Pet Wellness:More Resources & Links
The veterinary resources featured on this page provide useful information to pet owners on a variety of topics related to veterinary medicine and pet health care.
Animal Breed Associations
- Purina Canine Health
- The AKC Guide to Dog Breeds
- The Hartman's Harness
- The Senior Dog Project
- The American Heartworm Society
- American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
- Animal Rescue League of Boston
- Friends of Falmouth Dogs
- The Humane Society of the United States
- People for Cats
Pet Grief Support
Lilan Hauser, DVM — Chief of Staff
Dr. Hauser joined the Falmouth Animal Hospital team as Chief of Staff in September 2011. She grew up in Berkshires, Massachusetts and currently resides in West Falmouth. Dr. Hauser received her undergraduate degree at Washington State University in 1990 and then attended Tufts University, earning a DVM degree in 1998.
Previously, Dr. Hauser practiced at Animal Emergency Care in Acton, Cushing Square Veterinary Clinic in Belmont, and New England Animal Medical Center in West Bridgewater. She is very happy to be in the Falmouth community and we are trhilled to have her here at our hospital!
Dr. Hauser has special interest in animal emergency medicine, critical care and behavior. She values developing close personal relationships with her clients and their beloved pets. In her free time, Dr. Hauser enjoys kayaking, biking, CrossFit, Warrior and Spartan races, traveling to remote areas and international film nights with friends and neighbors. She also loves spending time with her Landseer Newfoundland Lulu from the New England Newfie Rescue and her cats Bogart - rescued from the first clinic she worked at, and Beau - who was a stray.
Jennifer Fallon, DVM
Dr. Fallon grew up and currently resides in East Bridgewater, MA. She received an undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire in 2013 and earned her DVM degree from Kansas State University in 2017. Her special interests include internal medicine, anesthesia, and fear-free practice. She is excited to start her career at Falmouth Animal Hospital and to help clients keep their pets healthy and happy.
Dr. Fallon enjoys hiking, horseback riding, swimming and spending time at the beach. She also shares her home with Dublin, a Siamese mix and Cosmo, a Pomeranian she adopted from Recycled Pomeranians in Texas.
Address / Hours
188 Nathan Ellis Hwy.
N. Falmouth, MA 02556
P: (508) 563-7147
F: (508) 564-6225
Falmouth Animal Hospital is Moving
Over the next few months, Falmouth Animal Hospital will be relocating to a new facility! The new location at 1184 Sandwich Road in Falmouth next to Dunkin Donuts and Speedway is a gleaming, brand new build that will offer us the flexibility to expand our services and will offer our clients a more comfortable and convenient location (no hill to climb in the winter!)
Our new facility will boast:
- Modern amenities and contemporary finishes
- 5 exam rooms
- Ultrasound room
- Tranquil cat only exam room and treatment area
- State-of-the-art dental suite
- Isolation ward
Fear Free Feline Transportation
Falmouth Animal Hospital has veterinarians and team members on staff who are Fear Free Certified!
Your pet's veterinary experience begins with the preparation for transport at home, before you even walk through the doors of our practice. Does your cat run away and hide the second he or she sees their carrier? Is it a battle to get them into the carrier? Have you ever had to cancel an appointment because of these problems? Your cat's fear of the carrier stems from their memory of associating this object with their trip to the vet.
How can I help desensitize my pet to his or her cat carrier?
It is important to teach your cat that the carrier is a safe and comfortable space. To start, never hide or put away the carrier, it is best to leave it out at all times preferably in a location where your pet already likes to play and sleep. It is beneficial to encourage your cat to be in the carrier even at home by playing with them around the carrier or taking the top half off to create a cat bed. You can make the carrier more inviting by putting your cat's favorite toys, treats, or even cat nip inside, as well as to provide some soft bedding for comfort like a towel or non-slip mat. Even an article of your clothing can be added to the carrier because your scent can be soothing to your pet. Pheromone products can be wiped or sprayed in the carrier to create a calming environment of familiarity and security.
How should I select a cat carrier?
Carrier selection is also crucial to promote a positive transport experience. Ideally, you should choose a sturdy carrier over a soft one as it provides better support to your cat. Carriers with both front and top openings are preferred, or one with a readily removable top to allow our team to easily access your cat, or even keep them in the carrier when possible for the exam. When placing your cat in the carrier, be patient and try not to force him or her as this will increase their stress and anxiety. Instead, try to entice your cat into the carrier with food or familiar smelling and desirable objects. Once your cat is in the carrier, double check to make sure all closures are locked and secured. Now you are ready to bring your cat into the car.
