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Kingsbrook Animal Hospital’s Five Fantastic, Fun Ways to Give Back In Frederick!

Many pet owners are kind, caring people who are looking for opportunities to give back to the community. In all of the hustle and bustle of daily life, adding one more thing to the list can seem overwhelming for even the most well-intentioned person. Here, Kingsbrook Animal Hospital in Frederick, MD shares the five easiest and best ways to get involved:


  1. Sign any 35-lb-or-over dog up as a Blue Ridge Veterinary Blood Bank donor! Donation is

    KAH technician Julie’s own Sullivan proudly displays his blood donor ribbon!

    easy and free, and entitles donor dogs to free annual bloodwork and a guaranteed supply of blood if they ever need a transfusion.

  2. Look into doing therapy with a pet—visit nursing homes, hospitals, etc. Be sure the pet is up-to-date on all vaccines, and check with the facility before bringing any animals for a visit. It’s also possible to certify your pet for therapy.
  3. If Fluffy or Rover isn’t the most social, consider becoming a volunteer. Frederick County Animal Control is always looking for individuals willing to walk and socialize with the animals waiting for their forever families; click here for more information! The Animal Welfare League of Frederick is always looking for helpers, too.
  4. Even KAH’s mascot Moe got in on the Santa Paws photos!

    Visit Kylie & Cricket events—like Santa Paws or Haunted Hospital—to meet new friends and contribute to a worthy cause. Check Kingsbrook Animal Hospital’s Facebook page or the Kylie & Cricket website for more event information.

  5. When all else fails, anyone can make a direct donation to the Kylie & Cricket Memorial Fund. For pet owners with a busy schedule who are looking to make a difference, this is a fast and easy way to give back this year! Donations can be made on the Kylie & Cricket Memorial website, or in person at KAH.


Assisted Living For Animals: Senior Pet Tips From Kingsbrook Animal Hospital

At Kingsbrook Animal Hospital, we know our furry companions are more than just pets—they’re family members! Our animals live, sleep, eat, and play right alongside us, and they age with us as well. Just as aging can pose obstacles for humans, becoming a “senior” pet comes with some challenges too. Below, we’ll look at some of the common changes we see in our senior patients, and discuss what we can do at home (and at KAH!) to help make them more comfortable.

KAH technician Nora with her dog, Sam.

KAH technician Nora with her dog, Sam. Sam is almost 9 years old, and eats Hill’s j/d to help with her bones and joints!

One of the biggest changes we notice in senior pets is in their skeletal systems. Older bones and joints just don’t move like they used to, and patients may suffer from arthritis, hip dysplasia, or even a narrowing of the space between the bones of the spine. This can make getting up or lying down uncomfortable. Dogs may not want to jump up on the bed anymore or may have difficulty getting into the car; cats may spend less time on the top of the couch or in the window sills, preferring to nap in a sunbeam on the floor instead. To help with these problems, a joint supplement like Dasuquin® can help the pet’s body repair cartilage to reduce arthritis pain. Hills Prescription Diets offers j/d, a diet with glucosamine, chondriotin, and omega-3 fatty acids added in to help support aging joints.  Orthopedic foam beds are comfortable and provide good cushioning for achy pets. Stairs and ramps are available to make transitions in height easier on elderly pets. It’s also important to provide regular low-intensity exercise to keep pets mobile and active. Being sedentary increases stiffness in joints, and becoming overweight puts more stress on any patient’s bones.

KAH technician Lainey gently reassures Fuji as he wakes up from anesthesia.

KAH technician Lainey gently reassures Fuji   as he wakes up from anesthesia.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or pain medications can be prescribed by a veterinarian for long-term use in uncomfortable patients.

Another issue is hearing and vision loss. Aging pets often lose some of their hearing–which means it is harder to get their attention, but easier to startle them. Most pets will still respond to loud hand-claps or vibrations in the floor, but it’s best to approach deaf or partially-deaf pets slowly and gently to avoid a fear response. Dogs, especially, seem to lose some low-light vision and some depth perception as they get older. For these pets, steps and stairs become harder to navigate. Leaving lights on at night or teaching an older dog to begin sleeping downstairs can help to minimize falls and anxiety.

Even cats can go for walks! Make sure any pet that goes outdoors is receiving preventative medications for fleas, ticks, and heartworms.

