Our Veterinary Services

Looking for veterinary services in Ellicott City? Your pet is an important part of your family. When he or she is hurt or sick, you want the best medical attention available. At Countryside Veterinary Clinic, we give your pet unparalleled healing and care services. We know the health of your pet is your number one priority, so we make it our number one priority, too. Countryside Animal Clinic is committed to the health and well being of your pet. Below are the services we offer:

Community Service

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We believe in giving back to the community.

It is not unusual to see our veterinarians at career days teaching children about veterinary medicine. There are opportunities in the field as veterinarians, registered veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants and receptionists. Also, scout troops tour Countryside Veterinary Clinic to learn about taking care of animals or to complete a badge or project!

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Exotic Pet Medicine and Surgery

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He’ll help you keep your rabbits, lizards, gerbils and other exotic pets healthy.


medicine for rabbits - Countryside Veterinary ClinicRabbits are susceptible to a variety of diseases and conditions, including overgrown teeth, hairballs, parasites, infections, diarrhea and cancer. They also tend to hide signs of illness or pain. Contact us if your rabbit exhibits:

  • Ocular or nasal discharge or sneezing
  • Scratching at the ears or drooped ears
  • Drooling, dropping food or not eating
  • Head Tilt
  • Hair loss, scratching, poor hair coat
  • Diarrhea
  • Decreased appetite or decreased stool production
  • Lethargy
  • Weight Loss
  • Other abnormal behavior

Iguanas and other Lizards

medicine for lizardsMost conditions in iguanas and lizards and caused by underlying nutritional disorders or improper husbandry. We provide new lizard owners information on appropriate enclosures, environmental requirements, sanitation, and disease prevention. Because they hide their illnesses well, in the event of an emergency, please call our office promptly.

Gerbils, Guinea pigs, Mice, Chinchillas, Hamsters and other Pocket Pets

medicine for gerbils, guinea pigs, mice, chinchillas, hamsters, and other pocket pets - Countryside Veterinary ClinicProper nutrition and appropriate housing is very important when caring for exotic animals. We provide new pet owners information on appropriate enclosures, environmental requirements, sanitation, and disease prevention. These small pocket pets hide their illnesses well and should see a veterinarian promptly in the event of:

  • Ocular or nasal discharge or sneezing
  • Drooling, dropping food or not eating
  • Hair loss, scratching, poor hair coat,
  • Diarrhea
  • Decreased appetite or decreased stool production
  • Lethargy
  • Weight loss
  • Other abnormal behavior


medicine for ferrets - Countryside Veterinary ClinicCommon conditions associated with ferrets include gastrointestinal disease, parasites, and cancer. In addition, ferrets are inquisitive creatures by nature and frequently ingest objects they shouldn’t. Ferrets benefit from receiving vaccinations.Please bring a stool sample to your ferret’s annual exam so we can test for internal parasites. Unless you are planning to breed your ferret, we recommend that he or she be spayed or neutered. In fact, spaying can save a ferret’s life. Jills that haven’t been spayed will stay in heat until they’re bred. This condition can cause anemia (a decrease in red blood cells), which can be fatal. In male ferrets, neutering can reduce their strong body odor, prevent marking, and reduce aggressive behavior.

Please contact us promptly if your ferret develops any unusual symptoms such as:

  • Ocular or nasal discharge or sneezing
  • Drooling, dropping food or not eating
  • Black ear wax
  • Hair loss, scratching, poor hair coat,
  • Diarrhea
  • Decreased appetite or decreased stool production
  • Lumps
  • Abdominal Swelling
  • Vaginal Swelling
  • Increase in aggression or sexual behavior
  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Other abnormal behavior

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Breeding Services

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Breeding pets can be tricky. We can help!

We can assist your breeding program by performing vaginal cytology, progesterone testing, radiographic or ultrasonic confirmation of puppies or kittens, a caesarean section in the event of a planned surgery or a difficult delivery, and pediatric support.


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Avian Medicine

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Trust us to take care of your feathered friends!

Most birds require nail trimming regularly. Beaks continue to grow throughout a bird’s’ life and should wear evenly but some may grow too long or wear unevenly and need veterinary assistance.
Wing clipping is a non-painful procedure to ensure the safety of the bird from escaping.

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We’ll make sure your pets are safe and comfortable during surgical and dental procedures.

General anesthesia is required for most surgical and dental procedures. For all animals undergoing general anesthesia, a complete physical examination is performed, appropriate blood work is drawn and the treatment plan is discussed with the owner.

How does the anesthesia process work?

