About Us:Career Opportunities:
At Ashburn Village Animal Hospital, we are known for serving our patients and clients with compassion, empathy and integrity. We are always looking for dedicated and enthusiastic individuals who are eager to help us continue providing the best care and service to our patients and clients.
If you believe your values match those of our practice and you would like to be part of an outstanding team, we would like to hear from you. For inquiries regarding employment at Ashburn Village Animal Hospital, please contact:
About Us:Payment Options
We accept a variety of payment options, including cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, and CareCredit.
CareCredit is a personal line of credit for healthcare, both human and veterinary. It works like a credit card that is used for your pet's healthcare services.
To apply for CareCredit, click, fill out and submit the CareCredit Online Credit Application. If accessing the Internet is not an option, you can also call their 24/7 phone number at 1-800-365-8295.
About Us:Where to Find Us
Ashburn Village Animal Hospital
44110 Ashburn Shopping Plaza, Unit #172
Ashburn, VA 20147
We are located in the Ashburn Shopping Center next to the Ashburn Village Sports Pavilion.
New Patients Always Welcome!
Senior Pet Care
Minimum Risk Anesthesia
Flea, Tick, & Heartworm Preventatives
Prescription & Maintenance Diets
Well Equipped Facility
Friendly & Experienced Staff
Our Services:Preventive Care for Dogs
Prolong Your Dog's Life
Ashburn Village Animal Hospital provides a full range of preventive care services to help your dog live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.
Our veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), as well as the Center for Disease Control (CDC). We then customize our recommendations based on your dog's hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.
Annual preventive care for dogs typically includes:
- An annual Physical Examination is recommended for young pets (up to 6 years old) and an exam every 6 months is recommended for older pets (7 years and older). During the exam, our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions.
Your pet's annual exam includes a:
- Weight, Temperature, Heart Rate, and Respiratory Rate Assessment
- Ear and Eye Examination
- Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) Analysis
- Abdominal Palpation
- Dental Exam
- Dermatological Exam
- Musculoskeletal Evaluation
- Vaccines based on your dog’s lifestyle and/or breed. Core Vaccines include Rabies, Distemper and Leptospirosis. Our veterinarians may also recommend additional vaccines such as Lyme, Bordetella (Kennel Cough) and Canine Influenza.
- Parasite Control Products to control parasites such as heartworms, intestinal parasites (such as round worms), fleas and ticks. For fleas and ticks, we use monthly Vectra topical and/or 6 month Scalibor tick collar. For heartworm prevention, we use ProHeart 6 injections (an injection lasting 6 months) or monthly Sentinel tabs.
- Diagnostic Testing to confirm the absence of heartworms, tick diseases, and intestinal parasites. Complete bloodwork is also performed for early disease screening and to help identify any internal issues which cannot be detected during a thorough physical exam.
Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as dental care, spaying or neutering, and microchip identification that will benefit your dog's overall health and wellbeing. They will also advise you on any questions you might have regarding your dog's health.
Our Services:Preventive Care for Cats
Prolong Your Cat's Life
Ashburn Village Animal Hospital provides a full range of preventive care services to help your cat live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.
Our veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), as well as the Center for Disease Control (CDC). We then customize our recommendations based on your cat's hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.
Annual preventive care for cats typically includes:
- An annual Physical Examination is recommended for young pets (up to 6 years old) and an exam every 6 months is recommended for senior pets (7 years and older). During the exam, our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions.
Your pet's annual exam includes a:
- Weight, Temperature, Heart Rate, Respiratory Rate Assessment
- Ear and Eye Examination
- Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) Analysis
- Abdominal Palpation
- Dental Exam
- Dermatological Exam
- Musculoskeletal Evaluation
- Vaccination recommendations include annual core vaccines, Rabies and Feline Distemper. Your veterinarian may also suggest the Feline Leukemia vaccine for outdoor cats.
- Parasite Control Products to prevent and repel heartworms, intestinal parasites, fleas and ticks. Round worms can be transmitted to humans, so controlling these parasites protects your cat and also your family. For heartworm prevention, we use monthly, topical Revolution. For outdoor cats, we use a monthly topical dewormer, Profender.
- Diagnostic Testing to check for Feline Leukemia and/or Feline AIDS (FeLV/FIV), heartworms or other internal parasites and early stages of diseases which cannot be detected during a physical exam.
Our Services:Puppy and Kitten Care
Give Your Puppy or Kitten the Right Start in Life
At Ashburn Village Animal Hospital, each pet's first year of care is customized based on its specific needs. Just like human children, puppies and kittens require additional physical exams and vaccine boosters to ensure that they live a long and healthy life.
Our recommendations for your pet's first year:
- Physical Exams: Your puppy's or kitten's lifetime of wellness starts with its first comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens should have 3-4 exams between the ages of 8-16 weeks. These visits are important because they give our veterinarians an opportunity to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines.
- Vaccinations: Due to their immature immune systems puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines, or "boosters," until they are at least 16 weeks old. This ensures that they develop their own immune system and their body recognizes each vaccine for proper protection. Since every puppy and kitten is unique, we tailor our vaccination recommendations based on their lifestyle and/or breed and according to the suggested guidelines.
