Saying good-bye to a beloved pet is one of the most difficult situations a pet owner will ever encounter, but trying to decide when it is time to say good-bye can be even more difficult. There are times when all the capabilities of medical science have been exhausted and euthanasia is the only way to prevent an animal from suffering needlessly. However, the decision regarding when to euthanize is fraught with medical, financial, ethical, religious, moral, and sometimes legal considerations. Euthanasia is therefore a medical procedure that needs to be discussed (however painful that discussion may be) and considered thoroughly before a final decision is made. Let us help you through this difficult time.
Our staff of compassionate, caring professionals can help you through this painful experience. We offer hospice services and will work with you to ensure your pet’s comfort and dignity during his or her last days and final moments. Do you have special requests? Do you have questions about care of your pet’s remains? We can help you with these concerns and will make every effort to accommodate your wishes at this very difficult time.
Deciding when your pet may need hospice care or euthanasia is a very personal and private decision, but that doesn’t mean you have to make this difficult choice on your own. Our hospice and humane euthanasia services are conducted with respect, compassion, and care. Before you struggle through one more day with a sick, elderly, or terminally ill pet that is suffering, call us to learn how we can help.
Is your pet a little overweight? Or maybe they just can’t seem to put weight on? Are you unsure of which food you should be giving your furry companion? Let our knowledgable staff help you out! With a wide variety of diets available in-clinic, ranging from puppy to senior food as well as diets tailored to a patient’s medical condition, we can help you keep your pet feeling and looking their best.
From the very first day you bring a new pet home through the final days of its life, nutrition plays a critical role in your pet’s overall health and well-being. Many pet owners take nutrition for granted, in part because the availability of so many nutritionally complete commercial diets has taken much of the guesswork out of choosing a suitable diet for a pet. However, did you know that your pet’s nutritional needs change with age and activity level? Specially formulated diets can assist in the management of various medical conditions, including kidney disease, diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease, as well as help your pet gain or lose weight.
With a wide variety of pet foods available, the choices can be overwhelming. Let us help you decide which pet food (and how much) will best fit your pets age, activity level, and health.
Does your pet destroy things when you leave them at home? Is there aggression when a new friend or family member comes to visit? Does he or she use the restroom where they are not supposed to? These behaviors can be signs of an underlying behavioral problem. The staff here at Chesapeake Veterinary Clinic can help! Behavior problems threaten the bond you have with your pet by damaging the loving relationship that should exist between you. In extreme situations, a serious behavior problem can lead to euthanasia or surrendering a pet to a shelter.
Pets can have a wide variety of behavioral issues, from simple housetraining problems to severe anxiety and aggression issues. We are well qualified and experienced in diagnosing and addressing behavior problems with an approach that combines skills from veterinary clinical medicine, behavioral medicine, and pet training. Our goals are to help pets and their owners live together comfortably and safely, and to help restore the bond between pets and their families.
Dealing with behavior problems can be frustrating for pet owners. Some pet owners may even blame themselves because their pet seems to have an emotional issue. Although behavior problems can result from emotional trauma or physical mistreatment, in many cases the problem can arise from simple misunderstandings or learned associations that were inadvertently established during training. In addition, several medical conditions can manifest in ways that mimic behavior problems. Scheduling an evaluation with a professional skilled in diagnosing and managing behavioral issues in pets is the first step on the road to resolving the problem.
Every year, thousands of pets become lost and never make it home. Many pets (especially indoor pets) don’t even wear a collar or tags. But what would happen if your pet were to get lost? It is much easier than you think. What if your pet becomes frightened during a storm or fireworks, or if they escape or get stolen during travel? What if an emergency occurs and your pet gets lost in the turmoil? A microchip is a safe, reliable form of identification for your pet that can help ensure they would return home.
Microchips do not require surgery to insert and are no more painful than a vaccine. A microchip is about the size and shape of a grain of rice and is placed underneath your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. Microchip implantation takes only a few minutes and is very safe. Each microchip is unique and carries vital information about your pet—including your name, address, and contact information. When a microchip is implanted, the pet owner is given a registration form to complete. Registering the number on the microchip includes your pet in a national pet recovery database. Veterinary hospitals, animal shelters, and animal control offices across the country are equipped with special electronic scanners that can detect the microchip and read the identification number. If a lost pet is picked up by animal control or found by a good Samaritan and presented to a veterinarian, a quick scan of the microchip reveals the identification number. A toll-free phone call to the pet recovery database alerts the microchip company that a lost pet has been identified. The pet owner can then be contacted and reunited with his or her pet!
Microchips help recover 10,000 lost pets each month! Call us today to schedule your pet to receive their microchip before the unthinkable happens.
Are you planning a vacation for the near future? Need to go out of town for business? Are you unable to find someone trustworthy to care for your pets while you are away? We can help! Traveling can cause enough stress and anxiety – you don’t want to worry about whether your pet is being well cared for. We offer a convenient solution by providing boarding in our safe, clean, and comfortable environment.
Our compassionate kennel staff will ensure your pet is happy and comfortable while you are away. We understand that each pet is different, and will do our very best to make sure your pet is happy, healthy, and comfortable until you return. We offer large kennels for our larger guests, a designated cat room, and our regular kennels in order to fit your pet’s needs.
Does your pet have special needs? Does he or she require medication, special food, or extra attention? We understand that your pet has a special place in your family and that leaving your pet with someone while you travel can be a source of anxiety and uncertainty. We take great pride in our attention to cleanliness and in providing the highest quality care to each pet that stays with us.
We welcome your questions about our boarding facilities and policies and are eager to discuss how we can make your pet’s stay as happy as possible, while alleviating any stress you may be feeling about leaving your pet while you travel. Let us answer all your questions and put your concerns to rest! Call today to learn about our accommodations and boarding policies, or to schedule your pet’s stay.