At Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic, we are known for serving our patients and clients with compassion, empathy and integrity. We are always looking for dedicated and enthusiastic individuals who are eager to help us continue providing the best care and service to our patients and clients.

If you believe your values match those of our practice and you would like to be part of an outstanding team, we would like to hear from you. For inquiries regarding employment at Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic, please contact:

Susan Marshall
smarshall@vetcor.com
Hospital Manager

 

We have TWO locations
for your convenience!

Live in the North Deering area? Don't forget about our second location, Brackett West Veterinary Clinic, located at 115 Bishop Street in Portland.

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Learn more about Brackett West Veterinary Clinic here.

Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic is located just past the intersection of Brackett and Pine, next to Reiche school, in the West End of Portland.

From 295 Southbound:

  • Take Exit 5A, go 0.5 miles.
  • Turn right onto Congress St., go uphill 0.8 miles.
  • Turn right onto Walker St., go 0.1 mile.
  • Turn left onto Brackett St., go 0.1 mile and we are on the right.

From 295 Northbound:

  • Take exit #6A/US-1 South/ME-100 South/onto Forest Ave (US-1), go 0.3 miles
  • Turn right onto State St, go 0.5 miles
  • Immediately after crossing Congress St., turn right onto Pine St.
  • Go to the stop sign, turn left onto Brackett St. We are on the right.

From Westbrook:

  • Take US Route 302 (which eventually turns into Forest Ave.).
  • From the intersection of Riverside St. and Rte. 302 go approximately 4 miles.
  • Take a right onto State St. (that will take you through Deering Oaks Park).
  • Go through 2 lights, at the 3rd light go straight and take a quick right onto Pine St. (there is a Frame shop on the corner where you will take a right).
  • At the stop sign take a right on to Brackett St. and we are the 3rd building on the right (white building with black shutters, #192).

Parking

Although we don't have any off-street parking, there are now seven additional 2-hour spots out in front of the clinic. There are also four 30-minute spots for when you come for your healthy annual visits, technician visits, surgery drop-offs/pick-ups or just to pick up medications or prescription foods for your pet.

Remember, after 3:00 pm on Monday through Friday, all day on Saturdays, and during school vacations (including summer vacation), the Reiche School lot is available for parking. The lot that we are allowed to use is the one next to Fresh Approach. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call. Our staff is happy to help out.

Brackett West Veterinary Clinic Location

115 Bishop Street
Portland, ME 04103
(207) 747-5733

Conveniently located next to Happy Tails dog daycare and boarding facility. Offering routine veterinary care for your pet with your favorite Brackett Street veterinarians and staff without the hassle of parking downtown.

Brackett West Hours

Seeing appointments Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 am-4:00 pm. Please call (207) 747-5733.

Brackett West location

 

 

Prolong Your Dog's Life

Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic provides a full range of preventive care services to help your dog live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.

Our veterinarians make their annual preventative care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Animal Hospital Association. We then customize our recommendations based on your dog’s hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.

Annual preventive care for dogs typically includes:

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  • At least one annual Physical Examination at which time our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions. During the exam our doctors will perform a:
    • Ear and Eye Examination
    • Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) analysis
    • Temperature Reading
    • Abdominal Palpation
    • Dental Exam
    • Dermatological Exam
    • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Vaccines based on your dog’s lifestyle and/or breed. Core Vaccines include Rabies and Distemper. Our veterinarians may also recommend additional vaccines such as Lyme, Bordetella (Kennel Cough) and leptospirosis.

  • Parasite Control Products to control parasites such as heartworms, intestinal parasites (such as round worms), fleas and ticks. Controlling these parasites helps protect your dog and your family members from easily transmitted parasites.

  • Diagnostic Testing to confirm the absence of heartworms or other internal parasites and early disease screening tests to help identify any internal issues which cannot be detected during a thorough physical exam.

  • Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as dental care or microchipping that will benefit your dog’s overall health and wellbeing and advise you on any questions you might have regarding your dog’s health.

 

Prolong Your Cat's Life

Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic provides a full range of preventive care services to help your cat live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.

