This beautiful spring weather with baby chicks and warm evenings can only mean one thing! Fleas and ticks! There are reports that the mild winter and warmer weather in the summer means the tick population will be at a high this season. Please remember to treat your pets to help keep ticks off them! To help, we are offering 10% off your purchase of two (2) six (6) packs of Sentinel Spectrum OR two (2) three (3) packs of Nexgard. This is in addition to manufacturer’s rebate for Sentinel and Nexgard. The manufacturer's rebate for Sentinel is $50 on twelve (12) doses. The manufacturer's rebate for Nexgard is one (1) single dose free for each three (3) pack purchased. Please call us at 301-473-4111 to find out how to claim this offer, or ask one of our tech's and Dr's during your next appointment!
One of our veterinarians, Dr. Ahalt, brought his son to work at Jefferson Veterinary Hospital to show him all about the practice of veterinary medicine. Dr. A Jr. watched a minor surgical procedure, watched how digital x-rays were taken and hung out a lot with the dogs and cats that were being tended to at the animal hospital. He had a great time and learned a lot!
Which photograph do you think should be on Jefferson Veterinary Hospital's new banner to announce the new animal clinic? Image 1, 2, 3, 4, or do you think it should simply be our logo and text? Let us know in the comments!
The pet of the week this week is Jefferson Veterinary Hospital veterinarian, Dr. Ahalt's dog, Chug! Chug is a samoyed, which is a high energy breed, intelligent breed of dog and a member of the spitz family. Samoyeds were bred to pull sleds, but had to have a good temperament and were often considered extended members of the family. Samoyeds are famous not only for their beautiful full white coats of fur, but the sammy smile, a natural expression that looks like the dog is sat happily smiling.
As this is a high energy breed, they require a lot of exercise, and their intelligence means that they also need to have things to stay occupied. As with most breeds, a bored samoyed is a destructive samoyed, and they will entertain themselves by chewing up whatever might be nearby. Negative aspects of the breed include a penchant for landscaping, which verges on borderline excavation. Their coat requires constant maintenance and "blows" out twice yearly, leaving enough fur behind to easily make two more dogs. This undercoat can be spun into yarn, but Mrs. Dr. A puts some of it outside and the birds find it and use it to line their nests. They are good alert dogs and will bark when someone comes onto what they perceive to be their territory, which isn't so good if you live in a house with a sidewalk that is used in front.
Overall, samoyeds are a loving breed, and Mrs. Dr. A is very taken by them.
The veterinary technicians and receptionists at Jefferson Veterinary Hospital have some great helpers. We have been having fun with this image of Malinda and her dog over on the Veterinary Hospital's Facebook page.
Here are a few of our favorite captions:
Renee: I'll keep an eye out for the doc....you go ahead and change that word "neuter" to "cuddles & treats!"
Martha: No, no, not the kibble! Order the Beggin' Strips! I'd do it myself but I don't have thumbs!
Christa: If you could get those TPS reports to me that would be just great.
Donna: No no no, you add 6 and carry the 1.
Dana: "Your total today comes to six dog treats. No, don't give them to Malinda, I'll take them."
Robert: "What time is Susie's appointment? I don't want to miss her this time like I did the last!"
Our first pet of the week at Jefferson Veterinary Hospital is owned and loved by our very own Veterinary Technician, Brandy! He is Jackson, the Jack Russell Terrier. Jack Russells' were bred as a working dog, and that working instinct and ethic has remained with them today. They have a voracious appetite for exercise and activity. If left to their own devices, they will create their own activity, many have been known to take up interior design, and they have a unique style which is generally not in keeping with their owners.
Brandy tells us that Jackson's favourite activities are walking with his Gram and his Aubrey around Jefferson, MD (say hi if you see them!) as well as lazing on on the sofa. Rumour has it that Jackson is very in touch with his feminine side and if you peruse Jefferson Veterinary Hospital's facebook page you may come across an image of Jackson laying on his back after having his nails done.
The Jack Russell Terrier Club has put together a handy little test to see if a Jack Russell Terrier would be a good and happy addition to your family. If you have any questions about this breed, or would like to hear information from our veterinarians about adding another member to your family, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would love to help you!
For the last few months we’ve had a friendly smile missing from our front desk as Jefferson Veterinary Hospital and this has been noticed by clients and been sorely missed by our veterinarians, veterinary technicians, assistants and receptionists alike.
We have been slow to notify people of the reason and for that we are sorry. Our receptionist Barb was diagnosed with a form of breast cancer late last fall. Shortly after, her treatment plan when into action and unfortunately it has taken a toll on her ability to work.
She is currently entering the middle stages of her treatment and we are all hoping that, by year’s end, she will be recovering and looking to return to her former antics for our clients and staff.
In support of Barb, our veterinarian Dr. Kalf, and other fighters in the struggle against breast cancer, the staff of Jefferson Veterinary Hospital will be participating in the Bros and Bras 5k run/walk on Saturday, April 23 in beautiful Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia. Both Brunswick Grooming Spa and Jefferson Veterinary Hospital will be closed while all of our veterinarians, techs, assistants and receptionists show their support for breast cancer research.
Please join us in wish Barb good luck in the next stage of her treatment. We miss her very much and cannot wait for her laugh to ring through our office once more.
For more information about donating or if you are also interested in joining the Bros and Bras 5k check out their website here.
We know that Barb sometimes checks Jefferson Veterinary Hospital's website and would love to hear any words of support from you either below or on the veterinary Facebook page,!
Progress on the construction of Jefferson Veterinary Hospital's new animal hospital
This beautiful Australian Shepherd came to see our veterinarians today in Jefferson, MD for a puppy well check. These checks form an important part of your new best friends health care and allows us to get to know each other! Our veterinarians review our recommended vaccination schedule, discuss training recommendations and, most importantly, listen to any concerns and answer any questions that you, our client, may have.
Pet friendly places to go in Frederick MD, covers Frederick County, MD and further afield. Compiled by the staff and veterinarians at Jefferson Veterinary Hospital and Brunswick Animal Clinic