Links & Resources

Veterinary Questions and Pet Health Library

Do you have questions about animal health, medications, therapies, surgery, behavior, or safety? Did your veterinarian suggest you visit this site to learn more about a health issue concerning your pet?

VeterinaryPartner.com is here to support your veterinarian and you in the care of your companion animals by providing reliable, up-to-date animal health information from the veterinarians and experts of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN), the world’s first and largest online veterinary database and community.


Why Pet Health Insurance?

With the advancements of technology and the cost of medical inflation, veterinary care can be very costly. Illnesses that lead to advanced, prolonged hospitalizations and advanced surgeries easily run into thousands of dollars. Many treatments and diagnostics that are used in human medicine are also commonly used in veterinary medicine. The technology of the ultrasound (and therefore the expense to own it) is not different for a dog or a human. Many clients do not think of veterinary care in the same way they do human medicine, but they should.

Veterinary pet health insurance can be purchased by individual providers to protect against unforeseen, major medical expenses as well as day to day preventative medicine. These companies allow the owner to include what protection they would like to cover and offer additional riders as needed.

The Cooke Veterinary Medical Center does not endorse any one provider; however, we strongly recommend health insurance for all of your pets. Our pets are family and provide us with unconditional love and emotional attachment that make us live longer, healthier lives. We should provide the same for them. Health insurance can be very helpful in allowing us to afford the best care for our pets.

We HIGHLY recommend you review the website:

This site compares all the major pet insurance companies and bases the ratings on satisfied clients! Again don’t be fooled by the largest or best marketing company. Instead, rely on happy, satisfied people.

Historically, these companies consistently rank highest:


Pet Product Recalls and More

FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine: Find useful information on pet food recalls as well as regulations and distribution of food additives and drugs that will be given to animals. Additionally, a list of “Hot Topics” are found on the right hand side of the page to give you easy navigation to today’s issues.

Pet Poison Control Hotline They are your best resource for any animal poison-related emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you think that your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call (888) 426-4435. A $65 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card.


Parasites and Information on Zoonotic Diseases

The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) is a non-profit organization of veterinarians and parasitologists dedicated to protecting your family and your pets from parasites and zoonotic disease.

American Heartworm Society

To lead the veterinary profession and the public in the understanding of heartworm disease.


Indoor “Cat” Initiative expands to Indoor “Pet” Initiative

Welcome, our Center for companion animal care and wellness information for pet owners and veterinarians. This site extends the popular Indoor Cat Initiative, which has helped enrich the lives of cats and strengthen the human-cat bond for nearly a decade. The recent addition of a board-certified veterinary behaviorist and two applied animal behaviorists to our College now allows us to expand to include more companion species, starting with dogs. Please take advantage of this wealth of information for your own pets, as well as those of your friends, family, colleagues and clients.

Indoor Pet Health Starts with a Stress Free Home Life

The fundamental importance of mental health to overall health and well-being has long been identified in human medicine. Poor welfare and chronic stress in animals can lead to and exacerbate many mental and physical health problems. When we as veterinarians embrace the connection between mental and physical health, we can offer some of the best in preventative and therapeutic care for our patients.

Poor mental health in pets can lead to behavioral disorders, that, when left untreated, can be just as serious and disabling as physical diseases. Aside from preventing behavioral disorders (therefore reducing the chance of relinquishment, euthanasia, and the development of concurrent physical problems) good mental health allows our patients to live a rich and enjoyable life. When asked what is most important to our pet owning clients, most of them will undoubtedly answer ‘good quality of life’. It is important when determining a wellness plan for a dog, treating a physical or behavioral disorder, to address the mental health of the patient.

Perhaps the most important elements in providing for the well being of the pets, are a predictable daily routine, predictable consequences and environmental enrichment. The normal daily routine of most pets will include feeding (including hunting and scavenging), elimination (urine and stools), social play, environmental exploration (including chewing and object play), and sleep or periods of rest. The quality, length, type and frequency of these needs vary greatly with age, household, and the inherited characteristics of the individual. By making each of these a regular and predictable part of the pet’s daily routine, the pet gains control of its environment by learning when, where and how each of these basic needs will be met. Having knowledge and understanding of normal companion animal behavior and needs will undoubtedly improve the lives of our patients. Providing a resource to help you gain this knowledge and understanding is one of the main goals of the Indoor Pet Initiative.

For Cat Owners: http://indoorpet.osu.edu/cats/
For Dog Owners:
http://indoorpet.osu.edu/dogs/


Emergency Preparedness

Ready America: Preparing your pets for emergencies makes sense. Get ready now. If you are like millions of animal owners nationwide, your pet is an important member of your household. The likelihood that you and your animals will survive an emergency such as a fire or flood, tornado or terrorist attack depends largely on emergency planning done today.


Dog Training We Offer In House

Citizen K9 Dog Training and Agility
With almost 30 years of experience, Citizen K9 Dog Training and Agility, LLC  is focused on providing high quality service and instruction to insure you are completely satisfied with your dog’s level of training.   We offer Obedience Training and Agility Training and can even certify your dog for Canine Good Citizen.  We also work with Search and Rescue training as the only dog trainer in Hampton Roads that has state certification with Virginia Department of Emergency Management.


Healthy Food Choices

Not all food is created equal! Investing in your dog’s and cat’s nutrition is an important step to keeping them happy and healthy for many years to come. The websites below are unbiased and designed to help you pick the food that is right for you and your pet. It is important to educate yourself on what makes one diet better than another. These websites will walk you through how your food is rated and why it receives that rating.

Ideally feed your ‘household lion and wolf’ the highest rated foods found on these websites. Offer more wet than dry food and always discuss diet and nutrition with your veterinarian. Many issues can be avoided with the right nutrition.

We proudly carry Fromm’s, Orijens, Wellness, Evangers, and Felidae!

Pet foods we carry and feed to our own pets:


Organizations We Serve

We proudly provide discounted services to the Southeastern Virginia Golden Retriever Rescue group to help these wonderful dogs find their forever homes! We have partnered with them for 5 years and counting!

SEVA GRREAT: The Southeastern Virginia (SEVA) Golden Retriever Rescue, Education, and Training, Inc. (G.R.R.E.A.T) was established in the Hampton Roads area in 1990 to serve the Tidewater area from the North Carolina/Virginia state line to Richmond. It is a volunteer-staffed, non-profit organization that rescues abandoned and unwanted Golden Retrievers and places them in approved, adoptive homes. To date, over 400 Goldens have been rescued and placed. The dogs come from a variety of places such as animal shelters, S.P.C.A.s, and homes where owners either no longer want their dog, or due to circumstances, can no longer keep their dog.

Chesapeake Humane Society   We donate $15 in the name of our current clients who refer new clients to our hospital. We like to help local pets get great forever homes.

Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters Child Abuse Program     We provide acupuncture for therapy dogs that assist children and families in CHKD Child Abuse Program.


National Memberships

We are members of the following organizations:


Do you want to learn more about your pet’s health? Contact us today to schedule an appointment and to learn more about why we are ‘The Place for Healing’. We are conveniently located in Chesapeake, Virginia, which is central to Southside Hampton Roads and Northeastern North Carolina.