Dulles South Animal Emergency and Referral Hospital

Dulles South Animal Emergency and Referral Hospital Dulles South Animal Emergency and Referral Hospital provides patient care every day of the year. Our full-service veterinary hospital is equipped to provide the emergency care needed for sick or injured pets.
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After midnight, we provide telemedicine. Emergency veterinary hospital located in Loudoun County Virginia. Dulles South Animal Emergency & Referral provides urgent and emergency care and surgery. No appointment is needed.

After midnight, we provide telemedicine. Emergency veterinary hospital located in Loudoun County Virginia. Dulles South Animal Emergency & Referral provides urgent and emergency care and surgery. No appointment is needed.

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09/28/2020

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Is Your Senior Pet One of the 14%?It’s reported that some 39% of the pets owned in the U.S. are older than 7, which is g...
09/23/2020

Is Your Senior Pet One of the 14%?

It’s reported that some 39% of the pets owned in the U.S. are older than 7, which is generally the age at which most dogs and cats are considered seniors. Sadly, only about 14% of senior animals undergo a regular health screening.

The joys of having an older pet are many—but keeping your canine or feline friend healthy in their later years does take a bit more effort. We want to help you have as many healthy years with your pet as possible, which is why we always recommend that pets over 7 have a regular health screening twice per year.

In addition to an exam and blood screenings, we also advise that older pets have abdominal ultrasound, and X-rays. While blood screenings are an excellent diagnostic tool for many diseases and conditions, there are several organ systems that produce no enzymes, and so their health can’t be measured in blood.

Just like people, senior pets are at an increased risk of cancer and heart disease. X-rays and ultrasounds help us catch both these conditions early when they can be more effectively treated. In fact, the American College of Veterinary Radiology reports that a recent study of veterinary ultrasounds found abnormalities in 80% of senior dogs over 9.

If it’s been over a year since your senior pet has seen the vet, we encourage you to make your pet part of the lucky 14%! The sooner we catch potential problems, the better our chances of keeping your pet healthy longer. Make an appointment online http://ow.ly/VH0150Bb3K9 call us at 703-327-0909.

Hug Your Hound Day! Give your furry friend a squeeze from our AVH family.
09/14/2020

Hug Your Hound Day! Give your furry friend a squeeze from our AVH family.

We would like to take a moment to remember those we lost 19 years ago today. While, this article from American Veterinar...
09/11/2020

We would like to take a moment to remember those we lost 19 years ago today. While, this article from American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is a little old, we would like to share it again to honor those we have lost: http://ow.ly/EP5750BomHc

#NeverForget #CanineRescueTeams #FirstResponders #Remember911

Happy Labor Day from our family to yours!
09/07/2020

Happy Labor Day from our family to yours!

September is National Disaster Preparedness Month.  In an emergency, your pets will be even more dependent on you for th...
09/02/2020

September is National Disaster Preparedness Month. In an emergency, your pets will be even more dependent on you for their safety and well-being. Your family’s disaster plans must include your furry family members too.

Top Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe During a Disaster

If it’s not safe for you to stay in your home during an emergency, it’s not safe for them either!

Include supplies for your pet in your emergency kit, or assemble an emergency kit for your pet.

Make an evacuation plan for you and your pets. Many hotels and shelters do not accept animal guests, other than service animals.

Learn more at
https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/pet-disaster-preparedness.html

Ginger Cat Appreciation Day!There’s nothing quite like having a furry footed feline friend bombing around your house and...
09/01/2020

Ginger Cat Appreciation Day!

There’s nothing quite like having a furry footed feline friend bombing around your house and being the best buddy a person can ask for. Dogs may be man’s best friend, but Cats are our bosom companions, even if they can be aloof and contrary. To our mind, that just makes them more interesting!

Ginger Cat Appreciation Day is best celebrated by spending time with your favorite four footed feline friend! Has it been a while since you’ve had quality time to spend alone with them? Bring them something special like a new catnip mouse or a brand new cat-tree!

We guarantee that no matter what you buy them, they’re going to love… the box. Did we mention that cats are contrary right? Whatever you do, remember that your furry friend relies on you for everything, even if they often act like they’re above it all. If you don’t have a cat, maybe it’s time to get one.

