The following is a piece written by our relief veterinarian, Dr. Gina Blevins.  Here, she describes the incredibly rewarding therapy animal work she does with her dog, Tex. Tex is a five year old black Labrador Retriever that I raised to be a guide dog for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, but unfortunately he was released from the program due to stress.  Tex had years of training with Guiding Eyes, and I… Read More

On Thursday, March 20th at 7:00PM, the Loudoun County community will come together for the annual Pet Remembrance Ceremony at St. James Episcopal Church in Leesburg.  Every year, this special ceremony offers comfort and healing for families who have lost or been separated from their pets.  For more information on the event, please click here.  In an incredibly intimate and moving piece, Nicki Yehle, one of LVH’s technician assistants, opens up about… Read More

The saying goes, March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb.  In Northern Virginia, this rang true, as the first week of March brought snow, slush and icy conditions to the area, forcing us all to bunker down and ride out another blast of winter weather from Mother Nature. If you were like us, maybe you spent your snow days dreaming of an island getaway; or if you’re lucky,… Read More

Each February, the American Veterinary Medical Association sponsors Pet Dental Health Month in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of preventative oral health care by encouraging at-home teeth brushing and regular dental cleanings.   With February coming to an end, you may be thinking we’re a little late in promoting dental health awareness, however, we believe good oral health and maintenance should be thought of every day of the year! It’s… Read More

Sammy is an approximately 13 year old neutered male German Shepherd dog that was rescued by his current owner in 2005.  His owner bought him some new toys and gave them to Sammy one Saturday afternoon in January.  Sammy must have been extra excited about his new toys, because instead of just playing with them, he made the unfortunate decision to also chew up the toys and eat parts of them. Sammy… Read More

We want to wish everyone- including all of our extra-lovable furry friends- a very Happy Valentine’s Weekend! Did you know that February is Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month?  What better way to share the love in your home this Valentine’s weekend than by a adopting a cute rabbit or exotic animal.   Rabbits and other exotic animals can be wonderful companions and family pets; however they do require special care to keep them… Read More

The 22nd Winter Olympic Games kick off this weekend in Sochi, Russia.   Many of us, sports fans and non-fans alike, look forward to the Games, as it’s an opportunity to see the world’s best athletes come together and compete on their sport’s biggest stage.  The Olympic Games give us a great excuse to curl up in front of the television with snacks or cocoa on these cold February nights.  But watching the… Read More

These days it seems there are a plethora of advertisements and television commercials for online pet pharmacies where cute cartoon animals happily retrieve their monthly tick or heartworm preventatives right from the mailman at the front door.   It’s true, online pet pharmacies are a convenient way to purchase Fido’s or Fluffy’s preventatives, chronic medications, or even prescription foods without making an extra trip to the veterinarian.  And with enticing claims such as… Read More

A cute little black and white hamster named Oreo had a tumor on top of his head for quite some time.  Recently however, his owners had noticed a sudden increase in the growth of the mass.  After discussing the risks versus benefits of anesthesia and surgery in a geriatric hamster with Dr. Kloer, Oreo’s family elected for surgery. All Posts In late November, just two weeks after his second birthday, Dr. Kloer… Read More

In honor of our tagline, “News and notes straight from the horse’s (and dog’s and cat’s) mouth,” we thought it would be fitting that our introductory post was literally about what is going on in your pet’s mouth.  Well…what did you see?   And what did you SMELL?  Look closely now and don’t be surprised if they aren’t pearly white! Because a pet’s mouth is difficult to see and thus evaluate, the oral… Read More