Your Senior Pet's Vet
In-Home Custom Veterinary Care for Senior and Special Needs Dogs and Cats
Melissa Shapiro, DVM
Treatment Plans for Chronic and Acute Illness,
Pain Management, Hospice and Palliative Care,
Quality of Life Consulting,
In Home Euthanasia and Cremation Services.
Support and Resources for Disabled Pets and
The People Who Care For Them
Your Senior Pet's Vet is a veterinary house call service focused on caring for senior and special needs pets in lower Fairfield County, CT. Elderly and chronically ill dogs and cats are more easily evaluated in their relaxed home environment. Our experience working with families and their special seniors assures a trusting working relationship in the most important phase of your pet's life.
Your Senior Pet's Vet
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 Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School. She worked in a number of small animal practices before opening the Visiting Vet Service in 1991.
Realizing that house calls are particularly beneficial to her geriatric patients, in 2013 Dr. Shapiro created Your Senior Pet's Vet, a special mobile service dedicated to providing the highest level of veterinary care to senior and special needs dogs and cats in the comfort of their own homes.
In addition to her veterinary work, Dr. Shapiro is the manager of her deaf blind dog's social media platforms, Piglet, the deaf blind pink puppy (Facebook), and @pinkpigletpuppy (Instagram and TikTok). She is co-creator of the Piglet Mindset educational outreach program and CEO of Piglet International Inc., a nonprofit organization that supports the educational program.
Her new book, PIGLET, The Unexpected Story of a Deaf Blind Pink Puppy and His Family is available wherever books are sold. Her new children's book, PIGLET COMES HOME will be published on June 7, 2022. For more info, visit PigletMindset.org.
Warren and Melissa Shapiro live in Westport with their 3 children, 7 rescued shelter dogs, and one sweet disabled parakeet.
Special Services for Special Senior Pets
With an emphasis on the specific medical needs of elderly pets, we are able to offer custom, compassionate care to dogs and cats as they progress through their last chapters of life. Even active seniors have special needs that are unique to the "over 10" population. We have protocols in place to keep your senior pet active, and address various conditions and situations that arise as he/she ages.
For senior pets that are dealing with chronic progressive conditions such as arthritis, kidney and heart disease, dementia, or a terminal illness, we are available to help in a variety of ways. Certainly from a medical standpoint we provide thorough diagnostics and treatments for a wide range of illnesses. But we also address the whole dog or cat. The environment, daily routines, and other more subtle issues are part of our approach to maintaining dignity and quality of life for senior and special needs pets.
Our compassionate and kind approach to treating terminal illness with palliative measures allows dogs and cats to remain with their families for as long as possible. When the time comes to let them go peacefully, our in home euthanasia services are flexible and comforting to pets and their people.