Friendship Emergency & Critical Care

Friendship Emergency & Critical Care If an unexpected emergency arises, take comfort in knowing the same hospital you trust for wellness care is here for you any time of day or night.

Friendship provides quality, lifelong health care for dogs and cats in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Over the years, Friendship has developed into the most trusted animal health care facility in Washington D.C., providing primary, emergency and specialty care to more than 60,000 dogs and cats each year.

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Veterinarians and vet techs, join us for our Third Thursday CE presentation this coming Thursday, May 19th!

FYI for our NoVA clients:

FYI for our NoVA clients:

Arlington, VA residents - confirmed rabid fox in Highland Park neighborhood: on Wednesday April 27th, 2022 in the afternoon Arlington County Animal Control received a call about a sick fox in the 6200 block of Washington Boulevard. The fox had neurological signs consistent with rabies, and was captured and removed by Animal Control after exposing a domestic pet. The fox was tested and came back clinically positive for rabies.

Additionally, Animal Control was recently provided footage of a potentially sick fox in the Claremont neighborhood. That footage was provided 4 days after the event, and therefore no fox has been located and no other sightings have occurred at this time. Rabies is a disease that people and animals can catch from the bite or scratch of infected animals. It is fatal if medical care is not given promptly. If you, your child, or your pet may have come into contact with this fox or any wild animal, please call Arlington County Animal Control at 703-931-9241 immediately, after hours please stay on the line to speak with the answering service who will alert an officer.

Residents are encouraged to:
• Ensure pets are up to date on their rabies and distemper vaccines.
• Keep dogs on a leash at all times and keep cats inside.
• Check backyards before letting pets or children outside and monitor them at all times.
• Do not approach or feed any wild animals.
• Feed pets inside.
• Remove wildlife attractants from yards, such as unsecured garbage cans, open containers of food, and compost.

Animal Control is also urging all residents in Arlington County to remain vigilant and if they see any animal that appears sick, lethargic, disoriented, or aggressive to stay away from the animal and call Animal Control immediately: 703-931-9241. If you come across a deceased rabies vector animal (including cats, dogs, foxes, raccoons, bats and groundhogs) in your yard or a public space please also contact Animal Control promptly and do not handle the animal.

We couldn't function without them!!

We couldn't function without them!!


We are sharing our favorite lily infographic as a nice review on which lilies should NOT be allowed in a home with our feline friends!

This adorable young lady is Annie. Annie decided to expand her palate while exercising at the dog park. Unfortunately, s...

This adorable young lady is Annie. Annie decided to expand her palate while exercising at the dog park. Unfortunately, she fancied herself a gravel gobbler consuming a large number of small stones.

Luckily, the gravel itself is not toxic, but when consumed in large amounts has the potential to cause an intestinal obstruction (blockage). Annie was admitted to the hospital supportive care and monitoring (IV fluids, frequent walks). With supportive care, Annie was able to successfully pass the gravel earning her the title of “pebble pooper.” Annie continues to enjoy an active lifestyle, but limits herself to treats only on visits to the dog park.

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center's top 10 of 2021.  Take care to keep your furry housemates safe, but know that we're ...

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center's top 10 of 2021. Take care to keep your furry housemates safe, but know that we're here if you need us!

Every year, we share the most common calls received here at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. After crunching the numbers, we're releasing our Top 10 Pet Toxins of 2021 - right in time for Poison Prevention Week!


Some lilies can cause BIG ISSUES for our feline friends! This handy dandy infographic takes the guess work out of which lilies are kitty friendly and which should be avoided at all costs!


The third week in March is Poison Prevention Week – but here at the Animal Poison Control Center – poison prevention is always our goal! This month we want to spread awareness and share with you some fantastic infographics to help our furry friends! Please feel free to share along with us, and let’s keep our pets safe!


Our quest for creating a space that is welcoming to all: A commentary from the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are crucial elements of successful veterinary emergency and critical care practices across the world. Embracing the elements of DEI creates a work environment that is safe and welcoming for all the members of the team. The American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care DEI committee was formed to enhance and support efforts to increase racial diversity in veterinary emergency and critical care, as well as provide resources that will generate DEI practices across the country. This article provides an overview of the vision of the committee and some of the steps that have been taken to create a welcoming space for all represented in veterinary emergency and critical care.

Full article here

#criticallydiverse #ACVECC #DEI

FYI for our clients in northern Virginia:

FYI for our clients in northern Virginia:

Yesterday afternoon, our Animal Control Team began receiving calls regarding a fox behaving aggressively in the north Arlington area. The fox had potential contact with three domestic pets and bit one human unprovoked causing injury. The fox in question was exhibiting signs and symptoms consistent with rabies. Arlington County Animal Control officers were able to locate and seize a fox in the Gulf Branch neighborhood the same day.