Join Us in Welcoming Drs. Trowel & Fallon!
Meet the newest members of our veterinary team - Drs. Elise Trowel and Jennifer Fallon! They will be joining us in July 2017. With them on board, we will be able to offer new, extended hours this summer to cover emergencies and to accommodate pet owners' schedules!
Dr. Trowel received her undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut, and her veterinary degree from Purdue University. She enjoys staying active and spending time with her Cardigan Welsh Corgi named Remy.
Dr. Fallon attended the University of New Hampshire for her undergraduate degree, and earned her veterinary degree from Kansas State University. She shares her home with Dublin, a Siamese mix, and Cosmo, a Pomeranian she adopted from Recycled Pomeranians in Texas.
Please join us in welcoming these wonderful veterinarians to our team. They are both fantastic additions to our Falmouth AH family, and we know that you and your pets will love them as much as we already do!
For The Love Of A Pet
Falmouth Animal Hospital is pleased to announce that we will be serving as the local drop off point for the pet food pantry, For The Love Of A Pet, a Cape Cod based non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers.
Special Offers from Falmouth Animal Hospital!
Falmouth Animal Hospital is currently running some special promotions for both New and Current Clients. Click Here for your coupons! Coupons must be presented at visit to redeem offers.
Falmouth Animal Hospital's Dedicated Team
Our team of veterinary professionals is dedicated to delivering the best customer service and compassionate care to you and your pets.
Evan Franklin — Hospital Manager
Evan is Hospital Manager at Falmouth Animal Hospital. He started in the kennel eight years ago and has worked his way up through hands-on learning. His favorite part of work is being able to help animals in need.
At home, Evan has a cat from St. Thomas Rescue named Charlie, and a dog from a pit bull rescue named Xena. In his spare time, he enjoys music competitions, sports, working on his car and being outdoors.
Ariel Pimental — Veterinary Technician
Ever since she was a little girl, Ariel knew she wanted to work with animals. She attended the Animal Behavior College and today works at Falmouth Animal Hospital as a veterinary technician.
Ariel's favorite part about her job is learning something new every day, and getting the opportunity to be with animals every day. Outside of work, she enjoys working out and playing with her two kids in the park.
Jackie Trapp — Veterinary Technician
Jackie always knew she wanted to work with animals, ever since she started riding horses at the age of five. She has managed horse farms throughout her life and went to school for Animal Science.
Jackie's favorite aspect of the job is knowing that she's helping to make a difference in the lives of animals and their owners. She has two dogs of her own, Cheyenne, a Catahoula X Blue Heeler, and Bear, a Keeshond, as well as a Quarter Horse named Regal.
Sarah Whitehead — Veterinary Technician
Sarah is a veterinary technician at Falmouth Animal Hospital. She has always had a passion for working with animals ever since she was a little girl. She started at the young age of 15 working as a volunteer at the MSPCA. After she graduated high school, Sarah went on to study Veterinary Science at Becker College in Worcester, MA.
Her favorite part of her job is helping clients better the health and wellness of their pets. Sarah has a young son named Mason, a French Bulldog named Fiona and a Corn snake named Ruby.
When not working, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, and going on nature hikes.
Melissa (Missy) Iverson — Veterinary Technician
Missy is a veterinary technician at Falmouth Animal Hospital. Her fascination, curiosity, and love for animals has always had a big impact on her life beginning at a very young age. After graduating high school, she received a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences, and plans to continue her pursuit to join the veterinary profession.
Missy's favorite aspect about the job is providing quality health care for patients, while keeping clients at ease knowing their pets are in great hands. In addition, she greatly enjoys working with and learning from talented doctors and staff who are deeply committed to the wellness of animals in need.
Kathy Glista — Receptionist
Kathy is a receptionist at Falmouth Animal Hospital. Her love of animals has brought her into the veterinary field. She has a black Lab named Lilli and two cats, Kitay and Jazmyne.
In her spare time, Kathy enjoys walking with Lilli, watching the New England Patriots, cooking and gardening.
Celebrating the Fourth Of July with Your Pet
Common 4th of July Hazards:
- Alcohol- in any form is toxic to pets. Signs of intoxication: drooling, bloat, vomiting, increased heart rate, decreased blood pressure, collapse, hypothermia, coma, seizures, respiratory failure, or death.