We begin most general anesthetic procedures by placing an intravenous catheter, administering a sedative to relax the patient and then administering an intravenous medication to provide complete anesthesia to place an endotracheal tube. Gas anesthesia is then initiated to prolong the anesthesia for the duration of the procedure.

How will you keep my pets safe under anesthesia?

Our patients are monitored closely under anesthesia. We monitor their heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, EKG, and body temperature. We work hard to make sure your pets stay safe and healthy during any procedure that requires anesthesia. We treat your pets like they’re our own. If you have any questions about procedures that require anesthesia, please call us. We’d he happy to address any of your concerns.

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We’re Howard County, MD’s most trusted veterinary experts.

We are Howard County’s most trusted veterinary healthcare team. The health of your pet is our number one concern. Through continuing education, our veterinarians and staff stay current with the most advanced medical, surgical, dental, and cancer treatment protocols and procedures.

  • Annual wellness and preventative medicine following the guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Advanced Dental Care including surgical dental extractions
  • Behavioral Counseling
  • Cardiology
  • Chemotherapy and Cancer Treatment
  • Cryosurgery for small bumps and skin tags
  • Dermatology
  • Dentistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • In-house and Send-out laboratory testing
  • In-house radiography
  • Neurology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Pain Management
  • Soft Tissue Surgery
  • Tonometry
  • Ultrasound

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Behavioral Medicine

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Pets behaving badly? Let us put together a training regimen!

Behavioral problems are often more difficult to treat than medical illnesses. Our veterinarians will help to educate you about common behavioral disorders such as separation anxiety, aggression and inappropriate urination and defecation. A treatment regimen can then be implemented. If you would like to discuss behavioral problems in your pet, please visit Countryside Veterinary Clinic to see how we can help. We would like to help you and your pet develop a stronger relationship.

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Senior Care

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Older pets need special care. We’re here to help!

Did you know that pets age faster than people and can be considered “seniors” after 7 years of age and older? Just as our health care needs change as we age, your pet’s healthcare needs also change. Regular wellness visits are important for every stage of your pet’s life, but especially so in their senior years. Nutritional needs, exercise habits, and many aspects of your pet’s daily routine can change as your pet ages. Early detection blood work and other routine diagnostic testing may be recommended by your veterinarian.

Older pets make wonderful companions, and thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever! You are an important ally in your senior pet’s health care and we can work together to make their senior years golden years!

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Dental Care

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Healthy pets have healthy teeth!

Just like humans, regular professional cleaning is important to maintaining your pet’s teeth. Pets should have their teeth evaluated every 12 months at their annual wellness examination. Our veterinarians may recommend water additives, dental chews, daily brushing or dental cleaning. Proper dental care for your pet helps improve the overall health and longevity of your pet!

What happens during my pet’s dental examination?

Every dental case begins with a consultation, complete physical examination, and blood work. While your pet is under anesthesia we use modern and safe ultrasound to clean each tooth thoroughly – above and below the gum line. Dental technicians then polish the teeth to create a smooth, lustrous tooth surface which is more resistant to plaque buildup. Flouride treatment is then applied to help strengthen the enamel and to reduce tooth sensitivity. Our team of registered veterinary technicians and surgeons are proud to provide the highest level of care for your pet’s teeth.

Our dental experts are happy to help all dogs and cats keep their pearly whites shining. Schedule your pet’s dental check-up today!

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Our expert surgical team can handle even the most difficult veterinary surgeries.

What sets Countryside Veterinary Clinic apart from other veterinary practices? It’s our team of skilled veterinary surgeons that operate on the most difficult of surgeries.
Countryside Veterinary Clinic routinely performs ovariohysterectomies and neuters to prevent reproductive diseases later in life, but we also routinely perform cystotomies, repair of anterior cruciate ruptures, lump removals, splenectomies, exploratories, biopsies and surgical dental extractions to name a few. We also perform surgeries for urethral obstructions, hemorrhagic abdomen, orthopedic fractures, canine bloats and for other emerging or emergency situations.

What happens during my pet’s surgical appointment?

Every surgical case begins with a consultation, complete physical examination, blood work and other ancillary tests if needed. EKG, temperature and pulse are monitored throughout anesthesia and surgery. Our patients are recovered in ICU, receive pain management and are dismissed with complete post-surgical instructions, and dispensed medications and prescription diets if required.

Our team of registered veterinary technicians and surgeons are proud to provide the highest level of care for this critical event in your pet’s life.