We are urging citizens to only contact Animal Control when a fox is displaying abnormal behaviors. Urban foxes are born in our neighborhoods and are generally familiar with us, our pets, and our routines. Occasionally, a curious fox may need to be reminded to be wary of people, especially if someone has been feeding them, which is not advised or legal. The easiest way to encourage a healthy fear of people is to use humane negative conditioning techniques, called “hazing.” Some examples of hazing are to clap your hands, raise your voice, blow a whistle, or shake/toss a aluminum can with some pennies inside.

Read the entire public safety announcement here:

Good info on tick safety for pets & people.  Regular tick checks and following your primary care provider's recommendati...

Good info on tick safety for pets & people.

Regular tick checks and following your primary care provider's recommendations for flea, tick & heartworm preventatives can help to keep your furry family members safe and healthy year-round!

Adult blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis, also called deer ticks) are most active in winter, unlike other tick species. While the greatest risk of disease transmission is in late spring and early summer, it’s important to be aware that these ticks are active in colder months when temperatures are above freezing. Blacklegged ticks feed on a variety of mammals (not just deer) and birds during their 2-year life cycle. In fact, though deer are the preferred host for adults, white-footed mice are the main reservoir of the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Here’s more on their lifecycle: Ticks usually need to feed for several hours before they transmit disease, so a tick check every 4 hours after being in tick habitat is recommended. Blacklegged tick adults are small - the size of a poppy seed. Here’s more on how we can protect ourselves, our families, and our pets: Photo of adult blacklegged tick by Scott Bauer, USDA Agricultural Service,


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On Sunday I spent 7 hours waiting in the emergency room at Friendship Hospital] with Carmen.

My mom was an emergency room nurse and always told me that you want to be the person who’s not being seen in the ER - it means you’ll probably be fine, unlike those ahead of you.

Sitting in that room I saw puppies coming in for their vaccines or ripping out their stitches when playing.

I also saw so many French bulldogs/similar breeds - folks don’t get those dogs! They can’t breathe!

I saw a woman frantic as her dog suffered some sort of leg injury and it was as if the staff had to triage her more than the dog.

I saw an old, beautiful red colored dog carted into a room, eyes open but barely hanging on.

I heard the vet comforting the dog’s family as they said their goodbyes. And I saw the blanket draped over the dog’s body after he was put to sleep.

I locked eyes with a woman across from me in this moment and we both saw each other’s tears form - we were filled with empathy, but also secretly relieved it wasn’t us in that room with our pet having to make the same decision.

I came back today and the staff who was there on Sunday was there again. Doing it all over. Every day.

As someone who is around a lot of animal care and desensitized to a lot of things, the emotions present in that waiting room were like nothing I’ve ever experienced. It was like it had its own energy, ebbing and flowing with the crises of the day.

I’ve always held gratitude toward veterinarians, vet techs, and administrative staff who keep everything moving. But seeing them hold steady in the chaos of the vet ER made me see them in a whole new light
#vet #vettech #vettechlife #veterinarian #animalhospital #animalcare #washingtondc #washingtonian #lifeindc #dcig #dcigers #washmagphoto Friendship Hospital] #pets #catsofinstagram #catsofdc #districtdogs #lifelessons #dctography @dcist @washingtonianmag #vetmed #petsofinstagram


Behind-the-scenes sneak peek of a segment for NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt featuring Dr. Klippen and some very cute guests 🎥👩‍⚕️😺🌭

#kidsedition #nightlynews #nightlynewskidsedition #lesterholt #nbc #vetmed #orangetabby #cats #dauchshund #wienerdog

Happy holidays from Friendship E/CC!

Happy holidays from Friendship E/CC!

As a season of gathering is upon us during which an abundance of rich foods will fill our homes, Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionists® at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University share advice on what you should and should not feed your dogs.

• Rich, fatty foods like turkey skin or meats/vegetables cooked in oil, which can cause vomiting or pancreatitis.
• Meat with bones, fatty meats, and too much meat.
• Chocolate, which can be toxic, causing everything from GI upset and tremors, to seizures and potentially death.
• Xylitol sugar substitute, which is extremely toxic to dogs and can cause severe, very low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and/or severe liver failure and even death.
• Meat with bones, which can cause an obstruction in the intestines.
• Raisins/Grapes, which can cause kidney failure/kidney disease in dogs.
• Garlic and onion, which can cause blood problems.
• Macadamia nuts, which can cause weakness in the back legs, vomiting and diarrhea.

