Our Services

We’re a full-service veterinary hospital.
When your pet needs care, from wellness care to emergency care, and everything in between, we’ll be there. Please scroll down to learn more about the extensive list of services that we offer your pet.
Exams and Vaccinations

In the long run, preventive care will always be better than reacting to a health issue that could have been prevented. Like humans, your pet will greatly benefit from regular wellness examinations throughout its life. Regardless of your pet’s age, an annual exam will help establish your pet’s baseline levels so that the veterinarian can monitor any physical changes before they become serious. During your visit, we will discuss your pet’s weight, nutrition, behavior, exercise, and regular activities.

Based on the veterinarian’s findings during the annual exam, we will make recommendations for your pet to make sure they are feeling great!

Part of the annual exam is to make sure your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations, their weight and diet are being properly managed, and their dental and overall health is in order.

We can also update their Bordetella vaccination as it is required by local boarding facilities to reduce the spread of Kennel Cough. The rabies vaccination and certification is required by law for cats, dogs, and ferrets. The first one is good for one year. Each additional rabies vaccinations are good for 3 years.

Our in-house laboratory and fully-stocked pharmacy make a complete annual exam fully comprehensive in our facilities. We don’t need to outsource anything, so you will have everything you need in one place!

Emergency Care

Park Place Veterinary Hospital wants to help you be an advocate for your pet’s health, and any concern you have for your pet’s wellbeing is important. Please call Park Place Veterinary Hospital with your questions, or to discuss a new symptom you observed in your pet.

Any new symptom can be concerning, though some are more serious than others, and may require more immediate attention.

If your pet is exhibiting any of the following symptoms, we urge you to call immediately to discuss your pet’s condition:

  •     Unconsciousness or Unresponsive or extreme weakness
  •     Bleeding in volume, or doesn’t stop, or from a body cavity
  •     Foaming at the mouth
  •     Hit by car
  •     Seizure or tremors
  •     Blue, purple, or pale gums or tongue
  •     Cat open-mouth breathing
  •     Bloated, distended abdomen
  •     Ingestion of snail bait, rat bait, anti-freeze, pills, medications, vitamins, or any suspect substance

WITH INGESTION CALL POISON CONTROL IMMEDIATELY: 1-888-426-4435 (a fee may be charged for this call)

If your pet emergency is BEFORE 10 pm:

PPVH clients may call us at 603-357-4049 TO FIND OUT WHO IS ON CALL.

*PPVH offers after-hours care through 10 pm shared with other local small animal hospitals in the Monadnock Region. Instructions will be left on our voice mail directing you to the practice On-call for that evening through 10 pm.

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Feline Health

Park Place Veterinary Hospital is a member of the American Associate of Feline Practitioners.

If you’re reading this right now, you just might be a cat lover and, here at Park Place Veterinary Hospital, we are too!

Park Place Veterinary Hospital offers lifelong preventative and wellness plans tailored to your individual cat to help you keep him or her healthy.

If traveling with your cat is the reason for not taking him/her to annual check-ups, please read:

“Cat Travel and Carrier Acceptance”

Why is it important for your cat to be seen annually by a veterinarian?

  • Cats are susceptible to disease, obesity, parasites, diabetes and other illnesses just like dogs.
  • It is easier to manage your pet’s health when conditions are diagnosed early on.
  • Cats often don’t exhibit symptoms of illness until the disease progresses.
  • Preventative care is less expensive than treating illness and disease.

We recommend your cat is seen for an annual preventative exam. Your veterinarian will then be able to can monitor health changes after a thorough examination. We will discuss a recommended vaccination schedule and annual parasite control and prevention program for your cat, which is designed specifically to address issues that are unique to the region we live in.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! We will offer professional advice regarding any concerns you may have about their care, diet, behavior and elimination issues. Because we know your cat, we can offer a more customized wellness plan designed for your cat’s unique needs as it ages based on these annual exams.

