Friendship Internal Medicine

Friendship Internal Medicine Friendship Internal Medicine -Dr. McConnell has received advanced residency training and has over 18 years of experience using ultrasound and state of the art endoscopic techniques.

His special focus is in diagnosing and treating digestive, respiratory, liver, and urinary tract illnesses of cats and dogs. He has also been called upon to use these skills in evaluating cheetahs, orangutans, tigers and Tsing Tsing, the older Panda who lived at the National Zoo prior to the introduction of Tian Tian and Mei Xiang. Dr. McConnell provides consultations for and accepts referrals fro

His special focus is in diagnosing and treating digestive, respiratory, liver, and urinary tract illnesses of cats and dogs. He has also been called upon to use these skills in evaluating cheetahs, orangutans, tigers and Tsing Tsing, the older Panda who lived at the National Zoo prior to the introduction of Tian Tian and Mei Xiang. Dr. McConnell provides consultations for and accepts referrals fro

Operating as usual

We are so excited to have Dr. Karina Creighton join our team!
07/05/2021

We are so excited to have Dr. Karina Creighton join our team!

We are always here to help! Please remember our goals are the same: making sure your pet receives the best care possible...
08/04/2020

We are always here to help! Please remember our goals are the same: making sure your pet receives the best care possible.

*Long post ahead*

One year ago, our beloved DC metro area was in the throws of yet another hot, sticky summer. Many of us were on vacation, coming home from one, or excitedly anticipating that quintessential summer time retreat 🏖

🩺👨‍⚕️Life at Friendship was business as usual: everyone giving their all, 24-hours a day. Social gatherings outside of work inevitably turn to swapping tales - of the puppy who made a remarkable recovery. Or the senior cat 🐈 who would only allow you to pet her if you brought a gift of food. And the german shepherd, as tall as the technician caring for him, who liked to stand on his hind legs and give hugs 🐶

Of course, there was sadness too 😔 The sick, abandoned kittens found under a porch. The tragic accident no one saw coming. The family saying goodbye to their spunky, 17-year old mutt, along with the doctor who has cared for him since puppyhood. We feel that loss as our own. We feel them all 💔

But that's vet med. It's what we signed up for. It's what we went to school for and what we have dedicated our careers to 💕

Enter, 2020 🦠

When whispers of the novel coronavirus began, there were varying levels of interest but, like a year ago, business carried on as usual - just as it had at Friendship for the past 85 years. But by March, we were facing a new reality. One filled with fears and anxieties. Nearly 250 employees - all concerned about their health, the health of their families, and their ability to work in the face of illness and school closures. Will Friendship have to close temporarily? Will Friendship have to close for good?

Making the right decisions in the face of so many unknowns is not just stressful - it's almost impossible. Friendship has been incredibly lucky to have weathered the initial storm but it has not been without its casualties🌪

Necessary updates to our processes and protocols have kept us safe but have created significant bottlenecks and challenges in our day-to-day routines 🚦

🏥With many nearby primary care clinics booked out for weeks, our urgent care team has seen an unprecedented spike in the number of patients walking in for non-routine care. Our call center is receiving more than 500 calls a day for scheduled check-in/check-outs alone (while also fielding every other call that comes in) 📞 As Dr. McMurphy recently wrote, we work on during this difficult time, within this altered climate, through fear and loneliness, with the hope that we can continue to bring comfort to those tremulous patients who continue to need us...and with the understanding that this too shall pass.

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‼️Throughout it all, our staff is getting berated, belittled and bullied on a daily basis 😞

We understand your frustrations. Truly. Because we share
many of them. But this is unacceptable. Period. 🚫

There is a person on the other side of your anger who is trying to do their job 🧑‍💻 Like you, that person is working through their own personal struggles - the same fears and frustrations we are all facing.
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💌To all our clients who have demonstrated the utmost patience and understanding - THANK YOU!

We know you're on hold for far too long. We know the extended waits for appointments and hospitalization updates can be excruciating. We know that you, too, are struggling with changes to your routines - both at home and work - but you recognize we share a mutual goal: keeping your pet healthy.

At the end of a long day, your ability to recognize our challenges and show kindness means the world 🌎💫

Thank you, from all of us! It's because of you, we persevere 💪

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Be kind, wear your mask, and stay safe🥰

Congratulations to Dr. Glassman!
05/20/2020

Congratulations to Dr. Glassman!