- Diagnostic Testing: We recommend that puppies are tested for Heartworm at 6 months of age, if not done previously, and that kittens are tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS at their first visit, if not done previously.
- Additional Recommendations: Your veterinarian will also discuss and recommend other services, such as spaying and neutering or microchipping, that can lead to a longer and healthier life for your pet.
Our Services:Spay and Neuter Procedures
Spayed and Neutered Pets live a healthier and longer life!
At Ashburn Village Animal Hospital, we believe in the importance of spaying and neutering pets to provide them with a long and healthy life. We recommend having puppies and kittens spayed or neutered around 4-6 months old.
Spaying or neutering your pet will reduce common problems such as:
- A pyometra, or uterine infection, is a potentially life-threatening condition which can cost thousands of dollars to treat. Occurrence is 100% preventable if your pet is spayed.
- Over one half of all mammary tumors are malignant and can spread to other areas of the body. Early spaying, prior to your pet beginning its heat cycles, significantly reduces the incidence of tumor formation.
- There are more puppies and kittens overpopulating shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized.
- Testicular cancer can be eliminated and prostatitis, an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate, can be greatly reduced with early neutering.
- Unwanted behavioral problems such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with early spaying/neutering.
Our Services:Sick and Injured Care:
Care for Sick and Injured Pets
At Ashburn Village Animal Hospital, we focus on keeping your pet happy and healthy. Unfortunately, some pets occasionally experience illnesses or injuries that require a veterinarian's care and attention.
Ashburn Village Animal Hospital offers high-quality diagnostic, therapeutic, and medical treatments for sick and injured animals. We provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere to diagnose and treat your pet.
A successful recuperation is our goal and our experienced and caring team of veterinarians is supported by our:
- on-site laboratory*
- digital x-ray capabilities
For ultrasounds, we use a traveling ultrasonographer, who is a board-certified radiologist.
*Our in-house laboratory services include serum chemistry, hematology, serology, urinalysis and parasite testing. When specialized diagnostic tests and consultations are needed, we use commercial laboratories.
If your pet is experiencing an illness including, but not limited to, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash, loss of appetite or lower energy level, our team and facility are here to diagnose and treat your pet. We are also equipped to help your pet recover if it has sustained an injury such as a bite wound, lameness or trauma from an accident (including if your pet is hit by a car).
We see emergencies during our normal hospital hours. If you have an after-hours emergency, we will refer your pet to the appropriate critical care or specialty hospital.
Our Services:Sick and Injured Care:Digital Radiology
Ashburn Village Animal Hospital offers both dental and full body digital x-rays to better diagnose and treat sick or injured pets.
Digital radiography provides x-ray images without the use of conventional film. This allows for the highest-quality images, while providing the lowest possible exposure of radiation to your pet.
Digital images can be computer enhanced to increase detail allowing our veterinarians to see fine detail and subtle changes.
Benefits of Digital X-ray over Traditional Film
- Images are obtained much more quickly and with greater accuracy.
- Fewer retakes are required, resulting in less radiation exposure for both the patient as well as the staff.
- Images can be easily and quickly sent to other veterinarians, including board-certified veterinary radiologists, allowing us to get results in a matter of hours rather than days.
- Records can be stored electronically and are protected from damage or loss.
- The chemical processing step required to develop traditional film x-rays is eliminated, creating a huge reduction in chemical usage and hazardous waste.
- Digital x-ray allows us to provide superior care to our patients and supports our goal of progressive, high-quality medicine.
Digital Dental X-rays Help Us Assess Your Pet's Oral Health
At Ashburn Village Animal Hospital, we always provide a comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment plan for pets when their teeth are cleaned. Digital dental x-rays with periodontal probing helps with our assessments. In fact, two thirds of our pets' teeth are under the gingiva (gums) and are not visible.
Digital dental radiographs allow assessment of:
- the teeth (fractures or internal disease)
- the surrounding soft tissues (periodontal disease, stomatitis, cysts, draining tracks, facial swellings, fistulas or tumors)
- the joints (TMJ or mandibular symphysis)
- the bone (jaw fractures)
Digital x-rays can also reveal subgingival (under the gums) foreign objects, cysts and tumors.
X-rays allow us to find problems that need attention. Studies have shown that without dental x-rays, significant problems are missed in up to 75% of pets.
We always diagnose first before creating a treatment plan for each patient. Digital dental x-rays will help us do that by replacing a guess with a diagnosis, and allowing for the correct treatment to be optimally performed.
Our Services:Surgical Care and Services
Ashburn Village Animal Hospital provides surgical services for dogs and cats. We offer a clean and well-equipped facility and experienced team to provide your pet with high-quality surgical care in a stress-free and relaxing environment.
Our team of veterinarians and technicians is experienced with a range of surgeries. All of our procedures include a thorough pre-surgical physical examination by a veterinarian, surgical monitoring and lots of care and attention throughout the day.
