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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...

Uterine Disease

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.

Testicular Cancer

This cancer, as well as prostatitis (an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate), can be greatly reduced with early neutering.

 

Behavioral Problems

Unwanted behaviors such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with spaying or neutering.

Overpopulation

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.Cat and Dog graphic

   
     
 

Spayed and neutered pets live healthier and longer lives! Consider the benefits to your pet and the community, and ask us when is the best time to spay or neuter your pet.

 
     


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Make your pet's well-being a priority. See your veterinarian regularly and follow these tips to keep your pet happy and healthy.

Nutrition

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.

Identification

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.

Safety

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.

Grooming

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.

 

Exercise

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.

Training

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.

Environmental Enrichment

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.Pet Care at Home

     
 

Be Your Pet's Guardian Angel

Call us if your pet experiences vomiting, diarrhea, poor appetite, lethargy, trouble breathing, excessive drinking or urinating, wheezing or coughing, pale gums, discharge from nose, swollen eye or discharge, limping, and/or difficulty passing urine or stool as these may be signs of illness.

 
     


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Every animal is unique, and the start of each stage of life calls for different home and veterinary care. Check with your veterinarian to establish a proactive wellness plan to keep your pet happy and healthy throughout its life.

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Puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines and physical exams. During these exams, your veterinarian may also recommend parasite preventatives or lab tests.

Adult pets will need to continue visiting the veterinarian annually for physical exams, recommended vaccines and routine testing.

Senior pets can develop similar problems seen in older people, including heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and arthritis. Your veterinarian may recommend biannual visits to ensure your pet's quality of life.

Spay/Neuter

Females spayed before their first heat cycle will be less likely to get uterine infections, ovarian cancer and breast cancer. Males neutered at any age will be less likely to get prostate disease. Spaying or neutering also helps prevent behavioral problems like marking and escaping. Talk to your veterinarian about spaying or neutering your pet.

Nutrition

Pets require different types of food to support each life stage. Growing puppies and kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults while adult dogs and cats need food that will keep them healthy and energetic. Your senior dog or cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Talk to your veterinarian to determine what's appropriate for your pet.

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Exercise

Adult dogs should stay active with daily walks and one-on-one training. Keep your adult cats fit by using toys that encourage them to run and jump, and be sure to give them at least 15 minutes of playtime a day.

Weight management of your senior dog or cat is extremely important to ensure they are at an ideal body weight and able to move around comfortably.

Training

Behavioral issues are a major cause of pet abandonment. Begin training your puppy or kitten right away to prevent bad habits and establish good ones.

Start house training your puppy as soon as you get home. Keep your puppy supplied with plenty of chew toys so he or she gets used to gnawing on those and not your belongings.

All cats need a litter box, which should be in a quiet, accessible room. Place your kitten in the box after a meal or whenever it appears he or she needs to go. Be sure to scoop out solids daily and empty it out completely once a week. The number of boxes in your household should be the total of number of cats plus one.

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Animals age at a faster rate than humans do, and your pet's health needs will evolve over time. Use this chart to figure out your pet's age in human years, and check with your veterinarian to establish a wellness plan specific to your young, adult or senior pet.

Pet Ages & Stages Chart

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Dr. Blake LiebertDr. Blake Liebert, Chief of Staff, received his DVM degree from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. He completed a small animal internship at Veterinary Specialists of Connecticut. Dr. Liebert then joined the Intown Veterinary Group in 2003 prior to becoming the medical director of Muddy Creek Animal Care Center in October 2007.

 

Dr. Sylvia ReiserDr. Sylvia Reiser received her degree in Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University and joined the Muddy Creek Animal Care Center in July of 2003. Prior to her veterinary career, Dr. Reiser practiced as a Registered Dental Hygienist and that interest in dentistry has carried over into her current professional life. Her other interests include small animal medicine and surgery as well as behavioral medicine.

