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 Halloween Costume Contest! Every year we invite our clients to take pictures of their adorable costumed critters and send them in so we can put them on display! If your fur-baby dresses up for Halloween, please feel free to take pictures and send them in on our facebook page at www.facebook.com/animalcareofgloucester
And remember to keep your pets safe this Halloween!! Most candies and treats are toxic and/or harmful to cats and dogs so make sure to keep all of your goodies out of your pets' reach! Also keep in mind the scores of trick-or-treaters that will be out as well as vehicles. Keep your pets indoors or in a fenced in back yard for their saftey! Have a Happy Halloween!
October is American Humane Association's Adopt-A-Dog month as well as the ASPCA's Adopt a Shelter-Dog month! The shelters and humane societies are consistently full of good dogs in desperate need of a loving home. Many dogs in our local shelters are young, well-behaved dogs despite the stigma that shelter dogs are old and/or poorly behaved. It's a sad fact that many people give up quality pets for the simple reason that they don't have the time to devote to making them part of the family. If you, or someone you know is considering adding a furry family member to your brood, please consider giving the shelter or humane society a chance. There is nothing better than knowing you've rescued a dog from a sad, lonely life. Here are some tips to consider when picking out your new fur-ever friend.
1. Energy Level-do you have the time, interest, space and commitment to exercise a high energy dog? Or are you more interested in having a quiet lap dog? Many small breed dogs can easily exercise in a small yard or even a house as well as some calmer, older large dogs. But many dogs require daily walks or lots of fenced in yard to run and play. Make sure you take these necessities into consideration when picking out your new pet!
2. Size-Do you travel a lot? Will you be taking your dog with you? A smaller dog is easy to bring along in a car or rv or even a plane, but large breed dogs, not so much. What will you do with them if you don't take them with you? Do you have a boarding facility or friends or family that have adequate space and time to care for them? Also, what size can you personally manage? A huge dog that can only be managed my a large individual wouldn't be a great choice for a senior or small framed individual. The dog may need to be lifted or taken to a vet...can everyone caring for the dog manage to accomplish these things? A large dog that pulls on a leash may not be able to be managed easily by everyone.. On the other hand, small dogs can frequently be underfoot and tripped over. Consider your families abilities and your household dynamic when choosing your new dog.
3. Age-Puppies are adorable but require a lot of work initially with potty and manners training. Is that something you have time to do in your family's schedule? Older dogs are typically already housebroken and may have already been through that excitable puppy stage and are calmer and easier to manage. What's the energy level of our house and what type of dog would best fit in?
4. Other Considerations-Some dogs love everybody and some dogs bond with just you. Do you entertain a lot? Do friends and family come over often? a dog that bonds only with his owner may not be ideal for a busy family with friends in and out. Also think about your house itself. Do you have stairs that a small breed would find challenging? Do you have an apartment or small hoe that would be confining for a large dog? The most important thing is matching the energy and personality of a furry individual with the energy and personality of a family. Make sure you cover all bases and talk to the shelter handlers when considering adopting a new member into your family.
Some Local Shelters
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