#GingerCatAppreciationDay via Days of the Years site

At Dulles South Animal Emergency and Referral Hospital, we understand that emergencies don’t always strike when it’s con...
08/27/2020

At Dulles South Animal Emergency and Referral Hospital, we understand that emergencies don’t always strike when it’s convenient or during traditional business hours. That’s why we’ve made it our mission for our skilled and experienced doctors to be available every day, including holidays, from 6 a.m. to midnight. After midnight we won't be taking new urgent cases until 6:00 am because our veterinary staff will be busy providing the highest quality care to our overnight patients. If your pet experiences an emergency after midnight, give us a call at (703) 327-0871, we’re happy to help you with pet triage or determine the best care for your pet.

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08/27/2020

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Today is National Dog Day, a day to honor all the fantastic pups in our families and all the dogs working hard with law ...
08/26/2020

Today is National Dog Day, a day to honor all the fantastic pups in our families and all the dogs working hard with law enforcement and as companion pets. There are so many dogs in shelters that need homes, and if you’re considering adopting a new pet, we encourage you to look for dogs in shelters in your area.

We’d love to see photos of your cherished dogs in the comments!

Roast ‘em, boil ‘em, butter ‘em, salt ‘em—there’s just no way to mess up corn on the cob! But every summer we see dogs g...
08/19/2020

Roast ‘em, boil ‘em, butter ‘em, salt ‘em—there’s just no way to mess up corn on the cob! But every summer we see dogs get into trouble because they ingest corn cobs. It might be ok if our canine friends just shredded them into small pieces that could pass through their system. Instead, they frequently swallow a big chunk of cob that gets lodged in their intestinal tract and causes a blockage.

To complicate matters, corncobs don’t show up on X-rays—so they can easily be missed when vomiting dogs are examined. A diagnosis often can’t be made until after more specialized tests confirm the problem. At that point, surgery is the only solution.

The moral of the story, corn cobs belong in the garbage, well out of paw’s reach!

As always, if you think your dog may have ingested a corn cob or anything potentially dangerous, contact us at 703-327-0909 or 703-327-0871

Pets are more likely to become lost in the summer since they spend more time outside and in unfamiliar areas. Today is N...
08/15/2020

Pets are more likely to become lost in the summer since they spend more time outside and in unfamiliar areas. Today is National Check the Chip Day, your reminder to verify that your pet’s microchip is updated with your current contact information. Microchips can’t reunite lost pets with their owners when the data is incorrect!

Giardia Is No Joke!Pronounced jee-ARE-dee-ya, it’s not a worm, bacteria, or virus—just a simple, one-celled parasite tha...
08/12/2020

Giardia Is No Joke!

Pronounced jee-ARE-dee-ya, it’s not a worm, bacteria, or virus—just a simple, one-celled parasite that can make your pet (and you) feel terrible.

It’s also pretty common. While infected pets may not show symptoms right away, giardia can cause persistent diarrhea, abdominal discomfort, gas, and vomiting—and can sometimes be difficult to clear.

How does your pet get giardia? By doing what they love to do: rolling in contaminated soil or feces and then licking themselves, or drinking from contaminated creeks, puddles, and random bodies of water.

While there are no drugs or prevent giardia, it can usually be easily treated with a few days of medication. If your pet has become dehydrated or severely ill, additional treatments or a modified diet may be needed.

The other important thing to remember is that this parasite is zoonotic—meaning it can be transmitted from animals to people, although it’s rare for that to happen. However, it’s highly contagious to other pets in the household. That’s why if you have an infected pet, you should make sure to disinfect bowls, toys, bedding, litter boxes, crates, and other pet items regularly until your pet is recovered.

Have questions about giardia or have a pet with symptoms? Just give us a call at 703-327-0909 or 703-327-0871–we’re here to help!

Beware Blue-Green Algae!If your summer plans include taking your dog to local lakes and reservoirs, it’s important to be...
08/05/2020

Beware Blue-Green Algae!

If your summer plans include taking your dog to local lakes and reservoirs, it’s important to be aware of advisories regarding toxic algae blooms in those bodies of water.

These blooms are expected to become more common, but most of Virginia’s lakes and reservoirs are not monitored regularly, so people should be on the lookout for the signs of an algae bloom: foamy, scummy, thick-looking water with green, blue-green, or brownish-red cells suspended in the water.

