You have adopted a new pet…congratulations! Get your new pet started off on the right paw with these basic behavioral and health care pointers:
How to make sure your dog attains his ideal weight and maintains a healthy weight for life.
Flea bite hypersensitivity and flea allergic dermatitis is the most common skin disease in pets.
No matter what you’re trying to teach your dog, from housetraining to “heel,” there are a few basic guidelines that will make the process go easier:
Centreville Square Animal Hospital is proud to announce the feature of Dr. Jay Margolis and Dr. Adam Ainspan as Best Veterinarians in the Nothern Virginia Magazine. Dr. Margolis and Dr. Ainspan are fixtures in the area’s veterinary community, leading our hospital with a focus on general companion animal needs.
In the last 50 years or so, the health of domestic dogs has declined dramatically. Dogs are getting serious diseases at younger ages and are living shorter lives.
Centreville Square Animal Hospital is honored to announce Dr. Rhonda Pierce's return to Centreville and our hospital. Dr. Pierce will officially join our practice on July 30, 2018, and we are looking forward to having her as a part of the team.
For dogs, a chemical in chocolate called theobromine is the source of the problem.
Cats, and especially kittens, are known for eating things they are not supposed to. This can be a dangerous combination when there is chocolate around.
A car ride! A car ride! A car ride! For most dogs it’s the greatest thing since the cookie. But a dog can get motion sickness just like people do, which can mean that even a short car trip becomes stressful for the dog — and disgusting for the owner.
There are more benefits to a healthy smile than looking good and smelling fresh. Regular brushing can help prevent disease, infection, and tooth loss.
While our cats may not like to admit it, with their independent streak and all, they rely on us to make all the decisions regarding their diet. Here’s a handy guide on how to create a healthy diet for your cat.
Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) happens when the pancreas is unable to produce enzymes that help with digestion.
The liver is one of the largest and hardest-working organs in the body. It’s the body’s version of the consummate multitasker.
Feline communication is largely nonverbal, although from time to time cats may use special noises — like howls, chirps, growls, hisses and meows — to get their point across.
According to a 2009 survey by AAA and Best Western International, more than three-quarters of respondents said they want to take their pet with them on vacation. We love our pets and want them to experience the excitement of exploring new destinations right alongside us. And with more and more pet-friendly accommodations available, it’s becoming easier to pack up the entire family for adventure.
The clear front covering of the eye, known as the cornea, is a delicate structure. As such, corneal ulcers can result from trauma to the eye or one of many medical conditions that affect the eye.
Scratching is a natural cat behavior, but it can be destructive in a household. Declaw surgery generally involves the removal of all or a portion of the last bone in each digit of the forepaws.
They didn't coin the term "doggy paddle" because canines stay on shore. Many dogs enjoy swimming as much as people do, and cool times in the local swimming spot are irreplaceable summer experiences.
As numerous hilarious Internet videos show, our cats seem to love to knock things off high places. Why do they engage in this funny — but also sometimes annoying or even dangerous — behavior?
Have you ever come home from work to find that your dog has chewed a hole in the door, pooped in the house or, according to the neighbors, barked incessantly?
Many of us love the smell of lavender, cinnamon or jasmine, but what about our pets?
It is relatively easy to train a dog to come to you when you call his name, but cats, as usual, are a different story. What is the difference?
When you’re looking for someone to watch over your pet when you travel, how do you decide which option is best?
You want your pet to look good and feel good. But if he’s suffering from atopy — an allergic skin reaction – neither is the case. The itching can make your dog or cat miserable, and redness, rashes, bleeding, and skin infections are worse.
Some of these signs, such as weight loss and bad breath, may be indicative of cancer or they may signify other health problems. Regardless, they should always prompt a discussion with your veterinarian.
Is your cat coughing, wheezing and producing nasty-looking snot from her nose? It’s not a run-of-the-mill cold as we might think of it. Cats can be prone to respiratory problems. If they go unrecognized or untreated, the result can be a bad case of pneumonia.
Though all puppies are incredibly cute, not all are a good fit for your lifestyle. With the proper research and preparation, you can find a dog who will be a great addition to the family.
Recently, I talked with a frustrated dog owner who felt like she had missed her chance to teach her dog good manners. “I want to train my Cocker Spaniel to stop barking every 30 seconds,” she lamented, “but he’s 4 now and it’s too late to change him!”
One of the sweetest things about my profession as a veterinarian is the opportunity to see the love shared between people and pets. What’s even more special is seeing the accommodations people make for pets with disabilities.
Being aware of potential hazards for your pet during the holiday season is important for their health and your peace of mind. Check out this video for more information!
The holidays are here, with visitors and house guests coming and going — and that means an increased likelihood that your dog will be around unfamiliar people, particularly children. When my clients are preparing for the holiday season, I take the time to address strategies they can use to help keep interactions between their dog and visiting children safe and positive.
A roly poly puppy or chubby kitten might look cute, but carrying extra fat can endanger your pet’s health. Here’s how to keep your pet’s weight in check.
Patience is key when it comes to housebreaking because every pup will pick up the process at his own pace.
Who hasn’t wondered, “Why does my pet eat grass?” The truth is there isn’t one clear reason.
While most cats will never learn to run on a treadmill, no matter how much catnip you offer, almost all cats do benefit greatly from some form of regular physical activity.
You’ve done all the right things when it comes to training your dog, and so far, it’s gone well: He knows how to sit and stay and shake, and he’s pleasant and polite to be around. But suddenly, training feels like a burden — and your dog doesn’t seem like he’s enjoying it, either. Time to give up?