Our veterinarians make their annual preventative care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association and take into consideration your cat’s hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.

Cat PatientOur recommendations for feline annual preventive care include:

  • At least one annual Physical Examination at which time our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions. During the exam our doctors will perform a:
    • Ear and Eye Examination
    • Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) analysis
    • Temperature Reading
    • Abdominal Palpation
    • Dental Exam
    • Dermatological Exam
    • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Vaccination recommendations include core vaccines Rabies and Feline Distemper. Your veterinarian may also suggest the Feline Leukemia vaccine for outdoor cats.

  • Parasite Control Products to prevent and repel heartworms, intestinal parasites, fleas and ticks. Round worms can be transmitted to humans, so controlling these parasites protects your cat and also your family.

  • Diagnostic Testing to check for Feline Leukemia and/or Feline AIDS (Felv/FIV), heartworms or other internal parasites and early stages of diseases which cannot be detected during a physical exam.

  • Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as dental care or microchipping, that can lead to a longer and healthier life for your cat.

 

At Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic each pet’s first year of care is customized based on its specific needs to help your puppy or kitten get the right start in life. Just like human children, puppies and kittens require additional physical exams and vaccine boosters to ensure that they get the very best start in life.

Below are our recommendations, in addition to ones noted above, for your puppy's or kitten’s first year.

  • Physical Exams: Your puppy's or kitten’s lifetime of wellness starts with its first comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens should have 3-4 exams between the ages of 8-16 weeks. These visits are important because they give our veterinarians an opportunity to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines.

  • Vaccinations: Due to their immature immune systems puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines. Since every puppy and kitten is unique, we tailor our vaccination recommendations based on their lifestyle and/or breed and according to the suggested guidelines.

  • Diagnostic Testing: We recommend that puppies are tested for Heartworm at 6 months of age if not done previously and that kittens are tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS at their first visit if not done previously.

  • Additional Recommendations: Your veterinarian will also discuss and recommend other services, such as spaying, neutering or microchipping that can lead to a longer and healthier life for your dog or cat.

 

Spayed and Neutered Pets live a healthier and longer life!

At Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic we believe in the importance of spaying/neutering puppies and kittens to provide them with a long and healthy life.

Spaying or neutering your dog or cat will reduce common problems such as:

  • A pyometra, or uterine infection, is a potentially life-threatening condition which can cost thousands of dollars to treat. Occurrence is 100% preventable if your pet is spayed.

  • 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.

  • There are more puppies and kittens overpopulating shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized.

  • Testicular cancer can be eliminated and prostatitis, an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate, can be greatly reduced with early neutering.

  • Unwanted behavioral problems such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with early spaying/neutering.

 

Care for Sick and Injured Pets

Pet X-rays at Brackett Street Veterinary ClinicAt Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic, we focus on keeping your pet happy and healthy. Unfortunately, some pets occasionally experience illnesses or injuries that require a veterinarian's care and attention.

Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic offers high quality diagnostic and medical treatments for sick and injured animals. We provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere to diagnose and treat your pet. A successful recuperation is our goal and our experienced and caring team of veterinarians is supported by our on-site laboratory and digital x-ray capabilities.

If your pet is experiencing an illness including, but not limited to, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash, loss of appetite or lower energy level, our team and facility are here to diagnose and treat your pet. We are also equipped to help your pet recover if it has sustained an injury such as a bite wound, lameness or trauma from an accident (including if your pet is hit by a car).

We see emergencies during our normal hospital hours. If your pet has an after-hours emergency, please contact the Animal Emergency Clinic at (207) 878-3121 or the Maine Veterinary Referral Center at (207) 885-1290.

Why we are the best choice for your pet’s surgical needs

Dr. Savage performing surgery on a pet patient.Many pet owners are curious about what is involved when their pet is placed under anesthesia. At Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic your pet’s safety and comfort are our top priority so you can be sure that your pet will receive only the best and safest anesthetic and surgical care.

