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The Importance of Heartworm Prevention

June 20, 2019
What are heartworms? They are a foot-long internal parasites that occupy the heart, lungs and blood vessels in our pets. Dogs are a natural host for them, but cats and some wildlife can be affected as well. Each animal will show signs of heartworm disease differently. How do our pets get heartworms? Mosquitos play the [...]

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Sometimes Life is For the Birds

February 11, 2019

by Leanne Kalinsky   While paying for several bird-related items and my sole reason for trekking to the Tractor Supply store, the cashier casually said, “It’s a thankless job but a special place in heaven for those that take the time to feed the birds.” I thought, she’s right in many respects. On the thankless […]

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Halloween Tech Tip Special

October 31, 2018

By Denise Sanchez L.V.T. Halloween is upon us! We all enjoy when our pets can join in the fun, but it’s important to keep a few things in mind.   First, know your pets; you may love seeing your Maltese as a princess, or your black cat as a bat, but they may not enjoy […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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