Germantown Vet News

Obedience Training Tips for your Dog

Posted on 29. Aug, 2012 by Germantown Vet in Blog, News

Obedience training for your dog or puppy is the most basic step to communicating proper obedience and behavior. If you want to have a dog that you can confidently take into public, you must make sure that your dog receives at least a basic level of obedience and behavioral training. Obedience training ensures that your dog knows how to interact with you, the general public, and other dogs. A dog that has not been given proper obedience training is potentially a danger to you and others. Learn More

When to Take Your Dog to the Vet: Dog Illness Symptoms

Posted on 17. Aug, 2012 by Germantown Vet in Blog, News

In our blog post last week, we examined ten symptoms of cat illness. This week, we turn our attention to our canine friends.

For many, pet dogs are like family members, but unlike human family members, dogs cannot always effectively communicate when they are having health issues. Some health issues are obvious, but others – which can be serious – are not. If your dog is acting strangely or out of character, it is best to schedule a veterinarian appointment with us immediately. Learn More

Cat Illness Symptoms

Posted on 09. Aug, 2012 by Germantown Vet in Blog, News

Is My Cat Sick?

Unlike dogs, who tend to be very expressive with their feelings and emotions, cats are generally more introverted – making it more difficult to identify illness symptoms in cats. Since cat illness symptoms are less likely to be noticed, pet owners are also less likely to take their feline friends to the vet, which leads to the discovery of ailments much later in their progression. This can make treatment more difficult – and more expensive! Learn More

Protecting Your Pets in Hot Weather

Posted on 03. Jul, 2012 by Germantown Vet in News

If you live in the Washington, DC metro area, you’re already aware that summer has fully arrived. With the region experiencing near all-time record high temperatures, outdoor activity can be very dangerous. During heat waves, people generally take special precautions to keep themselves safe from the extreme heat, but sometimes the impact of extreme heat on animals is overlooked. Learn More


Posted on 15. Dec, 2009 by Lucy Tidd in News

There has been quite a bit of information in the press recently about outbreaks of canine flu in the area-particularily in Northern Virginia where the latest outbreak occured this fall. We have been fielding lots of questions from clients regarding this disease and we wanted to clarify some information about the disease and the new vaccine that has become available.

Canine Influenza is a viral disease similar to our human flu. This is a new disease in the canine world and because of that, dogs do not have any pre-existing immunity.  As a result, about 80% of dogs that are exposed to the virus become sick. Symptoms are similar to our flu and included fever, coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge and eye discharge. Approximately 10-20% of dogs develop a severe form which can include pneumonia and can require hospitalization. As many as 8% of infected dogs die from complications of the disease. The virus is quite contagious and is easily spread by direct contact, cough or sneeze, or via contaminated surfaces.

For dogs at highest risk (those that are boarded, go to doggie daycare, pet stores, dog parks or dog shows), there is a vaccine available.  This vaccine helps protect against serious lung damage, reduces symptoms and reduces the amount of virus spread into the environment thereby slowing the spread of the disease to other dogs. In clinical trials the vaccine has been shown to be safe and effective. Germantown Veterinary Clinic now has the Canine Influenza Vaccine available for at risk dogs. If you are concerned about this disease and are interested in the vaccine for your dog or have questions about whether your dog should be vaccinated, please feel free to call us at (240) 252-7467 or email us at

Going Green with Solar!!

Posted on 18. Nov, 2009 by Lucy Tidd in News

We are very excited to be one of the first businesses in Gemantown to have installed solar panels as a source of our electricity. We firmly believe in investing in the latest technologies for our patients and for the environment. One more way we are looking to the future!
A residential home with solar panels being installed on it's roof

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