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We see emergencies during our normal hospital hours. Please call us at 262-241-4884 for immediate assistance. If your pet has an after-hours emergency or if we determine that your pet requires overnight nursing care or a level of specialty we cannot provide here, we will co-ordinate your pet’s referral to the appropriate critical care or specialty hospital.

We refer after-hours emergencies to:

Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center
1381 Port Washington Road, Grafton, WI 53024
(P) 262-546-0249

Lakeshore Vet Specialists - Port Washington
207 W. Seven Hills Road, Port Washington, WI 53074
(P) 262-268-7800

Lakeshore Vet Specialists - Glendale
2100 W Silver Spring Drive, Glendale, WI 53209
(P) 414-540-6710


We board dogs, cats and pocket pets at our full-service kennel facility.

East Towne Veterinary Clinic offers boarding for dogs, cats, and pocket pets so that you can leave your best friend in total comfort at our full service kennel. Learn about our separate, cat-only boarding facility here.

At East Towne Veterinary Clinic, we try to make your dog’s vacation a special occasion. We know the decision to board your pet can be an anxious time for you both. Our boarding facility provides a comfortable and relaxing home away from home for your pet when you need to be away on business, vacation or an emergency.

Bria takes one of our canine boarders out for a walk.We pay special attention to assure your dog is safe and comfortable.

Canine Boarders enjoy the following amenities:

  • Immaculately clean cages & runs
  • Owner visits & tours of the facility
  • Outdoor leash walks
  • A clean & comfy atmosphere
  • Fresh bedding & daily housekeeping
  • Spacious kennels
  • Individualized care
  • Convenient hours
  • High-quality, low-residue pet food

Activity Schedule

Our canine guests will enjoy two nature walks and a late night potty break with our standard boarding services.

Extra Activities

pet-care-specialist-rachel-canine-boarderExtra walk and/or playtimes are available for our canine guests at an additional charge. Playtime is a one on one session with one of our fabulously friendly Pet Care Attendants. Pets from the same family can enjoy playtime together.

We also offer peace of mind:

  • Attentive staff
  • Individual playtime
  • Veterinary medical services if needed
  • All the comforts of home!
  • Pet report cards (given at the end of every stay)

Boarding Requirements

  • All pets must be free from internal and external parasites.
  • Your dog must be on a Heartworm Preventative. We also strongly recommend your dog be on a Flea and Tick preventative due to daily walks on our nature trail.
  • Dogs must be current on the following vaccines – Distemper, Rabies, and Bordetella.
  • Dogs must also be tested for Heartworm, and they must have a stool sample checked within the last 6 months (if not, we can test stool sample here).

Please feel free to fax your pet's vaccine history to us at 262-241-6506 or email clientcare@easttowneveterinaryclinic.com prior to arrival.

Boarding Hours

Monday-Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sunday: 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Pick Up (By Appointment Only)

What To Bring

  • Vaccination records should be given to us before check-in
  • Comforts from home — i.e., a favorite toy, treats, and/or chewies
  • Any medication that is needed — Please make sure all medication is labeled with pet's name, medication type, and dosage needed
  • Food if on a special diet or if you prefer your pet to have food from home

What Not To Bring

  • No canine bedding please
  • Dog dishes - we know some dogs may eat better from their own dishes, but if possible leave them at home
  • If you do bring your own dishes, they cannot be glass or ceramic
  • Anything of value (sometimes things can get lost or broken)

Cat in a basketEast Towne Veterinary Clinic offers feline boarding so you can leave your cat in total comfort at our full service, luxury facility. Cat day boarding services are also available. Please call (262) 241-4884 for more information.

We know the decision to board your cat can be an anxious time for you and your feline friend. Our exclusive cat boarding facility provides a stress-reduced atmosphere filled with plenty of natural sunlight. Our luxury Raintree Cat condos will give your cat plenty of vertical space to roam and perch, as well as a private area for their litter box.

