Welcome to Westminster Veterinary Hospital!
Westminster Veterinary Hospital provides quality veterinary care for pets (dogs and cats) in Westminster, Maryland and the surrounding communities. We are a modern and inviting hospital boasting superb veterinarians, and numerous caring support staff dedicated to our patients, clients, and community.
We believe strongly in the "human-animal bond" and therefore care for your pets with the same love, compassion, and commitment that we give to our own four-legged family members.
We are a full service animal hospital emphasizing preventive care, as well as care for sick and injured animals, internal medicine and surgery. Our veterinarians tailor their recommendations to each pet's age, breed, lifestyle, overall health, and medical history.
Our goal is to help your pet enjoy a long and healthy life with you and your family.
Please call (410) 848-3363 to get to know us and to make an appointment for your pet!
About Us:Who We Are
Westminster Veterinary Hospital was established in 1970 and has undergone changes and improvements throughout the years in keeping with the many ongoing advancements in veterinary medicine. We focus on providing the highest quality medical and surgical services for your companion animals.
The veterinarians and staff at Westminster Veterinary Hospital are committed to providing quality veterinary care throughout the life of your dog or cat. We understand the special role your pet plays in your family and are dedicated to becoming your partner in your pet's health care.
We serve communities in the Westminster, Maryland area, including: Taneytown, Eldersburg, Sykesville, Hampstead, and Finksburg.
Please call (410) 848-3363 to make an appointment for your pet!
For updated information on storm closings, power/phone outages, and special holiday hour announcements, please check our Facebook page or call us prior to visiting. Click here for Emergency Veterinary Care information.
|Monday:||8:00 am - 8:00 pm|
|Tuesday:||8:00 am - 8:00 pm|
|Wednesday:||8:00 am - 8:00 pm|
|Thursday:||8:00 am - 8:00 pm|
|Friday:||8:00 am - 8:00 pm|
|Saturday:||8:00 am - 2:00 pm|
About Us:Meet the Team
About Us:Where to Find Us
We are located at intersection of Rte. 31 & Main Street.
Our Services:Preventive Care for Dogs
Prolong Your Dog's Life
Westminster Veterinary Hospital provides a full range of preventive care services to help your dog live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.
Our veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). We then customize our recommendations based on your dog's hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.
Annual preventive care for dogs typically includes:
- At least one annual Physical Examination at which time our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions.
During the exam our doctors will perform a:
- Ear and Eye Examination
- Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) analysis
- Temperature Reading
- Abdominal Palpation
- Dental Exam
- Dermatological Exam
- Musculoskeletal Evaluation
- Vaccines based on your dog's lifestyle and/or breed. Core Vaccines include Rabies, Distemper and Leptospirosis. Our veterinarians may also recommend additional vaccines such as Lyme, Bordetella (Kennel Cough) and Influenza.
- Parasite Control Products to control parasites such as heartworms, intestinal parasites (such as round worms), fleas and ticks. Controlling these parasites helps protect your dog and your family members from easily transmitted parasites.
- Diagnostic Testing to confirm the absence of heartworms or other internal parasites and early disease screening tests to help identify any internal issues which cannot be detected during a thorough physical exam.
- Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as dental care or microchipping that will benefit your dog's overall health and wellbeing and advise you on any questions you might have regarding your dog's health.
Our Services:Preventive Care for Cats
Prolong Your Cat's Life
Westminster Veterinary Hospital provides a full range of preventive care services to help your cat live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.
Our veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and take into consideration your cat's hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.
Our recommendations for feline annual preventive care include:
- At least one annual Physical Examinationat which time our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions.
During the exam our doctors will perform a:
- Ear and Eye Examination
- Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) analysis
- Temperature Reading
- Abdominal Palpation
- Dental Exam
- Dermatological Exam
- Musculoskeletal Evaluation
- Vaccination recommendations include core vaccines Rabies and Feline Distemper. Your veterinarian may also suggest the Feline Leukemia vaccine for outdoor cats.