- Table scraps- a sudden change in diet can lead to GI upset (vomiting/diarrhea)
- Insect repellent and sunblock- no human repellents or sunblock should be applied to pets unless stated on the bottle that it is safe for pets. These can cause vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy. DEET is a common insecticide used that causes neurological issues when used on pets.
- Matches and lighter fluid- these should not be used around pets. If matches are ingested they can cause difficulty breathing, damage to the red blood cells, and kidney disease. Lighter fluid can cause skin irritation, GI problems, and respiratory problems.
- Citronella candles- inhalation of fumes can cause severe respiratory illness (pneumonia), ingestion is harmful to the central nervous system.
- At home fireworks- to curious pets at home fireworks can be very dangerous. Pets can get severe burns and/or trauma. Some fireworks contain heavy metals such as potassium nitrate, arsenic, etc.
Ways to Cope with a Fearful Pet
- All pets should be kept indoors to avoid hazards. (When fearful, can potentially leap fences, break through leashes, etc.)
- Keep pet in a small, cozy, quiet room away from windows if possible
- Lower all blinds in room where animal is kept
- If your pet is crate trained, put the crate in a quiet room away from windows and cover with towel/blanket.
- Turn on tv/music Calmly talk and pet animal
Canine Influenza - Tips to Protect Your Dog
Canine influenza virus (CIV) causes a respiratory infection in dogs that is often referred to as canine influenza or "dog flu."
Canine Influenza's History
The virus was first isolated in Florida in 2004 at a Greyhound racing facility. Since then, the virus has been confirmed in dogs across 40 states and the District of Columbia. Since it is a relatively new virus, almost all dogs are susceptible to infection when they are newly exposed because they have not built up natural immunity.
Symptoms of Dog Flu
Most infected dogs show only mild symptoms, but some dogs become very sick and require veterinary treatment. Most common clinical signs include:
- low-grade fever
- nasal discharge
Dogs with more severe disease can present with a high fever and pneumonia.
What You Need to Know and Do
- CIV is not the same as Bordetella and Bordetella is not the only pathogen that causes kennel cough.
- Canine influenza is highly infectious and the virus spreads very quickly from dog to dog.
- Canine influenza virus can be spread by direct contact with respiratory discharge from infected dogs, through the air via a cough, bark, or sneeze, and by contact with contaminated objects such as dog bowls and clothing.
Pet Health Hazards – Dangerous Items Dogs and Cats May Eat
Dogs and cats will eat almost anything. Whether out of boredom, anxiety, or simple curiosity, pets often ingest objects that may be hazardous to their health, including non-food items such as objects and poisonous substances.
Here are some items that you should keep out of your pet's reach to keep them safe and healthy
Grapes and Raisins — Grapes and raisins (dried grapes) can cause kidney failure in dogs. The exact substance in grapes and raisins that causes the reaction has not been identified yet, so it is difficult to predict how many grapes or raisins will harm your pet.
Macadamia Nuts — Like grapes, what is toxic about macadamia nuts is unknown, but the nuts can cause neurologic signs in dogs such as tremors, weakness, and lack of coordination. The good news is that when pets receive prompt emergency care, which includes administration of IV fluids, the prognosis is excellent.
Chocolate — Chocolate in sufficient quantity is poisonous to cats and dogs. The main toxins in chocolate are caffeine and theobromine, both of which can cause cardiac arrhythmias and seizures. Treatment involves eliminating the toxin from the pet's body and providing treatment to stabilize the heartbeat and minimize seizures.
Garlic and Onions — Garlic and onions cause a pet’s red blood cells to burst, which can lead to anemia. When a pet eats garlic or onions, the pet may need supportive care, including a blood transfusion in some cases.
Pennies — If a pet swallows a penny, stomach acids start to digest the penny, releasing the zinc in the penny. When absorbed, zinc can be highly toxic. Often, the penny will stay in the stomach and must be removed by a veterinarian. Veterinarians can usually take it out with an endoscope to avoid surgery and then treat the pet for anemia, if necessary.
Lilies — For cats, lilies are highly toxic and life-threatening plants from their stems to their flowers. The toxins in lilies can cause kidney failure within 30 minutes to 48 hours of a cat swallowing part of a lily. Although there is no antidote, early supportive care — especially within six hours of ingestion — can help a pet recover.