These algae cells contain toxins that can make both pets and people sick and cannot be removed by boiling or filtering. A good rule of thumb is when in doubt, stay out.

Serious, life-threatening symptoms from algae poisoning can develop quickly and kill your pet within 24 hours. If your dog goes into water you suspect or know is dangerous, you should:

Prevent your pet from licking its fur
Wash your pet with clean water as soon as possible
Watch for symptoms like drooling, weakness, vomiting, staggering, or convulsions.

If you have questions about toxic algae poisoning or believe your pet has been exposed, don’t hesitate to call us at 703-327-0909 or 703-327-0871

National Mixed Breed Dog Day!Mixed breed dogs tend to be healthier, better behaved, they live longer and are just as abl...
07/31/2020

National Mixed Breed Dog Day!

Mixed breed dogs tend to be healthier, better behaved, they live longer and are just as able to perform the duties of pure bred dogs - such as bomb and drug sniffing, search and rescue and guiding the blind. There are millions of loving and healthy mixed breed dogs sitting in shelters, who are desperately searching for a new home. One of the country's most famous movie dogs is Benji, is a mixed breed Terrier.

Show us your favorite mixed breed dog below!

Temperatures are heating up and it’s a great time to check out some dog-friendly beaches with your four-legged friend. Y...
07/29/2020

Temperatures are heating up and it’s a great time to check out some dog-friendly beaches with your four-legged friend. Your pet will love running around in the sand, jumping in the water and hanging out under the beach umbrella. They will have the best day ever! Come prepared, bring some toys, water and bowl and of course those doggy bags!

Some dog friendly beach in Virginia are First Landing State Park, Virginia Beach, and Ocean View Beach Park.

If you think your cat has been exposed to one of these 700 varieties of plants, call us at 703-327-0909 or 703-327-0871.
07/26/2020

If you think your cat has been exposed to one of these 700 varieties of plants, call us at 703-327-0909 or 703-327-0871.

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07/25/2020

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Help your pet Beat the Heat by Make Summer Treats!Making your own homemade dog treats during the summer is a fun reward ...
07/20/2020

Help your pet Beat the Heat by Make Summer Treats!

Making your own homemade dog treats during the summer is a fun reward for your dog. Try freezing dog toys in ice cubes so your dog stays hydrated and cool all summer long. You can also make treats with peanut butter that your dog will love.

You can also try this breath freshening minty freezies from Rover!
Ingredients:

1 cup of plain or Greek yogurt
Small handful of fresh parsley leaves
Small handful of fresh mint leaves
Method:

Scoop your yogurt into a blender and add your parsley and mint leaves.

Blend until the herbs are evenly spread throughout the mixture. At this point you can add a splash of water if you want to thin out your mixture to create a better pouring consistency.
Fill your ice cube trays to the brim and pop them in the freezer.
Freeze until solid and serve.

No doubt about it, this has already been a sizzler of a summer in Aldie, Virginia. It’s important to remember that as ho...
07/17/2020

No doubt about it, this has already been a sizzler of a summer in Aldie, Virginia. It’s important to remember that as hot as it is for us, it’s even hotter for our pets. Animals often struggle to keep cool because they don’t process heat as effectively as we do.

During these hot days, make sure to exercise your pet in the cooler morning and evening hours, provide plenty of cool, fresh water and shade, and never leave your pet unattended in a vehicle, not even for a few minutes.

Also, know the warning signs of heat stroke and exhaustion. They include:

Anxiousness
Excessive panting
Restlessness
Excessive drooling
Unsteadiness
Abnormal gum and tongue color

These symptoms can quickly advance to seizures, collapse, vomiting and bloody diarrhea. If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, call us immediately at 703-327-0909 or 703-327-0871.

July is National Lost Pet Prevention Month was created because of the epidemic of lost pets filling shelters on the day ...
07/05/2020

July is National Lost Pet Prevention Month was created because of the epidemic of lost pets filling shelters on the day after Independence Day fireworks. Frightened pets bolt—and the idea was to increase awareness so that fewer pets end up lost.