Today we wish a fond farewell to Dr. Peter Glassman, after 42 years of leadership and dedication to the veterinary profession. Dr Glassman grew Friendship from a small three doctor primary care practice to the premier hybrid primary care, emergency and specialty hospital with over 65 doctors on our team. He's thought outside the box to add services like dialysis and to lead us through an expansion where we built an entire floor on top of the hospital that we kept fully operational below. He's pushed us over and over to be our best.

We look forward to our new partnership with Encore Vet Group and to continue elevating the veterinary profession.

Friendship’s former Chief Operating Officer, Kieran Mara, whom many of you have to come to know over his 21 year tenure, will take over as Hospital Director.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Peter Glassman, on this new chapter of his life, as well as the entire Friendship staff for their tireless hard work and dedication.

We have the best clients! We can’t thank Lyon Bakery enough! 🥖🍞
05/15/2020

We have the best clients! We can’t thank Lyon Bakery enough! 🥖🍞

Thank you SO much to Lyon Bakery for the generous bread donation. Smells AMAZING, even through our masks! Everyone is already thinking about the deliciously sandwiches we’ll be crafting later 🧑‍🍳🥖🥑🥓🧀🍅

#essentialworkers #friendshiphospital #lyonbakery #lyonbakerydc #notallheroeswearcapes

300 treatments in just over 3 years! 🐶🐱
04/30/2020

300 treatments in just over 3 years! 🐶🐱

Yesterday the team from Friendship Nephrology & Urology services delivered our 300th extracorporeal treatment since the service began! Our patient, Sherman, is taking us to this milestone as he receives his 40th dialysis treatment!

During these stressful times, Friendship Internal Medicine remains open. While our check-in process looks a little diffe...
03/20/2020
COVID-19 - Client Guidelines & Updates - Friendship Hospital for Animals

During these stressful times, Friendship Internal Medicine remains open. While our check-in process looks a little different (please visit www.friendshiphospital.com/covid19 to keep up to date), we remain committed to providing the best medical care to your pets. Please call us at 202-363-7300 to schedule an appointment.

3/20/2020-Our phone tree has been updated to help expedite the check-in process: Option 1 will continue to prioritize emergency phone calls AND curbside arrival for appointments, discharges, and/or medications.-Expedited pickup: To help us quickly and efficiently discharge your pet, please prepay on...

Our very own Dr. Spencer! 🐶🐶🐶
02/14/2020

Our very own Dr. Spencer! 🐶🐶🐶

Internist, Dr. Spencer, with Frenchies on his tie, his lap and some hidden ones on his socks.
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#friendshiphospital #frenchiesofinstagram #frenchie #frenchbulldog

Meet Daisy, a blast from the past! We first met Daisy in June 2017 when she was referred for Therapeutic Plasma Exchange...
02/11/2020

Meet Daisy, a blast from the past! We first met Daisy in June 2017 when she was referred for Therapeutic Plasma Exchange (TPE) for Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA). IMHA is an overreaction of the immune system that results in the destruction of the body's red blood cells. With TPE, we remove a patient's plasma and replace it with donor plasma. This allows us to remove the antibodies that attack the red blood cells, allowing immunosuppressive drugs the time they need to kick in.

Daisy got two blood transfusions before her first TPE treatment and would have needed more if treatment hadn't been initiated. She overall spent a week in the hospital and had three TPE treatments, which she tolerated very well!

We had the pleasure of receiving a photo from Daisy's 10th birthday a few weeks ago! We are so glad that Daisy is doing so well!

Meet Georgie!  Weighing just 1.2 kilograms (2.6 pounds), Georgie was the smallest patient ever treated with hemodialysis...
08/02/2019

Meet Georgie! Weighing just 1.2 kilograms (2.6 pounds), Georgie was the smallest patient ever treated with hemodialysis at Friendship. She is likely one of the smallest dialysis patients in the entire veterinary community. Read her story below.

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Georgie, a 4-month-old Yorkie puppy, became suddenly lethargic with vomiting and a decreased appetite. Initial lab tests performed with her primary care veterinarian were within normal limits. She was hospitalized to receive supportive care. Over the next 48 hours, her health took a dramatic turn for the worse. Georgie stopped producing urine, which caused severe electrolyte imbalances within her body. Her kidney values also skyrocketed. Recognizing that she had an acute kidney injury, her primary care veterinarian referred Georgie to Friendship Internal Medicine to receive hemodialysis.

Treating small patients such as Georgie brings unique challenges. Their small blood volume causes a significant problem: the majority of their blood is being held in the dialysis circuit. In Georgie's case, approximately 70% of her blood volume would need to be removed to fill the circuit. To deliver dialysis safely, the team primed the dialysis equipment with donor blood. Her blood pressure, ECG, and other vital signs were monitored continuously throughout the treatments.

