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

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 this weekend? 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… Read More

For the pet population as a whole, spaying and neutering is the only way to effectively reduce overpopulation and unnecessary euthanasia in crowded shelters. Spaying and neutering also improves your pet’s health and longevity, and may help reduce unruly behavior.

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

If you use essential oils in your home, be careful with your pets, especially your cats. Avoid applying it to their skin and take measures to insure your cats can easily avoid diffused oils at their will, and never allow ingestion of oils.

Our pets are naturally curious creatures. Often times, if given the time or accessibility, some will take that curiosity as an opportunity to get into substances or materials that could be harmful to them. Ellie is a 6-month old fun, loving, poodle mix that ingested an unknown quantity of human prescription medications. Luckily, Ellie’s owner was able to get her to Leesburg Veterinary Hospital within 30 minutes of ingestion of the medications…. Read More