Dr. Reiser is a member of the American Veterinary Dental Society as well as the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Feline Practitioners and Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association. On a more local level, she enjoys participating in the Veterinary Association of the North Shore and frequently volunteers her surgical services at regional spay and neuter clinics.

Dr. Nancy FieldDr. Nancy Field joined Muddy Creek Animal Care Center in August 2014. She grew up in North Arlington, NJ before traveling to New Hampshire to attend the University of New Hampshire (UNH) for her undergraduate degree. Upon graduation from UNH, Dr. Field went on to the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her VMD degree in 2013.

Before coming to Muddy Creek Animal Care Center, Dr. Field interned at Pennsylvania Specialty and Emergency Associates at Hickory Veterinary Hospital. This internship provided her with experience in small animal medicine, general practice, emergency medicine, surgery, and other specialties. Her medical interests include dermatology, emergency medicine, and preventive veterinary care.

In her spare time, Dr. Field enjoys baking cupcakes, traveling, snowboarding and spending time with her dog Pippa, a two-year-old Vizsla, and two cats, sisters Lola and Stella.

dr-clare-flanagan-dvmDr. Clare Flanagan grew up in Holbrook and currently lives in Somerville. She received her undergraduate degree from MIT and her veterinary degree from Tufts University. Prior to joining the Muddy Creek Animal Care Center, Dr. Flanagan practiced at the Animal Hospital of Nashua in NH.

Dr. Flanagan has a special interest in surgery. When she is not at work, she enjoys hiking, rowing and baking. She has an American curl cat named Darwin.

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993 Haverhill Street
Rowley, MA 01969
P: (978) 948-2345
F: (978) 948-7840

Vote for Us HereThe Daily News is running their annual The Daily News Best Of contest where county residents can vote for their favorite local businesses.

Please vote Muddy Creek Animal Care Center as "Best Veterinarian" and "Best Doggie Daycare". Be sure to tell your friends and family to do the same! Voting is open through Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

We are so grateful for our amazing clients and patients. We truly do strive to provide the best veterinary care for your four-legged loved ones every day. 

Thank you for your support!

We've installed all new, artificial grass for our outdoor canine play areas!

New canine turf Similar to turf used on football fields, this "grass" provides all the fun of being outside with less mess and potential dangers. It is gravel-free and safer for dogs who eat pebbles. It can even help reduce digging habits!

We are always striving to improve our facility and services for our clients and patients. We hope that this new addition helps make your dog's next vacation or daycare visit at Muddy Creek Animal Care Center a little less muddy.

Learn more about our doggie daycare and pet boarding services, or give us a call at (978) 948-2345.

We offer a variety of dog training classes including group classes, private sessions, and seminars. Visit our Dog Training page for a description of each training class offered to decide which one best suits your needs and your dog's.

With cats being the most beloved pet in the country, there is a growing need to improve the health care and overall well-being of the feline population.

Cat Friendly Practice logoWhether it's a routine checkup or special visit, the team at Muddy Creek Animal Care Center is committed to ensuring that cats get the best care. And, to further our mission, we've recently implemented the Cat Friendly Practice (CFP) program to offer pet owners more at every phase of their cat's health care process.

CFP Program Puts Cats First

The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) pioneered the CFP program to provide a framework for creating a positive practice environment for cats, including medical care that supports the cat’s unique needs and knowledgeable staff members who understand feline-friendly handling.

"The AAFP realizes that cats present unique challenges before, during, and after a veterinary visit," said AAFP President Dr. Susan Little, DVM, DABVP (Feline). "Some things that can cause a cat anxiety include aversion to carriers, sensitivity to new sights and smells, and the added stress of an unfamiliar location or experience. Understanding these obstacles helped to shape the CFP program and its dedication to putting the needs of cats first."

The first warm days of the summer are officially upon us! After this past winter, we are all happy to have some better weather. During this recent early heat wave I noticed several dogs sitting in parked cars in parking lots as I ran errands around town.

