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New Canaan Veterinary Hospital

Your Home Town Veterinarian

serving New Canaan, Wilton, Norwalk,

Stamford and Pound Ridge

Call us at 203-966-1627

Pet Emergency? Call us right away !

For Over 60 years, New Canaan Veterinary Hospital has been a family owned facility serving New Canaan, Wilton, Norwalk, Stamford and Pound Ridge. Under the careful direction of Dr. Paul Potenza, we offer a full range of services.

  • Routine Examinations and Preventative Care for companion pets.
  • Routine & Advanced Dentistry for dogs and cats (Endodontics, Periodontics) With Digital X-Rays
  • Full Lab on Premises With Digital Ultrasound and Digital X-rays for your pets
  • Fully Renovated Hospital, Treatment Area and Surgical Suite
  • Professional All Breed Dog Grooming by Henry
  • Newly Renovated Kennel, State of the Art Pet Boarding Facilities with Medical Supervision and professionally trained attendants in a Climate Controlled Environment

Please browse our pet center to learn more about our animal clinic and the services we provide for companion animals. Please call our office today at (203)966-1627 for all your pet health care needs.

At  NCVH,  we treat your pets like the valued family members they are!


Veterinary Topics

Featured Articles

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    In this version of badminton, your tail is the racquet. Make the dolphin do flips and tricks. Play Zipper's Kennel Chaos game! Can you help get water in Zipper's dish? Use your frog tongue to catch delicious bugs. Create your very own prize-winning pooch! Speed down the ice while ...

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  • Battling Canine Cancer

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  • Gastroenteritis in Pets

    Lengthy bouts of vomiting and diarrhea can be a sign that your pet has gastroenteritis, a common condition that occurs when the lining of the stomach and intestines becomes irritated. Since frequent diarrhea and vomiting can lead to dehydration, a visit to the veterinarian is a good idea if you notice ...

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  • What You Need to Know About Antibiotics

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Meet the Veterinarians

  • Dr.
    Paul Potenza
    Dr. Paul Potenza joined NCVH in 1990 as an assocaite while he ran his mobile veterinary practice. In 1996 he quit the road to become director of New Canaan Veterinary Hospital. He has lived in New Canaan since 2003 with his wife, Priscilla and his two daughters; Allie and Siena. Both girls attended New Canaan public schools, with his youngest still attending New Canaan High School. 'Doc's' Aussie 'Ellie', pictured here, is the most recent addition to his furry family which usually consists of up to 4 dogs and 1 to 3 cats. In his spare time Doc enjoys swimming, playing the banjo and spending time with his family.
  • Dr.
    Marlene Schaefler
    Dr. Marlene Schaefler, shown with her whippersnapper Ripley. Dr. Schaefler joined New Canaan Veterinary Hospital initially in 1991 as a kennel assistant. She continued to work through school breaks until she joined the hospital as a doctor after graduating from Cornell University in 1999. During her professional training, Dr. Potenza patiently awaited her return, working as the sole doctor, knowing that she would be the perfect fit for the practice. In her time away from the hospital, Dr. Schaefler enjoys horseback riding and crafting, and caring for her menagerie of 2 cats, 1 dog, 4 chickens and a snake. Of course, there's a lot less time for that now since her beautiful daughter, Devon, and son Tristan, expanded hers and Doug's family..

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