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National Poison Prevention Week is here!  It’s a great time to provide you with an easy guide and links to all of the great articles and information available on the subject. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center responded to more than 180,000 calls in 2016 about pets exposed to potentially poisonous substances.  More than 90% of pet poisonings occur in our homes from common household products, foods, and plants.  I bet some… Read More

Pet Remembrance Candlelight Ceremony

What can we do to honor our pets’ lives? And to deal with our grief? One of the most important things we can do is seek comfort from those who share our feelings and understanding of the human-animal bond. Here in Loudoun County, we are fortunate to have an annual Pet Remembrance Candlelight Ceremony.  This special event provides a safe haven for us to express all of the feelings that come with… Read More

Seasonal Pet Allergies - Ellen Zangla Photography

This time of year we get many calls about pets that are scratching at themselves, licking their paws, having runny eyes, and are sneezing and coughing.  Pets can suffer from seasonal allergies, and if your pet is showing any of the above symptoms, we do advise a veterinary consultation.  Not every case is the same and certainly not every presentation is due to allergies – there are many other causes of itching… Read More

What is pet insurance? Pet insurance is a way to plan for the unexpected. Dealing with pet accidents or illnesses are traumatic enough. Coupled with the thought of how you’re going to pay for unexpected pet care can make these situations extremely stressful. In many cases, pet owners have to make medical decisions based on what they can afford. Pet insurance offers peace of mind and helps alleviate financial anxieties in times… Read More

Pet Vaccinations

What vaccines does my pet need? Are vaccines and annual boosters really necessary? What does each vaccine prevent against? Are there adverse side effects to over-vaccination? These are just a few of the questions we get on a regular basis regarding vaccines. Keeping track of the various pet vaccines and their associated inoculation schedules can be confusing and a bit overwhelming. Coupled with the often heated and sometimes emotional national discussions regarding… Read More

Consider these common myths that we sometimes hear: “I don’t live in a wooded area, so my pet can’t get ticks.” I haven’t seen any ticks on my pets, so they aren’t at risk.” “I’ve only found a few ticks on my pet, so I’m sure he’s fine.” “I don’t need to worry about applying flea and tick prevention during the colder season.” Lyme disease? What’s the big deal? Did you know… Read More