Services we offer to maintain your cat’s optimal health:

  • New Kitten Exam
  • Spay / neuter
  • Annual preventative / wellness exams
  • Vaccinations
  • Oral health assessment and dental cleaning
  • Behavioral assessment and litter box elimination issues
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Grooming: Nail clipping, Ear cleaning
  • Cat travel and carrier acceptance
  • Diagnostic tests
  • Lump removal
  • Parasite control and prevention programs
  • Surgery and urgent care
  • Ear disease

Park Place Veterinary Hospital can help your cat maintain optimal health throughout his or her life. Please call us for all of your feline health needs: 603-357-4049

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Oral Care

Do you know that that 50% of adult cats over 3 years of age and 80% of adult dogs over four years of age show symptoms of oral disease?

What we call a dental is really a “COHAT” or comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment.

Dental Care for Small Animals

We provide dental care for cats and dogs, and even care for the teeth of rats, bunnies and guinea pigs, too!

Routine dental care contributes to pets living longer and healthier lives. An unhealthy mouth can lead to bacteria entering the bloodstream, the lining of the heart, and the kidneys. Pets can also develop oral pain from cavities, gingival recession, loose teeth and root exposure. Remember, they don’t show pain the way we do. It can be difficult to tell, but after their COHAT you will see them acting much better. We have heard it over and over from clients.

As humans, we recognize the importance of a healthy mouth and we all dread tooth pain. Park Place Veterinary Hospital is here to keep your pet’s mouth healthy! Dental health is not an extra service. This is as important as checking a dog for heartworms or a cat for leukemia. It is a critical part of their over all health care and well being.

During your pet’s annual exam at Park Place Veterinary Hospital, the doctor will examine your pet’s mouth for plaque and inflamed gums, among other oral conditions. We may recommend that your pet returns for a dental cleaning in the near future.

Pre-anesthesia recommendations:

All pet dental procedures, including cleanings, are done while your pet is under general anesthesia. This is the only safe way: we need to block the airway so water doesn’t get into their lungs. Remember, your pet can’t spit like we can. Your pet will have a pre-anesthetic exam and blood work done to see if your pet is a good candidate for anesthesia. You will be asked to fast your dog after midnight and cat after 6 am (access to water is always OK) and be scheduled for an intake appointment with us in the morning. Our compassionate staff will care for your pet before, during and after the procedure and we will notify you once the procedure is completed.

The procedure is simple!

Tartar and buildup will be removed from your pet’s teeth and, more importantly, under the gumline with an ultrasonic cleaner that used sound waves to break up matter stuck on the pet’s enamel. The tip is cooled with water. This is the water that we need to protect the lungs from. ***Once the teeth are clean the doctor can perform the comprehensive oral health assessment and plan for the treatment.

Sometimes your pet will require teeth extractions if we find severely damaged or loose teeth. It is important that these teeth be removed to help your pet feel more comfortable. Pain medicine during and after the procedure will be provided.

When you pick up your pet you will be given instructions for their care; daily and weekly maintenance are needed to keep your pet’s mouth free of tartar. We have several options and will discuss what works best for you. Your pet will go home with a healthier mouth…You will notice an improvement of their breath, too!

Does your pet have bad breath? Did one of our doctors recommend to you that your pet’s teeth be cleaned? Let’s get that dental cleaning (COHAT) done!

Prescription Diets

Park Place Veterinary Hospital carries a variety of veterinary diets from Purina and Royal Canin for the nutritional and health-related needs of our patients.

If your pet is exhibiting abnormal behaviors or symptoms, please contact Park Place Veterinary Hospital to have your pet examined before making any changes.

Just as humans have different dietary needs, so do our pets. Nutrition plays a critical role in your pet’s health, so it’s important to take into consideration their age, size, and weight when recommending a nutrition program. Park Place Veterinary Hospital recognizes the unique needs of each pet and offers veterinary diets from Royal Canin and Purina.

We will discuss your pet’s nutrition and diet during their annual exam. Our special veterinary diets are available for puppies, kittens, adults, and seniors. These various diets include a reduced calorie food for less active animals and a special diet for pregnant and nursing animals.

If you are considering a special veterinary diet for your pet it is important for the veterinarian to monitor be aware of the following:

  • Brand of food you are feeding your pet
  • Canned vs. Dry
  • Quantity per feeding
  • # Meals per day vs. Free-feeding
  • Treats and/or table scraps per day

Park Place Veterinary Hospital and our suppliers offer a 100% Guarantee; a veterinary diet can be returned for full refund if the pet will not eat the food. The client needs to return the unused portion in order to receive credit.