In addition to spaying and neutering, we also offer the following surgeries:
Soft Tissue Surgery
- Laceration / Wound Repair
- Mass / Tumor Removal
- And other routine surgeries as needed
Orthopedic & Specialty Surgery
Thanks to Dr. Tibor Lazar, we are able to offer the services of a mobile board-certified surgeon for advanced or orthopedic surgeries. Dr. Lazar works with us to provide specialized surgeries in-house for more complex cases that would otherwise require our clients to seek treatment outside our hospital.
Why we are the best choice for your pet's surgical needs
Many pet owners are curious about what is involved when their pet is placed under anesthesia. At Ashburn Village Animal Hospital, your pet's safety and comfort are our top priority so you can be sure that your pet will receive only the best and safest anesthetic and surgical care in our state-of-the-art surgical suite.
Our procedures include the following:
- Pre-Anesthetic Blood Work—ensures your pet is healthy enough to undergo a surgical procedure and that its internal organs can safely process the anesthesia.
- Safe Anesthesia—a very safe anesthetic gas, which is also used in human pediatric medicine, is used to provide an extra margin of safety, especially for our older or high-risk patients.
- Experienced Monitoring Support—our trained technicians use the most modern anesthetic monitors to continuously monitor your pet's pulse rate, oxygen levels and blood pressure.
- IV Catheter Placement—fluids are given during surgery to maintain blood pressure and to help your pet recover quickly from the anesthesia.
- Pain Medication—is administered prior to and after surgery to ensure your pet's comfort.
Our Services:Pet Dental Cleanings & Procedures
Our veterinarians provide dental services for pets including routine cleaning and polishing (dental prophylaxis) and surgical tooth extractions to manage and treat severe oral disease conditions. We also incorporate digital dental x-rays to ensure good root health after your pet's cleaning.
When dental problems and oral diseases are diagnosed, sometimes a procedure may be necessary. Ashburn Village Animal Hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art oral surgical equipment and the latest technology to provide your pet with a safe and advanced dental procedure.
Pet Dental Care
Routine and preventive dental care is vital to your pet's long term health. Pets with poor oral hygiene can develop periodontal disease, which can often lead to heart, lung, and kidney disease. Ashburn Village Animal Hospital offers a full range of dental services for cats and dogs including dental examinations, dental extractions, and oral surgery as well as home care instructions for keeping your dog's or cat's teeth clean and healthy.
Routine Pet Dental Examinations
Our veterinarians perform basic oral exams on all our patients during their comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens will be examined to detect any problems related to the deciduous (baby) teeth, missing or extra teeth, swellings, and oral development. Senior pets will be evaluated for developmental anomalies, the accumulation of plaque and tartar, periodontal disease, and oral tumors.
Good Oral Hygiene for Pets
Periodontal disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats. Approximately 85-90% of dogs and cats have some form of periodontal disease, which makes them vulnerable to pain, bad breath, and tooth loss. Oral infections can spread and cause damage to the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys leading to more serious health problems. We offer services as well as many dental products that can help your pet maintain a clean, bright, healthy smile.
Owners often don't realize that their pets are having dental issues until they have brown or green teeth, smelly breath, or difficulty chewing food. Good oral hygiene is the best prevention. At-home prevention is highly recommended by our doctors and staff. Once periodontal disease has set in prevention will only help with any further build up. In order to start on a fresh clean slate a dental cleaning is recommended.
Dental Care Tips for Dogs and Cats
- Schedule a dental oral exam for your dog or cat every year
- Schedule regular dental cleanings as recommended by your veterinarian
- Brush your pets teeth daily, or give your pet a dental hygiene chew every other day
- Serve dog or cat food and treats that control tarter and plaque and promote good dental health
What Happens During a Pet Dental Cleaning
- Once admitted in the morning, your pet will undergo any necessary blood work, intravenous (IV) catheterization, x-rays, etc., before the veterinarian arrives.
- The vet will review all test results and then examine your pet to make sure it is not at any known risk for anesthesia. Usually a premedication drug is administered to animals 10-20 minutes prior to the dental cleaning. This gives the pet a chance to settle and become calm before the procedure.
- Another drug is then administered to help the animal’s body relax so that it can be more easily put under gas anesthesia. Typically gas anesthesia is administered through an endotracheal tube. Not only do we use heart rate monitors, but our veterinary technician uses a stethoscope to make sure your pet’s heart rate remains stable.
- In addition to heart rate, we also keep a close eye on the animal’s body temperature. Special measures are taken to help keep the body temperature at an acceptable number.
- Next the dental prophy begins. First, the vet tech examines all the teeth to make sure that nothing needs to be brought to the doctor's attention. Then an ultra-sonic scaler is used to remove calculus and tarter from the teeth and gumline.
- After the scaling is complete, the doctor checks your pet's mouth for any missed teeth, cavities, or teeth that need to be pulled. Sometimes dental x-rays are helpful in detecting root decay.
- If any teeth are pulled, local anesthetics are injected into the gums to help with pain during and after the procedure. If warranted, absorbable sutures are placed where needed. .