It’s not just a July 5th problem, however: The American Humane Association reports that more than 10 million pets are lost in the U.S. each year, and that only 15 percent of dogs and 2 percent of cats in shelters without ID tags or microchips are reunited with their owners.

The most important way to prevent a heartbreaking loss is to make sure your pet is always wearing identification—or at the very least, microchipped. If your pet should become lost, here are some steps to take that will hopefully help get them back home to you sooner:

Call the microchip provider to verify they have current info on your pet.

Create lost pet posters with a clear, full-body picture of your pet.

Share your pet’s picture and where last seen on social media and ask your friends and family to share it.

Call your local shelters, animal control and veterinary offices and inform them of your pet’s loss. Most shelters keep a running list of lost and found pets.

Time is important—if your pet has only been missing for a short period of time, mobilize your friends and family to go looking on foot, which is more effective than in a vehicle.

Leave worn clothes and food at your door or any other entrances a pet might use so they can catch the scent if they’re nearby.

Beware of scammers. If they cannot describe your pet beyond what is on the flyer or they don’t want to show an image of the pet, steer clear.

Search until found. Keep visiting shelters, keep asking around the neighborhoods, and keep posting flyers. There are pets out there that have been reunited with their owners months after they went missing. Don’t give up and your pet will thank you!

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07/04/2020

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Don’t let your dog drink seawater, lake water or river water. Water from the ocean can bring on vomiting and dehydration...
07/01/2020

Don’t let your dog drink seawater, lake water or river water. Water from the ocean can bring on vomiting and dehydration, while lake and river water are often full of bacteria that can cause illness. If there’s a bloom of blue-green algae, your pet could be at risk of liver failure and nervous system damage if they ingest it.

Heat kills! Never leave your pet in a car, even for a quick trip! On a sunny 70 degree day, your car can heat up to over...
06/29/2020

Heat kills! Never leave your pet in a car, even for a quick trip! On a sunny 70 degree day, your car can heat up to over 100 degrees in minutes. Hot asphalt will scorch your pet’s paws—so if it’s too hot for your bare feet, it’s too hot for your pooch.

As the weather gets hotter, so does the asphalt. Many pet owners may not even realize this is something they should worr...
06/24/2020

As the weather gets hotter, so does the asphalt. Many pet owners may not even realize this is something they should worry about. A good way to test the asphalt temperature is to place the back of your hand on the pavement and if you are unable to keep it there for 5 seconds then it is too hot. It is a good idea to: walk your pet in the early morning or late evening, walk them in the grass, or wait until it cools down.

Prioritizing patient care is a great way to bond with your clients, patients, and promote a positive work environment fo...
06/08/2020

Prioritizing patient care is a great way to bond with your clients, patients, and promote a positive work environment for your staff. Our LVT's make time to cuddle with our client's pets following procedures so they have a better experience coming out of anesthesia. This little girl just finished up a dental and is finding comfort with our technician while waking up and feeling a little "drunk" on her medications.

#FearFree #PatientCare #VetsRUs

Dr. Gornall is making sure Archie stays comfortable during his recheck today! We sure are thankful to have the space to ...
06/04/2020

Dr. Gornall is making sure Archie stays comfortable during his recheck today! We sure are thankful to have the space to provide comfortable visits for our patients. What little things make you thankful at work?

#ThankfulThursday #PetLife #VetsRUs #FearFree

05/29/2020

With so many people at home, fireworks sounds are going off early in our neighborhoods. Fireworks can be frightening to our pets and we want to make sure you know how to help your pets as the 4th of July comes closer!

Provide background noise. Soft, calming music, television, and fans can distract pets from the commotion.

Block off tiny areas. In an attempt to hide from the noise, small pets may try to weasel themselves into cramped spaces, where they could then become stuck.

Pets may become desperate and try to escape your home to get away from the noise. Make sure your pet’s microchip is up to date before the holiday in case they get out.

Offer cozy places to hide so pets feel safer and don’t seek those dangerously small areas.

Some pets with severe anxiety will need anti-anxiety medications to help them get through the holiday. Talk to your veterinarian to find out about these options.