Our procedures include the following:

  • Safe Anesthesia—a very safe anesthetic gas which is also used in human pediatric medicine.

  • Experienced Monitoring Support—our trained technicians use state-of-the-art anesthetic monitors to continuously monitor your pet’s pulse rate, oxygen levels and blood pressure.

  • IV Catheter Placement—fluids are given during surgery to maintain blood pressure and to help your pet recover quickly from the anesthesia.

  • Pain Medication—is administered prior to and after surgery to ensure your pet’s comfort.

  • Pre-Anesthetic Blood Work—ensures your pet is healthy enough to undergo a surgical procedure and that its internal organs can safely process the anesthesia.


Veterinary Surgical Services

Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic provides surgical services for dogs and cats. We offer a clean and well-equipped facility and experienced team to provide your pet with high quality surgical care in a stress-free and relaxing environment.

Our team of veterinarians and technicians are experienced with a range of surgeries. All of our procedures include a thorough pre-surgical physical examination by a veterinarian, surgical monitoring and lots of care and attention throughout the day.

In addition to spaying and neutering, we also offer the following soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries:

Soft Tissue Surgery

  • Anal Sac Removal
  • Aural Hematoma
  • Cesarean Section
  • Cystotomy (bladder stone removal)
  • Enterotomy (instestinal surgery)
  • Entropion (eyelid repair)
  • Enucleation (eye removal)
  • Foreign Body Removal
  • Hernia Repair
  • Laceration Repair
  • Mass / Tumor Removal
  • Perineal Urethrostomy (PU)
  • Pyometra
  • Splenectomy
  • And other general surgeries as needed

Orthopedic Surgery

  • Amputation
  • Bone Fracture Repair
  • Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) Repair
  • Femoral Head and Neck Ostectomy (FHO)
  • Joint Surgery
  • Patella Luxation Repair
  • Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
  • Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)
  • And other orthopedic procedures

Dental Surgery

  • Tooth Extractions

Veterinary Dental Services

Our veterinarians provide veterinary dental services including routine cleaning and polishing (dental prophylaxis) and surgical extractions to manage and treat severe oral disease conditions.

When dental problems and oral diseases are diagnosed, sometimes a dental procedure may be necessary. Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic is equipped with state-of-the-art oral surgical equipment and the latest technology to provide your pet with a safe and (advanced) dental procedure.


Pet Dental Care

Routine and preventive dental care is vital to your pet’s long term health. Pets with poor oral hygiene can develop periodontal disease, which can often lead to heart, lung, and kidney disease. Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic offers a full range of dental services for cats and dogs including dental examinations, dental extractions, and oral surgery as well as home care instructions for keeping your dog's or cat's teeth clean and healthy.

Routine Pet Dental Examinations

Our veterinarians perform basic oral exams on all our patients during their comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens will be examined to detect any problems related to the deciduous (baby) teeth, missing or extra teeth, swellings, and oral development. Senior pets will be evaluated for developmental anomalies, the accumulation of plaque and tartar, periodontal disease, and oral tumors.

Good Oral Hygiene for Pets

Dental Care Tips for Dogs and Cats

• Schedule a dental oral exam for your dog or cat year
• Schedule regular dental cleanings as recommended by your veterinarian
• Brush your pet’s teeth daily, or if every other day give your pet a dental hygiene chew
• Serve dog or cat food and treats that control tarter and plaque and promote good dental health

 

Dogs and cats can suffer from a multitude of ailments ranging from severe phobias to aggressions. The first step in controlling these issues is to understand the "what and why" of each situation. Proper diagnosis dispels myths in behavior.

Dog Pulling on LeashIt is common for a pet owner to assume that their pet is just being spiteful when in fact they may have a behavioral problem. We strive to help our clients learn the real reasons for their pet's behavior and then find realistic options for a treatment plan.