Georgie did exceptionally well with the dialysis treatments. After 5 days, she finally began producing urine again. Lab work confirmed a diagnosis of leptospirosis infection. She was discharged from the hospital after 10 days of care with completely normal kidney values! Georgie has been home with her owners and is feeling back to normal. She is playful with a normal appetite and she continues to have normal kidney function. Her prognosis is excellent, however her kidney values will continue to be monitored periodically for any suggestion of permanent injury.

Georgie's medical care highlights the unique and advanced therapeutics provided by Friendship as well as the team-based approach that helped provide her with such an exceptional level of care. Thanks to our Internal Medicine, Anesthesia, Critical Care, and nursing teams for the critical role they all played in providing such a good outcome. Georgie demonstrates how no patient is too small to receive dialysis at Friendship!

We are so happy Allie did so well with endoscopy!
02/19/2019

We are so happy Allie did so well with endoscopy!

Meet Allie! Allie was referred to Friendship Hospital for Animals by her primary care veterinarian for a 2 day history of coughing and gagging. Upon presentation, Allie was sedated and we took radiographs. The radiographs showed a very large bone in her esophagus. With the help of Friendship Internal Medicine and an endoscope, we were able to remove the bone and avoid any surgery. Allie was very happy to have the bone removed and go home the same day!

Isn't she adorable!

Happy Holidays from Friendship Internal Medicine!
12/20/2018

Happy Holidays from Friendship Internal Medicine!

http://vetnutrition.tufts.edu/2018/06/a-broken-heart-risk-of-heart-disease-in-boutique-or-grain-free-diets-and-exotic-in...
06/05/2018
A broken heart: Risk of heart disease in boutique or grain-free diets and exotic ingredients

http://vetnutrition.tufts.edu/2018/06/a-broken-heart-risk-of-heart-disease-in-boutique-or-grain-free-diets-and-exotic-ingredients/

A recent increase in heart disease in dogs eating certain types of diets may shed light on the role of diet in causing heart disease. It appears that diet may be increasing dogs’ risk for heart disease because owners have fallen victim to the many myths and misperceptions about pet food.

Our internist Gideon Daniel was published in this months Clinician's Brief! Check it out!
11/18/2017

Our internist Gideon Daniel was published in this months Clinician's Brief! Check it out!

Happy Solar Eclipse 2017 from Team IMED!! We are on the roof deck at Friendship Hospital.
08/21/2017

Happy Solar Eclipse 2017 from Team IMED!! We are on the roof deck at Friendship Hospital.

Contact us today to learn more!
08/18/2017
Friendship Hospital for Animals

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Now recruiting patients for a fully funded clinical study: "Subclinical Bacteriuria in Dogs with CKD!"

Friendship Internal Medicine is looking to enroll dogs with CKD and a positive urine culture, who lack clinical signs of lower or upper urinary tract infection.

Read here for more information!

Willow and Dr. JD Foster are discussing her recurrent hematuria.
03/08/2017

Willow and Dr. JD Foster are discussing her recurrent hematuria.

We are happy to report that after two days in the hospital, Bay went home! There is no evidence of kidney damage on her ...
01/26/2017

We are happy to report that after two days in the hospital, Bay went home! There is no evidence of kidney damage on her blood work, and Bay has made a full recovery!

01/26/2017

After a five and a half hour treatment, Bay walked out the dialysis suite on her own accord!

01/26/2017

Hemodialysis and hemoperfusion allow us to remove toxins from the blood in ways that traditional therapies cannot. If treated early enough, drugs (like ibuprofen) can be removed from the blood prior to causing any permanent organ damage. Two hours into her treatment, Bay woke up and became neurologically appropriate!

01/26/2017

Friendship Hospital for Animals is happy to announce the opening of our Extracorporeal Therapies Service! We can perform hemodialysis and hemoperfusion to treat kidney disease and various toxin ingestions in our patients. Meet our first patient, Bay, a four year old lab. Bay's owners returned home from a day out to find her unconscious, having difficulty breathing, and not responding. She had eaten half a bottle of ibuprofen sometime during the day. This is a video of Bay shortly after arriving at the hospital and at the beginning of her hemoperfusion treatment - the effect of the ibuprofen on her neurological state is apparent.

6 year old MN DSH came in for a 3 week history of ocular discharge, squinting and nasal discharge.
01/19/2017

6 year old MN DSH came in for a 3 week history of ocular discharge, squinting and nasal discharge.

