FURRY FAMILY PHOTO BOOTH EVENT

November 24th, 2015 by columbiatc

Join us for furry family photo booth fun on Saturday, December 19!

 

 

When: 12/19/15

Time: 10 AM- 12 PM

Bring your furry friend (and your whole family) to our clinic for a free photo booth session to benefit charity. We will be collecting donations for the nonprofit organization, Christian Veterinary Mission, which provides leadership, support and training in animal health to encourage veterinary professionals in developing communities around the world. This is our 4th annual charitable holiday event.

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Purina Food Complimentary Home Delivery Service

April 14th, 2015 by columbiatc

Want to get your pet’s Purina foods delivered right to your doorstep? We can do that! We are now offering convenient online ordering and home delivery of your prescription Purina foods. Food will arrive within just 3-4 days of placing the order. Ask us about how to sign up for this new free service!

Email info@townandcountryanimalh.com for more information on enrolling.

 

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CANINE FLU OUTBREAK

April 14th, 2015 by columbiatc

As you may have seen on the national news, an outbreak of canine influenza has hit Chicago and the midwest sickening over 1,000 dogs with at least five fatalities.

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine has identified the Chicago area epidemic as a new strain of canine influenza. The same strain of the virus is currently in wide circulation in Southern China and South Korean dog populations, since being identified there is 2006. There is no evidence that it can be transmitted to humans. Veterinarians say the new strain of the virus is more virulent than previous strains, allowing animals to develop the disease faster.While researchers say there’s no evidence the virus can be transmitted to human, veterinarians warn the new strain can also affect cats, causing them to contract a similar respiratory disease.

Most dogs have mild symptoms, but about five to 10 percent require more aggressive care, including hospitalization according to Dr. Cynda Crawford, of Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Gainesville, who helped to discover the canine influenza virus.

Crawford explains that while the CIV (canine influenza) virus has altered somewhat, it has not mutated to the extent that human flu viruses often do. She adds that the vaccine doesn’t require any adjustments at this time and remains effective. The vaccine offers only some protection until a booster shot is given two or three weeks following the initial vaccine. Like the human flu vaccine, the canine vaccine may prevent a dog from getting sick all together, or lessen the severity of symptoms. Importantly, the canine influenza vaccine offers protection against pneumonia. That’s important because most CIV deaths follow complications resulting from pneumonia.

For social dogs who reside in urban areas such as the DC Metro area, it is important to speak with your veterinarian about the importance of vaccination.

Note the early onset symptoms are the same for either flu virus strain in dogs:

Coughing

Lethargy

Lack of Appetite

Nasal Discharge

Trouble Breathing

Any time you observe a change in your pets behavior, or any of the above symptoms, contact your veterinarian. For questions or concerns, please contact us: info@townandcountryanimalh.com | make an appointment online | 703-273-2110

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April Special Offer: Heartworm Awareness Month

April 12th, 2015 by columbiatc

Opt for a complete heartworm screening and receive 50% off the purchase of 12-months supply of heartworm preventatives!*

A comprehensive test screens for exposure to heartworm disease and other tick borne diseases including Lyme. Now, tests can offer earlier, more sensitive detection of heartworm and evaluates for both acute and chronic exposure to several diseases. Make sure your pet stays protected all year with a 12-months supply of heartworm preventive and critical annual test!

Heartworm disease has been found in all fifty states. Studies by the American Heartworm Society (AHS) have found that heartworm infections are increasing across the United States. While most people know that heartworm disease affects dogs, many are unaware that it can also affect cats. It was once believed that cats were resistant to heartworm infections but recent studies have shown this is not the case. Cats, just like dogs, can get heartworm disease. The fact is any animal can be bitten by a mosquito and therefore become infected with heartworm disease.

Heartworm Treatment

While treatment for heartworm disease in dogs is possible, it is a complicated, potentially painful and expensive process, taking weeks for infected animals to recover.

There are currently no products in the United States approved for treating feline heartworm infection. The good news is that many heartworm-infected cats are able to fight the infection themselves, and can be monitored with radiographs every few months, while waiting out the worms’ lifespan. If an infected cat shows symptoms of lung disease, the cat can be given a cortisone-like medication as needed. Medication can also be given to help control coughing and vomiting.