- The end of the procedure consists of a polish that is put onto the teeth. At this time any antibiotic or pain injections are given before the pet starts to wake up. The pet is then turned off the anesthesia and placed on oxygen and then slowly weaned back onto room air.
- Once the pet is recovered they are then returned to their comfy warm kennel where they sleep off the anesthetics until it’s their time to go home.
Our Services:Laser Therapy for Pets
Ashburn Village Animal Hospital offers the latest technology in health care for your pet — therapeutic laser therapy. Our therapy laser provides a deep-penetrating light that allows relief of pain by releasing endorphins and stimulation cells to heal faster. Your pet will relax and enjoy the pain-free treatments.
What Is Veterinary Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy is a surgery-free, drug-free, non-invasive treatment to relieve pain. It accelerates the body's natural healing process. Laser therapy is effective in treating chronic conditions, acute conditions, and post-surgical pain and inflammation in pets. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds or simply aging, laser therapy has been shown to provide relief and speed healing.
What Conditions Can Veterinary Laser Therapy Treat?
|Chronic and acute conditions that respond to laser therapy treatments include:|
If you think that your pet would benefit from laser therapy call us at 703-729-0700 to schedule a consultation to find out how laser therapy can help your dog or cat.
Ashburn Village Animal Hospital offers boarding for cats so that you can leave your pet in total comfort at our full service kennel.
At Ashburn Village Animal Hospital, we try to make your feline's vacation a special occasion. We know the decision to board your cat can be an anxious time for you and your special friend. Our boarding facility provides a comfortable and relaxing home away from home for your pet when you need to be away on business, vacation or an emergency.
We pay special attention to assure your pet is safe and comfortable.
Our Feline Boarding Guests enjoy the following amenities:
- Owner Visits and Tours of the Facility
- A Clean & Comfy Atmosphere
- Fresh Bedding & Daily Housekeeping
- Spacious Suites
- Individualized Care
- Convenient Hours
We also offer peace of mind:
- Attentive Staff
- Individual Playtime
- Extra Treats
- Daily Veterinary Observations
- Veterinary Medical Services if needed
- All the Comforts of Home!
- Cats must be current on the following vaccines – Distemper (FVRCP) and Rabies Vaccine
- All pets must be free from Internal and External Parasites
Please feel free to drop off your cat's vaccine history to us prior to arrival. We look forward to your pet's vacation!
Our Services:Pet Bathing for Dogs
We offer routine and therapeutic bathing services.
Bathing is one of the most important and simple things you can do to maintain your dog's health as well as to keep your pet well groomed. Mats in the fur pull on the skin and can be very painful. By maintaining good bathing and grooming habits, you are more likely to discover any signs of skin irritation and/or parasites that would otherwise go unnoticed.
We are not a full-service grooming salon, however, all that means is that we cannot perfectly clip a poodle or hand strip a wire fox terrier. We are perfectly capable of giving your dog a bath, and if you dare to compare, you will find that our fees are far from the services of a full-service grooming salon.
Our bathing services include:
- Massaging bath with appropriate shampoo for your pet's skin condition
- Blow dry and brush out
- Ears properly cleaned
- Anal glands expressed
- Nail trim
Additional services available:
- Teeth brushing
- FURminator shed-less treatment
Our Services:Pet Microchipping
Ashburn Village Animal Hospital offers microchip identification for pets. We use the HomeAgain Pet Recovery and Identification System. You can rest easy knowing your pet is protected – whether you are at home or you take them out of town.
What is microchipping?
A microchip is a tiny electronic device, about the size and shape of a grain of rice. It is implanted beneath your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades, and stays there for the pet's entire life. This procedure is as easy and as painless as a vaccination.
How does microchip identification work?
Each microchip has a unique number. This number, along with information about the owner and pet, are added to a national registry. Most veterinarians and animal shelters have electronic scanners for detecting and reading these implanted microchips. If a lost pet is found, and the microchip is scanned, the registry is called and the owner is contacted.
Please call us at 703-729-0700 to make an appointment.
Did you know that getting lost is the No. 1 cause of death for pets?
One in three pets goes missing during its lifetime and without identification, 90 percent of pets never return home. Microchip implantation causes no more discomfort than a vaccination and is a simple one-time insertion with a syringe.
Almost all humane organizations have scanners that read microchip IDs. HomeAgain Pet Recovery & ID System reports they recover 10,000 lost pets each month and have helped more than 1 million lost pets return home.
For more information, visit the HomeAgain website.
Our Services:House Calls
In order to better serve you and your pet, Ashburn Village Animal Hospital offers house call appointments for your convenience.
- Please call the office at 703-729-0700 to make an appointment or to inquire about availability and cost.
- Cats benefit from house calls because they experience less stress by staying in familiar surroundings and their health improves from routine veterinary care.
- Multi-pet homes will also find this service convenient as it eliminates the need to coordinate and transport numerous pets to our practice.
- If you are not as mobile as you used to be or have a hard time getting your pet to the veterinarian, our doctors will come to you.
