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Microchipping Your Pet Is ImportantHomeAgain Lost Pet Microchips

According to statistics on lost pets compiled by the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, less than two percent of cats and only 15 to 20 percent of dogs that become lost are returned to their owner.

There are few things more painful than the thought of a lost pet trying to get back to its family. While lost pets are sometimes picked up by a well-meaning stranger or animal control officer and delivered to a shelter, a collar alone may not be enough; tags also fall off or become unreadable.

Lost pet microchip IDs are a safe, simple and effective way to prevent your pet from becoming permanently lost. In fact, we have had lost pets brought to Dover Veterinary Hospital and we have easily reunited them with their owners after scanning for a microchip.

The HomeAgain microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted beneath your pet's skin, usually between the shoulder blades. The procedure only takes a minute or two and is relatively painless. The microchip is encoded with vital data and contact information, which can be read by scanners at veterinary hospitals and shelters across the country and around the world. Once the information in the chip is read, it can be used to easily reunite you with your beloved companion.

HomeAgain provides a number of very useful services to pet owners such as their National Pet Recovery Database, Lost Pet Specialists, Rapid Lost Pet Alerts, Lost Pet Medical Insurance, Travel Assistance for Found Pets, and more.

Behavior Counseling

It is not uncommon for the bond you have with your pet to become a bit frayed due to behavior challenges. In fact, behavioral issues are often cited as the reason people give up a pet.

Puppies and kittens are cute and fun, but they also require housebreaking and training so that they integrate well with your family and any other pets you may have. The same is true of adopted adult pets, especially if they have ingrained behavior traits that don't mesh well with your household.

Behavioral CounselingDover Veterinary Hospital will work with you to strengthen the bond you share with your pet. Dr. Kristin Rennie and Dr. Leanne Donovan are well versed in behavior modification therapy through training and medications, including herbal remedies.

If your pet exhibits a sudden change in behavior, we will work to identify its cause and provide appropriate medical treatment and behavior counseling. If your pet's behavioral issue is significantly complicated, we can refer you to a veterinary behaviorist at Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital.

Nutritional Counseling for Healthier Cats and Dogs

Pets are living longer, healthier lives than ever before and a big part of that is due to our expanded knowledge of the importance of proper nutrition to overall health. In fact, nutrition is the biggest health variable controlled by a pet's caregiver.

Our doctors appreciate the relationship between good nutrition and a healthy body. During each comprehensive physical examination, we will evaluate your pet's overall condition and give nutritional recommendations based on what we see.

For most pets, our recommendations will include information on proper serving size and other feeding strategies to maintain optimal body weight and nutritional health. We will also help you wade through the claims made by pet food producers, so you can make the most informed choice.

Prescription Diets

Some pets have chronic conditions that are responsive to dietary management. If we identify such an issue in your pet, we offer advice and provide information about diets that may be of benefit.

Dover Veterinary Hospital carries a diverse inventory of prescription foods (for such conditions as liver disease, bladder and kidney stones, renal failure, food allergies, diabetes etc.) If your pet requires a prescription diet that we do not carry, we can easily order it for you. Our doctors are able to help formulate alternative diets for pets with allergies and other medical issues.

Genetic TestingBreed Specific Genetic Testing

Multi-Drug Resistance Testing (mdr-1)

Many herding breed dogs have a genetic predisposition to adverse reactions involving over a dozen different drugs. The most serious adverse drug reactions involve several anti-parasitic agents (ivermectin, milbemycin and related drugs), the anti-diarrheal agent loperamide (Imodium), and several anticancer drugs (vincristine, doxorubicin, others). Increased sensitivity to commonly used sedatives and analgesic medications is also seen. These drug sensitivities result from a mutation in the multidrug resistance gene (MDR1 gene). Dover Veterinary Hospital recommends genetic testing for at-risk breeds. If your pet is a carrier or affected by the mutation, our doctors can provide guidance as to which drugs are to be avoided and which can be used with dosage adjustments.

End of Life Care for a Beloved Pet

Even the healthiest of pets reach that time when we must find a way to say goodbye. We understand that this is a painful and difficult experience for our clients, and is one that we all have been through. It is our goal to help ease this time of life for both our patients and clients.

Dover Veterinary Hospital provides hospice and euthanasia services designed to ensure the comfort and dignity of your pet. These services include compassionate counseling to help ensure that you have explored all possibilities for your pet.

We perform euthanasia procedures at our facility, and have an affiliation with a grief counselor, if you believe your family would benefit from that level of support. We will also care for the remains as directed by our client, and offer private and dignified on-site crematory services. If you choose, a decorative urn or memorial box can be made available.