About Us:Career Opportunities:
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:
About Us:Career Opportunities:Veterinary Technician
Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic has an exciting opportunity for a full-time Experienced Veterinary Technician to join our friendly team. Our hospital boasts an enjoyable working environment with great leadership and excellent support staff. We are dedicated to active learning and advanced medical procedures and our technicians play an integral role in providing excellent medical care to our patients, and customer service to our clients.
This is a full-time position with a set schedule including rotating Saturdays. Candidates MUST have experience in the following areas: surgical assistance, monitoring and maintaining anesthetized patients, pharmacy duties, lab work, radiology, monitoring of in-patients, and handling medical records. Experience with dental prophy, dental radiography a plus.
Top priority will be given to LVT or CVT candidates. A caring and compassionate attitude is required of all team members.
If you are interested in joining our team please contact Susan Marshall, LVT Hospital Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Us:Where to Find Us
We have TWO locations
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.
- 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).
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.
About Us:Brackett West Location
115 Bishop Street
Portland, ME 04103
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.
Our Services:Preventive Care for Dogs
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:
- 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.
Our Services:Preventive Care for Cats
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.
Our 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.
Our Services:Puppy and Kitten Care
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.
Our Services:Spay and Neuter Procedures
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.
Our Services:Sick and Injured Care:
Care for Sick and Injured Pets
At 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.
Our Services:Surgical Care and Services
Why we are the best choice for your pet’s surgical needs
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
Our Services:Pet Behavior Counseling
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.
It 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
- 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
- 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.
Our Services: Pet Dental Cleanings & Procedures
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
Our Services:Sick and Injured Care:Digital Radiology
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
At 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.
Our Services:Laser Therapy for Pets
Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic offers the latest technology in health care for your pet — therapeutic laser therapy. Our therapy laser provides a deep-penetrating light that allows relief of pain by releasing endorphins and stimulating cells to heal faster. Your pet will relax and enjoy the pain-free treatments.
What Is Veterinary Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy is a surgery-free, drug-free, non-invasive treatment to relieve pain. It accelerates the body's natural healing process. Laser therapy is effective in treating chronic conditions, acute conditions, and post-surgical pain and inflammation in pets. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds or simply aging, laser therapy has been shown to provide relief and speed healing.
What Conditions Can Veterinary Laser Therapy Treat?
|Chronic and acute conditions that respond to laser therapy treatments include:|
If you think that your pet would benefit from laser therapy, please call us at 207-772-3385 to schedule a consultation.
Our Services:Veterinary Acupuncture
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.
- Acupuncture 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.
Our Services:Pocket Pet Care
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!
We are experienced with treating and caring for many types of pocket pets including:
- Guinea Pigs
- Hamsters & Gerbils
- Rats & Mice
Our Services:Pharmacy and Products
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.
Our Services:Emergency Care
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
Maine Veterinary Referral Center
1500 Technology Way
Scarborough, ME 04074
Contact Us:Appointment Request
Contact Us:Refill Request
Contact Us:Client Forms
Thank you for choosing Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic to care for your pet. Downloading and filling out the New Client Form prior to your first appointment will greatly assist us in adding you and your pet to our system. Please feel free to fax it to us at 207-772-5819 or to bring it with you to your pet's first appointment. We will be happy to contact your previous veterinarian to obtain any necessary information or documentation regarding your pet's medical history.
Our Services:House Calls
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.
- 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:Pet Microchipping
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.
What 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.
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.
Pet Wellness:Care for All Ages
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pet Wellness:Ages & Stages
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 Wellness:More Resources & Links
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
- American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
- Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland
- Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
- Ferret Rescue of Maine
- FIRST – Ferret Information Rescue Shelter & Trust Society
- Friends of Feral Felines
- House Rabbit Society
- The Humane Society of the United States
- North Shore Animal League America
- Planet Dog Foundation: Their mission is to help fund the training, placement, and support of dogs helping people in need.
Pet Grief Support
Pet Supply Stores
- Fetch: This fun Portland-based pet supply store offers leashes and collars, gifts, gear, toys, and food.
- Pet Life (formerly The Kennel Shop)
- Pet Quarters
- Planet Dog
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, DVM — Chief of Staff
Dr. 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 is kept busy by her triplet daughters, as well as Gibby the lab, Stella the King Charles, and Wal-E, Junior, and Hugo the feline crew. Throw some chickens and a few fish in there and you can see why Dr. Savage is such a busy lady!
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.
Antoinette O'Hara, BVSc, MRCVS
Kate Ferrell, BVetMed, MRCVS
Dr. 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.
Mark House, DVM, ACVS
Dr. 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.
Asha Rozario, DVM
Dr. Asha Rozario grew up in Bangor and currently resides in Portland, Maine. She received an undergraduate degree from the University of Maine in Orono and earned a DVM degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Prior to joining the Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic team, Dr. Rozario interned at VCA South Shore in Weymouth, Massachusetts and practiced at both Intown Veterinary Group in Massachusetts and Cape Veterinary Clinic in South Portland. Her special interests include geriatrics, pain management, and critical care.
In her spare time, Dr. Rozario enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and spending timer with her family, including her adorable nephew, Sajiv. She also shares her home with one dog, a beagle mix named, Lucille.
Dr. Nicole King, DVM
Dr. Nicole King grew up in Muskegon, Michigan and currently resides in Portland, Maine. She received an undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University and received her DVM degree from Michigan State University. Prior to joining the Bracket Street Veterinary Hospital team, Dr. King practiced at Shaver Road Animal Hospital in Portage, Michigan and Midcoast Animal Emergency Hospital in Warren, Maine. Her special interests include radiology, ultrasound, emergency and critical care, sports medicine, and ophthalmology.
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Learn About the Risks Associated with Grain-Free Diets
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently wrote:
"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine and the Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network, a collaboration of government and veterinary diagnostic laboratories, are investigating the potential association between reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs and certain pet foods the animals consumed, containing peas, lentils, other legume seeds or potatoes as main ingredients. Canine DCM is a disease of a dog’s heart muscle and often results in congestive heart failure. In cases that are not linked to genetics, heart function may improve with appropriate veterinary treatment and dietary modification if caught early."
BSVC Voted 'Best of Portland' 3 Years Running!
Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic has won the "Best Pet Care" category of the The Portland Phoenix's Best of Portland awards for the third 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!
Brackett West Veterinary Clinic Turns One!
Our Brackett West location has been officialy open for a year, and we're celebrating during the week of October 30-November 3, 2017.
Stop by Brackett West Veterinary Clinic for some birthday celebrations, including:
- Raffles and prizes
- Jen Sawyer Photography doing pet photos from 10am-2pm that Monday & Friday
- Pet photo contest with the winner getting a gift card to Planet Dog!
- Snacks for pets and people
- And more!
We hope to see you and your pets then! More details are coming soon.
Learn more about our second location, Brackett West Veterinary Clinic.
Marijuana Toxicity in Pets
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.