Critter Parents need the best information to take care of their pets. Here are some resources for you to use.
Local Pet Services:
Dogs on Deployment – Military members nation-wide confront a multitude of problems during their careers, the last thing they need to worry about is their pet’s care during their service commitments. Dogs On Deployment is a 501(c)(3) national non-profit which provides an online network for service members to search for volunteers who are willing to board their pets during their owner’s service commitments. Dogs on Deployment promotes responsible, life-long pet ownership by military pet owners by advocating for military pet owner rights, providing educational resources and granting financial assistance for military pet owners during times of emergency. Join Dogs on Deployment’s mission in changing the lives of our military members and their pets.
Erin Bonilla Photography – Your pet will feel at home in the only dedicated pet portrait studio in Hampton Roads. Specializing in pets allows me to design my studio to accommodate my clients and their pets. That means that I take measures to ensure their safety and comfort. All of the props are pet sized and some are designed for pets! I have a whole box that is just hats! We are the pet portrait experts and we can work with all kinds of animals of varying temperaments and levels of obedience. We only use positive reinforcement and are never harsh or pushy with the animals. With pet portraits, patience is key.
For Clicks and Wiggles -Your dog doesn’t have to have a behavior problem to start training. Prevention is best to establish the perfect relationship. If you just adopted an older dog or puppy, call me to set up a lesson now! Browse the programs page for the list of offers and give me a call so we can talk about your dog and what they specifically need. I look forward to helping you build the best relationship with your dog.
(The) Grooming Gallery – We believe communication between the pet, their human companion and the professional pet groomer is an important step towards building a trusting relationship. Enhance your pet’s hygiene, health and appearance with a variety of services. We are a full service salon offering quality grooming by professional pet stylists. Our staff is caring and gently with your pet and really strive to make every experience a happy one. We appreciate your interest in our salon and invite you to stop in and meet us anytime.
Happy Cat Outdoor Resorts – What do people like us with a deep love of pets, especially kitties, do? They do everything they can to keep them happy, healthy and safe! A special way to provide safe exercise and enrichment is to Free Your Inner Kitten with an outdoor habitat! Little Doggie Diggs are Also Available
Langley Kennel Club– Langley Kennel Club a Virginian non-profit organization was founded in 1940 by a group of dog fanciers to introduce organized dog-related activities to the Virginia Peninsula. For over 70 years, LKC has actively promoted the highest standards for our dog owners, breeders, and exhibitors. Our members include breeders, exhibitors and AKC judges who participate in competition shows and performance events.
The MeowManor – We are the one & only “Cats Only” boarding resort in Newport News & the surrounding areas! The MeowMANOR is a newer boarding concept for cats & their people. We aim to be your cats home away from home, by treating them as we treat our very own (see our purr-babies below). In our modern, home-like resort we allow our guests plenty of time out of their rooms in order to stretch, play & own the resort, just like they do if they were at home. We strive to be accommodating to all our guests needs. If you have any questions about check-in/out times, medications, diets, etc please feel free to ask. We are here for you.
Merrimac Dog Training Club, Inc – Merrimac is an AKC licensed club on the Virginia Peninsula that offers obedience, agility, rally and conformation handling classes, and holds AKC obedience and agility trials. Classes are at levels ranging from puppies to competition. The goal of the club is to promote the original goals of creating a stronger bond of companionship between people and their dogs, of raising awareness of the responsibilities of dog ownership and of helping all to achieve that sense of pride that comes from a well trained dog.
Pawsitive Attitudes – Dog Training, Therapy Dog Assessment & Training and Pet First Aid & CPR Classes. Owner, Patty Allen and I am a graduate of Animal Behavior College where she earned her certification as an ABC Certified Dog Trainer. Animal Behavior College (ABC) is approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education and is an internationally recognized school. Her commitment to this program has provided her with a formal education in canine obedience training and understanding behavior and its motives. Her combined certification, education and experience equips her with the skills required to effectively and humanely train your dog while keeping alive the spark that makes your dog so special to you.
