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Harmony Hill Animal Hospital

Harmony Hill Animal Hospital Harmony Hill Animal Hospital is proud to serve Sterling, VA and surrounding areas.

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Remember our GIANT coloring poster gifted to us by MiVu? Well we work hard and then we decompress hard by doing lots of ...
02/25/2022

Remember our GIANT coloring poster gifted to us by MiVu? Well we work hard and then we decompress hard by doing lots of coloring, and we've finished it!

We've submitted it for the contest, but we'll have to wait until July for the results.

In the meantime we need to pick our next one, I'm torn between a unicorn, a sea turtle, or a very majestic elephant.

Thank you again to Mobile Imaging Veterinary Ultrasound for the stress relief. :)

Photos from The Cats at Longstreet's post
02/24/2022

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02/07/2022

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02/06/2022

Photos from The Cats at Longstreet's post

Photos from The Cats at Longstreet's post
02/06/2022

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02/01/2022

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Here’s a question I get asked probably every day of my life…What food should I feed my dog or cat?The answer probably is...
01/29/2022

Here’s a question I get asked probably every day of my life…

What food should I feed my dog or cat?

The answer probably isn’t what most people expect to hear.

I think that most people expect me to say the VERY BEST YOU CAN POSSIBLY AFFORD. But that’s probably not the best answer.

Surprised?

Here’s my thoughts on the matter.

1) Eastern Medicine has long maintained that variety is critical to maintaining optimal health. Western Medicine finally (maybe?) seems to be catching on, contrary to the various fad diets that are out there. Hard science supports that eating a variety of foods promotes an ideal profile of gastrointestinal microflora, and that profile has been clearly shown to affect things such as autoimmune disease, diabetes, dementia, and a whole lot more. You are (literally) what you eat. That means that eating just protein or just fat or just carbohydrates leads to limitations in the microbiota and changes in the entire body.

2) At least 50% of calories that a cat or dog consumes needs to come from a balanced, tested diet so that their nutrient requirements are met. After that, I don’t care. And I mean it. My dogs always got random (low fat) table scraps and all the fresh fruits and vegetables they wanted, as long as it wasn’t poisonous or harmful to them. My cats, they get treats too, but obviously, they’re much more selective. I haven’t found a cat that will eat a tomato yet, but I’ll keep trying. I want them to have a variety of foods, but the bulk of their diet needs to be balanced.

3) There is no research to support that cats or dogs should only get meat. It’s bunk. And it’s dangerous for them long term. It’s very hard on the kidneys, limits the gut flora, and will lead to severe derangements in their vitamin and mineral profiles, causing problems like nutritional heart disease and bone problems like secondary hyperparathyroidism. Nobody wants that.

4) There is no research to support that cats and dogs should not have grain. In fact, **THE EXACT OPPOSITE HAS BEEN PROVEN TO BE TRUE** Diets formulated as grain free have been shown to cause nutritional cardiomyopathy, among other issues. We are killing our beloved pets because of what? Effective marketing, it seems. Media hype.

5) Food allergies absolutely do exist in cats and dogs. The vast majority are caused by allergies to specific animal proteins—beef, chicken, pork, and lamb. There will be some cats and dogs who have allergies to other kinds of proteins, but they are exceptionally rare. I can count on a few digits the number of dogs I’ve seen in my entire career who had food allergies to something other than the big 4.

6) Over-the-counter “limited ingredient diets”, often aren’t. Studies have shown that a very high percentage, some 75% or so, have measurable contamination with the big 4. These diets are NOT suitable for allergy diet trials. They may be suitable for maintenance after a proper allergy diet trial, but there are too many variables.

7) Super premium dog and cat foods, of which there are too many to count, are not tested and proven to meet the long term nutritional needs of cats and dogs. The money, it seems, is spent on the marketing and package design. And it’s very effective. If you look at the packages, most of them will lack the AAFCO certification label. If they have anything, it will state the diet was formulated according to AAFCO standards. What that means is that someone was paid to look at the diet recipe on paper and judge whether it should or should not be adequate. It was not tested. And the proof, as they say, is in the pudding.

