Check out some of our Frequently Asked Questions.

If we did not address your question, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help!

Do you provide dental care?
Yes, at East Longmeadow Animal Hospital we offer dental care for your cat or dog. We offer dental cleanings as well as the management of periodontal disease.
How often should I bring my pet in?
We recommend that just like a person would have a yearly exam. If your pet suffers from a chronic illness or disease, it may be required that they have more frequent veterinary visits.
My cat is an indoor cat, does s/he still need vaccinations?
Yes, your cat still requires some basic vaccinations even though they do not go outdoors.
What brand of food do you recommend?
Here at ELAH we carry and recommend the full lines of prescription pet foods including Hill’s, Purina and Royal Canin.
Are grain-free diets bad for my pets?

Recently, the FDA launched an investigation into a potential link between diets (mostly grain-free) and Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy. Click here to read the article in full.

What type of pets do you provide care for?
We provide veterinary services to both cats and dogs.
When should I spay/neuter my kitten or puppy?

Dogs: Typically dogs are neutered around six to nine months of age. If you have an adult dog, they can still be neutered. For canines, spay and neuter recommendations vary based upon breed and size of pet. Your vet will provide you with recommendations based upon the individual patient during an exam.

Cats: Kittens can be spayed or neutered as young as six months old. It is recommended that you spay or neuter your cat before they are five months old.

How often does my pet need a rabies shot?
Rabies vaccine is required by Mass. state law. We recommend cats receive rabies annually and canines every three years after their first initial rabies vaccines.
What age to vaccinate my kitten or puppy?
Kittens and puppies require vaccinations between 6-8 weeks, then 12 weeks and 16 weeks. After that, your kitten and puppy should receive annual check-ups to receive routine care and vaccinations.
What is euthanasia?
Euthanasia is an injection of an anesthetic overdose into a vein of your pet which causes them to pass away quickly and painlessly.
Is euthanasia right for my pet?
Euthanasia is an option considered for a pet when recovery or a comfortable existence is highly unlikely.

If you are considering euthanasia for your pet, please schedule an appointment so our staff can evaluate your pet and provide you with the medical treatment options available.

What vaccinations should my pet receive?
The following are the common vaccinations your pet will receive from the time they are a puppy or kitten and when they an adult animal.

  • Rabies (Canines and Felines)
  • Canine Parvovirus (Canines only)
  • Canine Hepatitis (Canines only)
  • Feline Calicivirus (Felines only)
  • Feline Rhitnotracheitis (Felines only)
Where do I take my pet in an emergency?
In case of an emergency, immediately call the Animal Hospital. If it is after hours and we are not open, please contact the following:

Boston Road Animal Hospital:
Phone: 413-783-1203
Phone: 413-783-1206
Fax: 413-782-7909
1235 Boston Road
Springfield, MA 01119

Because they aren’t just a pet… they’re family.


572 North Main Street
East Longmeadow, MA
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Mon-Fri: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Sat: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Sun: Closed


Phone: 413-788-9657
Fax: 413-788-0776
Email[email protected]

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