Santa Claus is Coming to Muddy Creek Animal Care Center on Nov 26!
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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.

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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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Rowley, MA 01969
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Dog with Santa Claus

  Image © Lauren Mac Pet Photography

Join the veterinarians and staff of Muddy Creek Animal Care Center as we welcome Santa to our hospital on Sunday, November 26, 2017 from 12:00-3:00 pm.

The day will be filled with lots of fun, refreshments, and holiday cheer, so make sure to bring your pet for this great event!

Lauren MacDonald of Lauren Mac Pet Photography will be providing photos for $15. Service includes:

  • One 5x7 professional print
  • An online gallery with the option of ordering additional prints
  • Image for holiday cards or Facebook available upon request

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.

Five cats at the event were able to find their fur-ever homes!

cat playing with toy mouse

Muddy Creek Animal Care Center, the Odd Cat Sanctuary and FuRRR are thrilled by the success of our Adoption Day Event on Saturday, September 9.

Thank you to all who came out for the event and of course, to our new pet parents!

For more information on how you can adopt a pet in need of a home, please call us at 978-948-2345.

Best Of AwardMuddy Creek Animal Care Center has won "Best Veterinarian" and "Best Doggie Daycare" in The Daily News Best Of Awards 2017!

The doctors and staff would like to send a special thank you to all the readers and loyal clients in the area that voted for us. 

We truly do strive to provide the best veterinary care possible, and are so appreciative of 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.

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
 Pet Care Attendant Ashley Coutinho
Ashley Coutinho, CVT

Veterinary Technician
 veterinary Technician Assistant Jessy Sullivan
Jessy Sullivan

Veterinary Assistant
Client Care Coordinator Michaella Faherty
Michaella Faherty
Client Care Supervisor
Judy Turcotte
Judy Turcotte
Client Care Specialist
Client Care Coordinator Suzanne Morris
Suzanne Morris
Client Care Specialist
Client Care Coordinator Rachel
Rachel Shairs

Client Care Specialist
CCS Elaine Derboghosian
Elaine Der Boghosian
Client Care Specialist
Client Care Specialst Clare Wurcer
Clare Wurcer

Client Care Specialist
Client Care Specialist Kira Dority
Kira Dority

Client Care Specialist
Client Care Specialist Allice Stanca
Allice Stanca
Client Care Specialist
Client Care Specialist Megan Church
Megan Church

Client Care Specialist
Client Care Specialist Monica Adler
Monica Adler

Client Care Specialist
Client Care Specialist Ashley St. Pierre
Ashley St. Pierre

Client Care Specialist
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 Fiona
Fiona Primini
Pet Care Attendant
 Pet Care Attendant Kristy Spause
Kristy Spause
Pet Care Attendant
Pet Care Attendant Rebecca
Rebecca May
Pet Care Attendant
Pet Care Attendant Ameila Morin
Ameila Morin

Pet Care Attendant
Pet Care Attendant Julieanne Brennan
Julieanne Brennan

Pet Care Attendant
Pet Stylist Julie
Julie Hemstreet

Pet Stylist
Pet Stylist Louise Caine
Louise Caine
Pet Stylist
Pet Stylist Christie Blaine
Christie Blaine
Pet Stylist
Pet Care Attendant Kayla
Kayla McLaughlin
Little Paws Loft Supervisor
Rachel Tuniewicz
Veterinary Technician Assistant
tech-assist-tiffany-cabanTiffany Caban
Veterinary Technician Assistant