What a topic to talk about for Valentine’s Day, huh? While the thought of heartworms isn’t very romantic, we feel it’s an important subject to discuss to help prevent this disease in the pets we love so much! Being the middle of winter, we’ve also had some clients ask if heartworm prevention is still needed in the colder months when mosquitoes (heartworm transmitters) aren’t as prevalent. We’re here to tell you why… Read More

Spring has sprung and with the increasing temperatures and seasonal rains, mosquitoes will soon be springing up too!  Mosquitos are the main transmitters of heartworm disease – a serious and potentially fatal disease that can affect our pets.   Heartworm disease is caused by worms that live in the pulmonary vessels (the vessels that carry blood to the heart and lungs) of infected pets. These foot-long worms (They look like strands of spaghetti –gross!) can cause severe… Read More

Will the Easter Bunny be making a stop at your house? Here are some tips for keeping your pets safe amid baskets full of candy and springtime treats. Candy toxicity and other seasonal poisonings spike in veterinary hospitals around Easter.  Some items which are perfectly safe for human consumption are highly toxic for pets. Protect your pets by avoiding these 5 common holiday goodies and click on the links to get more… Read More

Spring time is finally here in Northern Virginia! While we’re all excited to get out and enjoy the season, the warmer weather and balmy temperatures are the perfect breeding grounds for pesky little pests like fleas, ticks, mosquitos, and ear mites. In this article, we will focus on fleas and ear mites specifically, but we encourage you to learn more about ticks, which transmit Lyme Disease and mosquitoes (transmitters of heartworm disease). … Read More

The warmth and beauty of spring are finally here, calling us and our four-legged friends to the great outdoors.  For many of you, this means spending time beautifying your exterior living spaces and planting gardens.  For our furry friends, this probably means sniffing, eating, and digging their way into mischief!  As you embrace the changes of the season, get our advice on keeping your pets safe in and around the garden. Choose… Read More

February – the month for love!  What better way to show your furry friend how much you love them than by contributing to a clean, fresh, and healthy mouth.  Periodontal disease is no joke.  Our pet’s dental health and oral hygiene is extremely important to their overall health.  Dental problems can cause or be caused by a myriad of other health problems (abscessed teeth, pain, bone infections, and possible life-threatening internal organ infections)…. Read More

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is here. As you gear up for a season full of festivities and merriment, be sure to take your pets’ well-being into consideration. Curious critters may be enticed by shiny decorations and decadent foods, or get stressed by a house full of guests and changes to their routine. In general, we suggest keeping your pet’s daily schedule (eating, exercise, etc.) as close to normal… Read More

Over the past twelve days, we shared our tips for keeping your pets happy and healthy throughout the entire year.  As you prepare to enjoy the Christmas holiday with friends and family this weekend, take a moment to revisit our daily veterinary-inspired take on a holiday classic. On the 1st day of Christmas, my dear LVH vet gave to me… ONE MICROCHIP We recommend every pet patient has a microchip.  Microchips are… Read More

December is always such a fun time at LVH.  Shortly after Thanksgiving, Dr. Strickland and his wife Kim deck the hospital halls with the colors and magic of the season, literally turning the practice into a winter wonderland.  Not only does the warm and inviting atmosphere put all of us in the holiday spirit, but it’s the perfect backdrop for one of our most favorite annual events – Pictures with Santa Paws!… Read More

I grew up with dogs as a part of my family for my entire life. However, our world changed when we met Elphie. There was something special about this little ball of brown and white fur; she looked so innocent running around with her stumpy little legs and big puppy tummy. I couldn’t wait for her to be a part of our family. When Elphie was a pup, we learned quickly that… Read More

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season and with it comes an abundance of parties and get-togethers with friends and family.  While many of us celebrate the season over great food and drink, our festive spirit can be more stressful on our pets than we realize.  Like this cute kitty above, our furry friends may be in wide-eyed delight at the sight of a juicy bird, but their bellies will not… Read More

Wow, can you believe the Fourth of July is this Wednesday?  It feels like summer is just getting started!  We hope all of our two-legged and four-legged friends have a great weekend with family and friends at patriotic parties and Independence Day celebrations.  As you’re celebrating the birth of our nation, please keep in mind the well-being of your furry friends.  While most of us can’t resist the spectacular display of an… Read More