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Because we have veterinarians with broad ranges of expertise, we are able to accommodate your needs for dogs and cats, as well as small and large farm animals upon request.
We are pleased to offer the following services at Leach Animal Hospital:
Appointments, Urgent Care, & Emergencies
Our appointment book is computerized, which allows us to efficiently schedule appointments for you and your pet. To book appointments, you may call our office. You may also request an appointment through the widget on our website our through the PetPartner App. Our staff will attempt to accommodate all requests to the best of our ability.
We are also available for urgent care when the condition is non-life-threatening. If you feel your pet needs to be seen before you are able to get an appointment, our veterinarians will work to "squeeze" you in between scheduled appointments. When you arrive, our receptionists will be able to give you an estimate on how long you may have to wait in order to be seen by the veterinarian on staff.
Emergencies are accepted any time that our office is open. Our office maintains at least one veterinarian and supporting personnel on duty six days per week, all of whom are trained and equipped to handle routine emergencies. We understand that some emergencies require immediate transport to our hospital. Please try to call us in advance so that we may be able to prepare for your arrival.
BowWows & Meows is an afterhours emergency option for your pet. They work closely in conjunction with your veterinary clinic to provide afterhours care in the event of an emergency. Much of this care can take place in the comfort of your own home where your pet is calmed by familiar surroundings.
They also provide ambulatory surgery services. This means the doctor and trained technician come to your home, transport your pet in a calm environment to their state-of-the-art surgery facility in Middleborough, MA, and transport them safely home after their surgery is complete. More information, including contact information for BowWows & Meows can be found at: www.bowmeowmobile.com.
We all love to let our dog “be a dog”, especially on the salty shores of southeastern Massachusetts! But the wear and tear of athletic activities like energetic play on Cape Cod beaches, combined with the potential for arthritis in canine joints, can result in orthopedic problems in our four legged friends.
One of the most common orthopedic problems observed in dogs is deficiency of the cranial cruciate ligament (CCL). This rope-like ligament is one of the main stabilizing structures of the stifle, or knee joint. Similar to a human’s ACL, it keeps the femur and tibia in proper alignment while dogs engage in all forms of activity. CCL Disease occurs when integrity of the ligament fails, and your pet displays symptoms like limping, inability to bear weight on the hind limb, and stiffness or swelling in the stifle. This disease is diagnosed through a physical examination of your pet and X-rays of the painful joint.
There is no cure for CCL Disease, but it can be treated to relieve pain and improve function of the injured limb. If nonsurgical treatments like weight loss and use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories are not successful, there are numerous surgical treatment options. Historically, few veterinarians in our geographical area have offered surgical solutions to this problem, despite how common the injury presents itself. In addition, the more traditional surgical techniques require bone cutting, which results in a higher risk of complications.
But the newest technology, made and patented by Florida-based Arthrex, involves a minimally invasive and improved method for stabilization of the CCL. Dr. Leach is specially trained in this surgical treatment option, known as TightRope CCL. The procedure mimics the function of a CCL using a strong synthetic material, providing stabilization. Dr. Leach has studied and practiced TightRope CCL with success for years and has observed faster recovery in his patients when compared with traditional surgical options.
The TightRope procedure is quickly becoming a safer, more cost effective treatment option in response to torn cranial cruciate ligaments. Dr. Leach warns all dog owners that success in treatment depends entirely on what is done at home after the operation. This means committing to following all instructions for recovery once your pet comes home from surgery, keeping follow-up appointments, and managing your dog at an ideal weight. But he is confident that exploring the TightRope option is one way to restore the quality of “a dog’s life” affected by CCL Disease.
Leach Animal Hospital offers discounted services to senior citizens, military, and local area rescue groups. Pre-approval is required to qualify for the rescue group discounts, so please see the office manager for more information.