VCA Columbia Animal Hospital at Hickory Ridge

Our Hospital

Welcome!

We are a full-service animal hospital serving Howard County and the surrounding areas with the best of veterinary care since 1974.

At VCA Columbia Animal Hospital at Hickory Ridge we look forward to welcoming you and your pet to our practice! We pledge to give all our patients the highest-quality medical and surgical care, treating each pet as if it were our own. We are your partners in pet care, and are happy to provide support and information to help you give your pet the best possible care at home, including proper nutrition, shelter, exercise and plenty of TLC.

At every visit you will be served by experienced, knowledgeable, and compassionate members of our staff. Our veterinarians, veterinary technicians and other pet-friendly personnel are trained to the highest standards. Their knowledge of the latest veterinary medicines and procedures ensures that all our patients continue to receive the best in medical care.

Please feel free to visit our facility, meet our friendly staff and take a tour of our hospital!

Local Medical Issues

Canine Flu Alert!

Many of our clients have asked about the threat of canine influenza to their dogs. Canine flu is a highly contagious respiratory virus with nearly all dogs that are exposed becoming infected within a few days after exposure. This disease is highly contagious, so dogs that are around other dogs (boarding, grooming, dog shows, dog parks, contact with neighbors’ dogs) are at increased risk.
About 80% of exposed dogs will go on to develop signs. Typical symptoms resemble those of kennel cough: a persistent cough (often accompanied by a nasal discharge). Some dogs go on to develop pneumonia and can become critically ill.
A new vaccine is available that can help reduce this risk. Please schedule an appointment today with one of our VCA veterinarians to discuss this emerging threat to your dog.
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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY DURING NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS:  Please call us immediately at 410.730.2122

IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY AFTER NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS:  Please contact one of the following Emergency Hospital's immediately:

Emergency Animal Hospital of Ellicott City
10270 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042
410.750.1177

Emergency Veterinary Clinic-Catonsville
32 Mellor Avenue
Catonsville, MD 21228
410.788.7040

VCA Veterinary Referral Associates
500 Perry Parkway
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
301.926.3300
 

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