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Welcome to Chesapeake Animal Clinic!

Chesapeake Animal Clinic provides quality veterinary care for dogscats and pocket pets in Owings, Maryland and the surrounding communities. We are a modern and inviting hospital boasting superb veterinarians, and numerous caring support staff dedicated to our patients, clients, and community.

We are a full-service animal hospital emphasizing preventive care, internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and care for sick and injured animals. Our veterinarians tailor their recommendations to each pet’s age, breed, lifestyle and medical history.

Chesapeake Animal Clinic will help your pet enjoy a long and healthy life with you and your family.

We serve communities in the Owings, Maryland area, including: Dunkirk, North Beach, Chesapeake Beach, Huntingtown, and Prince Frederick. Please call (301) 855-5166 to make an appointment for your pet.

 

Chesapeake Animal Clinic in Owings, MDChesapeake Animal Clinic was established in 1987 and has undergone changes and improvements throughout the years in keeping with the many ongoing advancements in veterinary medicine. We now focus on providing the highest quality medical and surgical services for your companion animals.

The veterinarians and staff at Chesapeake Animal Clinic are committed to providing quality veterinary care throughout the life of your dog, cat or pocket pet. We understand the special role your pet plays in your family and are dedicated to becoming your partner in your pet's health care.

We serve communities in the Owings, Maryland area, including: Dunkirk, North Beach, Chesapeake Beach, Huntingtown, and Prince Frederick. Please call (301) 855-5166 to make an appointment for your pet!

 
 

Prolong Your Dog's Life

Chesapeake Animal Clinic provides a full range of preventive care services to help your dog live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.

Our veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Animal Hospital Association. We then customize our recommendations based on your dog’s hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.

Annual preventive care for dogs typically includes:

  • At least one annual Physical Examination at which time our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions. During the exam our doctors will perform a:
    • Ear and Eye Examination
    • Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) analysis
    • Temperature Reading
    • Abdominal Palpation
    • Dental Exam
    • Dermatological Exam
    • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Vaccines based on your dog’s lifestyle and/or breed. Core Vaccines include Rabies, Distemper and Leptospirosis. Our veterinarians may also recommend additional vaccines such as Lyme and Bordetella (Kennel Cough).

  • Parasite Control Products to control parasites such as heartworms, intestinal parasites (such as round worms), fleas and ticks. Controlling these parasites helps protect your dog and your family members from easily transmitted parasites.

  • Diagnostic Testing to confirm the absence of heartworms or other internal parasites and early disease screening tests to help identify any internal issues which cannot be detected during a thorough physical exam.

  • Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as dental care or microchipping that will benefit your dog’s overall health and wellbeing and advise you on any questions you might have regarding your dog’s health.

 

Monday:   8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday:   8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday:   8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday:   8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday:   8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday:   8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday:   Closed

Prolong Your Cat's Life

Chesapeake Animal Clinic provides a full range of preventive care services to help your cat live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.

Our veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association and take into consideration your cat’s hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.

Our recommendations for feline annual preventive care include:

  • Feline Exam at Chesapeake Animal ClinicAt least one annual Physical Examination at which time our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions. During the exam our doctors will perform a:
    • Ear and Eye Examination
    • Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) analysis
    • Temperature Reading
    • Abdominal Palpation
    • Dental Exam
    • Dermatological Exam
    • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Vaccination recommendations include core vaccines Rabies and Feline Distemper. Your veterinarian may also suggest the Feline Leukemia vaccine for outdoor cats.

  • Parasite Control Products to prevent and repel heartworms, intestinal parasites, fleas and ticks. Round worms can be transmitted to humans, so controlling these parasites protects your cat and also your family.

  • Diagnostic Testing to check for Feline Leukemia and/or Feline AIDS (Felv/FIV), heartworms or other internal parasites and early stages of diseases which cannot be detected during a physical exam.

  • Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as dental care or microchipping, that can lead to a longer and healthier life for your cat.

 

We are located just off Route 260.

 

Give Your Puppy or Kitten the Right Start in Life

At Chesapeake Animal Clinic each pet’s first year of care is customized based on its specific needs to help your puppy or kitten get the right start in life. Just like human children, puppies and kittens require additional physical exams and vaccine boosters to ensure that they get the very best start in life.

