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We at Countryside Veterinary Hospital are dedicated to providing optimal surgical care for your pet. The surgical suite is designed to maximize sterility for a variety of surgical techniques, contains continuous monitoring devices during surgical procedures and provided the safest surgical experience environment for your pet that we can provide.

Pre-Anesthetic Blood Screen/Medical Blood Screen

Veterinary Surgery at Countryside Veterinary HospitalPABS: This blood screening is performed on pets that will be undergoing anesthesia. The test results provide the doctor with an assessment of your pet’s kidney and liver functions. These are the organs that metabolize the anesthesia. Blood glucose is also evaluated to check for diabetes or hypoglycemia. The blood counts are also checked to evaluate for anemia and infection. It is vital for the pet to be tested prior to any surgical procedure, so we can better prepare and plan an individualized anesthetic protocol to suit his/her individual needs.

MBS: These blood screenings can be vital in detecting early stages of illness and disease. Your pets body ages at a far more rapid rate than that of a person. Therefore, annual medical blood screenings are highly recommended. Your doctor may recommend for your senior pet to have bi-annual blood screenings.


Treatment Area for CVH Pet PatientsEach pet undergoing anesthesia is monitored by a trained surgical technician before, during and after the procedure with any sterile surgery. Every pet is provided its own sterile surgical pack of instruments containing a drape and suture materials. The doctor wears a sterile cap, gown, gloves and mask to prevent contamination of the surgical site. While under anesthesia the pet is intubated to maintain an airway and ensure oxygen and anesthesia flow. Your pet will have a catheter placed to provide venous access for administration of fluids and medication. The surgical site is clipped and scrubbed with disinfecting solutions and covered with a sterile drape to ensure the area is as clean and sterile as possible.


Each anesthetic protocol is individually prepared for every patient’s needs. Countryside utilizes both intravenous and gas (Isoflourane/Sevoflourane) anesthetics to make every surgical procedure as painless and comfortable as possible.

Laser Technology

Laser technology reduces the trauma to your pet, improves recovery, and often shortens hospital stays. In many procedures, the laser can replace the scalpel and provide a better alternative to traditional surgery. The laser is a device that generates an intense beam of light oat a specific wavelength. The way a particular laser works is determined by the specific wavelength of light that it produces. For example, the CO2 laser which produces and invisible beam of light that vaporized the water normally found in the skin and other soft tissue. Because the veterinarian can precisely control the laser, only a thin layer of tissue is removed leaving the surrounding areas unaffected. Laser surgery is also beneficial to your pet because there is less pain, less bleeding, less swelling equaling a quicker recovery. 

Pain Relief

Pets can’t tell us when they hurt, so it can be difficult to know when they are in pain. The perception of pain is similar for humans and pets. Therefore any condition of injury capable of causing pain in humans is also capable of causing pain in pets. Pain is more than an unpleasant sensation. If left untreated. It can lead to suffering and harmful physical effects, and interfere with the healing process. Countryside Veterinary Hospital understands the importance of pain management and uses effective methods to meet your pet’s specific needs. You can be assured we will provide the approprial pain relief medication to protect your pet form unnecessary pain.

We offer the following soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries:  

  • Spay
  • Neuter
  • Laser Declaw
  • Caesarians
  • Exploratory
  • Cystonomy
  • Gastronomy
  • Enteronomy
  • Amputations
  • Mass/Tumor Removal
  • Cranial (Anterior) Cruciate Ligament Repair
  • Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (T.T.A.)
  Pet Dental Cleaning - BEFORE
  Pet Dental Cleaning - AFTER

Our veterinarians provide high quality veterinary dental services including routine cleaning and polishing (dental prophylaxis), digital dental x-rays, and a wide variety of treatment options to manage all oral disease conditions.

When dental problems and oral diseases are diagnosed, sometimes a surgical procedure may be necessary. Countryside Veterinary Hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art oral surgical equipment and the latest technology to provide your pet with a safe and thorough 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. Countryside Veterinary Hospital offers a full range of dental services for cats and dogs including dental examinations, dental extractions, root canals 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. Adult and 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 an annual physical exam, which includes a dental oral exam, for your dog or cat every 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 tartar and plaque and promote good dental health


At Countryside Veterinary Hospital, we believe that the best medicine is preventive medicine. It is our number one goal to keep your pet healthy, which we accomplish by providing annual wellness visits, through the use of preventative vaccines and medications, and by providing the best nutrition available for your pet.

