Fur Tree Donations

December 16th, 2015 by columbia


The Fur Tree Charity


Next time you stop by, we invite you to donate $10 for the opportunity to hang a custom made ornament on the Fur Tree displayed in our lobby. All proceeds go directly to local animal charitable organizations.



Fur tree picture

Furry Family Photo Booth Event

November 24th, 2015 by columbia

Join us for furry family photo booth fun on Saturday, December 12!

When: 12/12/15

Time: 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Bring your furry friend (and your whole family) to our clinic for a free photo booth session to benefit a charitable cause that helps both people and animals. We will be collecting donations for the nonprofit organization, Christian Veterinary Mission, which provides leadership, support and training in animal health to encourage veterinary professionals in developing communities around the world. This is our 4th annual charitable holiday event.

Royal Canin will also be on site with fun giveaways and nutritional information for your pets.


Annandale Fall Festival

October 19th, 2015 by columbia

Come visit us at the Annandale Fall Parade!  Stop by our lot to grab some free pet goodies and the 411 on our new 24-Hour emergency service.images


Open 24 Hours for Pet Emergency Care!

October 19th, 2015 by columbia

We are pleased to announce that we are here for you and your furry family members 24 hours, 7 days a week! Columbia pike Animal Hospital & Emergency Center is now open around the clock for urgent care. There is no emergency fee!

ER cat


Email us info@columbiapikeanimalh.com for more information.

Purina Food Complimentary Home Delivery Service

April 14th, 2015 by columbia

Want to get your pet’s Purina foods delivered right to your doorstep? We can do that! We are now offering convenient online ordering and home delivery of your prescription Purina foods. Food will arrive within just 3-4 days of placing the order. Ask us about how to sign up for this new free service!

Email info@columbiapikeanimalh.com for more information.




Canine Flu Outbreak

April 14th, 2015 by columbia

As you may have seen on the national news, an outbreak of canine influenza has hit Chicago and the midwest sickening over 1,000 dogs with at least five fatalities.

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine has identified the Chicago area epidemic as a new strain of canine influenza. The same strain of the virus is currently in wide circulation in Southern China and South Korean dog populations, since being identified there is 2006. There is no evidence that it can be transmitted to humans. Veterinarians say the new strain of the virus is more virulent than previous strains, allowing animals to develop the disease faster.While researchers say there’s no evidence the virus can be transmitted to human, veterinarians warn the new strain can also affect cats, causing them to contract a similar respiratory disease.

Most dogs have mild symptoms, but about five to 10 percent require more aggressive care, including hospitalization according to Dr. Cynda Crawford, of Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Gainesville, who helped to discover the canine influenza virus.

Crawford explains that while the CIV (canine influenza) virus has altered somewhat, it has not mutated to the extent that human flu viruses often do. She adds that the vaccine doesn’t require any adjustments at this time and remains effective. The vaccine offers only some protection until a booster shot is given two or three weeks following the initial vaccine. Like the human flu vaccine, the canine vaccine may prevent a dog from getting sick all together, or lessen the severity of symptoms. Importantly, the canine influenza vaccine offers protection against pneumonia. That’s important because most CIV deaths follow complications resulting from pneumonia.

For social dogs who reside in urban areas such as the DC Metro area and frequent dog parks, boarding and grooming facilities, or participate in activities where other dogs are present, these are considered to be risk factors. It is important to speak with your veterinarian about your dog’s lifestyle and vaccination recommendations.

Note the early onset symptoms are the same for either flu virus strain in dogs:

  • Coughing
  • Lethargy
  • Lack of Appetite
  • Nasal Discharge
  • Trouble Breathing

Any time you observe a change in your pets behavior, or any of the above symptoms, contact your veterinarian. For questions or concerns, please contact us: info@columbiapikeanimalh.com | make an appointment online | 703-256-8414


For more information: American Veterinary Medical Association





April Special Offer: Heartworm Awareness Month

April 12th, 2015 by columbia

Opt for a complete heartworm screening and receive 50% off the purchase of 12-months supply of heartworm preventatives!*

A comprehensive test screens for exposure to heartworm disease and other tick borne diseases including Lyme. Now, tests can offer earlier, more sensitive detection of heartworm and evaluates for both acute and chronic exposure to several diseases. Make sure your pet stays protected all year with a 12-months supply of heartworm preventive and critical annual test!

