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Shore Haven Veterinary Hospital's Approach to Pet Wellness Care

The entire staff at Shore Haven Veterinary Hospital takes your pet's health very seriously. Your cherished companion deserves the best in veterinary care and our skilled and compassionate veterinary team is dedicated to providing your pet with that care.

We thank you for choosing our hospital and appreciate the opportunity to provide exceptional care to your beloved pet. Part of ensuring your pet receives optimal care and lives a long, healthy life is to schedule regular wellness check-ups and examinations. Regular veterinary visits allow Shore Haven Veterinary Hospital's doctors to evaluate and assess your pet's overall health and detect any signs or symptoms of disease or medical conditions as early as possible.

Based on your pet's history, symptoms and physical examination, we make recommendations for diagnostic testing, preventive measures or dental care. We also consider your pet's individual circumstances and discuss appropriate life-stage or lifestyle recommendations with you.

At Shore Haven Veterinary Hospital in East Haven, CT, our main focus is to provide high-quality, experienced care to maintain, improve and sustain the health of your pet. A physical examination allows our doctors to observe your companion, listen to his or her heart and lungs, feel specific areas of the body and generally evaluate and assess the overall health of your pet.

Preventive medicine is the most effective way to safeguard against illness and injury. Because pets cannot tell us how they feel, disease may be present before you are aware of it. For this reason, additional tests are useful in determining health issues that are not easily observed. If a disease or condition can be detected before your pet shows symptoms, steps can often be taken to manage or correct the problem before the situation worsens.

In addition, early detection and treatment is often less costly than waiting until a disease or problem becomes advanced enough to affect your pet's quality of life.

Wellness examinations and testing are particularly important for your older pet where there is an increased chance that underlying disease may be present. For more information, read about our senior pet care below.

Puppy and Kitten Care

Whether acquiring a pet for the first time or introducing one into your multiple pet home, a puppy or kitten quickly melts your heart. However, knowing how to properly care for your new pet will help eliminate any hassles and worries. The veterinary team at Shore Haven Veterinary Hospital is ready to support you with exceptional pet care and guidance, and we share your joy at welcoming this new family member into your life.

Our puppy and kitten programs are designed to cover all the fundamental health care needs of your new pet during his/her early life stages.

First on your agenda should be a comprehensive physical examination by one of our veterinarians. The initial visit provides an opportunity for you, your pet and one of our doctors to become acquainted. This time is well spent and also offers you, the pet owner, a chance to ask questions. Our veterinarians also allay any concerns or anxieties you may have about owning a puppy or kitten. This is a special time for you and your pet and we want your memories to be cherished and worry-free.

Just like health care for humans, veterinary medical care for pets is constantly evolving and advancing. To help you navigate the various stages of care necessary to keep your beloved companion healthy, Shore Haven Veterinary Hospital doctors and staff provides comprehensive veterinary care at an affordable price.

Similar to the programs offered for adult dogs and cats, our puppy/kitten programs include:

  • Comprehensive pet wellness examinations
  • Vaccines
  • Parasite prevention
  • Behavior counseling
  • Spay/Neuter surgery
  • Discussion of housetraining/litter box training
  • Nutrition and diet counseling

It's important to all of us at Shore Haven Veterinary Hospital that your puppy or kitten start off on the right paw and enjoy a healthy, happy life. Please contact us to schedule an appointment at (203) 469-6531

Senior Pet Care

Older pets make wonderful companions, and thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever. Your senior pet has different medical needs from puppies and kittens, though. The veterinarians and medical team at Shore Haven Veterinary Hospital work with you to develop a health care plan that ensures your pet is safe and happy throughout his or her golden years.

Pets age faster than people and are considered to be seniors around age 7. Prevention is the key to keeping older pets healthy. Symptoms of disease or a chronic condition many not be readily apparent. In some cases, conditions that may look like the usual signs of old age could be signs of a more serious problem, such as arthritis, periodontal disease, kidney failure or cancer. We recommend all senior pets undergo at least one physical examination each year, though more frequent examinations are encouraged. During an examination, we also perform tests that can detect the signs of heart disease, infection, diabetes and other health problems.

