In our AAHA-accredited facility at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital, we help pets live long, healthy and happy lives. We deliver the best medical care for pets and the best experience for pet owners.
Our veterinarians, technicians and other pet-friendly support staff are trained to the highest standards. Their thorough knowledge of the latest procedures and medicines ensures that all our patients get the best in prevention and healing care.
South Shore Animal Hospital has been serving the Staten Island community for over 20 years. In addition to Emergency & Critical Care and a specialty in pet ophthalmology, our veterinary hospital provides top quality medical services, wellness exams, preventative care, vaccines, diagnostic services, spays, neuters, dental procedures, and soft tissue surgeries. Please call to make an appointment that is convenient for you, please know we also accept walk-in emergencies.
At South Shore Animal Hospital we are proud members of The American Animal Hospital Association. This means we are voluntarily inspected in over 1,000 areas, including continuing education, medical record-keeping, pain management, diagnostic equipment, surgery, dentistry and facility safety, to name just a few evaluated areas.
Since our overnight doctors are trained in emergency and critical care medicine, we have an in-house lab, blood bank, ultrasound and digital radiology so that we can treat your pet as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Canine Flu Alert!
Many of our clients have asked about the threat of canine influenza to their dogs. Canine flu is a highly contagious respiratory virus with nearly all dogs that are exposed becoming infected within a few days after exposure. This disease is highly contagious, so dogs that are around other dogs (boarding, grooming, dog shows, dog parks, contact with neighbors' dogs) are at increased risk.
About 80% of exposed dogs will go on to develop signs. Typical symptoms resemble those of kennel cough: a persistent cough (often accompanied by a nasal discharge). Some dogs go on to develop pneumonia and can become critically ill. We now have a vaccine to help protect your dog !
Please remember the importance of vaccinating your pet against rabies. We have had numerous cases reported on Staten Island and citywide. Our doctors will be able to tailor your pet's vaccinations according to you and your pet's lifestyle.
Yearly wellness visits are an important part of your pet's healthy lifestyle. These visits should increase to twice yearly for pets over the age of six.
Here at South Shore we believe a healthy diet is an important part of your pet's daily life. Ask our staff and doctors if your pet would benefit from a specific diet. We carry foods to cover all age groups and specific diets for diabetes and many other diseases.
Caring for pets means meeting a wide range of needs beyond health care. Fortunately, there’s a whole community of organizations and businesses eager to help.
Here’s where to meet the local groups that we recommend to our pet-loving families.
Animal Care & Control of New York City
Adopt a pet from Animal Care & Control of New York City and receive a free veterinary exam for your adopted pet at a participating VCA animal hospital.Animal Care & Control of New York City (AC&C) is one of the largest animal shelter-systems in the country, taking in more than 30,000 animals each year. As a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization since 1995, AC&C rescues, cares for and finds loving homes for homeless and abandoned animals in New York City. AC&C facilities operate in all five boroughs.Visit Animal Care & Control of New York City
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Hotline
The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is staffed 24 hours with veterinary health professionals who have been specially trained in veterinary toxicology. If you think that your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call the ASPCA 24 hour emergency Animal Poison Control Center hotline at (888) 426-4435. A consultation fee is applied to your credit card.Visit ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Hotline
The Pet Loss Support Page
The Pet Loss Support Page, hosted by Moira Allen, offers compassionate, comprehensive information on how to cope with the loss of a beloved animal companion. It provides a variety of helpful articles and tips, as well as a state-by-state guide to bereavement resources.Visit The Pet Loss Support Page