- Parasite Control Products to prevent and repel heartworms, intestinal parasites, fleas and ticks. Round worms can be transmitted to humans, so controlling these parasites protects your cat and also your family.
- Diagnostic Testing to check for Feline Leukemia and/or Feline AIDS (FeLV/FIV), heartworms or other internal parasites and early stages of diseases which cannot be detected during a physical exam.
- Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as dental care or microchipping, that can lead to a longer and healthier life for your cat.
Our Services:Puppy and Kitten Care
Give Your Puppy or Kitten the Right Start in Life
At Westminster Veterinary Hospital each pet’s first year of care is customized based on its specific needs to help your puppy or kitten get the right start in life. Just like human children, puppies and kittens require additional physical exams and vaccine boosters to ensure that they get the very best start in life.
Below are our recommendations, in addition to ones noted above, for your puppy's or kitten’s first year.
- Physical Exams: Your puppy's or kitten’s lifetime of wellness starts with its first comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens should have 3-4 exams between the ages of 8-16 weeks. These visits are important because they give our veterinarians an opportunity to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines.
- Vaccinations: Due to their immature immune systems puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines. Since every puppy and kitten is unique, we tailor our vaccination recommendations based on their lifestyle and/or breed and according to the suggested guidelines.
- Diagnostic Testing: We recommend that puppies are tested for Heartworm at 6 months of age if not done previously and that kittens are tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS at their first visit if not done previously.
- Additional Recommendations: Your veterinarian will also discuss and recommend other services, such as spaying, neutering or microchipping that can lead to a longer and healthier life for your dog or cat.
Our Services:Spay and Neuter Procedures
Spayed and Neutered Pets live a healthier and longer life!
At Westminster Veterinary Hospital we believe in the importance of spaying/neutering puppies and kittens to provide them with a long and healthy life.
Spaying or neutering your dog or cat will reduce common problems such as:
- A pyometra, or uterine infection, is a potentially life-threatening condition which can cost thousands of dollars to treat. Occurrence is 100% preventable if your pet is spayed.
- Over one half of all mammary tumors are malignant and can spread to other areas of the body. Early spaying, prior to your pet beginning its heat cycles, significantly reduces the incidence of tumor formation.
- There are more puppies and kittens overpopulating shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized.
- Testicular cancer can be eliminated and prostatitis, an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate, can be greatly reduced with early neutering.
- Unwanted behavioral problems such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with early spaying/neutering.
We will also spay and neuter rabbits.
Our Services:Sick and Injured Care:
Care for Sick and Injured Pets
At Westminster Veterinary Hospital, we focus on keeping your pet happy and healthy. Unfortunately, some pets occasionally experience illnesses or injuries that require a veterinarian's care and attention.
Westminster Veterinary Hospital offers high-quality diagnostic and medical treatments for sick and injured pets. We provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere to diagnose and treat your pet.
A successful recuperation is our goal and our experienced and caring team of veterinarians is supported by our:
- on-site laboratory
- digital full body and dental x-ray capabilities
If your pet is experiencing an illness including, but not limited to, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash, loss of appetite or lower energy level, our team and facility are here to diagnose and treat your pet.
We are also equipped to help your pet recover if it has sustained an injury such as a bite wound, lameness or trauma from an accident (including if your pet is hit by a car).
We see emergencies during our normal hospital hours. If your pet has an after-hours emergency or if we determine that your pet requires overnight nursing care or a level of specialty we cannot provide here, we will co-ordinate your pet's referral to the appropriate critical care or specialty hospital.
Our Services:Sick and Injured Care:Digital Radiology
|Dr. Velázquez takes a closer look at
a pet's full body digital x-ray.
Westminster Veterinary Hospital offers both dental and full body digital x-rays to better diagnose and treat sick or injured pets.
Digital radiography provides x-ray images without the use of conventional film. This allows for the highest-quality images, while providing the lowest possible exposure of radiation to your pet.
Digital images can be computer enhanced to increase detail allowing our veterinarians to see fine detail and subtle changes.
Benefits of Digital X-ray over Traditional Film
- Images are obtained much more quickly and with greater accuracy.
- Fewer retakes are required, resulting in less radiation exposure for both the patient as well as the staff.
- Images can be easily and quickly sent to other veterinarians, including board-certified veterinary radiologists, allowing us to get results in a matter of hours rather than days.
- Records can be stored electronically and are protected from damage or loss.
- The chemical processing step required to develop traditional film x-rays is eliminated, creating a huge reduction in chemical usage and hazardous waste.
- Digital x-ray allows us to provide superior care to our patients and supports our goal of progressive, high-quality medicine.
Digital Dental X-rays Help Us Assess Your Pet's Oral Health
At Westminster Veterinary Hospital, we always provide a comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment plan for pets when their teeth are cleaned. Digital dental x-rays with periodontal probing helps with our assessments. In fact, two thirds of our pets' teeth are under the gingiva (gums) and are not visible.
Digital dental radiographs allow assessment of the teeth (fractures or internal disease), the surrounding soft tissues (periodontal disease, stomatitis, cysts, draining tracks, facial swellings, fistulas or tumors), the joints (TMJ or mandibular symphysis) and the bone (jaw fractures). Digital x-rays can also reveal subgingival (under the gums) foreign objects, cysts and tumors.
X-rays allow us to find problems that need attention. Studies have shown that without dental x-rays, significant problems are missed in up to 75% of pets.
We always diagnose first before creating a treatment plan for each patient. Digital dental x-rays will help us do that by replacing a guess with a diagnosis, and allowing for the correct treatment to be optimally performed.
Our Services:Surgical Care and Services
Why we are the best choice for your pet’s surgical needs
Many pet owners are curious about what is involved when their pet is placed under anesthesia. At Westminster Veterinary Hospital your pet’s safety and comfort are our top priority so you can be sure that your pet will receive only the best and safest anesthetic and surgical care.
Our procedures include the following:
- Safe Anesthesia—a very safe anesthetic gas which is also used in human pediatric medicine.
- Experienced Monitoring Support—our trained technicians use state-of-the-art anesthetic monitors to continuously monitor your pet’s pulse rate, oxygen levels and blood pressure.
- IV Catheter Placement—fluids are given during surgery to maintain blood pressure and to help your pet recover quickly from the anesthesia.
- Pain Medication—is administered prior to and after surgery to ensure your pet’s comfort.
- Pre-Anesthetic Blood Work—ensures your pet is healthy enough to undergo a surgical procedure and that its internal organs can safely process the anesthesia.
Veterinary Surgical Services
Westminster Veterinary Hospital provides surgical services for dogs and cats. We offer a clean and well-equipped facility and experienced team to provide your pet with high quality surgical care in a stress-free and relaxing environment.
Our team of veterinarians and technicians are experienced with a range of surgeries, including spaying and neutering. All of our procedures include a thorough pre-surgical physical examination by a veterinarian, surgical monitoring and lots of care and attention throughout the day.
We now offer laser surgery!
Our Services:Pet Dental Cleanings & Procedures
Veterinary Dental Services
Our veterinarians provide veterinary dental services including routine cleaning and polishing (dental prophylaxis) and surgical extractions to manage and treat severe oral disease conditions.
When dental problems and oral diseases are diagnosed, sometimes a dental procedure may be necessary. Westminster Veterinary Hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art oral surgical equipment and the latest technology, such as digital dental x-rays, to provide your pet with a safe and advanced dental procedure.
Pet Dental Care
Routine and preventive dental care is vital to your pet's long term health. Pets with poor oral hygiene can develop periodontal disease, which can often lead to heart, lung, and kidney disease. Westminster Veterinary Hospital offers a full range of dental services for cats and dogs including dental examinations, dental extractions, and oral surgery as well as home care instructions for keeping your dog's or cat's teeth clean and healthy.
