4003 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA 22207


Welcome to Northside Veterinary Clinic.  We have been providing caring and personalized service to you and your pets since 1949.  We offer high quality and compassionate preventative, medical, surgical, and dental care for dogs and cats.


Our practice philosophy is that quality health care begins with excellent client communication.  We take the time to discuss in detail your pet's health and to answer all questions that you may have.  In recent times the health care community has lost the "personal touch", which is so highly valued by our patients and clients.  At Northside we strive to combine this personal touch with compassionate and high quality veterinary services to provide the very best health care for your pet.


We invite you to browse through our News and Information and Pet Care sections, which include a variety of useful articles ranging from preventive care to common and not-so-common diseases. Also, you will find many useful links to information available on the web.  We welcome your comments and suggestions, so let us know what you think of our website during your next visit to our clinic.


Please note that we are not currently accepting new clients.


News and Information



October 29th is National Cat Day!

Here are 3 fun facts about cats that were featured in Sunday's Parade Magazine...

There are 500 million pet cats in the world.

How long is the world's longest cat?  3 feet 10.59 inches (a Main Coon named Ludo).

House cats can run 30 miles per hour!  By comparison, a Cheetah can run 60mh and a Greyhound can run 45mph, so that's not too shabby!


PawCasso Charity Art Auction

The annual PawCasso Charity Art Auction, benefitting Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, will be held on Saturday, November 5th.  Please click here for more details.


Outdoor Enthusiasts

     Please visit the AVMA's website to learn more about how to enjoy the outdoors safely with your pet.  Outdoor safety


     Skunk Spray Remedy

Our geographic area offers so much to do outdoors with our pets - hiking in the woods, camping, roaming through the forest.  All of these activities, though, can potentially lead to a dog/skunk encounter!  What curious dog is able to resist getting just a little closer (too close!) to that cut black and white creature?  Here is a link to The Skunk Remedy Homepage by Paul Krebaum.  Yours truly has used this recipe on his own dog and can vouch for its efficacy!



Secondhand Smoke and Cancer in Pets

Click here to read about how secondhand smoke can affect your pet.




ASPCA Poison Control Hotline


     Do you know what to do if your pet ingests chocolate, a houseplant, medications, or anything else that could be harmful? Call the ASAP Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435. Get more information at the Animal Poison Control webpage.



     Many human foods can be hazardous to your pet's health.  Read the following article to learn about the risks associated with ingesting xylitol, which is a common artificial sweetener found in many foods and chewing gum.

Xylitol Toxicity



You may also download the AVMA's Household Hazards Brochure here.




Are you prepared?


     The AVMA's holiday safety tips is a good resource for the holidays each year.


     The FDA has a wonderful webpage, including a cute video, that can help you keep your dogs and cats safe during the holiday season.


     Summer time means taking extra steps to protect our furry loved ones.  Here are the AVMA's winter time pet tips and summer time pet tips to help keep your canine companion safe all year round.


     We all know about first aid for people.  But do you know about basic first aid for your pet?  Visit the AVMA's first aid tips for pet owners.



     Would your pets be safe in an emergency situation or natural disaster?  Please visit the following link to read the AVMA's information on disaster preparedness and be sure to take the time to put your emergency kit together.

AVMA disaster information



Pet food recalls


An official recall has not been announced, but many pets have been sickened or have died as a result of eating certain jerky treats.  Please read the following FDA update regarding jerky treats.  FDA jerky treat investigation


Please visit the AVMA's website to stay up to date on all pet food recalls.  Pet Food Recalls




Pets have teeth too!


February is National Pet Dental Health Month, but you can take great care of your pet's teeth year round!


Access the Veterinary Oral Health Council's website to learn more about periodontal disease.  The website also has a list of VOHC approved chew treats.


You can also access the Pet Dental website for great resources on how to provide proper oral care for your pets and for activities for kids.



Traveling with your pet?


Basic Travel Info.

     Please visit the AVMA's website for information and resources on traveling with your pet.  Pet Travel Tips


Don't forget about car safety!

     Do you fasten your seatbelt?  Do you safely put your children in an appropriate car seat or booster seat?  Do you do the same for your four legged family members (only 2% of pet owners can say yes)?  Please visit the car safety page on the AVMA's website.  Pets in Vehicles


International Travel   


     The USDA-APHIS has updated its international travel website so that it is much more user friendly.  Please visit the new website for more information.


Questions about infectious diseases?

A few are highlighted below.


Bed Bugs

     Like it or not, bed bugs are making a comeback.  Please visit the AVMA's Bed Bug FAQ to learn more about bed bugs.



Canine Influenza

     Click here to read about Canine Influenza.



     Many questions have arisen regarding Ebola and the AVMA has been working hard to keep us informed.  Please visit this AVMA webpage (Ebola resources) for more information.



     Several cats have been diagnosed with H1N1.  Please visit the AVMA website to learn more about H1N1.





     Please visit the following websites to learn more about rabies.  The Rabies and Kids website is especially informative and fun for pre-teens.






Also, the Rabies Awareness Day page on the AVMA website has information on rabies, including how to prevent dog bites.



     There have been rumors of a "new f-strain" of Parvovirus.  Fortunately, these rumors are false, but Parvovirus is a very contagious and deadly disease, regardless of the strain involved.  Please read the following blog on the AVMA website for more information (Parvovirus blog).




Featured Pet


You just can't help but smile when you see this picture of Sookie!


If you'd like to have your pet featured on our website please send your pictures to communications@northsidevetclinic.com.


Northside Veterinary Clinic -- 4003 Lee Hwy., Arlington, VA 22207 Animal Hospital