Merrimack Animal Hospital

Merrimack Animal Hospital We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and cash. Ample parking available

Full service hospital includes wellness/sick visits, X-rays, dental procedures, surgical suite, on site pharmacy, house calls, emergency care and boarding, and compassionate end of life care/euthanasia.

09/29/2023

WHY IS MY PET SO ITCHY!??
Flea allergy: Flea bites can create extremely itchy areas on your dog. They can be found anywhere on the body, but are most common at the hind legs, tail base, and rear end. Just because you don’t see any fleas on your dog does not mean they aren’t there – keep in mind that a bite from a single flea can make your dog very itchy.
Food allergy: Your dog’s itching might be caused by a food allergy. Some dogs are allergic to common dog food ingredients such as beef, chicken, and dairy products.1 Food allergies in dogs can lead to changes to the skin around their paws, face, armpits, and belly.
Environmental allergy: Your dog may be allergic to environmental triggers like pollen, mold spores, or dust mites. Environmental allergens can cause allergic itch during certain seasons, or even year-round. Dogs with environmental allergies will often have changes to the skin around their face, belly, and paws.
Contact allergy: Your dog may be allergic to substances it encounters daily. These can include things like household cleaners, shampoos, insecticides, and plants. Dogs with contact allergies will often be itchy in the area that touched the contact allergen.

8 week old Mini Poodle Liania came today for her first check up, boosters and nail trim! Welcome!
09/29/2023

8 week old Mini Poodle Liania came today for her first check up, boosters and nail trim! Welcome!

More Puppy cuteness!! Available for forever home, 8 wk old mini poodle pup complete with first shots and microchip..so  ...
09/25/2023

More Puppy cuteness!! Available for forever home, 8 wk old mini poodle pup complete with first shots and microchip..so adorable....if you are interested, contact us for owners information.

Watch Those PawsFall means fallen leaves, and while they may look beautiful, they can hide some hazards for our furry fr...
09/19/2023

Watch Those Paws
Fall means fallen leaves, and while they may look beautiful, they can hide some hazards for our furry friends. Wet leaves can be slippery, increasing the risk of your pet taking a tumble. Moreover, some leaves might hide sharp objects or even insects. Keep a keen eye on where your pet is walking, and consider wiping their paws when you come back inside to avoid any irritations or discomfort.
Mind the Treats
As the holiday season approaches, it’s tempting to share some of those delicious fall treats with our pets. However, some human foods can be harmful to them. For instance, chocolate and grapes are no-nos for pets. Even some seemingly harmless fall spices like nutmeg can be toxic. Stick to pet-friendly treats and consult your vet before introducing any new foods into your pet’s diet.
Stay Visible
The days will be getting shorter, and darkness sets in earlier. This means that visibility becomes a crucial aspect of keeping your pet safe during your evening walks. Invest in a reflective collar, leash, or even a little vest for your furry friend. Not only will this make them easier to spot, but it will also add an extra layer of protection when you’re out and about.

Now AVAILABLE!! 8 week old Chow Chow puppies are ready for their Forever Homes! If interested in info, contact us and we...
09/15/2023

Now AVAILABLE!! 8 week old Chow Chow puppies are ready for their Forever Homes! If interested in info, contact us and we will give you owners information.

Now available! Adorable 5 month old Llasa Apso pups Mary (brown) and Larry (tan) are ready for their new home! Vaccinate...
09/06/2023

Now available! Adorable 5 month old Llasa Apso pups Mary (brown) and Larry (tan) are ready for their new home! Vaccinated and oh so sweet! Contact us for owners contact info....

Welcome to our new Veterinary Assistant Marylin Diaz holding Russian Blue kitten "Bug" here for 1st visit....
08/31/2023

Welcome to our new Veterinary Assistant Marylin Diaz holding Russian Blue kitten "Bug" here for 1st visit....

Puppy cuteness!!! Tiny the Shihpoo and  Rottweiler sisters Riley and Luna...welcome!!
08/24/2023

Puppy cuteness!!! Tiny the Shihpoo and Rottweiler sisters Riley and Luna...welcome!!

