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Behavior problems are the number one reason that owners give up a pet. Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital and Pet Townsend Veterinary Clinic offer behavior counseling for many of your pet's problems including inappropriate urination or defecation, aggression, separation anxiety, inappropriate chewing and barking, and introduction of new pets into the household. Often a behavior problem, such as inappropriate voiding, can be linked to a medical issue (cystitis, bladder stones, or kidney disease).

Our veterinarians help you recognize, validate, and categorize behavior problems. We work closely with you in developing a specific plan to help eliminate your pet's unwanted behavior. The treatment plan often includes behavior modification and medication-assisted training.

Nutritional Counseling

Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital and Pet Townsend Veterinary Clinic offer prescription diets and nutritional counseling for your pets. Why is this important? Pets are living longer, healthier lives than ever before—largely due to our expanded knowledge 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. We also offer nutritional counseling appropriate for the life stage of your pet, illness-related diets, weight loss, and allergy-related food concerns.

Some pets have more serious nutritional challenges or chronic conditions that can benefit from a special diet. Pets with liver disease, intestinal problems, bladder and kidney stones, renal failure, food allergies, and diabetes can lead healthier lives on these foods.

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

All of our veterinarians offer nutritional counseling. Dr. Abbie has also studied Chinese Food Therapy and can discuss using this approach in conjunction with herbal therapies and acupuncture to maximize clinical outcomes.

We carry a diverse inventory of prescription foods, including RCVD, Purina, and Hills Rx. We also offer Orijins dog and cat diets at our Pet Townsend Veterinary Clinic. If your pet requires a prescription diet that we do not carry, we may be able to order it for you.

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A lost pet is more than an inconvenience. It's the number one cause of pet death.

This is why the team at Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital and Pet Townsend Veterinary Clinic 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 veterinary hospitals. Microchips are safe, unalterable and permanent identification for pets and 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.

House Calls

An important part of supporting the bond you have with your pet, as well as providing the best care possible, is to offer you the option of a house call.

While both Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital and Pet Townsend Veterinary Clinic are state-of-the-art facilities that are safe and welcoming, we still believe that a number of our services can—and in some cases should—be provided in our clients’ homes.

Our house-call service means you and your pet can remain at home, where you are most relaxed and comfortable, and receive a personal visit from one of our veterinarians and a technician. We are able to provide at home wellness examinations, vaccinations, routine medical care, blood draws for lab testing, and other general services that do not require diagnostic or other medical technology.

Certainly the most difficult, yet important, house call we will make is when a beloved pet is reaching the end of life. 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 pets' remains—are two of the most difficult issues to consider. Asking the question means confronting fear, guilt, and grief.

Euthanasia methods are designed to cause minimal pain and distress. Talk to one of our veterinarians or staff members at Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital or Pet Townsend Veterinary Clinic about pet euthanasia long before it becomes an issue. Discover your options, make some key decisions ahead of time, and ask us to add this information to your pet's record.

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 Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital and Pet Townsend Veterinary Clinic will do our best to help you prepare for these important decisions with the compassion and sensitivity they require.

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