News & Friends

For many years, the local veterinary hospital has been a pillar of the community. District Vet was established to continue that tradition through local outreach, sponsorships and our own brand of medicine. It is our intention to practice the best medicine and be the best we can to our local community. You will find us out and about – at dog parks, community events, fundraisers, and festivals. We support other local small businesses and encourage our clients to do the same.

News

Pocket Pets 101!

Pocket Pets 101 Everyone knows that I live with Brian T. Dog, an adorable golden retriever with a bevy of themed bandanas. There are many of us with cats, too. But what if you are more space-limited or enjoy having smaller companions in your house? Pocket pets! While we know that they are smaller than… Continue Reading >>

Pet Disaster / Evacuation Preparedness

Pet Disaster Preparedness The past month has reminded many of us that weather-related disasters are real and can happen anywhere along the coast. Remember 2003 and hurricane Isabelle? Weather is a fact of life, but being prepared for an emergency is a choice. Resolve this month to put together a plan for an emergency –… Continue Reading >>

Why we ask for poop!

“And please remember to bring a fecal sample.” Whenever a client schedules a wellness or sick pet visit, our front staff requests they bring a fresh stool sample. We are not fascinated by your pets’ poop, per se, but are concerned about your pets’ well-being and the potential for transmission of parasites to people. That… Continue Reading >>

Lyme Disease – An Annual Invasion

Lyme disease Be prepared for an invasion. Not from across the ocean, but from little critters hitching a ride on mice: ticks. Each year the territory of ticks carrying Lyme disease appears to be spreading, and urban and suburban environments are ripe for the reason they spread: mice. While traditionally people have blamed Lyme disease… Continue Reading >>

Thanksgiving Week Hours and Info

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. In celebration of November, Thanksgiving, and especially Family, District Vet will be closed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Dr. Hassell and crew will be seeing appointments on the following Saturday and Dr. Walker will be back on Monday, with dt,dvm returning to appointments on Tuesday. In case of an emergency, please see… Continue Reading >>

Pet Insurance – There Are Benefits

As time has progressed, I have become a fan of pet health insurance. More clients are asking about the benefits and limitations of policies and we have seen a number of clients’ pets receive care that the client would otherwise have not have been to provide without an insurance plan. It is not a panacea… Continue Reading >>

February is for Hearts

February is for hearts and love. Happy Valentine’s Day. So let’s chat about that muscle which never stops loving your pet, it’s heart. Like your heart a dog and cat’s heart pumps blood containing oxygen and nutrients to nearly every cell in the body. The heart is an efficient pump, but when diseased or stressed,… Continue Reading >>

Helping Pets For The Holidays

Helping Pets For The Holidays

During the holiday season, we ask ourselves what we can do for others. Help a homeless pet, but don’t limit yourself to December: help year-round. Nationwide, nearly eight million pets enter a shelter each year and half never leave. It’s heartbreaking, but you are not powerless. You can give a second chance to a dog… Continue Reading >>

Friends

Pocket Pets 101!

Pocket Pets 101 Everyone knows that I live with Brian T. Dog, an adorable golden retriever with a bevy of themed bandanas. There are many of us with cats, too. But what if you are more space-limited or enjoy having smaller companions in your house? Pocket pets! While we know that they are smaller than… Continue Reading

Support Our Friends at Doggie Style

Support Our Friends at Doggie Style

Dr. Teich has known Krista Heinz and friends for many years. Doggie Style on 18th Street, NW, is one of the main sources of Brian’s toys and is a great place for grooming and dog food, too. As a small business, Krista will bend over backwards to see that you and hour dog are happy.… Continue Reading

Mindful Pet Services – Here to help with pet-sitting and medications

Mindful Pet Services – Here to help with pet-sitting and medications

We are frequently asked for recommendations for pet-sitting and in-home veterinary technician services. Our friend and former veterinary technician, Doralee Halperin, is the person behind Mindful Pet Services, a service that helps when you need someone to visit your friend while you are away or when you need help with prescribed medical care. Doralee visits… Continue Reading

DogWalkingDC – Great Walkers, Good friends

If you are away and need pet-sitting or have long work hours, consider a dog walker or pet-sitter. The folks at DogWalkDC have been serving Dr. Teich’s clients for years and have provided exemplary service. Please check out their website: http://dogwalkingdc.com for more details. Continue Reading

Friends and Community!

This is a fun profession – one where many different individuals and companies contribute to the well-being of our furry friends, and ultimately, ourselves. In this column, we will list our friends – those individuals and companies that help pets here in the District and across the area. Say tuned. Continue Reading

Summertime and Overheating

Summertime and Overheating

It’s summer in Washington – time for tourists, ice cream and panting dogs. We at District Veterinary Hospital want you to be aware of the dangers posed by overheated dogs. It is imperative that all dog owners and people caring for dogs understand the dangers of overheating, known as hyperthermia. A dog’s body temperature may … Continue Reading