8) I can’t begin to tell you how many dogs and cats I see with chronic diarrhea who do so much better once we downgrade the diet. The super premium diets are very often too intense for the average cat or dog gastrointestinal system. Think about a human eating rich, 5-star French cuisine for life. Most of us can’t handle that. And our gall bladders thank us for not trying.

So what do I feed my own animals? I feed them mid-grade diets from major companies that have been extensively tested and whose quality is constantly monitored. I feed (in no particular order):

Purina diets. ProPlan, One, Bright Minds, Fancy Feast
Iams and Eukanuba
Hill’s Science Diet
Royal Canin

What don’t I feed:

Junk foods like Little Cesars, Whiskas, Meow Mix, Old Roy, Dog Chow; there are exceptions to every rule, and if I have a cat or dog who won’t eat other things, or the owner can’t afford better, than this is better than starving or not being able to pay the mortgage!!

Super premium foods with pretty packages and little to no research to support their claims. I’m not even going to try to name these, because there are too many, and I can’t keep up with them.

I do think it’s worth mentioning that I went into Petco last week to pick up some ProPlan for my cats; I ran out due to poor planning, and needed some before the Chewy delivery could make it. I was astonished. Petco has made it company policy to not stock “normal” foods, featuring almost exclusively boutique and designer brands. I found a single, 4-lb bag of Proplan to try and buy my cats time until their shipment was going to get in.

I can tell you that until Petco shifts its company policy, I don’t have a reason to go back in there. They are unknowingly harming the health of our pets by falling victim to aggressive marketing and fad diets. They probably aren’t the only ones.

So there you go. My thoughts on what I feed my own cats and dogs, and the recommendations I make to pet owners who ask me what I think they should feed their cats and dogs. Don’t believe the hype.

Hey, all! We're closing a tad early tonight, Friday 1/28/2022, so the staff can get home safely. We also just heard from...
01/28/2022

Hey, all! We're closing a tad early tonight, Friday 1/28/2022, so the staff can get home safely.

We also just heard from our lab group that they're not going to be doing pick ups tonight. As such, we won't have any new lab work results tomorrow. They should be in by Monday.

Thank you and stay safe!!

As much we all enjoy winter weather, I am a bit tired of making these! 🥶 Once again, we will be opening late at 10am tod...
01/20/2022

As much we all enjoy winter weather, I am a bit tired of making these! 🥶 Once again, we will be opening late at 10am today (January 20th) due to inclement weather. We will be contacting any affected appointments so please keep a look out! Stay safe. 🌨

Good morning, hope everyone is warm and cozy at home! We will be opening late today at 10am on January 17th due to ice a...
01/17/2022

Good morning, hope everyone is warm and cozy at home! We will be opening late today at 10am on January 17th due to ice and snow, and to allow more time for our staff to get to work safely! Thank you!

Hello! Once again we will be opening late this morning at 10am due to snow and ice. We'll be reaching out to affected ap...
01/07/2022

Hello! Once again we will be opening late this morning at 10am due to snow and ice. We'll be reaching out to affected appointments. If you'd like to reschedule your appointment today please send us an email or call us after 10am. ❄ Thanks for understanding and give us time to get in safely. Stay warm and safe.

