Harbor Road Veterinary Hospital

626 Saint George Road
South Thomaston, ME 04858

(207)354-0266

www.harborroadvet.com

Services

Acupuncture

Acupuncture can be very effective in managing chronic pain and treating acute pain. It can be used as the primary treatment, or in conjunction with other forms of therapy,  including medication and/or laser therapy. It is also a viable alternative treatment for pets who cannot handle certain medication, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories.


Bathing

Although Harbor Road does not employ a professional groomer, our kennel staff will be very happy to bathe and brush out your pet.  This service also includes a nail trim.  Plan on dropping off your pet first thing in the morning, and pick-up is generally between 1 and 4, depending on how long your pet takes to dry.  Pets being groomed must be current on vacccinations.  Please call for more information and to schedule a bath for your pet.


Behavior

Illness doesn't always have a physical cause. We have access to trained animal behaviorists via fax.  A detailed questionnaire, filled out by you, helps these behaviorists determine the cause of such disorders as separation anxiety and obsessive behavior.  They can then develop a customized treatment regimen for your pet.


Boarding

Pets are like our children - we feed, nurture and lavish attention on them. Our highly qualified kennel attendants do the same when you can't be there. We provide tender loving care (such as brushing and cuddling), and supervised outdoor walks for your dogs.


Dental Care

Regular professional cleaning is important to maintaining your pet's teeth. We use modern and safe ultrasound to clean each tooth thoroughly - above and below the gum line. Our technicians polish teeth to create a smooth, lustrous tooth surface more resistant to plaque buildup.  We also carry many dental products to help you maintain your pets' good dental health.


Hospice / Euthanasia Services

Saying goodbye to a long-time friend is painful. We work with clients to ensure their pet's comfort and dignity. Services include taking care of the remains as directed by the client.


House Calls

We will do our best to accommodate requests for house call.  Please be aware that some procedures are better done here at the hospital where the doctor has access to our staff and equipment.  If you do require a house call, please call as far ahead as possible, as this gives us the best opportunity to arrange the schedule to suit you.


Immunization and Wellness Care

We strive to prevent illness whenever possible. The time and effort invested in wellness care has rewards for both pets and owners. Our wellness recommendations are designed specifically for your pet and include: comprehensive physical exam, internal parasite testing, heartworm and flea control, vaccination program, spay and neuter surgery, quality prescription and non-prescription diets, and specialized blood tests for all life stages.


Microchipping

Microchips have helped reunite thousands of pets with their families. We offer our patients the AVID microchip, which is a tiny computer chip that has an identification number programmed into it.  It is encapsulated within a biocompatible material.  The whole device is small enought to fit inside a hypodermic needle and can be simple injected under the skin of your pet, where it will stay for life.  This provides a permanent identification which cannot be lost or altered.

 


Nutritional Counseling

Some pets require special food, and all pets benefit from a balanced diet. Our staff is available to help you choose the right diet for your pet to keep him or her happy, healthy and active.


Pain Management

Veterinary patients feel pain and discomfort under the same circumstances as people do. We know that recognizing and alleviating pain in animals is the essence of good patient care, and have several products available to help keep your pet pain-free.


Pharmacy

We stock a wide range of the best veterinary drugs in the animal healthcare field.


Radiology

Radiology - or X-rays - help our veterinarians evaluate muscular-skeletal, cardiovascular, cardiopulmonary, gastrointestinal, reproductive and urinary systems.  Harbor Road is pleased to be able to offer our patients digital radiography.


Surgery

We offer the best surgical techniques for all of your patients.  Patients are carefully screened and anesthetics are specifially tailored to your pet.  Our  doctors have advanced training and years of experience in all routine and soft-tissue surgeries.  Every surgical procedure is monitored by our staff for ECG, pulse oximetry, blood pressure as well as intensive post-operative care, and our doctors believe in providing pain control before, during and after your pet's procedure.

          


Therapeutic Laser Treatment

                                

 

Harbor Road is very pleased to announced that we have upgraded our therapeutic laser.  It is the latest version of of previous machine, and has many features that make treating your pets faster and easier.  If you pet is suffering from any of the conditions in the "Who" section below, laser therapy may help.  Call (207) 354-0266 to schedule an exam to see if laser is right for your pet.

Laser therapy alleviates pain and inflammation, reduces swelling, stimulates nerve regeneration and cells involved in tissue repair.  These five W’s (and “How”) of laser therapy will help you understand what this treatment is and what it does:

What: a painless, safe, non-invasive treatment for dogs and cats that uses infrared light which penetrates deep into tissues – it causes an increase of blood flow, an immediate release of endorphins, cells to produce more energy, and improvements to the health and function of the cells –

How:  The technology is photobiotherapy, which is a laser beam of invisible light sent into cells where it is absorbed, increasing circulation, and drawing water, nutrients and oxygen to the injured area.

Who:  laser therapy can help pets with:

- osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia or joint pain

- ligament sprains, muscle strains, neck and back pain or post-surgical pain

- puncture wounds, chronic wounds, burns, edema and congestion

- post-orthopedic surgery recovery, post-traumatic injury and rehabilitation

- skin conditions, gingivitis, ear infections and inflammation, cystitis and sinusitis

Where:  Therapy takes place in our office and is done by our technicians, who have been trained to provide this treatment.  It can be done on many parts of your pet’s body, from infected ears to painful hips.

When:  The condition being treated and the number of treatment sites determines the schedule of therapy. Post-surgical incision therapy is generally a one-time, brief session.  Some acute conditions may only need one or two treatments. More chronic conditions may require anywhere from three to eight sessions, with some requiring periodic maintenance sessions to control pain.  These sessions can last anywhere from five to forty-five minutes.

Why:  Laser therapy can be used in conjunction with medications and other treatments to control pain and promote healing.  There are no known side effects, it reduces healing time, and it may decrease the need for surgery and medications.

Harbor Road is pleased to have Class IV therapeutic laser treatment as part of our patient care.  In fact, we routinely integrate laser therapy into our treatment protocol for spays, laceration repairs and dental extractions.

As you can see, there are many conditions which can be treated with laser therapy. Call or stop by and our staff will be happy to speak with you about whether laser therapy would be beneficial to your pet.

To watch a video about laser therapy, please click on this link:  http://www.litecure.com/companion/for-pet-owners/