Our Services

Wellness Care

At Pond Point Animal Hospital we recommend regular comprehensive wellness exams from the time pets are young. Wellness exams are a critical part of your pet’s healthcare routine regardless of size, breed, or age. Routine wellness exams are important to maintain your pet’s wellbeing and detect any medical issues before they progress. During your pet’s exam, we will assess their overall body condition, eyes, ears, mouth, internal organs and systems, skin and much more. We will also discuss any other recommended services, such as dental cleanings or diagnostic testing. If any areas of concern are identified during your pet’s exam, we will develop a treatment plan together.


Vaccinations are an essential part of your pet’s health care plan starting from the time they are very young. Pets should begin their vaccinations between 6 and 12 weeks of age and require boosters throughout their life. Many common diseases can easily be prevented by vaccinating your pet.

Core vaccines, or essential vaccines, for canines include rabies and DAPP. Core vaccines for felines include rabies and FVRCP. Depending on your geographical area and pet’s exposure, you may also consider optional, non-core vaccines. Noncore vaccines for canines include leptospirosis, bordetella, parainfluenza, lyme disease and canine influenza. Noncore vaccines for felines include feline leukemia.

At Pond Point Animal Hospital we’ll help you create a vaccine schedule appropriate for your pet’s age, breed, lifestyle, and environment. We will also review any possible side effects of your pet’s vaccinations and how to address them.

Parasite Prevention and Control

Parasites can pose a variety of health concerns for your pets and your family, but we can help you develop a prevention routine to keep everyone safe. At Pond Point Animal Hospital, we recommend keeping your pets on year-round prevention to stop pests before they become a problem.

Common parasites include fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal worms. During your pet’s annual exam, we will test your pet for parasites with a thorough physical exam, a fecal test, and a blood test. Even if your pet is on year-round prevention, annual tests are still extremely important to detect parasites even if you aren’t seeing any symptoms.

Our knowledgeable healthcare team will help you develop a prevention plan that fits your lifestyle. You can keep your pets safe with either monthly oral medication or topical treatments. We will discuss what method can most effectively address your family’s needs.

Laser Surgery

Pond Point Animal Hospital is one of the few animal hospitals in New Haven County using surgical laser to speed healing and decrease pain during veterinary surgical procedures. Laser surgery seals nerve endings and closes blood vessels and is ideal for removing dewclaws, mass removal, eyelid and other facial surgeries. If your pet needs surgery, we would be happy to consult with you and help you determine whether laser surgery is right for your pet.

15 Watt CO2 Surgical Laser

Clinical Applications for Small Animal Laser Surgery:
  • Lumps and bumps
  • Spays and neuters
  • Feline declaws
  • Anal abscesses
  • Declaw removal
  • gingeval hyperplasia (gum disease)
  • nasal surgery
  • Soft palate resection
  • knee ligament surgery
  • Eyelid surgery

If you have any questions about our services please contact us today at (203) 878-4646.

Dental Care

According to the American Veterinary Dental College more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental disease by the age of 3. Dental disease can be very uncomfortable for pets and the longer it is left untreated, the more complicated and expensive it becomes to treat. Furthermore, improper care of your pet's teeth can often be the cause of serious illness. If left untreated, dental problems can lead to larger systemic problems in your pet due to oral bacteria entering the bloodstream and damaging the kidneys, heart and liver.

If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, please make an appointment immediately:
  • Yellow or brown buildup (tartar) on the teeth
  • Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Excessive drooling
  • Changes in eating or chewing habits
  • Pawing at the face
  • Loose teeth
  • Depression
Oral Exams: Proper dental care is one of the easiest ways to protect your pet’s health and keep them pain free. During your pet’s oral exam, we will examine your pet’s mouth, teeth, and jaw. We may recommend x-rays to assess the health of your pet’s tooth roots, as well. Regular oral exams, help prevent irreversible dental disease, tooth loss, and possibly expensive oral surgery.