Cat and Dog Eating and DrinkingYour pet's diet and weight play an important role in his or her health and longevity. The right nutritional balance and a healthy weight can bring your pet from a state of merely existing, to achieving his or her optimum performance. It can even help manage existing medical conditions in a way that improves your pet's quality of life. Our veterinarians, along with specially trained employees called Nutrition Advisors, can help you choose a diet to support your pet's health throughout every life stage.

To help you feed your pet appropriately for their size, we can help you choose a food that is not energy dense, or high in calories, as well as suggest an amount to feed each day to keep your pet at their healthy weight. We recognize that it can be difficult to know how to help your overweight pet lose weight. Sometimes it is not easy to follow a diet plan or get out and get moving. To help, we offer Weight Loss Consultations, along with Exercise Plans designed by our Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practioners.

Let us get your pet on the path to a lifetime of optimum health, one meal at a time. Call us at (978) 256-9555 and schedule a Nutrition or Weight Loss Consultation, or just stop by to have your questions answered by our staff.

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Canine Laser TherapyLow Level Therapeutic Laser (LLTL) therapy is a gentle, non-painful, non-invasive treatment that has been shown to reduce pain, reduce inflammation, and speed the healing process in companion animals. Many medical conditions can be successfully treated using LLTL, and healing times of traumatic or surgical wounds can be reduced by half.

Low Level Therapeutic Laser uses a Class IV laser that uses a beam of laser light to deeply penetrate tissue without damaging it. Laser energy induces a biological response with each cell that ultimately results in a faster healing time in the area treated. This process is called “photo-bio-modulation”.

The laser light is delivered through a non-invasive handpiece to the affected area. Your pet may feel a gentle and soothing warmth. Treatment will last only a few minutes.

Treatment protocols are tailored to the pet’s individual needs and the condition being treated. LLTL is highly effective and affordable.

Laser therapy has been scientifically proven to successfully treat the following medical conditions:

  • Post-surgical wounds   • Feline Stomatitis
  • Traumatic wounds   • Sprains, Strains, Fractures
  • Allergies   • Arthritis
  • Infections   • Periodontal disease
  • Lacerations   • Lick Granulomas
  • Bite wounds   • Feline Acne
  • Inflammatory conditions   • Tendonitis
  • Tooth extraction sites   • Otitis (ear infections)


Canine Rehab Consultations

All Canine Rehab consultations are scheduled with Dr. Jackie Jacobs, a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP). During the consult, Dr. Jacobs will perform a full physical exam to evaluate your pet's mobility or pain issues. She will assess your pet's movement (mobility), measure flexion, evaluate extension of joints, and measure muscle mass. She will try several exercises using different modalities appropriate for your pet as part of the evaluation. At the end of the session, Dr. Jacobs' goal is to set up a rehabilitation plan that suits you and your pet. YOU are a big part of your pet's rehabilitation!

What are the benefits of Canine Rehabilitation?

  • Weight Management – We can set up a diet and exercise program for your pet to help with weight control or just to keep your pet in shape. Our treadmills are a great way to help with this goal. Keeping your pets at a healthy weight will help prevent health conditions and keep them happy.
  • Jog-A-Dog Exercise Treadmill for Canine RehabConditioning and Exercise – Whether your dog is getting ready for a sporting event or you just want your pet to get more exercise, we have plenty of ways to keep your dog active. Exercising your pet is very important, especially during the cold, winter months. You don't want them to gain winter weight!
  • Pre- and Post-operative Recovery – If your pet needs an orthopedic surgery, introducing you and you pet to our rehabilitation room before hand, can be a big help during recovery. We can discuss what to expect post-op and answer any questions you may have.
  • Osteoarthritis (OA) – Arthritis can be uncomfortable (even painful) and prevent your pet from enjoying everyday activities. There are many ways to help keep you pet comfortable and keep them moving. We can help set up a plan to keep your pet active and happy. Remember: Move it or lose it!
  • Geriatric Patients – It can be difficult for older pets to move around like they used to when they were younger. The less active they become, the more muscle mass they can lose, so keeping them moving is very important. Again, Move it or lose it!
  • Neurological Patients (e.g., neck and back injuries, disk disease, balance/coordination) – Conservative rehabilitation for these patients is instrumental in regaining normal mobility and muscle function. We can help improve your pet's quality of life.