Common Pet Behavioral Problems

  • Aggression toward people or other animals
  • Separation anxiety from owners or other family pets
  • Thunderstorm phobia
  • Unruliness
  • Self-mutilation
  • Destruction
  • Compulsive disorders (repeatedly performing a behavior to the extent that it interferes with everyday life) like tail chasing, shadow chasing, licking, fly snapping, spinning, pacing, chewing, and toy fixation
  • Nuisance actions such as excessive barking, digging, biting, scratching, and jumping
  • Urine spraying/marking

Behavior consultations include a review of your pet's history, physical evaluation, diagnosis, and development of a treatment plan.

Types of Treatment Plans

  • Behavior modification
  • Medication
  • Environmental changes
  • Medical recommendations

Are Behavioral Problems Common?

Actually, yes. But most problems are easily preventable if diagnosed and treated early. Do be prepared to try different approaches to the problem – not every pet is the same!

If it's a behavior problem, don't I need a trainer? How can a veterinarian help me?

Some behavior problems like obedience issues are best solved with a professional trainer or behaviorist. Other more complicated problems like aggression may need a combination of veterinary intervention and obedience training.

A veterinarian is professionally trained in assessing behavior problems. We can help diagnose the specific problem and recommend appropriate action. Most importantly, if your pet has developed a bad behavior, the first thing we need to do is rule out underlying health issues. Your cat is missing the litter box? This could mean a urinary tract infection. Sudden change in personality? Perhaps it's related to abnormal thyroid hormone levels.

In many cases, a behavior problem will be one we've seen before. And for many problems, there are tried and true remedies. For example, a different litter type or an extra pan in the house may help with cases of inappropriate elimination in cats.

Do some behavior problems require medication?

We will always try behavior modification first. However, there are some cases where medication, used in conjunction with behavior modification, can help to manage a problem. Of course, we'll discuss the pros and cons of any treatment with you so you can better choose what's best for your pet.

Is your dog or cat exhibiting behavior problems? Our veterinarians will diagnose your pet's behavior and create an individualized behavior modification plan.

Schedule a Behavior Consultation Today!

If you feel you do not understand your pet's behavior and need help, we are here to assist you. Through a behavior consultation, we gather information regarding possible causes and contributing factors of the problematic behavior to make a diagnosis and behavior modification plan.

Since each animal and family is different, we determine the most feasible and suitable treatment plans to fit your individual situation. Please call 207-772-3385 for an appointment.

Digital Pet X-ray

Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic offers both dental and full body digital x-rays to better diagnose and treat sick or injured pets.

Digital radiography provides x-ray images without the use of conventional film. This allows for the highest-quality images, while providing the lowest possible exposure of radiation to your pet.

Digital images can be computer enhanced to increase detail allowing our veterinarians to see fine detail and subtle changes.

Benefits of Digital X-ray over Traditional Film

  • Images are obtained much more quickly and with greater accuracy.
  • Fewer retakes are required, resulting in less radiation exposure for both the patient as well as the staff.
  • Images can be easily and quickly sent to other veterinarians, including board-certified veterinary radiologists, allowing us to get results in a matter of hours rather than days.
  • Records can be stored electronically and are protected from damage or loss.
  • The chemical processing step required to develop traditional film x-rays is eliminated, creating a huge reduction in chemical usage and hazardous waste.
  • Digital x-ray allows us to provide superior care to our patients and supports our goal of progressive, high-quality medicine.

Digital Dental X-rays Help Us Assess Your Pet's Oral Health

Digital Pet Dental X-rayAt Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic, we always provide a comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment plan for pets when their teeth are cleaned. Digital dental x-rays with periodontal probing helps with our assessments. In fact, two thirds of our pets' teeth are under the gingiva (gums) and are not visible.

Digital dental radiographs allow assessment of the teeth (fractures or internal disease), the surrounding soft tissues (periodontal disease, stomatitis, cysts, draining tracks, facial swellings, fistulas or tumors), the joints (TMJ or mandibular symphysis) and the bone (jaw fractures). Digital x-rays can also reveal subgingival (under the gums) foreign objects, cysts and tumors.

X-rays allow us to find problems that need attention. Studies have shown that without dental x-rays, significant problems are missed in up to 75% of pets.

