FVH is located between South Riding and Stone Ridge, right on Route 50. We are a full-service vet hospital. We are proud of our modern hospital design, our highly talented staff, and our terrific clients who want their pets to be treated as family.
Winner of the 2010 and 2012 AngiesList Super Service Awards for veterinarians and animal hospitals in the DC metropolitan area. Though we prefer email ([email protected]), if you find you need to send us a fax, please use: 855-781-7644
We installed UVC lighting in our air-conditioning and heating systems this past spring to combat the spread of SARS-CoV-2, and to minimize other virus and bacteria spread. Nice to see this technology is developing where the light can be used out in the open and doesn't have to be hidden in ductwork. This also is a reminder that we will continue to pursue the best care for our staff as well as our clients and we'll follow where the science leads us: test - diagnose - treat - confirm. And we highly recommend following "This Week in Virology" podcast.
David Brenner joins TWiV to explain how far-UVC lights could provide protection from SARS-CoV-2 and other airborne viruses in public places, solutions to face mask fogging, transmission during airplane flights, and listener questions.
To get an idea of the day in the life of a veterinarian, check out our many Youtube videos (treating paralysis, underwater treadmill, dental cleanings and much more) https://www.youtube.com/user/Familyvet/videos
Dr. Chau is an award-winning, nationally recognized veterinarian, and accomplished author on pet health. Her latest article has been recommended by the natio...
Since we are so focused on testing to come up with proper diagnostics, this COVID 19 oriented podcast really spoke to us and gave us reason to be optimistic: https://youtu.be/kDj4Zyq3yOA
Michael Mina joins TWiV to reveal why frequent and rapid SARS-CoV-2 testing is more important than accuracy, how a daily $1 rapid test could control the pand...
Posting for our friends at Loudoun Animal Services:
Meet Max: Why you should microchip your pet
Meet Max, who has a family who loves him. When Max becomes lost, it's his microchip to the rescue! August 15 is Check the Chip Day, where we remind pet owner...
Please know how helpful a pet microchip can be... we try and remember to ask, but feel free to bring it up in your pet's next appointment.
Fascinating that during this COVID crises, we have been seeing lots of puppies. Lots of new families being made daily!
Kitten in utero - besides seeing the heart, if you look closely at the mouth you can see an air bubble
3 hearts beating - 3 kittens in the first 3 weeks of pregnancy!
"This is a beautiful view of the optic nerve I get to see using an indirect lens." [Dr. Chau]
Pets and COVID-19 FAQs from American Veterinary Medical Association:
“Can SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) infect pets?”
The AVMA has developed a series of frequently asked questions we’ve received about #COVID19. You can find more information about this question and more at our FAQs for Pet Owners here ➡️ http://bit.ly/38WbgFi
After analyzing thousands of tests a leading diagnostics company reaffirms what major national and international health organizations are saying: pets are not contracting COVID-19 and there is no evidence they can spread it: https://www.dvm360.com/view/idexx-reports-negative-covid-19-results-for-thousands-of-canine-and-feline-samples
Idexx has tested thousands of dogs and cats, and all came up negative for the coronavirus strain that causes COVID-19.
As a leader in cleanliness (and quality) of vet hospitals, here are some of our precautions (either we've always done them or new):
1) Daily cleaning by a professional cleaning staff (always had)
2) Separate entrance/exit for pets or quarantine
3) Separate airconditioning/heating systems and ductwork that minimizes air and germs from the front from circulating to the back and vice versa
4) Floors without seams that often harbor bacteria
5) Approximately 1 hour long appointments means lower volume of patients, clients etc. - reduces crowds, stress etc.
6) Installing UVC Ultraviolet lights within ventilation systems that kills airborne bacteria and viruses (included COVID-19)
7) 100% of medical records are digital, so we can easily handle record keeping and invoicing without handling paper. We can send you your pet's xrays, ultrasounds, even videos easily and take credit card payments over the phone.