Physical Therapy Modalities

  • Water Treadmill – Our water treadmill is a great modality for any pet. It's filled with warm water to keep their muscles relaxed and comfortable. The water level varies with each patient. It will help your pet get a full range of motion that they may not get when walking, as well as improve their gait. The buoyancy will keep your pet from fully weight bearing, to help keep them comfortable, especially for post-op patients and arthritic pets. It is also great for resistance to gain strength, as well as balance and proprioception.
  • Jog-A-Dog – This treadmill is not in the water and has an incline. It is great for exercise, conditioning, and to help correct your pet's gait.
  • Other Modalities – We have many other modalities that we use as part of the patient's individual plan. Floor exercises include: cones, Cavalletti rails, balance boards, balance balls, tunnels, and many exercises that we can teach you to do at home.

At Countryside Veterinary Hospital grooming is done with compassion, caring and great skill. Our grooming staff are committed to making your pet's grooming experience as stress free as possible, while providing your pet with a stunning look and style that you will be proud to show off to your friends and family. Grooming services are provided 7 days a week and are offered for both dogs and cats, days and evenings!

Pet GroomersCountryside's state of the art grooming facility houses a hydrosurge bathing system, and a clippervac trimming system. The hydrosurge bathing system unit is a jacuzzi-like jet action hand held bathing unit that soothes the skin and cleans deep down to the base of the haircoat to remove more loose hair and dirt than standard bathing alone. Our clippervac system is a vacuum designed to attach to the shaving clippers that helps remove further trapped hair when trimming, providing your pet with an all-around more even, finished final look.

Essentials to Groom

For the safety of the pets in our grooming parlor, we require proof of your pet's vaccine history prior to admission into the parlor. This along with our high disinfecting and cleanliness standards, promotes good hygiene and enhances your pets safety.

Canines must be up-to-date on the following: Rabies Vaccination, Distemper Vaccination, Kennel Cough Vaccination (bi-annually), Canine Influenza Vaccination, Fecal Screening (Negative).

Felines must be up-to-date on the following: Rabies Vaccination, Distemper Vaccination, and Fecal Screening (Negative).

Puppy Series

Puppies are introduced into the parlor at a young age for their first grooming. They spend their time experiencing the sights and sounds of the parlor and are handled by the different members of the grooming team. This helps the puppies who are new to the grooming experience to be more comfortable with the idea of being groomed before having an actual full grooming. The cost of the service includes 4 visits. On the 4th visit your pup receives his/her first full grooming. This service is especially beneficial to those dogs whose breed require multiple grooming’s per year throughout their lifetime.

Special Grooming Services

Along with being skilled in shavedowns, scissoring, clipping, and all specialty cuts of all breeds of dogs/cats we also offer specialty grooming services. If you have any questions about any of our services, please give us a call at 978-256-9555.

Grooming Requirements

Dogs are required to have an annual wellness exam and must be current on the following vaccines: Rabies, DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus and parainfluenza), Leptospirosis, Bordetella and CIV. In addition, dogs must have an annual fecal exam and be on heartworm/flea & tick preventative.

Cats are required to have an annual wellness exam and must be current on the following vaccines: Distemper (FVRCP) and Rabies Vaccine. In addition, cats must have an annual fecal test and be on heartworm/flea & tick preventative.

All Pets must be free from Internal and External Parasites.

Please feel free to fax your pet's vaccine history to us at 978-256-9554 prior to arrival.

Dog and Cat Travel PassportTraveling with Your Pet

Health certificates are required for traveling with pets outside of the state of Massachusetts, regardless if crossing state lines by car or by plane.

Requirements for travel within the United States are much less complicated than international travel, yet each time a pet travels with their owner there are many things to consider.

Start Your Travel Planning Early

  • Start planning at least two months ahead of time for domestic travel or four months for international travel to make sure that you are familiar with all the necessary requirements.

  • If traveling by car, make sure to have copies of your pet's vaccine history, including the most current rabies certificate proving legal vaccination for rabies. Be sure to have a health certificate from your veterinarian for your pet's most recent wellness visit.

