Our Services:Pharmacy and Products
Muddy Creek Animal Care Center offers an array of both prescription and over the counter products to keep your pet happy and healthy. Our in-house pharmacy is stocked with prescription medications to provide preventive care, treat illnesses and ensure that your pet's medication is always available.
Our Services:House Calls
In order to better serve you and your pet, Muddy Creek Animal Care Center offers house call appointments for your convenience.
- Please call the office at (978) 948-2345 to make an appointment or to inquire about availability and cost.
- Dogs and cats benefit from house calls because they experience less stress by staying in familiar surroundings and their health improves from routine veterinary care.
- Multi-pet homes will also find this service convenient as it eliminates the need to coordinate and transport numerous pets to our practice.
- If you are not as mobile as you used to be or have a hard time getting your pet to the veterinarian, our doctors will come to you.
- When the time comes to say goodbye, you can say goodbye to your pet in the familiar surroundings of home.
Our Services:Emergency Care
We see emergencies during our normal hospital hours.
Please call us at (978) 948-2345 for immediate assistance.
If your pet has an after-hours emergency or if we determine that your pet requires overnight nursing care or a level of specialty we cannot provide here, we will co-ordinate your pet's referral to the appropriate critical care or specialty hospital.
We refer after-hours emergencies to:
Bulger Veterinary Hospital
247 Chickering Road, Andover, MA 01845
Port City Veterinary Referral Hospital
215 Commerce Way, Suite 100, Portsmouth, NH 03801
Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital
20 Cabot Road, Woburn, MA 01801
The New England Veterinary Oncology Group (N.E.V.O.G.)
180 Bear Hill Road, Suite C, Waltham, MA 02451
(P) 781-684 8688
Muddy Creek Animal Care Center also offers boarding for dogs, cats, rabbits, and ferrets so that you can leave your pet in total comfort at our full service kennel.
At Muddy Creek Animal Care Center, we try to make your pet's vacation a special occasion. We know the decision to board your pet can be an anxious time for you and your special friend. Our boarding facility provides a comfortable and relaxing home away from home for your pet when you need to be away on business, vacation or an emergency.
We pay special attention to assure your pet is safe and comfortable.
Boarders at our facility enjoy the following amenities:
- Immaculately Clean Cages and Runs
- Owner Visits and Tours of the Facility
- A Clean & Comfy Atmosphere
- Fresh Bedding & Daily Housekeeping
- Spacious Kennels
- Individualized Care
- Convenient Hours
We also offer peace of mind:
- Attentive Staff
- Individual Playtime
- Extra Treats
- Veterinary Medical Services if needed
- All the Comforts of Home!
- Dogs must be current on the following vaccines — Distemper/Parvovirus, Rabies, Canine Influenza and Bordetella
- Cats must be current on the following vaccines — Distemper (FVRCP) and Rabies Vaccine
- All pets (dogs, cats, rabbits, and ferrets) must be free from Internal and External Parasites
Please feel free to fax your pet's vaccine history to us at 978-948-7840 prior to arrival. We look forward to your pet's vacation!
Boarding:Our Boarding Hours
For your convenience, our drop off/pick up hours for boarding your pet are as follows:
|Mon:||8 - 11am, 3 - 6pm|
|Tues:||8 - 11am, 3 - 6pm|
|Wed:||8 - 11am, 3 - 6pm|
|Thurs:||8 - 11am, 3 - 6pm|
|Fri:||8 - 11am, 3 - 6pm|
|Sat:||8 - 11am, 1 - 2pm|
|Sun:||8 - 11am, 1 - 2pm|
We look forward to your pet's stay at Muddy Creek Animal Care Center!
Pet Boarding Admissions Forms
Thank you for choosing Muddy Creek Animal Care Center to care for your pet. Please download and fill out the appropriate Boarding Admissions forms below.
You may email your completed form to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or bring it with you when dropping off your pet for its vacation at our comfortable and safe full-service kennel.
Feel free to fax your pet's vaccine history to us at 978-948-7840 prior to arrival to expedite the admissions process. We look forward to your pet's vacation!
Muddy Creek Animal Care Center Boarding Tips — This packet contains information on what you should know about boarding your pet with us.
