Health Maintenance Services

Comprehensive Medicine for All Your Pet’s Needs

Derry Animal Hospital is a modern, clean and welcoming animal hospital with a skilled and compassionate veterinary team here to make caring for your pet as positive, simple and stress-free as possible. Beyond our comprehensive wellness services, we offer treatment for eye disorders, allergy and dermatology treatment, cancer treatment, nutrition counseling and prescription diets, behavior counseling, and more.

Whether your pet is a playful puppy or kitten, active adult dog or cat, or a senior pet entering his or her golden years, we use a personalized approach to high-quality pet care based on your pet’s needs.

Glaucoma in PetsGlaucoma Prevention

Glaucoma is a common condition in which the fluid pressure inside the eye increases, resulting in damage to the optic nerve, followed by loss of vision and blindness. There are two types of glaucoma. Primary or chronic glaucoma is hereditary or develops as your pet ages. Secondary or acute glaucoma develops as the result of an injury or illness. Because secondary glaucoma can progress rapidly, it is considered an emergency situation requiring immediate medical attention.

Symptoms of glaucoma to look for include:

  • Redness in the eye
  • Tearing or discharge
  • Eye sensitivity to light
  • Pain
  • Cloudy-looking eye
  • Bulging eyeball

For your pet’s comfort and safety, we use a handheld tonometer to measure the fluid pressure inside his or her eyes. This is a non-invasive, simple procedure that should not cause your pet any discomfort or stress.

Allergies & Skin Problems

Allergies are common in dogs of all breeds and backgrounds. The most common symptom associated with allergies is intense itching of your pet’s skin, either localized or generalized. Other symptoms include respiratory distress (coughing, sneezing and wheezing) or digestive problems causing vomiting, flatulence or diarrhea.

It is important to be able to identify the first signs and symptoms of allergies and dermatological conditions. These include:
Veterinary Dermatology

  • Scratching, licking, chewing or biting the skin, feet and ears, often leading to hair loss and open sores or scabs
  • Red, raised, scaly areas on the skin
  • Bumps, crusts or pus filled vesicles on the skin
  • Increased skin pigmentation
  • Thickened skin
  • Loss of hair
  • Salivary staining (brown color)
  • Head shaking

If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, please make an appointment to have him or her seen by one of our veterinarians at Derry Animal Hospital. Our veterinarians extensive experience diagnosing and treating skin conditions and allergies. We offer serum allergy testing, hypoallergenic food allergy trials, skin scrapings and fungal cultures.

If left untreated, allergic reactions and skin conditions can become serious medical concerns.

Behavior Counseling

Even with the right training and lots of attention and love, your dog or cat can develop bad habits or unwanted behaviors. Please don’t make the mistake of believing that you and your family must live with these problems or worse, consider giving up your pet. Derry Animal Hospital offers behavior counseling for many of your pet’s problems. Our highly skilled dog trainer Christina Patriquin, CVT offers consultations, classroom lessons, private and group training and phone consultations.

Causes of behavior problems can be environmental, such as a schedule change or introduction of a new baby or pet; learned, as a result of unintentional positive reinforcement; or genetic. Furthermore, any painful disease or condition or degenerative change associated with aging can cause or contribute to behavior problems.

Our assessment begins with your pet’s clinical history and a thorough medical examination. Before beginning behavior therapy, any medical problems that have been diagnosed will be treated. Addressing the underlying medical problem or providing pain relief, along with behavior modification techniques, can often resolve some of these problems.

nutritionYour Pet’s Nutrition

Proper nutrition and a balanced diet, along with fresh, clean water, is an essential ingredient for your pet’s overall good health. As your pet’s caregiver, nutrition is the most significant health variable you control.

Feeding your pet the highest-quality food you can afford is one of the best ways you can contribute to his or her health and vitality. Although the differences between premium and budget varieties may not be apparent on their nutrition labels, they are in the quality of the ingredients. Both may contain the same amount of protein but may be very different when it comes to digestibility and nutritional value. Making the best nutritional choices for your dog or cat not only effects general health, but will improve the quality and length of your pet’s life.

To support your efforts, your Derry veterinarian will perform a thorough body evaluation during every physical examination and give recommendations based on what we see, including information on proper serving size, nutrient needs, and feeding strategies. We will also help you navigate pet food claims so you can make the most informed choices.

Prescription Diets

Some pets have weight challenges or chronic conditions that benefit from a special diet. When that is the case, we may recommend feeding a special prescription diet. Making this change can have a significant positive impact on your pet’s overall health and well-being.

Prescription diets benefit medical conditions such as liver disease, bladder and kidney disease, digestive problems, renal failure, food allergies, diabetes, and more. For your convenience, Derry Animal Hospital sells Purina, Royal Canin, Hills and Iams prescription products.

Treating Your Pet’s Cancer

At Derry Animal Hospital, the standard treatment for your pet’s cancer is almost always surgical removal of the mass. Surgery is also the best treatment for both accessible benign cancers and the majority of malignant cancers that have not yet spread. Your pet’s recovery from surgery is usually rapid and post-surgical pain can be controlled using appropriate medications.

Before making the decision on the appropriate course of action for your pet, please discuss all the relevant factors with your veterinarian so you can make an informed choice. Our understanding of cancer is increasing all the time, leading to better treatment approaches, preserved quality of life and an improved outcome for your pet.

reproductionReproductive Medicine

Whether you are an experienced breeder or you are breeding your pet for the first time, Derry Animal Hospital can help. We provide the following reproductive medical services for your pet:

  • Ultrasound
  • Radiology
  • Caesarian sections

To learn more about all the ways our medical team can help guide you through this exciting process, please give us a call today.

Referrals

Should it be in the best interest of your pet, the veterinarians at Derry Animal Hospital will refer you to specialists in certain cases, including internal medicine, ophthalmology, dermatology, neurology, emergency nursing care and emergency surgery.

We refer to Southern NH Veterinary Referral Hospital, Capital Area Veterinary Emergency Services, Port City Veterinary Referral Hospital and Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital.