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Pawspice: Veterinary Hospice & Palliative Care for Animals

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Our goal with veterinary hospice care is to care for your terminally ill pet, and to support your family as you are making the difficult decisions before, around, and after your pet’s death.

Carriage Crossing Animal Hospital promotes hospice/palliative care for your beloved animal companion as an alternative to premature euthanasia and as an alternative to prolonged suffering which can result either from isolating a loving and social animal in intensive care or from inadequately treating the animal at home.

We provide ongoing quality of life assessments, comprehensive pain management, and supportive care to allow your family as much precious time with your ailing pet as possible. Our understanding staff helps your family cope with the approaching death of your beloved companion while giving comfort and care to your pet.

Carriage Crossing Animal Hospital is a member of the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care. The IAAHPC has helpful information about veterinary hospice care available here: https://www.iaahpc.org/for-pet-parents/faq.html

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Behaviour Therapy and Positive Reinforcement Training

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At Carriage Crossing Animal Hospital, our experienced staff will provide you with behaviour therapy sessions as part of your pet’s complete annual examination. We believe in evaluating and managing all aspects of your pet’s health, including their behaviour in and out of the home environment.

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Veterinary Specialist Referrals

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Our experienced team of veterinarians and veterinary technicians provides many services at our clinic, ranging from routine to advanced procedures. Although we handle the majority of your pet’s medical and surgical needs in-house, we occasionally refer patients to veterinary specialists or specialty clinics when advanced training or equipment will be beneficial.

Board-certified specialists, such as oncologists, ophthalmologists, and neurologists, have extensive experience and training in a particular area of veterinary medicine or surgery. Specialty clinics and university-affiliated referral centers have specialized equipment to perform procedures that are not routinely performed by general veterinary practitioners.

We make referral decisions because we want to ensure that our patients receive the highest standard of care and best possible outcome. Be assured that when we refer a patient to another hospital, we continue to stay involved with his or her care, consulting with the treating specialist and often providing any needed follow-up care and rehabilitation.

Puppy Training

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Your puppy’s early months are an impressionable period in his or her life, and the right training can make all the difference in your lifelong relationship with your dog. The goal of our puppy classes is to teach basic manners, encourage good behavior, prevent problems, and increase socialization, all while helping you establish a strong bond with your new canine companion. We will show you how to teach your dog what you expect of him or her through consistent, reward-based training.

The effort you put into your puppy early on will pay off tremendously down the road. Contact us to sign up for our puppy classes.

Microchip Pet Identification

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Imagine if your dog or cat got lost. You’d want to give him or her the best chance of getting home. With microchipping, you can.

Microchipping is a safe, permanent way to identify your pet in case he or she becomes lost. A microchip, which is a tiny device about the size and shape of a grain of rice, is placed just under the loose skin at the back of the neck. When a lost dog or cat without an ID tag is found, a veterinarian or veterinary technician will use a handheld microchip scanner to check for a chip. If the pet has one, it will transmit its ID number to the scanner via a low-frequency radio wave. The veterinary hospital or shelter then calls the chip manufacturer, retrieves the pet owner’s contact information, and calls the owner.

Even the most responsible pet owners can’t always guarantee their pet won’t get lost. A leash could break or slip out of your hand, a pet could push through a screen door or window, or a contractor or friend might accidentally leave a door or gate open.

We recommend that you use a microchip, along with a collar and ID tag, to identify your pet. An ID tag is still a reliable identification method. Pets that have tags with current contact information are more likely to not end up in shelters and tend to get home faster than those without tags. However, collars and ID tags aren’t permanent and can be removed (overnight or for grooming); pets can also lose them. With a microchip, your pet will have a much better chance of being identified and returned to you. Pets without microchips that end up in shelters may be adopted out to another family or even euthanized.

Please contact us to schedule an appointment to microchip your pet. Although we hope your pet never becomes lost, we want you to be prepared. We can also suggest a plan to have in place so if your pet does go missing, you’ll be able to act quickly.

We can microchip ferrets, rabbits, birds, and other companion animals, too!