The worry and helplessness we feel when a pet goes missing are indescribable, and life just isn’t the same until that pet is once again safe at home.
At Stone Ridge we offer the Datamars microchip to help bring your lost pet home even when a collar breaks or ID tags fall off.
A microchip is a device the size of a large grain of rice that is injected just under the skin between the shoulder blades. When someone finds your pet and uses a scanner to check for a chip, your pet’s unique ID number appears on the scanner along with Datamars’ contact information. That person contacts Datamars, and Datamars contacts you. All that remains is your joyful reunion!
If your dog thinks his name is “No!” or your cat thinks the litter box is strictly for decoration, it’s time to ask your Ocala vet for some advice.
Our vets and support staff will help you create a plan to teach and train your pet with love, patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement. Because changes in behavior can sometimes be a sign of discomfort or illness, informing us about such behaviors gives us the opportunity to rule out any physical causes.
A Calming Approach
Dr. Collins and her team want to make every experience at Stone Ridge a good one. We take the time needed to work with scared, timid and fearful animals during their appointments, using low-stress handling techniques to provide a comfortable experience for you and your beloved companion.
Traveling with your Pet
Most people realize that traveling with their pets requires extra preparation to ensure their safety and comfort, but many people are unaware that, depending upon the destination, they may also need proof that their pets are up to date with certain vaccinations and are healthy enough to travel.
While you’re making your travel plans, be sure to call ahead to determine what, if any, vaccines and health certificates are required by your destination location. We’ll make sure your pet is up to date and will provide you with the appropriate documentation. The comfort of your pet is priority. For that reason, we also carry medications helpful with the treatment of motion sickness and anxiety.
In-House Pharmacy and Online Refills
When your pet needs medication, the last thing you want is to wait—or to run to the local pharmacy.
Our in-house pharmacy allows us to provide you with the medications your pet needs right on the spot. And your request for a refill of your pet’s medications is just a click away with our online prescription refills.
Hospice and Euthanasia Services
From the moment we bring them home our pets depend upon us to keep them safe and happy, to offer them comfort, and to ease their pain. At Stone Ridge we believe there is no greater gift we can give our animal companions than to ensure that their final days are as happy and comfortable as possible, and that they leave this life with peace and dignity, surrounded by love.
When the time comes to make end-of-life decisions, your Stone Ridge team will talk with you privately about your options, and will explain what you can expect.
The Euthanasia Process
For animals other than dogs and cats, a gas anesthesia is usually given prior to euthanasia.
For dogs and cats, a sedative is given via intramuscular injection before the intravenous injection. Prior to giving these medications, your vet will talk with you about your wishes; some dog and cat parents choose to be present for the entire process, others feel more comfortable not being in the room or being present only for the sedation.
Stone Ridge also offers cremation services through an outside pet-loss service.
At Stone Ridge we know your pets are family, and we understand first-hand the profound feelings of loss when a cherished pet passes away. Each of us handles loss differently; there is no right or wrong way to grieve. If you become overwhelmed by your feelings or simply need a listening ear, we would be honored to talk with you and help you through this difficult time.
If your pet is too big for you to lift or too frightened to leave the car, our Stone Ridge team is always happy to lend a hand with a personal escort from your car into the clinic—and to help you calm and reassure your pet to enable the most stress-free visit possible.
If you have any questions regarding our client services, or you’re ready to schedule your pet’s appointment, call Dr. Christina Collins, our vet in Ocala FL, by reaching us at (352) 269-3755 and our front desk staff will be happy to assist you in picking the best date and time for your pet’s visit.