Cottage Veterinary Care Client Services

pacific grove veterinary servicesBehavior Counseling

Behavior problems are the number one reason that owners give up a pet. Cottage Veterinary Care offers behavior counseling for many of your pet's problems including inappropriate urination or defecation, aggression, separation anxiety, inappropriate chewing and barking and introduction of new pets into the household. Quite often a behavior problem, such as inappropriate urination, can be linked to a medical issue (bladder inflammation, bladder stones, and kidney disease).

Cottage Veterinary Care maintains an extensive library of information about behavior issues. Our veterinarians help you recognize, validate and categorize behavior problems. We work closely with you in developing a specific plan to help eliminate your pet's unwanted behavior. The treatment plan often includes behavior modification and medication-assisted training. If our veterinarians and technical staff members cannot help with your pet's behavior problem, we can refer you to a board-certified animal behavior specialist.

Nutrition Counseling & Prescription Diets

We offer prescription diets and nutrition counseling during your pet’s wellness examination.

Why is this important? Pets are living longer, healthier lives and a big part of this is due to our expanded knowledge of proper nutrition to overall health. In fact, nutrition is the biggest health variable controlled by a pet's caregiver.

During your pet's comprehensive physical examination, we evaluate his or her body condition and provide you with appropriate recommendations.

Some pets have more serious nutritional challenges or chronic conditions that can benefit from a special diet. If we identify an issue in your pet, we offer advice and provide information about diets that benefit specific medical conditions such as liver and intestinal disease, bladder and kidney stones, renal failure, food allergies, diabetes and other conditions.

We carry a diverse inventory of prescription foods. If your pet requires a prescription diet we do not carry, we may be able to order it for you.

Health Certificates for Your Pet

We provide Interstate and International health certificates. We ask that you investigate your destination-specific requirements prior to your appointment. Many countries require rabies titer testing and microchipping. We are happy to provide these services.

Please note that because each destination country has its own requirements for your pet’s entry, you are responsible for supplying the correct list of requirements that need to be met for traveling with your pet; we can only accommodate the guidelines you provide. Cottage Veterinary Care cannot assume responsibility for ensuring that the requirements are met for your particular situation and cannot be held responsible for quarantine, denial of entry, or costs incurred due to unfulfilled requirements for your pet.


pacific grove pet servicesInternational Health Certificates

If you and your pet are traveling internationally, you're most likely going to need an International Health Certificate. To know what is required, Cottage Veterinary Care recommends contacting the visiting country's consulate or embassy. A helpful list can be found at: http://www.state.gov/s/cpr/rls/fco.

International Health Certificates are issued by USDA-accredited veterinarians only and must be endorsed by the state's USDA Veterinary Services office. The state veterinary services office oversees all export documents for pets departing from the US and ensures that the veterinarian issuing the document is accredited and that the forms have accurate information.

For additional questions concerning requirements for travel, please visit the US Department of Agriculture website at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/travel/ for a complete list of travel regulations and alerts.

You can find a list of pet-friendly hotels at www.petswelcome.com.

Pharmacy

veterinary services pacific groveAs the prescribing veterinarian for your pet's medications, we ensure the direct link between the exam room and our pharmacy. This means your pet will receive the right medication, at the right dose, in the right form as quickly as possible. We will also guide you on the medication's use and monitoring its effectiveness.

We maintain an extensive inventory of pharmaceuticals, vitamins, shampoos, flea and tick control products, and heartworm preventatives to meet the needs of your pet. We also carry prescription diets from Science Diet and Royal Canin.

Ensuring that you have convenient and timely access to competitively priced medications is an important aspect of our veterinary practice. Refills are easy, too. Simply give us a call, or visit Petly online.

House Calls

An important piece of ensuring that veterinary care is accessible to all of our clients is through the lost art of the veterinary house call.

While Cottage Veterinary Care has a modern facility that is both a safe and welcoming place for you and your pet, we still believe there are some situations that require services best provided in the comfort of your own home. Quite simply, there are times when it is better to bring medical care to your pet than it is to require you to bring your pet to our facility.

Some pets simply do better in their own homes where they are more comfortable and less likely to become agitated or anxious. Some pet owners have limited mobility, making veterinary visits difficult at best and impossible at worst.

Our house call service means you and your pet can remain at home, where you are most relaxed and comfortable, and receive a personal visit from one of our veterinarians and a technician. Services we are able to provide include wellness examinations, vaccinations, routine medical care, blood draws for laboratory testing, and other general services that do not require diagnostic or other medical technology.

Certainly the most difficult—though important—house call we make is when a beloved pet has reached his or her last day. Being at home, surrounded by familiar and loving faces and a trained professional helps ease a sick or aged pet from this world; it is an important aspect of veterinary care.

We also offer our clients pick up and drop off services.