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Health Screening Tests

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These health screening tests are vital for keeping your pets healthy:

Heartworm and Tick Borne Disease Testing:

Blood sample drawn in our canine patients annually to test for heartworm disease, lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, and anaplasmosis (tick-borne diseases)

Fecal Testing:

Stool sample collected in our canine and feline patients annually to test for intestinal parasites

Early Detection Screening:

Blood work which can be drawn during any wellness visit to examine the white blood cell count, red blood cell count and platelet count, kidney function, liver values, electrolytes, blood glucose, and total protein to check for underlying medical conditions

Senior Blood Screen:

Important Blood Work to examine white blood cell count, red blood cell count and platelet count, kidney function, liver values, electrolytes, blood glucose, total protein, thyroid levels to check for underlying medical conditions in our canine and feline patients


Urine test to check for red blood cells, white blood cells, glucose, bilirubin, bacteria, or cancer cells in the urine and to check the concentrating ability of the kidneys

Important Drug Monitoring Tests:

Phenobarbital Levels

CBC/Chemistries to monitor patients on NSAIDS

Important Therapeutic Monitoring Tests:

Thyroid Levels

Cushing’s disease tests to monitor Cushing’s disease

Glucose levels to monitor glucose in diabetic animals

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a health screening test



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Pamper your pet with a cleansing bath!

Treat your pet to a luxurious bath at Countryside Veterinary Clinic. Our special, cleansing, baths remove dirt, debris and that doggie (or kitty) pet odor. Your pet will feel fresh and revitalized. If scratching is a problem, our medicated baths contain soothing agents that helps soothe itching. A nail trim is included.

As pets throughout Ellicott City and Howard County have learned, we are more than just an animal hospital. Call us to schedule your pet’s next revitalizing bath.

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Annual Wellness Examinations

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Countryside Veterinary Clinic advocates annual wellness examinations for all dogs and cats. Please call our office at (410) 461-2400 and our helpful receptionists will schedule an appointment that meets your needs. You may also schedule an on-line wellness exam through our app on the homepage. Please bring all medical records, laboratory results and a fecal sample, if possible.

What does the veterinarian check during my pet’s annual wellness exam?

A complete history will be collected including past and present medical, surgical, dental, behavioral, and nutritional procedures or concerns. A head to tail comprehensive physical exam will be performed. The temperature, pulse, respiration, weight, body condition score, dental score, and microchip data will be recorded.

What kind of routine tests and preventive treatments are offered during my pet’s annual wellness exam?

Vaccinations will be recommended and administered according to your pet’s lifestyle and needs. Blood work for heartworm testing, early detection profiles, and fecal samples for intestinal parasites will be collected. Heartworm preventive, flea and tick control, and intestinal parasite treatment is recommended for ALL dogs in Maryland. Feline patients may also require heartworm preventive, flea and tick control, and fecal testing.

What happens if the veterinarian finds something wrong with my pet?

Your pet’s health will be discussed and diagnostic and treatment plans will be designed for any medical, surgical, dental, behavioral, or nutritional conditions including ocular or ear disease, periodontal disease, cardiac disease, dermatological cases, weight gain or weight loss, change in appetite or water consumption, arthritic or lameness problems, etc.

What kinds of pet health products does Countryside Veterinary Clinic offer?

We select the safest vaccines and preventive health care products. We provide Science Diet foods and Hill’s, Royal Canin and Purina prescription diets. Our waiting room displays veterinarian approved nutritional and joint supplements, and dental care and grooming products. We are happy to discuss any products with you.

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Noninvasive diagnosis of issues with your pet’s internal organs.

Ultrasonic imaging has become an important diagnostic tool in veterinary medicine. Ultrasound images are produced by sound waves that bounce from a transducer to a tissue and back. It is a noninvasive procedure that allows visualization of organs such as the kidneys, liver, heart, pancreas, adrenal glands, urinary bladder, and other structures.

Abdominal ultrasound can detect pregnancies, urinary stones, prostatic disease, adrenal tumors, pancreatitis, liver disease, gastrointestinal disease, kidney disease, as well as, many other conditions.

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Pain Management

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We help relieve your pet’s pain and discomfort.

Pets feel pain and discomfort under the same circumstances as people. Big falls, bumps, accidents, animal attacks, and certain medical conditions can all be a source of pain for your pet. If your pet is acting strangely or hiding from you, they may be experiencing pain.

If you have any reason to think that your pet is suffering from pain, call us now to set up a visit. We know that recognizing and alleviating pain in animals is the essence of good patient care. We’ll do our best to diagnose the source of the pain and set up an appropriate treatment program.