You can reserve a standard condo or luxury suit for even more roaming space, or to accommodate 2 cats from the same family. Along with roomy accommodations, we also offer daily Cat-tivites for your feline friend to participate in throughout his or her stay.

cat boarding condosAll feline guests enjoy the following amenities:

  • Cats-only boarding area
  • Immaculately clean condos & suites
  • Cat-tivities including one-on-one play sessions & daily brushing
  • Owner visits & tours of the facility
  • A clean, comfy & reduced stress atmosphere
  • Fresh bedding & daily housekeeping
  • Climate controlled for comfort
  • Lots of natural sunlight
  • Stimulating environment
  • Individualized Care
  • Convenient Hours

We also offer peace of mind:

  • Attentive staff
  • Veterinarians available Monday-Saturday
  • Veterinary medical services if needed*
  • All the comforts of home!

*We also offer special medical boarding for patients who require medications or geriatric care.

Please bring your cat's familiar diet from home. Dental and grooming services are available while your pet is with us. 

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Boarding Requirements

Cats must be free from internal and external parasites, and current on the following vaccines – Distemper (FVRCP) and Rabies Vaccine.

Please feel free to fax your cat's vaccine history to us at 262-241-6506 or email clientcare@easttowneveterinaryclinic.com prior to arrival.

Boarding Hours

Monday-Friday:   8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday:   8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sunday:   2:00 – 4:00 pm, Pick Up (By Appointment Only)



We look forward to your cat's vacation!

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In addition to boarding dogs and cats, East Towne Veterinary Clinic offers boarding for your pocket pets, too! When you need to be away on business, vacation or an emergency, be assured that we make your small non-traditional pet feel safe, comfortable and "at home" at our full-service facility.

Boarders enjoy the following amenities:

  • Owner visits & tours of the facility
  • A clean & comfy atmosphere
  • Fresh bedding & daily housekeeping
  • Attentive staff
  • Individualized care
  • Veterinary medical services if needed
  • All the comforts of home!

Boarding Requirements

All pocket pets must be free from internal and external parasites.

What To Bring

Pocket Pets must bring cage, food, water bottles, and bedding/litter.

Boarding Hours

Monday-Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sunday: 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Pick Up (By Appointment Only)

East Towne Veterinary Clinic offers an array of both prescription and over the counter products to keep your pet happy and healthy. Our in-house pharmacy is stocked with prescription medications to provide preventive care, treat illnesses and ensure that your pet’s medication is always available.

Other products available include:

Flea, Tick & Heartworm Preventatives
Parastar Plus

Greenies Dental Chews
Virbac (dental)
Premier Pet Products (toys)
Red Dingo Pet Tags

Veterinary Diets
Hill's Prescription Diet
Hill's Science Diet
Royal Canin



Annual veterinary care is crucial to keeping your pet happy and healthy. Click the icons below to learn more about what your veterinarian can do for your pet.

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Exams check overall health and detect problems before they become severe or costly.


Vaccines protect against common and fatal diseases based on your pet's age and lifestyle.

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Dental and oral care prevents bad breath and diseases that could become life-threatening.   Lab tests diagnose and prevent sickness or injury in safe and non-invasive ways.   Parasite prevention treats and protects against deadly heartworms, parasites, and flea/tick infestations.
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  Nutrition ensures your pet gets the balanced diet it needs and maintains a healthy weight.   Spaying and neutering protects pets from serious health and behavioral problems.  

Your pet's health also depends on you. Click on the icons below to learn more about what pet owners can do at home to keep their pets living a long, healthy life.

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Home care is just as important as veterinary care in keeping your pet happy and healthy.


Care for all ages includes veterinary care and home care tips for your pet at every age.


Ages and stages is our chart to help you find out your pet's age in "human years."

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Bringing your pets to the veterinarian for a physical exam every year is the smartest and easiest way to keep them healthy. Exams allow your veterinarian to detect any problems before they become severe or costly.

Your Veterinarian Will Check...

  • Pet Exams for Dogs and Catsmuscular and skeletal health by feeling for healthy muscle mass and joint pain.

  • neurologic system – it could indicate birth defects in younger pets, and cognitive issues in older pets.

  • appropriate weight and  lifestyle for your pet's age.

  • lymph nodes – swollen nodes can indicate a wound, virus, infection or some other illness.

  • vital signs (temperature, pulse and respiration) – an abnormal reading could indicate illness.

  • skin and coat condition for growths, infection wounds and overall skin health.