#VetsRUs #PetSafety #FireworkSeason #SummerNights

As a reminder, we are open and available for any pet emergencies you may have while Aldie Veterinary Hospital is closed ...
05/25/2020

As a reminder, we are open and available for any pet emergencies you may have while Aldie Veterinary Hospital is closed today in observance of Memorial Day. We hope everyone has a safe holiday today!

#MemorialDay #OpenForEmergencies #VetsRUs #PetLife

We are open and available for any emergency needs you may have this weekend. While many of our normal #MemorialDay plans...
05/22/2020

We are open and available for any emergency needs you may have this weekend. While many of our normal #MemorialDay plans have been cancelled or modified this year, we would still like to share some precautions for pet safety for those who may still be celebrating.

Check out these safety tips from ASPCA from their Animal Poison Control Center: http://ow.ly/lkau50zji3E

Today is Endangered Species Day and we often wonder what can we do to help these animals from our homes. What is the big...
05/15/2020

Today is Endangered Species Day and we often wonder what can we do to help these animals from our homes. What is the biggest impact we can make? Check out this list of 10 easy things you can do to help from your home: http://ow.ly/gYEy50zj9Fj

Do you know what species need our help in Virginia? Check out our local endangered and threatened species in the State of Virginia here: https://www.fws.gov/endangered/map/va-info.html

#VetsRUs #Animals #EndangeredSpeciesDay

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25067 Elk Lick Rd
South Riding, VA
20152

Opening Hours

Monday 06:00 - 00:00
Tuesday 06:00 - 00:00
Wednesday 06:00 - 00:00
Thursday 06:00 - 00:00
Friday 06:00 - 00:00
Saturday 06:00 - 00:00
Sunday 06:00 - 00:00

Telephone

(703) 327-0871

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Dulles South Animal Emergency and Referral Hospital is a full-service veterinary emergency and critical care center. Our experienced veterinarians are equipped to handle any situation 7 days a week, 365 days a year, no appointment is needed for emergency and critical care.

Dr. Drew Luce, practice owner, aspired early on in his career that he would design a building, one location, dedicated to pet's health care. It took him 20 years, but in 2015, he opened the doors to Dulles South Veterinary Center (DSVC). DSVC is located on the southeast side of Loudoun County; and serves both the large and small communities within the Dulles South region and abroad including South Riding, Stone Ridge, Brambleton, Chantilly, Ashburn, Herndon, Sterling, and Haymarket to name a few.

During the design of DSVC, he tried to consider every aspect of comfort for you and your pet. You will find soundproof quiet rooms that offer a more home-like environment for certain procedures. Many areas of the hospital are designated for a particular service or treatment, such as grooming, boarding, dentals, isolation, and intensive care. The treatment area, the heart of the hospital, is an open concept design. This gives the team the ability to keep watchful eyes and give lots of attention to your pet as they recover from a procedure or surgery.

The hospital has a talented team of doctors and support staff that strives to provide pets and their people a five star experience. Best in class equipment, help us to offer almost every service your pet will need. Some of the service offerings include excellent health maintenance and disease prevention; diagnose, treat, and manage diseases; perform routine and advanced surgical procedures, including; oral, soft tissue, orthopedic, and minimally invasive laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures. To compliment all of these services, we also offer acupuncture, rehabilitation using hydrotherapy (underwater treadmill), laser therapy, hot/cold therapy, and massage and stretching techniques.

By providing the veterinary medical, surgical, emergency and critical care services in one location, your pet will receive the continuity of care he or she deserves. You do not need a referral to schedule an appointment or visit for emergency services. However, if you already have a primary veterinarian, we are happy to partner with them to provide the services they do not offer, including emergency services.

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Huge thank you and God Bless you to Dr. Pattie at Dulles South Veterinary Emergency Hospital for giving us the BEST Christmas present EVER!....Hannah’s 2nd chance at life!! ❤️🐶🎄❤️ When we told her to move forward with the surgery, we told her “Trust us, she is our miracle baby”! Today, we were happy to show her we were right and let her see the REAL Hannah!! ❤️🥰🤗
What an awesome facility Dulles South Veterinary Center is. As a member of the Pet Realty Network and busy Realtor I am asked all the time, "Where can I take my pet for the best care available?" Well now I know. Thank you Cat and staff for a great tour of the facility Friday. Look for my post soon on my Facebook JessJustSellsHomes.com.