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Aspetuck Animal Hospital, New Preston, CT, a trip to the vet!

Aspetuck Animal Hospital New Preston CTAspetuck Animal Hosptial, New Preston, CT, a trip to the vet! Friday I had to take my beloved best friend Duncan to see the vet. I knew he was suffering from pancreatitis, we have been down this road before. Since his first acute attack, I have managed to keep him pretty healthy with good food and exercise. If he gets a flare up, I cook his food, white rice and boiled meat usually does the trick. He almost died the first time, it was horrible. So, the other morning I just knew this was "trip to the vet time". His stomach was making those tell tale noises, he was lethargic, and I just "knew" he needed more than boiled meat and white rice. I was right. By the time I got there (in one hour) they had his records from the vet who had seen him for his first attack.

Dr. Trish Grinnell saw Duncan. We have seen her before. She is so sweet and kind, and talked to me at great length about the pros and cons of leaving him there, we decided I should take him home, but if he got any worse I would call her right away. Pancreatitis can be a swift killer of dogs, it is scary and horrible. She also discussed the blood test results, Duncan has Anaplasmosis, a tick born disease. Explains the onset of limping lately. We will treat that later, it is not critical right now. Dr. Trish also does acupuncture for her patients. Duncan has not needed it, so I can't tell you how it works, but I have heard people swear by it for their pets.


Aspetuck Animal Hosptial was founded in 1970 by Dr. Ferris Gorra. Dr. Ferris is awesome, I love him. He tells me all sorts of stories about the local farmers, he used to be a cow vet years ago. Dr. Ferris also was the vet who put down my beloved cat Spoon this past winter, he was so gentle and kind. He sent me home with her for a few more days and told me I would know when to call, and that he would be there for me. He was right, I knew when it was time, and he was there for me.  A while after I got a letter from Cornell School of Veterinary Medicine, a donation was made in Spoons name to the college. They do that for all their "clients" who pass away.

Dr. Michael Gorra bought the practice from his dad in 2005. He is awesome too. I remember one Friday evening I got his home number from my broker, (she sold him his house and they are friends) we needed medicine for the farm, a cow was very sick. Dr. Michael didn't have the right medicine, but he guided me to a vet who was able to help. Bovine vets are hard to come by, most large animal vets specialize in horses. When the regular farm vet is away it can be almost a crisis if you have something you can't handle by yourself.

If you live in the area and are looking for a vet, I know I am very happy with them. A pleasant surprise, our visit was on Friday afternoon, in Saturdays mail was a comprehensive "report card" on Duncan, complete with his picture! They gave both Duncan and I high praises for his weight loss, he is now down to a thin and trim healthy weight of 75 pounds down from 90 pounds! It was hard work, but we did it. All sorts of other things are on there, and it is a wonderful addition to their services. They also have boarding, I have used it before and would recommend it to anyone who is looking to board their animals short term.

Aspetuck Animal Hospital New Preston CT


This lovely statue sits outside of the office at Aspetuck Animal Hosptial in New Preston, CT, I can tell you Duncan loves it, but I won't tell you why.



Aspetuck Animal Hospital
278 New Milford Turnpike
New Preston, CT 06777

Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County Real Estate

2017 President, Greater New Milford Board of Realtors

2017 Connecticut Magazine 5 Star Realtor


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Litchfield County Regional Office,375 Danbury Rd, New Milford, CT 06776


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Comment balloon 17 commentsAndrea Swiedler • September 07 2009 04:56PM


Hi Andrea!  We will keep Duncan in our prayers.  Always enjoy your posts.  Marti

Posted by Steven Simmons and Marti Schmidt, Ocean Shores Real Estate (John L Scott Ocean Shores) about 10 years ago

Hi Andrea,

Hope Duncan is feeling better. He looks like a sweet old guy!  :)  OH, and THANK YOU so much for always stopping by to comment on my definitely leave a warm spot in my heart after each visit.


Have a great evening!


Coleen :)

Posted by Coleen DeGroff, Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL (eXp Realty) about 10 years ago

Nice post about your local Animal hospital Andrea.

Hopefully Duncan will be all right.

And I can see why he likes that statue!


Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) about 10 years ago


Having a good vet that you know and trust is so very important to every pet owner! We adopted two cats that lived with our vet, and trust them with everything!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) about 10 years ago

Hi Andrea - Good luck to Duncan and great idea getting vet information out to potential buyers in your market.  Almost everyone has a pet that needs a good vet once in awhile.  Good job...and take care of that cool dog!

Posted by Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake (Coldwell Banker Realty-Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho) about 10 years ago

Marti, thank you so much. Duncan is on the mend, we can tell as he is back into trying to eat everything in sight, but this is where the problem develops. I have to make sure we put the garbage can outside at night because he knows how to step on it and open it. I have to hide the cat food, and just hide everything in general. My big boy is a garbage hound! 

Coleen, thank you so much! Duncan is a wonderful dog, we love him to death! I also love to read your posts!

Craig, LOL, you get it huh? Not to difficult to see why he likes it. Thank you!

Richard, a good vet is key when you have animals. I think Duncan will be just fine, we caught it in time, and the meds seem to be working. It is hard when on the one hand with the cows you have to treat much of their illnesses yourself. The vets are few and far between, spread so thin, and you really can't expect them to be at your beck and call. But with your small animal pets, it is a different ball game!

Kent, thank you. My baby seems to be better already. My dog is spoiled, believe me, LOL, he is treated like a king! But he is the sweetest dog in the world. Not a mean bone in his body, he has been such a good friend to both my husband and I! And yes, all us pet owners need a good vet, and these people are awesome!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 10 years ago

Andrea - Duncan looks like a sweetheart. Glad to hear he is doing better. How old is he?

Posted by Judy Jennings, Broker - The Lanterns at Warren Woods - Ashland MA (The Green Company) about 10 years ago

Andrea - I certainly hope that Duncan finds himself on the mend shortly.  I had a cat (Sabu) that I put on that boiled meat and rice diet during the last years of his life.  He lived to be 19.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 10 years ago

Hi Judy, Duncan is soon to be 9, he is a New Years Baby, LOL. He is such a sweet dog, I couldn't ask for a better one. 

Myrl, he is already showing signs of improvement. Wow, that was a long life for kitty Sabu, and a great name too. We do love our animals, they are family after all. A good vet is a necessary thing. 

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 10 years ago

Andrea - Our pets do become such a part of our families.  It is so wonderful to have a vet that treats Duncan with such care and compassion.  When our pets hurt we do too.  I'm so glad that Duncan is feeling better and getting the best possible care.

Posted by Julie Dumaine-Russell (RE/MAX Alliance) about 10 years ago

Hi, Andrea, I hope Duncan feels better soon, he is so cute. 

Posted by Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale (RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 ) about 10 years ago

Zoey the Cool Cat heard about Duncan and has come to see how he's doing. Glad he's feeling better.

Flowers for Duncan

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) about 10 years ago

Donna, thank you! Yes indeed my big boy is feeling much better!

Rita, Thank you, and Duncan thanks you too!

Jim, Duncan is a friend to all cats, as my husband calls him, "the biggest friend" so tell Zoey the Cool Cat that Duncan says a big thank you! Well, let me rephrase that first part. Most cats love Duncan, and he very sweetly puts up with them rubbing all over him, cleaning his ears, face, paws. Sometimes he looks up at us like, "hey, I am a dog, why is this happening to me?" But he is patient and kind. The little ones snuggle up to him and sleep warm in his fur. 

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 10 years ago

Andrea - I do hope Duncan is feeling better!  Poor little guy. 

Having a vet that you trust ... it's priceless if you care at all about your four legged family members.  Our old vet in Ohio was absolutely the best.  It's hard to adjust to a new practice though - and since we moved it feels awkward to take the 'kids' into a new vet's office.  :)


Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) about 10 years ago

Andrea, I wish Duncan a quick recovery and romping with you around the farm soon!  Great post about your animal hospital. That statue looks like something Craig would have on his Greatful Dead blog! Haha

Posted by Caren Wallace, Portland Caren Real Estate (Premier Property Group LLC) about 10 years ago

Carol, a good vet is most important, like our own doctor! Thank you, he is already better!

Caren, LOL, it is a great statue, and I don't think Duncan is the only dog that likes it. Thank you!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 10 years ago

Give the "garbage hound" a kiss for us!

Posted by Steven Simmons and Marti Schmidt, Ocean Shores Real Estate (John L Scott Ocean Shores) about 10 years ago