Call us today!  781-936-8754
164 Summer Street Unit C
Kingston, MA 02364
(next to Stop & Shop)

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Entrance to Morningstar Animal Hospital

We are conveniently located in the
Stop & Shop Plaza, Kingston, MA

Entrance to Morningstar Animal Hospital

We are conveniently located in the
Stop & Shop Plaza, Kingston, MA

You and your pet are always
welcome at Morningstar.

We treat your pet
like a member of our family.

Normal Business Hours

Monday:  8:30am - 5pm
Tuesday:  8:30am - 6pm
Wednesday:  8:30am - 6pm
Thursday:  8:30am - 6pm
Friday: 8:30am - 5pm

Call to set up your appointment!

The practice will be closed or have abbreviated hours for the following holidays:

We will be closing early at 12:30 pm on Wednesday July 3, and remain closed for the holiday weekend.  We will resume normal hours on Monday July 8.

 If your pet has an emergency during this time we ask that you contact one of the following 24 hour emergency facilities:  New England Animal Medical Center in West Bridgewater at 508-584-1600;  VCA in South Weymouth at 781-337-6622; or Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists in Buzzard's Bay at 508-759-5125


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Welcome to Morningstar Animal Hospital...

Morningstar Animal Hospital is a state of the art, full service animal hospital offering the best of modern medicine and cutting edge technology, integrated with acupuncture, herbal therapy, laser therapy and more.

The mission of Morningstar Animal Hospital is to practice high quality, integrative medicine to best promote the health and well being of your pet. We take into account medical history, current problems, diet, personality, living situation and state of mind in formulating a plan to optimize health.  The treatment/wellness plan for your pet may include Western Medicine, Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, Western Herbal Medicine, or any combination thereof.

Respiratory Illness in Dogs

We have all seen the recent news stories about a serious respiratory illness in dogs causing cough, pneumonia and sometimes leading to death.  Much of the severity/frequency of the disease is being augmented by the media, however there has been some reported uptick in respiratory disease in dogs beginning last summer (2023).  Here is what we know:

Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex (CIRD) is seen commonly in dogs, primarily in those with frequent or intense exposure to other dogs, such as day care, boarding or play group situations.  This can be caused by multiple organisms, both bacteria and viruses, and is usually a mild, self-limiting disease similar to a cold going around human day care facilities.  We have PCR testing available to check for the common pathogens and if bacteria are involved, or if the cough is getting deeper and turning into pneumonia, we may treat with antibiotics.  Less severe cases usually do not need antibiotics.

There has been an increase in cases involving coughing in young, otherwise healthy dogs with the cough lasting longer than usual, sometimes up to months.  These dogs are testing negative on our PCR tests, leading to speculation of a new disease, however to date nothing has been identified. Most of these dogs respond to symptomatic treatment and go on to recover.  The most important thing is to get your dog in to the vet so that appropriate treatment can be started.

How do we prevent this? The best way to prevent any communicable disease is through prevention. Make sure your dog is up to date on our available vaccines for respiratory illness. Avoid interaction with dogs you do not know, as their health status is also unknown. Make sure your groomer/kennel/boarding facility is taking preventive measures with extra cleaning (very likely they already are!) and so on. It is very similar to the preventive measures we all became accustomed to during COVID.

As more information becomes available, we will keep you all updated.

Morningstar Veterinary Services

We are a state-of-the-art, full-service animal hospital offering the best of modern medicine and cutting-edge technology!

Physical Exam and Consultation
Cold Laser Therapy
Nutrition Counseling
Emergency Services
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Meet the Morningstar Staff

Morningstar Animal Hospital is owned and operated by Dr. Maryellen Lee. She is supported by her wonderful staff whom all share Dr. Lee's passion for the very best patient care. Click on them to learn more.

Dr. Maryellen Lee

Shannon - Veterinary Technician

Jessy - Veterinary Technician

Erica - Veterinary Technician

Linnea, Veterinary Assistant

Sara, Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant

Gabe, Maya & Corinne - The College Interns

Read what our pet owners have to say!

Treasa Downey reviewed Morningstar Animal Hospital — 5 stars
November 30, 2019

Dr Lee and her staff have been wonderful and I would have no hesitation in recommending them. Dr Lee is patient, thoughtful and kind and always puts our pets first. First and foremost, she always makes sure they are not in any pain and if they are, she does whatever it takes for them to be comfortable. She is a great diagnostician and is very knowledgeable and has always been right first time when it comes to figuring out what's going on with our pets. Her technician, Shannon and Sam at the desk have always been wonderful to deal with too. Her practice is clean, calm and quiet and while my pets hated going to the vet, the staff and surroundings at Morningstar made it so much easier on them.