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Heartworm Disease and Prevention in Pets: The Tale of Artie the Heartworm

Heartworm disease, which affects dogs and cats differently, can be as complicated as the heartworm life cycle. Our Columbia Pike Animal Hospital team provides this story to  illustrate the heartworm’s path from its host—the mosquito—to its favorite hangout—your pet’s major blood vessels surrounding their heart and lungs. Follow along as we share highlights of Artie [...]

FAQs About Pet Wellness Screenings

Your pet should be evaluated by a veterinary professional at least once a year, because regular wellness screenings can improve your pet’s quality of life and increase their longevity. Our Columbia Pike Animal Hospital team wants to answer frequently asked questions about these visits to encourage you to book your pet’s appointment soon. Question: Why [...]

8 Heat Safety Tips for Pet Owners

Summer in Virginia means heat and humidity, which can be dangerous conditions for your pet. Our Columbia Pike Animal Hospital team wants to help keep your pet happy and healthy through the dog days of summer by providing pet heat safety tips.  #1: Educate yourself about heatstroke in pets Heatstroke is a life-threatening veterinary emergency [...]

Pet Anxiety and Noise Aversion FAQs

Most of us welcome the sounds of summer—fireworks booming, barbecue grills sizzling, boat motors humming, children whooping and laughing—but an anxious or fearful pet may not feel the same. They may react extremely irrationally, and if their anxiety is left untreated, the condition may lead to behavioral and psychological issues. Your pet can experience any [...]

5 Hot Tips to Keep Pets Safe During Summer’s Heat

Ah, summer—the perfect time to enjoy exploring the great outdoors while making Instagram-worthy memories with your pet on a long hike, a camping trip, or at a pet-friendly restaurant or brewery. Wherever your outdoor summer adventure takes you and your pet, help them keep their cool by following Columbia Pike Animal Hospital team’s summer heat [...]

Raise the Woof and Celebrate National Dog Day

As if you needed another excuse to spoil your dog—mark your calendar for August 26. This summer day truly is one for the dogs—it’s National Dog Day! While our Columbia Pike Animal Hospital team celebrates—and spoils—canine patients every day, we go the extra paw on National Dog Day. Here’s a little more backstory on this [...]

Animal Rights or Animal Welfare—What’s the Difference?

Animal Rights Awareness Week is recognized annually during the third week in June. The weeklong campaign was originally developed by In Defense of Animals, an animal welfare organization dedicated to protecting the lives, habitat, and wellbeing of animals worldwide. Unfortunately, the animal rights initiative is often confused with animal welfare. While these two causes sound [...]

Virginia Veterinarian to Help Animals in Ukrainian Refugee Camps

For now, she says her biggest worry is that once she gets there, she may not be able to "save as many as I'd like.” A local veterinarian gathers supplies to head to refugee camps in Ukraine to help animals impacted or left behind. News4’s Solangi Sosa reports. Through the chaos and the war in [...]

What Pet Owners Should Know About World Veterinary Day

Created in 2000 by the World Veterinary Association (WVA), World Veterinary Day falls on the last Saturday in April, which is April 30 this year. This day has been set aside to honor the hard-working individuals who devote their lives to saving animals and protecting the public from dangerous diseases. Our team at Columbia Pike [...]

5 Ways to Appreciate Your Pet

Most pet owners view their pets as a family member, and studies have shown that pet owners tend to have lower blood pressure, resting heart rates, and heart disease risk than people who don’t own pets. In addition, pets have been shown to improve people’s mental health. Since pets provide so many benefits, our team [...]

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