Even cats can go for walks! Make sure any pet that goes outdoors is receiving preventative medications for fleas, ticks, and heartworms.

Some pets will experience cognitive dysfunction or dementia as they age, which can manifest with symptoms much like Alzheimer’s disease in humans. These pets can become anxious, may stare into space or wander in circles, and sometimes will vocalize randomly and repeatedly. Occasionally, there may even be a break in house- or litterbox-training. Purina ProPlan (Bright Minds) and Hills Prescription Diets (B/D) both offer diets that can help with these symptoms, and there are many medications available with a veterinary prescription that will make pets with cognitive dysfunction more comfortable. Keeping pets engaged and stimulated with walks, playtime, and new activities will reduce some stress and anxiety. Providing extra potty breaks for dogs or extra litterboxes for cats can also help to mitigate some of these changes.

Fall In Love With Kingsbrook Animal Hospital: Meet Our Doctors!

Last but certainly not least, Kingsbrook Animal Hospital in Frederick, MD, invites you to Fall In Love with our amazing veterinarians! We have six doctors who help our clients and staff members take wonderful care of our pets. Below, each of them takes a moment to answer the same question we’ve asked every employee: What’s your favorite thing about working at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital?

Dr. Cook with patient Daisy

Dr. Cook with patient Daisy

Dr. Cook—”My favorite thing about Kingsbrook Animal Hospital is that I get to play with puppies and kittens all day everyday!  😉  Obviously, that’s not ALL we do.  The great thing about our Hospital is that  we all work so well together.  We see so many sick and yes, sometimes dying patients.  There’s a lot of stressors that could make us not get along, but everyone here is so good at working together and solving each case as though it were a puzzle.”  Dr. Cook shared. One of the owners and founders of KAH, Dr. Cook has been one of the driving forces behind this hospital since March 1999.




Dr. Davis with patient Pumpkin

Dr. Davis—As the second co-founder/owner of Kingsbrook Animal Hospital, Dr. Davis has also been here since KAH’s beginnings in March 1999. “Well, I don’t have to change diapers here… but really my favorite thing about coming to work is the awesome staff we have, and getting to work with such wonderful people every day.”





Dr. Cardella with patient Henry


Dr. Cardella—”I love all of our patients and working with the people that are attached to them. And I love the KAH family, which are the greatest and most caring people to work with.” Dr. Cardella has been working at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital since March 1999.



Dr. Walker with patient Winx

Dr. Walker with patient Winx

Dr. Walker—Dr. Walker joined the KAH team in June 2009. Her favorite thing is “…the fact that education is so central to our staff, from the doctors all the way through to the CSRs—we’re constantly working to stay current and practice the most advanced medicine.”




Dr. Lynch

Dr. Lynch with patient Penelope

Dr. Lynch—One of the KAH veterinarians since February 2014, Dr. Lynch’s favorite thing about working at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital is “Obviously, the people–that’s a no-brainer! In addition to the fact that we all work really well together, we’re all friends as well and really enjoy spending time with one another outside of work, too.” Dr. Lynch also worked at KAH from October 2005 until August 2007 as a technician!





Dr. Riley with Lulu

Dr. Riley with Lulu

Dr. Riley— “My favorite thing about Kingsbrook has to be the professionalism and dedication of the entire staff, from our CSRs to our technicians and of course the other veterinarians,” says Dr. Riley. Our newest doctor, she joined KAH in February 2016.





It’s hard to believe that October is almost over…soon it will be the holiday season, which usually means an increased focus on family. Here at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital, we believe pets are family members, too! The increased hustle and bustle of the holidays can affect our furry friends, especially our older companions. During the month of November, our KAH blog is focusing exclusively on senior pets and specific aspects of caring for them.

In the meantime, however, Happy Halloween from your friends at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital!

Fall In Love With Kingsbrook Animal Hospital: Meet Our Technicians!

October 16-22 is National Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week. At Kingsbrook Animal Hospital, we appreciate our wonderful technicians every day—and we know our clients do too! Veterinary technicians have many roles, including surgical nurse, dental hygienist, laboratory technician, triage, counselor, and patient advocate. Here’s KAH’s current lineup of all-star veterinary technicians, and their answers to the question “What’s your favorite thing about working at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital?”


Lainey with an adorable Corgi pup!

Lainey with an adorable Corgi pup!


