VCA Shoreline Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center


Arthrocentesis, also known as joint aspiration, is removal of fluid from a joint utilizing a hollow needle and syringe. Arthrocentesis is performed for either diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. Used as a diagnostic tool, fluid is drawn and analyzed to determine the underlying cause of excess fluid. A small amount of fluid in joints is normal, but when fluid builds up (joint effusion), it is usually the result of arthritis or related condition, and pain and swelling will develop. Arthrocentesis will then be used therapeutically to remove the excess fluid thereby reducing pain and swelling in the affected joint. As an example, Arthrocentesis (diagnostic and therapeutic) is performed on humans for a condition commonly known as “water on the knee,” usually resulting from arthritis.



General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care

VCA Shoreline Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center
895 Bridgeport Avenue
Shelton, CT 06484
Phone: 203-929-8600
Fax: 203-944-9754

In the event of a pet medical emergency, no appointment is needed. We are open 24/7/365 to help your pet. For directions to our facility, please call us at at 203-929-8600.