Bring Your Pet to the Veterinarian Every Year for a Clean Bill of Health and Peace of Mind

Your pet can't tell us what's wrong. But routine physical exams can help your veterinarian detect any problems or diseases you might not have otherwise picked up on, including heart murmurs, tumors, enlarged organs, cataracts, ear infections, ear mites, dental and gum disease, skin issues and allergies.

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Vaccines protect against common diseases that your pet may become exposed to. Below are some of the vaccines we might recommend, depending on your pet’s age, medical history and lifestyle.

Did You Know?

Vaccines have about a 95% success rate for preventing infections and fatal diseases.

  Canine Vaccines


The rabies vaccine is required by law and protects against the fatal illness. Rabies can be transmitted to other pets and people through the bite of an infected animal.

Distemper (DHPP)

This combination vaccine protects against viruses that cause life-threatening neurologic, respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.


This vaccine protects against a bacteria that can cause deadly kidney or liver disease. Leptospirosis is also transmissible to people.


This vaccine helps prevent Lyme disease, which is easily transmitted through the bite of an infected tick.


This vaccine protects against an airborne respiratory virus known as "Kennel Cough."


The influenza vaccine protects against a contagious respiratory infection.

  Feline Vaccines


The rabies vaccine is required by law and protects against the fatal illness. Rabies can be transmitted to other pets and people through the bite of an infected animal.

Distemper (FVRCP)

This combination vaccine protects against viruses that cause life-threatening respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.

Feline Leukemia

This vaccine protects against the contagious and often fatal disease, which is easily spread between cats.




Vaccines are the key to a long and healthy life. Your veterinarian will suggest the best vaccines for your pet based on lifestyle and specific needs.


Download the Pet Vaccines handout

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Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets. Without proper preventive or home care, plaque and tartar can build up, which may cause oral infections, bad breath, infected gum tissues (gingivitis) or even bone loss (periodontitis).

Did You Know?

It's not normal for your pet to have bad breath – it can be a sign of serious dental or gum issues.

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Sixty percent of dental disease is hidden below the gum line, and can only be found with x-rays. Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about screenings, cleanings and products available to help keep those pearly whites clean.


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Yearly lab tests are safe and non-invasive ways to diagnose and prevent sickness or injuries in pets that a physical exam cannot detect.

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Blood Screening

A blood screening checks for anemia, parasites, infections, organ function and sugar levels. It is important to get a blood test annually for your pet, to help your veterinarian establish a benchmark for normal values and easily see any changes that may point to problems.


This test has the ability to screen for diabetes, urinary tract infections, bladder/kidney stones, as well as dehydration and early kidney disease.

Intestinal Parasite Check

Using a stool sample, your veterinarian can check to see if your pet has parasites. Many parasites can be passed on to humans, so it is important to complete this screening annually, especially if your pet has any symptoms including upset stomach, loss of appetite and weight loss.


Routine testing can add years to your pet's life. Your veterinarian will recommend lab tests appropriate for your pet based on age and lifestyle.

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Canine Tests

Your veterinarian may check for the presence of heartworms in your dog, as well as the three common tick-borne diseases – Lyme, Anaplasma, and Ehrlichia Canis.
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Feline Tests

A combination test checks for heartworm, Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). FeLV and FIV are serious diseases that weaken the immune system, making cats susceptible to a variety of infections and other diseases. FeLV is spread through casual contact, and FIV is transmitted primarily through bite wounds. They can also be transferred to cats by their mothers. Any new pets, or sick/stray cats entering a household, should be tested.

Blood Pressure Testing

Senior cats are routinely tested for high blood pressure. It may occur as a secondary disease to another illness and is commonly seen in older cats. But it can affect a cat at any age and cause damage to the eyes, heart, brain and kidneys. A new heart murmur or alterations in your cat's eyes during a routine exam may prompt your veterinarian to take a blood pressure reading.


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Prevention is the best approach in protecting your pet against deadly heartworms, intestinal parasites, and flea and tick infestations. Your veterinarian will help you find the product that is right for your pet based on his or her needs.


are assessed visually by your veterinarian.

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Fleas thrive when the weather is warm and humid. All cats and dogs are susceptible to flea infestations. Beyond the skin irritation and discomfort, flea infestations can also cause deadly infections, flea-allergy dermatitis (OUCH!) and the transmission of tapeworm parasites if ingested.

