Services

Your pet deserves the best care possible.

APPOINTMENT

At Silver Sands Veterinary, we offer a variety of services to care for your pet.

If you have any questions or would like more information on how we can care for your pet, please contact us today.

Preventive Medicine

Regular check-ups allow us to establish a baseline in your pet’s health and make us aware of any changes that may indicate future problems. We highly recommend bringing your pet in for regular exams. Oftentimes, health problems that go undetected can become more serious issues when left untreated, so check-ups are important even when your pet appears healthy.

Vaccinations

There are a variety of diseases that affect our pets and other animals. This makes proper vaccination vital in protecting them from the many types of illnesses they are susceptible to. It’s important to consult with us about the unique risks of living in our region. We will be happy to discuss the benefits of protecting your pet with vaccinations, as well as provide you with information on the required vaccinations for your pet.

Parasite Prevention

The idea of your pet being infested with parasites is a disturbing thought, but it’s also a medical issue that can have serious consequences if not properly dealt with or prevented. Parasites pose a variety of health issues for our pets, who can be very susceptible to certain parasites depending on age, region, and other factors.

At Silver Sands Veterinary, we emphasize the importance of preventing parasites. Through preventative measures, you can successfully protect your pet. But pets that are not protected often develop parasites, leading to serious problems for them and their owners.

The cost of prevention is minimal compared to the cost of treatment, which can be expensive and stressful for your pet. Parasites like heartworm can even be fatal, so preventing parasites is of the utmost importance.

House Calls

Sorry! Temporary Moratorium: House calls are suspended because of COVID-19. We will be coming to your home again soon! We miss you! Look for an announcement stating: House Calls Are Back at SSV!

You can now visit Silver Sands Veterinary or we can come to your home for routine veterinary services! This is ideal for the nervous cat, the home with multiple pets, or the giant breed dog owners.

Avoid making multiple trips to our hospital when Dr. DeForge can come directly to your home!

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Nutritional Counseling

Obesity is a common problem among pets, as it can be easy to overfeed a pet that knows how to beg. But being overweight is a serious problem for animals and can cause real health problems as they get older. With proper diet and exercise, all pets should be able to meet their dietary needs and be within a healthy weight range.

Pets’ nutritional needs change as they enter different stages of their lives. The best way to make sure your pet’s needs are being met is to consult with us about a diet made specifically for his or her lifestyle.

Pharmacy

We offer a fully stocked pharmacy to fill your pet’s prescription needs. Having an on-site pharmacy provides you with a more convenient way to get your pet’s medication. We hope that this will save you time and ultimately enhance your experience with us.

Urgent Care

The Silver Sands Veterinary team is experienced in treating minor emergencies and promptly treating minor medical conditions before they become life-threatening. Life-threatening emergencies should always be directed to a 24/7 ER center.

Dr. DeForge and all other urgent care doctors at SSV will make referrals to specialty or 24/7 emergency care as indicated.

Examples of life-threatening 24/7 ER care problems are listed below. In these cases, you would be referred to one of the 24/7 ER centers below for monitoring and treatment around the clock with a criticalist on staff and 24/7 ER nursing care.

Central Veterinary Hospital – North Haven, CT
203-865-0878

Cornell University Veterinary Specialists – Stamford, CT
203-595-2777

  • Advanced heart problems – cardiopulmonary collapse or shock
  • Stroke and other vascular accidents affecting the central nervous system
  • Severe shortness of breath – advanced pulmonary pathology
  • Poisonings that need 24/7 care after treatment
  • Major life-threatening problems (i.e., spinal, vascular, gastrointestinal, or urinary problems)
  • Severe wounds and compound/complex limb fractures
  • Coughing up or vomiting blood and/or severe blood loss causing shock
  • Auto accidents where critical care support is needed

Examples of urgent care problems that can be treated at Silver Sands Veterinary are listed below. Please review our hours of operation for urgent care at SSV.

  • Sudden lameness in any leg
  • Ear infections and your LDVM is closed
  • Biting at skin or paws with bleeding and your LDVM is closed
  • Seizures that are not continuous
  • Diarrhea and vomiting
  • Severe cough that is not associated with advanced already diagnosed heart disease
  • Viral and bacterial infections
  • Painful urinary tract infections
  • The male urinary-obstructed “blocked” cat
  • Painful oral conditions
  • Non-life-threatening trauma of any type
  • Eye ulcerations suspected – eye ulcerations are painful
  • Any other trauma to the eye – again,  eye trauma is painful
  • Cat and dog fights
  • Lacerations
  • Ear hematomas
  • Possible slipped disc
  • Hip/shoulder/elbow luxations
  • Advanced flea allergy dermatitis with constant scratching and skin bleeding
  • Constipation
  • Non-life-threatening intoxications
  • Broken and bleeding nail beds
  • Heatstroke in warm weather
  • Hypothermia in winter weather
  • Frostbite
  • Broken and bleeding nails

 

Retired Greyhound Advantage
If given love, attention, proper food, medical care, and exercise, they can live a long life. Specialized veterinary care with knowledge and support will provide a pain-free quality of life. This care does not begin in the geriatric years but is part of every life stage of the greyhound. Your retired greyhound provides companionship and unconditional love as part of the mystery of the human-animal bond. You can return that love with basic veterinary care.
Affordable Oral Care

According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 70% of adult cats and 80% of adult dogs show symptoms of oral disease. Proper dental care can extend your pet’s life by YEARS! Animals can suffer from plaque and tartar build-up just like us. They can also get broken and infected teeth that can abscess and be very painful. Gum disease or abscesses can result in an infection that spreads to the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs and cause life-threatening illnesses. We recommend dental cleanings as soon as we see plaque and tartar buildup. This helps to PREVENT any dental disease such as gingivitis, abscessed (infected) teeth, fractured (broken) teeth, or loose teeth which are all painful conditions.​

Exams & Consultations

Our staff will get a chance to talk to you and see if you are having any trouble with your pet. We will also go over diet, preventive medicine, and exercise to ensure that your pet is as healthy as possible. Then, one of our veterinarians will do a complete physical examination on your pet. It is always good to have a baseline in case your pet ever becomes ill. We also want to monitor your pet’s weight, ensuring that your pet stays a healthy weight. It is much easier to start a diet when a pet is a pound overweight instead of 15! Our veterinarian will also look for any potential problems. Our goal is to catch any problems before they become major ones. The sooner that we are able to catch a problem, the easier it is to treat it and the more likely that your pet will make a full recovery!

Telemedicine

Silver Sands Veterinary is now offering telemedicine appointments and consultations with Dr. DeForge utilizing doxy.me telemedicine software. Our virtual telemedicine exam can be easily initiated and completed from the comfort of your home on your smartphone, tablet, or PC.

You must schedule your telemedicine appointment by calling 203-877-3221 before meeting with Dr. DeForge for a virtual exam.

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Surgery

We believe in utilizing the highest level of medical technology, and our surgeons are experienced and highly trained. We also realize that it can be stressful to have your pet undergo surgery. We want to assure you that your pet is in good hands and that we will do everything to provide the best care possible. We will communicate with you about the things you need to know before, during, and after your pet’s surgery. It is our goal to make the entire process go smoothly and to eliminate the stress and worry of surgical procedures.

Diagnostics

Our hospital provides a wide variety of in-house diagnostic testing with the most state-of-the-art technology available. It is our goal to provide your pet with the highest level of care possible, and our diagnostic tools help us do that.

After Hours Care

If Dr. DeForge is not available and you have a life-threatening emergency, please contact Cornell University Veterinary Specialists or Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine. Learn more here.