Pets for Vets – Our soldiers have been brave but many of them have returned with physical and emotional injuries that have made it difficult to transition back to civilian life. Our goal is to help heal the emotional wounds of military veterans by pairing them with a shelter dog that is specially selected to match his or her personality. Professional animal trainers rehabilitate the dogs and teach them good manners to fit into the veteran’s lifestyle. Training can also include desensitization to wheel chairs or crutches as well as recognizing panic or anxiety disorder behaviors.
Precious Pets Transport Service, LLC – A professional pet transport service since 2004 and we would like to offer your pets a safe, comfortable ride. We specialize in ground pet transport utilizing climate controlled vehicles. We are a registered IPATA member and can assist with most international travel. Early planning is essential. We can help you with navigating the regulations & requirements your pet must adhere to as well as organizing the travel arrangements at both ends if required. Its about reuniting you and your pet as quickly and as safely as possible.
Purrocious Styles Feline Designs – we take care of your cat grooming needs so you don’t have to. A feline exclusive salon and spa, located in the beautiful Lee Hall area of Newport News. Owned and operated by a Certified Feline Master Groomer with over 20 years of experience grooming cats. Because our focus is on cat grooming, we can offer a relaxed and attentive atmosphere for each of our clients. We specialize in cats and are very good at what we do. Looking for cat grooming in Newport News? Look no further!
Local Pet Stores and Retailers
Jamestown Feed & Seed – (Williamsburg, Va.) We are your one-stop shop without the big box feel! We carry everything from seeds to feed and mulch to trees. If it is for your pet, big or small, or your garden we have it here. With top brands like Espoma, Proven Winners, Burpee, Audubon, our products are top quality. Come in and see us today!
Lavish Lizard Landscapes – (Newport News) Hand crafted Landscapes for reptiles. Made with non – toxic materials.
Peninsula Pet Pantry – By providing temporary pet food and supplies, as well as vet care cost relief and resource referral services, the Peninsula Pet Pantry is helping to keep pets with their owners and out of animal shelters and humane groups.
Pet World – (Newport News and Hampton, Va.) we we treat your pet like family. Pet World is a local, independent chain of pet stores that have been serving the peninsula since 1978. We specialize in freshwater and saltwater fish, exotic reptiles, birds and small animals. We pride ourselves on the professional advice and attention given to all We specialize in all things pet related. We carry small animals, reptiles, puppies, fresh and saltwater fish along with tanks and supplies, dog food and cat food, feeders, cat and dog supplies. We also have three pet groomers on site. We would love to help you with your pet and you are welcome to bring them in to shop with you. With 2 Locations to serve you, check out our FaceBook Pages Pet World Newport News & Pet World Hampton
Sophie’ Choice– Sophie’s Choice, Harnesses and Boleros are built for support, comfort, and fun! “We love to dress up our pets AND keep them safe and warm in the winter” check out Sophie’s Choice for all your canine fashion needs!
The Pet Castle – (Hayes, Va.) – The Pet Castle has been serving Gloucester and surrounding communities since June 2007. We are the largest pet supplier and grooming parlor on the Middle Peninsula. Since starting in a 1,200 square foot shop, we have grown to nearly 5,000 square feet and carry some of the best products in the pet industry. We carry supplies for nearly all pets, and we also sell a menagerie of small animals, reptiles and fish. Come by today and meet our friendly and courteous staff. We are always ready, willing and able to serve you and all your pets needs
West Village Barkery – Your one stop shop for All Natural and Organic ingredient Dog treats, and home of the Pawsitive Remedy. We at the West Village Barkery take great pride in providing you the best all natural and organic treats from Chew treats such as Bully Sticks and Bones, to Sweet Treats such as Blueberry Gobblers and Sweet PAW tato Pleasers. Take a moment to look around and grab a few treats for your fur-baby
The Cove | Center of Veterinary Expertise – (Suffolk) After many years of serving the entire Hampton Roads region from various clinics, we’ve come together to create a very special veterinary hospital whose primary purpose is to deliver 24-hour care for pets and their families. What makes it special is that from experience, we’ve taken the best in progressive medicine and excellent service and blended it together to create a recipe for truly exceptional, collaborative care.
