Doing Our Best To Give Your Pets The Best

Doing Our Best To Give Your Pets The Best

Trust Guilford Veterinary Hospital

We understand your pets are family, which is why we deliver the same care that your doctors give to you. As dedicated and experienced veterinarians, Guilford Veterinary Hospital provides the highest level of healthcare for your pet.

Based in Guilford, CT, our mission has always been to help your animals live the longest, happiest, and healthiest lives. We offer a range of services that allow you to treat your pet to quality care for any situation.

Animal Care You Can Count On

Whether your pet needs an annual wellness exam, or they are suffering and need immediate surgery, count on our team to take care of them. We use a comprehensive and gentle approach to every service we offer for your pet’s maximum comfort. Here are just a few of the services we provide…

Exterior of Guilford Veterinary Hospital

Wellness & Preventative Care

Therapeutic Services

Surgical Services

Diagostics Services

Other Services

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Guiding You Through Excellent Pet Care

Our team is determined to deliver exceptional care to our patients and educate their owners as we go. We strive to be a collaborative space that offers everything a pet owner could need for their pets member. Whether you need emergency resources, disease control, or animal products, we are here to help.

Caring For Your Pet As Our Own

We know how much you care about your pets because we care about them too. That is why the Guilford Veterinary Hospital has always done its best to keep your pet healthy. Founded in 1954, our doctors and devoted staff have always prioritized ensuring your pets receive the best veterinary care possible. Accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association, we reassure our high standard of care.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have an appointment?

Yes, we are best able to provide timely service to you and your pets if you schedule an appointment first. If you have an emergency, please call us before coming so that we know to expect you. If it is after hours, you should also call the hospital and our answering service will direct you to the nearest emergency facility.

What should I do if my pet needs emergency care?

We are always ready to help if your pet has an emergency during our regular business hours. If possible, we ask you to call is so we know your pet is coming down. This way we can prepare the necessary supplies and equipment needed for the nature of the emergency. After hours, we refer our emergency patients to:

Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine
4 Devine Street, North Haven, CT 06473
(203) 865-0878
535 Boston Post Road, Guilford, CT 06437
(203) 533-6444

Pieper Veterinary Center
730 Randolph Road, Middletown, CT 06457
(860) 347-8387

They function for us just like Yale-New Haven emergency room does for your doctor.

Can my pet just come in and get their nails cut? Do I need to see a doctor?

Technician procedures, often referred to as “in backs,” are available for services that do not require a doctor’s exam. These are done as quick outpatient procedure with one of our technicians. They can include nail trims, anal gland expression, medication injections, subcutaneous fluid administration, drawing samples for blood tests as well as other services. Your pet does need to be up to date on their rabies vaccine. Appointments are required for technician visits. Hours for technician visits are Monday – Friday 10am-3:30pm and 4:30pm-6pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm.

Why should my pet have pre-anesthetic blood work?

It is GVH protocol that patients are required to have a blood screening done to ensure that organ function is normal. This screening is a good way to evaluate the status of current medical conditions, as well as to detect any new conditions which may need to be addressed.

Why does my indoor-only pet need to be vaccinated?

Even though your indoor pet is at a lower risk of disease, there is always a chance of infection. This can happen if other animals have access to your house, whether it’s your neighbor’s dog or wild animals.  It is actually quite common to have bats enter a home and expose the pet to the rabies virus. Rabies vaccination of pet dogs and cats is required by CT state law, since it is a fatal disease contagious to humans as well as other animals.  We recommend vaccinating every pet with at least the core vaccines for rabies and distemper. Other vaccines, for diseases such as canine Lyme disease, leptospirosis, influenza and bordetella and feline leukemia, are given depending on the lifestyle of your pet.

Do I need to arrive to my appointment time early?

If you are able to, this can be very helpful for everyone.  When you arrive please text 203-453-2707. You will receive an automatic text reply. When your room is ready a room assistant will come out to escort you and your pet into the exam room.

Sometimes appointments do end up requiring more than their allotted time, and we ask for your understanding if the doctor is running late.  Also, please try to avoid arriving late for your appointment as this will cause the doctor to run late for the rest of the day. Please call to discuss options if you are running late. We will try to accommodate you the best that we can.

Should my pet be fasted for an ultrasound appointment?

Whether or not your pet can eat depends on the region of the body that is being evaluated with ultrasound, and whether or not sedation will be used. Ultrasound examinations of the abdomen must be done on an empty stomach. Ultrasound involves the use of sound waves which cannot penetrate through food that is sitting in the stomach. Thus, organs around the stomach cannot be visualized if the pet has eaten that morning. Check with your doctor before you feed your pet the morning of an ultrasound. If there is any doubt, it is best not to feed your pet, but you may request that we feed your pet after the procedure is done.

At what age can I have my pet spayed or neutered?

Spaying and neutering is usually done at approximately six months of age, but can be performed at any age after six months. Exams are performed on each patient prior to anesthesia to determine if they are healthy enough to undergo the procedure. We do require that vaccinations are current at the time of surgery.  We require that a pre-anesthetic blood screen is done prior to the procedure. A microchip can be implanted at the time of the procedure if desired.

Does my pet have to stay in the hospital overnight after its surgery?

Pets that have had major surgeries, as well as routine procedures including spays and neuters, stay in the hospital overnight. We do this so pets can recover in the safety of the hospital, while our veterinary team monitors them for any post-anesthetic complications. We can also provide injectable pain control when needed. Other surgical procedures and dentals may go home the same day or may stay in the hospital overnight, depending on how involved the procedures are.

Why does my pet need flea/tick and heartworm preventative year round?

Due to the large number of internal and external parasites present in the environment, controlling parasites year round is the most reliable way to ensure protection of your pet and well-being of your family. Year-round prevention is the most effective way to control cat and dog parasites and the diseases they can carry.

What Patients’ Owners Say

“The doctors, technicians, and all the staff are wonderful. They’re great with my cat and explain patiently to me about her health.”

-Anne M.

Very well done. The tech was friendly and knowledgeable. Quality doctors and they offer virtually every service you may need.”

-Bradley T.

“Great vets. Reasonable prices. And they try to get you on the same day if possible. Highly recommended.”

-Kristen J.

“They know what they are doing and love doing it. All the vets and assistants seem to have close relationships with their patients.”

-Robert S.

For more information about our veterinary hospital, please contact us at 203-453-2707 today!

Contact Us:

Phone: 203-453-2707

Fax: 203-453-2709


Business Hours:

Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

Technician Visit Hours:

Monday - Friday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
*Technician visits are unavailable during staff meetings; we will inform owners as to when meetings are when the visits are scheduled.