Senior Pet Health

As your pet ages and approaches his or her senior years, many changes begin taking place and some health issues may go unnoticed. We recommend TWICE a year exams during their senior years. Thanks to modern medicine, pets are now living longer than ever! We can make sure we find any problem as soon as possible.

Life spans vary with each individual pet and are based on many factors. Your pet’s breed and size are factors which can’t be controlled but do provide an indicator of your pet’s expected lifespan. One factor you can control is early detection of disease and illness through routine examinations and blood work.

Common Senior Diseases

The most common diseases in senior pets include dental disease, obesity, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, hormone imbalances, tumors and cancer, memory loss, depression, and neuroses. Prevention through early detection of disease is usually less expensive than treatment.

Pain Management

If your cat or dog has arthritis or other forms of chronic pain, there may not be obvious signs that they are experiencing pain. Your veterinarian assesses the cause of pain and recommends a pain management plan so your pet can live a more comfortable, better quality of life with you and your family.

Weight Gain / Weight Loss

Your aging pet may experience weight fluctuations, either weight gain or weight loss, which may indicate a more serious condition. Your veterinarian will ask questions about your pet’s lifestyle and may wish to perform diagnostic tests to help determine the cause of their recent weight gain or weight loss. Medication, a change in diet, or further testing may be the treatment plan.

Follow-up Exams and Monitoring

For aging pets, just like humans, the senior years often require more medical attention and a change in the level of care that we must provide them. If your senior pet has developed a new condition that needs further monitoring, he or she may require a follow-up examination in a few weeks instead of six months.

Canine Health

If you’re a dog lover, you’ll easily relate to our doctors and staff because we, at Park Place Veterinary Hospital, all love dogs too!

We focus on individualized care for each of our patients because we acknowledge that each one has unique needs.

Park Place Veterinary Hospital is your partner in pet health for the lifetime of your pet. Many of our patients started coming to PPVH as puppies for their initial wellness check-up, vaccinations series and to start on a parasite control and prevention plan. Each year they are seen by one of our caring veterinarians during an annual wellness exam where they are examined from head to tail.

Our annual exams help us work with you to manage your pet’s health before conditions become severe. It is our recommendation that they are tested annually for common parasites. It is less expensive to prevent illness than to have to treat it later on.

Services we offer to help your dog maintain optimal health:

  • New Puppy Exam
  • Spay / neuter
  • Annual preventative / wellness exams
  • Vaccinations
  • HomeAgain Microchip ID implantation
  • Oral health assessment and dental cleaning
  • Behavioral assessment
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Grooming: Nail clipping, Ear cleaning
  • Transportation tips
  • International Health Certification
  • Diagnostic tests
  • Lump removal
  • Parasite control and prevention programs
  • Surgery and urgent care
  • Ear disease

Puppy’s First Visit

Your puppy’s first visit with a veterinarian is usually around 8 weeks of age (followed by booster shots at 12 weeks and 16 weeks of age.) Typically during your first appointment, your puppy is healthy and doing what puppies do best.

We will examine your puppy from head to tail. Any tests you elect to have performed at the time of the exam will begin to establish your puppy’s health baseline report from which we can gauge any signs of changes in his/her health.

Please come to your puppy’s first visit with any and all questions you may have! These first visits are equally valuable for our veterinary team because the information shared will help us make a plan to keep your new puppy happy and healthy! These visits will also be an excellent time to discuss recommended vaccines and parasite testing, treatments, and prevention.

At your puppy’s initial appointment here at Park Place Veterinary Hospital, you will receive a FREE Puppy Pack containing important information, handouts, and a free dose of a recommended heartworm prevention product and also of a flea/tick prevention product.

End of Life Care

About Euthanasia

Our pets are a part of the family. We are connected with them on many levels and that makes it difficult when their life is coming to an end.

This difficult time is often filled with many emotions and hard decisions. Park Place Veterinary Hospital is here to help you through it all.

If your pet has been ill for some time, it may be easier to come to terms with this difficult decision. For others, euthanasia is not something you were prepared to face, nor did you plan for this difficult decision to have to be made so quickly.

