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About Us

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The Visiting Vet Service

The Visiting Vet Service has offered veterinary house calls in lower Fairfield County, CT for the past 30 years.  By nature, the practice has catered to a small clientele who prefer to have much of their pet’s veterinary care done at home. We carefully provide your pet with the highest level of custom medical care in all stages of life. We offer a wide range of services from routine wellness examinations to management of acute or chronic illness, with full hospital backup available. Special senior and special needs pet services include quality of life evaluations, palliative care, and in-home euthanasia. Laboratory diagnostics, laser therapy, radiology, surgery, supplements and medications, nutrition, and a large local specialist referral network add to our comprehensive veterinary care program. In-home visits are generally relaxed and give the veterinarian a more objective view of quality of life for pets and their people. An ongoing positive relationship with your veterinarian is crucial for a healthy individualized team approach to your pet's health. We are available to advise on all aspects of pet care to insure that your dog or cat lives a safe, happy, and healthy life.  


The Visiting Vet Service Veterinarian

Dr. Melissa Shapiro is a graduate of Purdue University, School of Veterinary Medicine. She did a rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center in NYC, and a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School. She worked in a number of small animal practices before opening the Visiting Vet Service in 1991.  

In addition to her veterinary work, Dr. Shapiro is the manager of her deaf blind dog's social media platforms, Piglet, the deaf blind pink puppy (Facebook), and @pinkpigletpuppy (Instagram and TikTok). She is co-creator of the Piglet Mindset educational outreach program and CEO of Piglet International Inc., a nonprofit organization that supports the educational program. 
Her new book, PIGLET, The Unexpected Story of a Deaf Blind Pink Puppy and His Family is available wherever books are sold. Her new children's book, PIGLET COMES HOME, also available wherever books are sold, has become a beautiful addition to the Piglet Mindset Educational Program. For more info, visit

Warren and Melissa Shapiro live in Westport with their 3 children, 8 rescued shelter dogs.  

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