Apple Country Animal Hospital is a leading small animal hospital providing exceptional, compassionate, and quality medical care for your pets.
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We pride ourselves in offering a large variety of veterinary services for our clients and their pets.
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Apple Country has over 25 years of service to Stow, MA and the surrounding towns.
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Animals are important members of our family, and we treat your pets like they were our own.
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Apple Country Animal Hospital is committed to providing the highest quality veterinary care with a personalized treatment plan for each owner and his/her pet. As a predominantly small animal hospital located in Stow, Massachusetts, our professional and courteous staff will welcome you and your pet as part of our family. Your pet will receive individualized, exceptional care from our skilled and compassionate veterinarians and experienced support staff. We at Apple Country Animal Hospital strive to understand each pet and his/her owner so that the best medical care and service is delivered. Our extended hours will make it convenient to schedule an appointment around your needs.
Apple Country Animal Hospital, established in 1987, provides high quality, compassionate healthcare. Our doctors combine their medical expertise and compassion with their years of experience to deliver the best care to your pet.
Check out our pet portal on our home page where you can make an appointment, have questions answered, or shop online. Some of the products we offer online range from prescription food, non-prescription food, flea and tick prevention, heartworm prevention, and medication refills via mail or for pickup at our office.
Heather Gould, DVM
Practice Owner & Veterinarian
Dr. Gould graduated from Clark University with Bachelor of Arts, majoring in psychology, and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University. She has been working here at Apple Country Animal Hospital since 2007, and became owner in 2018. Dr. Gould teams up with owners to make sure the diagnostics and treatment plan are right for their pet. She has a special interest in geriatric care, pain management, and internal medicine. She and her husband have two children, two birds, one dog, and one cat! When not at work she enjoys baking, running, and reality TV.
Caralee Manley, DVM
Dr. Caralee Manley is an Associate Veterinarian who has been a member of Apple Country Animal Hospital medical staff since November of 2008. She graduated in 2003 from the University of Prince Edward Island with a BSc. in Biology and minor in Chemistry and in 2007 from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Manley has always known that she would enter the animal field and enjoys fostering the bond between people and their pets. Dr. Manley and her husband have two children and share their home with numerous adopted/rescued furry children. Her interests include ice and floor hockey, hiking, running, and reading.
Cindy Schaefer, DVM
Dr. Cindy Schaefer is the former owner of Apple Country Animal Hospital, after selling the practice to Dr. Gould. After 30 years of successful ownership, she remains dedicated to continue serving the fantastic clients at Apple Country. She graduated from Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. After working in mixed animal practice in central MA for 6 years she got the opportunity to fulfill a life-long dream of owning her own small animal hospital. Dr. Schaefer has one son who is a former submariner for the US Navy. After work relaxation includes walking and training her German Shepherd, reading, embroidery, cooking, bike riding and spending time on Buzzard Bay.
Services We Provide
Wellness visits include a thorough exam, screening tests based on your pet’s individual needs and lifestyle, and vaccination protocols based on your pet’s individual risks. Dogs and cats age more rapidly than people do. For this reason, it is important that your pet have a yearly comprehensive exam.
We offer a variety of surgical services ranging from routine spays and neuters, dental procedures to more complex abdominal, gastrointestinal, urinary tract, and soft tissue surgeries. In addition, we offer select orthopedic procedures including cruciate repair. We offer up to date gas anesthesia and customized anesthetic protocols for each individual patient’s needs.
We maintains a complete pharmacy here at the Apple Country Animal Hospital. We carry a wide array of medicines from antibiotics to heartworm and flea and tick preventatives. Not only do we have a pharmacy in house, but for your convenience we also offer a home delivery service with online purchase of prescription products.
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As your pet ages, he or she naturally accumulates tartar and bacteria in their mouth. This, left unchecked, will lead to periodontal disease and this will negatively affect multiple organ systems in the body. We provide professional ultrasonic scaling and polishing to remove tartar, digital radiology to diagnose dental problems, and oral surgery when necessary for more complicated procedures such as extractions, gum flaps and tumor removal. The clinic also offers products such as pet toothpaste, anti-tartar diets and treats, and water additives to keep your pet’s teeth clean and healthy! Sweet-smelling breath is an added bonus.
Many animals have internal medical problems that can be addressed by our skilled veterinarians. Most are mild, but when more serious medical problems arise, we can aggressively manage these patients.
As pets age, their needs change and they encounter more medical problems. We recommend that all our senior patients come in for biannual physical examinations to track age-related changes, monitor organ function and to create treatment plans tailored specifically to your pet’s needs. With age, we stress the importance of quality of life to ensure the older years as as enjoyable for your pet as when he/she was a puppy.
Here at Apple Country we structure a vaccination program specific to your pet and your lifestyle. To determine this, many factors are taken into account, such as exposure, age, and general overall health. While Rabies is mandated by state law, other vaccines are used less commonly due to their low incidence in our area or effectiveness of the vaccines.
As much as we love our pets, there are circumstances where behavior can pose a challenge. We spend time addressing not only your pet’s medical issues that may contribute. behavior, but also any temperament and training issues that play a role in behavior problems. We will also refer you to several professional trainers and behaviorists in the area who can provide additional assistance as needed.
It is critical that each patient at Apple Country Animal Hospital be afforded appropriate pain relief. All of our surgeries will be afforded appropriate pain medications upon discharge. We work with our owners and animals to ensure animals with chronic conditions feel relief from debilitating pain. Pets with acute or chronic pain can get relief through carefully monitored pharmaceuticals allowing them to enjoy a more mobile life.
End of Life Services
Euthanasia is one of the most difficult decisions a pet owner will have to face. Although it is a personal decision, we work as a team to help determine the right time for the pet and family. Euthanasia is never an easy choice to make, but sometimes it can be the kindest choice. Occasionally the right thing to do for a pet that is extremely ill or so severely injured that it will never be able to resume a life of good quality is to have your veterinarian induce its death, quietly and humanely, through euthanasia. We work with all members of the family to make the process and peaceful as possible.
From routine preanesthetic blood testing, urinalysis, parasite checks to evaluation of complicated and/or unusual internal illness, we can obtain vital information in an efficient and timely manner, to better understand your pet’s unique condition, plan their care, and meet their need. For more extensive diagnostics, we utilize our professional reference laboratory.
As pets can not talk, when they go missing it can be difficult to find their family. Implanting a microchip in your pet is a simple and virtually painless way to help ensure your pet will carry your information if they should go missing. A microchip is about the size and shape of a grain of rice and emits a unique number when a hand held scanner is brough near the chip. Through a national registry, the number connects to your information to reconnect family and pet.
Here at Apple Country we have a state of the art digital processor which allows us to obtain clear images quickly. Digital Radiography aids in diagnosing both orthopedic and soft tissue conditions such as fractures, arthritis, lung/chest problems, abdominal/gastrointestinal problems, and bladder stones. Most animals can be awake for x-rays, although there are some situations sedation is used to reduce discomfort and allow for accurate positioning.
Flexible Payment Options
Apple Country strives to make paying for your pet's care as easy and flexible as possible. We accept the following forms of payment: Visa, Mastercard, Personal Check, Cash, and CareCredit.
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Apple Country Animal Hospital is located on Great Road (Route 117) in Stow, MA close to the Maynard town line. Our hospital is set off the road, but we have a yellow sign marking our location. We would love to have you in for a visit! If you have any trouble finding out location, you can get directions using the map below or by calling us at (978) 897-9271.
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