Great Falls Animal Hospital

10125 Colvin Run Road Great Falls, VA 22066

703-759-2330

In case of an after-hours emergency please contact the following emergency hospitals:

The Life Center
165 Fort Evans Rd. NE
Leesburg VA, 20176
Phone: (703) 777-5755

VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Speicalists & Emergency Center
500 Arlington Blvd.
Fairfax, VA 22031
Phone: (703) 752-9100

The Hope Center for Advanced Veterinary Medicine
140 Park Street SE
Vienna, VA 22180
Phone: (703) 281-5121

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Tech Tip of the Month: Helping Pets Deal With Thunderstorm Anxiety

August 8, 2018

Many pets are afraid of thunderstorms. This can manifest in different ways. Some pets just need to be near their owners and get the assurance that everything will be all right. They may freeze, shake, or urinate on themselves or in inappropriate places. Some will run and hide under things– the kitchen table, the covers, […]

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Dr. Crystal Bowman Becomes Newest Veterinarian at Great Falls Animal Hospital!

July 2, 2018

Join us in welcoming Dr. Crystal Bowman to Great Falls Animal Hospital!Dr. Bowman is originally from the Jersey Shore. She received her veterinary degree from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in 2010. She then completed a rotating internship followed by a 3-year residency and combined master’s program in equine internal medicine […]

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Dr. Leanne Kalinsky Joins the Team at Great Falls Animal Hospital!

June 2, 2018

Dr. Leanne Kalinsky just joined our Great Falls Animal Hospital team and we are very excited to have her! She has been named one of Northern Virginia’s Top Veterinarians by Northern Virginia Magazine in both 2017 and 2018. Dr. Kalinsky comes to us with 15+ years of experience in small animal medicine.Dr. Kalinsky is Fear-Free […]

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The Journey Continues For Hoby

April 12, 2018

Hoby experienced his first snow. Once he realized he could walk on it without falling down he started to really enjoy it! I’m sure he never saw anything like this is southern Texas!Hoby demonstrates the art of camouflage. He loves to be in stealth mode around the house. He thinks I won’t see him on […]

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Hoby’s Treatment Continues


Hoby Update!As he sleeps on his bed I decided to post the next step in his journey. When he is awake he insists on being petted constantly. 💕The next step in Hoby’s treatment is to see how the heartworm infection has affected his lungs and heart. Normally the lungs appear as dark forms around the heart. […]

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Hoby’s Treatment Begins


This is a video of Hoby’s blood under magnification. That little organism you see is a microfilaria (immature heartworms). He has hundreds of these circulating in his system. The first step in treating his disease is to attempt to kill these immature heartworms first by using monthly heartworm preventative. At the same time, he is […]

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Welcome Home Hoby!


Meet Hoby 😊. This handsome boy was rescued from South Texas by Lu’s Labs. He joined Lisa’s clan last week and fit in like a missing puzzle piece. He is extraordinarily calm and asks only for constant petting. He is not food motivated which is very strange for Lisa after many years of labs. Lisa […]

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Puppy Training 101

March 2, 2018

As a veterinarian, I am often asked by new puppy owners when they can start training their pups. Some trainers are still recommending that you wait until the puppy is 6 months old. To me, this means 4 months of missed opportunity and the creation of bad habits. I believe puppy training should start the […]

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Old Dog, Cold Dog

March 1, 2018

I keep my home rather chilly in the winter. I don’t like wasting energy, and I don’t mind wearing an extra layer. (Could be this stems from my love of New England, where I met my husband.) My dogs and cats wear their fur coats all the time, so I never saw the cold house […]

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Pet Communication

February 12, 2018

Do your pets try to tell you things?  Most seem to.  Much of their communication is pretty clear, especially when you have known your pet for many years.  I’m hungry, I need to pee, let’s play.  But sometimes what needs to be communicated is more complicated.My dog, Gator, has developed many ways to tell me […]

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