Welcome to Animal Care of Gloucester
Animal Care of Gloucester is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Hayes, Virginia. The professional and courteous staff at Animal Care of Gloucester seek to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for their patients. Dr. Sue Stiff, Dr. Weston Betts and all the staff are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. Animal Care of Gloucester strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Gloucester County and the surrounding area. Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find out more information about how Animal Care of Gloucester can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet. And now, check us out on Facebook!
Summer is here and we are seeing a "rash" of skin problems!
One skin lesion we often see is a hotspot. Characterized by a raw, moist area often surrounded by matted fur, these painful sores warrant medical intervention! for more information, check out our blog!
Flea Season is here! Have you heard about Nexgard? This once a month pill for dogs, from the makers of Frontline, is effective against fleas AND ticks! Call for more information.
National Pet Fire Safety Day is July 15th!
Every year about half a million pets are affected by house fires. Over 1,000 of those fires are started by pets themselves. In recognition of National Pet Fire Safety Day, we compiled some important tips for not only preventing pet home fires, but for rescuing your pets from house fires as well.
Prevent your pet from unintentionally causing a fire by:
-Extinguish open flames-Never leave your pet alone near an open flame. Pets are curious by nature and can easily knock over a lit candle, paw at a burner on a stove looking for a treat, or scatter hot embers by investigating a fireplace. Protect yourself and your furry family by making sure all fires, no matter how small, are completely out when unattended.
-Consider flameless candles-Because these candles contain batteries instead of an open flame they are obviously much safer. Cats especially are the culprits with the candle started fires and have been known to catch themselves on fire by walking over candles or knocking them over with their tail.
-Secure young pets-All pets are curious and look for entertainment when left alone. A great and simple way to promote pet fire safety is to keep pets confined when you are not home. Either in a crate or in a safe area with a door or baby gate is a great idea. Fire is a hazard to every species, take your pets into consideration when "fire-proofing" your home. Not all fires can be prevented, but safety can always be increased.
Include your pet in fire safety planning by:
-Determine who is responsible for each pet during a fire. Keep the confusion to minimum by practicing these roles in a fire drill. Often.
-Know where your pets like to hide. This way, you know the first, or second place to look for your four legged family members if you have time to retrieve your pets from a burning house.
-Affix a PET ALERT sticker on the front and the back door of your house. Make sure you write how many and what kind of pets you have on the sticker so fire and rescue workers know how many pets may still be inside. You can find these stickers at shelters and pet stores. Often times we have a supply here at Animal Care of Gloucester donated by the Abingdon Volunteer Fire Department.
-Keep pets near entrances to your home. Make sure you keep collars on your dogs and leashes or carriers near doors for a quick exit. If you can also keep your pets in areas near doors that will help fire an rescue teams locate them quickly and safely.
It only takes a little planning to include your pets in your home fire safety plans and to minimize the fire hazards in your home, but the reward of keeping your family members safe, including the furry ones, is priceless.
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