Routine Pet Dental Examinations
Our veterinarians perform basic oral exams on all our patients during their comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens will be examined to detect any problems related to the deciduous (baby) teeth, missing or extra teeth, swellings, and oral development. Senior pets will be evaluated for developmental anomalies, the accumulation of plaque and tartar, periodontal disease, and oral tumors.
Good Oral Hygiene for Pets
Dental Care Tips for Dogs and Cats
- Schedule a dental oral exam for your dog or cat every year
- Schedule regular dental cleanings as recommended by your veterinarian
- Brush your pet's teeth daily, or if every other day give your pet a dental hygiene chew
- Serve dog or cat food and treats that control tarter and plaque and promote good dental health
Our Services:Laser Therapy for Pets
Westminster Veterinary Hospital Now Offers Laser Therapy for Pets!
Laser Therapy accelerates the body's natural healing process and provides tangible benefits to your pet. Laser therapy is effective in treating chronic conditions, acute conditions, as well as post-surgical pain and inflammation without drugs or sedation.
Benefits of Laser Therapy
- Non-pharmacologic pain relief
- Effective for difficult conditions
- Alternative to surgery
- Fast treatment times
- Easy, comfortable, non-invasive treatment
Clinical studies and real-world use over several decades have proven that laser therapy alleviates pain and inflammation, reduces swelling, and stimulates nerve regeneration and cells involved in tissue repair.
Deep, soothing laser therapy...
- provides a drug-free option for enhanced patient care
- relieves pain, inflammation, and swelling
- is extremely well tolerated by pets
- has no known side effects
- may decrease the need for surgery and medications
- reduces healing time
- requires no sedation or clipping
- is quick to administer (approximately 3 to 6 minutes per site)
Laser Therapy helps pets suffering from a wide range of conditions, including:
- Acute and chronic ear infections
- Acute traumas (e.g., sprains or strains without radiographic changes or ruptured ligaments)
- Degenerative joint and disc disease
- Dermatologic disorders (e.g., hot spots, interdigital dermatitis, acral lick granuloma, allergies, feline acne)
- Hip dysplasia
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Periodontal disease (e.g., feline stomatitis) and tooth extraction pain relief
- Post-operative healing (e.g., to treat incision pain and reduce inflammation before the patient wakes up)
- Post-surgical healing and pain relief
- Wounds, cuts, bites
If you think that your pet would benefit from laser therapy call us at (410) 848-3363 to schedule a consultation to find out how laser therapy can help your dog or cat.
Watch this video demonstration of a laser therapy session to see how a typical patient reacts to the laser.
Our Services:Pharmacy and Products
Westminster Veterinary Hospital offers an array of both prescription and over the counter products to keep your pet happy and healthy. Our in-house pharmacy is stocked with prescription medications to provide preventive care, treat illnesses and ensure that your pet’s medication is always available.
Our Services:Emergency Care
We see emergencies during our normal hospital hours. Please call us at 410-848-3363 for immediate assistance. If your pet has an after-hours emergency or if we determine that your pet requires overnight nursing care or a level of specialty we cannot provide here, we will co-ordinate your pet’s referral to the appropriate critical care or specialty hospital.
We refer after-hours emergencies to:
1080 W Patrick Street, Frederick MD 21703
PET ER TOWSON
1209 Cromwell Bridge Rd, Towson MD 21286
Central Carroll Animal Emergency
1080 Baltimore Blvd Suite 180, Westminster MD 21157
Emergency Animal Hospital
10270 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City MD 21042
Contact Us:Appointment Request
Contact Us:Refill Request
Contact Us:Client Forms
Thank you for choosing Westminster Veterinary Hospital to care for your pet. Downloading and filling out the New Client Form prior to your first appointment will greatly assist us in adding you and your pet to our system. Please feel free to fax it to us at 410-848-4959 or to bring it with you to your pet's first appointment. We will be happy to contact your previous veterinarian to obtain any necessary information or documentation regarding your pet's medical history.
