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.
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
For cats, the core vaccinations are:
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
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.
For dogs, the core vaccinations are:
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:
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.
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.
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 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 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:
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.