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

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!
781-936-8754

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

We will be closed on Monday, May 31 in observance of Memorial Day. 

Coronavirus 19 Update

We here at Morningstar Animal Hospital want to update you regarding the steps we are taking to make sure we are able to care for your pets without interruption during this difficult time.  Your pets health, and the health and safety of our pet parents and our staff remain our foremost concern.  

With vaccination against COVID 19 becoming available for people on a per group basis, as outlined by the Commonwealth, many of you will start to be vaccinated, and we are likely to see some restrictions on businesses easing.  Most states have placed veterinarians high on the priority list for vaccination due to us being essential workers who have been open to care for your pets throughout the pandemic, even when stay at home orders were in place for the safety of others.  Unfortunately, Massachusetts (unlike other states) has placed veterinarians absolute last on the priority list, so veterinarians and veterinary staff will be unlikely to be able to get a vaccine before summer of 2021 realistically speaking.  So to continue to protect ourselves and our clients we must continue curbside service until we are fully vaccinated.  Remember, it is possible for vaccinated people to carry and spread the disease, so although many of our clients will be vaccinated before we will be, we are still at risk of exposure.  We wish this were not the case - we love seeing your pets, but we miss face to face interaction with our clients!  Please bear with us as we make the best of this situation

Our office hours have returned to normal.  We are open Monday through Friday for your routine and urgent care needs.  Surgeries have opened back up as well with the availability of PPE.  

Please call ahead to arrange an appointment. All care is drop off only, we unable to allow clients in the building. Please pull up to the front door, remain in your car, and call us. One of our staff will collect your pet from your car and we will keep in touch with you by phone during their time here for both updates and payment. 

Thank you for your understanding as we strive to care for your pet while protecting our clients and ourselves during this unprecedented crisis.

To get more information on Coronavirus 19 in pets from a reliable source, visit this website. (opens in new window)

What you need to know about Canine Influenza (this is not coronavirus) :

In July a case of canine influenza was diagnosed in Boston.  This causes us to be on high alert since it is the first confirmed case in MA.  Here is what you need to know:

This disease can be either mild or severe. If your dog is affected by the milder form, they might have a wet cough that continues for 10-30 days, a dry cough, reduced appetite, fever, sneezing or discharge from the eyes and/or nose. The more severe form consists of high fever, and sings of pneumonia such as difficulty breathing.  As in human flu infections, pneumonia is a secondary, but dangerous infection which can occur whenever the lungs are damaged. 

Canine influenza virus is transmitted through close or direct contact between dogs. A dog is contagious even before he or she shows signs of illness, which can lead to rapid spread of the disease.  The best way to prevent your dog from contracting canine influenza is to limit their contact with other dogs. Dogs going to daycare, parks, or other places with many dogs have a higher risk of contracting flu and other infectious diseases. Seniors and very young dogs are most likely to become infected due to their weaker immune systems. Dog to human transfer has not been recorded, however limited transfer to cats has been observed. 

Here at Morningstar, we recommend vaccinating at risk dogs, especially now that we know the disease has reached MA. We use a vaccine which contains two strains of canine flu - both H3N8 and H3N2 (which is the newer strain diagnosed in Boston). If your dog has not been vaccinated for flu before they need a series of two injections, 2-4 weeks apart, followed by annual boosters. If your dog is a patient of record here, is currently healthy, and has been seen within the last year, the technicians can give the vaccines without a Doctor's appointment.  If we have never seen your pet, or if your pet is unwell, an appointment with Dr. Lee is needed prior to any vaccination.  If your pet is showing any of the above symptoms, or is just not acting themselves, please don't hesitate to call for advice and to set up an appointment. 

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