Heartworm disease has been found in all fifty states. Studies by the American Heartworm Society (AHS) have found that heartworm infections are increasing across the United States. While most people know that heartworm disease affects dogs, many are unaware that it can also affect cats. It was once believed that cats were resistant to heartworm infections but recent studies have shown this is not the case. Cats, just like dogs, can get heartworm disease. The fact is any animal can be bitten by a mosquito and therefore become infected with heartworm disease.

Heartworm Treatment

While treatment for heartworm disease in dogs is possible, it is a complicated, potentially painful and expensive process, taking weeks for infected animals to recover.

There are currently no products in the United States approved for treating feline heartworm infection. The good news is that many heartworm-infected cats are able to fight the infection themselves, and can be monitored with radiographs every few months, while waiting out the worms’ lifespan. If an infected cat shows symptoms of lung disease, the cat can be given a cortisone-like medication as needed. Medication can also be given to help control coughing and vomiting.

Heartworm prevention is safe, easy and much less costly than treatment. The goal should always be prevention rather than treatment!

Contact us today to take advantage of this offer and keep your pet protected! info@columbiapikeanimalh.com

*not be combined with other offers



Announcing Easter Bunny Pet Portraits

March 11th, 2015 by columbia

Bring in your pet to pose for a cute photo with the Easter Bunny in our lobby! Easter falls quite early this year so we will be hosting the portrait session in March.

Sunday March 29, 2014

10 AM- 1 PM

The photo is free with an encouraged donation to charity. We will be donating all proceeds to the nonprofit organization, Christian Veterinary Mission, which provides leadership, support and training in animal health to encourage veterinary professionals in developing communities around the world.

Portraits by Elizabeth Addison Photography


Hiring for Licensed Veterinary Technician

March 4th, 2015 by columbia

We are currently hiring for a Licensed Veterinary Technician! Come join Team CPAH and enjoy a fact-paced environment with ample opportunities for hands-on and diverse learning experiences.


For more information and to send resumes, please e-mail info@columbiapikeanimalh.com.

Ticks, Dogs and Winter Weather: The Danger is Still Here

February 23rd, 2015 by columbia


Did you know that ticks are not just a spring and summer problem? You might be surprised to learn that ticks can be found year round, and not just in warmer climates – ticks remain active in temperatures as low as 35 degrees Fahrenheit.  A 2010 study from the Journal of Clinical Investigation showed that some infected ticks have actually developed a type of anti-freeze glycoprotein to survive the cold. Unfortunately, this means that just because winter has arrived, dog parents cannot let their guard down when it comes to ticks.

Why should winter ticks concern you?
Ticks are found throughout the United States and can spread diseases like Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Anaplasmosis, Tularemia and Babesia. Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses are a significant source of morbidity in people and dogs — in particular, Lyme disease; the CDC says it has been reported in almost every state as of 2013, and its prevalence is increasing in the Northeast, Southeast, and Midwest according to a Parasites & Vectors report found here. Check with your veterinarian about the risk of Lyme disease in your area and click here to view the prevalence maps for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

Signs and symptoms of tick-borne illness
The signs and symptoms of tick-borne illnesses depend on the particular illness. For example, Lyme disease symptoms may include:

Many other tick-borne illnesses have no signs or take months for symptoms to develop. Since many of these illnesses either have subtle signs and symptoms, or mimic other diseases, screening for tick-borne illnesses is a vital component of a dog’s annual exam. If your dog has been exposed to ticks, speak with your veterinarian about screening tests and prevention rather than waiting for symptoms to develop. Click here for potential symptoms of more tick-borne diseases.

Source: Pet Health Network