Teeth Cleanings: Your pet's dental cleaning will begin with a physical examination so that we can evaluate your pet's general health. After the physical exam, your pet will be given an anesthetic for a safe and painless teeth cleaning since most dental disease starts below the gumline. The first part of dental cleaning requires the removal of tartar using a hand scaler. Next, an ultrasonic scaler is used to clean above the gum line while a curette cleans and smooths the teeth under the gum line in the crevice between the teeth and gums. Then your pet's teeth are polished, and the gums are washed with an anti-bacterial solution to help delay tartar build-up.

Extractions and Advanced Procedures: Our veterinarians will only recommend tooth extractions if we believe it is necessary for your pet’s wellbeing. We usually recommend this when we identify that your pet has an infected or broken tooth that is likely causing them pain. In the case that we recommend a tooth extraction, we will discuss what this means for your pet and how to properly care for them while they’re healing.

How To Prevent Dental Disease Before It Begins: Regular wellness visits allow us to check your pet’s mouth and teeth and identify issues before they progress. Additionally, at-home dental care, including regularly brushing your pet’s teeth and using teeth cleaning treats, can prevent plaque from building up. Lastly, avoid hard toys and bones that can potentially damage your pet’s teeth.


We offer medical imaging to aid in the diagnosis of many different conditions. Radiographs and ultrasound are painless and noninvasive ways to evaluate organs and bones, allowing us to better understand what is occurring in a pet’s body. In some cases, medical imaging can detect conditions and situations that may otherwise have gone undetected for months or years. Our state-of-the-art radiology and ultrasound are conducted by our trained and compassionate staff, making it both safe and effective.


Microchipping is the most effective means of identification for your pet. Like vaccinations, microchipping is safe, quick and causes little pain. We always recommend that an ID tag be attached to your pet's collar, but the microchip will serve as an extra layer of protection if an accident does occur. Most veterinary hospitals and shelters are equipped with a handheld microchip scanner that can be used to check for a chip. If the pet has one, it will transmit its ID number to the scanner via a low-frequency radio wave. From there, they can retrieve the pet owner’s contact information from the manufacturer and call the owner.

Cold Laser Therapy

Veterinary cold laser is an emerging therapy for the treatment of acute and chronic soft tissue and orthopedic injury in animals. Therapeutic laser decreases recovery time post-surgically and speeds healing of sprains, strains, and sport-related injuries. Laser therapy will decrease pain and increase mobility in older arthritic patients. Pond Point Animal Hospital offers cold therapeutic laser therapy to our patients, as well as referrals from Connecticut veterinarians.


  • Pain Management
  • Deep Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Anti-inflammatory Applications
  • DJD (Degenerate Joint Disease)
  • Chondopathies
  • Superficial lesions

Therapeutic Laser penetrates tissues through photobiomodulation in order to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and increase microcirculation. This can translate into reduced inflammation and faster healing of skin, ligaments, tendons, and bone after injury or surgery.

Specific responses to therapy may include faster skin healing, increased control of inflammatory conditions, such as chronic external ear infections and interstitial cystitis, quicker return to function after surgery, or increased use of a limb with chronic arthritis. Almost all musculoskeletal conditions respond to laser therapy. Degloving injuries and burns are another group of disorders that respond quickly with the use of cold laser.

Laser Therapy is generally applied in three phases:
  • Every day or every other day for 3 to 7 days.
  • Decreasing frequency of therapy in response to the patient’s improvement.
  • Sessions performed weekly, monthly or even less frequently for chronic conditions such as hip dysplasia and chronic otitis.

If you have any questions about our services please contact us today at (203) 878-4646.


Acupuncture is a centuries-old Eastern Medical technique used for achieving healing and pain relief through the stimulation of specific points along meridians or channels in the body.

Dr. Carter is certified in veterinary acupuncture by IVAS, the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. She provides acupuncture therapy for conditions including arthritis, disc disease, megacolon and constipation in cats, and pain management for dogs and cats with chronic conditions.

With Therapeutic Laser we provide needle-less acupuncture to your pet through laser stimulation of acupuncture points.

If you have any questions about our services please contact us today at (203) 878-4646.