- When the time comes to say goodbye, you can say goodbye to your pet in the familiar surroundings of home.
Our Services:Pharmacy and Products
Ashburn Village Animal Hospital offers an array of both prescription and over the counter products to keep your pet happy and healthy. Our in-house pharmacy is stocked with prescription medications to provide preventive care, treat illnesses and ensure that your pet's medication is always available.
Along with veterinary pharmaceuticals, we maintain a complete inventory of vitamins, shampoos, flea and tick control products, heartworm preventatives, and a full line of prescription diet food for pets.
Some products available include:
- Hill's Prescription Diet
- Royal Canin
Behavior Enhancing Products
- D.A.P. (Dog Appeasing Pheromone)
- Dental Treats
- Tooth Brushes and Toothpaste
- Water Additives
- Ear Cleaners
- Hypoallergenic and Medicated Shampoos
- Thundershirts (dog anxiety treatment)
Our Services:Emergency Care
We see emergencies during our normal hospital hours. Please call us at 703-729-0700 for immediate assistance. If your pet has an after-hours emergency or if we determine that your pet requires overnight nursing care or a level of specialty we cannot provide here, we will co-ordinate your pet’s referral to the appropriate critical care or specialty hospital.
We refer after-hours emergencies to the following critical care centers:
The Hope Center
140 Park Street SE, Vienna, VA 22180
The Life Center (TLC)
165 Fort Evans Road NE, Leesburg, VA 20176
The Critter Corner
Critter Corner is a column written by Dr. Steve Velling, Chief of Staff at Ashburn Animal Hospital. Dr. Steve covers many pet care topics that will be of interest to pet owners and their families.
Contact Us:Local Pet Resources:
Just moved to the area?
Let us help make one part of the transition easy – finding a new vet! In between unpacking and organizing, give us a call at (571) 252-8544 and let us know who your previous veterinarian was. Then we’ll do the rest!
Our reception staff will call your former veterinarian to transfer the records to our practice. Keeping pets happy and healthy is our number one priority. Check out our Pet Wellness page to learn about the ways veterinarians and pet owners can work together to keep their pets living long, healthy lives.
Contact Us:Appointment Request
Contact Us:Local Pet Resources:Tips for Moving with Your Pet
We know how stressful adjusting to a new home can be – not just for your two-legged family members, but for your four-legged ones, too! Help make your pets feel a little more at home in your new place with these helpful tips.
- Pet proof your house. Did you know that certain plants and food can be toxic to pets? Common household items like cleaning products and medications can also pose a threat. Especially in a new environment, curious pets can get into household hazards. Be sure to store these in areas that are inaccessible to your furry friends.
- Make sure your pet has proper identification. In addition to standard collars that may come off or get lost, consider getting your pets microchipped. The permanent ID option is as easy and as painless as a vaccination, and greatly increases your chances of reuniting with a lost pet. If Fido is already microchipped, be sure to update the microchip database with your new address information.
- Keep your schedule consistent. Pets are creatures of habit, so maintaining your regular routine will help to make things feel a little more normal. Sticking to your usual times for walks, meals, cuddle time and bed time can help your best friend adjust.
- Be loving and patient. The best way to make pets feel comfortable in a new home is to associate positive experiences with it. Remember to be patient with them and give them lots of affection and treats, and you will have plenty of new, happy memories in no time. You can also take advantage of calming pet products like pheromone diffusers and collars, thundershirts and composure treats to help Fluffy feel at ease.
- Get to know your veterinarian. Bringing your pets to the veterinarian for a routine exam is the smartest and easiest way to keep them healthy. Call us at (571) 252-8544 so we can schedule a visit to get to know you and your pets!
Contact Us:Refill Request
Contact Us:Client Forms
Thank you for choosing Ashburn Village Animal Hospital to care for your pet. Downloading and filling out the New Client Form prior to your first appointment will greatly assist us in adding you and your pet to our system. Please feel free to fax it to us at 703-729-2676 or to bring it with you to your pet's first appointment. We will be happy to contact your previous veterinarian to obtain any necessary information or documentation regarding your pet's medical history.
Annual veterinary care is crucial to keeping your pet happy and healthy. Click the icons below to learn more about what your veterinarian can do for your pet.
Exams check overall health and detect problems before they become severe or costly.
Vaccines protect against common and fatal diseases based on your pet's age and lifestyle.
|Nutrition ensures your pet gets the balanced diet it needs and maintains a healthy weight.||Spaying and neutering protects pets from serious health and behavioral problems.|
Care Guides for Pet Owners
Your pet's health also depends on you. Click on the icons below to learn more about what pet owners can do at home to keep their pets living a long, healthy life.
Pet Wellness:Pet Exams
Bringing your pets to the veterinarian for a physical exam every year is the smartest and easiest way to keep them healthy. Exams allow your veterinarian to detect any problems before they become severe or costly.
Your Veterinarian Will Check...
- muscular and skeletal health by feeling for healthy muscle mass and joint pain.
- neurologic system – it could indicate birth defects in younger pets, and cognitive issues in older pets.
