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In addition to our full-service veterinary offerings, we have even more services for anything you and your pet may need.
Microchip Pet Identification
Microchipping has become a very popular and safe way to permanently identify your pet and you as the owner in the unfortunate case that your pet is lost. Microchipping involves placement of a small electronic chip the size and shape of a piece of rice just under the skin in the neck area. A needle is used to inject the chip. The injection is comparable to a regular vaccine injection.
If your pet becomes lost and is transported to a humane society, shelter, or veterinary facility they will be able to scan your pet for the chip and contact you. The scanner is similar to a scanner found in the grocery store.
We advise you to use this system of identification as well as a collar identification system on your pet.
Canine DNA testing is now available through a blood screening called the Wisdom Panel Professional Canine Genetic Analysis. This test has been developed through years of scientific research into the genes that help determine the appearance and behavior traits of dogs. The test is performed with a blood sample drawn from your dog, that will go through a complex analysis to detect specific combinations of genetic markers that will identify a dog’s heritage. DNA testing can be fun for insight on a dog’s appearance, but it can also be an important aid when looking for:
● Adult weight range
● Best way to train, feed, and exercise your dog
● Behavior problems associated with certain breeds
● Potential health risks associated with specific breeds
● Genetic disorders
For more information on the Wisdom Panel Professional Canine Genetic Analysis, please visit their website at: www.wisdompanel.com.
Animals have various nutritional requirements depending on their age, breed and health status. Decisions regarding your pet’s nutrition should not be made without first consulting a veterinarian.
Geriatric animals have significantly different requirements than young growing puppies or kittens. Animals with diabetes or kidney disease also have different requirements.
Your veterinarian will be able to make informed decisions regarding your pet’s choice of diet given their age, breed and health status.
Puppies and Kittens: Growing puppies and kittens have different nutritional needs than adult dogs and cats. There are a variety of pet foods available on the market. We have selected nutritionally balanced brands that we are confident will meet your puppies and kittens growth requirements.
Giant Breeds: Nutrition for giant breed dogs has become a hot topic of discussion among giant breed dog owners. Giant breeds include, but are not limited to, Great Danes, Irish Wolfhounds and Giant Schnauzers. These breeds have unique dietary requirements and we can provide you with the information you need to make the correct decisions about your pet’s nutrition. We discuss these requirements with all new puppy owners on their first puppy wellness visit. If you have any concerns regarding the nutrition of your giant breed, we would be pleased to discuss them with you further.
Our in-house pharmacy is well stocked and contains supplies that allow us to immunize and treat your pet.
Pet ID Cards
Pet ID Cards are free for your pets at Belvidere Veterinary Hospital. Email, mail, or drop off your favorite photo of each of your pets and we will have a new Pet ID Card ready for you at your next visit. If you do not have a favorite photo, we will be happy to take a photo while you’re here at the hospital. Each Pet ID Card displays your pet’s vaccine and medical information for handy reference, plus an adorable photo. Pet ID Cards are great to have with you when traveling, just in case your pet needs to stay at a boarding facility or your pet has a medical emergency while away from home.
Pet Food, Supplements & Treats: We offer a wide variety of specialty and therapeutic diets for all lifestages and disease conditions. We also provide special supplements for general wellness and for acute and chronic disease conditions.
Is your pet overweight but you would still like to give him or her a treat without feeling guilty? We have special calorie-reduced treats that you can give to your pet without worry. We also carry treats that help prevent gum disease.
Veterinary consultation is required for our prescription diet foods and our supplements. Call us to schedule an appointment to discuss your pet’s nutritional needs.
Flea & Tick Prevention: Fleas and ticks can cause problems for pets ranging from minor to life-threatening. Not only can these parasites cause severe itching, irritation, and allergies, but they can also transmit tapeworms and diseases. Fleas can infest dogs, cats, ferrets, mice, and rats. And fleas don’t just stay on pets; they can bite people, too. For more information, contact us or see the flea article in the Pet Health Library on our site.
You don’t want these blood-sucking parasites on your pet or in your home. We can help keep them away or help you get rid of them if they’ve already found their way inside. Call us to find out how to eliminate and control fleas or to start your pet on a preventive today.
We provide puppy training during the early impressionable months of puppy life and believe puppy training is essential to a long happy relationship with your dog. Preventing, diagnosing and controlling behavior problems at a young age will result in an obedient pet for many years to come. We have had the unfortunate experience of euthanizing adult pets with uncontrollable behavior problems that could have been prevented with appropriate training of both dog and owner at a younger age.
Remember, the effort you put into your puppy in the early months will pay off tremendously in the future.