We always diagnose first before creating a treatment plan for each patient. Digital dental x-rays will help us do that by replacing a guess with a diagnosis, and allowing for the correct treatment to be optimally performed.

Dr. O'Hara is now offering acupuncture at Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic. Veterinary acupuncture represents an ancient art of medical practice dating back to 450 BC, when the Chinese first documented using acupuncture to treat horses.

Acupuncture has many benefits for sick or injured pets, especially those with conditions such as arthritis, chronic spinal issues, or any patients that simply require an alternative pain relief.

  • dog acupuncture 350pxAcupuncture can assist the body's efforts to heal itself. For example, acupuncture can stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasms, and cause the release of hormones, such as endorphins (one of the body's pain control chemicals) or cortisol (a natural steroid).

  • Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body to cause a desired healing effect. It is a means of helping the body heal itself. It is not a cure-all, but it works well to treat certain ailments. It can be used alone or in combination with traditional veterinary medicine.

  • Acupuncture is used to treat musculoskelatal, skin, respiratory, gastrointestinal and reproductive problems.

  • For small animals, the insertion of acupuncture needles is virtually painless and once the needles are in place, there should be no pain. Most pets relax and even fall asleep during the treatment.

  • The overall result, depending on the points used, can provide a variety of benefits, including pain relief and increased natural healing properties.

  • Stimulation of an individual acupuncture point may take as little as 10 seconds or as much as 30 minutes. A simple acute problem, such as a sprain, may require only one treatment, where a more severe or chronic ailment may need several or several dozen treatments.

  • Acupuncture is one of the safest forms of medical treatment when it is administered by a properly trained veterinarian.

Call (207) 772-3385 for more information or to make an appointment.

Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic is happy to provide care for pocket pets. We offer preventive care, nutritional advice, and general care recommendations for your small pets. Each species of pocket pet has its own specific needs for housing, diet, and care. We can help you take care of your small pet!

Guinea PigWe are experienced with treating and caring for many types of pocket pets including:

  • Ferrets
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Hamsters & Gerbils
  • Rabbits
  • Rats & Mice

Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic 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.

We see emergencies during our normal hospital hours. Please call us at 207-772-3385 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.

For after-hours emergencies and intensive care, please contact the animal emergency care facilities below.

Animal Emergency Clinic
739 Warren Avenue
Portland, ME 04103
(207) 878-3121

Maine Veterinary Referral Center
1500 Technology Way
Scarborough, ME 04074
(207) 885-1290

 
 

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In order to better serve you and your pet, Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic offers house call appointments for your convenience.

  • Please call the office at (207) 772-3385 to make an appointment or to inquire about availability and cost.

  • Veterinary House CallsCats 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.

Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic offers microchip identification for pets. We use the HomeAgain Pet Recovery and Identification System. You can rest easy knowing your pet is protected – whether you are at home or you take them out of town.

Pet Microchip and Grain of RiceWhat is microchipping?

A microchip is a tiny electronic device, about the size and shape of a grain of rice. It is implanted beneath your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades, and stays there for the pet's entire life. This procedure is as easy and as painless as a vaccination.

How does microchip identification work?

Each microchip has a unique number. This number, along with information about the owner and pet, are added to a national registry. Most veterinarians and animal shelters have electronic scanners for detecting and reading these implanted microchips. If a lost pet is found, and the microchip is scanned, the registry is called and the owner is contacted.

Please call us at (207) 772-3385 to make an appointment.

Did you know that getting lost is the No. 1 cause of death for pets?

One in three pets goes missing during its lifetime and without identification, 90 percent of pets never return home. Microchip implantation causes no more discomfort than a vaccination and is a simple one-time insertion with a syringe.

Almost all humane organizations have scanners that read microchip IDs. HomeAgain Pet Recovery & ID System reports they recover 10,000 lost pets each month and have helped more than 1 million lost pets return home.

For more information, visit the HomeAgain website.

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.

  Pet Exams icon   Pet Vaccines icon  
 

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.