07/01/2023
05/31/2023

CANINE INFLUENZA
Pet owners in Massachusetts and Rhode Island need to be aware that canine influenza cases have been diagnosed recently in the area. This uncommon, yet very dangerous disease, has many pet owners worried and running to their local emergency veterinary hospital for vaccinations. Because canine influenza has not been a problem in the New England area before, it is highly likely that your veterinarian has not vaccinated your dogs for the flu. Unfortunately, this leaves the entire canine population in the local area vulnerable to the spread of this disease.
What is Canine Influenza?
Known in some circles as the “dog flu,” canine influenza actually started out as the equine influenza A H3N8 virus, which is also known as the “horse flu.” This virus has been around and has affected horses all over for well over 40 years. However, in 2004 reports began popping up of dogs that were contracting a strange respiratory illness. Veterinary investigations quickly showed that it was the equine influenza A H3N8 virus and that it had jumped species and adapted to infect canines. According to documentation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), very few dogs that become infected with this disease die from it. Some dogs have no symptoms at all and recover quickly, while others become very sick and can go into pneumonia.
Where Canine Influenza is Spread
Similar to how the flu works in human patients, pet owners in Massachusetts and Rhode Island need to be aware that the canine influenza spreads most often in social settings. The most common culprits include doggie daycare, dog parks, boarding kennels, obedience classes and people who bring their dogs to work, take them out to pet-friendly cafes and other public areas where other dogs are present. Canine influenza is spread by direct contact with the respiratory secretions in the air or on objects.
While canine influenza is not spread from dogs to people, humans can unwittingly transfer it from a sick dog to a healthy dog through contaminated dog toys, clothing or other objects that have come in contact with the sick dog. If you have a dog that is coughing or showing any other signs of respiratory distress, make sure you don’t take your dog into social settings where other dogs can be exposed.
The symptoms that are seen in canine influenza are very similar to human flu symptoms. These symptoms include coughing, runny nose, lack of energy and a fever. The symptoms can last for about two weeks or until the canine influenza virus runs its course.
Wash your clothing, hands and any play toys that your sick pet may have come in contact with or played with before any healthy dogs use them.
A vaccination does exist to help prevent dogs from getting canine influenza. However, similar to the human flu shot, the two-injection vaccine may not protect the dogs of pet owners in Massachusetts and Rhode Island from all types of flu illnesses, but it can reduce the length and severity of the infections if they do get canine influenza.

LYME Disease Prevention Month.....They are out there!!! Protect your dog and cats by applying Preventative! We carry Nex...
05/02/2023

LYME Disease Prevention Month.....They are out there!!! Protect your dog and cats by applying Preventative! We carry Nexgard chewable for dogs and Frontline Gold Topical for Dogs and Cats.
Once a tick has attached, removing it safely as soon as you can is the best way to minimise the chance of it passing disease on to your dog. However, sometimes you don’t know how long the tick was attached for before you found it, so there is always a chance that your dog could have been exposed to diseases that ticks can carry. In the weeks to months after removing the tick, it’s important to pay close attention to your dog in case they show any signs of illness.

04/26/2023

Discover interesting stories and facts about adopting pets.

Welcome to Duke the Red Fox Labrador, here for his first visit and puppy shots.....love that face!! He was sooooo chill
04/15/2023

Welcome to Duke the Red Fox Labrador, here for his first visit and puppy shots.....love that face!! He was sooooo chill

It's National Pet Day....National Pet Day celebrates the joy that pets bring into peoples lives and encourages people to...
04/11/2023

It's National Pet Day....National Pet Day celebrates the joy that pets bring into peoples lives and encourages people to help reduce the number of animals in shelters.
Share a picture of your favorite pets!! I will start off by sharing a picture of my absolute favorite cat....my buddy Penelope....who thought she was coming on vacation with me lol🙂

Suzy the Jack Russell Terrier Mix came in disguise for her ear surgery today!! Too much cuteness lol
04/07/2023

Suzy the Jack Russell Terrier Mix came in disguise for her ear surgery today!! Too much cuteness lol

Cecelia the Ragdoll feline, had her babies!! They will soon be ready to be sold to their forever homes! If you are inter...
04/06/2023

Cecelia the Ragdoll feline, had her babies!! They will soon be ready to be sold to their forever homes! If you are interested, please contact the office and I will be happy to share the owners contact info.

THEYRE BAAAAACK!!Fleas and ticks are back in large numbers. As the weather gets warmer, their population begins to incre...
03/21/2023

THEYRE BAAAAACK!!
Fleas and ticks are back in large numbers. As the weather gets warmer, their population begins to increase. Sometimes as pet owners, we feel that no matter what we do, we cannot get control of these pests in our environment. We watch our pets scratch themselves into a frenzy, and we wonder what we can do.
Frontline Gold and Nexgard are both effective and safe for flea and tick season. Beware of other products that are similarly packaged because there are a number of “copycats” on the market that are actually watered down pesticides that do not work well and can be very dangerous for pets and may even prove to be lethal for sensitive animals. The products I have mentioned here are also fairly water-proof meaning daily swims and regular baths are no problem. These safe and effective products are approved by the manufacturers for sale only through your local veterinarian’s office.

