The Animal House

21 Red Brook Road
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532


There have been several calls and messages today with questions concerning the USA Today article on Seresto collars being connected to skin irritations, seizures and deaths in dogs, as well as reactions in people who have come into contact with the collars.

In our experience, this is very rare; we thankfully have no known Seresto-related deaths, or suspected Seresto-related neurological episodes. We do see skin reactions (hair loss around the neck, itchiness when first applied, or a rash around the neck) as the most common (but still not frequent) side effect in our patients using the collar.

There is definitely a concern on our end regarding counterfeit (and perhaps more dangerous) collars that are being sold as Seresto on numerous internet sites and this may be a bigger part of the story. We have seen counterfeit collars first-hand on our patients; they have not been purchased here, so we would like to advise caution in choosing your source should you continue to use the Seresto collar.

It is important to be comfortable and confident in what flea and tick control product you choose to protect your pet. We have had great success in helping to reduce tick disease occurrence with the products we have at our clinic, including Seresto. All of our recommendations are based on the benefit for your pet outweighing potential risks as well as what fits your needs. If your pet is currently using Seresto and you are concerned about continuing, feel free to call or message our office for alternative recommendations; please also be sure to bring up any concerns at your pet's next appointment with our veterinarians. 

Thank you for your trust in us; we are truly grateful for the opportunity to care for your furry friends!

Veterinary Assistant position available:  We are looking for one or two trained Veterinary Assistants for part time positions.  Are you looking to pick up a few hours? We may have what you need. Must be proficient in patient care, client communications, computer skills and general assisting. Clinic is fully computerized and has complete IDEXX lab and radiology setup.    Flexibility in scheduling is a plus.  Experience is preferred. 

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Monday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00pm - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am - 2:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Saturday: Closed

We understand that you may need regular medications, diets and other supplies for your pet.  Please call us to arrange for pickup of those medications.  We can take credit card payments over the phone, by email and text. We can meet you in the parking lot with your pet’s medication.  

We understand this puts a hardship on all of us.  In the case of a true emergency, please contact:

Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists at 508-759-5125.  They are located at 11 Bourne Bridge Approach, Buzzards Bay.  

New England Animal Medical Center at 508-584-1600.  They are located in West Bridgewater on Rte 106 @ Rte 24


Dr. Lappin & Staff at The Animal House

Cat and dog nose to noseThe Animal House in Buzzards Bay, MA is a companion animal hospital serving Bourne, Wareham and surrounding areas. It is our commitment to provide quality veterinary care throughout the life of your pet. Our services and facilities are designed to assist in routine preventive care for young, healthy pets; early detection and treatment of disease, as well as medical and surgical care as necessary during his or her lifetime.  Our facility has state of the art digital x-ray machine and laboratory equipment in-house.


We understand the special role your pet plays in your family and are dedicated to becoming your partner in your pet's health care. We treat your pet as we would our own. Our goal is to practice the highest quality medicine and surgery with compassion and an emphasis on client education. Our entire healthcare team is committed to providing personal attention to the unique concerns of each owner.


At this site, you will find information about our practice philosophy, our services, helpful forms to assist you and an extensive Pet Information Library under the FAQ tab for you to search for additional pet health care information.


Thank you for taking the time to read about our veterinary practice and the services we offer. We welcome your comments and suggestions.  


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