  • If traveling by plane, research the airlines that you plan to use.

    • Learn about their policies regarding pet travel.
    • Which airplanes in their fleet have a cargo space available for larger pets; this will affect which flights are available for your trip.
    • Which flights allow smaller pets in the cabin space.
    • Suggestions for a safe carrier for all pets of all sizes.
    • Procedures for dropping off your pet and picking them up — airlines may differ on what they offer for loading and unloading.
    • If they have a non-stop flight for you and your pet to your destination or how layovers between flights are handled when your pet is on board.

Domestic Travel (within the United States)

  • Airlines require a standard health certificate to board their planes that states your pet is not harboring any contagious diseases and that it is healthy (low-risk) enough to travel.

  • Some airlines require a certificate of acclimation for larger pets traveling in a cargo space. Since not all airlines warm their cargo space to cabin temperatures, they request your veterinarian to state that your pet is healthy enough to travel in colder or warmer than average temperatures.

  • Some airlines require a certificate of vaccination, or a rabies vaccine certificate, as well.

  • ALL airlines have a required time frame this certificate must be issued prior to the flight. Make sure you are aware of this limitation and schedule an appointment to have your pet examined and a health certificate provided to you in a timely manner.

    For example, your airline may require a health certificate to be dated no more than 10 days prior to your scheduled flight. Your pet needs to be examined in that 10-day period in order to obtain a valid health certificate. Without this exam, your veterinarian will only be able to provide a certificate dated back to your pet's last healthy visit.

International Travel (outside the United States)

  • Start planning your trip at least four months in advance of your trip as many countries have a three month process prior to allowing your pet to be imported. If you start too close your travel date, it is possible trip may be delayed resulting in rescheduling fees from the airline.

  • There is a great deal of variation among countries as to what is required to import your pet. If the policies and procedures for importing your pet are not met, your pet may be quarantined upon arrival to that country, sometimes for weeks or months. It is YOUR responsibility to know what those requirements are.

  • Only United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved veterinarians are allowed to issue an international health certificate. Countryside Veterinary Hospital currently has multiple veterinarians on staff that are approved to issue certificates for international travel.

  • The USDA provides resources online for educating the public on requirements for travel to other countries so that owners can research their destination country's requirements. In addition, our veterinary staff will take the necessary steps to make sure all the requirements of the destination country are met prior to your appointment. Pet relocation services are available to help complete the process if you need assistance with transportation, scheduling necessary visits, or with the paperwork process.

  • All international health certificates must be completed by a USDA-certified veterinarian in your community and then approved by a USDA veterinarian. Currently health certificates in Massachusetts must be mailed to the USDA office in Albany, NY for approval. (Learn more about the Massachusetts USDA pet health certificate approval process).

We are here to help you in any way we can to get you and your pet to your destination. Feel free to call us at (978) 256-9555 with any questions or to book an appointment for a domestic or international health certificate.

Make sure to let us know when booking the appointment if you are planning domestic or international travel so we make sure that you are scheduled an appointment with the right staff veterinarian for your needs.

Helpful Resources

Pet Pharmacy at Countryside Veterinary HospitalCountryside Veterinary Hospital 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.

Pet Toys at Countryside Veterinary Hospital


Countryside also offers a full retail area stocked with many pet training products, pet toys, and premium pet foods to peruse and purchase no matter what your pet's current medical need. Our trained retail staff can help you select the product and food that are best for your pet and will even carry it out to your car while you are juggling your keys, your pets and your kids.


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We see emergencies during our normal hospital hours. Please call us at (978) 256-9555 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

We refer after-hours emergencies to:

Westford Veterinary Emergency & Referral Center
11 Cornerstone Square, Westford, MA 01886
(978) 577-6525

Countryside Veterinary Hospital offers pet boarding for clients.* Our goal is to make your pet's vacation a special occasion. We know the decision to board your pet can be an anxious time for you and your special friend.

Our boarding facility provides a comfortable and relaxing home away from home for your pet when you need to be away on business, vacation or an emergency. We pay special attention to assure your pet is safe and comfortable.

Dog, Cat, Guinea Pig in Pet Bed*All pets must have had a full wellness exam with one of our veterinarians within the last 12 months to board.

