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!
Annual Rabies Awareness Clinic-September 22nd-27th Rabies Vaccines $9 each!
September 28th is World Rabies Awareness Day! Rabies is a virus that still remains a major concern worldwide. Last year in the United States alone over 6,000 rabies cases were verified, although curable in humans if caught early. By properly vaccinating your pets and keeping them safe in a fenced in yard, you can drastically reduce the possibility of them encountering a rabid animal. Especially here in Gloucester County, skunks, raccoons, opossums and foxes run rampant. These animal are primarily responsible for the spread of rabies and can pose a significant risk to you and your furry family members. Cats, more than any other domesticated pet, are reported with cases of rabies. So don't forget your cats, both indoor and outdoor! Make sure your pet is vaccinated in accordance with state laws and do your part to protect them and yourselves! During the week of September 22nd-27th we will be holding our annual Rabies Week Awareness campaign where all rabies vaccines are only $9 per pet. Call for an appointment today!
10 Benefits of Having a Dog
1. Get Sick Less-Despite what all the cleaning commercials would have us believe, germs are actually a good and necessary method for building our immunity. Dogs can bring in more bacteria, helping to bolster our immune systems. Studies have shown that households with animals suffer from fewer illnesses and less severe illnesses when they do get sick.
2. Allergy Resistance-Even though dogs can trigger allergies in many people, growing up in a household with a dog can actually decrease the likelihood of developing allergies over the course of one's life. Even if you were only a fetus when your mother grew up with a dog, you will likely not be bothered as much by pet dander or develop eczema as an adult.
3. Be Happier-Dog owners are less likely to suffer from depression! And for those that do, a dog is often more helpful than medication in easing a depressive state. The consistency of routine and responsibility for caring for another is often key in helping a depressed individual. Also, the love and affection received from a dog can help people stay positive by releasing oxytocin, the "feel good" chemical in the brain.
4. A Healthy Heart-Pretty much everything about owning a dog improves your heart health. Just petting a dog can help lower your blood pressure and studies in China have shown that people who have dogs sleep better at night and are sick less often. Studies have also shown that people who own dogs have lower cholesterol and are more likely to survive a heart attack.
5. More Excercise-Although other pets can help improve general health, dogs require more exercise from their owners. Walking your dog or just playing with them for the recommended 30 minutes per day can improve cardiovascular health and help keep owners in better physical shape.
6. Active Social Life-Studies have shown that people tend to trust dog owners more than random non-pet owners, therefore exposing owners to more interaction with others. And even if you live alone, the relationship developed between a dog and their owner is equivalent to a human friendship.
7. Cancer Detection-More and more studies are showing that dogs have the ability to smell or otherwise sense types of cancer in the body. Stories abound of dogs who continuously smell, lick or paw at specific areas on their owners body, only to later find out they have cancer. Some dogs have become so skilled they can detect cancer in a person in as little as 3 hours.
8. Personality Reflection-The kind of dog you have can say a lot about your personality. People with toy breeds have been found to be more intelligent while people who own working dogs are commonly thought to be more conscientious. Dog owners in general thought to be more outgoing and likeable as well.
9. Less Stress-Petting and cuddling with your dog has been shown to reduce stress immediately and is often an effective tool in fighting anxiety, stress and headaches. Also playing with your dog and/or walking them can boost your mood and leave you feeling more energized and refreshed.
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