Washington DC Area

McLean Animal Hospital is here to serve pet owners in the DC area. Whether it’s an emergency or an annual checkup, our professional team is here to help your dogs, cats, and other pets. We are a fully AAHA Accredited Facility to ensure we meet all standards, including: Patient care, diagnostic imaging, laboratory, pain management, pharmacy, safety, surgery, client service, …

How To Keep Pet Care Cost-Effective

It seems like pet care can get expensive fast. The best way to keep costs low is to invest in preventative care and make sure your pet is healthy all-year round. Follow these tips to avoid any pet hospital trips. Protect Your Pet from Parasites Fleas and ticks can cost lots of medical problems for your pet, from skin irritations …

How To Have A Stress-Free Vet Visit

Some pets just don’t like the vet. But there are a few tricks you can try to relax your pet and ensure it’s a stress-free experience for you and your pet.   Be prepared If you are nervous or unprepared for your vet visit, your pet will know it. Have all the details organized before you get there, so you …

Three Puppy Training Tips

Stay Calm Puppies can get excited very easy, and that’s when they develop bad habits. By remaining calm, you’ll be able to raise a calm. You can lead by example, as the dog will want to match its owner’s personality. Stay calm even if your dog misbehaves. Show your puppy what it should be doing. Reward Often Good consequences from …

Questions To Ask Your Vet

During your next visit to the vet with your pet, ask these questions to make sure you’re doing your best to keep your pet healthy! 1. Is My Pet at a Healthy Weight? More than half of the dogs and cats in the U.S. are overweight. Ask your veterinarian if your pet is within the appropriate weight range for her …

How to Have a Safe Halloween with your Pet

Halloween is fun for humans, but can be very scary for pets. Avoid a trip to the ER and have a safe Halloween with these tips.   We often see emergencies over Halloween for dogs who are vomiting or have diarrhea from eating candy or other treats. Some dogs may have stress-related problems because of the changes in the environment, …

Why Your Pet Needs Regular Checkups

Your pet might seem healthy all the time, but they still need regular check-ups just like humans. Here’s why these are a necessity to keep your pet healthy and safe.   Pets are still animals, and still have the “survival of the fittest” mentality. They don’t want to show weakness for fear of being in danger. A veterinarian can catch …

5 Essential Dog Care Tips

Owning a dog is an exciting thing! However, you want to make sure you are caring for your dog properly so they are healthy and happy. Follow these five dog care essentials: Spay or neuter your dog Dogs who have this routine surgery tend to live longer, be healthier and have fewer behavior problems (e.g., biting or running away). By spaying or …

Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets

Accidents happen, and sometimes your pet might get into food or other substances that they should not ingest. If that happens, call our veterinarian office ASAP. Your animals should not be fed any of the following foods: Alcohol Chocolate. Note that darker chocolate is more dangerous than milk chocolate. Coffee Caffeine Citrus (specifically the stems, leaves, peels, and seeds) Coconut …

How to Care for Older Cats

If your cat is getting older, you might notice some changes. Just like humans, as cats age, the amount of care they need will increase, particularly with their diet and nutrition. As cats age, they often do not eat a high enough volume of food to maintain a healthy weight. To combat this, you should provide access to fresh food …