Annual veterinary care is crucial to keeping your pet happy and healthy. Click the icons below to learn more about what your veterinarian can do for your pet.
Exams check overall health and detect problems before they become severe or costly.
Vaccines protect against common and fatal diseases based on your pet's age and lifestyle.
|Nutrition ensures your pet gets the balanced diet it needs and maintains a healthy weight.||Spaying and neutering protects pets from serious health and behavioral problems.|
Care Guides for Pet Owners
Your pet's health also depends on you. Click on the icons below to learn more about what pet owners can do at home to keep their pets living a long, healthy life.
Pet Wellness:Pet Exams
Bringing your pets to the veterinarian for a physical exam every year is the smartest and easiest way to keep them healthy. Exams allow your veterinarian to detect any problems before they become severe or costly.
Your Veterinarian Will Check...
- muscular and skeletal health by feeling for healthy muscle mass and joint pain.
- neurologic system – it could indicate birth defects in younger pets, and cognitive issues in older pets.
- appropriate weight and lifestyle for your pet's age.
- lymph nodes – swollen nodes can indicate a wound, virus, infection or some other illness.
- vital signs (temperature, pulse and respiration) – an abnormal reading could indicate illness.
- skin and coat condition for growths, infection wounds and overall skin health.
Bring Your Pet to the Veterinarian Every Year for a Clean Bill of Health and Peace of MindYour pet can't tell us what's wrong. But routine physical exams can help your veterinarian detect any problems or diseases you might not have otherwise picked up on, including heart murmurs, tumors, enlarged organs, cataracts, ear infections, ear mites, dental and gum disease, skin issues and allergies.
Vaccines protect against common diseases that your pets may become exposed to.
Did You Know?
Vaccines have about a 95% success rate for preventing infections and fatal diseases.
Pet Wellness:Dental & Oral Care
Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets. Without proper preventive or home care, plaque and tartar can build up, which may cause oral infections, bad breath, infected gum tissues (gingivitis) or even bone loss (periodontitis).
Did You Know?
It's not normal for your pet to have bad breath – it can be a sign of serious dental or gum issues.
Sixty percent of dental disease is hidden below the gum line, and can only be found with x-rays. Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about screenings, cleanings and products available to help keep those pearly whites clean.
Pet Wellness:Lab Tests
Yearly lab tests are safe and non-invasive ways to diagnose and prevent sickness or injuries in pets that a physical exam cannot detect.
Pet Wellness:Parasite Prevention
Prevention is the best approach in protecting your pet against deadly heartworms, intestinal parasites, and flea and tick infestations. Your veterinarian will help you find the product that is right for your pet based on his or her needs.
Just like humans, an animal's diet directly affects its overall health and well-being. Allowing a pet to overeat, or to consume the wrong foods, may lead to a wide variety of ailments including obesity, diabetes and arthritis.
Did You Know?
Over 50% of dogs and cats in the United States are obese or overweight.
Although we think of our pets as family members, they shouldn’t be allowed to eat like us. Maintaining a proper diet will help keep your pet at a healthy weight. Be sure not to overfeed, and that you are providing a diet tailored to your pet's breed, age, weight and medical history.
Common Foods To Avoid
Think twice about feeding your pet table scraps. Common foods such as chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions and garlic could be dangerous to an animal. Some non-food items like lily plants and antifreeze are also toxic to pets. Check with your veterinarian if your pet has ingested anything questionable.
Growing puppies and kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults. Ask your veterinarian which food is right for this stage of life. Cats switch to an adult diet right after being spayed or neutered, no matter what the age, to decrease the likelihood of obesity and related conditions.
Selecting an adult dog or cat food that will keep your pet healthy and energetic starts with knowing your pet's lifestyle. Does your dog weigh just the right amount and go for long walks daily? Or is it a lap dog that loves nothing more than to snooze the day away? Talk to your veterinarian about these issues to help guide you in choosing the best food for your pet.