We offer the following pain management solutions:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) for acute and chronic pain
  • Steroidal medications to reduce inflammation
  • Laser Therapy to accelerate healing
  • Advanced Medication for Pain

Your pet deserves to live a happy, pain-free life. We’re here to help.

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Cancer, Chemotherapy, Oncology

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Cancer can be common in older pets. We work hard to catch it and treat it.

Unfortunately, cancer is one of the more common conditions in our pets and it becomes more likely as our pets age. Most cancer is diagnosed through blood work, radiographs, cytology and histopathology. It is important to schedule annual wellness examinations and to have your pet examined if you notice a physical or behavioral change.

If cancer is diagnosed, a treatment plan will be discussed which may include medical therapy or surgery. If your pet requires radiation therapy or other medical or surgical treatment, your pet may be referred to an oncologist in the area.

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Internal Medicine

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The health of your pet is the number one concern of our veterinary team members. Our veterinarians and staff stay current with the most advanced medical, surgical, dental, and cancer treatment protocols and procedures.

Countryside Veterinary Clinic practices all areas of internal medicine, including: Cardiology, Ophthalmology, Neurology, Dermatology, Gastroenterology, Orthopedic surgery, Oncology, Endocrinology, and Dentistry for all pets.

For the best care of your animal in Ellicott City and Howard County, trust Countryside Veterinary Clinic. Call us today, 410 461-2400, to schedule an appointment.

Laser Surgery

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Advanced procedures and new technology help keep Countryside Veterinary Clinic as the most trusted animal hospital in the Ellicott City area.  By using the newest technologies, we put the care of your pet first.

Laser surgery is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional surgery.  Lasers replace scalpels in many procedures, and are useful for a wide range of conditions, such as cysts and tumor removal and delicate surgeries around the eyes. Laser procedures result in less pain, less bleeding and less swelling. This reduces the risk of infection and results in a quicker surgical recovery time.

Put the care of your pet first.  Trust us for all of your animal’s health care needs. Call today to schedule an appointment.

Laser Therapy

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In an effort to continue to provide the best possible care of your pet, we have added the latest technology for decreasing swelling and associated pain through the education, training and the acquisition of a Therapy Laser. This laser emits a beam of light which cells absorb as energy.  The energized cells then work to decrease swelling and speed healing in skin, soft tissue and joints.

Our Therapy Laser is being used for arthritis in dogs and cats, skin lesions, neck and back pain, and some ear, oral and urinary bladder conditions, as well.

  • Treatments last 2-5 minutes per site
  • Treatments require no anesthesia and can be performed on a routine office visit
  • Your pet will be very comfortable as the light produces only a slight amount of heat in the inflamed tissue
  • Acute conditions may require only a single treatment
  • Chronic conditions require a 6-treatment protocol to achieve a very comfortable situation. Booster treatments are then scheduled every 4 to 12 weeks to maintain the reduced pain.

Let Countryside Veterinary Clinic help the well being of your pet. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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Self-Service Dog Wash

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Get your pet clean and have a little fun!

Our Self-Service Dog Wash is available for your use! Choose from a selection of shampoos and use our brushes, towels and nail trimmers. Next, towel dry or use our forced air blower to further dry, remove undercoat, and fluff! Then leave the mess to us!

Please call to ensure our bathing area is available and note that your pet must be up to date on all contagious disease vaccinations to be in our bathing facility.

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Keep your pet looking and feeling great

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Appointments Monday-Saturday

Convenient Drop-off as early at 8AM
Countryside Veterinary Clinic is committed to the health and happiness of your pet. Proper grooming of your pet is necessary to help improve their well being and make their coat even more beautiful. More than just an animal hospital, call us today to schedule a grooming session for your furry friend!

Meet our Groomers

Kathy has been grooming dogs and cats for over 25 years! We are lucky to have someone as wonderful as Kathy to make our best friends look beautiful!
Nickie is passionate about grooming and thoroughly enjoys interacting with and grooming your pets!

Our Professional Groomers are Trained to:

  • Groom your animal according to breed standards
  • Groom your animal according to your pet’s lifestyle
  • Discuss proper coat care such as bathing, brushing and flea control
  • Identify health concerns
  • Have patience and knowledge to manage behavioral problem animals

The Grooming Process

  • Brush out or clip
  • Trim nails and feet
  • Bathe with non-stripping shampoos
  • Clean Ears
  • Blow out undercoat/ Fluff Dry with professional blower and dryers
  • Finish (Scissoring/Clipping)

How often Should My Pet Be Groomed?

