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


Hill's canned dog food recalls

     Hill's has recalled a variety of canned dog foods.  Please click here to determine if your pet food is affected and what actions to take.



Grain free diets have been in the news

     Here is a link to the Petfoodology website at the Tufts Veterinary Medical Center, which has up to date information regarding a link between some types of diets and heart disease in some dogs.  As always, the issue is more complicated than it appears when presented as a TV news item!


Speaking of diets... click here to read an interesting article about keeping your pets lean so that they live longer.


Pet food recalls

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


Instructional videos

     This video makes it look awfully easy, but it is still a great demonstration of how to administer oral medications to cats!


     Cornell University has some nice instructional videos ranging from trimming nails to administering SQ fluids.    



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!



Creating a safe environment


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.


Pet proofing your home

     A young member of a youth group (and potential future pet care professional!) gave us a resource with tips about pet proofing our homes and yards (Pet Proofing).  Thank you for the suggestion!



Secondhand Smoke and Cancer in Pets

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



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



National Cat Day

     Science Kids (a New Zealand website... thanks Fiona!) has some cute facts about cats.  It is geared toward kids, but we bet you didn't know that a group of cats is called a clowder!



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.



Traveling with your pet?


Pet Travel resource   

     The USDA-APHIS has a very useful website with many useful resources regarding both interstate and international travel 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



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.



     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.


Influenza Virus

Canine Influenza

     Please click here for information on Canine Influenza (H3N8 and H3N2).


     H7N2 has been in the news recently, since it was detected in cats in animal shelters in NY City.  The CDC has a Q and A about this virus that you can read here.


     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


Romeo is traveling in style!  Are the treats packed?


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