Below are our recommendations, in addition to ones noted above, for your puppy's or kitten’s first year.

  • Physical Exams: Your puppy's or kitten’s lifetime of wellness starts with its first comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens should have 3-4 exams between the ages of 8-16 weeks. These visits are important because they give our veterinarians an opportunity to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines.

  • Vaccinations: Due to their immature immune systems puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines. Since every puppy and kitten is unique, we tailor our vaccination recommendations based on their lifestyle and/or breed and according to the suggested guidelines.

  • Diagnostic Testing: We recommend that puppies are tested for Heartworm at 6 months of age if not done previously and that kittens are tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS at their first visit if not done previously.

  • Additional Recommendations: Your veterinarian will also discuss and recommend other services, such as spaying, neutering or microchipping that can lead to a longer and healthier life for your dog or cat.

 

Spayed and Neutered Pets live a healthier and longer life!

At Chesapeake Animal Clinic we believe in the importance of spaying/neutering puppies and kittens to provide them with a long and healthy life.

Spaying or neutering your dog or cat will reduce common problems such as:

  • A pyometra, or uterine infection, is a potentially life-threatening condition which can cost thousands of dollars to treat. Occurrence is 100% preventable if your pet is spayed.

  • Over one half of all mammary tumors are malignant and can spread to other areas of the body. Early spaying, prior to your pet beginning its heat cycles, significantly reduces the incidence of tumor formation.

  • There are more puppies and kittens overpopulating shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized.

  • Testicular cancer can be eliminated and prostatitis, an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate, can be greatly reduced with early neutering.

  • Unwanted behavioral problems such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with early spaying/neutering.

 

Care for Sick and Injured Pets

At Chesapeake Animal Clinic we focus on keeping your pet happy and healthy. Unfortunately, some pets occasionally experience illnesses or injuries that require a veterinarian’s care and attention.

Chesapeake Animal Clinic offers high quality diagnostic and medical treatments for sick and injured pets. We provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere to diagnose and treat your pet. A successful recuperation is our goal and our experienced and caring team of veterinarians is supported by our on-site laboratory, ultrasound and x-ray capabilities.

If your pet is experiencing an illness including, but not limited to, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash, loss of appetite or lower energy level, our team and facility are here to diagnose and treat your pet. We are also equipped to help your pet recover if it has sustained an injury such as a bite wound, lameness or trauma from an accident (including if your pet is hit by a car).

We see emergencies during our normal hospital hours. If your pet has an after-hours emergency or if we determine that your pet requires overnight nursing care or a level of specialty we cannot provide here, we will co-ordinate your pet’s referral to the appropriate critical care or specialty hospital.

 

Why we are the best choice for your pet’s surgical needs

Veterinary Surgery at Chesapeak Animal ClinicMany pet owners are curious about what is involved when their pet is placed under anesthesia. At Chesapeake Animal Clinic your pet’s safety and comfort are our top priority so you can be sure that your pet will receive only the best and safest anesthetic and surgical care.

Our procedures include the following:

  • Safe Anesthesia—a very safe anesthetic gas which is also used in human pediatric medicine.

  • Experienced Monitoring Support—our trained technicians use state-of-the-art anesthetic monitors to continuously monitor your pet’s pulse rate, oxygen levels and blood pressure.

  • IV Catheter Placement—fluids are given during surgery to maintain blood pressure and to help your pet recover quickly from the anesthesia.

  • Pain Medication—is administered prior to and after surgery to ensure your pet’s comfort.

  • Pre-Anesthetic Blood Work—ensures your pet is healthy enough to undergo a surgical procedure and that its internal organs can safely process the anesthesia.


Veterinary Surgical Services

Chesapeake Animal Clinic provides surgical services for dogs and cats. We offer a clean and well-equipped facility and experienced team to provide your pet with high quality surgical care in a stress-free and relaxing environment.

Our team of veterinarians and technicians are experienced with a range of surgeries. All of our procedures include a thorough pre-surgical physical examination by a veterinarian, surgical monitoring and lots of care and attention throughout the day.

