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!
Mushroom poisoning is a common concern for pets that spend a great deal of time outdoors, especially unattended. Mushrooms can grow virtually anywhere, therefore even the safety of a fenced in back yard isn't safe from this potential hazard. Although some mushrooms are large and obvious, others are small and difficult to see. Even a walk in the woods can put your pet at risk for potentially ingesting poisonous mushrooms. Not all mushrooms are poisonous and of those that are poisonous there are different classifications depending on the way the toxins attack the body. It is often difficult, if not impossible, to identify mushrooms after they're ingested. And although still hard to identify by the layperson, it's always a good idea to bring the mushroom with you to your veterinarian should your curious Rover decide to partake of this questionable food.
There are 4 categories of mushroom toxicity: Category A is the most toxic and causes the destruction of cells, especially in the liver and kidneys. Category B and C effect the nervous system and Category D cause gastrointestinal irritation. Common symptoms associated with mushroom poisoning are vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, weakness, lethargy, jaundice, uncoordinated movements, excessive drooling, seizures and coma. There are many treatments for mushroom poisoning, many of which are successful. The key to successful treatment is to start early! The amount of time the toxin is in the body is critical to the outcome of the patient. Of course the best plan is to avoid ingestion...keep your pets away from mushrooms you see and be aware of symptoms as soon as they start and seek medical attention for your pet. Our practice has already seen two cases of mushroom poisoning this fall. Both, thankfully had happy endings and the pets recovered completely. But it is a scary and lengthy process to get them back to their healthy happy selves!
November is ASPCA's Adopt a Senior Pet Month
Senior pets are the hardest pets to place. Shelters are often overflowing with pets 6 years or older. This is why Adopt a Senior Pet Month is so important. A time to focus on our older, furry friends that need loving homes.
There are many benefits to owning a senior pet. They are often already trained and housebroken. They are calmer and don't require as much energy and attention. They are less likely to roam or wander off. Young puppies and kittens require a great deal of time and attention. They need constant monitoring during housebreaking and litter training time. They needs lots of exercise and playtime. And justl like small children, their curious nature requires contstant supervision. Older pets often don't have these types of issues. Senior pets are great for young children, older couples or busy families.
With senior pets also, what you see is generally what you get. There's no guesswork as to how big the pet is going to get or what their personaility is going to be. Young puppies and kittens rolling around and playing are adorable, but not indiciative of whether they are going to be cuddly and calm or hyper and playful. Are they going to be independent and aloof or affectionate and always at your side? With senior pets their personaility is already developed and can be observed before bringing them into your home. Often the shleter knows if they are already good with children, good with other pets etc.
Many times the experience of adopting a senior pet is much more satisfying for people because they have truly saved a life that someone else turned away from. Many people who have adopted a senior pet say the will continue to adopt senior pets because of the rewards of giving a loving home to a pet that otherwise has a small chance of being adopted. Consider bringing a senior pet into your family this month...what a great addition for the holidays!
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