 
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Dental and oral care prevents bad breath and diseases that could become life-threatening.   Lab tests diagnose and prevent sickness or injury in safe and non-invasive ways.   Parasite prevention treats and protects against deadly heartworms, parasites, and flea/tick infestations.
         
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  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.

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Home care is just as important as veterinary care in keeping your pet happy and healthy.

 

Care for all ages includes veterinary care and home care tips for your pet at every age.

 

Ages and stages is our chart to help you find out your pet's age in "human years."

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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.

Pet Exams for Dogs and CatsYour 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 Mind

Your 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.
 
     


Download the Pet Exams handout

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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.

     
  Canine Vaccines

Rabies

The rabies vaccine is required by law and protects against the fatal illness. Rabies can be transmitted to other pets and people through the bite of an infected animal.

Distemper (DHPP)

This combination vaccine protects against viruses that cause life-threatening neurologic, respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.

Leptospirosis

This vaccine protects against a bacteria that can cause deadly kidney or liver disease. Leptospirosis is also transmissible to people.

Lyme

This vaccine helps prevent Lyme disease, which is easily transmitted through the bite of an infected tick.

 
 

Lifestyle Vaccines

These might be recommended if your dog visits boarding facilities, groomers, training classes, dog parks, and other social settings.

Bordetella

This vaccine protects against an airborne respiratory virus known as "Kennel Cough."

 
 
     
  Feline Vaccines

Rabies

The rabies vaccine is required by law and protects against the fatal illness. Rabies can be transmitted to other pets and people through the bite of an infected animal.

Distemper (FVRCP)

This combination vaccine protects against viruses that cause life-threatening respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.
 
     
 

Lifestyle Vaccine

This is given to all outdoor cats, including those who go out occasionally -even if it's just on an open porch.

Feline Leukemia

This vaccine protects against the contagious and often fatal disease, which is easily spread between cats.

 

 

     
 

Vaccines are the key to a long and healthy life. Your veterinarian will suggest the best vaccines for your pet based on age, medical history and lifestyle.

 
     

Download the Pet Vaccines handout

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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.

Pet Dental & Oral Care

     
 

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.

 
     


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Yearly lab tests are safe and non-invasive ways to diagnose and prevent sickness or injuries in pets that a physical exam cannot detect.

     
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Blood Screening

A blood screening checks for anemia, parasites, infections, organ function and sugar levels. It is important to get a blood test annually for your pet, to help your veterinarian establish a benchmark for normal values and easily see any changes that may point to problems.

Urinalysis

This test has the ability to screen for diabetes, urinary tract infections, bladder/kidney stones, as well as dehydration and early kidney disease.

Intestinal Parasite Check

Using a stool sample, your veterinarian can check to see if your pet has parasites. Many parasites can be passed on to humans, so it is important to complete this screening annually, especially if your pet has any symptoms including upset stomach, loss of appetite and weight loss.

 
     
 
 
     
 

Routine testing can add years to your pet's life. Your veterinarian will recommend lab tests appropriate for your pet based on age and lifestyle.

 
     
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Canine Tests

Your veterinarian may check for the presence of heartworms in your dog, as well as the three common tick-borne diseases – Lyme, Anaplasma, and Ehrlichia Canis.
 
     
 
 
     
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Feline Tests

A combination test checks for heartworm, Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). FeLV and FIV are serious diseases that weaken the immune system, making cats susceptible to a variety of infections and other diseases. FeLV is spread through casual contact, and FIV is transmitted primarily through bite wounds. They can also be transferred to cats by their mothers. Any new pets, or sick/stray cats entering a household, should be tested.

Blood Pressure Testing

Senior cats are routinely tested for high blood pressure. It may occur as a secondary disease to another illness and is commonly seen in older cats. But it can affect a cat at any age and cause damage to the eyes, heart, brain and kidneys. A new heart murmur or alterations in your cat's eyes during a routine exam may prompt your veterinarian to take a blood pressure reading.

 
     

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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.

     
 

EXTERNAL PARASITES
are assessed visually by your veterinarian.