In addition to spaying and neutering, we also offer the following soft tissue surgeries:

Soft Tissue Surgery
Bladder Stone Removal (Cystotomy)
Exploratory Surgery
Mass/Growth Removal
And other general surgeries as needed

 

Veterinary Dental Services

Our veterinarians provide veterinary dental services including routine cleaning and polishing (dental prophylaxis) and surgical extractions to manage and treat severe oral disease conditions.

When dental problems and oral diseases are diagnosed, sometimes a dental procedure may be necessary. Chesapeake Animal Clinic is equipped with state-of-the-art oral surgical equipment and the latest technology, such as digital dental x-rays, to provide your pet with a safe and (advanced) dental procedure.


Pet Dental Care

Routine and preventive dental care is vital to your pet’s long term health. Pets with poor oral hygiene can develop periodontal disease, which can often lead to heart, lung, and kidney disease. Chesapeake Animal Clinic offers a full range of dental services for cats and dogs including dental examinations, dental extractions, and oral surgery as well as home care instructions for keeping your dog's or cat's teeth clean and healthy.

Routine Pet Dental Examinations

Our veterinarians perform basic oral exams on all our patients during their comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens will be examined to detect any problems related to the deciduous (baby) teeth, missing or extra teeth, swellings, and oral development. Senior pets will be evaluated for developmental anomalies, the accumulation of plaque and tartar, periodontal disease, and oral tumors.

Good Oral Hygiene for Pets

Dental Care Tips for Dogs and Cats

• Schedule a dental oral exam for your dog or cat every year
• Schedule regular dental cleanings as recommended by your veterinarian
• Brush your pet’s teeth daily, or if every other day give your pet a dental hygiene chew
• Serve dog or cat food and treats that control tarter and plaque and promote good dental health

Chesapeake Animal Clinic is happy to provide care for a wide range of pocket pets and other small, non-traditional mammal pets. We offer preventive care, surgery, nutritional advice, and general care recommendations for your small pets. Each species of pocket pet has its own specific needs for housing, diet, and care.

Our veterinarians are experienced with treating and caring for many types of small, non-traditional mammal pets including:

  • Ferrets
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Hamsters & Gerbils
  • Rabbits
  • Rats

Chesapeake Animal Clinic offers an array of both prescription and over the counter products to keep your pet happy and healthy. Our in-house pharmacy is stocked with prescription medications to provide preventive care, treat illnesses and ensure that your pet’s medication is always available.

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We see emergencies during our normal hospital hours. Please call us at 301-855-5166 or 410-257-2959 for immediate assistance. If your pet has an after-hours emergency or if we determine that your pet requires overnight nursing care or a level of specialty we cannot provide here, we will co-ordinate your pet’s referral to the appropriate critical care or specialty hospital.

Allied Partners Veterinary Emergency Service
4135 Old Town Rd
Huntingtown, Maryland 20639
(410) 535-9722

AAVEC
808 Bestgate Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 224-0331

 
 

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New Clients

Thank you for choosing Chesapeake Animal Clinic to care for your pet. Downloading and filling out the New Client Form prior to your first appointment will greatly assist us in adding you and your pet to our system. Please bring it with you to your pet's first appointment. We will be happy to contact your previous veterinarian to obtain any necessary information or documentation regarding your pet's medical history.

 

Annual veterinary care is crucial to keeping your pet happy and healthy. Click the icons below to learn more about what your veterinarian can do for your pet.

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Exams check overall health and detect problems before they become severe or costly.

 

Vaccines protect against common and fatal diseases based on your pet's age and lifestyle.

 
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Dental and oral care prevents bad breath and diseases that could become life-threatening.   Lab tests diagnose and prevent sickness or injury in safe and non-invasive ways.   Parasite prevention treats and protects against deadly heartworms, parasites, and flea/tick infestations.
         
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  Nutrition ensures your pet gets the balanced diet it needs and maintains a healthy weight.   Spaying and neutering protects pets from serious health and behavioral problems.  
 

Care Guides for Pet Owners

Your pet's health also depends on you. Click on the icons below to learn more about what pet owners can do at home to keep their pets living a long, healthy life.

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Home care is just as important as veterinary care in keeping your pet happy and healthy.

 

Care for all ages includes veterinary care and home care tips for your pet at every age.

 

Ages and stages is our chart to help you find out your pet's age in "human years."

