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Long Branch Animal Hospital Office News


We believe in creating a relationship with our patients that goes beyond the office doors. Please check back frequencly for important updates about our hospital and services.

Dr. John Cali, Dr. Scott Linick, Dr. Raymond Smith, and Dr. Katie Plunkett
Your Long Branch Animal Hospital Veterinarians

Dog Flu Update!

As of 5/24/18 39 confirmed cases have been reported in Brooklyn/Long Island.


You may have heard about the recent outbreak of a new type of “dog flu” affecting pets across the country. This highly contagious and, for some dogs, potentially serious respiratory infection is caused by canine influenza virus H3N2, or CIV H3N2 for short.

Chances are, if your dog is exposed to CIV H3N2, he or she may become infected. Dogs that are frequently in contact with other dogs may be at high risk of infection with CIV H3N2. This includes dogs that are boarded, enrolled in day care, or often visit the local dog park. If you have a puppy, elderly or pregnant dog or a dog that is immune-compromised, you should take extra precautions.


The good news is that our office now has a vaccine available to help control disease associated with CIV H3N2. We also have a vaccine, Vanguard® CIV that has been available for several years for another type of canine influenza, CIV H3N8, which is also capable of causing severe respiratory disease in dogs. Vaccination against both types of CIV (H3N2 and H3N8) helps to ensure maximum protection.


Please call our office to discuss your dog’s risk for CIV (H3N2 and H3N8). This is particularly important if you plan to board your dog in the near future or regularly send him or her to a grooming or daycare facility. We’ll answer all your questions about dog flu and help you decide whether vaccination is right for your pet. You can also visit for more information.


Click here to schedule a vaccination appointment.



Are Your Dogs Protected?

Introducing Double Defense for Dogs!

Fleas, ticks and mosquitoes can affect your pets all year round, even if they are indoor animals. Give them the protection they need before it's too late!


Receive a $25 Rebate and 3 Free Doses of Vectra3D
when you Buy 6 Doses of Vectra3D and 6 Doses worth of Heartworm pills*


Canine Meds Flash Sale! Interceptor, Frontline & Simparica

Call us today to get the best prices on Frontline, Interseptor & Simparica for dogs!

Limited time only--while supplies last! We will also match any lower price that you find!

Frontline Plus  All Sizes Available
6x Dose $59.99
12x Dose $109.99


Interceptor  3 Sizes Available

2-10lbs Dog
6x Dose $27.50; 12x Dose $50
11-25lbs Dog
6x Dose $30; 12x Dose $55
26-50lbs Dogs
6x Dose $35; 12x Dose $67.50


Simparica  3 Sizes Available

3-6lbs or 11-22lbs Dogs
3x Dose $35; 6x Dose $67.50; 12x Dose $120
88-132lbs Dogs
3x Dose $40; 6x Dose $77.50; 12x Dose $140



We Now Make Housecalls!

Let Us Come to You! 



Long Branch Animal Hospital is both a safe and welcoming place for you and your pet. However, we believe there are some situations and services that are best served by a friendly housecall.
Long Branch Animal Hospital offers convenient housecall services,
so you and your pet can remain in an environment where everyone is most relaxed and comfortable. A personal visit from a veterinarian and technician can provide the care that best fits your needs. Some housecall services include wellness examinations, vaccinations, routine medical care, blood draws for laboratory testing, and other general services that do not require diagnostic or special equipment.
Certainly the most difficult, though important housecall we make is when a beloved pet has reached his or her last day. Being at home, surrounded by familiar and loving faces with a trained professional helping to ease your sick or aged pet from this world, is an important aspect of our compassionate pet care.

Please call our office at 732-571-4100 or email us at to schedule your housecall visit with one of our staff members.
Please Help Us Welcome Dr. Katie Plunkett!




Dr. Katie Plunkett is excited to join Long Branch Animal Hospital in February 2018, where she looks forward to providing high-quality, comprehensive care with a personal touch. Dr. Plunkett understands the importance of the human/animal bond and is looking forward to building life-long relationships with her clients and their pets. 

Dr. Plunkett graduated Cum Laude from Rutgers University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. She then continued her education at The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated in 2012 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree.  

Following graduation, Dr. Plunkett advanced her skills and training by obtaining an associate position at a hospital near her hometown in central New Jersey. After marrying her husband, the happy couple moved to Farmingdale, NJ, where she worked as an associate veterinarian.


Dr. Plunkett’s interests include dermatology, neurology, soft tissue surgery, and ophthalmology. She enjoys spending her time with her husband, her daughter and the rest of her family, along with her two dogs, Holden and Hank. Dr. Plunkett also enjoys traveling, skiing and trail riding her mare, Belle. 

New Hours Starting February 1st!

Starting February 1st we will be open Monday thru Friday 8a-7p and Saturday & Sunday we will be open 9a-1p.  We hope our extended hours make it more convenient and easier for you to find an appointment time that works with your schedule.  We look forward to seeing you all real soon!