VCA University Veterinary Clinic
By Sharyl Mayhew
Published: June 12, 2012

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As you may have seen on the news or read in the paper, our area is under an alert to be aware of ticks and tick borne diseases. Lyme disease in particular is pandemic in the Mid-Atlantic and throughout the US. This year we have had weather that is comfortable for ticks and we have seen their numbers grow dramatically. The more ticks there are to get on us and our pets, the more disease we will see.

We have the best tick preventatives available, please call us so we can discuss what product is best for your pet..

We routinely test dogs for common tick diseases. You may have noticed that when your dog has his or her yearly blood test for Heartworms the test includes screening for Lyme, Ehrlichia and Anaplasmosis. These are all diseases spread by ticks. We can tell from the results of these tests if your dog has been exposed and is producing a response to any of these diseases in the blood stream. We can also tell if the vaccine for Lyme disease has been given to your dog and that it is working.

We can test your dog at anytime if he or she is showing any symptoms of tick diseases or if you have seen ticks on your pet or in the environment. Symptoms of tick borne diseases are varied and sometimes missed because they mimic so many other problems. We aggressively search for answer to why your pet may have symptoms such as a fever, lameness or pain in the joint(s), neurological difficulties, bruising or bleeding without any trauma and general malaise.

We want to make sure your pet is protected against these diseases and if exposed to ticks, treated promptly. Call us with any questions, anytime, we are here to help you.


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 emergency, please call us immediately at 703-385-1054. If it is after hours, please contact one of the following nearby emergency care clinics.

- The Hope Center, 703-281-5121, 140 Park Street SE Vienna, VA 22180

- VCA South PAWS, 703-752-9100, 8500 Arlington Boulevard Fairfax, VA 22031