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Bringing your pets to the veterinarian for a physical exam every year is the smartest and easiest way to keep them healthy. Exams allow your veterinarian to detect any problems before they become severe or costly.

Pet Exams for Dogs and CatsYour Veterinarian Will Check...

  • muscular and skeletal health by feeling for healthy muscle mass and joint pain.

  • neurologic system – it could indicate birth defects in younger pets, and cognitive issues in older pets.

  • appropriate weight and  lifestyle for your pet's age.

  • lymph nodes – swollen nodes can indicate a wound, virus, infection or some other illness.

  • vital signs (temperature, pulse and respiration) – an abnormal reading could indicate illness.

  • skin and coat condition for growths, infection wounds and overall skin health.
     
 

Bring Your Pet to the Veterinarian Every Year for a Clean Bill of Health and Peace of Mind

Your pet can't tell us what's wrong. But routine physical exams can help your veterinarian detect any problems or diseases you might not have otherwise picked up on, including heart murmurs, tumors, enlarged organs, cataracts, ear infections, ear mites, dental and gum disease, skin issues and allergies.
 
     


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Vaccines protect against common diseases that your pets may become exposed to.

Did You Know?

Vaccines have about a 95% success rate for preventing infections and fatal diseases.

     
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Rabies

The rabies vaccine is required by law and protects against the fatal illness. Rabies can be transmitted to other pets and people through the bite of an infected animal.

Distemper (DHPP)

This combination vaccine protects against viruses that cause life-threatening neurologic, respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.

Leptospirosis

This vaccine protects against a bacteria that can cause deadly kidney or liver disease. Leptospirosis is also transmissible to people.

Lyme

This vaccine helps prevent Lyme disease, which is easily transmitted through the bite of an infected tick.

 
 

Lifestyle Vaccines

These might be recommended if your dog visits boarding facilities, groomers, training classes, dog parks, and other social settings.

Bordetella

This vaccine protects against an airborne respiratory virus known as "Kennel Cough."

 
 
     
  Feline Vaccines

Rabies

The rabies vaccine is required by law and protects against the fatal illness. Rabies can be transmitted to other pets and people through the bite of an infected animal.

Distemper (FVRCP)

This combination vaccine protects against viruses that cause life-threatening respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.
 
     
 

Lifestyle Vaccine

This is given to all outdoor cats, including those who go out occasionally -even if it's just on an open porch.

Feline Leukemia

This vaccine protects against the contagious and often fatal disease, which is easily spread between cats.

 

 

     
 

Vaccines are the key to a long and healthy life. Your veterinarian will suggest the best vaccines for your pet based on age, medical history and lifestyle.

 
     

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Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets. Without proper preventive or home care, plaque and tartar can build up, which may cause oral infections, bad breath, infected gum tissues (gingivitis) or even bone loss (periodontitis).

Did You Know?

It's not normal for your pet to have bad breath – it can be a sign of serious dental or gum issues.

Pet Dental & Oral Care

     
 

Sixty percent of dental disease is hidden below the gum line, and can only be found with x-rays. Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about screenings, cleanings and products available to help keep those pearly whites clean.

 
     


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Yearly lab tests are safe and non-invasive ways to diagnose and prevent sickness or injuries in pets that a physical exam cannot detect.

     
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Blood Screening

A blood screening checks for anemia, parasites, infections, organ function and sugar levels. It is important to get a blood test annually for your pet, to help your veterinarian establish a benchmark for normal values and easily see any changes that may point to problems.

Urinalysis

This test has the ability to screen for diabetes, urinary tract infections, bladder/kidney stones, as well as dehydration and early kidney disease.

Intestinal Parasite Check

Using a stool sample, your veterinarian can check to see if your pet has parasites. Many parasites can be passed on to humans, so it is important to complete this screening annually, especially if your pet has any symptoms including upset stomach, loss of appetite and weight loss.

 
     
 
 
     
 

Routine testing can add years to your pet's life. Your veterinarian will recommend lab tests appropriate for your pet based on age and lifestyle.

 
     
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Canine Tests

Your veterinarian may check for the presence of heartworms in your dog, as well as the three common tick-borne diseases – Lyme, Anaplasma, and Ehrlichia Canis.
 
