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Dr. Matthew Garrett

Meet Dr. Garrett

Dr. Garrett was born in Mississippi and grew up in Lawrenceville, Georgia where he was surrounded by animals, including Bandit the guinea pig, a hamster named Sarah, and Chipper, a Sheltie who was always herding his human family.

Dr. Garrett originally wanted to be a TV weatherman – he loved the Weather Channel as a boy and hoped to pursue a career that would allow him to have fun and help people at the same time. By the time college rolled around, he realized that he wanted pets to be part of the equation. In 2012, he received his B.S. in animal science the University of Georgia. He then went on to do graduate work in Animal Studies at Clemson University and, in 2020, earned his DVM from Mississippi State University. He joined our team after having worked as an associate veterinarian at a small and exotic animal practice in Memphis, Tennessee.

In vet school, Dr. Garrett had a special interest in pathology, with a focus on hematology and cytology, and he continues to enjoy discovering the origin of disease and devising individualized treatment plans for his pet patients. A firm believer in the value of client education, his hope is that clients leave our clinic knowing more than when they came in. In addition to canine and feline medicine, Dr. Garrett likes working with pocket pets, birds, small ruminants, and reptiles.

He has two pets at home – Hamilton, a grumpy old man rescue cat, and Winston, a test patient Dr. Garrett met in the neurology lab during his first year at Mississippi State. Dr. Garrett lives with his fiancé, Brandon, a musical theater nerd and accomplished cook. For his part, Dr. Garrett loves to bake—and eat the batter. His other interests include running in wooded areas around lakes, streams, and rivers, playing video games, antiquing, and bingeing “Schitt’s Creek.”

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Our Services

  • Surgery and Overnight Care
  • Dentistry
  • Digital Radiation
  • Anesthesia
  • Preventative Care
  • Senior Pet Care
  • Laboratory

Surgery & Overnight Care

No pet parent looks forward to the day when their beloved best friend must “go under the knife,” but surgery is often the most effective way to treat many serious injuries and disorders, and Animal Hospital of Old Saybrook is proud to offer state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.

Our hospital provides a full range of surgical services ranging from standard spaying and neutering to advanced, highly specialized procedures.

Surgery specialties include:

  • Soft-tissue
  • Dental
  • Ophthalmic
  • Foreign body removal

Patient safety and comfort is our main priority. Our experienced veterinary anesthesiologists provide skilled pain management during and after all surgical procedures, ensuring your pet recovers quickly and with minimum discomfort. We utilize the safest available anesthetics to provide an extra margin of safety, especially for our older or high-risk patients. Using the most modern equipment, the patient’s vital signs are monitored during all anesthetic procedures.

Our veterinary team will walk you through the entire process, giving you the tools to make informed decisions regarding your pet’s treatment options. We understand surgery is a stressful time for any owner, and we’re available every step of the way to answer questions and put your mind at ease.

If you are considering veterinary surgery for your pet, please call us at (860) 399-6249 to schedule a consultation.

The dirty truth behind your pet’s pearly – or not so pearly – whites is the fact that most pets are suffering from some form of periodontal, or dental, disease, by the time they reach three years of age. And dental health isn’t just about dog or cat breath. Your pet’s teeth are key to their overall well-being.

At advanced stages, dental disease can significantly impact a pet’s quality of life, making eating difficult due to mouth pain. Plus, bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and cause heart, liver, and kidney complications. Keeping up with the cleanliness of your pet’s mouth and their overall dental health can prevent years of discomfort and lost teeth.

At Animal Hospital of Old Saybrook, our veterinarians and technicians regularly perform anesthetized teeth cleanings using ultrasonic cleaning instruments, digital radiology, and assessment of tooth and gum health and extractions.

Anesthesia is of great importance when it comes to anything having to do with your pet’s teeth. In fact, both the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) consider cleaning a companion animal’s teeth without general anesthesia unacceptable. That’s why we make sure at Animal Hospital of Old Saybrook to perform only anesthetic dentals and other procedures, which always begins with blood work to verify that your pet is well enough for anesthesia.

If it’s been more than a year since your pet’s last dental exam or cleaning, give us a call at (860) 399-6249. Our team will turn that frown upside down!

Catching health issues before they metastasize into unmanageable diseases or internal damage may seem like a superpower, but with our advanced digital radiograph capabilities, it’s really just what we do.

Radiographs, or X-rays, use electromagnetic radiation directed towards the body to highlight objects within. They can detect abnormalities, including skeletal fractures, soft tissue damage, foreign bodies, and dental disease, and they can provide potentially life-saving early detection of internal issues as well.