- appropriate weight and lifestyle for your pet's age.
- lymph nodes – swollen nodes can indicate a wound, virus, infection or some other illness.
- vital signs (temperature, pulse and respiration) – an abnormal reading could indicate illness.
- skin and coat condition for growths, infection wounds and overall skin health.
Bring Your Pet to the Veterinarian Every Year for a Clean Bill of Health and Peace of MindYour pet can't tell us what's wrong. But routine physical exams can help your veterinarian detect any problems or diseases you might not have otherwise picked up on, including heart murmurs, tumors, enlarged organs, cataracts, ear infections, ear mites, dental and gum disease, skin issues and allergies.
Vaccines protect against common diseases that your pets may become exposed to.
Did You Know?
Vaccines have about a 95% success rate for preventing infections and fatal diseases.
Pet Wellness:Dental & Oral Care
Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets. Without proper preventive or home care, plaque and tartar can build up, which may cause oral infections, bad breath, infected gum tissues (gingivitis) or even bone loss (periodontitis).
Did You Know?
It's not normal for your pet to have bad breath – it can be a sign of serious dental or gum issues.
Sixty percent of dental disease is hidden below the gum line, and can only be found with x-rays. Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about screenings, cleanings and products available to help keep those pearly whites clean.
Pet Wellness:Lab Tests
Yearly lab tests are safe and non-invasive ways to diagnose and prevent sickness or injuries in pets that a physical exam cannot detect.
Pet Wellness:Parasite Prevention
Prevention is the best approach in protecting your pet against deadly heartworms, intestinal parasites, and flea and tick infestations. Your veterinarian will help you find the product that is right for your pet based on his or her needs.
Just like humans, an animal's diet directly affects its overall health and well-being. Allowing a pet to overeat, or to consume the wrong foods, may lead to a wide variety of ailments including obesity, diabetes and arthritis.
Did You Know?
Over 50% of dogs and cats in the United States are obese or overweight.
Although we think of our pets as family members, they shouldn’t be allowed to eat like us. Maintaining a proper diet will help keep your pet at a healthy weight. Be sure not to overfeed, and that you are providing a diet tailored to your pet's breed, age, weight and medical history.
Common Foods To Avoid
Think twice about feeding your pet table scraps. Common foods such as chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions and garlic could be dangerous to an animal. Some non-food items like lily plants and antifreeze are also toxic to pets. Check with your veterinarian if your pet has ingested anything questionable.
Growing puppies and kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults. Ask your veterinarian which food is right for this stage of life. Cats switch to an adult diet right after being spayed or neutered, no matter what the age, to decrease the likelihood of obesity and related conditions.
Selecting an adult dog or cat food that will keep your pet healthy and energetic starts with knowing your pet's lifestyle. Does your dog weigh just the right amount and go for long walks daily? Or is it a lap dog that loves nothing more than to snooze the day away? Talk to your veterinarian about these issues to help guide you in choosing the best food for your pet.
Your senior dog or cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Many older pets can continue eating the food they always have – just a little less to compensate for not being as active. Check with your veterinarian which food and amount is best for your pet.
Pet Wellness:Spaying & Neutering
Spaying or neutering can protect your pet from serious health and behavioral problems later in life. It also helps control the stray animal population.
Spaying or Neutering Reduces the Risk of...
Known as a pyometra, this is a potentially life-threatening condition which can be very expensive to treat. It is 100% preventable if your pet is spayed.
Mammary Tumors (Breast Cancer)
Over one-half of all mammary tumors are malignant and can spread to other areas of the body. Early spaying, prior to your pet beginning its heat cycles, significantly reduces the incidence of tumor formation.
This cancer, as well as prostatitis (an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate), can be greatly reduced with early neutering.
Unwanted behaviors such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with spaying or neutering.
There are more puppies and kittens in shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized. Spaying or neutering can help reduce the number of animals in need of homes.
Pet Wellness:Home Care
Make your pet's well-being a priority. See your veterinarian regularly and follow these tips to keep your pet happy and healthy.
Your veterinarian will give you a recommendation for a high quality and nutritious diet for your pet, and advise you on how much and how often to feed him or her. Diets may vary by species, breed and age.
Microchipping is a safe and permanent identification option to ensure your pet's return should he or she get lost. Ask us about the process and get your pet protected.
Always keep your dog on a leash in public, and your cat indoors to protect them from common hazards such as cars and other animals.
Frequent brushing keeps your pet's coat clean and reduces the occurrence of shedding, matting and hairballs. Depending on the breed, your pet may also need professional groomings.
Dental and Oral Health
Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about professional cleanings as well as dental treats and products available to help prevent bad breath, gingivitis, periodontitis and underlying disease. Although your pet's teeth may look healthy, significant disease could be hidden below the gum line.
Be sure to spend at least 15 minutes a day playing with your cat to keep him or her active and at a healthy weight. All dogs need routine exercise to stay fit, but the requirements vary by breed and age. Ask us what's best for your dog. Doggy daycares and boarding facilities are other ways to help to burn off some energy and socialize your pets.