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Ticks can spread serious infectious diseases such as Lyme, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis and Babesiosis to pets and people. Pet owners should inspect their pets regularly for ticks, large and small, especially after being outside in a wooded or grassy area.


are assessed by blood tests and fecal exams.

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Intestinal Parasites

Roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm, whipworm, Coccidia, Giardia and Cryptosporidium are all common in cats and dogs. Many of these parasites can be transmitted to you and your family if your pet becomes infected.

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Mosquitoes can spread heartworm, a harmful disease that affects both dogs and cats. As its name implies, heartworm lives in the blood of a pet's heart and blood vessels. We recommend annual screenings for both dogs and cats, even if they are already on heartworm preventatives.


Life is better for your pet and family without parasites.
Let us help you choose your flea, tick, heartworm and
intestinal parasite preventatives today!


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Just like humans, an animal's diet directly affects its overall health and well-being. Allowing a pet to overeat, or to consume the wrong foods, may lead to a wide variety of ailments including obesity, diabetes and arthritis.

Did You Know?

Over 50% of dogs and cats in the United States are obese or overweight.

Proper Nutrition

Although we think of our pets as family members, they shouldn’t be allowed to eat like us. Maintaining a proper diet will help keep your pet at a healthy weight. Be sure not to overfeed, and that you are providing a diet tailored to your pet's breed, age, weight and medical history.

Common Foods To Avoid

Think twice about feeding your pet table scraps. Common foods such as chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions and garlic could be dangerous to an animal. Some non-food items like lily plants and antifreeze are also toxic to pets. Check with your veterinarian if your pet has ingested anything questionable.
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Growth Diet

Growing puppies and kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults. Ask your veterinarian which food is right for this stage of life. Cats switch to an adult diet right after being spayed or neutered, no matter what the age, to decrease the likelihood of obesity and related conditions.

Adult Diet

Selecting an adult dog or cat food that will keep your pet healthy and energetic starts with knowing your pet's lifestyle. Does your dog weigh just the right amount and go for long walks daily? Or is it a lap dog that loves nothing more than to snooze the day away? Talk to your veterinarian about these issues to help guide you in choosing the best food for your pet.

Senior Diet

Your senior dog or cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Many older pets can continue eating the food they always have – just a little less to compensate for not being as active. Check with your veterinarian which food and amount is best for your pet.


Every pet ages differently. Your veterinarian can help you determine the best diet for your pet's needs.


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Spaying or neutering can protect your pet from serious health and behavioral problems later in life. It also helps control the stray animal population.

Spaying or Neutering Reduces the Risk of...

Uterine Disease

Known as a pyometra, this is a potentially life-threatening condition which can be very expensive to treat. It is 100% preventable if your pet is spayed.

Mammary Tumors (Breast Cancer)

Over one-half of all mammary tumors are malignant and can spread to other areas of the body. Early spaying, prior to your pet beginning its heat cycles, significantly reduces the incidence of tumor formation.

Testicular Cancer

This cancer, as well as prostatitis (an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate), can be greatly reduced with early neutering.


Behavioral Problems

Unwanted behaviors such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with spaying or neutering.


There are more puppies and kittens in shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized. Spaying or neutering can help reduce the number of animals in need of homes.Cat and Dog graphic


Spayed and neutered pets live healthier and longer lives! Consider the benefits to your pet and the community, and ask us when is the best time to spay or neuter your pet.


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Make your pet's well-being a priority. See your veterinarian regularly and follow these tips to keep your pet happy and healthy.


Your veterinarian will give you a recommendation for a high quality and nutritious diet for your pet, and advise you on how much and how often to feed him or her. Diets may vary by species, breed and age.


Microchipping is a safe and permanent identification option to ensure your pet's return should he or she get lost. Ask us about the process and get your pet protected.


Always keep your dog on a leash in public, and your cat indoors to protect them from common hazards such as cars and other animals.


Frequent brushing keeps your pet's coat clean and reduces the occurrence of shedding, matting and hairballs. Depending on the breed, your pet may also need professional groomings.