Kito is a gorgeous Savannah Cat kitten that was hospitalized at FHA with bacterial pneumonia in October. He had a rechec...
11/11/2016

Kito is a gorgeous Savannah Cat kitten that was hospitalized at FHA with bacterial pneumonia in October. He had a recheck appointment today with Dr. Foster and has made a full recovery. Look at those eyes!

The A(spergillus) team!
10/06/2016

The A(spergillus) team!

First patient of the day has a 5% Buffy coat. Thrombocytopenia and leukocytosis on blood work and enlarged lymphnodes. W...
09/29/2016

First patient of the day has a 5% Buffy coat. Thrombocytopenia and leukocytosis on blood work and enlarged lymphnodes. We suspect leukemia or lymphoma.

Celebrating the birth of the man who inspired many to join the veterinary profession. Happy Birthday James Herriot and T...
09/29/2016
Animal Matters: A life worth celebrating — the 100th anniversary of James Herriot's birth

Celebrating the birth of the man who inspired many to join the veterinary profession. Happy Birthday James Herriot and Tricky-woo.

http://pilotonline.com/news/local/animal-matters-a-life-worth-celebrating-the-th-anniversary-of/article_ed176b11-7a40-5758-8aa2-40408831672f.html

James Herriot gave the world more than just popular books. His compassion for all creatures helped motivate many people to seek careers focused on helping animals.

Happy Friday from Team IMED!!
09/16/2016

Happy Friday from Team IMED!!

Friendship Internal Medicine's cover photo
09/13/2016

Friendship Internal Medicine's cover photo

IMED mascots Rick and Dee are hard at work helping our new internist Dr. JD Foster move into the office.
09/13/2016

IMED mascots Rick and Dee are hard at work helping our new internist Dr. JD Foster move into the office.

Little Lyle, the pathology kitty, is here for a thoracocentesis. He is happily sitting for Dr. Kakar and Dr. Spencer.
09/07/2016

Little Lyle, the pathology kitty, is here for a thoracocentesis. He is happily sitting for Dr. Kakar and Dr. Spencer.

Meet Rickety Cricket! A 7 year old male pit. His IBD and hypothyroidism has been managed by FHA for 3 years. His hobbies...
08/03/2016

Meet Rickety Cricket! A 7 year old male pit. His IBD and hypothyroidism has been managed by FHA for 3 years. His hobbies include licking and squeezing into cat beds.

Full circle moment! Dr. Krista Rieckert was an internal medicine technician at FHA in 2011. Today, she is our rotating D...
07/21/2016

Full circle moment! Dr. Krista Rieckert was an internal medicine technician at FHA in 2011. Today, she is our rotating Doctor! We are so happy to have her back!

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Meet Georgie! Weighing just 1.2 kilograms (2.6 pounds), Georgie was the smallest patient ever treated with hemodialysis at Friendship. She is likely one of the smallest dialysis patients in the entire veterinary community. Read her story below. *************************************************** Georgie, a 4-month-old Yorkie puppy, became suddenly lethargic with vomiting and a decreased appetite. Initial lab tests performed with her primary care veterinarian were within normal limits. She was hospitalized to receive supportive care. Over the next 48 hours, her health took a dramatic turn for the worse. Georgie stopped producing urine, which caused severe electrolyte imbalances within her body. Her kidney values also skyrocketed. Recognizing that she had an acute kidney injury, her primary care veterinarian referred Georgie to Friendship Internal Medicine to receive hemodialysis. Treating small patients such as Georgie brings unique challenges. Their small blood volume causes a significant problem: the majority of their blood is being held in the dialysis circuit. In Georgie's case, approximately 70% of her blood volume would need to be removed to fill the circuit. To deliver dialysis safely, the team primed the dialysis equipment with donor blood. Her blood pressure, ECG, and other vital signs were monitored continuously throughout the treatments. Georgie did exceptionally well with the dialysis treatments. After 5 days, she finally began producing urine again. Lab work confirmed a diagnosis of leptospirosis infection. She was discharged from the hospital after 10 days of care with completely normal kidney values! Georgie has been home with her owners and is feeling back to normal. She is playful with a normal appetite and she continues to have normal kidney function. Her prognosis is excellent, however her kidney values will continue to be monitored periodically for any suggestion of permanent injury. Georgie's medical care highlights the unique and advanced therapeutics provided by Friendship as well as the team-based approach that helped provide her with such an exceptional level of care. Thanks to our Internal Medicine, Anesthesia, Friendship Emergency & Critical Care, and nursing teams for the critical role they all played in providing such a good outcome. Georgie demonstrates how no patient is too small to receive dialysis at Friendship!