Dog Panting in CarThis is common in early spring as most dogs love car trips, but gets unsafe as the summer heat arrives. This observation made me realize that it may be time to remind everyone of the dangers of leaving dogs in parked cars on warmer days any time of year.

Every year hundreds of pets are seen at veterinary hospitals as a result of heat stroke. Sadly many of these pets die from these catastrophic episodes. The worst part is that these events could be easily avoided. Cabin temperature in a car can increase by as much as 20 degrees in 10 minutes, and continues to increase as time elapses.

Leaving windows open a small amount does little to slow the rise in temperature. Dogs reduce body heat primarily by panting and perspiring through their foot pads. These are inefficient for cooling in a hot, enclosed environment. Once a dog's core body temperature increases above 105 (F), it is considered a medical emergency and veterinary care is needed.

Below is a chart that estimates a car's interior temperature increase over time:

You've just brought your healthy kitten to visit the veterinary office for her annual exam and vaccine updates. Now the vet is telling you she hears a heart murmur. How concerned should you be?

What Does That Murmur Mean?

Kitten with Muddy Creek Animal Care VeterinarianA murmur is simply a sound that tells the listener that something is causing turbulence of the blood flow as it travels through the heart.

Normally, the blood should move from chamber to chamber, and out of the heart valves, as smoothly as water running through a pipe. If something causes a partial blockage, if there's a leak in the system, or even if the liquid isn't being propelled efficiently, turbulence will result in the sloshing sounds we refer to as "murmurs" when we speak of heart function.

In kittens and young cats, congenital irregularities of the heart can cause these sloshing sounds. The majority of these are "innocent" murmurs that will resolve as the patient grows and its heart matures.

Persistent or loud murmurs, however, can be secondary to more severe defects and should be investigated if accompanied by any weakness, pallor, shortness of breath, failure to grow or thrive, or if they persist until the time the pet is due to be spayed or neutered.

Our team of caring professionals is devoted to you and your pets!

Hospital Manager Ana Hubbard
Ana Hubbard

Hospital Manager
veterinary technician sherry
Sherry Petersen
Veterinary Technician & Client Care Coordinator
Vet Tech Sandy
Sandy Roy
Veterinary Technician
Sharon Grimshaw, CVT
Sharon Grimshaw, CVT
Veterinary Technician
CCS Elaine Derboghosian
Elaine Der Boghosian
Client Care Supervisor
Judy Turcotte
Judy Turcotte
Client Care Coordinator
Kelly Dalton
Kelly Dalton
Client Care Coordinator
Client Care Coordinator Suzanne Morris
Suzanne Morris
Client Care Coordinator
Client Care Coordinator Kelsey
Kelsey
Client Care Coordinator
Client Care Coordinator Michaella Faherty
Michaela Faherty
Client Care Coordinator
Client Care Coordinator Rachel
Rachel

Client Care Coordinator
Pet Daycare Supervisor Kelsey Keech
Kelsey Keech
Daycare Supervisor
Cat Tail Inn Supervisor Ashley McIntosh
Ashley McIntosh
Cat Tail Inn Supervisor
 Katelyn Rollins
Katelyn Rollins
Dog Trainer
Pet Care Attendant Brittany Raymond
Brittany Raymond
Pet Care Attendant
 Pet Care Attendant Lindsay
Lindsay McNeil

Pet Care Attendant
 Pet Care Attendant Ashley Coutinho
Ashley Coutinho

Pet Care Attendant
Pet Care Attendant Fiona
Fiona
Pet Care Attendant
 Pet Care Attendant Kristy Spause
Kristy Spause
Pet Care Attendant
Sam, Little Paws Loft Supervisor
Sam
Little Paws Loft Supervisor
Pet Care Attendant Rebecca
Rebecca May
Pet Care Attendant
Pet Stylist Julie
Julie

Pet Stylist
Pet Stylist Louise Caine
Louise Caine
Pet Stylist
Pet Stylist Christie Blaine
Christie Blaine
Pet Stylist