Your senior dog or cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Many older pets can continue eating the food they always have – just a little less to compensate for not being as active. Check with your veterinarian which food and amount is best for your pet.
Pet Wellness:Spaying & Neutering
Spaying or neutering can protect your pet from serious health and behavioral problems later in life. It also helps control the stray animal population.
Spaying or Neutering Reduces the Risk of...
Known as a pyometra, this is a potentially life-threatening condition which can be very expensive to treat. It is 100% preventable if your pet is spayed.
Mammary Tumors (Breast Cancer)
Over one-half of all mammary tumors are malignant and can spread to other areas of the body. Early spaying, prior to your pet beginning its heat cycles, significantly reduces the incidence of tumor formation.
This cancer, as well as prostatitis (an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate), can be greatly reduced with early neutering.
Unwanted behaviors such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with spaying or neutering.
There are more puppies and kittens in shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized. Spaying or neutering can help reduce the number of animals in need of homes.
Pet Wellness:Home Care
Make your pet's well-being a priority. See your veterinarian regularly and follow these tips to keep your pet happy and healthy.
Your veterinarian will give you a recommendation for a high quality and nutritious diet for your pet, and advise you on how much and how often to feed him or her. Diets may vary by species, breed and age.
Microchipping is a safe and permanent identification option to ensure your pet's return should he or she get lost. Ask us about the process and get your pet protected.
Always keep your dog on a leash in public, and your cat indoors to protect them from common hazards such as cars and other animals.
Frequent brushing keeps your pet's coat clean and reduces the occurrence of shedding, matting and hairballs. Depending on the breed, your pet may also need professional groomings.
Dental and Oral Health
Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about professional cleanings as well as dental treats and products available to help prevent bad breath, gingivitis, periodontitis and underlying disease. Although your pet's teeth may look healthy, significant disease could be hidden below the gum line.
Be sure to spend at least 15 minutes a day playing with your cat to keep him or her active and at a healthy weight. All dogs need routine exercise to stay fit, but the requirements vary by breed and age. Ask us what's best for your dog. Doggy daycares and boarding facilities are other ways to help to burn off some energy and socialize your pets.
Enroll your dog in training classes to improve his or her behavior with pets and people. Cats need minimal training. Be sure to provide them with a litter box beginning at four weeks of age.
Entertain your pet's natural instincts by using toys that encourage them to jump and run. Cats especially need to fulfill their instinct to hunt – provide interactive toys that mimic prey like a laser pointer or feathers on a wand. You can also hide treats in your pet's toys or around the house to decrease boredom while you're away.
Pet Wellness:Care for All Ages
Every animal is unique, and the start of each stage of life calls for different home and veterinary care. Check with your veterinarian to establish a proactive wellness plan to keep your pet happy and healthy throughout its life.
Puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines and physical exams. During these exams, your veterinarian may also recommend parasite preventatives or lab tests.
Adult pets will need to continue visiting the veterinarian annually for physical exams, recommended vaccines and routine testing.
Senior pets can develop similar problems seen in older people, including heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and arthritis. Your veterinarian may recommend biannual visits to ensure your pet's quality of life.
Females spayed before their first heat cycle will be less likely to get uterine infections, ovarian cancer and breast cancer. Males neutered at any age will be less likely to get prostate disease. Spaying or neutering also helps prevent behavioral problems like marking and escaping. Talk to your veterinarian about spaying or neutering your pet.
Pets require different types of food to support each life stage. Growing puppies and kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults while adult dogs and cats need food that will keep them healthy and energetic. Your senior dog or cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Talk to your veterinarian to determine what's appropriate for your pet.
Adult dogs should stay active with daily walks and one-on-one training. Keep your adult cats fit by using toys that encourage them to run and jump, and be sure to give them at least 15 minutes of playtime a day.
Weight management of your senior dog or cat is extremely important to ensure they are at an ideal body weight and able to move around comfortably.
Behavioral issues are a major cause of pet abandonment. Begin training your puppy or kitten right away to prevent bad habits and establish good ones.