Beware of cheap advertisements which can be for out-of-date products or even overseas products that have different labeling and safety implications because they have not been approved by either the FDA or EPA for sale in the United States. Veterinarians treat far too many pets that have had a bad reaction to products bought over the internet of from unapproved vendors. So, if you feel your fight against flea and tick season has become a losing battle, stop by your veterinarian’s office to pick up the correct products and get your dog a FREE KONG!

Is your cat throwing up more than 2x/month? Is it happening more often? Is your cat losing weight (and you don't know wh...
03/21/2023

Is your cat throwing up more than 2x/month? Is it happening more often? Is your cat losing weight (and you don't know why?) Your veterinarian can help you with food and lifestyle choices that could help your vomiting kitty, and test for serious conditions like inflammatory bowel disease and lymphoma. We can help!

01/19/2023

Pet Dental Health Month in February is when we remember that our furry friends don’t carry a toothbrush around with them and so their teeth may need a little attention. Whether a dog, cat, rabbit or other species, let’s remember our pets by lovingly looking after their teeth. Dental checks are as important to animals as they are to us and looking after their dental health significantly prevents oral problems they may have in the future. Red gums, stinky breath, or yellow teeth could lead to an oral disease if left untreated, giving your pet a poor quality of life and nobody wants that! This National Pet Dental Health Month let’s prioritize our pet’s teeth as much as we do their stomachs.

More Furry Babies!!! Welcome to the German Shepherd Puppy, Rhea and the DSH kitten Winter🥰
01/13/2023

More Furry Babies!!! Welcome to the German Shepherd Puppy, Rhea and the DSH kitten Winter🥰

Welcome to Roscoe the Basset Hound puppy and Coco the Sharpei puppy!
01/13/2023

Welcome to Roscoe the Basset Hound puppy and Coco the Sharpei puppy!

Say Hi to Emmet! He may be our boarder but he thinks he is the King of the practice!!
01/09/2023

Say Hi to Emmet! He may be our boarder but he thinks he is the King of the practice!!

Still looking for our FOREVER home! These Llasa Apso Pups are still available......they are ready to leave Mom and are h...
12/30/2022

Still looking for our FOREVER home! These Llasa Apso Pups are still available......they are ready to leave Mom and are healthy happy pups. Contact us at 978-453-3277 to get the breeders contact info...

MORE PUPPY LOVE!!  Lucky and Lisa had puppies on Oct 26!! These 2 came in for their first exam and vaccines today. These...
12/22/2022

MORE PUPPY LOVE!!
Lucky and Lisa had puppies on Oct 26!! These 2 came in for their first exam and vaccines today. These 2 happy, healthy pups are looking for their forever homes! If you are interested in contacting the breeder, please call us at 978-453-3277 for his contact info.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HANUKKAH and HAPPY NEW YEARS to all our clients and their fur babies.....thank you for your busin...
12/14/2022

MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HANUKKAH and HAPPY NEW YEARS to all our clients and their fur babies.....thank you for your business and support throughout the year!

Dr. Sarfraz Mian, Shari and Kya

11/09/2022

Thanksgiving pet safety
Thanksgiving is a special holiday that brings together family and friends. It also can bring some hazards for pets. Follow these tips to keep your pets healthy and safe during the holiday.

Poison risks
Overindulging in the family feast can be unhealthy for humans, and even worse for pets: Fatty foods are hard for animals to digest. Poultry bones can damage your pet’s digestive tract. And holiday sweets can contain ingredients that are poisonous to pets.

Keep the feast on the table—not under it. Eating turkey or turkey skin – sometimes even a small amount – can cause a life-threatening condition in pets known as pancreatitis. Fatty foods are hard for animals to digest, and many foods that are healthy for people are poisonous to pets – including onions, raisins and grapes. If you want to share a Thanksgiving treat with your pet, make or buy a treat that is made just for them.
No pie or other desserts for your pooch. Chocolate can be harmful for pets, even though many dogs find it tempting and will sniff it out and eat it. The artificial sweetener xylitol – commonly used in gum and sugar-free baked goods – also can be deadly if consumed by dogs or cats.
Yeast dough can cause problems for pets, including painful gas and potentially dangerous bloating.
Put the trash away where your pets can’t find it. A turkey carcass sitting out on the carving table, or left in a trash container that is open or easily opened, could be deadly to your family pet. Dispose of turkey carcasses and bones – and anything used to wrap or tie the meat, such as strings, bags and packaging – in a covered, tightly secured trash bag placed in a closed trash container outdoors (or behind a closed, locked door).
Be careful with decorative plants. Some flowers and festive plants can be toxic to pets. These include amaryllis, Baby’s Breath, Sweet William, some ferns, hydrangeas, and more. The ASPCA has lists of plants that are toxic to dogs and cats, but the safest route is simply to keep your pets away from all plants and table decorations.
Quick action can save lives. If you believe your pet has been poisoned or eaten something it shouldn’t have, call your veterinarian or local veterinary emergency clinic immediately. You may also want to call the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline (888-426-4435) or the Pet Poison Helpline (855-764-7661). Signs of pet distress include: sudden changes in behavior, depression, pain, vomiting, or diarrhea. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet shows any of these signs.
Precautions for parties
If you’re hosting a party or overnight visitors, plan ahead to keep your pets safe and make the experience less stressful for everyone.

