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VCA Employee and her Search & Rescue Dog Ava Save the Life of a 2-Year Old Boy

Published by Admin in Dogs, Happy Tails, Lifesaving, Search & Rescue March 13, 2017

Becky Irving, the head surgical tech at VCA Rock Creek Animal Hospital, has been helping and working with animals for many years. Through her job in the veterinary industry, she has helped thousands of pets. However, her main passion and biggest driver has always been Search and Rescue. Following that passion, Becky is currently the Canine Training coordinator...

Wicked’s Bucket List

Published by Admin in Cancer, Dogs, Lifestyle, Pets, Veterinary Staff February 23, 2017

By: Heidi Thornton Ten years ago, Matt, my then husband, wanted to get back into French Ringsport. In doing research he found that Malinois were the breed of choice if you wanted to be competitive on a national level. He did his due diligence and researched kennels, pedigrees and upcoming litters. He narrowed his search down to two...

Finding Bear

Published by Admin in Dogs, Happy Tails, Pets, Shelters & Rescues, Veterinary Staff February 8, 2017

Ashley Toole knew that finding Bear would not be easy, but she also knew she would never give up trying. Like many people who work in the animal care and rescue industry, Ashley has a special bond with pets. This love of animals is what brought Ashley and Bear together, even when the odds were against them. This...

The Moment of Tooth – Dental Care for Your Pets

Published by Admin in Cats, Dental, Dogs, Pets, Puppy, VCA Animal Hospitals February 7, 2017

We know you love your pet and want what’s best for their health. One important way to help keep your dog or cat in tip-top shape is with regular dental care. Not only will it help keep your pet’s breath fresh and teeth pearly white, but it also helps prevent gum disease in cats and dogs, which can be...

Ben & Jerry’s Office Pets

Published by Admin in Dogs, Office Pets, Pets January 31, 2017

Many of us spend a majority of our time at work and with that comes deadlines, responsibility and stress. However, the few companies who provide certain work perks to employees help to alleviate some of the stressors of the job. One of the best benefits an employer can offer is the ability to bring your canine pal with...

Importance and Understanding of Proper Puppy Socialization

Published by Admin in Behavior, Behavior Blog, Dogs, Pets, Puppy, Tips, Veterinary Staff January 29, 2017

What is socialization? The Merriam Webster Human Medical Dictionary states: “the process by which a human being beginning at infancy acquires the habits, beliefs, and accumulated knowledge of society through education and training for adult status” Animal Socialization This definition is a great way of looking at animal socialization; the process of preparing a young animal to be...

#VCAPets of the Week – January 27, 2017

Published by Admin in #VCAPets, Cats, Dogs, Lifestyle, Pets, VCA Animal Hospitals January 27, 2017

Every week we take a look at the #VCAPets shown around social media and check in to see how they are doing. As you can see, between office visits, fun adventures and lots of lounging, there is tons to see! Check out these awesome pets shown through the pics provided by their awesome pet parents. #VCAPets / January 20th – 26th,...

Dog Breeds from Ireland

Published by Admin in Breed of the Week, Dog Breed, Dogs, Lifestyle, Pets January 25, 2017

Since the domestication of dogs many breeds have come to be recognized by organizations such as the American Kennel Club. These precious pooches come from countries all over the world. Ireland is home to many canine breed’s origin stories. Check out all of the breeds below broken down by category and let us know if you have a pup...