Keeping Pet Owners Informed
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Your Hub for Pet Care Information

When your pet is struggling with its health, it can be impossible to know where to start. That’s why we created a hub of resources to ensure that pet owners throughout Shelton, WA, and surrounding communities receive accurate information and proper veterinary care. Our veterinarians and staff are dedicated to keeping pet owners informed on the best practices for caring for their pets.

Animal Poison Control Center

If your pet has ingested something toxic to them, it is pertinent to get care as soon as possible. Visit one of the emergency clinics  with which we proudly partner. Call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control phone at 888-426-4435.

Foods to Avoid Giving to Your Pets

Do not let your pets consume the food in the list below. Food toxic to your pet includes, but is not limited to:

  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Caffeine
  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Dairy Products
  • Coconut
  • Salty Snack Foods
  • Yeast dough
  • Xylitol
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Coconut WATER
  • Macadamia nuts

For more information please see:

Poisonous Plants

Gardening is a fun pastime, however many plants are toxic to your pets. A few examples include, but are not limited to

  • Lilies
  • Rhododendron
  • Poinsettias
  • Tulip bulbs

For more information, please see the following website for further information:

Pet Loss Resources

For those that prefer at home services, here are a few options for the Mason County area.

Pet Loss Hotline
Losing a pet is extremely difficult. The Pet Loss Hotline will direct you to one of their ASPCA psychologists and grief counselors to discuss how you feel, the grieving process, and how grieving may affect your family.

Pet Loss at Home
Pet Loss at Home is a local service helping the Tacoma – Olympia area with pet passing or euthanasia in the comfort of your home. Our empathetic veterinarians will be by your side during this difficult time.
If you need support during this time, please get in touch with any of the below services.
Pet Loss Support WA State
Many find pet death challenging to discuss and process. Pet Loss Support WA State offers connections to support groups, counselors, and additional resources.
Lap of Love
Lap of Love understands how difficult losing a pet can be. They offer extensive resources to help you and your family better understand grief. We offer Veterinary Hospice and home euthanasia to ensure your pet is comfortable in its last moments.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do you offer emergency services?

The staff at Shelton Veterinary Hospital will do their best to help your pet if they are experiencing an emergency. However, as we are not always able to help everyone who needs it, we also partner with several emergency hospitals in the South Sound area that provide exceptional emergency care for your pets. Learn more information on our emergency veterinary resources page!

2. Are you accepting new patients?

Unfortunately, we are not accepting new clients at this time. New patients for our current clients are welcome.

3. How long do medication requests take to fill?

Typically 48 to 72 business hours.

4. What are the most common vaccinations for dogs & cats?

Pet vaccinations are essential to keeping our furry friends healthy and protected against harmful and potentially life-threatening diseases.

Common vaccinations for dogs include:

  • DA2PP (Distemper Virus and Parvovirus)
  • Bordetella
  • Leptospirosis
  • Rabies

Common vaccinations for cats include:

  • FeLV (Feline Leukemia)
  • FVRCP (Feline Distemper/Panleukopenia)
  • Rabies

Contact Shelton Veterinary Hospital to schedule an appointment for pet vaccinations today.

5. How often should my pet take heartworm, flea, and tick preventatives?

It is essential to give your pet heartworm, flea, and tick preventatives year-round. Shelton, WA, is a very wooded area. If your pet is outdoors, it will likely come across heartworm, fleas, and ticks. Protecting them against these external parasites allows them to lead long, happy, and healthy lives.

6. Is it true that heartworm is not an issue here in WA?

This is a myth. Heartworm is currently an issue for Washington state, please explore for more information.

7. What are common side effects from vaccines?

Minor reactions can include mild cough, mild fever, lethargy, and pain at the injection site. If you notice some of the more severe reactions such as vomiting, diarrhea, collapse, difficulty breathing, facial swelling, or hives please contact a veterinarian or emergency veterinarian ASAP.

Shelton Veterinary Hospital strives to keep pet owners informed. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at 360-426-2616 today.


Shelton Veterinary Hospital
104 E J St.
Shelton, WA, 98584

Business Hours:
Monday - Friday: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
*Closed for lunch from 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM
Saturday - Sunday: Closed