Digital X-rays take traditional X-ray technology to the next level by reducing the amount of radiation produced during the procedure and giving both veterinarians and concerned clients instant access to the radiographs for quicker diagnosis and treatment.

Have questions about X-rays and your pet? Don’t hesitate to give us a call at (860) 399-6249. One of our board-certified technicians would be happy to explain how we put digital radiography to work for your furry family members!

Anesthesia is an essential part of keeping your pet comfortable and safe during surgery. While we understand that the process can be stressful for pet parents and is not without risk, our skilled and experienced anesthesiologists take every precaution necessary to minimize danger to your best friend’s health. That begins with a comprehensive round of blood work to make sure your animal companion is healthy enough for anesthesia.

Every patient undergoing anesthesia will receive an IV catheter placed in their arm that allows us quick access for administering any needed medications. From the moment your pet is put under anesthesia to even after they’re awake, a dedicated assistant will monitor every vital sign and alert the doctor to any changes. 

Our anesthesiologists provide skilled pain management during and after all surgical procedures, ensuring your pet recovers quickly and with minimum discomfort. We will walk you through the entire process, giving you the tools to make informed decisions regarding your pet’s treatment options.

Have questions about what’s involved in animal companion anesthesia? Don’t hesitate to call us (860) 399-6249. We’ll be more than happy to provide you with more information or schedule an in-clinic consult.

Staying on top of your adult pet’s well-being simply makes sense. Preventative care means that problems are caught before they become more serious – and more expensive – and it frees you and your pet to spend your time doing what you really want to do: enjoy each other’s company and unconditional love.

At Animal Hospital of Old Saybrook, we cherish the opportunity we have to nourish and care for pets over the course of a lifetime. We pamper our puppy and kitten patients, adore our adults, and celebrate our seniors. And because we understand that needs change with age, we tailor our treatment plans to best meet your pets where they are on their journey.

Annual wellness checkups are a crucial part of preventative care. Our nose-to-tail exams give us a good picture of your pet’s overall health and alert us to any changes that might have occurred since their last visit.

These wellness exams also allow us to develop a customized care plan for your pet’s optimal health—one that includes preventive care like vaccines and blood screenings, parasite prevention, nutritional and behavioral advice, and medical intervention when needed.

Has it been more than a year since your pet’s last wellness check? Give us a call at (860) 399-6249 today!

Senior pets are a lot like senior humans – they require more frequent checkups and tender loving care to keep them happy and healthy. There is a difference between aging animals and older people, however. Your pet ages much faster than you do, so disease and illness progress faster as well.

At Animal Hospital of Old Saybrook, we know all the work that goes into keeping an animal healthy over the course of a lifetime, and we understand very well just how important your senior pet is to you. Your furry friend has reached these precious golden years because you’ve done your job as a pet parent, feeding them nourishing food, getting them plenty of exercise and socialization, and showering them with love.

The rest, of course, is up to us, and we have made senior wellness one of our main missions. A large part of that mission is preventative care. Beginning when your pet is seven years old, we recommend twice-yearly exams, as well as regular bloodwork that can check for issues like anemia, liver disease, hypothyroidism, and kidney problems.

Your senior pet’s routine wellness examination gives you an opportunity to discuss concerns and includes specialized lab work to detect early signs of disease processes. Our veterinarian tailors these exams and tests to your pet’s age, breed, lifestyle, and physical condition in order to best meet his or her health needs. We also include information regarding nutrition, pain and arthritis management, and preserving quality of life.

If your golden oldie could use some TLC, call us at (860) 399-6249.

Animal Hospital of Old Saybrook can perform various blood tests, pre-anesthetic bloodwork, and other types of testing on-site instead of sending samples to an outside lab. This saves time, money, and most importantly, you don’t have to wait overnight for results—meaning your pet gets a diagnosis and needed treatment sooner.

Testing provided in the hospital includes:

Chemistry Panels

  • Liver enzyme screening
  • Pancreatic evaluation
  • Renal (Kidney) profiles

Wellness Screenings

  • Complete blood counts
  • General chemistries
  • Blood gases
  • Urinalysis
  • Fecal testing (parasites)
  • Blood pressure

 Viral Screenings

  • FelV, FIV in cats
  • Parvovirus in dogs

While we do offer an extensive range of on-site testing, it is possible that your pet may need laboratory work beyond our scope. For those cases, we are happy to send blood work or other testing to an outside lab that will send results back to us.

For more information on our in-house lab services or to schedule your pet for testing, call us at (860) 399-6249.

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