Visitors can upset your pets. Some pets are shy or excitable around new people or in crowds, and Thanksgiving often means many visitors at once and higher-than-usual noise and activity levels. If you know your dog or cat is nervous when people visit your home, put him/her in another room or a crate with a favorite toy. This will reduce the emotional stress on your pet and protect your guests from possible injury. If your pet is particularly upset by houseguests, talk to your veterinarian about possible solutions to this common problem. Any dog can bite. Learn about dog bite prevention.
If any of your guests have compromised immune systems (due to pregnancy, some diseases, or medications or treatments that suppress the immune system), make sure they’re aware of the pets (especially exotic pets) in your home so they can take extra precautions to protect themselves.
If you have exotic pets, remember that some people are uncomfortable around them and that these pets may be more easily stressed by the festivities. Keep exotic pets safely away from the hubbub of the holiday.
Watch the exits. Even if your pets are comfortable around guests, make sure you watch them closely, especially when people are entering or leaving your home. While you’re welcoming hungry guests and collecting coats, your pet may make a break for it and become lost outdoors.
Identification tags and microchips reunite families. Make sure your pet has proper identification with your current contact information – particularly a microchip with up-to-date, registered information. That way, if they do sneak out, they’re more likely to be returned to you. If your pet isn’t already microchipped, talk to your veterinarian about the benefits of this simple procedure.
Watch your pets around festive decorations. Special holiday displays or candles are attractive to pets as well as people. Never leave a pet alone in an area with a lit candle; it could result in a fire. Other decorations like ornamental corn cobs and plastic or fabric leaves can cause intestinal blockages or even perforate an animal’s intestine if eaten.

10/25/2022

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween can be the spookiest night of the year, but keeping your pets safe doesn’t have to be tricky. The ASPCA recommends taking these simple, common sense precautions to keep your pet happy and healthy all the way to November 1.

Stash the Treats
The candy bowl is for trick-or-treaters, not Scruffy or Fluffy. Several popular Halloween treats are toxic to pets. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for cats and dogs, and sugar-free candies containing the sugar substitute xylitol can cause serious problems in pets. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately.

Watch the Decorations and Keep Wires Out of Reach
While a carved jack-o-lantern certainly is festive, pets can easily knock over a lit pumpkin and start a fire. Curious kittens are especially at risk of getting burned or singed by candle flame. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered relatively nontoxic, but can produce stomach discomfort in pets who nibble on them.

Be Careful with Costumes
For some pets, wearing a costume may cause undue stress. The ASPCA recommends that you don’t put your dog or cat in a costume unless you know he or she loves it. If you do dress up your pet for Halloween, make sure the costume does not limit his or her movement, sight or ability to breathe, bark or meow. Check the costume carefully for small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that could present a choking hazard. Ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.

Be sure to have your pet try on the costume before the big night. If he or she seems distressed or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting your pet wear his or her “birthday suit” or don a festive bandana instead.

Keep Pets Calm and Easily Identifiable
Halloween brings a flurry of activity with visitors arriving at the door, and too many strangers can often be scary and stressful for pets. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. While opening the door for guests, be sure that your dog or cat doesn’t dart outside. And always make sure your pet it wearing proper identification—if for any reason he or she does escape, a collar with ID tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver for a lost pet.

This is fun!! Okay let's try one more....What's the breed?
09/12/2022

This is fun!! Okay let's try one more....What's the breed?

OKAY...how about THIS one?? What breed is this.....
09/10/2022

OKAY...how about THIS one?? What breed is this.....

Do you know the breed????
09/09/2022

Do you know the breed????

08/17/2022

DID YOU KNOW?
What percentage of calico cats are female?
99.9 percent
The vast majority—as much as 99.9 percent—of calico cats are female. This is due to unusual genetics, and the way color genes are carried by kitty s*x chromosomes. In fact, only about 1 in 3000 calicos is a boy. Due to genetic abnormalities, boy calicos are prone to health issues.

