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Visiting Vet Offers Pet First Aid

Health care today is all about niche specialties.

Including veterinary medicine.

Westport’s Melissa Shapiro is a “house call vet.” Through Visiting Vet Service, she offers individualized, full-service house calls. Her special interest is geriatric and end-of-life care for dogs and cats (including in-home euthanasia).

She helps animals — and people — through the last chapter in their pets’ lives, reviewing all options and keeping everyone as comfortable as possible, for as long as possible.

Just like people, dogs get sick at inconvenient times.

Another of Melissa’s interests grew out of a college-visit trip with her daughter. They brought along a new puppy, and Melissa carefully packed a collection of first aid and other supplies, for “just in case” situations. As the pack grew more elaborate with each college trip, Melissa decided to make the packs available to others for their own travels, trips to the beach and parks, and at home.

She is selling her first-aid packs  at They’re customizable, to meet the needs of individual dog and cat families.

Melissa is giving a “Practical First aid for Pets” workshop on Saturday, March 23 (10:30-11:30 a.m., Animal Wellness Veterinary Center, 570 Main Ave., Norwalk). She’ll talk about ways to feel comfortable traveling with pets, preparing for crises, and dealing with minor medical issues on weekends.

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