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Rewards Points and Essential Care Plans

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As of December 15th, 2018 rewards points will no longer accrue and as of December 31st they will no longer be redeemable. They can be used for anything in our facility before then! This is to make way for our brand new Essential Care Plans! Find out a bit more about them here and keep an eye out for even more information! Call (301) 874-8880 to speak with a Customer Service Representative about plans, pricing, and options, or to check on your rewards balance.


Allergy Season Is No Joke

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It’s allergy season once again – not just for us but also for our furry friends!  Inhalant allergies, or atopy, can affect dogs and cats just as they do people, causing itching, irritated/watery eyes, sneezing, and coughing. Allergies can also cause other medical conditions such as otitis externa, or ear infections. To scratch their itches, most pets chew or lick at the site which can lead to self-inflicted trauma & excoriation (loss of the outer layer of skin), leading to secondary infections. It’s important to get seasonal allergies under control to prevent other health problems and for the comfort and…

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3 Top Benefits of Doggie Daycare

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Do you feel guilty leaving your dog home alone all day, or worry what he might get into? Are you searching for a solution to help keep your dog healthy and interactive? Do you have a dog that suffers from separation anxiety? Doggie daycare may be the perfect solution for you! Here are 3 top benefits of doggie daycare: Socialization Domesticated dogs are highly social creatures and are dependent on daily social interaction. For example, a dog that is locked up in a crate for 8 hours a day is more likely to develop mental health issues such as depression…

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Mimi’s Rehab Journey – Week 2

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Last week we met Mimi a 10 year old Whippet. At the beginning of 2018 Mimi had Orthopedic surgery on her knee, and on February 16th she started rehab. Mimi is in week two of her rehabilitation journey and we will be working with her for four more. She has continued using the laser, cavaletti poles, a balance board, and our in-house underwater treadmill. Mimi continues to get stronger every week and as you can see from the picture, very much enjoys her therapy sessions with Angela, our Licensed Veterinary Technician here at Greenbriar!


Mimi’s Rehab Journey – Week 1

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This is Mimi, she is a 10 (almost 11 year) old Whippet. At the beginning of 2018 Mimi had Orthopedic surgery on her knee, and on February 16th she started rehab. Mimi is in week one of her rehabilitation journey and we will be working with her for five more. The first week of rehab included using the laser, cavaletti poles, a balance board, and our in-house underwater treadmill. In her free time Mimi enjoys giving kisses, cuddling, and sleeping under blankets. One of her favorite activities is running. With the help of rehab, we will have her up and…

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5 Signs Your Dog or Cat May Need a Dental Cleaning

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Bad Breath Dental plaque and tartar harbor millions of bacteria. These bacteria cause that horrible smell when your pet goes to give you kisses. Contrary to the myth, a dog’s mouth is NOT the cleanest part of their body.   Reluctance to eat, especially dry food When tartar builds up below the gum line where we can’t see it, it can make the gums irritated and painful. This may lead your pet to not to want to crunch on food they usually enjoy or they may not play with toys they usually play with.   Excessive drooling When the mouth…

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Doggy-Nog Holiday Dog Treat

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Doggy-nog recipe Traditional eggnog isn’t safe for dogs, but with some clever changes, they can enjoy this holiday treat alongside you. (Note: You probably won’t like it, though.) 16 ounces (454 g) of plain, organic yogurt (low fat) 1 chicken breast (boiled, unseasoned) 1/4 cup (40 g) of green beans 1/4 cup (113 g) of carrots 1/2 cup (100 g) sweet potatoes (steamed) or pumpkin puree (plain) 1 egg 1 1/2 (355 ml) cups water Put everything in a blender or food processor and blend until it’s completely smooth and frothy. Then pour into bowls and serve! Source: cesarsway.com  | …

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Baby It’s Cold Outside! Pet Safety for Cold Weather

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You’re probably already aware of the risks posed by warm weather and leaving pets in hot cars, but did you know that cold weather also poses serious threats to your pets’ health? Tips to keep your pets safe during cold weather: Winter wellness: Has your pet had his/her preventive care exam (wellness exam) yet? Cold weather may worsen some medical conditions such as arthritis. Your pet should be examined by a veterinarian at least once a year, and it’s as good a time as any to get him/her checked out to make sure (s)he is ready and as healthy as possible for cold weather….

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Reunited After the Hurricane Devastation

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Here at Greenbriar Veterinary Hospital & Luxury Pet Resort we have been fortunate enough to help 30 dogs and cats find their forever homes after the hurricanes Irma and Maria destroyed the place they called home in the British Virgin Islands. There were a few cases where the dogs and cats brought to us already had homes and needed to be reunited with their families. We have a few wonderful stories to share with you so this will not be the last. Below is a firsthand account from one of the families we helped reunite along with Humane Society International. …

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Coughing and sneezing and itching, Oh my!

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My Dog is Coughing and Sneezing! What could be happening? I do not know about you, but I really suffer from allergies in the Fall. Ragweed, pollen mold… My kids just started coughing and sneezing this week. This started me thinking about similar symptoms in our pets. First, I want to discuss the normal respiratory system in dogs to help everyone get a clearer understanding of what is happening when coughing and sneezing occurs. The respiratory system has a lot of defense mechanisms in place to protect the airway. Think of all the bacteria and debris we inhale in a day….

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