Kirkland Veterinary Client Services
HomeAgain Microchipping for Your Pet
All too often a pet that has run off fails to return home. This is a terrible, frightening situation. We have all seen the sad lost pet notices posted throughout our neighborhoods. Getting lost is more than an inconvenience: It's the number one cause of pet death.
Studies have shown that more than 10 million pets get lost each year and about 90 percent would not be returned to their owners if they did not have some form of permanent lost pet identification.
King County Pet Microchipping
This is why the team at Finn Hill Animal Hospital views microchip lost pet IDs as a standard of protection for your pet. With a microchip, your pet can be identified quickly and easily by animal control officers, shelters or at veterinary hospitals. Microchips are safe, unalterable, and permanent identification for pets. The entire implant procedure takes less than 10 seconds.
We use the HomeAgain microchip system. The HomeAgain ID system uses microchips that register the animal with a unique identification number that is filed in a database with important contact information. This information can be updated at any time.
HomeAgain membership also offers benefits such as proactive pet recovery and free access to ASPCA Poison Control. HomeAgain also comes with a number of very useful services to pet owners such as their National Pet Recovery Database, Lost Pet Specialists, Rapid Lost Pet Alerts, Lost Pet Medical Insurance, Travel Assistance for Found Pets, and more.
HomeAgain uses technology that is standardized around the world so that your pet's microchip can be read at shelters in a number of countries.
As the prescribing veterinarian for your pet's medications, we ensure the 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 guide you on the medication's use and monitoring its effectiveness.
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 prescription diets from Hills and Purina.
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.
Behavior problems are the number one reason that owners give up a pet. Our Kirkland animal hospital offers veterinary behavior counseling for many of your King County pet's problems including inappropriate urination or defecation, aggression, separation anxiety, inappropriate chewing and barking, and introduction of new pets into the household.
Our veterinarians will work closely with you to understand the source of these behavior issues and develop a specific plan to help eliminate your pet's unwanted behavior. Often the behavior problem, such as inappropriate voiding, can be linked to a medical issue (such as cystitis, bladder stones, or kidney disease) and treated medically. For other behavior issues, the treatment plan often includes behavior modification and may call for medication-assisted training. 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.
Nutrition Counseling & Prescription Diets
We offer prescription diets and nutrition counseling during your pet's wellness examination.
Why is this important? Pets are living longer, healthier lives than ever before and a big part of that is due to our expanded knowledge of the importance of proper nutrition to overall health. In fact, nutrition is the biggest health variable controlled by a pet's caregiver.
During your pet's comprehensive physical examination, we evaluate his or her body condition and give recommendations based on what we see. Some pets have more serious nutritional challenges or chronic conditions that can benefit from a special diet. If we identify an issue in your pet, we offer advice and provide information about diets that benefit specific medical conditions such as liver and intestinal disease, bladder and kidney stones, renal failure, food allergies, diabetes, and other conditions. We also offer special homemade recipes for pets with food or allergy issues.
Finn Hill Animal Hospital offers both Hills and Purina brand pet foods.
We offer phone consultations for any time you have a concern or question regarding your beloved pet's health.
Veterinary House Calls
An important piece of ensuring that veterinary care is accessible to all of our clients is through the lost art of the veterinary house call.
While Finn Hill Animal Hospital has a state-of-the-art facility that is both a safe and welcoming place for you and your pet, we still believe there are some situations that require services best provided in the comfort of your own home. Quite simply, there are times when it is better to bring medical care to your pet than it is to require you to bring your pet to our facility. Some pets simply do better in their own homes where they are more comfortable and less likely to become agitated or anxious. Some pet owners have limited mobility or very hectic schedules making veterinary visits difficult at best and impossible at worst.
Our house call service means you and your pet can remain at home, where your pet is most relaxed and comfortable, and receive a personal visit from one of our veterinarians and a technician. Services we are able to provide include pet wellness examinations, vaccinations, routine medical care, blood draws for laboratory testing, and other general services that do not require diagnostic or other medical technology.
Certainly the most difficult, though important house call we make is when a beloved pet has reached his or her last day. Being at home, surrounded by familiar and loving faces with a trained professional helping to ease a sick or aged pet from this world, is an important aspect of veterinary care.
Euthanasia and tending to your pet's remains are two of the most difficult issues for many people to consider. Asking the question means confronting fear, guilt, and grief.
Euthanasia methods are designed to cause minimal pain and distress. Talk to us about pet euthanasia before it becomes in issue. Find out about your options, make some key decisions ahead of time, and ask us to add this information to your pet's chart. Taking the time to plan, as challenging as it may be, will lessen the pain and discomfort for you and your pet in the event this option has to be considered. Please ask us about our crematory services.
All of us at Finn Hill Animal Hospital will help you prepare for these important issues with the compassion and sensitivity they require. We offer at-home euthanasia on a case-by-case basis.
There are questions you will ask when your pet has been diagnosed with a terminal illness or is nearing the end of his or her life:
- When is the right time to euthanize my pet?
- Should I stay during euthanasia?
- What can I expect to feel when my pet dies?
- Am I crazy to hurt so much?
- What can I do about my feelings?
- Should I get a new pet right away?
- What if I experience guilt?
- Will my other pets grieve?
You have a right to feel pain and grief. Someone you love has died and you feel alone and bereaved. You may also feel anger and guilt. It is very important to acknowledge your feelings.
With a focus on your pet's comfort, our staff assists in planning the "when and where" of saying goodbye and considering whether you'd like to be present. We offer several options for your pet's remains. You may take your pet for a private burial at your chosen resting place. Should you prefer cremation, we will arrange for private cremation with your pet's ashes returned to you or will care for your pet's remains in a communal cremation.
Our staff is here for you in whatever way you need us most.