Doggie Daycare Forms
We offer Doggie Daycare! For more information on this service, please review our informational brochure and promotional flyer below. If you are bringing your dog in for scheduled daycare, please fill out the registration form below. You may submit the Doggie Daycare registration form online (email it to us at email@example.com) or bring it with you when dropping off your pet.
Doggie Daycare Brochure (PDF)
To help minimize the anxiety of our feline patients and to help increase their comfort while visiting, Muddy Creek Animal Care Center offers an exclusive cat-only reception area and exam rooms.
We are proud to be the only feline-friendly experience for cat owners in the greater Rowley area. We have also earned the Cat Friendly Practice Gold Standard status by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).
Click to learn more about our veterinary services for cats or call us at (978) 948-2345 to discuss your feline's care. We look forward to hearing from you!
Articles & Tips on Feline Health
Your cat's health is our top priority at Muddy Creek Animal Care Center. Feline patients have different needs than their canine counterparts, so we are sharing some great resources to help you identify medical or behavioral issues that your feline family member may be hiding from you.
We hope you will find these articles, tips and videos helpful. As always, please call us with specific questions regarding your cat or let us know how we can improve our feline veterinary services.
- Dental Diseases That Afflict Feline Pets
- Heart Murmurs in Cats
- Heartworm Disease – Not Just for Dogs Anymore!
- Is Your Cat Missing? How To Find a Wandering or Lost Kitty
- Is Your Cat Sick? Here Are 10 Subtle Signs That Your Cat May Be Ill.
- Lily Toxicosis in Cats
- Striving for Stress-Free Feline Care
Videos on Cat Care
|Cats & Carriers—Friends not Foes: This video gives step-by-step instructions on getting your cat into its carrier to turn a potentially stressful travel experience into a calm journey for your cat.|
|Tips for Taking Your Cat to the Veterinarian: In this video, Ilona Rodan, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, Feline Practice, offers expert advice on making your cat's veterinary visits stress-free. Regular veterinary visits will improve and extend your cat's life.|
Contact Us:Appointment Request
Annual veterinary care is crucial to keeping your pet happy and healthy. Click the icons below to learn more about what your veterinarian can do for your pet.
Exams check overall health and detect problems before they become severe or costly.
Vaccines protect against common and fatal diseases based on your pet's age and lifestyle.
|Nutrition ensures your pet gets the balanced diet it needs and maintains a healthy weight.||Spaying and neutering protects pets from serious health and behavioral problems.|
Care Guides for Pet Owners
Your pet's health also depends on you. Click on the icons below to learn more about what pet owners can do at home to keep their pets living a long, healthy life.
Pet Wellness:Pet Exams
Bringing your pets to the veterinarian for a physical exam every year is the smartest and easiest way to keep them healthy. Exams allow your veterinarian to detect any problems before they become severe or costly.
Your Veterinarian Will Check...
- muscular and skeletal health by feeling for healthy muscle mass and joint pain.
- neurologic system – it could indicate birth defects in younger pets, and cognitive issues in older pets.
- appropriate weight and lifestyle for your pet's age.
- lymph nodes – swollen nodes can indicate a wound, virus, infection or some other illness.
- vital signs (temperature, pulse and respiration) – an abnormal reading could indicate illness.
- skin and coat condition for growths, infection wounds and overall skin health.
Bring Your Pet to the Veterinarian Every Year for a Clean Bill of Health and Peace of MindYour pet can't tell us what's wrong. But routine physical exams can help your veterinarian detect any problems or diseases you might not have otherwise picked up on, including heart murmurs, tumors, enlarged organs, cataracts, ear infections, ear mites, dental and gum disease, skin issues and allergies.
Vaccines protect against common diseases that your pets may become exposed to.
Did You Know?
Vaccines have about a 95% success rate for preventing infections and fatal diseases.
Pet Wellness:Dental & Oral Care
Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets. Without proper preventive or home care, plaque and tartar can build up, which may cause oral infections, bad breath, infected gum tissues (gingivitis) or even bone loss (periodontitis).
Did You Know?
It's not normal for your pet to have bad breath – it can be a sign of serious dental or gum issues.
Sixty percent of dental disease is hidden below the gum line, and can only be found with x-rays. Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about screenings, cleanings and products available to help keep those pearly whites clean.
