FAQs Holistic Veterinary Healing in Germantown, MD

There is no question too big or too small for our veterinary team. Below are some answers to our most common questions.

Holistic Veterinary Healing FAQs

We offer top-quality holistic and integrative veterinary specialty care for your pets. You will be assured your pet will receive compassionate care. Our staff and doctors each have decades of experience within the healing field and with animals. If you have any questions that aren’t answered below, please contact us, and someone from our team will get back to you. We are excited to meet both you and your pet!

How should I prepare for my pet’s annual appointment?

An annual exam is a standard procedure that we conduct, but it is up to you to keep watch and make notes about your pet’s health and behavior. Our comprehensive full-body examination of your pet will help ensure optimal health. Please fast your pet and bring a fecal sample, and come to us with behavioral observations and/or any questions that you may have.

What is the process for having my pet spayed or neutered?

Spaying can be done at approximately six months, and neutering at eight months for cats. We advise delaying spaying and neutering for dogs until 18 – 24 months or older to prevent osteoarthritis, cancer, urinary incontinence, and CCL tears. Your pet is given an exam prior to surgery to help determine if they are healthy enough to undergo the surgical procedure. A pre-anesthetic blood screen is required prior to undergoing anesthesia and surgery. We release your pet the same day and work with you and your pet to help manage any pain after surgery.

How long do the sutures stay in after my pet’s surgery?

Procedures involving sutures require them to be removed about 14 days following the surgery. Many procedures utilize subcuticular sutures which means sutures are under the skin and no skin sutures are to be removed.

How often does my pet need to have their teeth cleaned? Is there anything I should be doing at home?
We will examine your pet’s teeth during their annual exam to determine the best schedule for your pet. Just like people, individual pets develop tartar and oral disease at different rates. Many large dogs can go for one to three years without a cleaning at your animal clinic. However, most smaller breeds need a professional cleaning every six to twelve months. However, by brushing your pet’s teeth at home, you can minimize how often your pet will need its teeth professionally cleaned.
Can my pet catch a cold or flu?

Although your pet can catch strep throat, they can’t catch a cold or the flu from you. That does not mean your pet can’t have an upper respiratory infection or intestinal disruptions. Coughing, sneezing, vomiting, and\or diarrhea can all be debilitating for your pet, and we recommend setting up an appointment with Dr. Deb or Dr. Ying if your pet is suffering from these symptoms.

Can my pet catch Covid?
Yes, your pet may catch covid from you. If you have covid, please have a family member or friend care for them or wear a mask and resist cuddling. Contact us if you think your pet may have contracted it from you.
How often do you recommend performing blood work on my pets?

In addition to having an annual physical exam for your pet, we also recommend performing a yearly blood work test for animals six years or older. This yearly exam checks your pet’s kidneys, liver, blood sugar, and blood protein levels. It is very easy to administer these blood tests at the same time we perform the yearly heartworm test. For our senior pets, we may recommend some additional blood tests.

How can I make payments?

Payment is required at the time of service, and we gladly accept cash, checks, and all major credit cards.

What is your cancellation policy?

We require 24-hour advance notice to cancel all medical appointments and 72-hour advance notice to cancel all dental or surgical appointments. Please be sure to contact us if you will not be able to make your scheduled appointment in order to avoid being charged a $100 fee for a missed appointment and a $275 fee for a missed dental or surgery. 

Do you allow urgent or same-day appointments?

We set aside certain times during the day for emergency vet visits. Please call our office and speak with one of our staff to set up a same-day appointment.
The doctor may refer you to an emergency hospital or specialist if that is best for your pet.

How do I choose a Veterinarian?

When you are looking for a veterinarian, make sure you choose an animal doctor that makes you and your pet feel comfortable and safe and is someone that you can trust. It is important that you also find a supportive, calm, and caring environment that both you and your pet are comfortable with. Also, choosing an animal clinic that has additional in-house services can make your pet’s health care more convenient for you over time.

As you look around for the best veterinary service, we want to exceed your expectations regarding high-quality service to you and your pet. We are committed to consistently offering you quality pet health care combined with compassion and respect for animals. You can be confident knowing your pet is in good hands as we work closely with you to provide the best professional medical attention available.