Let Your Fingers do the Talking!

Let Your Fingers do the Talking!

We’re excited to announce that we’ve launched a new and convenient texting line in the hopes of reducing call wait times and making your jobs as busy pet parents a little easier.

From now on, you’ll be able to communicate with members of our team by simply sending a text to the number (703) 420-3690.

Texting is a convenient and efficient way to stay on top of your pet’s healthcare. This new feature will free up our phone lines and allow us to answer your inquiries that much sooner.

Please feel free to text us for:

· Appointment requests/reminders/cancellations

· Prescription refills

· Surgery status updates

· Pet medical records requests

· The results of blood tests and other diagnostics

· Any questions you have about non-urgent medical issues
In the event of an emergency, however, we’d prefer if you’d call the hospital line – (703) 420-3690 – as soon as possible.

We’re looking forward to chatting with you soon!

Happy dog being pet

Kindness is Contagious!

We have proudly served our community for over 21 years. Our vision has always been to provide a five-star experience to pets and people. The pandemic caused by COVID-19 has provided a set of challenges for veterinary hospitals that is unlike any we have weathered. Veterinary hospitals around the nation are experiencing a remarkable increase in patients while adhering to new government regulations and CDC guidelines all while adapting to decreasing staff as families are adjusting to having children at home during school hours. This is not a profession where one may work from home.

Despite this challenge, our staff continues to work very hard to provide your pets with the superior and compassionate medical care you have come to expect. We are striving to communicate well with you in the parking lot as we continue to offer curbside check-in/out services in an effort to protect the health of our employees and their families as best as we can. If our staff is not healthy, they will not be available to help your pet(s). This process has resulted in increased wait times that some clients perceive as a lack of caring.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.

We have been working fervently in an effort to accommodate all the needs of our patients and their humans. Many staff members have agreed to routinely work Sundays, our doctors have extended their daytime office hours, our practice offers a no extra charge for Aldie Vet Drop-off service for active clients with sick pets in addition to scheduled appointments, and we have been diligently fitting in more emergencies than normal. All of these efforts have been made to help sick and well pets in our community receive the veterinary care they need in a calm, no stress environment, which does take more time.

If you are a client of Aldie Veterinary Hospital, you will always be our priority. We have dedicated Aldie Vet Client Only appointments over patients that we only see with Dulles South Animal Emergency & Referral. Even with that, there are so many pets in need. We do ask for your understanding, patience, and an extra measure of grace. Our dedicated team will be so appreciative.   

Happy Holidays and thank you for entrusting us with your pets all these years!

Cat being taken out of a kennel

Convenient Drop Off Service!

For your convenience, we are now offering drop-off appointments! Your pets get to spend the day with us, and we’ll let you know when they’re ready to be picked up!

These appointments are available for any non-emergency visits when our appointment calendar is full. While waiting for their exams, your pet will receive tons of cuddles and attention, including walks for dogs.

Best of all, there is NO CHARGE for this drop off service, but there are a limited number of openings, so call us at (703) 348-9462 to make your drop-off appointment. Or, you can make an appointment online and let us know in the comment section that you would like to drop off rather than wait curbside.

Girl on the phone next to her two dogs

Can You Hear Me Now?

To lower telephone wait times and better serve you, we’ve improved our telephone tree! The next time you call us at (703) 327-0909, you’ll be able to choose from these options:

0 = ER and referrals

1 = make an appointment

2 = pharmacy/food orders/prescription refills

4 = all other questions

If you’re calling to make an appointment, don’t forget our convenient online appointment request option. We are looking for other tools to keep you connected with our team so that we may provide answers to your questions as well as the veterinary care your pet needs as quickly as possible. We will be making announcements to these improvements shortly.

Brown puppy popping out of a box

A Better Way to Get Your Pet’s Meds!

Due to many of us who have experienced shipping delays for online orders, we now carry many of your pet’s medications, prescription foods, flea and tick preventatives and more in our in-house pharmacy. There are many reasons to purchase your products through us directly versus a corporate online retailer:

1). Our prices are competitive;
2). You may qualify for additional rebate savings only offered through veterinarians;
3). You are supporting a local business;
4). You may return the product for a refund;
5). Membership fees are not required and savings are not only during your first order;
6). The products come with a “safe and effective” manufacturer’s warranty; and
7). Prescription orders are automatically recorded in your pet’s record.

We can provide some automatic services for medicines and foods that are routinely used. Let our Pharmacy Manager ensure your pet doesn’t run out of any necessary medication due to shipping delays. We will be happy to discuss all the options we offer to ensure it is convenient for you to receive what’s needed for your pet.

For products that are not stocked in-house, we do offer an on-line option. Call us at (703) 348-9462 for refills, or use our convenient online forms: in-house pharmacy or online pharmacy.

Bark, Bang, Boom! Keeping Your Pet Comfortable This Summer

Fireworks can send your pet into a panic. If your best friend has an extreme reaction to the noise such as heavy panting, drooling, shaking, hiding, or trying to escape, If your pet reacts negatively when loud noise is happening, you’re not alone: it’s estimated 40-50% of dogs suffer from this phobia.

And, with Fourth of July approaching, the noise level is only going to go up. Fireworks, whether they’re at a distance or going off next door, can send your pet into a panic. The good news is there are a number of effective strategies you can adopt to minimize the impact of big bangs on your best friend, including:

· Putting your pet in a room and turning on white noise or soft music to dull the sounds
· distracting your pet with games and toys
· avoiding comforting or punishment—both reinforce the fear reaction
· consider getting your pet a Thundershirt

If any of the above approaches don’t work, we’re happy to consult with you about possible sedative medications and therapeutic treatments that are good for both short-term anxiety and long-term care.