     
 
 
     
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Feline Tests

A combination test checks for heartworm, Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). FeLV and FIV are serious diseases that weaken the immune system, making cats susceptible to a variety of infections and other diseases. FeLV is spread through casual contact, and FIV is transmitted primarily through bite wounds. They can also be transferred to cats by their mothers. Any new pets, or sick/stray cats entering a household, should be tested.

Blood Pressure Testing

Senior cats are routinely tested for high blood pressure. It may occur as a secondary disease to another illness and is commonly seen in older cats. But it can affect a cat at any age and cause damage to the eyes, heart, brain and kidneys. A new heart murmur or alterations in your cat's eyes during a routine exam may prompt your veterinarian to take a blood pressure reading.

 
     

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Prevention is the best approach in protecting your pet against deadly heartworms, intestinal parasites, and flea and tick infestations. Your veterinarian will help you find the product that is right for your pet based on his or her needs.

     
 

EXTERNAL PARASITES
are assessed visually by your veterinarian.

 
     
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Fleas

Fleas thrive when the weather is warm and humid. All cats and dogs are susceptible to flea infestations. Beyond the skin irritation and discomfort, flea infestations can also cause deadly infections, flea-allergy dermatitis (OUCH!) and the transmission of tapeworm parasites if ingested.

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Ticks

Ticks can spread serious infectious diseases such as Lyme, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis and Babesiosis to pets and people. Pet owners should inspect their pets regularly for ticks, large and small, especially after being outside in a wooded or grassy area.

 
     
 
     
 

INTERNAL PARASITES
are assessed by blood tests and fecal exams.

 
     
 
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Intestinal Parasites

Roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm, whipworm, Coccidia, Giardia and Cryptosporidium are all common in cats and dogs. Many of these parasites can be transmitted to you and your family if your pet becomes infected.

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Heartworm

Mosquitoes can spread heartworm, a harmful disease that affects both dogs and cats. As its name implies, heartworm lives in the blood of a pet's heart and blood vessels. We recommend annual screenings for both dogs and cats, even if they are already on heartworm preventatives.

 
     
     
     
 

Life is better for your pet and family without parasites.
Let us help you choose your flea, tick, heartworm and
intestinal parasite preventatives today!

 
     


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Just like humans, an animal's diet directly affects its overall health and well-being. Allowing a pet to overeat, or to consume the wrong foods, may lead to a wide variety of ailments including obesity, diabetes and arthritis.

Did You Know?

Over 50% of dogs and cats in the United States are obese or overweight.

Proper Nutrition

Although we think of our pets as family members, they shouldn’t be allowed to eat like us. Maintaining a proper diet will help keep your pet at a healthy weight. Be sure not to overfeed, and that you are providing a diet tailored to your pet's breed, age, weight and medical history.

Common Foods To Avoid

Think twice about feeding your pet table scraps. Common foods such as chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions and garlic could be dangerous to an animal. Some non-food items like lily plants and antifreeze are also toxic to pets. Check with your veterinarian if your pet has ingested anything questionable.
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Growth Diet

Growing puppies and kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults. Ask your veterinarian which food is right for this stage of life. Cats switch to an adult diet right after being spayed or neutered, no matter what the age, to decrease the likelihood of obesity and related conditions.

Adult Diet

Selecting an adult dog or cat food that will keep your pet healthy and energetic starts with knowing your pet's lifestyle. Does your dog weigh just the right amount and go for long walks daily? Or is it a lap dog that loves nothing more than to snooze the day away? Talk to your veterinarian about these issues to help guide you in choosing the best food for your pet.

Senior Diet

Your senior dog or cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Many older pets can continue eating the food they always have – just a little less to compensate for not being as active. Check with your veterinarian which food and amount is best for your pet.

   
     
 

Every pet ages differently. Your veterinarian can help you determine the best diet for your pet's needs.

 
     


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Spaying or neutering can protect your pet from serious health and behavioral problems later in life. It also helps control the stray animal population.

Spaying or Neutering Reduces the Risk of...

Uterine Disease

Known as a pyometra, this is a potentially life-threatening condition which can be very expensive to treat. It is 100% preventable if your pet is spayed.

Mammary Tumors (Breast Cancer)

Over one-half of all mammary tumors are malignant and can spread to other areas of the body. Early spaying, prior to your pet beginning its heat cycles, significantly reduces the incidence of tumor formation.

