Ancillary Services

Good Behavior Behavior counseling For Your Pet

Behavior problems cause more incidents of euthanasia in our country than any other cause, so training for appropriate behavior is a priority for us. Appropriate behavior is a form of good health, so we start the owners on the right foot when first meeting their pets, puppies and adults.

When difficult behavior does arise, we first ensure it is not the result of an undiagnosed medical condition. If our basic counseling is ineffective, we refer some cases to behaviorists for difficult, entrenched behavior requiring modification.

We can help direct your training protocol for best outcomes. We can also recognize many problems early, making it easier for you to correct them. We work to resolve medical problems that may be underlying causes of behavior issues. We offer new pet counseling that will help you understand and plan for the important and fun-filled first year with your pet. We will recommend appropriate care, nutrition, training advice and vaccinations for individual needs.

Nutrition Counseling For Pets Of All Ages

Many health issues can be modified and sometimes corrected with appropriate nutrition. We will recommend specific diets, supplements and nutritional therapeutics when appropriate.

We offer prescription diets and nutrition counseling as needed during office visits. 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. Nutrition is the biggest health variable controlled by a pet's caregiver.

During your pet's comprehensive physical examination, we can evaluate his or her body condition and give recommendations based on what we see.

For most pets, our recommendations will include information on proper serving size and other feeding strategies to maintain optimal body weight and nutritional health. We will also help you wade through the claims made by pet food producers so you can make the most informed choice.


When the suffering of your beloved pet cannot be relieved, we can offer an end to suffering that is the most calm, painless and respectful experience for you and your pet. We know that your pet is part of your family, and we do everything we can to compassionately assist your family in this very difficult decision.

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 long 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 ever has to be considered.

All of us at Burlington Animal Hospital will help you prepare for these important issues with the compassion and sensitivity they require.

We offer at-home euthanasia to existing clients on a case-by-case basis.

Pet Identification - Microchipping Microchipping by HomeAgain

Studies have shown that more than 10 million pets get lost each year and about 90 percent would not be returned to their owner if not for some form of permanent lost pet identification. Getting lost is not just an inconvenience. It is the number one cause of pet death.

This is why we at view microchip lost pet IDs as a standard of care for all of our feline and canine patients. With a HomeAgain 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.

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.

Additionally, 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.

A HomeAgain Success Story

One cold drizzly day we received a phone call letting us know that a large yellow dog was running around on a busy street in Burlington. The dog was frantic and frightened, but a good Samaritan was able to coax the dog to her car and brought the dog to us. After scanning for a microchip, we found a number and were able to reunite the dog with his anxious owner.