Some dogs have sensitive stomachs and shouldn’t have any sudden changes in food that might result in vomiting or loose stools. If your dog doesn’t have any medical conditions, they can have up to 10% of their daily calories from treats (including some human foods).
• White meat turkey breast (40 calories per ounce).
• Washed vegetables, except garlic and onions.
• Washed baby carrots, cooked and raw (plain, 4-5 calories each).
• Washed green beans, cooked and raw (plain, 2 calories each).
• Sweet potatoes, cooked.
• Apples (chopped and plain, no core, 30 calories in four ounces).
• Pumpkin (plain).
• Banana.
• Oranges.
• Strawberries and blueberries.
• Melon.

• Make sure to fasten all waste receptacles—dogs can be experts at getting into places/things they aren’t supposed to.
• Talk with visiting family members about what your dogs can and can’t have, especially young children.

If your dog has any medical issues, please talk to your veterinarian about what treats are safe for your dog.

If you suspect your dog has potential toxicity from ingesting a food item of concern, call your veterinarian or ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

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Join us in congratulating both Dr. Thies and Dr. Kelley on passing their Emergency & Critical Care board exams, making them the newest additions to our team of board-certified specialists.

Did you know, Friendship is the only hospital in the District with veterinarians board-certified in emergency and critical care? Drs. Thies and Kelley are two of four board-certified Criticalists on staff in our Emergency & Critical Care department. They are also joined in the department by three additional residency-trained doctors.

A board-certified Criticalist is dedicated to dealing with life-threatening emergencies as well as managing critically ill patients. Becoming a Criticalist requires graduation from a recognized veterinary school, followed by 4 or more additional years of intense training in emergency medicine and critical care, and the successful passing of a vigorous two-day board examination.

#vetmed #friendshiphospital #washingtondc #dogsandcatsofdc #dcdogsandcats #specialtyvet

Photos from Mayor Bowser's post

Photos from Mayor Bowser's post

As we close out National Veterinary Technician Week, we wanted to say thank you again to our wonderful technicians.  The...

As we close out National Veterinary Technician Week, we wanted to say thank you again to our wonderful technicians. They are the backbone of the hospital and none of us could do our jobs without them! Today and every day, we are so grateful to work with such an amazing team. Happy National Veterinary Technician Week!!!!

"I solemnly dedicate myself to aiding animals and society by providing excellent care and services for animals, by alleviating animal suffering, and by promoting public health.
I accept my obligations to practice my profession conscientiously and with sensitivity, adhering to the profession’s Code of Ethics, and furthering my knowledge and competence through a commitment to lifelong learning." - Veterinary Technician Oath

Happy National Veterinary Technician Week 🥰
#NVTW2021 #VetTechWeek

Happy Vet Tech Week to our wonderful technicians!!

Happy Vet Tech Week to our wonderful technicians!!

Happy Vet Tech Week to the best in the biz! #vettechweek #vettech #vetmed

Photos from Friendship Hospital for Animals's post

Photos from Friendship Hospital for Animals's post



Dr. Klippen mastered a rigorous and demanding application process and certification examination in order to obtain Diplomate status with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. To qualify to sit for the extensive, two-day examination, a veterinarian must complete either a residency program or six years of clinical veterinary practice. In addition, two case reports, references, descriptions of practice procedures, and professional education records must be submitted and pass review.

Congratulations, Dr. Klippen!!

#dabvp #boardcertified #vetmed #veterinarymedicine @abvpvets

'Increasing public health threat' from disease found in pet store puppies
'Increasing public health threat' from disease found in pet store puppies

'Increasing public health threat' from disease found in pet store puppies

By selling puppy mill dogs, some pet stores are spreading severe diseases that are dangerous to the public. We’ve been saying this for years. And now a new scientific investigation published this month by the

Paws off xylitol!
Paws off xylitol!

Paws off xylitol!

Xylitol-related calls to pet poison hotlines have skyrocketed in recent years. The Paws Off Act of 2021, which would require food products containing xylitol to include a warning label, could help.


Wally presented to our emergency department after getting into an unknown amount of coffee grounds ☕️ Luckily, he’s okay and his only real problem is being too handsome for this world 🌎

#friendshiphospital #pugs #pugsofinstagram #vetmed #dogsofinstagram #dcdogs #emergencymedicine #emergencyvet #specialtyvet

Photos from Friendship Hospital for Animals's post

Photos from Friendship Hospital for Animals's post


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Thank you to Drs. Magowitz and Schildroth for taking great care of Maddy after she broke into a 15-lb bag of kibble and helped herself to about a week's worth of meals in one sitting. She's home in time for Easter and feeling pretty pleased with herself!
Thank you Dr. Lee and staff for taking such good care of Hurley and his support dog sister Maya Brown.