Testicular Cancer

This cancer, as well as prostatitis (an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate), can be greatly reduced with early neutering.

 

Behavioral Problems

Unwanted behaviors such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with spaying or neutering.

Overpopulation

There are more puppies and kittens in shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized. Spaying or neutering can help reduce the number of animals in need of homes.Cat and Dog graphic

   
     
 

Spayed and neutered pets live healthier and longer lives! Consider the benefits to your pet and the community, and ask us when is the best time to spay or neuter your pet.

 
     


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Make your pet's well-being a priority. See your veterinarian regularly and follow these tips to keep your pet happy and healthy.

Nutrition

Your veterinarian will give you a recommendation for a high quality and nutritious diet for your pet, and advise you on how much and how often to feed him or her. Diets may vary by species, breed and age.

Identification

Microchipping is a safe and permanent identification option to ensure your pet's return should he or she get lost. Ask us about the process and get your pet protected.

Safety

Always keep your dog on a leash in public, and your cat indoors to protect them from common hazards such as cars and other animals.

Grooming

Frequent brushing keeps your pet's coat clean and reduces the occurrence of shedding, matting and hairballs. Depending on the breed, your pet may also need professional groomings.

Dental and Oral Health

Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about professional cleanings as well as dental treats and products available to help prevent bad breath, gingivitis, periodontitis and underlying disease. Although your pet's teeth may look healthy, significant disease could be hidden below the gum line.

 

Exercise

Be sure to spend at least 15 minutes a day playing with your cat to keep him or her active and at a healthy weight. All dogs need routine exercise to stay fit, but the requirements vary by breed and age. Ask us what's best for your dog. Doggy daycares and boarding facilities are other ways to help to burn off some energy and socialize your pets.

Training

Enroll your dog in training classes to improve his or her behavior with pets and people. Cats need minimal training. Be sure to provide them with a litter box beginning at four weeks of age.

Environmental Enrichment

Entertain your pet's natural instincts by using toys that encourage them to jump and run. Cats especially need to fulfill their instinct to hunt – provide interactive toys that mimic prey like a laser pointer or feathers on a wand. You can also hide treats in your pet's toys or around the house to decrease boredom while you're away.Pet Care at Home

     
 

Be Your Pet's Guardian Angel

Call us if your pet experiences vomiting, diarrhea, poor appetite, lethargy, trouble breathing, excessive drinking or urinating, wheezing or coughing, pale gums, discharge from nose, swollen eye or discharge, limping, and/or difficulty passing urine or stool as these may be signs of illness.

 
     


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Every animal is unique, and the start of each stage of life calls for different home and veterinary care. Check with your veterinarian to establish a proactive wellness plan to keep your pet happy and healthy throughout its life.

Annual Wellness

Puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines and physical exams. During these exams, your veterinarian may also recommend parasite preventatives or lab tests.

Adult pets will need to continue visiting the veterinarian annually for physical exams, recommended vaccines and routine testing.

Senior pets can develop similar problems seen in older people, including heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and arthritis. Your veterinarian may recommend biannual visits to ensure your pet's quality of life.

Spay/Neuter

Females spayed before their first heat cycle will be less likely to get uterine infections, ovarian cancer and breast cancer. Males neutered at any age will be less likely to get prostate disease. Spaying or neutering also helps prevent behavioral problems like marking and escaping. Talk to your veterinarian about spaying or neutering your pet.

Nutrition

Pets require different types of food to support each life stage. Growing puppies and kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults while adult dogs and cats need food that will keep them healthy and energetic. Your senior dog or cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Talk to your veterinarian to determine what's appropriate for your pet.

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Exercise

Adult dogs should stay active with daily walks and one-on-one training. Keep your adult cats fit by using toys that encourage them to run and jump, and be sure to give them at least 15 minutes of playtime a day.

Weight management of your senior dog or cat is extremely important to ensure they are at an ideal body weight and able to move around comfortably.

Training

Behavioral issues are a major cause of pet abandonment. Begin training your puppy or kitten right away to prevent bad habits and establish good ones.

Start house training your puppy as soon as you get home. Keep your puppy supplied with plenty of chew toys so he or she gets used to gnawing on those and not your belongings.