We will be opening slightly delayed, at 9am, this morning due to ice. As before, please be patient as we have staff out ...
01/04/2022

We will be opening slightly delayed, at 9am, this morning due to ice. As before, please be patient as we have staff out due to weather conditions. Stay safe and warm! ❄️

We will be opening at 10am today due to inclement weather, our phones will be off until that time as well. We will let y...
01/03/2022

We will be opening at 10am today due to inclement weather, our phones will be off until that time as well. We will let you know if anything changes, and please give us time as we will likely be short staffed today. Thank you and stay safe! ❄️

COVID-19 Update ❗We will be returning to curbside appointments for December and January. 🚘Unfortunately, with rising cas...
12/23/2021

COVID-19 Update ❗

We will be returning to curbside appointments for December and January. 🚘

Unfortunately, with rising case numbers we’ve made the decision to go back to full curbside service for the remainder of December and January. We will re-evaluate our protocols for February. We appreciate everyone’s ongoing flexibility with our appointment modifications, thank you for helping keep our staff safe so we can continue to provide the best care for your pets. 💕

Please see below for our appointment protocols:

🚗 We are offering curbside service for appointments with a few exceptions.

😷 If you have recently tested positive for COVID-19 or suspect you may have it, we request that a family or friend bring your pet in for you. Please let our staff know so we can take additional safety measures.

☎️ Please call from the car and let us know when you arrive. We will get all the history and information over the phone, then come out and get your cat/dog from you and bring them into the clinic. We’ll do the exam, call you back to discuss treatment and diagnostics, then move forward. We will bring your cat or dog back out to you when they are all done.

🐱 Please make sure cats are in a carrier and dogs are on a secure leash or harness.

🧰 Our house call service is currently suspended.

Thank you to MiVu (Mobile Imaging Veterinary Ultrasound) for the Christmas gift and a little friendly competition. We ha...
12/21/2021

Thank you to MiVu (Mobile Imaging Veterinary Ultrasound) for the Christmas gift and a little friendly competition. We have until June to finish our poster and submit it for judging. We've got our work cut out for us! 🖌🖍

12/18/2021
11/15/2021

This is a PSA.

We are all only human. We have been more than fully booked since 8 am this morning, and I cannot possibly see more appointments without sacrificing all of our sanity and welfare, and compromising our quality of care.

Every veterinary practice is facing the same situation; 48 MILLION pets were added to the American population throughout COVID, and there are not enough veterinarians and support staff to go around.

These are facts. They are immutable.

No amount of straight up rudeness on behalf of clients is going to change facts.

It will, however, earn you a free pass to take your beloved cats and dogs to other practices. Those practices are all facing the same shortage.

Our staff is our family, and poor treatment of our staff members will not be tolerated, even if you have a personal relationship with the veterinarian.

My staff is my family. They will come first.

If we are not a good fit for you, please move on so we can devote our precious resources to clients and pets who will treat us with respect and kindness.

All my love and warmest regards,
Kathleen Werden, DVM

11/01/2021

We will be opening late tomorrow, November 2, at 9:30am to allow our employees time to vote! 🗳️

One of our great success stories as of late
10/27/2021

One of our great success stories as of late

As National Veterinary Technician Week comes to a close I'd like to thank our vendors and our wonderful reps who helped ...
10/22/2021

As National Veterinary Technician Week comes to a close I'd like to thank our vendors and our wonderful reps who helped provide some treats and fun for our staff this week.

A big thank you to Danielle, Sam, Lana, Azi, Jenny, and the Partnerd Group for providing breakfast, lunch, treats and fun stuff for our staff. It's great to have some help giving them a little some extra for all they do for us.

To all our clients, thank you for the kind words this week. The best thing you can do to support your veterinary team every week of the year is treat us with respect and kindness, learn more about the challenges we face in this field, and remember that we're all doing our best to help you and your family. 💛

For some fun going into this weekend, remember that The Cats at Longstreet is having an event at Twinpanzee Brewing Company, check out their page for info! Hope to see some of you there! Cats & Crafts BarBOOque Event

#nationalveterinarytechncianweek #VetTechWeek #vettechlife #HarmonyHillAnimalHospital #navta

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23520 Overland Dr. Suite 110
Sterling, VA
20166

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 5pm

Telephone

+15712008500

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Harmony Hill Animal Hospital is new practice that opened June of 2019. We are proud to offer wellness care, pediatric and geriatric specialty care, dentistry, surgery, hospice care and end of life counseling, behavior counseling, pain management, and both domestic and international health certificates. We also offer house calls for assorted services and drop off appointments.