Boarders at our facility enjoy the following amenities:

  • Immaculately Clean Cages and Runs
  • Owner Visits and Tours of the Facility
  • A Clean & Comfy Atmosphere
  • Fresh Bedding & Daily Housekeeping
  • Spacious Kennels
  • Individualized Care
  • Convenient Hours
  • We also offer peace of mind:

    • Attentive Staff
    • Individual Playtime
    • Extra Treats
    • Veterinary Medical Services if needed
    • All the Comforts of Home!

Boarding Requirements

Dogs are required to have an annual wellness exam with one of our veterinarians and must be current on the following vaccines: Rabies, DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus and parainfluenza), Rabies, Leptospirosis, Bordetella and CIV. In addition, dogs must have an annual fecal exam, annual 4DX, and be on heartworm/flea & tick preventative.

Cats are required to have an annual wellness exam with one of our veterinarians and must be current on the following vaccines: Distemper (FVRCP) and Rabies Vaccine. In addition, cats must have an annual fecal test and be on heartworm/flea & tick preventative.

Exotic Pets are required to have an annual wellness exam with one of our veterinarians. Ferrets must be current on the following vaccines: Rabies and Distemper.

All Pets must be free from internal and external parasites.

Please feel free to fax your pet’s vaccine history to us at 978-256-9554 prior to arrival. We look forward to your pet’s vacation!

Boarding Forms

Camp Countryside

Camp Countryside Doggie Daycare facilityCountryside Veterinary Hospital offers doggie daycare services at Camp Countryside, our adjacent, full-service daycare facility. We provide a familiar household setting for your dog while you run errands or go to work. It's a safe and fun place to let them burn off energy, learn good social skills and alleviate boredom-motivated behaviors, such as excessive barking or chewing.

Reservations are required, so please call 978-256-9555 to reserve your dog's spot today! For more information, visit the Camp Countryside Doggie Daycare website.

New Clients

Thank you for choosing Countryside Veterinary Hospital 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 978-256-9554 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.

Boarding Forms

Camp Countryside Doggie Daycare

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.

  Pet Exams icon   Pet Vaccines icon  

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.

Pet Dental & Oral Care icon   Veterinary Lab Tests icon   Parasite Prevention icon
Dental and oral care prevents bad breath and diseases that could become life-threatening.   Lab tests diagnose and prevent sickness or injury in safe and non-invasive ways.   Parasite prevention treats and protects against deadly heartworms, parasites, and flea/tick infestations.
  Pet Nutrition icon   Spaying & Neutering icon  
  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 Home Care icon   Care for Pets at All Ages icon   Pet Ages & Stages icon

Home care is just as important as veterinary care in keeping your pet happy and healthy.


Care for all ages includes veterinary care and home care tips for your pet at every age.


Ages and stages is our chart to help you find out your pet's age in "human years."

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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.

Pet Exams for Dogs and CatsYour 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 Mind

Your 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.

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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.

  Canine Vaccines


The rabies vaccine is required by law and protects against the fatal illness. Rabies can be transmitted to other pets and people through the bite of an infected animal.

Distemper (DHPP)

This combination vaccine protects against viruses that cause life-threatening neurologic, respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.


This vaccine protects against a bacteria that can cause deadly kidney or liver disease. Leptospirosis is also transmissible to people.


This vaccine helps prevent Lyme disease, which is easily transmitted through the bite of an infected tick.


Lifestyle Vaccines

These might be recommended if your dog visits boarding facilities, groomers, training classes, dog parks, and other social settings.


This vaccine protects against an airborne respiratory virus known as "Kennel Cough."

Canine Influenza

The canine influenza vaccine protects against a contagious respiratory infection.

  Feline Vaccines


The rabies vaccine is required by law and protects against the fatal illness. Rabies can be transmitted to other pets and people through the bite of an infected animal.

Distemper (FVRCP)

This combination vaccine protects against viruses that cause life-threatening respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.

Lifestyle Vaccine

This is given to all outdoor cats, including those who go out occasionally -even if it's just on an open porch.

Feline Leukemia

This vaccine protects against the contagious and often fatal disease, which is easily spread between cats.




Vaccines are the key to a long and healthy life. Your veterinarian will suggest the best vaccines for your pet based on age, medical history and lifestyle.


Download the Pet Vaccines handout