All cats need a litter box, which should be in a quiet, accessible room. Place your kitten in the box after a meal or whenever it appears he or she needs to go. Be sure to scoop out solids daily and empty it out completely once a week. The number of boxes in your household should be the total of number of cats plus one.

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Animals age at a faster rate than humans do, and your pet's health needs will evolve over time. Use this chart to figure out your pet's age in human years, and check with your veterinarian to establish a wellness plan specific to your young, adult or senior pet.

Pet Ages & Stages Chart

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Lori Giuffré, DVMDr. Giuffré joined the Chesapeake Animal Clinic in April 2009 and became our Chief of Staff in September 2010. Hailing from Westchester County, New York, she now happily resides in Owings, Maryland. She pursued her undergraduate studies at Cornell University and her veterinary studies at Iowa State University, earning her DVM in 1996. She comes to us with over 12 years of experience, having practiced in both Lanham and Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Dr. Giuffré has special interest in behavior and chemotherapy. She believes in working together with her clients to provide a long lasting, healthy and enjoyable human-pet relationship. In her spare time she enjoys Pilates, cooking, baking, reading and shopping! She also loves spending time with her two wonderful children and her many pets: two Labradors, a German Shepherd, a cat, and one very loud and obnoxious Conure parrot!

Dr. Silvia MartinelliDr. Silvia Martinelli grew up in Como, Italy and currently resides in Washington, DC. She earned a DVM degree from the University of Milan in Italy. Her special interests include internal medicine and behavioral medicine.

Outside of work, Dr. Martinelli enjoys traveling, reading and riding horses. She also shares her home with Muffin, a black Pomeranian.

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9825 Old Solomons Isl. Rd.
Owings, MD 20736
P: (301) 855-5166
F: (301) 855-3181 
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Saturday, December 9, 2017, from 3-6 pm

Pet Photos with SantaChesapeake Animal Clinic invites you and your four-legged family members to join us for our annual Yappy Hour on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 3-6 pm.

Friendly, leashed pets are welcome!

Come enjoy some holiday treats and have your pet's picture taken with Santa for only $5 (cash or check)! All proceeds will benefit a national humane pet organization.

January 26, 2017

Dear Clients and Friends,

I am writing this letter to let you know that I will be leaving Chesapeake Animal Clinic at the end of February 2017. My husband and I are moving to Hagerstown, Maryland as he begins a new position in his career. I have been postponing this move for as long as possible because I find it hard to say goodbye to the people and pets I have cared for over the last 23 years.

I have been at the Chesapeake Animal Clinic since 1994, hired as a brand new and very young-looking veterinarian by Dr. Jo Moorer who owned the clinic. Under her guidance I gained confidence and skills, and her clients graciously let me care for their pets even though most of them thought I wasn't old enough to have graduated vet school. Now, 23 years later, everybody sees my gray hair and is confident that I AM old enough to be the veterinarian.

I have seen so many clients and patients in my time here that have grown up with me and have grown older with me as well. I have laughed with you, a lot, and cried with you as well. Thank you for letting me be a part of your lives for these last two decades. Everything I learned here helped me grow as a veterinarian and as a person.

I leave you in the caring and capable hands of Dr. Lori Giuffre, our Chief of Staff, who has been a great co-worker and friend over the last 8 years. I know she gives you and your pets the compassionate care they deserve. I also want to thank the current support staff - Elita, Fran, Mary, Wanda, Kim, Fran, Chantel, Sarah, Paul, Maurice, and Whitney, and all the techs and receptionists who helped make my job possible.

Now please join me in that classic from "The Sound of Music"..."So long, farewell, auf wiedersehn, goodbye...."

Sincerely,

Rebecca Gurshman, DVM

dog teethChesapeake Animal Clinic now offers high-quality digital dental x-rays to assess your pet's teeth and oral hygiene!

Did you know that 60% of dental disease in pets is hidden below the gum line? With our new equipment, our veterinarians will be able to assess the integrity of an entire tooth (not just what is above the gum line) and any roots that are involved or compromised. Digital dental x-rays are vital in diagnosing underlying disease and prescribing proper treatment. We will also be able to store, print and email these digital files to share.

We are excited for this new addition and how it will improve our dental services for our clients! Our goal is to keep your pet's mouth healthy and pain free.