Start house training your puppy as soon as you get home. Keep your puppy supplied with plenty of chew toys so he or she gets used to gnawing on those and not your belongings.
All cats need a litter box, which should be in a quiet, accessible room. Place your kitten in the box after a meal or whenever it appears he or she needs to go. Be sure to scoop out solids daily and empty it out completely once a week. The number of boxes in your household should be the total of number of cats plus one.
Pet Wellness:Ages & Stages
Animals age at a faster rate than humans do, and your pet's health needs will evolve over time. Use this chart to figure out your pet's age in human years, and check with your veterinarian to establish a wellness plan specific to your young, adult or senior pet.
Pet Wellness:More Resources & Links
The veterinary resources featured on this page provide useful information to pet owners on a variety of topics related to veterinary medicine and pet health care. We also share contact information for local pet service providers for your convenience.
Animal Breed Associations
- American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
- Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
- The Humane Society of the United States
- North Shore Animal League America
Pet Grief Support
- Andie's Doggie Do's
Andrea Hockensmith, Owner/Operator
410-848-9380 (Hours by Appointment)
269 West Main Street, Westminster, MD
Pet Nutrition & Obesity
- Pet Obesity — Is Your Pet Overweight?
- Popular Dog Treats – Calorie Chart
- Popular Cat Treats – Calorie Chart
Recommended Advice for Pet Owners
- Important Reasons To Spay or Neuter Your Pet
- Myths vs. Facts: The Truth About Ticks
- Parasite Prevalence Maps (Interactive Map)
Video Tips & Tutorials
Flea Control: How to Apply Frontline Plus (video)
Canine Cruciate Ligament Tear: Symptoms and Diagnosis (video)
Reverse Sneezing in Dogs (video)
Urinary Tract Infection (UTIs) in Dogs (video)
Urinary Tract Infection (UTIs) in Cats (video)
How to Pill a Cat (video)
How to Give Liquid Medication to a Cat (video)
How to Use a Cat Inhaler (video)
Zoonotic Diseases in Cats (video)
Alana Velázquez, DVM — Chief of Staff
Dr. Velázquez joined Westminster Veterinary Hospital as Chief of Staff in February 2013. She grew up in south Florida and is a 1993 graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. She spent her first ten years practicing small and exotic animal medicine and surgery in West Palm Beach and then became Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of the Veterinary Technology Program at Miami-Dade College. Prior to joining our practice, Dr. Velázquez practiced medicine and surgery at a "cats only" veterinary hospital in Montgomery County and enjoyed honing her skills at geriatric feline medicine.
Lauren Hall, DVM
Dr. Hall grew up in Baltimore, MD and currently resides in Mt. Airy, MD. She received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and earned her DVM degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Before joining the Westminster Veterinary Hospital team, Dr. Hall practiced at the Fulton Animal Hospital in Fulton, Maryland. Her special interests include preventative medicine, internal medicine and behavior.
Dr. Hall shares her home with three dogs and two cats. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband, John and their daughter, Kate, reading, and horseback riding.
Erin Hendricken, DVM
Dr. Erin Hendricken grew up in Ashton, MD and currently resides in New Windsor, MD. She received an undergraduate degree from Washington College and earned a DVM degree from the University College of Dublin, Veterinary College of Ireland. Prior to joining the Westminster Veterinary Hospital team, Dr. Hendricken practiced at Ridgeview Veterinary Practice in Mount Airy. Her special interests include preventive care, internal medicine, behavior, and allergy management in pets.
In her spare time, Dr. Hendricken enjoys a variety of outdoor activities with her husband, including running and hiking, trail-riding, traveling, reading, and trips to the beach. She also has two dogs, Tara, an energy-filled Jack Russell Terrier, and Brodie, an incredibly loving shepherd mix adopted from Tennessee.
Address / Hours
269 West Main Street
Westminster, MD 21157
P: (410) 848-3363
F: (410) 848-4959
Spring Into Parasite Prevention!