Dental and Oral Health

Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about professional cleanings as well as dental treats and products available to help prevent bad breath, gingivitis, periodontitis and underlying disease. Although your pet's teeth may look healthy, significant disease could be hidden below the gum line.



Be sure to spend at least 15 minutes a day playing with your cat to keep him or her active and at a healthy weight. All dogs need routine exercise to stay fit, but the requirements vary by breed and age. Ask us what's best for your dog. Doggy daycares and boarding facilities are other ways to help to burn off some energy and socialize your pets.


Enroll your dog in training classes to improve his or her behavior with pets and people. Cats need minimal training. Be sure to provide them with a litter box beginning at four weeks of age.

Environmental Enrichment

Entertain your pet's natural instincts by using toys that encourage them to jump and run. Cats especially need to fulfill their instinct to hunt – provide interactive toys that mimic prey like a laser pointer or feathers on a wand. You can also hide treats in your pet's toys or around the house to decrease boredom while you're away.Pet Care at Home


Be Your Pet's Guardian Angel

Call us if your pet experiences vomiting, diarrhea, poor appetite, lethargy, trouble breathing, excessive drinking or urinating, wheezing or coughing, pale gums, discharge from nose, swollen eye or discharge, limping, and/or difficulty passing urine or stool as these may be signs of illness.


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Every animal is unique, and the start of each stage of life calls for different home and veterinary care. Check with your veterinarian to establish a proactive wellness plan to keep your pet happy and healthy throughout its life.

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Puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines and physical exams. During these exams, your veterinarian may also recommend parasite preventatives or lab tests.

Adult pets will need to continue visiting the veterinarian annually for physical exams, recommended vaccines and routine testing.

Senior pets can develop similar problems seen in older people, including heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and arthritis. Your veterinarian may recommend biannual visits to ensure your pet's quality of life.


Females spayed before their first heat cycle will be less likely to get uterine infections, ovarian cancer and breast cancer. Males neutered at any age will be less likely to get prostate disease. Spaying or neutering also helps prevent behavioral problems like marking and escaping. Talk to your veterinarian about spaying or neutering your pet.


Pets require different types of food to support each life stage. Growing puppies and kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults while adult dogs and cats need food that will keep them healthy and energetic. Your senior dog or cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Talk to your veterinarian to determine what's appropriate for your pet.

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Adult dogs should stay active with daily walks and one-on-one training. Keep your adult cats fit by using toys that encourage them to run and jump, and be sure to give them at least 15 minutes of playtime a day.

Weight management of your senior dog or cat is extremely important to ensure they are at an ideal body weight and able to move around comfortably.


Behavioral issues are a major cause of pet abandonment. Begin training your puppy or kitten right away to prevent bad habits and establish good ones.

Start house training your puppy as soon as you get home. Keep your puppy supplied with plenty of chew toys so he or she gets used to gnawing on those and not your belongings.

All cats need a litter box, which should be in a quiet, accessible room. Place your kitten in the box after a meal or whenever it appears he or she needs to go. Be sure to scoop out solids daily and empty it out completely once a week. The number of boxes in your household should be the total of number of cats plus one.

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Animals age at a faster rate than humans do, and your pet's health needs will evolve over time. Use this chart to figure out your pet's age in human years, and check with your veterinarian to establish a wellness plan specific to your young, adult or senior pet.

Pet Ages & Stages Chart

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The veterinary resources featured on this page provide useful information to pet owners on a variety of topics related to veterinary medicine and pet health care.

Animal Breed Associations

Healthcare Financing

Humane Societies & Animal Rescues

Laser Therapy Resource

Microchip Resources

Pet Dental Information

Pet Grief Support

Pet Insurance

Pet Products

Veterinary Education

Veterinary Emergency

Video Tutorials on Pet Care

How To Use a Tick Twister

The fastest way to remove a tick from your pet is to use a Tick Twister. In this video, East Towne Veterinary Clinic team members Claudia and Sharon demonstrate how to remove a tick using the Tick Twister We sell them at ETVC; this must have gadget can be used on people, too!

Is Your Pet Protected from Heartworm Disease?

Why Your Pet Should Be Tested for Heartworm Disease

Canine and Feline Dental Health: How to Brush Your Pet's Teeth