Enroll your dog in training classes to improve his or her behavior with pets and people. Cats need minimal training. Be sure to provide them with a litter box beginning at four weeks of age.
Entertain your pet's natural instincts by using toys that encourage them to jump and run. Cats especially need to fulfill their instinct to hunt – provide interactive toys that mimic prey like a laser pointer or feathers on a wand. You can also hide treats in your pet's toys or around the house to decrease boredom while you're away.
Pet Wellness:Care for All Ages
Every animal is unique, and the start of each stage of life calls for different home and veterinary care. Check with your veterinarian to establish a proactive wellness plan to keep your pet happy and healthy throughout its life.
Puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines and physical exams. During these exams, your veterinarian may also recommend parasite preventatives or lab tests.
Adult pets will need to continue visiting the veterinarian annually for physical exams, recommended vaccines and routine testing.
Senior pets can develop similar problems seen in older people, including heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and arthritis. Your veterinarian may recommend biannual visits to ensure your pet's quality of life.
Females spayed before their first heat cycle will be less likely to get uterine infections, ovarian cancer and breast cancer. Males neutered at any age will be less likely to get prostate disease. Spaying or neutering also helps prevent behavioral problems like marking and escaping. Talk to your veterinarian about spaying or neutering your pet.
Pets require different types of food to support each life stage. Growing puppies and kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults while adult dogs and cats need food that will keep them healthy and energetic. Your senior dog or cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Talk to your veterinarian to determine what's appropriate for your pet.
Adult dogs should stay active with daily walks and one-on-one training. Keep your adult cats fit by using toys that encourage them to run and jump, and be sure to give them at least 15 minutes of playtime a day.
Weight management of your senior dog or cat is extremely important to ensure they are at an ideal body weight and able to move around comfortably.
Behavioral issues are a major cause of pet abandonment. Begin training your puppy or kitten right away to prevent bad habits and establish good ones.
Start house training your puppy as soon as you get home. Keep your puppy supplied with plenty of chew toys so he or she gets used to gnawing on those and not your belongings.
All cats need a litter box, which should be in a quiet, accessible room. Place your kitten in the box after a meal or whenever it appears he or she needs to go. Be sure to scoop out solids daily and empty it out completely once a week. The number of boxes in your household should be the total of number of cats plus one.
Pet Wellness:Ages & Stages
Animals age at a faster rate than humans do, and your pet's health needs will evolve over time. Use this chart to figure out your pet's age in human years, and check with your veterinarian to establish a wellness plan specific to your young, adult or senior pet.
Pet Wellness:More Resources & Links
The pet resources featured on this page provide useful information on a variety of topics related to veterinary medicine and pet health care. We will update this page frequently. Please feel free to submit your suggestions for links to veterinary-related resources that you would like to share with other pet owners.
Animal Breed Associations
- American Kennel Club
- Cat Fanciers' Association: This website features lots of photos as well as information on cat breeds, cat care, upcoming cat shows, and much more.
Animal Care Guides
- Health and Safety Tips for Your New Puppy: This is a nice starter guide of things that you should consider after getting a puppy.
Feline Care Tips for Cat Owners
- 4 Tips for Bringing Your Cat to the Veterinarian
- How to Administer Subcutaneous Fluids to Your Cat
- Zoonotic Disease in Cats
- Toxic Plants Your Pet Should Avoid
- American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
- Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
- The Humane Society of the United States
- North Shore Animal League America
Pet Grief Support
- Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement: We have all experienced the pain of losing a pet. The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB) has set up this site to support pet owners during this most difficult time. You will find inspirational stories, grief counseling resources, a hotline number, and many other resources.
- Rainbow Bridge: Anyone who has ever lost a beloved pet should visit this site. It is a terrific tribute to our lost family members.
- Tufts University Pet Loss Support Hotline
Pet Health & Wellness
- American Heartworm Society: Everything you ever needed to know about heartworm disease can be found here.
Pet Health Articles
- Myth vs. Fact: The Truth About Ticks
- Top 5 Complications of Flea & Tick Infestations
- How to Recognize and Treat Anxious Dogs and Cats
- Training Your Dog - Aggression and Biting Prevention
Pet Safety and Poison Control
- ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: This website provides safety tips and resources on poisonous pet hazards, as well as a 24-hour hotline for animal poison-related emergencies.
- Plants Toxic to Animals: The Veterinary Medicine Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) has provided lot of valuable information about toxic plants. Discover which plants may be harmful to your beloved pet. You can search under common name or scientific name of the plant.
- USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service: The USDA maintains this website with information on a variety of animal health related topics, including the latest news on bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, also known as mad cow disease), foot and mouth disease (FMD), and animal welfare regulations.
- West Nile Virus: The Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD), a part of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), has the latest information on the spread of West Nile Virus in the United States, as well as information on disease transmission, symptoms, etc.
Pet Services & Consultants
- Dog Training and Behavior Problems: Founded by Brian Kilcommons and Sharon Wilson, best-selling authors and recognized experts on animal training and behavior, this site is a terrific resource for advice on a variety of behavioral problems. If you want to learn more about feline house soiling, barking dogs, aggression, or any other behavioral problem, check out this website.