 
     
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Fleas

Fleas thrive when the weather is warm and humid. All cats and dogs are susceptible to flea infestations. Beyond the skin irritation and discomfort, flea infestations can also cause deadly infections, flea-allergy dermatitis (OUCH!) and the transmission of tapeworm parasites if ingested.

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Ticks

Ticks can spread serious infectious diseases such as Lyme, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis and Babesiosis to pets and people. Pet owners should inspect their pets regularly for ticks, large and small, especially after being outside in a wooded or grassy area.

 
     
 
     
 

INTERNAL PARASITES
are assessed by blood tests and fecal exams.

 
     
 
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Intestinal Parasites

Roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm, whipworm, Coccidia, Giardia and Cryptosporidium are all common in cats and dogs. Many of these parasites can be transmitted to you and your family if your pet becomes infected.

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Heartworm

Mosquitoes can spread heartworm, a harmful disease that affects both dogs and cats. As its name implies, heartworm lives in the blood of a pet's heart and blood vessels. We recommend annual screenings for both dogs and cats, even if they are already on heartworm preventatives.

 
     
     
     
 

Life is better for your pet and family without parasites.
Let us help you choose your flea, tick, heartworm and
intestinal parasite preventatives today!

 
     


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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.

Proper Nutrition

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.
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Growth Diet

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.

Adult Diet

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.

Senior Diet

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.

   
     
 

Every pet ages differently. Your veterinarian can help you determine the best diet for your pet's needs.

 
     


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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

     
 

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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.

Annual Wellness

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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The veterinary resources featured on this page provide useful information to pet owners on a variety of topics related to veterinary medicine and pet health care.

Animal Breed Associations

Humane Societies, Pet Foundations, and Shelters

Pet Care

Pet Grief Support

Pet Insurance

Pet Products

Pet Supply Stores

Veterinary Education & Animal News

  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Animal Planet: This is a great website for all kinds of information on many types of animals.
  • Downeast Dog News: This is a free monthly newspaper for people who love dogs.
  • The Pet Web Library: Mar Vista Animal Medical Center in California has compiled information on some of the most common medical concerns of pet dogs and cats.
  • VeterinaryPartner.com: Part of the Veterinary Information Network, this site has information about pet behavior, diseases, and answers to general small animal health questions.

Nellie Savage, DVMDr. Nellie Savage, our Chief of Staff, grew up in Southwest Harbor, Maine. It was here that she gained an appreciation for the life this amazing state has to offer. After attending Middlebury College in Vermont, Dr. Savage spent four years experiencing life in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She came back East to attend veterinary school at Tufts University and shortly thereafter moved back up to Maine. Dr. Savage is thrilled to be back home where she belongs. She happily lives in South Portland with her wonderful husband Nathan and their beautiful triplet daughters, Reese, Maizie and Charlie. Also sharing in all the love are two Labrador retrievers, Wakefield and Gibson, and one frisky cat, Wall-E.

When not in the clinic, Dr. Savage enjoys outdoor activities such as gardening, biking, vacationing to family retreats, and pretty much anything that involves spending time with her family. Dr. Savage's love for animals led her to this profession, but it is her commitment to both the animals and their owners to offer the best medicine, surgery, advice, and emotional support that makes her the veterinarian that she is today. She understands that there are both good and bad moments in our pets' lives and she wants to be there for all of them.

Dr. Antionette O'Hara

Dr. Antoinette O'Hara joined the Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic team in May 2013. Originally from Millinocket, Maine, she completed her undergraduate degree at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, and then moved to London, England in 2002 to undertake her veterinary degree at the Royal Veterinary College. After graduation in 2007, she gained invaluable experience in both equine and small animal practice in England. Her main interests are in small animal medicine and surgery, with an emphasis on holistic medicine.
 
