Burke Forest Veterinary Clinic * 6214 Rolling Road * Springfield, VA * 22152 * 703-569-8181

Dr. Osten has been providing gentle, personalized care for your cat and dog since 1980



Veterinary Services


Getting a Great Start


Gestation

A great start for both kittens and puppies begins with care during the gestation period. Dr. Osten can give you advice on making a nest for your expectant pet, nutritional preparation, and worming and disease prevention.

Vaccinations

Core vaccinations are vital to all cats and dogs. Non-core vaccinations depend on your pet’s environment and lifestyle. Dr. Osten can recommend which vaccinations are best for your pet's needs.

Cats

For cats, the core vaccinations are:

Rabies:
The rabies vaccine is the only vaccination required by law for all cats. After being vaccinated, each cat will receive a tag number and a vaccination certificate.

Feline Distemper combination Vaccine:
This includes protection against Panleukopenia (Feline Distemper)virus, a lethal virus that can infect your cat’s digestive tract, and two potentially fatal respiratory viruses: Rhinotracheitis and Calici Virus. It is given yearly and is recommended for every cat.

For cats, the non-core vaccinations are:

Feline Leukemia Virus:
This vaccine is recommended for cats that go outdoors, or that contact cats that go outdoors.


Dogs

For dogs, the core vaccinations are:

Rabies:
The rabies vaccine is the only vaccination required by law for all dogs. After being vaccinated, each dog will receive a tag number and a certificate which you can send in to your local county to get your dog license.

Canine Distemper Combination Vaccine:
Canine Distemper combination vaccination includes protection against Canine Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus, Para influenza, and Corona Virus. It is given yearly and is recommended for every dog.

For dogs, the non-core vaccinations are:

Bordetella:
This vaccination protects against one of the important microbes that causes “ Canine Cough”, a mixed bacterial and viral infection of the respiratory system. Common symptoms include coughing and gagging. Canine Cough is highly contagious; the vaccine is recommended for all dogs who visit kennels, grooming facilities, parks, or doggie daycare. Puppies are highly susceptible.

Canine Influenza (CIV:
CIV vaccination provides protection against a highly contagious strain of influenza, a virus known as H3N8. This canine “flu” virus causes upper respiratory disease. 80% of infected dogs suffer nasal discharge, lethargy, loss of appetite, persistent cough and fever.

Lyme:
Provides protection against the Lyme bacteria, which is transmitted by ticks that are commonly found most of the U.S., including Virginia. Common symptoms include lethargy, swollen joints and fever. This vaccine is recommended for all dogs that are exposed to ticks, which thrive in areas of vegetation.

Maintaining Lifetime Health


Spaying and Neutering

Unless you plan to breed your pet, we recommend having it neutered in order to prevent behavioral problems and help reduce the tragic scene at animal shelters of putting unwanted dogs and cats to sleep.

Parasite Control

Parasite Control is important in order to keep your pet free of internal and external parasites, such as worms, fleas, and ticks.  We offer a wide range of products that can help protect your pet.

Microchipping

Microchipping is the most reliable means of recovering your pet if it gets lost. A chip about the size of a grain of rice is implanted under the skin, usually in the shoulder area. Your pet receives its unique ID number. Animal shelters and veterinary offices have a microchip scanners, and will quickly be able to identify your pet and your contact information.

For more information on the benefits of microchipping, please visit:   www.homeagain.com.


Surgery

Dr. Osten has performed general pet surgery since 1973. At Burke Forest, your pet will receive attentive care before, during and after surgery. In most cases, your pet will go home the same day, and you will be sent home with detailed after-care instructions.


Radiology

Radiographs can be a critical diagnostic tool. We develop the X-rays we take with an automatic processor for fast results, and to minimize stress on your pet.


Dentistry

Dental care is just as important for our pets as it is humans. Food particles on teeth form tartar, which then causes gum infection. Over time, bacteria from infected gums can spread throughout your pet’s body, affecting vital organs such as the heart and kidneys.

We use an ultrasonic scaling machine to remove tartar and allow the gums to heal. We give antibiotics to fight infection, and provide instructions on tartar prevention.


In-house laboratory

With our in-house blood machine, we can run a general blood panel on a small blood sample. This takes about 20 minutes, which helps minimize stress on your pet, while greatly speeding up the diagnostic process.


Pain Management

Pain Management is a top priority at Burke Forest. Dr. Osten will advise you about pain relief for your pet, and how to maintain your pet's good quality of life.


Grooming

LeeAnn Keatts has been a professional groomer in Virginia for more than 30 years. She offers grooming by appointment on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. Grooming includes a bath, comb-out, blow dry, grooming cut of your choice, and nail trim. For grooming information, and quotes, please call our office.

We offer grooming on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. This includes: bath, comb-out, blow dry, grooming cut of your request, and nail trim. Our grooming facility is a large open room with wall cages, and large crates. Your pet can run around and play with the other dogs during its stay.

For grooming information, and quotes, please call our office at



End of Life Care


Euthanasia

Humane euthanasia is offered when your pet’s quality of life can no longer be maintained. Since opening in 1980, we have offered care of pet’s remains through Valley Pet Cemetary.







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Adopting a Pet

If you're considering adding a pet to your family, Dr. Osten can offer advice about the adoption of cats and dogs of all ages.