How do you process through your feelings, handle the emotional impact, explain it to your children, and then live with this decision after you have made it? The answers are different for everyone. Grief is a very difficult emotion to process. Many times guilt is part of this time.

Below are some thoughts to help you reach that decision. 

  • Making the difficult decision to let go and knowing when to do so is a family decision.
  • Are there more good days or bad days? Such as when the pet is not eating, not happy to see you, and the pain can’t be controlled.
  • Think of the things your pet has always loved to do. Is s/he doing them anymore? What is her/his quality of life?
  • Euthanasia is a double-edged sword for veterinarians: it is hard to do, but on the other hand, it is a great gift to be able to relieve suffering. Many people apologize during the procedure. Dr. Morenz always said, “I think the pets would thank their owners for making the unselfish choice to let their pets go when the time is right.”

How do I explain euthanasia to my children?

Do not lie to your children. Euthanasia should be described simply as it is, euthanasia, which means painless death.

Using the phrase “putting him to sleep” may confuse and scare children as they are led to believe that routine sleep may lead to the permanent loss of a loved one.

Consider what your child is learning from this situation as you explain the reasons for your family’s difficult decision, whether it is learning about illness, age, dying animals or something else. Explain it in a way that children will not blame themselves or you. Death is a natural part of life. Sometimes children are able to handle the loss better than adults.

Offer children support as they learn to cope and offer to talk about the good memories as you grieve together. For most, the loss of a pet is a child’s first experience with death and they will learn a lot about life from this very experience.

When You have to Say Goodbye: Loving and Letting Go of Your Pet by Monica Mansfield, D.V.M. is a book for children about the end of life for a pet which you can purchase at Park Place Veterinary Hospital.

The process:

  • You may be present for the entire procedure, but don’t have to be. The procedure is the same in either case and it is up to you who you would like to have in the room with your pet.
  • Your pet may be sedated. This takes 10 to 15 minutes to take effect. You can spend this time comforting and saying goodbye to your pet.
  • The veterinarian will then inject a highly concentrated solution into a vein with the help of a technician. You can still be right there with your pet. The solution will take effect within a minute.
  • The veterinarian will listen to the heart and pronounce death.
  • Your pet’s eyes will not close (it takes a muscle to close their eyes).
  • Your pet may go to the bathroom as everything relaxes.
  • Sometimes there will be some air escaping the lungs; this may look like your pet is breathing, but it is an end of life reflex.
  • You may spend some time with your pet before your pet is moved out of the room. We are prepared to arrange for cremation should you wish for your pet to be cremated. Some owners elect for a home burial as another option. Should you choose cremation, you will be asked if you wish to have the ashes returned to you. Anything you choose to do here is alright.
  • It is natural to be sad and emotional and your veterinarian and staff will offer you some time alone with your beloved pet. Do not feel like you need to hold back your emotions! We all understand that the grieving process begins immediately and holding back your emotions may make it more difficult for you.

Remember, your pet’s life was a happy one with you and every moment you were together created lasting memories that will live on with you if you allow them. Take the time either alone or with your family to acknowledge these memories. Some families hold a ceremony, write poetry, or share stories together.

The staff at Park Place Veterinary Hospital is caring and compassionate and will support you as you need during this difficult time.

Cremation or Burial?

Park Place Veterinary Hospital offers you the option to have your pet cremated through a local crematory. If you desire, your pet’s ashes may be preserved in a beautiful urn for you to keep. The cremation is done in a timely manner and your pet will be treated with dignity and respect.

There are Pet Cemeteries in the area that offer a permanent resting place if that is what you and your family choose.

Microchip IDs

Why should I Microchip my pet?

According to HomeAgain Microchip, 1 in 3 pets goes missing during its lifetime. Microchipping is a permanent, lifetime ID that links your pet to you. HomeAgain Microchip will maintain your pet’s ID code in their microchipped pet database.

We recommend microchipping your pet as a puppy or kitten, but there is no age limit! We can microchip a pet of any age.

How does it work?

Veterinarians and shelters have microchip readers.  With a simple wave over the pets back, the microchip number is found.  The microchip registry is then contacted.

Should your pet become lost, “lost pet” alerts and volunteer pet rescuers will be on the lookout for your pet. Should your pet arrive at a veterinary clinic or shelter, the lost pet alert will show up when the microchip is scanned.