Dr. O'Hara recently started her training in veterinary acupuncture in January and has started offering this service to the patients of Brackett Street. She plans to complete her certificate in acupuncture next year. Dr. O'Hara and her husband, Laurence, recently welcomed their first child, Geoffrey on April 30, 2014. They also have two loving rescue mutts, a collie cross named Zoe and a terrier cross named Baxter.
 

dr-david-gurbacki-dvm-dogDr. David Gurbacki grew up in Buffalo, NY and currently lives here in Portland. He attended the State University of New York at Geneseo for his undergraduate degree, and Cornell University for his veterinary degree. Before joining the Brackett Street Veterinary team in 2016, he practiced at other veterinary hospitals in Carbondale, CO and Buffalo, NY.

Dr. Gurbacki's veterinary interests include preventative medicine, soft tissue surgery, and emergency care. His personal interests include reading, hiking, running, biking, camping and traveling. At home he has a lab/hound mix named Stanley, and an orange tabby cat named Sam.

dr-kate-ferrell-bvetmed-mrcvsDr. Kate Ferrell joined the team at Brackett Street in June 2016. She was excited to return to the Portland area to practice veterinary medicine after growing up on an island in Casco Bay.

Following completion of her undergraduate studies at New York University, Dr. Ferrell returned to Maine and worked as an assistant at a veterinary referral hospital where she gained invaluable experience. With the support and encouragement of family and friends, Dr. Ferrell moved to England with her husband and their beagle, Homer, to pursue training at the Royal Veterinary College. Five years later, she returned to the United States with her veterinary degree and family, which has expanded to include a son.

Dr. Mark House, DVM, ACVSDr. Mark House is a board-certified surgeon available to Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic clients for complex surgeries such as orthopedic and soft tissue. He earned his DVM degree at the Ontario Veterinary College in 2004. As he endeavored to become a veterinary surgeon at a young age, he sought further training to one day become a specialist.

From 2004-2005, Dr. House attended the Ohio State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital to complete a one-year general internship program. Then he moved to Long Island, NY where he completed a one-year surgery internship program at Long Island Veterinary Specialists (LIVS). LIVS is a very busy private hospital which offers further training including a residency program. Dr. House remained at LIVS for three more years where he focused solely on small animal surgery to gain valuable skills including knowledge of various soft tissue, orthopedic and neurologic procedures.

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Ever since recreational marijuana was legalized in Maine earlier this year, we have seen a number of pets affected by marijuana toxicity.

Marijuana ingestion is very common and can cause a variety of clinical signs, including neurological problems (incoordination, stupor, dilated pupils), gastrointestinal issues (vomiting and diarrhea), urinary incontinence, and decreased heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature.

Signs can last up to 96 hours post exposure, and can occur with variable levels of ingestion. Other toxins can cause similar signs, so it's important to call your veterinarian immediately if you think your pet is exhibiting these signs or has ingested any form of marijuana.

Brackett West Veterinary Clinic sign graphicWe're excited to announce that our second location, Brackett West Veterinary Clinic,  is officially open for business!

Located about 15 minutes away, next to the Happy Tails dog daycare and boarding facility at 115 Bishop Street, Brackett West Veterinary Clinic is there for all your routine veterinary needs like wellness exams, vaccines and lab work. You will see the same great doctors and staff that you've come to trust from Brackett Street, without the hassle of driving downtown. There is also plenty of parking!

We are thrilled about this addition, and look forward to being able to provide more convenient care to our loyal clients with both locations.

best-of-portland-logoBrackett Street Veterinary Clinic has won the "Best Pet Care" category of the The Portland Phoenix's Best of Portland awards for the second year in a row!

We 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!

Check out the other 2016 Best of Portland winners here.

We believe that the best veterinary medicine is delivered in an atmosphere of caring and compassion.

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Susan Marshall, LVT
Hospital Manager
Head Veterinary Receptionist Ina with Dog Lily
Ina Brunette
Head Client Care Specialist
Veterinary Receptionist Todd
Todd Milne
Client Care Specialist
Veterinary Receptionist & Assistant Elizabeth
Elizabeth McGarvey
Client Care Specialist & Veterinary Assistant
Veterinary Technician Samantha
Samantha Crandall, CVT
Head Veterinary Technician
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Caroline Taaffe, LVT
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Shannon MacArthur, LVT
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Plaid, Clinic Cat at Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic
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