We are a full service animal hospital offering the following services
Dog and cat services
Puppy and kitten care- Veterinary pediatric care includes serial physical exams to screen for congenital abnormalities and normal growth patterns, the primary vaccination series, treatment of parasitic infection and routine deworming, and discussions on disease prevention, safety, behavior, and training recommendations.
General surgeries, including spay and neuter- Surgeries performed at Domino include ovariohysterectomy (spay) and castration (neuter), skin and subcutaneous mass removal, bladder surgery, eye lid mass removal, and dental surgery. We will always offer you referral if your pet’s surgical needs are complex and outside of the realm of our expertise.
Emergency care during hours- We triage and stabilize your pet, and assess what care is needed, including recommending referral to a 24 hour facility if that is in your pet’s best interests. Urgent care cases are diagnosed and treated in our hospital. Emergencies that are referred after stabilization are bone fractures when the bone is protruding from the skin, wounds penetrating into the abdomen or chest, heavy uncontrollable bleeding, serious head trauma, severe breathing difficulties, or cases that need overnight care.
Laboratory testing including In-House blood-work- Laboratory samples are sent to Idexx, a national reference laboratory, for non-emergent evaluation of routine blood work (for chemistry, complete blood count CBC, thyroid testing, and coagulation profiles), urinalysis, infectious disease testing, stool testing, cytology, and histopathology. Our in-house laboratory capabilities include a VetStat for chemistries, refractometer, urine testing, and evaluation of basic cytology including ear, skin, fine needle aspirate samples, and vaginal cytology.
Pain management- We manage acute and chronic pain, with a strong commitment to quality of life. We take a holistic whole patient approach to pain management, including prescription pain medication and non-prescription supplements, and lifestyle modification. We offer referral for acupuncture, cold laser, and physical therapy.
Senior/elder pet care- Our older patients have special needs with regard to managing chronic diseases such as thyroid, heart, and joint disease, dental health, and changing dietary needs. Our goal is to keep our patients comfortable and functional, using medical interventions as needed to achieve this goal in conjunction with referral for acupuncture and physical therapy. Regular physical exams and standard screening of blood samples and urine helps us identify systemic problems before our patient becomes clinically ill, so we can begin treating diseases in the early stages.
Microchipping- Microchips are a permanent and tamper-proof method of identification in case your pet gets lost or stolen. Microchips are the size of a grain of rice, inert, and are inserted under the skin between the shoulder blades using a needle. A microchip scanner is used over the skin to power the microchip to transmit the pet’s unique ID code. We use Datamars microchips that are registered through PetLink to the owner.
Final pet care (euthanasia)- We offer compassionate end of life care and euthanasia for pets that are suffering. We know that your pet is a family member, and that the decision to euthanize is often a difficult one. We will do our best to listen to you and guide you through this time. Whether you choose to be present for the procedure or are unable, please know that we handle your pet with the utmost gentleness and respect.
You may choose to take your pet’s remains home with you for burial, as your town’s bylaws permit, or you may choose to have the remains cremated. All arrangements can be made through Forget Me Not pet crematory in Northborough, MA.
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
Sick pet visits and diagnosis- We offer same day urgent care appointments for acute illnesses and traumas. Illnesses treated include abscesses, soft tissue injuries, acute trauma including bite wounds and lacerations, vomiting and diarrhea, lethargy, ear infections, skin infections, mild to moderate heat stroke, mild to moderate breathing difficulties, urinary tract disease, and eye irritation.
Chronic illnesses are treated with a team approach- we consult with each other and with specialists as needed to determine the best course of diagnosis and treatment. Commonly managed conditions include kidney disease, liver disease, degenerative joint disease, endocrine disease, skin allergies, and cancer.
Wellness exams and vaccinations- Semi annual exams help us to identify health problems in their earliest stages. Your communication about diet, preventative medication, supplements, medications, exercise, and social health help us form a complete picture of your pet. We welcome a collaborative approach to provide the best care for your pet.
Vaccination protocols are based on risk assessment and patient safety. Our primary concern is keeping our patients protected.
Treatment and hospitalization- Patients needing care during clinic hours are hospitalized for care, including intravenous fluid administration, intravenous and injectable medications and fluids, pain management, wound treatment, and supportive care including monitoring.
Pharmacy and prescription diets- Our on-site pharmacy is stocked with our recommended flea/tick and heartworm preventatives, commonly prescribed antibiotics and pain management medications, parasite medications, behavioral modification medications, supplements for joint health (such as Dasuquin and Bayer Snip Tips free form fatty acids) and gastrointestinal health (probiotics such as Fortiflora and Proviable). We carry medicated shampoos and topical skin, eye, and ear medications, including long acting Claro.
Prescription diets are used to manage gastrointestinal disease, kidney and urinary tract disease, diabetes, weight management, and dental health. We carry Hill’s Prescription Diet, Purina Veterinary Diets, Royal Canin diets, and are happy to special order any prescription veterinary diet for you on request.
Imaging: X-Rays & Ultrasound- Radiographs (X-rays) are taken on site. Radiographs can be sent for a board-certified radiologist’s interpretation as needed. Dr. Bradley has advanced training in ultrasound and our high quality veterinary ultrasound machine is available for basic abdominal ultrasounds.
Canine and feline dentistry- Our doctors have a special interest, and have extensive experience, continuing education and training in veterinary dentistry. We perform routine dental cleanings under anesthesia to remove tartar and plaque for the prevention of progressing periodontal disease. We extract teeth as needed for bone loss due to periodontal disease or fracture with pulp exposure, and to address tooth root abscesses. We perform root planning and curettage for treatment of periodontal disease when appropriate. Bonded sealant is applied for enamel defects. We refer for endodontic therapy (root canals) where it is appropriate and desired by the client.
Cats commonly develop tooth resorption (previously known as feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions), in which the immune system attacks the tooth, causing painful nerve exposure before eventually over the course of years resorbing the tooth entirely. We perform careful oral evaluations in all of our feline patients to look for tooth resorption, and full mouth digital dental radiographs (X-rays) on our dental patients to identified hidden lesions so that they can be addressed and the source of pain can be removed.
Parasite control and examination- We will discuss the best plan with you, personalized to your pet’s lifestyle, to prevent stool parasites that are contagious to humans, prevent flea and ticks which spread disease and are aesthetically disgusting, and prevent heartworm disease which is fatal if untreated.
We recommend annual stool exams for our canine and feline patients, and three stool exams for newly acquired puppies and kittens. The samples are sent to the reference laboratory for expert testing (zinc sulfate centrifugation and examination by specially trained personnel who looks at stool samples all day every day and are very proficient at their glorious job). Certain common intestinal parasites are zoonotic, meaning that they are contagious to humans, and we take public health very seriously and want to protect the entire family.
Referral and specialist liaison- We will consult with veterinary specialists and refer complex cases for the best care of our patients. We work with internal medicine specialists, veterinary surgeons, neurologists, critical care specialists, behaviorists, dermatologists, ophthalmologists, and radiologists.
Cat boarding for current clients- Cats that are current patients are invited to board with us. Depending on the day, our boarders have the opportunity to walk around and enjoy attention as they wish.
Our special interests and what we do best
Beyond providing compassionate and excellent general pet care, we take a special interest in complete dental care and oral surgery, general surgery, specialized treatment plans, and diagnosis of challenging internal medicine cases.