Hometown Veterinary Care, a mixed animal practice located in Fairfield, ME is a state of the art facility where modern medicine meets hometown values. Their spacious building houses 3 exam rooms, its own surgical suite, a fully equipped lab for in house diagnostics, digital and dental x-ray, large treatment area, isolation ward, fully stocked pharmacy, as well as roomy dog kennels and kitty condos for their patients who are spending the day with them.
Hometown Veterinary Care also provides services for a wide variety of large animal clients in the area. These range from large dairy farms to hobby farms, caring for beef and dairy cows, as well as alpacas, llamas, goats, sheep and pigs. If you have questions regarding vaccine protocols, herd health management, or general livestock care, please contact their office.
They are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care, and health-related educational opportunities for their clients in Fairfield and the surrounding areas. The Hometown team strives to provide the highest standards of care for your pet, not only during your visit, but year round, by providing 24 hour emergency services for their established clients.
So whether you are a long time pet owner or a first time “parent” they welcome you to become a part of their growing family here at Hometown Veterinary Care, where you aren’t just another client, but a valued friend and neighbor.
Frequently Asked Question:
Q: My dogs have strong breath. Do you have anything to help with that?
A: Good breath starts with excellent digestive health. Choose a dog food that has the highest quality ingredients, prebiotics and probiotics to help restore the balance of “good” and “bad” bacteria. Bad breath can also come from mouth problems—you should see your veterinarian routinely to make sure there isn’t a problem with plaque, tartar or something more serious. Daily tooth brushing is also recommended to keep teeth and gums as healthy as possible.
Meet The Expert
Matthew Townsend, DVM
Dr. Matt Townsend is the owner and founder of Hometown Veterinary Care. HVC is the fruition of a long time dream to own his own practice and he finds it rewarding to be providing care for the pets and farm animals of central Maine, and especially his hometown of Fairfield.
Matt grew up on a small dairy farm in Waldoboro, ME. It was there, along with his twin brother, that he got the itch to become a veterinarian. He went to the University of Maine for his undergraduate studies and completed his DVM studies at Auburn University in Alabama in 1995.
He worked close to home in Rockport, Maine for 2 years before coming to central Maine in 1998, where he got the chance to be a real James Herriot and work in a mixed animal practice. During those years he has been the President of the Maine Veterinary Medical Assoc. and New England Veterinary Medical Assoc.
Dr. Townsend lives in Fairfield Center with his wife Diane and their four daughters. They have an alpaca farm to keep them out of trouble. When there is time to spare, Matt can be found involved with his daughters activities or playing the occasional round of golf.
Dry Winter Skin
When the heaters go on, many pets get a bad case of dry skin during the winter months. Maybe you see the same problems with your pet. This is a problem that can quickly get out of hand, exacerbating your allergy to your pet, causing a shedding problem and most importantly, making your pet uncomfortable!! Here are a few things you can do at home for your pet.
1) Get a humidifier! Turning on the heat in your apartment or house can immediately decrease the level of humidity! If you find your pet is suffering from dry skin, dander or excess shedding, the humidity level may be the culprit. Increase the humidity your home, and that dry skin and shedding problem may go away!! It’s an easy, logical fix to a problem like this.
2) Diet! Essential fatty acids pay a huge part in a healthy coat, and supple skin and can really help in the winter months, same goes for you!! Instead of changing your cat’s diet completely during these months, talk to your vet about adding a teaspoon of salmon oil to your cat’s diet a few times a week. They have seen this simple fix work wonders on miserable itchy cats and dogs. Please consult your vet about frequency and dosage, too much can cause weight gain and loose stools.
3) Lower household stress! When your pet is stressed you will see an increase in dry flaky skin and shedding! Three things that are scientifically proven to lower stress in our animals are, the scent of lilac, the sound of calm, classical music, and a soothing, high pitch speaking cadence, like baby talk.
Try to incorporate these things into your pet’s daily life and see if that winter dry skin goes away until spring!!
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