Additional Services

Cat-Friendly Services

By |

At Bridge Street Veterinary Hospital, we understand that for many cats, trips to the vet can be a source of great anxiety. We want to change that once and for all! We are certified by the American Association of Feline Practitioners as a cat-friendly practice, which means we have taken special measures to make veterinary care a positive experience for our feline friends.

What exactly is a “cat-friendly practice”?

Recent research has revealed a disturbing trend that shows a significant decrease in feline vet visits. The problem many cat owners face is that visits the clinic can incite feelings of fear, anxiety and even aggression in felines. Cats are incredibly sensitive to their external environment. The unusual odors, sounds and sights associated with a typical veterinary office, combined with having to come into contact with unfamiliar people and animals, can be enough to send even a normally calm kitty into a panic. By the time a nervous cat gets to the exam room, you’ve got a recipe for disaster.

The concept of cat-friendly practices aims to change the entire experience, both for feline patients and their owners. This is accomplished through a number of things. In particular, it’s specialized training of staff in dealing with frightened cats, and designing the hospital environment to make it a less stressful place. At BSVH, we’ve worked hard to achieve our cat-friendly certification, and are proud of the unique care we offer to our feline friends.

From the soft, soothing music playing throughout our clinic to the special calming pheromones we use to infuse the air, to the gentle handling techniques that our team has been trained in, we’re prepared to make even the most apprehensive kitty feel at ease. If your cat is nervous about going to the vet, let us help to set you both at ease. Schedule a cat-friendly appointment today and see what a difference this unique type of care can make!

Behavioral Counseling

By |

There’s no question that our pets bring us immeasurable joy and endless entertainment. There are probably a million little things that you could list that you love about your pet. Yet, they are still animals, and can also exhibit certain behaviors that are less than desirable. Dealing with bad pet behavior can make it difficult to form that all important human-animal bond with your pet, and to truly embrace them as a part of the family. The good news is you’re not alone. The team at Bridge Street Veterinary Hospital can help!

We are experienced in all aspects of animal behavior and can help identify the reasons why your pet is acting out. In many cases, what we see as bad behavior is really a sign of a bigger underlying problem. For instance, a pet that becomes destructive whenever they are left alone may actually be suffering from separation anxiety. What’s more, some medical conditions have symptoms that may mimic bad behavior, such as housebreaking accidents. In order to effectively address the problem, we must first identify its root cause.

Once we’ve determined why your pet is behaving in a way that is disruptive to your home, and we have ruled out any medical causes, we can then provide you with the education, tools and support you need to help overcome that bad behavior once and for all. Through proven behavioral modification techniques, such as positive reinforcement and reward training, your pet will become a more balanced, well-behaved member of the family in no time.

Some of the behavioral problems we can assist with include:

  • House Training Problems
  • Biting
  • Aggression
  • Excessive Barking
  • Destructive Behavior
  • Digging
  • Cat Scratching
  • Fear/Anxiety

If you’re struggling with negative pet behavior, don’t wait another moment. Call us today. We can help!


By |

Your pet is a part of the family, so of course you’d love to bring them with you everywhere you go. Unfortunately, this isn’t always possible. Do you have a plan in place for the next time you have to leave town and can’t bring your animal companion along? Why not bring them to a place where they already feel comfortable, and they’ll be surrounded by familiar faces? Bridge Street Veterinary Hospital offers full service boarding in our clean, comfortable and modern boarding facility. Your pet will be treated like royalty while you can rest easy knowing they are in good hands while you’re away.

Guests of our facility can enjoy all of the amenities they need to feel right at home, all provided by us, such as clean, comfortable bedding and food and water bowls. Of course, you may feel free to bring your own if you feel it would make your pet’s stay a little more comfortable. You’re also welcome to bring favorite toys and other personal items that are washable. We are happy to provide food and treats at no extra charge, although eating their own food tends to agree better with most boarded pets.

We are happy to accommodate any special requests that you may have for your pet whenever possible. Just mention your needs when you call to schedule your companion’s stay. We can even provide grooming services before you pick up your pet if you’d like to provide a little extra pampering and arrive home to a clean, fresh smelling animal!

Boarding at BSAH is an especially helpful option if your pet has special needs or requires medical attention while you are away. Qualified veterinary technicians are available to keep a close eye on your companion, and our caring kennel staff carefully monitor the boarding area. We are also able to administer any medication your pet requires during his or her stay. You have the added benefit of knowing that one of our clinicians will promptly begin treatment if your pet becomes ill during his or her stay. We can even arrange for one of our veterinary team members to provide overnight monitoring for senior pets or those with certain health issues.

For the safety and comfort of our staff and other boarding guests, we require pets that are boarding with us to be current on their rabies and distemper vaccinations, along with other species-specific vaccinations. We also require that most vaccinations be given at least 2 weeks before boarding. If you have questions about these requirements or need to schedule an appointment to have your pet’s vaccinations updated, please contact us several weeks prior to your pet’s scheduled stay.

Traveling can be stressful enough without having to worry about who will care for your animal family member. Let us take some of the stress out of your next trip. We’d love to become your pet’s home away from home!

Schedule your boarding reservation today! For a tour of our boarding facilities, drop by anytime.