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For Tips 6-10, click here.


5. Provide your pet with fresh water at all times, cleaning the bowl daily.

4. Feed a pet food that is appropriate for your pet’s age, nutritional requirements, activity level, and special health needs.

3. Choose a pet wisely based on your schedule, budget, and living environment. Consider the pet’s physical and behavioral needs.

2. Establish a preventative health care program with your veterinarian, including regular checkups, dental care, vaccinations, parasite control, and reproductive options.

1. Discuss the responsibility of pet ownership with your veterinarian before you obtain a pet or as soon as possible after bringing a pet home.

Bonus Tip 1: Ask your veterinarian to microchip your pet as a way of providing proof of ownership and permanent pet ID.

Bonus Tip 2: Enroll your pet with a pet insurance company, like Pet’s Best, as soon as possible, to keep premiums low and to avoid pre-existing conditions denials.

Tips borrowed from Purina’s The Pet Owner’s Checklist.

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TagsIs your dog or cat 4 months of age or older? If so, it should have a current Rabies vaccination, which will be issued along with a Rabies tag. When placed on your pet’s collar, the tag provides valuable information to help people return your pet if he or she runs away.

But did you know there is another tag your pet should be wearing?
It’s the city pet license tag. 

All dogs are required to be licensed by the city in which they live.  Some cities, such as Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk and Virginia Beach, issue cat licenses, as well.  Pet licenses must be renewed each year and are granted to pets that have a current Rabies vaccination.

There is a small cost involved, and pet owners typically receive a discount on licensing fees for each spayed or neutered pet.  Senior citizens may receive an additional discount on fees for spayed or neutered pets.

     Click on your city’s name for information on license fees, due dates, and issuing agencies.

The Commonwealth of Virginia requires all dogs and cats over four months old to be vaccinated against Rabies

Virginia has also instituted a law requiring veterinarians to forward Rabies vaccination information to local city treasurers.  The treasurer compares information received from the veterinarians with its roster of licensed animals.  If an owner has not purchased a license, the treasurer will mail a notice to the owner requesting compliance.

Veterinarians are not required to report unlicensed animals to city agencies.  Our concern is the public health aspect of ensuring that pets and their owners are protected against Rabies, since Rabies is present in Hampton Roads.  Pet owners are responsible for complying with pet license rules in their city of residence.

A final note: a microchip ID is not a substitute for a Rabies or city license tag, nor are the tags a substitute for a microchip ID. Each form of identification has its own merits. To protect your pet with permanent identification that will not wear off, get lost, or be removed by a stranger, ask us for the HomeAgain microchip on your pet’s next visit.

This post appeared on January 22, 2013.

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Getting your pet back after it’s gone missing is the best part of microchipping — and it’s the part you can see. But what about the foundation —  all the work that goes into getting your pet back to you? Read on to learn why HomeAgain has (in our opinion) the best lost pet recovery system out there.


Each new microchip registration comes with a one-year membership with full benefits, including:

  • 24/7 Lost Pet Specialists, ready to serve you
  • Rapid Lost Pet Alerts sent to area veterinarians and shelters
  • Medical Insurance for lost pets (up to $2950; must be activated by pet owner)
  • Personalized Lost Pet Posters, to help you spread the word
  • 24/7 Emergency Medical Hotline – first aid advice when you need it
  • Travel assistance up to $500* to get your pet home (*applies to airfare costs for pets located more than 500 miles from home)

After the first year, you decide whether to continue your membership benefits. Either way, your pet will be permanently enrolled in HomeAgains database – and there is no additional yearly cost simply to remain enrolled.

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 Millions of pets disappear from home each year. Many pet owners assume their own dog or cat would never stray from home, either because the pet has shown no interest in wandering or because there are no known means of escape.

What are the chances? According to the lost pet recovery experts at HomeAgain:

  • 1 in 3 pets goes missing during its lifetime
  • 41% of lost cats are considered indoor-only cats
  • 8 to 10 million pets stray each year
  • Without ID, 90% of lost pets will not return home
  • Getting lost is the #1 cause of death for pets 

How do pets get out? They:

  • Bolt through an electric fence
  • Walk out a door or gate that’s mistakenly been left open
  • Flee from a thunderstorm or fireworks
  • Wander into unfamiliar territory while on vacation
  • Disappear during an emergency
  • Get stolen while unattended
  • Crawl out of holes created during home renovation/construction
  • Develop wanderlust as they age, due to cognitive loss
  • Sneak out when you prop the door open to sign for a delivery or carry in the groceries
  • Pop out a screen to chase a neighbor’s pet or wild animal
Speak up!
   Sometimes, a pet’s disappearance can be traced to a door or gate that’s been left open. The risk goes up when unfamiliar people are entering and exiting the house. Some pets find a safe corner to hide in, while other pets attempt to run as far from the house as possible.
   All people who have access to your house should be made aware that pets live in the home. Ask visitors to be vigilant about keeping doors and gates shut when visiting and working. (When practical, confine your pet to a room that you alone will access.)
Whom do you tell? Consider the most frequent visitors to your home:
  • Family members, especially children
  • Friends and overnight guests
  • Service workers, including meter readers, maids, and repairmen
  • Construction crew, roofers, and handymen
  • Pet sitters
   Of course, no plan is foolproof, so it’s best to have backup. Make sure your pet has a registered microchip (we think HomeAgain is best) to increase its chances of returning home to you.
   Contact us to schedule an appointment to have your pet ‘chipped, if it isn’t already. A simple office visit is all that’s necessary – no surgery, no anesthesia needed.


This article originally published on June 4, 2012.