You are an important ally in keeping your senior pet healthy! If your pet is experiencing any changes in behavior, we urge you to bring him or her in for a check-up. We can make sure you and your faithful companion enjoy many more years together.

Pet Vaccinations

Due to recent discoveries and innovations in veterinary medicine, your pet can be protected against most major infectious diseases and bacteria. Many immunizations and preventative treatments are available that did not exist just a few decades ago.

Vaccines are helpful in preventing Canine Distemper, Parvovirus, Bordetella (kennel cough), Rabies, Influenza, Lyme disease and other diseases in your dog. Feline vaccines such as those for Leukemia, Panleukopenia, Rabies and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus are helpful for preventing disease in cats. Our staff can assist you in deciding which preventative measures are necessary for your pet.

Up-to-date vaccinations play a large part in keeping your pet healthy and free from disease. However, not every pet requires the same series or frequency of vaccines. Our veterinarians tailor a vaccine protocol to your pet based on his or her lifestyle and recommendations from the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Vaccine schedules are balanced to provide needed protection while not over-vaccinating your pet. Please contact us for more information about your pet's vaccinations.

Core vaccines for dogs include Canine Distemper, Canine Adenovirus (hepatitis), Canine Parvovirus and Canine Parainfluenza. Combined into one injection, the vaccine is called DHPP. Rabies and Bordetella vaccines are also core vaccines for dogs at Shore Haven Veterinary Hospital.

Core vaccines for cats include Rabies and Distemper.

Additional vaccines, such as Leptospirosis, Lyme, Canine Influenza and Feline Leukemia are also available at Shore Haven Veterinary Hospital and may be recommended based on your pet's lifestyle and other risk factors.

Flea and Tick Prevention

Fleas and ticks are more than a nuisance; they carry diseases dangerous to both you and your pet.

Prevalent tick-borne diseases in Connecticut include Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, and Anaplasmosis and they are a significant threat to you and your dog, especially during the warmer months of the year. Ticks and tick eggs live in the grass and weeds that your dog may run through on family outings or during regular daily activities. Check and brush your dog after being outside, especially in grassy or brushy areas. If a tick is attached to your dog's skin, remove it carefully with tweezers and wash the affected bite area and your hands afterward.

Fleas are most abundant during the warm weather; however, if left untreated, they can be a problem year-round. Your pet can be allergic to fleas, and even just one bite can result in a severely painful skin infection. Fleas can also transmit tapeworms. At Shore Haven Veterinary Hospital, we can also administer testing to determine whether tick-borne diseases are present in your pet.

The best course of action to protect both your pet and yourself from fleas, ticks, and the potential of tick-borne disease is prevention. There are many safe and effective flea and tick control products in today's marketplace. Our veterinary team will help you choose the correct preventive regimen based on your pet's risk factors and health status. We also offer a Lyme disease vaccination and we recommend discussing whether it is right for your pet with one of our veterinarians.

Heartworm Disease Prevention

Heartworm disease is a serious, life-threatening disease transmitted by mosquitoes. It affects dogs and, to a lesser extent, cats. In the U.S., Heartworm disease has been reported in dogs in all 50 states.

Clinical symptoms of Heartworm disease develop very slowly. Early symptoms include lack of energy, exercise intolerance, coughing, and difficulty breathing. Because Heartworm disease is increasing in frequency and is a serious and deadly condition, we recommend your dog be tested annually; the veterinary team at Shore Haven Veterinary Hospital can administer testing to make certain if your pet has Heartworm disease or not.

Heartworm disease prevention is simple and effective. At Shore Haven Veterinary Hospital, we use Heartgard for the prevention of heartworms as well as other worms. For more information please contact us at.

Internal Parasites

At Shore Haven Veterinary Hospital, we do everything we can to ensure we stay aware of any health conditions that could negatively impact your pet's well-being, including a variety of intestinal parasites. Our experienced veterinary team recommends regular testing for intestinal parasites, which are administered via routine fecal exams. Our intestinal parasite testing regimen includes an ELISA test for the presence of Giardia antibodies.

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