Health Care Services

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in New Haven County

You love your pet. When your pet is sick, you want to find the best care possible. Drs. Jolly, Wells, Loquine and their entire veterinary medical team provide the best possible care for your pet in a compassionate and loving environment. The staff is always committed to medical excellence, priding themselves on open communication with all their clients.

North Haven and North Colony Animal Hospitals are full-service animal hospitals and wellness centers staffed by compassionate and caring individuals. From the latest ultrasound technology to advanced surgical procedures, your pet receives the highest level of care available.

To maintain our high standards, we offer a broad range of veterinary services. Our focus is on disease prevention and wellness care. Through our preventative care program, your pet receives a comprehensive "nose-to-tail" physical examination in order to establish his or her own overall health profile. We use a personalized approach to high quality pet care based on you and your pet's lifestyle.

Whether your pet is a playful puppy or a cat entering the golden years, he or she receives the best care possible at North Haven Animal Hospital and North Colony Animal Hospital. We offer a full range of treatments from traditional spays and neuters to more advanced diagnostic, medical and surgical procedures. Our highly qualified and skilled veterinary staff performs advanced diagnostic tests for your pet. Some test results are available immediately, allowing us to treat your sick or injured pet as quickly as possible.

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Puppy & Kitten Care

<? echo $title; ?>Bringing a new puppy or kitten into your home is always something to celebrate. They add energy and fun and are a source of unceasing affection as they bond with you and your family.

However, new pets require a little extra attention to ensure they get a good, healthy start at life. This means that comprehensive physical exams from one of our veterinarians at key developmental stages are essential. Any time that you get a new pet, it's important to schedule an appointment right away so that we may review their prior medical records and make timely recommendations for appropriate wellness care.

Your first visits with your new puppy or kitten are perhaps the most important. These initial visits are where you, one of our doctors and your pet first meet and begin to form the relationship that lasts throughout the life of your pet. We take plenty of time with these visits to give your puppy or kitten a thorough examination, talk with you about concerns you may have, offer health care and training advice, and more.

Some of the issues discussed during your puppy or kitten's first visits include:

For Puppies

  • Diet: including types of food and guidelines on feeding intervals and quantities
  • Housetraining
  • Behavior
  • Spaying and neutering advice
  • Formulation of an individualized vaccine protocol
  • Heartworm, fleas and tick prevention
  • Microchipping
  • Fecal exam and treatment for worms and other intestinal parasites
  • Complete physical exam*

For Kittens

  • Diet: including types of food that are best for cats' unique requirements
  • Litter and litter box use
  • Behavior
  • Indoor vs. outdoor cats
  • Spaying and neutering recommendations
  • Declawing
  • Vaccine protocol
  • Microchipping
  • Fecal exam and treatment for worms and other intestinal parasites
  • Testing for Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
  • Fleas (treatment and prevention) and heartworm disease
  • Complete physical exam*

*We take plenty of time during these visits to give your puppy or kitten a thorough examination, which includes detection of potential congenital problems, offer health care and training advice, and talk with you about any concerns you may have. This is your new kitten or puppy and we're happy to answer all of your questions.

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

Prevention is the key to keeping older pets healthy. Conditions that affect older patients include arthritis, periodontal disease, kidney or liver disease, cardiac disease, endocrine imbalances, gastrointestinal disease, or cancer. We recommend all senior pets undergo at least one physical examination each year, though more frequent examinations are encouraged.

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. Together, we can make sure you and your faithful companion enjoy many more years together.

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Internal Medicine

Sometimes one of the frustrations of dealing with a sick pet is that you cannot simply ask him/her what is wrong. Therefore, North Haven Animal Hospital and North Colony Animal Hospital have invested in the latest advanced diagnostic technology. When your pet is not well, we need to find out what is wrong. After performing a thorough examination, a series of diagnostic tests is often necessary in order to identify the medical condition.

All our veterinarians are knowledgeable and have a large amount of expertise in diagnosing and treating complex internal medicine cases such as kidney, liver, heart, respiratory, gastrointestinal, immune-mediated and endocrine diseases. We also have numerous specialists in close proximity that can offer more specialized care and diagnostics for complicated cases.

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<? echo $title; ?>Oncology & Cancer Treatment

The word cancer strikes fear in all of us; however, with new advances in veterinary medicine many pets are living longer with a greatly improved quality of life.

Successful cancer treatment often lies in early detection. Early detection can be difficult at times as cancer may not only present itself as a lump on the skin, but may develop inside the body. If this occurs, a thorough examination with diagnostic tests (radiographs, ultrasound) can often discover the tumor. If left undiagnosed, the disease may not be noticed until clinical symptoms develop.

Treatment also depends on the type and location of the cancer. If possible, surgical removal of the tumor is recommended. Some types of cancer are responsive to chemotherapy, which include a variety of oral and injectable drugs and which we can perform on a case by case basis. Radiation is also available. Dogs and cats tend to tolerate chemotherapy well and develop fewer side effects similar to humans.

If necessary, we refer cancer patients to a board certified oncologist for chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

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Allergies & Dermatology

Skin disease is a common finding in dogs and cats. Therefore, it is important to be able to identify any clinical signs of any dermatologic conditions. These may include:

These clinical signs can indicate a variety of dermatologic issues, such as fleas, endocrine disease, autoimmune disease, and allergies to pollen, dust, and various foods (not very common). If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important that you bring your pet to us for an evaluation.

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<? echo $title; ?>ResQ Microchipping for your North Haven & Wallingford Pets

All too often a pet that has run off fails to return home. This is a terrible, frightening situation. Studies have shown that more than 10 million pets get lost each year and about 90% would not be returned to their owner without some form of permanent lost pet identification.

This is why our team views microchip lost pet IDs as a standard of protection for your pet. With a microchip, your pet can be identified quickly and easily by animal control officers, shelters or at veterinary hospitals. Microchips are safe, unalterable and permanent identification for pets. The entire implant procedure takes less than 10 seconds.

The type of microchip we use is the ResQ microchip. Like other microchips, the ResQ ID system uses microchips that register the animal with a unique identification number that is filed in a database with important contact information. This information can be updated at any time. Customer service is available 24/7 by phone, and online tools and community support exist to help with the search for lost pets. ResQ microchips are unbreakable, do not require a battery, and are designed to last the pet's lifetime.

ResQ uses technology that is standardized around the world so that your pet's microchip can be read at shelters in a number of countries.

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Exotic Animal Care at North Haven Animal Hospital

<? echo $title; ?>We offer optimum wellness care programs for rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets and hamsters. Since it is often difficult to determine if an exotic or pocket pet is ill, we strongly recommend physical examinations twice a year to check for health problems plus annual monitoring to check for nutritional and husbandry-related conditions.

In the wild, in order to survive attacks from their predators, exotic animals conceal their illnesses. As a result, their medical problems can go unnoticed for periods of time. With bi-annual medical examinations by a veterinarian at North Haven Animal Hospital and North Colony Animal Hospital, problems can be diagnosed before they become serious medical conditions.

After acquiring your new exotic pet, a complete wellness appointment is strongly recommended. This exam includes a thorough physical examination, husbandry and nutritional consultation, disease screening and laboratory testing if necessary. Before bringing your pet into your home, you want to make sure that he or she is healthy!

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