Is brushing your dog's teeth something you and your dog don't look forward to? We want to help you! Check out this video on tips to make brushing your pets teeth a more pleasant experience. We want to help you keep your pets teeth in perfect condition, make an appointment today for a dental cleaning today.
Puppies are without a doubt some of the most adorable things on the planet. Parenting a new puppy, however, is no walk in the park. Here’s a guide to help you care for the new addition to the family!
Regular exercise can have a tremendous impact on your pups overall well-being! Find out how we can help here!
“What vaccines should my dog get?” This is a question veterinarian’s hear on a fairly regular basis. Find out how we can help!
Do you dread giving your dog or cat a bath? Are they clumpy and in need of a hair cut? Or maybe they just need some regular styling. Our grooming experts are ready to help you!
Cats and dogs can coexist within the same family as long as you introduce them properly. Find out more here!
A dog can bark for many reasons — to defend his territory, signal a stranger, get attention, say hello, express discomfort or frustration, and more. Understanding why a dog barks is key to getting him to stop.
Giving a cat his medicine is rarely easy, but knowing the proper procedure and what to expect can make the process more pleasant—for you and your cat.
We know how important your senior feline companion can be to you. Find out some common health problems to watch for in your mature feline friend here!
Keeping your cat's haircoat healthy is very important. Find out how you should groom your cat and how we can help!
Dogs can become aggressive and bark, growl, lunge at, and even attack other pets and people for all kinds of reasons — dominance, fear, defense of territory, pain, frustration, overly enthusiastic play, and more.
Do you think your feline friend is having an adverse reaction to their food? Find out what to look for and what you can do to help here!
Not sure where the best place is for your senior dog while you are away? Let us help you with our professional and caring boarding staff!
Ticks can cause trouble for your furry feline and canine companions! Find out what you should know about them here!
Traveling and don't know what to do with your canine companion? See how our boarding services, with caring and personal attention, will help put your mind at ease.
Does your pet have an upset tummy? Find out why we recommend a homemade bland diet of rice and chicken for your furry friend!
Going on vacation? Looking for a place to board your feline friend? Find out what to look for when boarding your furry friend and how we can help!
There are many myths when it comes to pet grooming, so knowing the right way to brush and bathe your dog or cat can be a little confusing. Find out more about grooming and how our professional grooming staff can help!
Going on vacation? Looking for a place to board your canine companion? Find out what to look for when boarding your furry friend and how we can help!
Does your canine companion have a healthy and shiny coat? Find out how often you should be grooming your furry friend and how we can help here!
Does your canine companion deserve a pick me up? A bath and fresh new haircut may be just what your furry friend needs!
Dental cleanings are so important for your feline family member. Find out what to expect and what services we offer to help!
Did you come home to your canine companion chowing down on chocolate? Find out what signs to look for and what you should do if your dog ingests chocolate!
Traveling with your feline companion can be tricky. Find out steps you can take to help your cat travel happy and content here!
Exercise and play are critical for you canine companion! Find out why it's so crucial and what kind of play to engage your dog in here!
Cats are nosy creatures, sniffing at anything of interest. Insect stings can spell trouble for your feline friend. Find how what you can do to help!
Keeping your canine companion happy and safe during a walk is very important. Find out some hints to keeping your walk safe and relaxing here!
Your canine companion has a sudden emergency! Do you know what to do? Find out how to handle an emergency situation.
Keeping your canine's ears clean is very important. Find out why it's important and what you can do to help!
Is your furry feline scratching? Don't worry it's totally normal behavior. Find out some ways to create a scratching haven for your furry feline friend!
Dental cleanings are so important for your canine companion. Find out what to expect and what services we offer to help!
Your feline family member has a sudden emergency! Do you know what to do? Find out how to handle an emergency situation.
Bringing home a new kitten can be an exciting endeavor! Find out what steps to take to make it an easy transition for both you and your new furry friend.
Ear mites can be hard to find, but are highly contagious. Learn what you should do if your furry companion has ear mites.
Do you suspect your canine companion has diabetes? Find out all about testing and monitoring for diabetes in dogs.
Do you suspect your feline friend has diabetes? Find out all about testing and monitoring for diabetes in cats.
Vaccinations for your furry friends are very common. However, sometimes they come with some mild side effects. Find out what to look for and when to contact your vet.
Find out some ways to make your home cleaner and greener for your pets!
Are your canine's teeth in need of some tender loving care? Learn how to take care of your dog's smile.
Are your feline's teeth in need of some tender loving care? Learn how to take care of your cat's smile.
Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and food. However, Thanksgiving is also a time for hidden dangers for your furry friends. Here are some tips for keeping your pets safe during the holiday season.
Does your furry friend have a food allergy? Find out signs you can look for and how you can treat it.
Does your dog seem stiff lately when walking around? Find out what Osteoarthritis is and how you can help your furry friends be more comfortable.
Travel with confidence knowing that your companion is in safe hands when you’re away.
Ehlena Fry, and her service dog are quite the dynamic duo. But this story isn’t just about a girl and her service dog.
Is your cat having trouble jumping up things lately? Find out what Osteoarthritis is and how you can help your feline friend be more comfortable.
Ticks pose a threat of disease to dogs. Discover more about ticks and how to treat them.
Your feline's footpads are very important. Find out how to take care of them if they get injured.
Do you think your feline friend has an allergy? Find out what kind of allergies cats can have and how you can treat them.