Surgery from Experienced Doctors
With a skilled hand and tender touch, our veterinarians provide a full range of soft-tissue surgical services, including spays, neuters, lump removal, abdominal surgery and other procedures. A visiting board-certified orthopedic surgeon performs complex surgeries such as cruciate ligament repair and fractures so pets can receive specialty care in the familiar surroundings at Snowflake Pet Center.
If needed ultrasounds are also arranged and performed by a specialist who visits Snowflake Pet Center.
Our doctors use the latest surgical techniques, anesthesia and pain medication. To ensure your pet’s safety under anesthesia, we recommend a simple blood test before surgery for all young pets and require it for companions age 7 or older. We also monitor your pet’s heart rate, blood pressure, temperature and level of oxygen in the blood during surgery.
Proactive Pain Management
Our veterinarians take a progressive approach to managing pain so your best friend is as comfortable as possible. Based on your pet’s treatment or surgery, your doctor will control pain before, during and after surgery. When your pet is discharged from the hospital, you’ll receive written after-care instructions and appropriate pain medication to continue your pet’s comfort at home while healing.
Please call us at 203-878-3117 for any emergency concerning your pet.
Emergencies during our normal hospital hours are given priority treatment over scheduled appointments. All pet owners understand and realize “if it were their pet, they would expect the same.” If we are unable to attend to your pet due to after hour emergencies, then we will refer you to a local emergency hospital, with follow-up care at Snowflake Pet Center, if you prefer.
Care is always available for your pet.
A sick pet is a stressful situation. More than anything, you just want your pet to feel better. Because all treatment begins with diagnosis, knowing what is wrong quickly is important.
Our on-site veterinary diagnostic capabilities mean faster test results and more information, hurrying treatment and relief to your pet.
Pet X-rays – Utilizing the latest digital technology, we capture clearer images that can also be shared and stored easily.
More about digital X-rays
We are very proud of our digital X-ray equipment, since it provides a number of clear improvements over film X-rays. Digital images are available within four seconds. There is no time wasted waiting for films to develop. Images are clearer and can be manipulated, allowing the veterinary team to view images in ways that are not possible with film. That also means that fewer “pictures” need to be taken, minimizing the time your pet is on the table, which is less stressful for your cat or dog.
Laboratory testing is a very important part of your pet’s health. A state of the art in-house blood lab is also available for immediate testing of your pet’s needs.
Preventive Dentistry Improves Health, Lengthens Lives
Because 85% of adult pets have dental disease, we offer professional dental cleanings. Poor oral health causes bad breath and bacterial infections that spread through the entire body in the bloodstream, damaging your pet’s kidneys, liver and heart. While your pet is under anesthesia, their teeth will be cleaned with an ultrasonic scaler, polished and treated with fluoride. Our staff will also teach you about dental home-care products and diets to maintain your pet’s oral health.
Dental and Oral Radiology (x-rays)
Two thirds of our dog’s and cat’s teeth are under the gingiva (gums), and are not viewable. Dental radiographs help in the assessment. They allow assessment of the teeth (fractures or internal disease), the surrounding soft tissues (periodontal disease, stomatitis, CUPS, cysts, draining tracks, facial swellings, fistulas or tumors), the joints (TMJ or mandibular symphysis) and of the bone (jaw fractures). Dental radiographs can reveal subgingival (under the gums) foreign objects, cysts and tumors.
Studies have shown that without dental radiographs, significant pathology is missed in up to 75% of pets.
Snowflake Pet Center prides itself for the large variety of prescription diet, and well balanced foods that your pet may need to maintain a fit and healthy life. We are dedicated to your pet’s health both medically and nutritionally.
Emergency Care After Hours
If you are in need of emergency care after hours, these are some local animal hospitals:
VCA Shoreline Animal Emergency
895 Bridgeport Ave.
Shelton, CT 06484
Central Hospital For Veterinary Medicine
4 Devine Street
North Haven, CT 06473
VCA Norwalk Animal Emergency
123 West Cedar St.
Norwalk, CT 06854
Note: Veterinary services are by appointment only.