Chesapeake Animal Clinic is sad to announce that Dr. Cordo Jorch will be leaving us at the close of 2016. She has been a valued and much loved part of our team for four and a half years. We will miss her and the wonderful care she has provided for so many pets. While we are happy for the next chapter in her life, we’re sad to see her go!

The Chesapeake Animal Clinic Team

Elita Emerson-McClain, Practice ManagerElita has seen herself in the veterinary field since she was 5 years old. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in animal medicine from the University of Pittsburgh and has put it to use as the practice manager at Chesapeake Animal Clinic (CAC). Elita joined CAC in May of 2011 and enjoys helping people by helping those they hold close in their hearts — their pets. Her interest is in care and compassion for all pets, especially senior pets.

Elita also enjoys spending time with her family, both two-legged and four-legged. She has two dogs (Kody and Pola) and two turtles. In her spare time, you can find her scrapbooking, hanging with family, or helping out underprivileged youth.

Wanda Behrens, Client Care SpecialistWanda has been in the Veterinary field on and off for over 30 years and is currently a client care specialist. She was born in Chicago and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. Wanda prides herself on being a HUGE Baltimore Ravens fan.

Her interests include reading, traveling and scrapbooking. Wanda enjoys spending time with all of her family: husband, Steve; three daughters (Andrea, Lauren, and Kirsten); and three grandbabies (Ryan, Shayne, and McKayla). She loves her four-legged extended family as well — five dogs (Snuggles, Lady, Sarge, Rikki and Tiki), one cat (Apache) and Sharkie the goldfish.

Mary Russell, Client Care SpecialistMary is a client care specialist and has worked at Chesapeake Animal Clinic for over 17 years. She was born in Washington, DC, but currently lives in Dunkirk, Maryland with her loving husband, beautiful daughter, four miracle dogs (Lady, Dieter, Brody and Puppy) and two independent cats (Tony and Tribal). Mary enjoys anything to do with caring for and helping pets and people. She has a way of making people and pets feel like you are her long lost friend.

Mary is usually caught spending time with animals, whether she is on the beach, hanging with family, helping a friend or at work. She has a heart of gold.

Chantel Cagle, Veterinary TechnicianChantel was born and raised in Prince Frederick, Maryland. She has been a veterinary technician at Chesapeake Animal Clinic since 2011. Her interests include animal behavior, wound treatment and animal rehabilitation.

On her days off, Chantel just likes to sit on the beach or run with her dogs — Duke, Caesar and Bella. She also has a cat Niko that she rescued from the shelter and who has been a love bug ever since. Chantel is currently in school to be a certified veterinary technician.

 

Francine Pessagno, Veterinary TechnicianFrancine (Fran) is one of the most dedicated veterinary technicians at Chesapeake Animal Clinic. Fran is surrounded by individuals who love her. She is a family woman with a husband who keeps her entertained, two loving daughters, five neat grandchildren, three dogs, two cats, one cockatiel and four backyard chickens. Fran has worked at Chesapeake Animal Clinic for 18 years and loves animals and helping clients take care of them.

Although Fran very rarely gets spare time between family and CAC, when she can find a moment she can be found outside, gardening or doing stained glass. Her main drive at the practice is educating clients to aid in providing better lives for their pets.

Veterinary Technician Maurice (Mo) AlvaradoMaurice (Mo) has been working in the veterinary field since 2005, and has been working at Chesapeake Animal Clinic since 2014. He currently resides in Washington, DC. Mo has a love for all animals, but the care and comfort of geriatric pets hold a special place in his heart. He is a hard guy to keep down.

Outside of work, Mo plays in a band, practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai and is taking classes to further his education. But, when he does have down time, he can be caught relaxing with his buddy, Wallace the Cat.

 

Veterinary Technician Paul White Jr.Paul (PJ) comes to us from Upper Marlboro, Maryland. He has been a veterinary technician at Chesapeake Animal Clinic since March of 2012, but has been in the veterinary medicine field since 1998. His special interests include pit bulls and animal behavior.

Outside of the practice, PJ can be found listening to music, or cooking many culinary delights that are, we must say, delicious. But he takes time out to root for his favorite sports team, the Washington Redskins, with his four-legged loves, Pepper and Aja.