Additional Services

Euthanasia

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Euthanasia is part of your caring for your pet. With advance health care, your pet can live a very long life, but sometimes the quality of life may become a question. How do you know it is time? Nobody can really answer this question. It is very personal.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • If there is pain, is it managed?
  • If there is hunger, can your pet eat well enough for life?
  • If hydration is a problem, can you manage this?
  • If hygiene is a problem, can you rectify this?
  • Does your pet express joy and interest, and not isolation?
  • How much assistance does your pet need to get around?
  • Are there more good days, than bad days?

Euthanasia provides peace and sometimes release from pain. That is ok. When you are ready, let us help. We will need to ask a few questions. Do you want to be present for this procedure? Are you ready to take your pet home afterward? Do you wish to have your pet cremated? Do you wish to have the ashes of your pet back? We utilize the services of Angel View Pet Cemetery and Crematory. You can visit them via www.finalgift.com

The Procedure: Sedation is a must. This will create a peaceful mindset. We vary this to your comfort and your pet’s comfort. The actual euthanasia is an IV injection. It is very quick. No pain is felt. The brain stops as well as the heart. Relaxation of the body occurs. Full relaxation takes several minutes. Remember during this relaxation, the brain and heart are already gone. Euthanasia provides peace and respect. For at-home euthanasia services, please visit Lap of Love via www.lapoflove.com for more information. It is ok to feel loss, it is normal to grieve and hurt – Angell help hotline is a 24/7 grief support line available to call: 1 (855) 245-8214

Emergency and/or Extended Care

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Always call for an emergency during our normal hours so we can prepare. We basically offer wellness care, but can offer assistance for emergencies. For Emergencies after hours:

These facilities offer unbelievable care for your pet and are very prepared for any life threatening problem. They also take care of problems that are not emergencies, but just convenience visits after hours, but be prepared for this convenience.

Veterinary Specialist Referrals

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Our experienced team of veterinarians and veterinary technicians provides many services at our clinic, ranging from routine to advanced procedures. Although we handle the majority of your pet’s medical and surgical needs in-house, we occasionally refer patients to veterinary specialists or specialty clinics when advanced training or equipment will be beneficial.

Board-certified specialists, such as oncologists, ophthalmologists, and neurologists, have extensive experience and training in a particular area of veterinary medicine or surgery. Specialty clinics and university-affiliated referral centers have specialized equipment to perform procedures that are not routinely performed by general veterinary practitioners.

We make referral decisions because we want to ensure that our patients receive the highest standard of care and best possible outcome. Be assured that when we refer a patient to another hospital, we continue to stay involved with his or her care, consulting with the treating specialist and often providing any needed follow-up care and rehabilitation.

Puppy Training

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Your puppy’s early months are an impressionable period in his or her life, and the right training can make all the difference in your lifelong relationship with your dog. The goal of our puppy classes is to teach basic manners, encourage good behavior, prevent problems, and increase socialization, all while helping you establish a strong bond with your new canine companion. We will show you how to teach your dog what you expect of him or her through consistent, reward-based training.

The effort you put into your puppy early on will pay off tremendously down the road. You can contact us to receive a free e-book on puppy training.

Pet Health Resources

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Has your pet been diagnosed with a condition that you are unfamiliar with? Are you interested in learning more about how a particular drug works? Would you like more information or advice on behavior, nutrition, or administering medications? We are always here to discuss these topics and more, but sometimes you may want to investigate or explore on your own, which is why we provide an extensive collection of pet health information.

Considering the wide availability of information on the Internet, it can be difficult to differentiate between what’s trustworthy and what’s not. The Pet Health section of our website contains accurate, current, and reliable information on a wide variety of topics. Feel free to search through our articles, educational programs, tips, and videos, and contact us with any questions you might have.

Grief Counseling

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Losing a pet can be extremely upsetting, sometimes even more so than you might expect. We have such a close bond with our pets, so letting go is never easy and is often filled with pain, sadness, depression—even anger. Our team understands these feelings, as many of us have also lost pets of our own. The emotions we go through are real and nothing to be ashamed of.

Whether your loss is recent or you’ve been grieving for weeks, we are here to help you through this sad transition. We can also help your children understand and cope with their feelings. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Microchip Pet Identification

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Imagine if your dog or cat got lost. You’d want to give him or her the best chance of getting home. With microchipping, you can.

Microchipping is a safe, permanent way to identify your pet in case he or she becomes lost. A microchip, which is a tiny device about the size and shape of a grain of rice, is placed just under the loose skin at the back of the neck. When a lost dog or cat without an ID tag is found, a veterinarian or veterinary technician will use a handheld microchip scanner to check for a chip. If the pet has one, it will transmit its ID number to the scanner via a low-frequency radio wave. The veterinary hospital or shelter then calls the chip manufacturer, retrieves the pet owner’s contact information, and calls the owner.

Even the most responsible pet owners can’t always guarantee their pet won’t get lost. A leash could break or slip out of your hand, a pet could push through a screen door or window, or a contractor or friend might accidentally leave a door or gate open.

We recommend that you use a microchip, along with a collar and ID tag, to identify your pet. An ID tag is still a reliable identification method. Pets that have tags with current contact information are more likely to not end up in shelters and tend to get home faster than those without tags. However, collars and ID tags aren’t permanent and can be removed (overnight or for grooming); pets can also lose them. With a microchip, your pet will have a much better chance of being identified and returned to you. Pets without microchips that end up in shelters may be adopted out to another family or even euthanized.

Please contact us to schedule an appointment to microchip your pet. Although we hope your pet never becomes lost, we want you to be prepared. We can also suggest a plan to have in place so if your pet does go missing, you’ll be able to act quickly.