07/22/2022

What Temperature Is Too Hot for Cats?
Cats love warm temperatures. They're always seeking out a sunbeam or a hot spot in your home so they can soak up as much heat as possible. But what temperature is too hot for cats?

Your cat can adjust to warm temperatures more easily than you can, but you still want to be careful when it gets too hot.
What Is Your Cat's Normal Body Temperature?
Your cat's normal body temperature will typically be between 100.5 to 102.5°F.1 This means your cat can tolerate hotter temperatures than you can since a person's average body temperature is about 98.6°F. Even though your cat can tolerate warmer temperatures, you should still be very cautious about how high you let the temperature get in your cat's environment.

Keep an Eye on the Heat in the Summer
If your indoor cat goes outdoors, you need to keep an eye on how hot the weather is outside. Some days will be too hot for your cat, no matter how much he loves being warm. If he loves the outdoors, take him for short jaunts on a harness during the early morning or evening hours when it's cooler.

Because of their high body temperature, cats can theoretically be okay in hot weather, around 100°F outside.2 Their tolerance can vary widely depending on humidity, your cat's health, age, and even type of fur. It's best to err on the safe side and avoid the hottest parts of the day altogether.

If you have feral cats that can't come inside, provide shady spaces, raised beds, and access to a covered, ventilated space like an air-conditioned patio if you can. Leave out a Coolin' Bowl for them too, which can keep drinking water cool for at least 15 hours.

Know the signs of heatstroke, just in case your cat overheats. Symptoms include rapid breathing, clumsiness, a temperature of 105°F or more, lethargy, throwing up, or a red tongue or mouth.3 Take your cat to the vet right away if you suspect heatstroke.

Ideal Indoor Temperatures for Cats
What's the ideal temperature in your home? Your cat can handle warm temperatures, but many veterinarians still recommend you leave the AC on if you're not there. To be safe, leave your thermostat set, so it doesn't get any warmer than 78 to 80°F when you're not home.4 It's also okay to let the AC run cooler than that if you want to treat your pet.

Keep in mind that running a fan without the AC isn't enough to keep your cat cool on a hot day.5 Fans work best by evaporating the sweat on our skin. Furry animals don't use sweat in the same way, so fans don't work as well on them.

How to Help Your Cat Cool Off
You can do a lot to help your cat beat the heat. If you're outside, make sure there's plenty of shade and lots of water. If you're indoors, keep the AC on.

Cooling mats for cats can also help. The Cool Bed III has a specialized cool core and works best in the shade. You might want to trim your cat's nails, so she doesn't accidentally puncture it.

Another great option is the Coolin' Pet Cot, which has a cooling center and is raised above the ground, so it doesn't get too hot. The K&H Original Pet Cot also avoids the hot ground. Both cots are compatible with the K&H Pet Cot Canopy, which provides extra shade for your kitty.

When it comes to the heat, it's best to err on the side of caution. Keep your cat inside during the hottest parts of the day, and keep the AC running. While you're both inside, open the shades so your cat can lie in a sunbeam and enjoy watching the world all around her.

07/19/2022

Missing Calico Kitty......diappeared near Middles*x and Princeton Blvd. North Chlemsford. Her name is Kitty and she is 7-8 months old.....if found....call Janet @ 978-761-2153......

We are so happy to welcome Mackenzie Duprez as our second Vet Assistant!! Please say hi and welcome!
06/23/2022

We are so happy to welcome Mackenzie Duprez as our second Vet Assistant!! Please say hi and welcome!

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151 Stedman St
Lowell, MA
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Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 12pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
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Thank you for helping us with our dog Molly. We appreciate your support & your kindness as we had to make that difficult decision yesterday. ☹️ We miss her so much!
Missing from Chelmsford Street:
Our pets are immune to but is still protecting them
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I thought today's vet visit went well, but the patient may be thinking otherwise. 7 hours later she has chosen a subtle way of expressing her opinion. Or she misses Doc already!
Jasper Doherty getting yearly exam today
Missing dog. Last seen on Adams St off of Broadway St in Lowell. Goes by the name of "Boy". Missing since 9/24/18. Thank you.
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I want to Thank-You so much Dr Mian. You held me thru one of the toughest day's of my life. We will be getting a new pup soon. Please send documention on Lilly's life to them if they ask. Thanks to you and Sherry I did the right thing !!!
Thank you for taking care of our guinea piggies yesterday.

I've been scared of vet visits after my dog passed from a common surgery at another vet's office. My husband said everyone was extremely nice, and they fit us in right away.

We will definitely be bringing the boys back.
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