Mount Vernon Animal Hospital

We're passionate about caring for your pet!

We're located at 8623 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA 22309

Phone (703)360-6600 Fax (703)360-9339 

At Mount Vernon Animal Hospital, we're passionate about caring for your pet's health. In fact, that's our only focus. We don't sell toys or treats or (nonprescription) food; we're all about helping you provide the best possible veterinary care for your furry friend! We'd love to meet your dog or cat, and partner with you in helping them lead their best possible life.

Got a question? We can help! Our doctors have over 50 years of combined experience keeping pets in the Mount Vernon community healthy, and are committed to the most current techniques and medications to help your pet stay healthy and happy. We're a small hospital; we know our patients and they know us. We're here to be a part of your pet's health care team for life!

New client? Download our new client information form and get ready for your appointment! We look forward to meeting you and your pet.

We've been open in South Alexandria, VA since 1972, and we'll be here when you need us. We understand how much your pet means to you; we have beloved pets of our own. Come meet our doctors and find out about the pet care services we offer. 

We're proud to offer complementary and alternative medicine treatments, such as acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, therapeutic laser treatments and much more. 

In the most recent Washington Consumer Checkbook, we were one of only two animal hospitals in Fairfax County to receive a check for quality and value. We can provide the level of care that works for your family situation.

Did you know that we offer boarding? Our dedicated staff will make sure your pet is healthy and happy while you're away. We will also make sure that all necessary medications or treatments are done on schedule. We leash walk dogs at least 4 times a day and give cats special attention, too. Nail trims, baths, and anal glands can also be done while boarding, as well as any needed vaccinations. Book now for your next vacation!

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Emerging information connecting some diets, especially grain-free diets, to canine heart disease. See FDA bulletin here. More information here from Tufts University.

New! We are pleased to add Cytopoint as an option for treating inhalant allergies in dogs. This product is given by injection every 4-8 weeks and is for dogs only. It is an antibody product which binds allergens, preventing the allergic reactions that cause itchy skin and lead to secondary infections. Ask us whether Cytopoint would be helpful in treating your dog's allergies.

We now have more dental cleaning options than ever before! Dogs and cats live longer than ever these days and dental health issues are one of the most common problems we see. Gingivitis is the leading cause of tooth loss, and dental infections can contribute to poor appetites and terrible breath odor. 

Traditional anesthetic dental cleanings provide the most comprehensive treatment - we are able to examine everything and do whatever is needed, from extractions to scaling below the gum line. Pets over a year of age must have blood work to make sure they will be able to handle the anesthesia well. But it's not for everyone. Young pets with only mild tartar buildup and older pets who are not great anesthetic candidates can get excellent care through one of our other options.

Non-anesthetic dental cleanings are ideal for those pets who cannot tolerate anesthesia due to age or medical problems, but they must be of a temperament that allows us to work on the mouth while awake. While the cleaning may not be as thorough as a sedated or anesthetic cleaning, we can remove a large amount of tartar and polish the teeth, reducing gingivitis, dental odor and pain.

We've recently added a third option, the conscious sedation dental cleaning. This involves a light amount of sedation, which helps relax pets and allows us to get a deeper cleaning done. It also reduces the stress for nervous pets, while avoiding full anesthesia. 

We are able to schedule non-anesthetic and conscious sedation dental cleanings during normal appointment hours, since pets to not need to be fasted. You can drop your pet off for this or wait, if you prefer. Most such cleanings take about 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 hours. It's a good idea to have a dental evaluation, if you're not sure which cleaning is a better fit for your pet. If the schedule allows, we may be able to do the cleaning right then.