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Important Pet Information

Pets Available for Adoption

Contact Karen (Portland Animal Control) at 860-342-6789

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Trainers, Doggy Daycares, Kennels, & Groomers


Paws-N-Heel Dog Training Center

(Michelle Larson)

196 E High St, East Hampton CT

(860) 267-6040

Bark Busters Home Dog Training of Northern CT and Western MA

(860) 272-9135

Smartydog Center for Canine Enrichment

Canine Behavior Specialist 

312 E Johnson Dr, Cheshire CT
(203) 272-2182 

Pawfessional K-9 Training

22 Deer Run Dr, Colchester CT
(860) 209-6271

That's A Good Dog LLC  Westbrook,CT
(203) 623-9322)

LEDR Dog Training  

Windsor, CT
(860) 580-9588)

Hop River Shepherds

241 US-6, Andover CT

(860) 428-7684

Shepherds way (Joyce O'connell)

31 Cummings St, East Hartford, CT

(860) 291-8266


175 Adams St, Manchester, CT 
(860) 646-5033


Newington Pet Spa

65 Louis St, Newington CT

(860) 667-9363

Dog Tales (Mike Walsh) 

311 Main St, Portland CT 

(860) 342-2284

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The Ulti-Mutt Academy

(860) 655-6605

21 W High St, East Hampton CT

Doggy Daycare & Training

Gagnon's Pet Resort

(860) 537-3648

Boarding, daycare, Grooming, Pet Fencing & Training

227 Upton Rd, Colchester CT


Candlewick Kennels

2811 Hebron Ave, Glastonbury CT

(860) 310-1916

Quinebaug Kennels

265 N Society Rd, Canterbury CT 

Boot camp, training, doggy day camp

(860) 546-2116

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Doggy Daycares

Dog Cabin

24 Stack St, Middletown CT

(860) 704-8080

Pet Health Tips

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Poisonious Plants and Food

Poisonious Household Items



Expert help is a call away

(888) 426-4435

Animal Poison Control Center
We at Portland Veterinary Hospital rely on the highly trained specialists at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. They remain on the leading edge of veterinary clinical toxicology. If your pet has accidentally ingested a foreign substance we wil
l need to consult with poison control clinicians prior to beginning treatment. (There is a $65 charge for the service which they can bill directly to your credit card at the time of the call. A case number will be provided for our reference.)

Pet Poison Health Line- 855-764-7661 Fee applies 
HomeAgain Medical Hotline - 1-888-466-3242 Option 2 (if NON-member fee applies; If a member NO FEE

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New Pet Infomation


New Puppy Care



  • DISTEMPER: (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus): A puppy should start its Distemper vaccinations at 8 weeks of age, then be boostered every 4 weeks until 16 weeks of age. Puppy will need a booster 1 year later, and it lasts for 3 years.


  • RABIES: A puppy can receive its Rabies vaccine at or after 12 weeks of age.


  • LYME DISEASE: Puppies who are outdoors frequently and exposed to ticks may need the Lyme vaccination. 


  • KENNEL COUGH: (Parainfluenza, and Bordetella Bronchiseptica): For puppies that will be boarded, at daycare, groomed, or exposed to many other dogs should receive a Kennel Cough vaccine. 


  • LEPTOSPIROSIS: Puppies who are spending lots of time outside (camping or hiking), and are in contact with standing water (pounds, swamps, slow brooks) should be vaccinated against this bacteria. 


  • CANINE INFLUENZA: Canine Influenza (dog flu) is a highly contagious infection occurring in dogs. This is a rapidly transmitted disease. It is spread through the air (coughing, barking, and sneezing) and on contaminated surfaces (kennel surfaces, food and water bowls, collars and leashes). A vaccine is given and needs a booster when given for the first time. The vaccine is then repeated annually.


HEARTWORM: Heartworm is a parasite that is transmitted through mosquitoes. Heartworm prevention (an oral tablet) is started at the first visit, given monthly and continued all year round. A blood test is done to assure that the puppy is free of heartworm larva, and then repeated annually with routine vaccinations.

INTESTINAL PARASITES: A stool sample should be checked on the puppy to assure that there are no Hookworms, Roundworms, Whipworms, Coccidia or other intestinal parasites. Intestinal worms shed their eggs intermittently, so it is important to check several samples. Tapeworms in puppies may not be identified on this exam, so it is very important to report any worms that are seen on the feces. 

NUTRITION: Puppies should be fed a high quality puppy food. No matter what kind of food you choose to feed your puppy, look for the AAFCO (American Association of Feed Control Officials) label on the bag. Any dog food that is labeled complete and balanced as regulated by AAFCO must, by definition, contain all the vitamins and minerals required for good health. Puppies can be weaned onto adult formula dog food by 12 months         of age. Feeding dry (hard) food along with routine dental care helps to keep teeth free of tartar and decay. In most cases the same diet throughout a dog’s adult life is sufficient. Keep in mind, puppies need more calories than seniors, and older dogs may need nutritional supplements.
TOOTH CARE: Light brushing with a toothpaste made for dogs should be started in puppy hood to avoid tooth disease and loss, and get the pet used to routine dental care. Several pet toothpastes are available (in poultry, malt and mint flavors) which many dogs love! 

SPAYING AND NEUTERING: We recommend spaying female dogs and neutering male dogs at 6 months of age.  There are exceptions to this and can be discussed with a doctor at your puppy visit.

GROOMING AND SKIN CARE: Puppies may be bathed as necessary. Ask us about veterinary approved shampoos for use in dogs. Human skin and hair products may cause skin irritation or sickness.