Is your dog very tired? Is your cat eating less than usual? These seemingly minor changes may mean your pet has a flea allergy, an internal parasite infection, or a tick-related disease.
Let's talk about fleas first. The majority of pets don't have fleas – but many have been bitten because fleas are everywhere! Yes, fleas live outdoors but they can live indoors too – even in really clean homes, year-round in any climate.
Fleas will gladly hitch a ride on your pet into your house. And all it takes is one flea bite (specifically the flea's saliva), to set off a full blown skin allergy. Pets may scratch their sides, neck or even lick their paws until they're red and painful. What pet wants to move around or eat when feeling this miserable?
Internal parasites (such as worms) can infect your pet in a number of ways. Sometimes, it's hard to know if your pet has them. But left untreated, worms can be dangerous to your pet's internal organs. They can even cause your pet to lose blood.
Now Offering Digital Dental X-Ray!
We are excited to now offer digital dental radiographs for dogs and cats, which allow for the highest quality x-ray images, to assess your pet's teeth and oral hygiene.
According to the American Veterinary Dental College, the use of digital x-ray equipment significantly reduces your pet's exposure to increased levels of radiation by one third, making it safer for your pet.
The use of digital x-ray equipment also allows for the enlarging of the image, increasing and decreasing image contrast, and the ability to store, print, and email digital files, making it easier for our staff to share your pet's dental images with you or a referring specialist.
Westminster Veterinary Hospital is now carrying NexGard Chewables, a beef-flavored flea & tick chewable tablet! Now, with NexGard, dog owners can effectively kill adult fleas, treat and prevent flea infestations and treat and control ticks with the convenience of a soft chew. This product is only available through your veterinarian and by prescription only.
We are excited to offer great rebates on NexGard when combined with the purchase of Heartgard heartworm preventative. No more worrying about greasy residue, bathing, swimming, or your children petting animals after topical applications.
Protect Your Pet from Tick-Related Disease
Did you know your pet can have a tick-related disease and you may not even realize it?
Schedule your pet's annual checkup today to be sure your pet is healthy! Is your dog tired or achy after a walk? Is your cat eating less than usual? These seemingly minor changes may indicate your pet has a tick-related disease.
Westminster Veterinary Hospital's Dedicated Team
Our team of veterinary support professionals is dedicated to delivering the best customer service and compassionate care to you and your pets!
Trish Moxley, LVT
Receptionist & Veterinary Technician
Heartworm Disease and Pets
It's March — springtime is around the corner! Worms in your garden…and worms in your pet? Eeew! Hold on, let's explain…
The worms you find in your garden mulch are not the same worms that cause heartworm disease in pets. Mosquitoes carry heartworms. And all it takes is one mosquito to bite your pet to become infected.
Here’s the good news about heartworm disease: It's an illness that can be easy and affordable to prevent. The bad news is, if you don't prevent it the right way, your pet is at high risk of getting sick. Heartworm disease is dangerous to your pet and some signs of the illness are tough to spot. Your pet may be acting fine, but they may have so many heartworms inside their body that it can become life threatening.
Is Your Pet's Behavior Normal?
Did you know that some of your pet's behaviors may be related to a hidden illness and you may not even realize it?
Nipping. Scratching. Litter box issues. Leash pulling. Meowing at night. Urinating on the floor. Chewing shoes. Are these behaviors just part of being a "normal" dog or cat, or not?
Actually, some common behavioral issues are due to underlying medical problems. And these illnesses are tough to recognize even for the most observant owners. For example, if your dog urinates on the floor, it may be from excitement, but it also can be from a urinary tract infection. If your cat stops jumping on your lap, it may not be because your cat is being unfriendly, but because he or she has arthritis and jumping is too painful on the joints.
If these behaviors are left unchecked, it's a triple issue. The behavior may worsen, the underlying illness may progress (which puts your pet's health at risk), and most importantly, your pet's quality of life as part of your family is compromised.