Client Services

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Prescriptions From Your Veterinarian

As the prescribing veterinarian for your pet's medications, we are able to ensure there is a 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 be able to easily guide you on the medication's use as well as monitor its effectiveness. You can also feel confident all the medications we dispense were obtained from safe, reliable sources and stored under the right conditions.

We maintain a complete inventory of pharmaceuticals, vitamins, shampoos, flea and tick control products and heartworm preventatives to meet the needs of your pet. We also carry a full line of prescription diets available through our online pharmacy. Our online pharmacy allows you to order medications, diets and refills at your convience and have them shipped directly to your home.

Ensuring that you have convenient and timely access to competitively priced medications is an important aspect of our veterinary practice.

Microchipping

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A lost pet is a frightening situation with often devastating consequences. Studies have shown more than 10 million pets get lost each year and approximately 90 percent of those found would not have been returned to their owners without some form of permanent lost pet identification.

This is why the team at Veterinary Care of Ithaca considers microchip pet IDs a fundamental way to protect your pet and an important part of responsible pet ownership. We use the "Save A Pet" microchip system. Each microchip registers the animal with a unique identification number, which is filed in a database with your contact information. The contact information can be updated anytime, and it is important to remember to do so whenever your information changes. If your pet is lost, the microchip can be scanned by animal control officers, at shelters, and at veterinary hospitals in the U.S. and in many foreign countries as well.

This safe, reliable, and permanent pet identification takes less than 10 seconds to implant and can save you and your pet days, weeks, or more of fear and anguish.

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Pet Behavior Counseling

Even with the right training and lots of attention and love, your dog or cat can develop bad habits or unwanted behaviors. Please don't make the mistake of believing that you and your family must live with these problems or worse, consider giving up your pet.

Veterinary Care of Ithaca offers behavior counseling for many of your pet's problems including inappropriate urination or defecation, urine marking, aggression, nipping and biting, separation anxiety, inappropriate chewing and barking, digging, and introduction of new pets into the household.

Common Causes of Pet Behavioral Problems

Causes of behavior problems can be environmental, such as a schedule change or introduction of a new baby or pet; learned, as a result of unintentional positive reinforcement; or genetic. Furthermore, any painful disease or condition, or degenerative changes associated with aging, can cause or contribute to behavior problems.

For example, a pet that is fearful of children may become more reactive, irritable, and aggressive as conditions such as dental problems, arthritis, or an infection make him or her more uncomfortable or less mobile. Addressing the underlying medical problem or providing pain relief, along with behavior modification techniques, can often resolve some of these problems.

Assessing Your Pet's Behavior

Our assessment begins with your pet's clinical history and a thorough medical examination. Before beginning behavior therapy, any medical problems that have been diagnosed will be treated. 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.

Visit Us Before Traveling With Your Pet

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As a part of our efforts to provide you with the most comprehensive pet healthcare services, we also provide international health certificates, which are required when traveling with your pet outside the United States.

Many countries have their own health certificates and they are available here. If you are traveling to a country without an approved health certificate, please download the United States Interstate and International Certificate of Health Examination for Small Animals.

The International Health Certificate should be issued by one of our veterinarians at Veterinary Care of Ithaca as near to the travel date as possible, but not more than 21 days before travel. The certificate should indicate the following:

  • Name of pet
  • Breed
  • Color
  • Age of pet
  • Country of origin
  • Name/address/phone number of the owner of pet
  • Confirmation that pet is healthy and free of parasites
  • Vaccinations given, including type, manufacturer, and batch number

Generally, the rabies vaccine must be given at least 30 days, but not more than 12 months, before travel, although some countries have different requirements. However, you must enter your destination country before your pet's most recent rabies vaccination has expired.

Along with an international health certificate, there may be additional requirements for traveling abroad. Please take some time to become familiar with the international pet travel requirements specific to your destination. If you have any questions, our staff at Veterinary Care of Ithaca is happy to help.

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End-of-Life Planning

For many pet owners, even thinking about their pet's final days is difficult and emotional. Our animals are a part of our family. It is this strong bond, born from years of loyal companionship, that makes this time particularly hard to bear.

We encourage you to talk with our veterinary healthcare team about these issues before they become an urgent matter. Find out about your options, including our crematory and burial services, make some key decisions ahead of time, and ask us to add this information to your pet's record. Taking the time to plan, as challenging as it may be, will lessen the pain and stress for you and your pet.

All of us at Veterinary Care of Ithaca will do our best to help you prepare for these important issues with the compassion and sensitivity they deserve.