MICROCHIP: Microchipping is a form of permanent identification for lost pet recovery. It can be done during a routine vaccine visit or during spay / neuter appointment. Please ask us for more info.

New Kitten Care


VACCINATIONS: An adult cat should be vaccinated against Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia (FVRCP) and Feline Leukemia Virus (FELV). At 12 weeks of age, the kitten receives a Rabies vaccine (RV) which is good for one year.

FELINE LEUKEMIA/FELINE IMMUNODEFFICIENCY TESTING: This test is done on the cat's first visit to find Feline Leukemia virus or Feline Immunosuppression virus (FIV) carriers. 

FELINE INFECTIOUS PERITONITIS (FIP): This is a serious viral disease of cats. While cats of all ages are susceptible, kittens and elderly cats are most likely to become infected. The virus spreads from cat to cat via feces, urine or oral and nasal secretions, and is either inhaled or ingested. Kittens that live in a multi-cat household or that go outside are at highest risk of infection. 

PARASITE CHECKS: A stool sample is checked on the cat's first visit to insure there are no Hookworms, Roundworms or other intestinal parasites. Tapeworms in cats may not be identified on this exam, however, so it is important to report any worms seen to the veterinary hospital. 

FELINE HEARTWORM: This infection has been found in cats. A monthly preventative is now available. Please ask us for more information.

NUTRITION: We recommend that kittens should be fed a high quality diet. 

TOOTH CARE: Light brushing or application of a tartar control paste or liquid should be started to avoid tooth loss and dental disease.  Dental chews are also available as an alternative to brushing.

SPAYING AND NEUTERING: Spaying the female and neutering the male should be done at 6 months of age.


​Wildlife in Distress and Recall Alerts

Statement from Elanco about Seresto 


Dear Valued Customer,
As you may be aware, recently the USA Today released an article claiming a link between Seresto® flea collars and pet deaths. The safety of Seresto, and all our products, is our number one priority at Elanco. As a globally marketed product, more than 80 regulatory authorities around the world, including the US EPA, rigorously reviewed the safety data collected over the course of Seresto’s development prior to registration and/or approval, as appropriate. Further,
the safety and efficacy of Seresto are continuously monitored and scrutinized by global regulatory bodies as well as via internal processes.

We realize that customers may be reaching out to you and your staff with questions regarding the safety of Seresto as a result of this news coverage. Please feel free to utilize the talking points below to answer questions or reach out to your Elanco Sales Representative for additional information. For customers, additional information about Seresto can be found at

Key Points:
• There is no established link between death and exposure to the active ingredients
contained in Seresto
• Since its initial approval in 2012, more than 25 million Seresto collars have protected dogs and cats in the U.S. from fleas, ticks and the resulting tick-borne illnesses that can impact their quality of life
• As a globally marketed product, more than 80 regulatory authorities around the world, including the US EPA, rigorously reviewed the safety data collected over the course of Seresto’s development prior to registration and/or approval, as appropriate. The safety and efficacy of Seresto are continuously monitored and scrutinized by global regulatory bodies as well as via internal processes
• All adverse events, product related or not, are collected, evaluated and reported. It is critically important to understand that a report is not an indication of cause 

• Since its approval, the reporting rate for all incidents related to Seresto is less than 0.3% in the U.S. The majority of these incidents relate to non-serious effects such as temporary hair loss and mild skin irritation around the application site. It is important to make sure the collar is not fitted too tightly around an animal’s neck. We recommend the collar be snug while still being able to fit 2 to 3 fingers under it

• It is important that consumers purchase collars from an authorized clinic or retailer to ensure the authenticity and integrity of the products they are buying


We take the health and well-being of pets very seriously. Thank you for all that you do to protect your customers and their pets. Please reach out with any questions.


Dr. Sabine Bongaerts
Vice President, Elanco Regulatory Affairs and Pharmacovigilance

24 Hour Emergency Hospitals

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Pieper Memorial

 Emergency Address: 730 Randolph Rd, Middletown, CT 06457
Phone: (860) 347-8387

Pieper Vet Urgent Care

Address: 51 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT
Phone: (203) 245-8511
Hours: Monday- Fridays 2pm-10pm


East of the River Veterinary Emergency Clinic Bolton Vet

Saturday & Sunday-  8AM - 8PM
Address: 222 Boston Turnpike Bolton, CT 06043
Phone: (860) 646-6134


Veterinary Speacialists of CT

Address: 993 North Main Street West Hartford, CT 06117 
Phone: (860) 236-3273


Connecticut Veterinary Center

Address: 470 Oakwood Ave, West Hartford, CT 06110
Phone: (860) 233-8564


New England Veterinary Center & Cancer Center

Address: 955 Kennedy Rd, Windsor, CT 06095
Phone: (860) 688-8400

Address: 4 Devine Street North Haven, CT 06473
Phone: (203) 865-0878

Central Hospi
tal for Veterinary Medicine


Address: 129 Glover Ave Suite 1A Norwalk, CT 
Phone: (203) 838-6626

Ocean State Veterinary Specialists

Address: 1480 S. County Trail, East Greenwich, RI 02818 
Phone (401) 886-6787

Central Hospital  Guilford

Address: 535 Boston Post Rd, Guilford, CT 06437 
Phone: (203) 533-6444

Emergency Animal Response Service (E.A.R.S.)
(203) – 941 – EARS / (203) 941 – 3277
Volunteer pet ambulance available 24 / 7 to assist owners and first responders with incidents such as critical patient transport, house fires or accidents, and pet emergencies.

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