Our focus is on the relationship between pet parents and their furry ones while providing safe, friendly, and considerate care for cats and dogs of all sizes.

Built by a team of individuals brought together with the same dream, we hope you find this animal hospital is a bit different. Top-notch medicine, cutting edge science, and endless love and passion for what we do and who we help.

The practice might be new, but our team has decades of experience helping improve the lives of cats and dogs and their families.

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Grandma is very comfy this Sunday morning. :)
This is my sweet baby boy Josie (aka Joseph Kitty, formerly known a Phillip/Crazy One Eyed Pirate Kitty). He found his way into my grateful arms and heart at Harmony Hill's October '19 Paint Night and I can say with certainty that his precious little soul has rescued mine💕 I am forever grateful to the incredible rescuers at Harmony Hill for finding him and saving his life, because he then, in turn, saved mine 💕 P.S. As heartbreaking as it is for me to see the photos of him when he was rescued; I'd love to have them to remember how far he has come. Would you mind sharing them?
So, we take our pets 🐶 (Tux), 🐱 (Ginger) and 🐱 (Bowie) to the 😻 Harmony Hill Animal Hospital 😻 and we have 5 amazing heart loving professionals who always take such great care of our fur family members. I am working on putting together 5 Kindness Bags to take to them and would love to have 5 pet loving friends to help me with it. I am sponsoring some items myself. Who's in with me? Raise your hand 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️below ⤵️Thank you! 💖🙏💖😽
Bringing you 48 cans of this tomorrow. They are the 3 oz cans.
🔔🔔🔔We have received interest but no adoptions yet! Please PM me if you think you can open your hearts and your home to this adorable puppers Miss Piggy!! Saving her life and giving her a forever home will also save the life of another pup needing a foster home. While piggy is an absolute joy to have in my home, I can not continue my rescue & foster missions for any more dogs until she finds her forever home ❤️🔔🔔🔔 Please help spread the word and share my posts! https://www.facebook.com/1563510016/posts/10214705845350786?d=n&sfns=mo
***PLEASE SHARE*** Miss Piggy has yet to be adopted! We had 2 possible adopters, however they were not the right fit. We are determined to find that perfect match for her ❤️🤔 If you believe you are her perfect match, or know someone who is, please share with them and PM me, or fill out the adoption application. I will post a link in the comments, feel free to copy and paste and share! Ideal candidates will have a large fenced in yard, no other dogs, children over the age of 8, previous dog ownership experience (bully breed experience is a plus!). Piggy is 1.5-2 years old, considered a “pocket bully” mixed breed, spayed, up to date on vaccines, great with kids, okay with cats (she sees them as hissy toys and likes to chase them if they run, but she is not aggressive toward them). She currently is being fostered in my home with 3 cats, 5 birds and 2 children and is doing fantastic since her rear hip surgery 2 and a half months ago (see her running video in the comments below!) hard to believe she had no use of her rear leg when I rescued her and now she’s thriving! Please PM me with any questions you may have, or for the link to adopt her. Due to her medical expenses, a majority of which we raised funds and paid off, we have her adoption fee based on the remainder of the payoff amount of her hip surgery debt. Her adoption fee is $450.
Samantha Roberts this is the new vet clinic in your area that I was telling you about. I personally know (and have worked with in the past) most of them here. Check it out for your big puppers! Promise you won’t be disappointed ❤️
question for the vet: What is your recommendation for cat food? I don' t feel that the cat food out in stores are really giving my kitties the best in nutrition
So good to know you have a clinic!!
I was in that shopping plaza the other day (I have a weakness for Arby’s) and saw your new digs! So very exciting!
Our ceilings can't compare, and neither do our pigeons :-)