We are also encouraging (but not making mandatory) our clients to drop-off their pets and then discuss their pet's health via phone or video chat so we can keep our staff and pet parents healthy. For any client wanting to, they can literally open our second entrance and place their pet in the room and leave and we can take care of the pet independently, only having to re-open the door post-appointment and retrieve their pet - no other physical contact or interaction necessary.
Dr. Chau was just reminding us that the eyes are not a very forgiving organ. 1-2 days of glaucoma can be enough to cause permanent blindness. Symptoms of eye problems in your pet include (but not limited to): squinting, blood, no reflection in an eye, asymmetry (except eye color.) Eye problems like glaucoma are not just in old pets either, it can be caused by infections.
Our fax service (Godaddy) is having a system wide outage which means we are having difficulty receiving faxes. If possible, please send us correspondence via email to [email protected] Sorry for any trouble this might cause our pet parents!
Posting a missing cat flyer from South Riding area:
Update: Staxx made it back home!
Missing cat alert: cat named "Staxx", lost around the 7-11, Home Depot and Giant in the South Riding Community.
Breed: Siamese mix
Weight: 11 pounds
Color: white with gray stripes on his front legs and some gray on both of his sides. His tail is striped with gray also. He has blue eyes. He wears a red collar with a bell on it.
NSAID pain relievers, such as Advil or Aleve, are the most common human medications that pets get into that cause harm, according to Pet Poison Helpline. Be sure to keep them out of reach of your furry family. To see the top 10 medications that pets to get into, click here: http://www.dvm360.com/toxicmeds
If your cat hasn’t left anything in the litter box for one or two days, it may need help getting things moving again. Give us a call (703 327-8425) so we can get to the BOTTOM of it and help your kitty feel better.
Over 1,300 reviews with 97.8% recommending us to friends and family in the Middleburg and South Riding communities. Lauded for long appointments, accurate diagnostics, clean quiet and odor-free hospital; it's no wonder Dr. Chau counts many other vets and their staff as her own clients. When their dogs and cats are sick, neighboring vets bring their pets to Dr. Chau and Family Vet.
The August issue of Scientific American discusses the importance of mechanical breathing systems during anesthetic procedures and how limited access in economic depressed countries leads to unnecessary fatalities. This is NOT news to us. We have a 0% fatality rate for anesthetic procedures over 11 years; one important reason is that we make mechanical ventilation mandatory for all our procedures, unlike most veterinarians who still use manual methods that even a popular mainstream journal like Scientific American points out is a direct cause of unnecessary deaths. One day we'll look back at pet medicine and wonder why so many pets needlessly died, just as Scientific American, in this month's issue, recognizes that for lack of a simple machine many human patients are needlessly dying today. (It amazes us to this day we still get new clients who were recommended by other vets to euthanize their pets rather than attempt surgery, often getting a "mortality rate" for the surgery alone. In fact, one of the newest vet clinics nearby gave a new client a 20% survival estimate of a recent procedure which we just days later accomplished without difficulty nor complication.) https://www.scientificamerican.com/magazine/sa/2019/08-01/
EARTHSpecial Report: Future of the Arctic Suddenly, nations are jockeying to control the seafloor and exploit resources in the rapidly thawing north By Mark Fischetti
From the annals of "just too stupid to not be real": a photo flashed up among our screen saver of old pics, it was a business that was going to be our first vet hospital. When asked why we didn't locate there, we had to admit: the landlord wouldn't allow any animals in the building. Yep, a little known fact about Dr. Chau (and husband) and the history of Family Vet: we spent a year getting a special exception through Loudoun County Board of Supervisors (appearing twice in front of the board), only to have Buchanan Partners (who was helping us get the special exception) tell us after approx. a year that "yes" we could have a vet hospital there, but "no", no animals were allowed in the building. Go figure; we couldn't, so therefore we don't have a location on Rte 606. Sorry to all our Loudoun Valley Estate pet parents for the extra 10 minute drive it takes to get to us in South Riding.
