As an accredited member of AAHA (The American Animal Hospital Association), we voluntarily choose to be evaluated on over 800 standards in the following areas: quality of care; diagnostic & pharmacy; management; medical records and facility. In serving you, and your pets, we take pride in offering the very best preventive health care plans and diagnostic tools available.
Our medical team consisting of five veterinarians, multiple support staff and personnel we understand the special bond that each family holds with their pet. Knowing that each individual pet has special needs, we provide individualized care to dogs, cats, reptiles, birds and small mammals. We take the time to listen to your concerns and provide caring attention to assist you in helping your pet live a long, happy and healthy life.
For you, we will provide the knowledge it takes to keep your pet in optimum health. For your pets, the finest quality preventive and medical care will be given at every visit or stay with us. New patients are always welcome, we look forward to seeing you and your pets at VCA St. Mary’s Animal Hospital,
were your pet's health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal.
Local Medical IssuesIn Southern Maryland, year-round preventive care is critical to keeping our pets in optimum health. Our weather conditions enable parasites to survive year round. Heartworms and intestinal parasites including roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and giardia, which also can be transmitted to humans, are the internal parasites of concern. The external parasites of concern are fleas and ticks. Not only are fleas a nuisance, but they can also contribute to skin allergy, tapeworm infestation and anemia. Ticks transmit Lyme and Ehrlichia disease. These parasite risks can be minimized by regular stool testing, annual heartworm / Lyme / Ehrlichia testing, Lyme vaccination and year-round administration of heartworm and flea and tick prevention medication.
Vaccination is also important for preventive care. Feline diseases commonly diagnosed in our area such as distemper, feline luekemia, respiratory disease and feline immunodeficieny virus can be avoided with routine vaccination. The same is true with the canine diseases distemper, lyme disease, parvo, kennel cough and leptosporosis. Locally reported rabies cases have recently increased, which makes rabies vaccination for all dogs and cats a must.