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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.

Rescuing Local Dogs from Heartworm Disease

As we near the end of 2017, we are looking back on a cause that was near and dear to our hearts this year.   In partnership with Zoetis, Leesburg Veterinary Hospital’s Dr. Jennifer Boyle helped dogs from local rescue organizations FOHA and Shenandoah Shepherd Rescue overcome heartworm disease. Heartworm disease is a very serious and potentially fatal condition caused by parasitic worms that live in the pulmonary vessels  – the vessels… Read More

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

The sweet smells of the holiday season wouldn’t be complete without the comforting air of cookies, candies, and confections baking away in our homes. However, many of our favorite seasonal indulgences contain chocolate or cocoa, making them not-so-friendly treats for our pets. Chocolate consists of two chemical compounds that are toxic to dogs – theobromine and caffeine. Theobromine is particularly harmful because dogs metabolize this compound much more slowly than humans. A… Read More