Please feel free to call us for any other concerns you might have about your pet
Is Silver Sands Veterinary a general companion animal hospital?
Complex problems are treated at Silver Sands Veterinary with the assistance from Internal Medicine; Radiology; Cardiology; and Surgery specialists. Silver Sands Veterinary utilizes on-site specialists and virtual consultations with specialists. Dr. DeForge has a full service laboratory; digital whole body radiology; and a state of the art Surgery Department with multi-system anesthesia monitoring.
How is Silver Sands Veterinary responding to COVID-19?
Dr. DeForge’s response to COVID-19 has been immediate and is on-going. All CDC Guidelines are being followed. Virucidal disinfectant treatments are performed upon admission and discharge of all patients. Silver Sands Veterinary does not use Curbside as other veterinary hospitals have elected. Dr. DeForge uses something he feels is much better: the SAFE Locked Foyer. All admissions and discharges are ONLY through this SAFETY System with no social contact. You must bring your cell phone at the time of your appointment and call 203-877-3221 from our parking lot.
A Client Support Staff member will then explain the simplicity and SAFETY of our Locked Foyer System. On the Cover Page of our website you can read more about Dr. DeForge’s approach to SAFETY during this pandemic.
No decision has been made yet by our state and/or our federal health officials concerning when veterinary hospitals can re-open. Keep a close watch on our website for more information in the days ahead.
Does Silver Sands Veterinary have emergency care?
Is Silver Sands Veterinary open every day?
Please check SilverSandsVeterinary.com for hours of operation. If we are closing because of bad weather visit the WTNH APP on your Smart Phone and check for Cancellations due to bad weather. It will state when we are closed and when we will reopen. In early April 2021, you can find out the same important information on our NEW Silver Sands Veterinary APP!
Can I have a Telemedicine Virtual appointment if Dr. DeForge or other doctors at Silver Sands Veterinary that have never met my pet?
Is Dr. DeForge an Animal Dentist?
Yes – Dr. DeForge is a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. He treats routine oral periodontal care with teeth cleanings and also performs advanced oral care to restore a quality of life and a pain-free status for the pet you love. Call Dr. DeForge about your geriatric pet and let him help remove pain and discomfort. Pets live with pain thinking it is normal. That is a terrible life. Oral pain can be hidden or occult. Allow Dr. DeForge to make a difference in your fur baby’s life. He accepts oral referrals from veterinarians in CT and the tri-state area. Visit AnimalDentistrySolutions.blogspot.com to find out more.
At what age do I neuter or spay my cat or dog?
Why has my pet been prescribed this medication and how long do I need to give it?
Dr. DeForge and his nursing team can tell you what the medication is expected to do for your pet and how many days to give it. The most important part of administering medication is understanding its benefit and being fully informed of potential side effects. Silver Sands Veterinary is in your pet’s corner! Contact our support team at DoctorDeForge@yahoo.com with questions about any medicine your pet is taking. Use all medicines to completion unless directed otherwise.
How do I give the medication to my pet? Should it be given with food?
Should I finish giving all of the medication, even if my pet seems to be back to normal
When should I bring my pet back for a recheck? Will you be calling me to check on my pet’s progress, or should I call you?
As a new patient what should I bring to my first visit to Silver Sands Veterinary?
As a new patient please bring all medical records from your previous doctor. Please have copies of lab reports; x-ray reports; other imaging; and a summary of all medical problems written by your previous veterinarian.
Always bring a fecal [stool] sample and a urine sample. You can pick up containers for these samples at Silver Sands Veterinary. Just call ahead saying you need sample containers.
The stool sample is especially important in new puppy or kitten patients. Because of COVID-19, we are asking you to take pictures of your medical records and send them ahead of your visit by email to email@example.com.
If the records are being sent directly from your previous veterinarian, they can scan the records to the same email. Please send these reports at least one week before your appointment.
Make sure that besides medical history you include a detailed history of any allergy to medicines; injectables; vaccines; or anesthetics as a PRIORITY acknowledgment.
A complete vaccine history with verification of an up-to-date Rabies Vaccination is especially important. Photograph the Rabies Vaccine certificate and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org before the day of your visit with Dr. DeForge or any other doctor at Silver Sands Veterinary.
Where is Silver Sands Veterinary?
Dr. DeForge is the Medical Director of Silver Sands Veterinary. Can you give me some background about his career?
After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. DeForge returned to his hometown to practice veterinary medicine. He is now the senior practitioner in the City of Milford and is called upon as “Doc” by those in the community he has befriended over four decades.
He directs the companion animal practice and the urgent care practice at Silver Sands Veterinary. His special interests are pediatric and geriatric medicine.
In the late 1980s, he developed a special interest in oral care and after years of continuing education and testing was acknowledged as a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry in 1995.
In 1996, he was honored as the North East Practitioner of the Year by the American Animal Hospital Association. That same year he received the Peter Emily Residents Award in small animal dentistry.
Dr. DeForge continues his career in general practice and urgent care at Silver Sands Veterinary. He Is always proud to mention that he has mentored 45 undergraduate students to reach their final goal of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
As Medical Director of Tri-State Veterinary Dentistry, he is the facilitator of the Dentistry Departments at Silver Sands Veterinary in Milford, CT and at Gold Coast Center for Veterinary Care in Huntington, Long Island. Feel free to contact Dr. DeForge at email@example.com.
How do I get to speak to Dr. DeForge?
Dr. DeForge loves to speak with existing clients and help new clients solve problems before they become serious. You can contact Dr. DeForge through our website, SilverSandsVeterinary.com; leave a Voice Mail at 203-877-3221; or email firstname.lastname@example.org. In April, you will be able to use the new free-Silver Sands Veterinary APP to communicate with Dr. DeForge and his nurses.
Does Silver Sands Veterinary have Virtual Telemedicine appointments?
Starting in April 2021 Dr. DeForge is introducing the NEW SILVER SANDS VETERINARY APP with a Chat Room for all Virtual appointments. It will be very simple to utilize and be just another way that Silver Sands Veterinary is always finding new ways to improve communication.
Does Silver Sands Veterinary perform House Calls?
Yes – Dr. DeForge and his nurses perform house calls with complete physical exams; vaccinations; and minor testing at your home for those who cannot travel to Silver Sands Veterinary. This service is very helpful to the seniors and the handicapped. Some pets do not do well in veterinary hospitals and are much less nervous at home. Those are our “special” House Call Patients that Dr. DeForge is happy to meet in the comfort of their homes.
There is presently a Moratorium on the Silver Sands Veterinary House Call Service because of COVID-19. Please check SilverSandsVeterinary.com periodically to find out when this service will reopen.