Heartworm prevention is safe, easy and much less costly than treatment. The goal should always be prevention rather than treatment!

Contact us today to take advantage of this offer and keep your pet protected! info@townandcountryanimalh.com

*not be combined with other offers

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The Easter Bunny is coming to Fairfax!

March 11th, 2015 by columbiatc

Bring in your pet to pose for a photo with the Easter Bunny in our lobby! Easter falls quite early this year so we will be hosting the portrait session in March.

Friday March 27, 2014

3 PM- 6 PM

The photo is free with an encouraged donation to charity. We will be donating all proceeds to the nonprofit organization, Christian Veterinary Mission, which provides leadership, support and training in animal health to encourage veterinary professionals in developing communities around the world.

Portraits by Elizabeth Addison Photography

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TICKS, DOGS AND WINTER WEATHER: THE DANGER IS STILL HERE

February 23rd, 2015 by columbiatc

Did you know that ticks are not just a spring and summer problem? You might be surprised to learn that ticks can be found year round, and not just in warmer climates – ticks remain active in temperatures as low as 35 degrees Fahrenheit.  A 2010 study from the Journal of Clinical Investigation showed that some infected ticks have actually developed a type of anti-freeze glycoprotein to survive the cold. Unfortunately, this means that just because winter has arrived, dog parents cannot let their guard down when it comes to ticks.

Why should winter ticks concern you?

Ticks are found throughout the United States and can spread diseases like Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Anaplasmosis, Tularemia and Babesia. Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses are a significant source of morbidity in people and dogs — in particular, Lyme disease; the CDC says it has been reported in almost every state as of 2013, and its prevalence is increasing in the Northeast, Southeast, and Midwest according to a Parasites & Vectors report found here. Check with your veterinarian about the risk of Lyme disease in your area and click here to view the prevalence maps for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

The signs and symptoms of tick-borne illnesses depend on the particular illness. For example, Lyme disease symptoms may include:

Many other tick-borne illnesses have no signs or take months for symptoms to develop. Since many of these illnesses either have subtle signs and symptoms, or mimic other diseases, screening for tick-borne illnesses is a vital component of a dog’s annual exam. If your dog has been exposed to ticks, speak with your veterinarian about screening tests and prevention rather than waiting for symptoms to develop. Click here for potential symptoms of more tick-borne diseases.

Source: Pet Health Network

Pet Dental Health Month Offer Extended

February 23rd, 2015 by columbiatc

Have you peeked at the inside of your pet’s mouth lately? Does your pet truly have dog breath? Have you noticed any problems with eating hard food or treats?

Most dogs and cats are already suffering from dental disease by the age of three. Bacteria from gingivitis and periodontal disease can spread throughout the rest of their body causing infections in the heart and kidneys. If left untreated, dental disease causes pets to die an average of two years earlier than they would have if they had proper dental care.

However, with regular professional dental care from your veterinarian followed by maintenance at home, you can prevent dental disease in your pets before it becomes a serious problem.

The Dental Month Special has been extended through March! Receive $25 off dental deep cleaning services this month. Call 703-273-2110 or e-mail us at info@townandcountryanimalh.com to make an appointment and learn more about preventing and treating dental disease in your pet.

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NOW OFFERING ANESTHESIA-FREE PET DENTAL CLEANING

October 22nd, 2014 by columbiatc

Town and Country Animal Hospital is proud to partner with Animal Dental Care Inc. to offer anesthesia-free preventive dental surface cleaning to our patients!

We are the first animal hospital in Virginia to provide this cutting edge pet dental service under the supervision of a veterinarian.

Call us to schedule an appointment with the specialist for November!

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This unique service is performed by highly trained, licensed dental technicians under the supervision of a   veterinarian. All surfaces of your pet’s teeth are scaled to remove plaque and tartar and then polished to a shine. The veterinary hygienist has years of experience with this technique for routine dental surface cleanings. The technician holds the dog or cat in her lap while compassionately taking steps to reassure and soothe the pet into a calm and comfortable state. The specialized technique is gentle, meticulous, and drug-free. The cleaning itself takes approximately 30 minutes. However, taking into account each pet’s individual physical and emotional well being – some pets may require additional time to be eased into a relaxed state.

