Shoreline Animal Hospital

860-669-9374 Clinton, Connecticut 06413

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February is National Pet Dental Health Month at Shoreline Animal Hospital in Clinton,CT

January 8th, 2015 · Uncategorized

dentalDid you know that dental disease is the 2nd most common disease in cats and dogs and 80% of animals have some form of dental disease by age 3?Many people notice their animals have bad breath. Bad breath is not normal, it is a sure sign that oral disease has already begun. Once dental disease has started, it progresses steadily causing gingivitis, tooth decay and tooth loss.  In some cases it can eventually contribute to heart, kidney and liver disease.  However, with daily dental care, dental diets, annual exams and dental cleanings as recommended by your veterinarian, dental disease can be prevented.Dental disease starts with a build up of bacteria on your pets teeth. As the bacteria multiplies it will gradually form into a hard layer of calculus on the surface of the teeth. Daily brushing will help to prevent the bacteria from building up however, only a professional dental cleaning will remove the calculus once it has formed. The calculus that forms on the teeth will press against the gums causing gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums. As the disease progresses, the roots of the teeth become exposed and the bone that is holding the teeth in place may become compromised. This will eventually lead to loose teeth and then loss.   Often dental disease has progressed to this level before a pet will show any symptoms such as a decreased appetite, difficulty chewing kibble, weight loss or reluctance to play with toys.  So don’t assume because your pet is eating or playing with toys that they have healthy teeth and gums.

Other risks to teeth can result from chewing.  Many pet owners are not aware that the objects their animals are chewing on may cause damage to their teeth.  Hard toys, bones, sticks and ice cubes can fracture a tooth. It is possible for an animal to have a fractured tooth with no symptoms.

Although routine cleanings and yearly exams may seem expensive, the treatment of advanced dental disease is far more costly to both your pet’s health and your wallet.  Please call Shoreline Animal Hospital to schedule a complete physical exam with Dr. Berman or Dr. West and learn more about preventative dental care.  Your pet will be much healthier and happier!

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Happy Holidays from Shoreline Animal Hospital Clinton, CT

December 23rd, 2014 · Uncategorized


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Halloween Pet Costume Photo Contest at Shoreline Animal Hospital, Clinton CT

October 16th, 2014 · Uncategorized



  Get into the Halloween spirit with the 1st annual Shoreline Animal Hospital pet costume photo contest!!  Share your pet’s photo on our Facebook page or send it to us via email to We will choose the winner on October 31 and post our choice on Facebook. 

The best costume will be judged on originality, quality and presentation.  The winner will receive a $25 gift card that can be used on products or services here at Shoreline Animal Hospital at 18 West Main St, Clinton, CT. 

So get creative and have some fun!

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Latest Flea and Tick Products available at Shoreline Animal Hospital in Clinton,CT

July 30th, 2014 · Uncategorized

With flea and tick season upon us, Shoreline Animal Hospital  has a few questions for you. Does your dog have sensitive skin?  Is it difficult to apply topical flea and tick products?  Does your cat  run and hide when he sees you coming with that tube of topical?   Well Dr. Michelle West and Dr. Julie Berman have several convenient alternatives for you to prevent and treat these annoying parasites.

We are excited to introduce the first ever ORAL  flea and tick product for dogs-  NexGard; made by Merial (the makers of Frontline Plus and Heartgard).  It is a tasty, soft, beef flavored chew for dogs that kills fleas and ticks.  NexGard is given once a month  and can be given at the same time as monthly heartworm prevention.   Fleas and ticks are a growing problem on the CT shoreline and can lead to serious diseases and medical conditions like flea allergy dermatitis, tapeworms, Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, and Anaplasma to name a few.  They are found in the most common places like backyards, fence lines, tall grass, wooded areas and are also infesting  local wildlife.  So far our clients using NexGard for their dogs have not been having any problems with ticks or fleas and the dogs seem to love the chewable tablet!  To top it off, Merial is offering rebates of up to $50 on the purchase of a combination of flea, tick and heartworm products and if you buy a 6 pack of NexGard, you will get one more dose free. Call our office or stop in to speak to one of our staff about the money-saving details.


NexGard- a new chewable flea and tick preventative for dogs now available at Shoreline Animal Hospital, Clinton, CT

Our clients are also giving us excellent feedback on the Seresto collar, which is available for both cats and dogs. With the Seresto collar there is no need to remember monthly applications because it provides 8 months of continuous protection against fleas and ticks.  It’s also water proof so there is no need to remove it before swimming or bathing.  This collar is  a whole new technology with continuous diffusion of the active ingredient, unlike the flea collars of years ago that never worked well.  This one is great and very cost effective too!  And there is a valuable $20 manufacturer’s rebate available for a limited time on this product.

We also still carry and recommend monthly topicals such as K9 Advantix II for dogs, Advantage Multi for cats and Frontline Plus for both dogs and cats.   K9 Advantix II  is applied monthly and repels and kills fleas, ticks and mosquitos.  Advantage Multi for cats is also applied monthly and kills fleas and can also prevent roundworms, hookworms and heartworms.

Shoreline Animal Hospital offers some great veterinary exclusive discounts and rebates,  so if you have any questions, please stop by or call our office and we would be more then happy to answer any of your questions.  Our staff can make the best recommendation for your pets based on their individual medical history, environment and lifestyle.  Remember the best way to prevent infestation and disease  is to make sure all the pets in your house are treated with a flea and tick preventative every month– even pets that spend most or all of their time indoors.

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Shoreline Animal Hospital Dock Diving Contest a Huge Success!

September 9th, 2013 · Uncategorized

Clinton Heritage Festival Dog Dock Diving

Watson 1st place in style!

Our first dog dock diving contest on Sunday Sept 1, as part of the Clinton Heritage Festival, was a huge success.  With a field of 14 dogs, the competition was challenging and very entertaining.  A lively crowd with hundreds of onlookers lined the dock’s perimeter applauding each spectacular jump and even cheering on a few reluctant jumpers.  The announcers kept up a hilarious dialogue that kept the crowd laughing and the atmosphere fun.

Three judges rated each jump on distance and style.  Each dog had two jumps.  The distance was cumulative and in the end there was a jump off between Zip an Australian Cattle Dog and Nova a Labrador Retriever who both had a cumulative distance of 34 ft.  In the end Zip pulled out a first place victory with an 18 ft jump.  Nova made an impressive 16 ft jump for runner up. 

In the style category, we saw high jumpers, long jumpers, twisted jumpers and even a few that needed a push.  The judges came to a consensus with first place going to Watson, a 100# mixed breed and the runner up was Ben, a 95# lab mix.  All 4 winners received a gift bag from Shoreline Animal Hospital that included treats, toys, a T-shirt, shampoo and ear cleaner.  All participants received a bag of dog treats for their participation. 

Shoreline Animal Hospital would like to thank the Clinton Heritage Festival committtee for providing the entertaining announcers, fencing, tents, their time and many other logistics,  our three judges for their time, Petco in Clinton for the balls and frisbees that were used to throw to the dogs, Henry Schein Co. for the dog treats and most of all the enthusiastic participants and onlookers who made this event so much fun!

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