Additional Services

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.

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 want you to know there are resources available.  Please visit The Redwood Empire Veterinary Medical Association’s Pet Loss Support Group website at https://www.redwoodempirevma.org/pet-loss-support-group-2/   or contact them by phone at 707-579-3411.

Behavioral Counseling

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Many aggressive, fearful, or inappropriate behaviors in dogs and cats can be modified through a combination of desensitization and counter-conditioning. If you’re concerned about an aspect of your pet’s behavior, please contact one of the following Behavioral Specialists:

John Earle, RVT: Applied Animal Behaviorist 707-606-9801

MB Donnelly: Certified professional dog trainer 707-887-9301

Pat Engel: Co-Pilot Dog Training 707-829-1710 www.pat@copilotdogtraining.com

County-Wide Dog Training 707-544-7479 www.county-widedtc.org

Mike Osenbeck Common Ground Dog Training  707-396-8055

Patrick O’Connor 707-322-3272 www.incrediblecanine.com

Olivet Kennels 707-542-2066 www.olivetkennel.com

Ruth Hagen:  Critter Consulting 707-545-2937 www.critterconsulting.com

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.  Natural disasters such as fires and floods result in many lost pets, so ensure you and your pet can be reconnected by making sure they are microchipped.

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.

We can microchip ferrets, rabbits, and other companion animals, too!

Boarding

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Ease your concerns about leaving your pet behind while you’re away: Let our qualified staff take care of him or her. We will provide your dog or cat with a safe, comfortable, “home away from home” atmosphere. We are happy to accommodate any special care or needs your pet might have. Just let us know when you make the reservation.

We provide amenities such as clean bedding, food, and water bowls, though we do ask that you bring your pets food if they are on a special diet.  We will administer any needed medication and follow your specified feeding regimen.  While we’ve found that eating their own food tends to agree better with most boarded pets, we can provide a high-quality, well tolerated diet for no additional charge.

Veterinary technicians regularly check on the pets, and our kennel staff monitor the boarding area. You have the added benefit of knowing that one of our clinicians will promptly begin treatment if your pet gets sick during his or her stay.

To keep all our patients as healthy as possible, we require pets that are boarding with us to have current rabies and distemper vaccinations.  Dogs must also have a current bordetella (kennel cough vaccine).  We do require that most vaccinations be given at least two weeks before boarding, please call us for more information.

Schedule your boarding reservation today! Feel free to give us a call to coordinate a tour of our boarding facilities!