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!

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October 4th is World Animal Day!!!!

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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

Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society

Peninsula SPCA

Heritage Humane Society

Animal Aid Society

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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4614 George Washington Memorial Highway
Hayes, VA 23072
Phone: 804-642-5740
Fax: 804-642-5664
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Mon-Fri: 8:00 AM-5:30 PM
Sat: 9:00 AM- Noon
For after hours emergency care call, The Animal Emergency Center 757-234-0461

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