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Welcome to the Visiting Vet Service
mshapirodvm@gmail.com,  203-227-5557

Visiting Vet Service
Veterinary House Calls for Pets
Laser Therapy For Pets

About the Visiting Vet Service

The Visiting Vet Service was established in 1991 by Dr. Melissa Shapiro.  The purpose was to provide individual, compassionate, caring medical attention to clients and their pets, in the comfort of their own homes.  Since then, the practice has grown and changed but the philosophy has not.  We take care of our patients as if they were our own. 

Routine checkups and vaccines, as well as examinations for simple medical issues, can usually be provided in your home.  Elderly and disabled patients that are difficult to move also benefit from house calls.  Many pets find a house call to be a much more comfortable experience  than a trip to the vet hospital.

When a hospital visit is necessary, we arrange our own appointments and we meet you there or give you the option of dropping your pet off if that is more convenient.  Either way, your pet will continue to receive the same personal care he would receive during a house call. 

Low level class IV cold laser therapy offers an added treatment option for dogs and cats with chronic and acute inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, orthopedic injuries, hot spots, bite wounds, lick granulomas, cystitis,...  Most inflammatory diseases respond well to short and long term laser therapy.  Please refer to the laser therapy page on this website. (see Laser Therapy page)

Geriatric and End of Life Care-  (see senior, disabled, and special needs page)

We offer geriatric and end of life services for elderly, chronically ill, and disabled dogs and cats.  As dogs and cats age, their needs change dramatically.  Some require changes to their environment while others benefit from a variety of medications, supplements, and special diets.  We will visit with families and their pets to assess the quality of life in the home environment for geriatric and ill pets. 

Many families eventually must make the decision to euthanize their beloved pet.  This is a very personal issue and we take great care to assist owners as they come to this phase of their pet's life.  We will advise and help ease the decision making process, and assist families in coming up with an approach to the final phase of their pet's life.  When necessary we perform euthanasia for pets in their home or make private arrangements to meet at the vet hospital or at another preferred location.

Services for New Puppies, Kittens, Dogs, and Cats

New puppy/dog, kitten/cat, consultations are now available for both before and after the acquisition of a new pet.  We offer formal guidance when you are in the process of choosing a new dog or cat, as well as an in depth look at your new addition once he or she has arrived.  There are many factors to consider when adding a new pet to a household which involve the overall family situation, household environment, the animal being considered, and other pets, in addition to the medical commitment dogs and cats require.  This service provides new as well as experienced dog and cat families with an objective perspective as they explore the possibility of a new pet and then easing the new pet into the family.   

In-hospital Services

For involved procedures that require hospital equipment such as radiographs, surgery, and anesthesia, and for patients that are difficult to handle at home, we use Norwalk Veterinary Hospital as a base.  We arrange to meet you there at a certain time so you can still expect very personal attention.   We also arrange for drop offs at the vet hospital if we need to have your pet there for tests and longer procedures, or hospitalization for serious illness. 

Added Services

In addition to hospital services and diagnostics, we offer cardiology and ultrasound services.   We refer to the best veterinary specialists when more specialized care is necessary.

Dr. Melissa Shapiro
is a graduate of Purdue University, School of Veterinary Medicine.  She did a rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center in NYC, and a residency in Small Amimal Internal Medicine at the U of Penn Veterinary School.  She worked in a number of small animal practices before opening the Visiting Vet Service. 

Warren and Melissa Shapiro live in Westport with their 3 children, 5 rescued shelter dogs, and 4 rescued house sparrows.  

Rescue Work

We work with Wildlife in Crisis in Weston, to help with songbird and other wildlife rescue.  If you have a wildlife question or emergency, please contact Wildlife in Crisis.  Their phone number is 203-544-9913

We also work closely with The Little Pink Shelter and a number of other dog rescues to help find homes for dogs and puppies from the south.  Many of these dogs are saved from high kill shelters.  Please visit The Little Pink Shelter's website- pinkshelter.com and contact us for referrals to other reputable rescue organizations.  


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9-5. 

Geriatric care and in home euthanasia appointment times are available on an individual basis.  Please contact us for more details. 

For quickest response, please e-mail us:

During our regular hours we check our phone messages and E-mails throughout the day and respond ASAP. 

After hours and on weekends, we do check our phones and E-mails but may not respond quickly enough for emergencies.  Please use our emergency contacts for urgent needs.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns.  Leave a message on our phone machine, or E-mail us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  If you have an emergency, please contact Norwalk Vet Hospital and they will contact Dr. Shapiro and direct you as needed.  If you have an after hours emergency, please contact the emergency hospital.

Visiting Vet Service- 203-227-5557
Melissa Shapiro, DVM
Norwalk Veterinary Hospital- 203-838-8421
Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center- Norwalk- 203-854-9960
Cornell Specialty and Emergency Hospital- Stamford- 203-595-2777