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  • #2. Why do my pets have to be vaccinated against Rabies?

    #2. Why do my pets have to be vaccinated against Rabies?

    From the series, Top Twenty Questions Clients Ask Rabies is 100% fatal. Rabies is a viral disease that can be transmitted to animals and humans.  The disease is transmitted mainly by bite, but exposure may also occur through contamination of broken skin or mucous membranes with saliva from an infected animal. Once neurological symptoms of the…

  • #1. Why test my dog for heartworm every year, when she is on heartworm prevention medication?

    #1. Why test my dog for heartworm every year, when she is on heartworm prevention medication?

    From the Series: Top Twenty Questions Asked by Veterinary Clients Heartworm disease is fatal. Juvenile worms attach to the inner surface of the right atrium and grow to a foot in length as they feed on blood and heart tissue. Their bodies block the proper function of the heart causing heart failure, but not before…

  • Internet Pharmacy Policy

    Internet Pharmacy Policy

    A recent warning issued to veterinarians from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regarding the safety and business ethics of online pharmacies has influenced our hospital policy. YOUR PET’S HEALTH IS OUR TOP PRIORITY. Because the FDA warns medications sold over the internet may be repackaged, counterfeit, and improperly stored, you may be purchasing a…

  • Common Illnesses

    Common Illnesses

    Written by Dr. Nicole Cummings According to Veterinary Pet Insurance, the top 10 most common conditions affecting our pets are: 1. Allergies 2. Bladder Infection 3. Arthritis 4. Diabetes 5. Skin cancer 6. Gum Disease 7. Acne 8, Stomach Ulcers 9. Cataracts 10. Laryngitis As you can see, people are not the only ones who…

  • Client Survey

    Client Survey

    Totally anonymous!  Please tell us about your experience at the Marion Animal Hospital in this online form. We want to be your SUPER VETS!

  • Worms!


      What are the symptoms of Intestinal Parasite Infection? Loose or frequent bowel movements, anal irritation, poor coat appearance, skin problems, general itchiness, bloating, weight loss, bad breath, colic, failure to thrive, loss of pregnancy, and decreased milk production.   Can I be infected as well? Unfortunately yes, several common intestinal parasites which pose a…

  • Heartworm


    What are Heartworms? Classified as Dirofilaria immitis, this parasitic roundworm is more commonly known as heartworm, or dog heartworm.  Spread from host to host through the bites of mosquitoes, these small, thread-like worms infect the bloodstream of the host, leading to Heartworm Disease. What is Heartworm Disease? Once successfully infecting a host, heartworms take up…

  • Vaccines


    Regular immunizations are the foundation of your pet’s good health.  Regularly vaccinating your pet protects them from a variety of potentially fatal illnesses, and any side effects are very uncommon and usually mild. RABIES Easily prevented, and a legal requirement, the rabies vaccine protects your dog, cat,  ferret, horse, goat, pig or sheep against this…

  • Fleas & Ticks

    Fleas & Ticks

    As pet owners, fleas and ticks are a big concern.  Flea infestations can be costly and time consuming, and ticks carry diseases. We do NOT recommend you use over the grocery or pet store flea (OTC) and tick products.  OTC products are all permethrin pesticides.  Permethrin has a low margin of safety, and many flea…

  • How To Brush Your Dog’s Teeth with Dr. Nicole Breda

    How To Brush Your Dog’s Teeth with Dr. Nicole Breda

    Poor dental hygiene can lead to gum disease, loss of teeth and, if untreated, could develop into more serious conditions such as bacterial infections of the heart, lungs, liver or kidneys. Beginning a dental hygiene program at home is a great start to improving your pets oral health.

  • Bugs on the South Coast: Pets feel the sting

    Bugs on the South Coast: Pets feel the sting

    [alert type=”yellow”]“Dogs are 100 times more likely to get a tick than humans. They get attached to fur. They’re not as good groomers as cats that tend to groom them off,” said Dr. Francis.[/alert] From Sippican Week, By Georgia Sparling | Aug 05, 2012 Pets and livestock are just as, if not more, susceptible to…

  • Dog Parks in MA

    Dog Parks in MA

    Dog Parks in MA and Dog Friendly Beaches in MA Here are some links and resources for great places to take your dog! Massachusetts Dog Travel Guide A list of pet friendly hotels massachusetts. Fido Loves: Another listing of Boston Area Dog-Friendly Beaches A local blogger shares his favorite spots. A huge list of Massachusetts…