(Here are some guidelines for specific breeds)

  • Australian Shepherds 8 weeks
  • Bichon Frise 6 weeks
  • Cocker Spaniel 8 weeks
  • Golden Retriever 12 weeks
  • Lhaso/Shih Tzu 6 weeks
  • Poodle 8 weeks
  • Schnauzer 10-12 weeks
  • Terriers (Most) 8-10 weeks

Why Shave My Pet?

The term matted is used when the hair is tangled and a comb cannot be run through. Shaving is a more comfortable procedure for removing mats. Any underlying skin condition or flea problem is more noticeable and more easily treated when the hair is shorter and not matted. Frequent brushing can eliminate the need for shaving

Preventing Fleas and Ticks

  • Administration of a flea and tick preventative all 12 months of the year for pets living in Maryland
  • Use medications designed to repel fleas and ticks
  • Use medication containing an insect regulator designed to inhibit and stop the life cycle of the flea and tick

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Fully Stocked Pharmacy

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Fully Stocked Pharmacy

We stock a wide range of the best veterinary pharmaceuticals in the animal healthcare field. We also work with local pharmacies to compound prescriptions for easier administration for your pet. If you need to refill a prescription, please call ahead, 410-461-2400, so we can fill your prescription and have it ready when you get there!

Euthanasia Services

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Euthanasia Services

Saying goodbye to a long-time friend is painful. Our veterinarians and healthcare professionals work with clients to ensure their pet’s comfort and dignity. We also provide private cremation with return of ashes and Paw Prints of Remembrance.

Emergency & Critical care

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Emergencies, accidents, and illnesses are unfortunate facts of life, but how many of us plan for the unthinkable before it happens? What would you do if your pet were suddenly sick or injured? Do you have a plan? Do you know where to go for help if your pet needed critical care or had to be hospitalized?

We understand how upsetting it is when your pet is sick or injured. We also know that when your pet is hospitalized and needs critical care services, you want the very best level of care possible. For these reasons, we offer emergency and critical care veterinary medical services. Our expert health care team is staffed with caring, compassionate, highly skilled professionals who are dedicated to providing quality care for your pet.

Your pet is a special member of your family and provides you with companionship, entertainment, and unconditional love. But your pet relies on you for daily needs such as food, shelter, and safety and to take care of things when they go wrong. Our expert emergency and critical care professionals will be there for you when you need us. Our veterinarians and technical support staff are on premises working as a team with expertise to respond to emergency calls and critical care situations. Rest assured, if you ever have an emergency with your pet, there is quality veterinary help nearby.

Call us during business hours at 410 461-2400. After hours please call the Emergency Animal Hospital at 410 750-1177 or the Pet ER Columbia at 410 441-3304.

Puppy and Kitten Care

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It’s easy to get confused or overwhelmed by all the pet foods on the market. We can help you weed through the choices and find a puppy or kitten food that will meet your growing pet’s specific nutritional needs. We even carry many nutritionally balanced, veterinary-approved brands in our clinic.

Feel free to ask us for a food recommendation or to contact us with any nutrition questions or concerns you might have. We’re happy to help!

Parasite Prevention and Control

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Fleas can cause problems for pets ranging from minor to life-threatening. Not only can these parasites cause severe itching, irritation, and allergies, but they can also transmit tapeworms and diseases. Fleas can infest dogs, cats, ferrets, mice, and rats. And fleas don’t just stay on pets; they can bite people, too. For more information, contact us or see the flea article in the Pet Health Library on our site.

You don’t want these blood-sucking parasites on your pet or in your home. We can help keep them away or help you get rid of them if they’ve already found their way inside. Call us to find out how to eliminate and control fleas or to start your pet on a preventive today.

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Microchip for Identification

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If your pet gets lost, a microchip will help them get found.

Microchipping provides lifelong identification for your pet that is safe and as easy as a vaccination.
A microchip is a small, electronic chip enclosed that is about the same size as a grain of rice. It is injected under the skin of your pet using a hypodermic needle. It is no more painful than a typical injection. No surgery or anesthesia is required therefore a microchip can be implanted during a routine veterinary office visit! Each chip has a unique 15 digit number, which is registered with a central microchip company. At Countryside, we use Home Again Chips and scanners. To read the chip, a scanner is passed over the animal and the unique number is displayed on the scanner screen. The animal recovery company is called, the pet is identified and they notify the owner to relay information of their pet’s location and condition.

We recommend that every dog and cat have a microchip to help ensure a safe return in the event that the patient is lost or missing.

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House Calls

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Can’t come to our office? We’ll come to you!

We are happy to make house calls. If you or your pet finds veterinary visits stressful or if you would simply prefer the convenience of a home visit, please call to arrange an appointment.

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