? Pets are living longer, healthier lives than ever before and a big part of that is due to our expanded knowledge of the importance of proper nutrition to overall health. In fact, nutrition is the biggest health variable controlled by a pet's caregiver.

During your pet's comprehensive physical examination, we can evaluate his or her body condition and give recommendations based on what we see.

For most pets, our recommendations will include information on proper serving size and other feeding strategies to maintain optimal body weight and nutritional health. We will also help you wade through the claims made by pet food producers so you can make the most informed choice. For example, dogs and cats are healthiest when they eat whole, natural foods.

Some pets have more serious nutritional challenges or chronic conditions that can benefit from a special diet. If we identify an issue in your pet, we will offer advice and provide information about diets that benefit specific medical conditions such as liver disease, bladder and kidney stones, renal failure, food allergies, diabetes and other conditions.

Bath Animal Hospital carries a diverse inventory of prescription foods. If your pet requires a prescription diet that we do not carry, we may be able to order it for you.

LaboratoryFully Stocked Pharmacy

As the prescribing veterinarian for your pet's medications, we are able to ensure there is a direct link between the exam room and our pharmacy. This means your pet receives the right medication, at the right dose, in the right form as quickly as possible. We are able to easily guide you on the medication's use as well as monitor its effectiveness.

Bath Animal Hospital maintains a complete inventory of pharmaceuticals, vitamins, shampoos, flea and tick control products and heartworm preventives to meet the needs of your pet. We also carry a full line of prescription diets.

Ensuring that you have convenient and timely access to competitively priced medications is an important aspect of our veterinary practice.

Refills are easy, too. Simply give us a call or fill out the online form. We also have a convenient online pharmacy for delivery of medications right to your home.

Behavioral Counseling

Behavioral problems exist for up to 40% of all household pets. These issues are the primary reason why pets are either sent to shelters or even euthanized by their owners. The good news is that behavioral problems can be improved with behavioral therapy. Using humane training methods and techniques, it is possible to save animals' lives and enhance their relationship with you.

We not only offer behavioral counseling, we can also make referrals to those specializing in behavior modification. We also offer phone consultations.

Microchipping

MicrochippingAll too often a pet that has run off fails to return home. This is a terrible situation. We have all seen the sad lost pet notices posted on telephone poles. Getting lost is the number one cause of pet death.

Studies have shown that more than 10 million pets get lost each year and about 90 percent would not be returned to their owner unless they have some form of permanent lost pet identification.

This is why Bath Animal Hospital views microchip lost pet IDs as a standard of care for all of our feline and canine patients. With a microchip, your pet can be identified quickly and easily by animal control officers, shelters or at veterinary hospitals. Microchips are safe, unalterable and permanent identification for pets. The entire implant procedure takes less than 10 seconds.

A microchip ID system registers your pet with a unique identification number that is filed in a database with your important contact information. This information can be updated at any time.

Microchipping lists your pet in a national pet recovery database with technology that is standardized so that your pet's microchip can be read at shelters in a number of countries.

Microchips have helped reunite thousands of pets with their families. We offer the most widely used microchip products to increase the chances of a safe recovery.

Hospice/Euthanasia Services

Euthanasia and tending to your pet's remains are two of the most difficult issues for many people to consider. Asking the question means confronting fear, grief and sometimes guilt.

Our euthanasia methods are designed to cause minimal pain and distress. Talk to us about pet euthanasia long before it becomes an issue. Find out about your options, make some key decisions ahead of time, and ask us to add this information to your pet's chart.

Taking the time to plan, as challenging as it may be, will lessen the pain and discomfort for you and your pet in the event this option ever has to be considered. Ask us about our crematory services.

All of us at Bath Animal Hospital will help you prepare for these important issues with the compassion and sensitivity they require. Saying goodbye to a long-time friend is painful. We will work with you to ensure your pet's comfort and dignity.

Services include preparation of the body for home burial or cremation through a local, private cremation facility as decided by you. We also offer a wide range of hand-made wooden containers, as well as pottery and ceramic urns.