Is it difficult to place the microchip?

Microchipping is easily done. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected under the skin, similarly to the way a vaccination is injected.

What if I move or what if my pet is rehomed?

After we microchip and register your pet with a HomeAgain, there is no cost for you to reregister your pet with its new owner or a new address if you have moved.

I just had my pet microchipped, what do I do now?

Park Place Veterinary Hospital will digitally register your pet that day. Your job is to complete your pet’s profile in HomeAgain and upload your pet’s photo. You can enter an alternate contact information and read over the HomeAgain member benefits. https://www.homeagain.com/

Parasite Prevention and Control

Parasite prevention and control is an important part of pet ownership as they can cause serious illness or even death in our pets.

Ticks, fleas, and mosquitos can transmit diseases, parasites, and worms. Many infected pets do not show any signs of illness at all so you may not always be able to tell if your pet has parasites. These parasites can hide in your pet’s fur and skin which can also make it difficult to determine if your pet is infected.

Some parasites are transmittable to humans, including children, and other pets. These diseases include rabies, toxoplasmosis, roundworms, hookworms, ringworm, giardia, cat scratch disease, pneumonitis, scabies, tuberculosis, salmonella, and heartworms. In most cases, simply maintaining good sanitation and following a year-round doctor recommended deworming program are “the keys’ to preventing these.

Our Parasite Control and Prevention Program

We believe it is important to follow a year-round parasite prevention program. Our doctor recommended products are proven effective and will keep your pet safe and healthy.

Park Place Veterinary Hospital carries a wide array of products we can recommend for your pet’s parasite control and prevention program, including Nexgard (our newest, chewable option that kills fleas/ticks on dogs), Advantage, Heartgard Plus, Sentinel, Scalibor, Revolution, Vectra (cats), Vectra 3D (dogs), and Seresto Collar. (Be sure to ask our staff about current rebates available!)

It is important to be proactive by keeping your pet on a parasite control and prevention program.

Our veterinarians can recommend a schedule for parasite testing and review with you some ways to control parasites in your pet and at home.

Prescription Refills

Our fully-stocked pharmacy offers refills on prescriptions and diets. This includes short-term refills for one-time medications and ongoing refills for preventative prescriptions and treatments.

Park Place Veterinary Hospital offers refills for up to one year. An examination is required after a year to assess your pet’s health and, depending on the reason for the refill, blood work may also be needed.

Prescription refill requests may be made over the phone (603-357-4049) or through the Pet Portal.

Please allow 48 hours for prescription refill requests. Once the request is made, the veterinarian will check your pet’s chart to authorize the refill.

Spaying and Neutering

Spays and Neuters are quite common surgical procedures here at Park Place Veterinary Hospital. The compassionate, experienced staff and doctors will do everything to ensure your pet is comfortable and well cared for during their stay on the day of their surgery.

Please be sure to read all of the written material from your pre-anesthetic packet that is sent to you (or obtained through our Forms tab online). The doctors urge every pet owner to elect for pre-anesthetic bloodwork to help ensure each patient is a good candidate for anesthesia. If there are any concerns for your pet, the veterinarian will discuss them with you after reviewing the pre-anesthetic bloodwork results.

There are many reasons why an owner or a rescue chooses to have a pet spayed or neutered. Below are the top 10 reasons why pets are spayed or neutered.

Click here to learn the Top 10 Reasons To Spay or Neuter your Dog, Cat or Other Small Animal.

Contact us, directions, and a map!

Address

92 Old Homestead Hwy
N. Swanzey NH 03431
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Hours

Mon: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Tues: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Wed: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Thurs: 9:00am – 7:00pm
Fri: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sat: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Sun: Closed

Contact Us

Phone: 603-357-4049
Fax: 603-357-7520
Email: info@parkplacevet.com

NEW CLIENTS: If you are a new client, we ask that you PLEASE CALL US DIRECTLY so that we can discuss your needs and go over available dates in our schedule with you.  We realize sometimes you are at work, but we really do need to speak with you about your first visit with us, give us a call during your lunch break, if you need, or between 5-7p on Thursdays if that is more convenient. We are also available between 9-noon on Saturdays.
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