Columbus Pet Client Services

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Microchipping For Your Pet's Safety

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.

While volunteering during hurricane Katrina relief, Dr. Riddick saw a found dog re-united with her owner because of microchipping. Dr Riddick also found three dogs loose on Victory drive, and was able to rescue them. Due to the microchips she reunited them with their distraught owners.

This is why the team at Benning Animal Hospital considers microchip pet IDs a fundamental way to protect your pet and an important part of responsible pet ownership. We use Datamar's ISO microchip systems. 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 Columbus 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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International 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, we recommend contacting the destination 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/wps/portal/aphis/ourfocus/importexport/sa_animals/sa_pet_travel for a complete list of travel regulations and alerts.

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

Pet Laser Therapy in Columbus

Reducing pain and promoting healing is one of our medical team's top priorities. To that end, we have invested in a class IV therapeutic laser, which we use on our patients following surgery or an injury and to help manage a range of chronic and acute conditions.

K-Laser therapy is a painless FDA approved medical procedure that uses low-level lasers to stimulate the natural healing capabilities of the body's cells. This form of laser therapy is effective at promoting healing on a cellular level as well as decreasing inflammation after surgery, injury or areas of the body affected by chronic illnesses such as arthritis or acute conditions such as otitis. It can also be used to increase joint mobility and relieve the aches and pains common to geriatric pets.

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In-House Pharmacy

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. If your pet requires a prescription diet we do not carry, we can easily order it for you.

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 order online.

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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 Benning Animal Hospital will do our best to help you prepare for these important issues with the compassion and sensitivity they require.

Cremation services are available upon request. Speak with our veterinarians or staff to help schedule arrangements.

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