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The 4th of July is a day of celebration and festivities. While we might ooh and ahh over fireworks, it’s a completely different experience for animals. Fireworks can be frightening and disorienting to both cats and dogs, and can cause them to react out of fear. More pets get lost on July 4th than an…

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As a 24-hour emergency and specialty veterinary hospital, our primary purpose is to deliver advanced care for pets and their families whenever it is needed, day or night. Our emergency department often treats pets whose lives depend on immediate medical and critical care. Freyja, a sweet two-year…

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Long summer days mean lots of outdoor activities, often with our pets. It also means its time to watch for signs of heat stroke. The combined heat and humidity of a Virginia summer is particularly dangerous for pets. Dogs and cats have to pant to cool their body, which is not as efficient as sweat…

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