**UPDATE : We have turned this guy over to Loudoun Animal Services to help find its owners. Thanks for everyone's help anyway. We're sure he'll get home soon.*** (As a reminder... please have your pet micro-chipped and keep the information up-to-date if you adopt out your pet to a new home or if you leave the area. With all our great neighbors helping out, this pet should have been home within the first few hours of being dropped off to us - or better to Animal Services of Loudoun.)
We have a pet dropped off at Family Vet hospital that was found at Mercer Middle school. It is micro-chipped and we know it used to live on Queens Brigade Ct in Fairfax Station (Colchester Hunt Community near the NRA museum). The owner's info may be out of date and we can't reach them. Anyone know (or can get a message to) this Shih Tzu's owner for us? Help us unleash the power of social media and get this dog home :-) Our phone number is 703-327-8425 and our location is 24650 South Point Drive, Chantilly (across from Gum Spring Hospital)
Tips from ASPCA regarding 4th of July celebrations: https://www.aspca.org/news/fireworks-and-your-pet-tips-staying-safe-fourth-july
As the Fourth of July approaches, you may be considering lighting some celebratory fireworks for the occasion. Though fireworks may be a fun tradition for us, your four-legged friends may feel differently. Read our tips for keeping your pet safe this Independence Day.
Being so close to neighboring counties, we follow most local news. So... in the interest of sharing (and we've been on the "business end" of someone pretending to be Loudoun police), here's a warning from our neighbors to the south:
The PWC Police are still receiving reports of this phone scam...
Being "green" isn't always easy:
1: we use e-fax to send and receive lots of faxes each day (without using paper)
2: Microsoft out-competed Godaddy (our former service) so we migrated to Microsoft in May
3) Microsoft has labeled most pet-pharmacy numbers our clients use as "SPAM" and hid them from us
SOOOO, in short we haven't seen a lot of faxes lately. We're now manually fixing each phone number, but there are approximately 100 to go through. Sorry for our delay! (We're not sure why Microsoft is so pet-unfriendly to these businesses - Chewy, PetRx to name a few)
A page out of a day-in-the-life-of-a-vet: today a client demanded a 3rd month of renewal of antibiotic for his dog, despite the new evidence of his dog having bladder stones. He threatened to ruin our reputation with bad reviews if he didn't get a new prescription. This is blackmail, and to give in would be malpractice since you can't treat bladder stones with antibiotics, that's why they're called bladder-STONES not bladder bacteria-blobs.
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To see Loudoun's ignominious spot as the leader in newly reported Lyme cases, see map here: https://www.tickcheck.com/stats/county/virginia/loudoun-county/lyme
All data courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC data is based on diagnosed cases of Lyme disease in Virginia as reported by physicians, and is delayed by 2 years. It is believed by researchers that these numbers are underestimates of the true number of Lyme cases in a given....
We've written about the scourge of Lyme Disease, and Dr. Chau was even interviewed once years ago hosting a call-in show through the Washington Post about Lyme. To hear about some of the latest facts regarding Lyme and Post-Treatment Lyme Disorder, we recommend this great science-based podcast: https://gimletmedia.com/shows/science-vs/emhwkd/lyme-disease-how-scary-is-it
This week, we’re entering the Lyme Wars. We’re asking: what is Lyme disease? How do you get it? How do you know you have it? And if you get infected, are you stuck with it forever? To find out we talk to neurologist Dr John Halperin, neuropsychology researcher Dr Kathleen Bechtold, and a Lyme pa...
Dr. Chau and staff welcome local vet Dr. Hendrickson to Family Vet! She'll start seeing appointments the week of June 10.
What better way to "celebrate" our 10th year than announcing we hired a new vet? She is a local as well as a former classmate of Dr. Chau's; we are so excited. We think we'll be able to expand business hours at both locations. More details to come as we work out details and the doctor transitions from her current employer.
24650 Southpoint Dr, Ste 140
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