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The Corgi-type dog pictured below was found wandering on Caribou Avenue in Norfolk this morning.

Attempts to locate the owner have been unsuccessful so far, as the dog’s microchip does not appear to be registered in a database.

Do you know this dog? If so, we need your help!

Do you know this dog? If so, we need your help!

If you recognize this pet, please contact us by calling 757-583-2619 and leave a message with your name and phone number.

The pet’s owner should be prepared to show proof of ownership in order to retrieve the pet (so that it goes home with the right family.)

Note:  This pet is not at our clinic at this time.

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UPDATE: This pet has been found.


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Last week, we talked about forming a Pet Wellness Plan that consists of three parts:

  1. Twice a year examinations
  2. Protective vaccinations
  3. Pet health insurance

Today, let’s add two more items to the To-Do list:

       4.  Microchipping
       5.  Spay/neuter


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UPDATE:  One of our clients found this pet and returned her to her family. Good work Mrs. D!    

     A white spayed female Bichon Frise has gone missing from her front yard on Heutte Drive in Norfolk today, around 12:30 this afternoon.

     The dog is microchipped and was last seen wearing a pink collar with rhinestones. She weighs approximately 13 pounds.

     If you have seen a dog matching this description, please call our clinic at 757-583-2619, so that we may assist you in reuniting the pet with her owner.

     The photo below is for illustrative purposes. The missing dog may look very similar to the one in the picture.

     Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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So you’re going to visit Charlie, Linus, and the gang for the same old Thanksgiving dinner of buttered toast, jellybeans, and popcorn.  You do it every year.  And every year it’s dull as dishwater.  You decide to find a way to make this trip more exciting. Then it hits you:  what could be more exciting than driving 668 miles with a screaming cat in the car?

That’s right – this installment is all about Taking Your Pet With You (subtitle:  Great Idea or Medieval Form of Torture for You Both?)

Travel by Auto

Research rest stops and pet-friendly hotels along your route, if the drive is a long one. 

Stop every two hours to stretch, eat, and use the bathroom; it’s good for you and your pet.  This gets tricky if you’re traveling alone, because pets should not be left in cars in extreme temperatures.  So do you bring your pet with you into the restroom and use the handicapped stall for its roominess?  No one has ever told me what s/he does in this case.  If you have personal experience, please mention it in the Comments section.

Bring a sturdy harness and leash (this goes for cats, too) so you can exercise your pet at rest stops.

Identify your pet through ID tags and a microchip.  Add a cell phone number to the info, so you can be reached on the road if the worst should happen and your pet escapes.

Pack pet dishes, food and water, medications, and a favorite toy or blanket.

Remember to bring a litterbox for the cat and plastic bags to dispose of pet waste.

Also pack a crate if your crate-trained dog can’t sleep without one.

Transport your cat in a roomy hard-sided cat carrier.  Your cat should not be allowed to roam the car while you drive.  (For reference, see “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” by Flannery O’Connor.)

Invest in a canine seat belt/harness combo to protect your dog during the ride.

Use caution when tranquilizing a pet.  Some pets (especially cats) become more fractious when under the influence of tranquilizers.

Look into organic non-drug supplements to calm pets; many pet stores sell homeopathic remedies for anxiety and upset.

Make a copy of your pet’s vaccination records and any pertinent medical history and bring it along.

Crossing the border?  Canada and Mexico may require a health certificate and proof of Rabies vaccination, at the least.  Gather all necessary documents before you hit the road.

Information on bringing pets to Canada and Mexico can be found here.

Travel by Plane – Domestic Flight

You will need to bring:

Interstate Health Certificate*;

Proof of Rabies vaccination;

Crate or hard-sided carrier meeting airline size requirements, labeled with your contact information and a description of your pet;

Any needed medications in the original labeled vials;

ID tags;

Small supply of pet food for a long flight;

Any other item the airline requires.

*Hawaii also requires microchip ID, 2 Rabies vaccines and Rabies titer testing.  Pets that do not meet the qualifications are quarantined for 120 days.


Don’t bother with:

Tranquilizers – airlines today deny boarding to tranquilized pets due to the increased risk of death or injury.

Find out:

Whether your pet will fly in a climate-controlled bay;

Whether your pet will be left unattended at any time during a multi-leg flight.

For more on US state requirements for importing pets, click here.

Travel by Plane – International Flight

Contact the embassy or official website of your destination country to learn its import and quarantine regulations and to download travel forms.

Most items listed under Domestic Flight apply, with a few additions:

International Health Certificate, rather than Interstate Certificate;

Foreign-language Health Certificate, specific to the country to which your pet is traveling;

Microchip ID (bring a scanner if your pet’s chip cannot be universally scanned).

Some countries have highly specific and somewhat complicated terms for avoiding quarantine, including specific timing of Rabies vaccination and Rabies titer testing.

Some countries may also require proof of flea, tick, and tapeworm treatment prior to arrival.

Careful research and adequate preparation time will prevent your pet being quarantined or even denied entry at the border.

For more on bringing pets to foreign countries, click here.

Next:  Holiday Travel Series Part IV:  Vaccinations

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Missing Pet Alert

     Missing:  Please be on the lookout for a female short-haired black cat that disappeared from home last night in the Ocean View area.  She is very loved, but very sneaky and left home without permission. 

     If you believe you know the whereabouts of this cat, please contact our office at 583-2619.  She is microchipped, so that she can be returned home.


For Sale:  Goffin Cockatoo.  “5 year-old female, excellent health and perfect feathers, very sweet.”  $700.  Call for more details – 583-2619.

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