- American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP): The AAFP is like the American Medical Association for cat doctors. You’ll find a lot of information on feline health.
- VeterinaryPartner.com: Learn more about your pet’s health issue at Veterinary Partner.com, which provides information from VIN veterinarians and experts.
Tania Germann, DVM — Chief of Staff
Dr. Tania Germann is Chief of Staff at Ashburn Village Animal Hospital. Her first job was as a kennel attendant at a veterinary clinic and since then she knew she wanted to become a veterinarian. Dr. Germann grew up in Hawaii and then moved to Colorado to attend Colorado State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. She then relocated to Europe and received a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Veterinary Science in Budapest, Hungary in 2006. Dr. Germann thoroughly enjoyed the international experience and the opportunity to be exposed to different aspects of veterinary medicine.
She has since been practicing small animal medicine on the East Coast. Dr. Germann joined the amazing team at AVAH in September 2013 as a veterinarian and then accepted the position of Chief of Staff in November 2014.
Dr. Germann lives with her husband and cat Uno. She loves being a part of the Ashburn community! In her spare time, she enjoys cycling on the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park trail, cooking, trying new restaurants in the area, and photography.
Emily Credit, DVM
Dr. Emily Credit was born and raised in Upstate New York and has been enjoying the warmth of the south ever since. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree at a small liberal arts college in New York and then traveled down to Knoxville, Tennessee. Here Dr. Credit attended the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine, earning a DVM degree in 2015.
After graduation, she took a position at a holistic practice in North Carolina where she furthered her love for exotic, pocket pets, while still seeing a mix of dogs and cats, as well as small rodents and lizards.
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April is Heartworm Awareness Month
Mosquitoes can spread heartworm, a harmful disease that affects both dogs and cats. As its name implies, heartworm lives in the blood of a pet's heart and blood vessels. We recommend annual screenings for both dogs and cats, even if they are already on heartworm preventatives.
April 2018 is Heartworm Awareness month here at Ashburn Village Animal Hospital, and we are offering 50% off canine in-house heartworm testing when you purchase 12 months of Heartgard (also comes with $12 rebate) and 10% off Proheart. We are also offering 50% off in-house feline heartworm tests with the purchase of 12 months of Revolution.
Prevention is the best approach in protecting your pet against deadly heartworms. Call us at (571) 252-8544 today!
Save On Your Pet's Lyme Vaccine this March
Spring is officially here, and now is the time to have our pets protected against the rise of disease-carrying ticks.
For the month of March 2018, we are offering 10% off Lyme vaccines - whether your pet is due for their annual shot, or have never had it before, call now to get them updated.
It is also important to make sure that your pet is on the best flea and tick prevention for his or her needs. We offer a topical product, Vectra, a Seresto collar, and a chewable option (Nexgard). Ask us for more information and about some rebates that come with each.
Call us at (571) 252-8544 to check your pet's vaccination status and book an appointment today!
AVAH Partners with the Animal Behavior College
Ashburn Village Animal Hospital recently worked together with the Animal Behavior College in training a student for their Veterinary Assistant internship. The student came well prepared in knowing what skills they had to practice and they also had a good basic knowledge of how a veterinary clinic works. It was a great opportunity not only for the student to learn but also for our team to get to help shape the future of an eager veterinary assistant!
Are you or someone you know looking to become a certified veterinary assistant? We highly recommend this program to anyone! This program is comprised of a 90-hour internship during which they learn various skills in a real world setting. We look forward to hosting other students in the future!
Free Cuddle Visits
Is Your Pet Afraid of the Vet? Bring Them in for a Cuddle!
We know that having a pet that is afraid of the veterinarian is stressful for both the owner and the pet! Our veterinarians and staff want to try something new and need your help. We are now offering free cuddle visits to help promote a better relationship between doctor and patient.
These visits are 5-minute slots that allow fearful patients to come just to be cuddled. By doing this, we hope your pets will begin to associate our hospital with a "good place" rather than a place where they get nail trims and shots! This service is especially good for puppies in between their vaccine series and for those pets that are already fearful and aggressive.
Seniors Save 10% on All Veterinary Services Every Thursday
Thursday is Senior Citizen Day at Ashburn Village Animal Hospital!
Any new or existing client who is 65 years or older is eligible to receive 10% off all veterinary services on Thursdays. Simply tell one of our client care specialists your age and save.*
Canine DNA Testing Available!
Discover What Breeds Make Up Your Dog
Ever wonder what breeds make up your dog? You now have the chance to find out! We are currently offering Royal Canin DNA test kits.
Why Test Your Dog's DNA?
- To inform your veterinarian on what breed(s) your dog is
- To give insight into predispositions to certain diseases
- To help us create a targeted wellness plan for your dog
Call us today at (703) 729-0700 to learn more about canine DNA testing.
Ashburn Village Animal Hospital's Dedicated Team
Our team of caring support professionals is devoted to you and your pet!