Want to schedule a consultation or need more advice about how to minimize the impact of loud noises on your furry family member? Call (703) 348-9462 today!

Ticks Really Suck. We Can Help!

In our part of the country, ticks are an ever-growing problem—which means tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease are as well. We’ve already seen several patients come in with tick infestations, and that’s only going to get worse as the weather continues to warm up.

In dogs, Lyme disease typically causes recurrent lameness, itself a result of joint inflammation, and general malaise. Other symptoms include depression, lack of appetite, enlarged lymph nodes, an arched-back stiff walk, difficulty breathing, and extreme sensitivity to being touched.

Cats aren’t as impacted by Lyme disease as dogs are, but they, too, can experience joint pain, lameness, and lethargy.

The good news is that Lyme disease is preventable, both by vaccine and with easy-to-administer preventatives that we sell both in our clinic and our online store. The same applies to the illnesses carried by fleas and parasitic worms. Fleas, heartworm, and other parasites love the warm summer weather and treat your pet like an all-you-can-eat buffet. Contrary to popular opinion, these pests aren’t just annoying. Fleas can transmit tapeworm and cause anemia, while heartworm constrict blood flow, damaging internal organs and causing lung disease and heart failure.

If you need to stock up on tick, flea, or heartworm preventative, or if you’d like to schedule a Lyme disease vaccine, give us a call at (703) 348-9462!

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

We are pleased to share we are opening up our grooming services again, starting on May 10th.

We will continue to offer curbside care for all services.

We continue to be diligent in our handling and hygiene protocols to ensure as minimal exposure as possible. You will see our staff wearing cloth masks. Due to Personal Protection Equipment shortages, the use of surgical masks and gloves must be conserved for surgical cases. Our staff wipe down items coming in and out of the hospital and handwashing is still the most recommended way of the CDC to stop the spread of pathogens.

The news has recently reported on 2 cases of positive COVID results in animals, both in cats from New York. Routine testing of pets is still not recommended by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Current expert understanding is that SARS-CoV-2 is primarily transmitted person-to-person. There is no evidence that animals can transmit this virus to people. In rare instances, people have spread the virus to certain animals.

If you are concerned that your pet is exhibiting symptoms of an upper respiratory disease, please contact us. We are happy to discuss concerns and recommendations with you.

Informational resources that are available include:
https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/animal-health-and-welfare/covid-19/testing-animals-sars-cov-2

COVID-19 and Pets: FAQ from the International
Society for Companion Animal Infectious Diseases (ISCAID)
https://iscaid.org/covid-19-faqs-for-pet-owners

COVID-19 and Pets: FAQ from the American Veterinary
Medical Association (AVMA)
https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/animal-health-and-welfare/covid-19/covid-19-faqs-pet-owners

Parasites Suck at Social Distancing

It’s crucial that while we’re spending more time outdoors than ever that your pet is protected from pests like fleas, ticks, and heartworm. Fleas can transmit tapeworm and cause anemia, while ticks are well-known carriers of many harmful conditions, including Lyme disease. 

Heartworm is another – and even graver – threat, particularly in our corner of Virginia. Mosquitos can transmit deadly worms to pets through just one bite. As the name suggests, heartworms live in the heart, and they can also thrive in the lungs and blood vessels. Because they constrict blood flow, they can damage internal organs and cause lung disease and heart failure.

Sadly, many animals don’t show symptoms until the disease is advanced, if at all. While there is a treatment for canines, it is expensive and can be very hard on your pet. (There is no heartworm cure for cats.)

At Aldie Veterinary Hospital, we know how important it is to protect your pet from parasites of all kinds. That’s why we are having a spring promotion on a wide array of preventatives purchased from our in-house pharmacy and delivered to you, curbside.  Give us a call at (703) 348-9462 and place your order today. For home delivery, please visit our online pharmacy. 

The Whole Nine Yards: How to Keep Your Pet Safe Outside

Pets who roam around on recently treated lawns or in landscaping that’s just been sprayed can bring those chemicals back inside on their fur and their paws, which they often then lick clean. That means that, in addition to skin irritation, pesticides and herbicides can cause gastrointestinal upset. Some signs that your pet has ingested harmful lawn chemicals include vomiting and diarrhea.

Long-term exposure to herbicides and pesticides can damage your pet’s respiratory system and has been linked to lymphoma as well.

So, if you must use herbicides and pesticides, be careful when allowing your pet outside and make sure that the chemicals have fully dried before allowing your pets on treated surfaces. After your animal companions have spent time romping around the yard, clean their paws and fur.

When it comes to your pet’s safety, what you plant in your yard is just as important as what you spray it with. Common staples of suburban landscaping like lily of the valley, oleander, rhododendron, azalea, foxglove, yew, holly, crocus, tulip (the bulbs, in particular), and delphinium are all poisonous to pets and can cause varying levels of damage to their health. Particularly toxic to cats are lilies. It only takes eating a couple leaves or petals of a lily to send a cat into kidney failure.

And finally, a bit of buzz about bees. It’s worth noting that a perfect green lawn, as pretty as it might be, has nothing to offer a honeybee in search of food. Bees depend on diverse plants and flowers to survive, and we depend on bees to pollinate our food supply, so you might even consider letting your yard go a little wild for a change – your pets & the honeybees will thank you!

In the event your pet comes in contact with a toxic substance or encounters a bee sting, please give us a call at (703) 327-0909 to speak with one of our veterinarians. For emergency situations, please call Dulles South Animal Emergency & Referral Hospital at 703) 327-0871.