 

If the technician discovers oral problems that require further attention such as fractures, lesions, or loose teeth, the veterinarian will exam the pet and discuss with you recommendations for pursuing dental surgery to treat serious issues.

Non-anesthetic dental surface cleanings are a great maintenance tool to help manage bad breath and plaque accumulation, and spot the signs of progressive periodontal disease.

You can find more information on the licensed technicians who perform this service and videos of the procedure here: www.animaldentalcare.info  www.adcpets.com.

Be sure to call (703) 273-2110 or e-mail info@townandcountryanimalh.com to reserve a spot now-  limited space is available with the specialist and it is booking quickly. 

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October Special: Focus on Pet Senior Health & Wellness

October 22nd, 2014 by columbiatc

Caring for You Senior Pet 

A Senior Wellness Exam is important for many reasons. For starters, signs of illness are often misinterpreted in older pets and dismissed as the simple signs of aging. Regular dental care, vaccinations, control of parasites, proper nutrition, regular exercise and appropriate environment also add vitality and years to your pet’s life.

A Senior Exam includes specific laboratory tests your veterinarian can use to diagnose blood disorders, kidney and liver disease, diabetes, infection, cancer, thyroid disease and other hormonal problems.

Many of these conditions can be prevented, controlled, or completely reversed if diagnosed early. Early detection of chronic diseases such as kidney disease, thyroid disease and diabetes is the key to successful treatment and preservation of quality of life.

 Come in for a Senior Wellness Exam this month and receive 10% off a complete wellness screening!

Schedule an appointment today!

It’s easy to contact us for an appointment through any of the following:

Make appointment online  or through your Petly account

E-mail: info@townandcountryanimalh.com

Phone: 703-273-2110

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Announcing 2014 Halloween Pet Photo Contest!

October 1st, 2014 by columbiatc

Back by popular demand, it’s that time of year again. Spooky, scary, cute or silly we want to see YOUR pet decked out in his best Halloween costume!

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How it works:

Submit photos of your pet in costume to mdevlin@townandcountryanimalh.com to be entered into the Halloween Pet Photo Contest and we will post your photos to our official Facebook page. Then the voting begins¾ all contest participants, friends, family and the general public will be invited to vote for their favorite pet to win across several categories. Be sure to share your pet’s photo on your Facebook after we post it to encourage your friends and family to boost your pet’s votes!

We will also display the pet costume photos in the lobby so the sooner you submit your pet, the sooner we can share the Halloween spirit and you can start campaigning for votes!

Winners will be announced on Halloween with refreshments at the clinic to celebrate!

Contest Rules:

  • E-mail photos of your pet in costume to mdevlin@townandcountryanimalh.com
  • You may submit up to 3 photos per pet
  • Pets only preferred- no people in the photos please
  • Please put your pet’s name and category (dog/cat/hamster, etc) in the subject line
  • Along with the photos, please include a brief description of your pet’s costume and if you are a client how long you’ve been with the hospital
  • Eligible photos will be posted to our Facebook page and voting begins
  • Encourage your friends and family to “Like” your pet costume photo
  • Voting runs until October 30, 2013 and winners will be announced on Halloween!

 

Three Grand Prize Winners will be selected across the following categories for best costume:

  1. Cool Cat Winner
  2. Top Dog Winner
  3. Wild Card Winner (all other pets besides cats and dogs welcome in this category)

Grand Prize Winners will enjoy Trick or Treat Prize Bundles that include:

  • 6-month supply of Flea/Tick medication
  • Complimentary bath
  • Complimentary nail trim
  • One free night boarding
  • Tons of other goodies!

Five Additional Winners will be selected by the hospital staff as runners up.

These winners will receive:

  • Free nail trim
  • Bag of premium brand treats
  • Various other goodies
  • Bragging rights!

Submitting a photo to this contest gives Town & Country Animal Hospital permission to post the included photo to our Facebook, website, and other social media pages. We may also use your submitted photo in our hospital or for future promotional materials.

*To claim prizes, must call to make appointment for grooming and boarding services.