We no longer provide laser therapy but if you are interested, we will refer to another veterinarian for laser therapy.
Low level class IV cold laser is used to treat various types of inflammation and pain. The K-laser system uses four different wavelengths in a continuous and pulsed wave simultaneously through one hand-piece. The wavelengths used improve blood flow and circulation, and lymphatic flow, which result in decreased swelling, inflammation, and pain.
This type of laser therapy is a non-invasive and non-painful treatment alternative for dogs and cats with a variety of conditions. In addition to treating arthritis, disc disease, orthopedic injuries, and post surgical sites (ACL), the laser is also effective in treating open wounds, inflammatory skin lesions, stomatitis (mouth), anal gland abscesses, feline urinary obstructions, and ear infections. It can be used intra-operatively, and is helpful in cases where surgery and medications are not an option.
The treatments are quick, painless, and affordable. While not all dogs and cats respond dramatically to the laser, many show significant improvement in range of motion, swelling, and comfort level after just one or two treatments. Most acute conditions will respond in 1-3 visits, while it takes about 6 treatments over 3 weeks to get an optimal response for chronic conditions. Then treatment intervals are increased to every few weeks as needed for maintenance.
In home treatments work well for older dogs and cats that don't travel well anymore. These pets tend to relax and enjoy the therapy on a couch or favorite bed. In hospital treatments are available at Norwalk Vet Hospital for families that would prefer to bring their pets there. Laser therapy is also available at a convenient location in Westport.
Senior Pet Care
Elderly and disabled patients that are difficult to move benefit from house calls. Many find a house call to be a much more comfortable experience than a trip to the vet hospital. Our new special house call service, "Your Senior Pet's Vet", focuses on specific medical needs of older dogs and cats. Visit our website for Your Senior Pet's Vet for more information.
End of Life Services
We offer end of life services for elderly, chronically ill, and disabled dogs and cats. As dogs and cats age, their needs change dramatically. Some require changes to their environment while others benefit from a variety of medications, supplements, and special diets. We will visit with families and their pets to assess the quality of life in the home environment for geriatric and ill pets.
We are available to consult with families when they have questions about quality of life and maintaining dignity, and the timing of euthanasia for their senior or ill pets. We offer short and long term in-home palliative and hospice care, Many families eventually must make the decision to euthanize their beloved pet. This is a very personal issue and we take great care to assist owners as they come to this phase of their pet's life. We will advise and help ease the decision making process, and assist families in coming up with an approach to the final phase of their pet's life. When necessary we perform euthanasia for pets in their home or make private arrangements to meet at the vet hospital or at another preferred location. We are sensitive to the concerns and emotions of the family during this difficult time and will work closely with the regular veterinarian as the need arises.
Our new service Your Senior Pet's Vet focuses specifically on senior pet's needs. Visit our website Your Senior Pet's Vet for more information.
We work with Wildlife in Crisis in Weston, to help with songbird and other wildlife rescue. If you have a wildlife question or emergency, please contact Wildlife in Crisis. Their phone number is 203-544-9913. We also work closely with The Little Pink Shelter and a number of other dog and cat rescues. Many of these dogs and cats are saved from high kill shelters. Please visit The Little Pink Shelter's website- pinkshelter.com and contact us for referrals to other reputable rescue organizations.
Vet School For Kids
Veterinary Workshops for Kids and Adults
We offer a variety of hands on workshops for children and informative talks for adults. Topics include Basic Pet Care, What is a DHPP?, Illnesses of Senior Pets, The Top Ten Reasons to Bring Your Pet to the Vet, First Aid for Pets, Hospice and Palliative Care for Senior and Chronically Ill Pets, Animal Welfare and Rescue, We also offer Veterinary Birthday Parties for Kids. Please contact us for details.
OFFERING NEW VIRTUAL SERVICES!!
In this new age of telemedicine, there is no better group of veterinary patients than senior pets that benefit from ongoing compassionate monitoring. Of course, their people benefit most from guidance as they care for their aging pets.
I am now offering virtual visits and follow up for senior pets. The purpose is to keep track of the progression of chronic conditions in old dogs and cats, with minimal stress. Once a diagnosis is made, most pets benefit from ongoing care which can be done via e-mail, phone, or zoom. Continual contact with a veterinarian gives pet parents peace of mind as they care for their senior and chronically ill pets.
Contact Dr. Shapiro for details.
Routine and Preventative Care
Routine checkups, vaccines, heartworm testing, tick, and flea prevention are all part of a good yearly preventative medical checkup. Examinations for simple medical issues can usually be provided in your home.
We highly recommend and offer a yearly wellness screening package for all dogs and cats. A complete blood count, chemistry panel, urinalysis, heartworm test, and stool check (dogs) and thyroid level (cats) is a comprehensive way to establish baseline blood values in healthy pets. We commonly pick up minor changes in blood values that signal early stages of disease before obvious symptoms occur. The screening identifies underlying disease before symptoms start to show which enables early detection, further diagnostics, and treatment for many diseases. Early intervention can improve the prognosis for many diseases. This screening can be done at any time during the year but is most convenient at the time of the regular yearly checkup.
Home Again microchips are available for dogs and cats. Consider having your dog or cat microchipped. Most shelters and vet hospitals use scanners on all "strays" brought into their facilities. Microchips provide a unique avenue for reuniting lost pets with their families.It is very important to scan your pet on a regular basis to be sure the microchip is still active. There have been a small number of microchip failures reported.
We have accounts with comprehensive veterinary diagnostic labs which offer a full spectrum of diagnostics. Samples can be collected at home or at the animal hospital.
For more involved procedures that require hospital equipment such as dental care, radiographs, surgery, and anesthesia, and for patients that are difficult to handle at home, we use Norwalk Veterinary Hospital as a base. We set up our own appointments to meet you at the hospital so you can still expect very personal attention. We also arrange for drop offs at the vet hospital if your pet needs to be there for tests and longer procedures, or hospitalization for serious illness.
Routine surgeries are referred to our colleagues at Norwalk Veterinary Hospital. Our ongoing relationship with the animal hospital gives us the opportunity to follow up on all procedures done at the vet hospital.
When serious illness occurs, we will refer your pet to an appropriate specialist for further evaluation and treatment. Specialists include cardiologists, radiologists, internists, emergency clinicians, surgeons, ophthalmologists, oncologists, and dermatologists. When necessary, twenty four hour care is provided at local specialty hospitals.
Kennels, Pet Sitters, Groomers, Dog Training...
For auxiliary pet services, we can make recommendations to help you find a good match for your needs.
Traveling with Your Pet
Custom Travel and First Aid Pack for Pets are available through the Visiting Vet Service. They contain an extensive and practical collection of first aid materials along with a complete instruction manual.The packs can be customized to meet your pet's individual needs as well.