South Shore Animal Hospital

Our Story

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.

Hometown Care at South Shore Animal Hospital

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.

Local Medical Issues

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.