Helping Hands (Richmond, Va) – Helping Hands has assembled a team of dedicated staff, we like to refer to them as our A team, our ace in the hole and the dream team, but no matter what we call them, they are all incredible. These are people who all believe in the mission of helping animals and making a difference. Running a high volume clinic means we have to have the best of the best! Click here to meet our amazing doctors, technicians and support staff and learn who helps make the magic happen every day!
Joy-Chi Veterinary Acupuncture (Hampton) has been serving Hampton Roads best loved pets since 2010. We specialize in traditional integrative therapies that address the whole animal. Western medicine tends to view heath and disease as separate states, and seeks to restore wellness by destroying disease. Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) views disease as arising from an unbalanced state, and seeks to bring the individual back into balance.
Lap of Love is a network of veterinarians around the country (locations) whose goal is to empower every owner to care for their geriatric pets. Our philosophy centers around the human-animal bond and the need for that bond to be as undisturbed as possible during this most difficult time. The desire to bring this important service to families across the United States is slowly being realized as additional veterinarians begin working under the same philosophy. Lap of Love is honored to have some of the most compassionate and empathetic vets working with us. At Lap of Love, we believe all pets and their family deserves the most compassionate and supportive end of life experience.
Magruder-Tabb Animal Clinic (Yorktown, Va.) – Magruder Tabb Animal Clinic is proud to serve the Yorktown VA area for everything pet related. Their veterinary clinic and animal hospital is run by Dr. Joseph Wallace, who is a licensed, experienced Yorktown veterinarian. Our team is committed to educating our clients in how to keep your pets healthy year round, with good nutrition and exercise. Magruder Tabb Animal Clinic stays on top of the latest advances in veterinarian technology and above all, remembers that all animals and pets need to be treated with loving care in every check-up, procedure, or surgery.
Mercury Animal Hospital (Hampton, Va.) – is a full service facility servicing dogs, cats and pocket pet animals. Our facility is equipped to offer a wide range of services to serve our clients and our patients. These services include surgery, dentistry, in-house laboratory services, radiology, in-house pharmacy, hospitalization, boarding, grooming and much more! Our goal is to concentrate on serving and improving animal welfare. We believe that our pets are not just pets, but are members of the family and they should receive the same humane care that we expect from our doctors.
Midway Veterinary Hospital (Chesapeake, Va.) We celebrate the human-animal bond. Whether your chosen companions have fur, feathers or scales, you’ll find our staff compassionate and knowledgeable in their care. Our doctors are experienced in the medicine and surgery of a wide range of animals from the more traditional dogs and cats, to birds, reptiles, and exotic mammals. Midway offers a variety of advanced diagnostics appropriate for your species including digital and dental radiographs, ultrasound imaging and a full in-house diagnostic laboratory. We also partner with outside laboratories for advanced or specialized testing, when necessary. So whether your pet needs routine vaccinations and wellness care or has an illness or injury, you’ll find us equipped to handle their needs. Midway Veterinary Hospital – “Think of us as your other family doctor.”
No More Chasing Tails (Newport News, Va.) – No More Chasin’ Tails is a non-profit low-cost spay and neuter clinic for dogs and cats. Our mission: to provide low cost spay/neuter services to the public; to help end homelessness and senseless euthanasia in our shelters
Poquoson Animal Hospital (Poquoson, Va.) – has been providing high quality medical care to our community since 1996 and we have a reputation for service excellence and compassion. Our knowledgeable staff utilizes advanced medical capabilities, on-site laboratory, pharmacy, digital x-ray and ultrasound to provide a wide range of medical services for our patients–from yearly wellness visits, to treatment of seriously ill or injured animals.
