General Health Care

Your Pet’s Vaccines

The veterinarians at Westfield Animal Hospital believe in protecting your pets with the safest, most effective vaccines available. We also believe that your pet’s unique health status and lifestyle risks must be taken into account when making recommendations not only about which vaccines are appropriate, but also how frequently they need to be administered. At your pet’s annual exam, our veterinarians help you determine the level of risk that your pet faces and which diseases justify immunization.

Core vaccinations we recommend for dogs include DHLPPV and Rabies. We also vaccinate dogs against Lyme disease, Bordetella (Kennel Cough) and Influenza. For cats, we recommend FVRCP and Rabies. All cats that go outside should also be vaccinated for Leukemia.

Internal Medicine

Sometimes one of the frustrations of dealing with a sick pet is that you cannot simply ask what is wrong. When your pet is not well, you need to find out what the problem is. The medical team at Westfield Animal Hospital is trained and equipped to deal with all areas of internal medicine, including endocrinology (e.g. diabetes and related diseases), gastroenterology, dermatology, kidney and liver issues, cardiology, dentistry and more.

Along with advanced training and experience, our medical team makes use of the latest equipment to diagnose and treat your sick pet. For this reason, Westfield Animal Hospital has recently invested in the latest technology, including digital radiology, ultrasound and a comprehensive in-house laboratory. We also maintain close relationships with area specialists in order to provide greater treatment options for advanced or complicated cases.

In all, we are confident in providing superior medical care and effective treatment plans in order to cure and manage your pet’s medical problems.

Behavior Counseling

Behavior problems are the number one reason why owners give up a pet. Westfield Animal Hospital offers behavior counseling for pets that have issues including (but not limited to) inappropriate urination or defecation, aggression, separation anxiety, inappropriate chewing and barking, scratching, digging, and spraying (cats).

Our veterinarians will work closely with you to understand the source of these behavior issues and in developing a specific plan to help eliminate your pet’s unwanted behavior. Sometimes, the behavior problem, such as inappropriate voiding, can be linked to a medical issue (cystitis, bladder stones, kidney disease, etc.) and can be treated medically. For other behavior issues, the treatment plan often involves behavior modification and may include medication-assisted training. If our veterinarians and technical staff members cannot help with your pet’s behavior problem, we can refer you to a board certified specialist in animal behavior.

Nutritional Counseling

One of the key factors contributing to the improved health and longevity of companion animals is our expanded knowledge on the important role that proper nutrition plays in overall health. During your pet’s comprehensive physical examination, we evaluate his or her body condition and give recommendations based on what we see. However, some pets with nutritional issues or chronic conditions such as diabetes require a little bit more intervention, which may include special foods, feeding strategies and even prescription diets.

The knowledgeable staff at Westfield Animal Hospital is available to help you with your pet’s nutritional challenges. We also have a diverse inventory of prescription foods and high-quality nutritional products and supplements. If your pet requires a prescription diet we do not carry, we can easily order it for you.

Full Veterinary Pharmacy

Ensuring that you have convenient and timely access to competitively priced medications for your pets is an important focus for us at Westfield Animal Hospital. More than ever before, medications play an important role in helping cure a sick animal, relieve pain after an injury or surgery and manage chronic conditions such as arthritis and diabetes. Without these medications we would see higher pet mortality/morbidity rates, shorter lifespans, and degraded quality of life in our companion animals.

Westfield Animal Hospital maintains a comprehensive, well-stocked pharmacy within our practice and we are able to quickly access any medication that is necessary for your pet’s care. Additionally, because we are the prescribing veterinarian, we are able to ensure there is a direct link between the exam room and our pharmacy. This means your pet will receive the right medication, at the right dose, in the right form as quickly as possible. We also inform you on the medication’s use as well as side effects and its effectiveness.

Refills are easy too. Simply submit your refill request online or give us a call so we can have them ready for you at the front desk.

HomeAgain Microchipping and Enrollment

According to statistics on lost pets compiled by the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, 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.

To help prevent this tragedy from happening, Westfield Animal Hospital strongly recommends that all pets receive a microchip ID. About the size of a grain of rice, the microchip is painlessly injected under the skin of your pet, generally between the shoulder blades. The microchip contains a unique identification number that is linked to a database with important information about your pet, including your personal contact information.

A microchip ID is permanent and all pets brought into animal hospitals or humane shelters are routinely scanned for a microchip. That information is used to quickly reunite the pet with their owner.

Westfield Animal Hospital uses the HomeAgain microchip system. HomeAgain provides a number of useful services to pet owners such as customer support and service 24/7, a National Pet Recovery Database, Lost Pet Specialists, Rapid Lost Pet Alerts, Lost Pet Medical Insurance, Travel Assistance for Found Pets, and more. Additionally, HomeAgain is one of a very few microchip systems recognized internationally.