Pet Wellness:Lab Tests
Yearly lab tests are safe and non-invasive ways to diagnose and prevent sickness or injuries in pets that a physical exam cannot detect.
Pet Wellness:Parasite Prevention
Prevention is the best approach in protecting your pet against deadly heartworms, intestinal parasites, and flea and tick infestations. Your veterinarian will help you find the product that is right for your pet based on his or her needs.
Just like humans, an animal's diet directly affects its overall health and well-being. Allowing a pet to overeat, or to consume the wrong foods, may lead to a wide variety of ailments including obesity, diabetes and arthritis.
Did You Know?
Over 50% of dogs and cats in the United States are obese or overweight.
Although we think of our pets as family members, they shouldn’t be allowed to eat like us. Maintaining a proper diet will help keep your pet at a healthy weight. Be sure not to overfeed, and that you are providing a diet tailored to your pet's breed, age, weight and medical history.
Common Foods To Avoid
Think twice about feeding your pet table scraps. Common foods such as chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions and garlic could be dangerous to an animal. Some non-food items like lily plants and antifreeze are also toxic to pets. Check with your veterinarian if your pet has ingested anything questionable.
Growing puppies and kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults. Ask your veterinarian which food is right for this stage of life. Cats switch to an adult diet right after being spayed or neutered, no matter what the age, to decrease the likelihood of obesity and related conditions.
Selecting an adult dog or cat food that will keep your pet healthy and energetic starts with knowing your pet's lifestyle. Does your dog weigh just the right amount and go for long walks daily? Or is it a lap dog that loves nothing more than to snooze the day away? Talk to your veterinarian about these issues to help guide you in choosing the best food for your pet.
Your senior dog or cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Many older pets can continue eating the food they always have – just a little less to compensate for not being as active. Check with your veterinarian which food and amount is best for your pet.
Pet Wellness:Spaying & Neutering
Spaying or neutering can protect your pet from serious health and behavioral problems later in life. It also helps control the stray animal population.
Spaying or Neutering Reduces the Risk of...
Known as a pyometra, this is a potentially life-threatening condition which can be very expensive to treat. It is 100% preventable if your pet is spayed.
Mammary Tumors (Breast Cancer)
Over one-half of all mammary tumors are malignant and can spread to other areas of the body. Early spaying, prior to your pet beginning its heat cycles, significantly reduces the incidence of tumor formation.
This cancer, as well as prostatitis (an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate), can be greatly reduced with early neutering.
Unwanted behaviors such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with spaying or neutering.
There are more puppies and kittens in shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized. Spaying or neutering can help reduce the number of animals in need of homes.
Pet Wellness:Home Care
Make your pet's well-being a priority. See your veterinarian regularly and follow these tips to keep your pet happy and healthy.
Your veterinarian will give you a recommendation for a high quality and nutritious diet for your pet, and advise you on how much and how often to feed him or her. Diets may vary by species, breed and age.
Microchipping is a safe and permanent identification option to ensure your pet's return should he or she get lost. Ask us about the process and get your pet protected.
Always keep your dog on a leash in public, and your cat indoors to protect them from common hazards such as cars and other animals.
Frequent brushing keeps your pet's coat clean and reduces the occurrence of shedding, matting and hairballs. Depending on the breed, your pet may also need professional groomings.
Dental and Oral Health
Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about professional cleanings as well as dental treats and products available to help prevent bad breath, gingivitis, periodontitis and underlying disease. Although your pet's teeth may look healthy, significant disease could be hidden below the gum line.
Be sure to spend at least 15 minutes a day playing with your cat to keep him or her active and at a healthy weight. All dogs need routine exercise to stay fit, but the requirements vary by breed and age. Ask us what's best for your dog. Doggy daycares and boarding facilities are other ways to help to burn off some energy and socialize your pets.
Enroll your dog in training classes to improve his or her behavior with pets and people. Cats need minimal training. Be sure to provide them with a litter box beginning at four weeks of age.
Entertain your pet's natural instincts by using toys that encourage them to jump and run. Cats especially need to fulfill their instinct to hunt – provide interactive toys that mimic prey like a laser pointer or feathers on a wand. You can also hide treats in your pet's toys or around the house to decrease boredom while you're away.