Increased awareness of the benefits of physical rehabilitation for ourselves has pushed us to offer the same opportunity of optimal function to our animal companions. Veterinary rehabilitation for pets can speed overall recovery from injury or surgery and increase flexibility and strength to prevent future injury. We work with pets over several weeks to optimize comfort and function using various veterinary rehabilitation methods such as :

  • Heat
  • Treadmill exercise
  • Passive range-of-motion
  • Stretching exercises
  • Manipulative Therapy
  • Therapeutic Laser Therapy
  • Acupuncture

If you have any questions about our services please contact us today at (203) 878-4646.

Puppy and Kitten Care

The dedicated team at Pond Point Animal Hospital is here to help you ensure your puppy or kitten gets off to the best start possible. Make sure to schedule your new pet’s first appointment within the first few weeks of bringing them home. The initial visit provides us an opportunity to meet and offers you a chance to ask questions. We strive to address any concerns you may have about owning a puppy or kitten and teach you the best ways to care for your new family member. This is a special time for you and your pet, and we want to ensure you feel supported in this transition. Our comprehensive approach addresses your pet’s needs from vaccinations to a proper diet. During your pet’s first visit we will conduct a physical exam, develop a vaccine schedule, discuss your pet’s diet, and develop a parasite prevention plan. We will also discuss the importance of getting your pet spayed or neutered and microchipped.

Senior Pet Care

As pets age, their needs change. Pets over the age of 7 are more susceptible to diseases and heal more slowly, however, with proper care you can help your pet live a longer, happier life. Our team at Pond Point Animal Hospital can help you navigate your pet’s senior years with you. We do recommend more frequent wellness exams which will help us detect problems before they become advanced. Additionally, we may recommend changes to your pet’s diet, exercise, and other aspects of their healthcare as they mature. It can be very difficult to detect when your pet is in pain, but there are some signs that they may be experiencing discomfort in their older years. If you notice any of the following, your pet may be in pain:
  • Difficulty getting up, easing into a comfortable position or limping.
  • Fatigue, including decreased stamina on walks.
  • Reluctance to be groomed, picked up or touched in certain areas.
  • Urinary or fecal accidents
If any of these behaviors begin to occur, visit us so a source of the pain can be identified, and treatment can begin.

Diet and Nutrition

Proper nutrition is one of the easiest ways to keep your pet healthy. At Pond Point Animal Hospital, we offer individualized nutrition counseling and customize a recommendation for your unique pet. Our doctors will perform a thorough body-condition evaluation during every physical examination and can give nutritional recommendations based on what we see. We can also provide you with important information on proper serving size, nutrient needs, and feeding strategies for your individual pet.

Urgent Care

We focus on keeping your pet happy and healthy. Unfortunately, pets occasionally experience an illness or injury that requires urgent care. Please call the office to discuss the seriousness of your pet’s ailment, if your pet can be seen by us or if a 24 hour emergency facility is a better choice. We have same-day emergent appointments available if we are best equipped to care for your pet.

If your pet has an emergency outside our regular business hours, we encourage you to contact either:

Central Hospital For Veterinary Medicine
4 Devine St.
North Haven, CT

VCA Shoreline Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center
895 Bridgeport Ave
Shelton, CT 06484

End of Life Care

We understand that regardless of the situation, saying good-bye to a beloved pet is one of the most difficult situations a pet owner will ever make. Our staff of compassionate, caring professionals can help you through this painful experience. We will work with you to ensure your pet's comfort and dignity during their last days and final moments. We are happy to accommodate special requests and help you make arrangements for cremation or other options. Sedation will be administered prior to performing the euthanasia to ensure your pet is at ease. We are here to help you through this transition and make this process easier for you.


Our state-of-the art laboratory and diagnostic equipment allows us to do many lab tests onsite. Labs are essential to detect disease and underlying causes of illness in your pet. We may recommend lab work for a variety of reasons, and some common tests include complete blood counts, urinalysis and chemistry panels. Our laboratory is staffed by experienced veterinary technicians that will ensure your pet’s tests are interpreted quickly and accurately, allowing us to begin your pet's treatment immediately.


We maintain a fully stocked pharmacy to fill your pet’s prescription needs quickly and conveniently. We also encourage you to browse our online pharmacy for convenient delivery and additional products.