Pet Care Resources
Benefits of Pets for Kids – The Essential Guide – This guide is a very comprehensive resource on the many benefits of having pet animals for children. It also covers what it takes to own a pet, why a pet is a healthy addition to any child’s upbringing, how to take care of pets, and pets for special needs children and plenty of other useful advice and information .
Can Dogs Eat? – An ultimate guide to 69 human foods that dogs can/cannot eat
Pet Care After Owners Death – Mark Brown runs FuneralGuide.co.uk a site dedicated to helping over 50’s with funeral planning which provides lots of free guides, he recently commissioned an article on what to do with a pet when the owner dies, something which isn’t covered all that much – but is very important
Pet Care in Condos & Apartment – Learn tips and resources for keeping pets happy in apartment and condo living spaces.
Pet Safe House Plants – Responsible pet owners should familiarize themselves with the differences between safe and dangerous plants for the well-being of their pets. Here are a few resources to help pet owners identify which plants are safe for a pet-friendly home.
Pooching Around – A website that covers pet products and also have some detailed breed guides
Sacred Friends Inc. Wildlife Rehabilitation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in Virginia that saves wild animals!
Seniors and Pets Studies have shown that owning a pet can be physically and mentally beneficial for people of all ages. Aging in Place is a resource hub for seniors and their families to learn more about the specific aspects of aging in place. You can visit our one stop shop for expert know-how in order to make the best decisions about loved ones aging in place. The council has an exceptional article weighting the reasons why seniors should have a pet, including the companionship, exercise, and therapeutic benefits which leads to living longer and happier.
Trips with Pets – is the premier online pet friendly travel guide — providing online reservations at over 30,000 pet friendly hotels & accommodations across the U.S. and Canada.
What to know about your Dogs Nutrition – Learn how to pick the best food for your pup based off their nutritional needs.
Pet Food Reviews
There are thousands of varieties of dog food on the market that may claim to be “premium” and “all natural,” but there are very few regulations on what it takes to meet these qualifications. Bad ingredients are rampant in mainstream dog foods and misleading marketing tactics can make it difficult to determine which brands are safest. That is why the researchers at Reviews.com poured months into analyzing 2,223 formulas on the market to find the top 13 picks that offer optimal nutrition for our four-legged friends. They created a guide that clearly points out red flag ingredients and recommends trustworthy brands at any price point. Here is their guide: http://www.reviews.com/dog-food/
DogFoodRatings.net is a website that has reviews and ratings of dog food. In addition, the site provides feeding tips for specific breeds and information about different diets. It’s a useful resource for dog owners who want to find the best food for their pets.
Pet Ownership Guide for 2017
Pet ownership represents a large emotional – and financial – commitment. Whether you buy from a pet store or a breeder, adopt an animal from a shelter, or take in a stray, initial costs are just the beginning of the story. This guide examines the different costs associated with pet ownership and helps you know what to expect, how to plan for these expenses, and potential ways to reduce the financial burden of pet ownership.
The Butt-Scooting Boogie – If your pet is scooting its rear across the floor, chances are there’s an anal gland to blame. Learn more.
Your Dog’s Annual Physical Exam- Just what is the veterinarian looking for when they stare and gently push, pull and poke your dog during a visit? Learn from this breakdown of the major body systems they’re checking out and what they’re looking for (and hoping not to find). Learn More.
How Can I Tell if my Pet is Overweight?- Try these simple at-home tests to see if your beloved pet should see the veterinarian for weight control. Learn More.
Hazards Around the House.- Be mindful of these potential pet hazards to keep furry family members happy and healthy. Learn More.
Oh the Miserable Itc – You should know that itching and scratching is more than just an annoyance – it’s a sign that something’s wrong with your pet. Learn More.
How to get a Urine Sample. – Learn two ways you might not have thought of to make at-home-urine sample collection a little easier. Learn More.