Belmont Veterinary Services
Serving Belmont, Aylmer, Dorchester, Nilestown, London and all the surrounding areas!

National Pet I.D. Week Promotion

National Pet I.D. Week is the perfect time to make sure you’ve taken every precaution to be reunited with your pet if he or she becomes lost. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recently found that only 33 percent of pet parents admitted to always having ID tags on their dogs and cats.

In addition to that crucial step, pet owners should also have their furry friend microchipped. Collars with pet identification are accessible to anyone who finds your lost pet. But, tags can become hard to read, and collars can be broken or removed. Microchipping your pet is a method of permanent identification. Microchips cannot be easily misread, and the permanent identification number is tamperproof. The information about the pet and owner is usually readily retrievable.

A microchip is a very tiny transponder that is encoded with a unique identification number. Before insertion, the sterile microchip is scanned in the package to confirm that the identification code of the transponder matches that shown on the label of the bar code on the package.

The procedure for microchipping your pet is similar to that of vaccinating. Some of the loose skin between the shoulder blades is gently pulled up, and the application needle is quickly inserted. The trigger is depressed, which injects the microchip into the tissues. Once the chip is inserted, the pet is scanned to ensure that the chip is reading properly.

The procedure is fast, safe, and generally painless, even in puppies and kittens. Some owners choose to have the microchip inserted when the pet is spayed or neutered.

Once your pet has been microchipped, you must register it with the appropriate agency. Your veterinarian will provide you with the relevant information and documents. Be sure to keep your contact information updated. If your pet is lost and recovered, this information can be used to reunite you with your pet. Most, if not all, humane societies and animal shelters now have microchip readers, and all stray and injured animals are routinely scanned.

You Can Never Be Too Certain

Even if you’re told at the time of adoption that your new pet has been microchipped — bring him or her to a vet and have them double check.

You want to make sure that a) the chip has actually been inserted and b) that they have your information on file locally.

Q&A

What is a pet microchip?
A microchip is a very tiny electronic device that is encoded with an identification number unique to your pet. Once implanted, the microchip provides a permanent form of identification that cannot be lost or easily removed.

How is this device implanted?
The microchip is inserted under the skin using a hollow needle, much like vaccination. This procedure is relatively painless, but some owners choose to have it done when their animal is under anesthesia for a spay or neuter.

What happens after the chip is implanted?
Your veterinarian will provide you with the information needed to register your pet with the appropriate agency. Be sure to keep your contact information updated, because accurate information is needed to reunite you with your lost pet.

What happens if my pet is lost?
Most, if not all, humane societies and animal shelters now have microchip readers, and these organizations routinely scan all stray and injured animals. The ID number is then passed along to the appropriate agency, which arranges for your pet to be returned to you.

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City of London – Pet Rewards Program

We will be taking part in London’s new “Pet Rewards” program.

London Animal Services is excited to announce the launch of it’s new rewards program encouraging responsible pet ownership.

The new rewards program is an incentive program, designed to achieve two goals:

  1. Thank pet owners who have already obtained licenses, and
  2. Motivate pet owners who have not yet licensed their pet.

In order to get you “Pet Rewards Card” just license your pet with the City of London. And by showing your card at Belmont Veterinary Services you will receive 10% off your annual vaccines and 5% off pet food and treats.

Referral Program

MemRef_card_sm_wtypeWe are now offering incentives for referring your friends to us! Both you and the new client you refer will receive coupons via e-mail or you can pick them up here when you come in. When your friend comes in for their first visit, have them mention your name and you will both get a 10% one-time discount.

These can be used towards one of the following:

  • Your pet’s next annual vaccines
  • Your pet’s next general exam
  • A general surgery for your dog or cat (spay/neuter)

*Some exceptions apply. No cash value. Sales tax not included. Not valid if copied or transferred. May not be combined with other offers. Terms and conditions are subject to change without notice.<

National Pet I.D. Week Promotion!

If you bring your pet in to be microchipped between April 15th and 20th, you will receive 15% off the cost of microchipping!

1 in 3 pets will become lost in their lifetime, only 17% of lost dogs and 2% of lost cats ever find their way back home. Millions of pets are euthanized every year because their owners can’t be found in time. Microchipping is recommended for every pet—it is the only permanent method of identification and is extremely helpful in the event your pet is lost. Remember ID tags can become lost; tattoos can smudge and become unreadable—only a microchip offers a permanent solution. Hundreds of thousands of pets have been returned to their owners using microchip technology. It is estimated that over 94% of lost pets that have a microchip are successfully reunited with their families.

Call today to take advantage of this offer!

Spay and Neuter promotion

If you book a spay or neuter for your cat or dog between March 11th and March 22nd, you can get 15% off on the cost of the spay/neuter!* Space is limited, so call now and book today!

Not sure why you should spay/neuter your pets?

Well, here are the top 10 reasons to spay or neuter your pet from the ASPCA

  1. Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life.
    Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
  2. Neutering provides major health benefits for your male.
    Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.
  3. Your spayed female won’t go into heat.
    While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they’ll yowl and urinate more frequently—sometimes all over the house!
  4. Your male dog won’t want to roam away from home.
    An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate! That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once he’s free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.
  5. Your neutered male will be much better behaved.
    Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.
  6. Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat.
    Don’t use that old excuse! Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds—not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.
  7. It is highly cost-effective.
    The cost of your pet’s spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered tom escapes and gets into fights with the neighborhood stray!
  8. Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community.
    Stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, damage the local fauna and frighten children. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets.
  9. Your pet doesn’t need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth.
    Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lesson for your children—especially when so many unwanted animals end up in shelters. There are tons of books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a more responsible way.
  10. Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation.
    Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.

*Excludes de-clawing, microchipping, pre-anesthetic blood work, IV fluids and additional medication

Pet Dental Health Month!

Today is the 1st of February which marks the start of Pet Dental Health Month! 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of periodontal disease by the time they’re 3 years old. There are plenty of things you can do as a pet owner such as brushing their teeth, feeding them a dental diet, dental chews/treats and/or drops/mouthwashes.

Signs of dental disease include:

  • Bad breath
  • Yellow-brown crust on teeth
  • Red, swollen or bleeding gums
  • Change in chewing or eating habits
  • Pawing at the mouth or face
  • Loose, broken or abscessed teeth
  • Abnormal drooling

If left untreated, oral disease can lead to serious consequences for your pet, including pain, bad breath and tooth loss. Chronic infections can even spread to the major organs, where they can seriously compromise your pet’s health.

For the month of February, if your pet has a dental done at the Belmont Veterinary Services, you can get 15% off* and your pet will go home with a free dental kit including a sample of poultry-flavoured toothpaste, toothbrush, a sample of Hill’s Prescription T/D diet and lots of interesting reading material on how you can ensure your pet’s dental health. So call today!

*The cost of medication, pre-anesthetic blood work, microchipping, IV fluids and extractions is extra.