Lainey—Lainey has been part of the Kingsbrook family since July 2013. Her favorite thing about KAH is that “…we approach every patient as an individual, and tailor everything to that specific patient. We’re not a ‘cookie-cutter’ or a ‘one-size-fits-all’ practice.”




Abby with patient Abbie

Abby with patient Abbie

Abby— “Transitioning from volunteer to intern, going through school and becoming a technician—the best constant throughout it all was the people: the clients and the staff. It was such a wonderful experience!” says brand-new technician Abby (she just passed her boards in July!). Abby has been at KAH since January 2015.




KAH technician Katie, cuddling a sweet kitty!

KAH technician Katie, cuddling a sweet kitty!

Katie—Katie says the best thing about Kingsbrook Animal Hospital is “Our entire staff—technicians, assistants, CSRs, and doctors—is like one big family. I love coming in to work every day and getting to spend time with everybody!” She’s worked at KAH since May 2014.





KAH technician Sam

KAH technician Sam

Sam— Sam has also been at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital since May 2014. Her favorite thing about KAH is that every day is different, and it’s always an adventure!





KAH technician Rush

Rush—Rush is a newer member of the Kingsbrook Animal Hospital team, having started with us March 2016; he’s also a newly-licensed technician, having passed the boards in July 2016 with Abby and Morgan. Rush says his favorite thing about KAH is “..we hold ourselves to a really high standard of care, even more than just being an AAHA hospital.”



Nora with patient Alfalfa

Nora with patient Alfalfa

Nora—Nora’s response was: “My favorite thing about working at Kingsbrook is the amazing group of people I get share my days and efforts with.” Nora is one of KAH’s original employees; she’s been here since July 2000!




Morgan with an incredibly cute Boston terrier pup

Morgan with an incredibly cute Boston terrier pup


Morgan—Morgan is the third member of Kingsbrook Animal Hospital’s trio of technicians who became licensed in July 2016; she has been a KAH team member since November 2014. Morgan shared that “Being a part of a variety of situations where we have the opportunity to use all of our skills as well as learn new ones,” is her favorite thing about working at Kingsbrook.




KAH technician/manager Julie, with patient Jake

KAH technician/manager Julie, with patient Jake


Julie—In addition to being a veterinary technician, Julie is one of our two office managers. “I would have to say my favorite thing is the awesome staff we have–from being a part of bringing each person into the team, to the training, to working with each person every day. We all have individual strengths and really balance each other out into a well-rounded team, which enables us to provide great service for our clients,” she shared. Julie has been part of this Kingsbrook team since Sept 2010.



Melissa with patient Samantha

KAH manager/technician Melissa, with patient Samantha

Melissa—Melissa is the other half of our excellent management/technician duo. She has worked at Kingsbrook since July 2004. Her favorite thing about KAH is “Community outreach and involvement; it lets us be a real part of the community and interact with our wonderful clients in less structured situations.”




There’s only one week left in October, and one more group of Kingsbrook Animal Hospital staff members to introduce! The uncontested celebrities of our team, the KAH veterinarians are the stars of our final “Fall In Love With Kingsbrook” entry. Stop by next week to meet our amazing doctors!

Kingsbrook Animal Hospital Gives Back to Local Frederick, Md Family

Everyone here at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital loves helping animals. We come in everyday, ready to aid in any way we can, whether it be administering medications, providing good preventative care, or sometimes just giving a good belly rub or pat on the head. Recently, we developed the Kylie and Cricket Memorial Fund so that we could help homeless pets in our area.

This year as Christmas approached, the KAH team wanted to do more! When we think about the Christmas season, many of us have memories of Christmas Eve and waiting impatiently for Santa to arrive. While we are all so blessed, we realize that there are many families and children who are not as fortunate. These thoughts led us to adopt a local family who could use some extra help for the holidays.

And what fun we all had!

We filled up a whole car!
Melissa and Ranee at our wrapping party.
Melissa checking out some toys.
Tiffanie and Julie organizing.
Toys, toys, and more toys!

Many of us with adult families had a blast shopping for children’s toys and games. KAH employees generously spent their own money to purchase board games, puzzles, crafts, dolls, footballs, crayons, markers, clothes, hats and gloves, sleeping bags and even items like shampoo, toothpaste, and laundry detergent. We also spent time together wrapping the gifts and thinking of how excited the children would be on Christmas morning. In fact, we may have had just as much fun preparing the gifts as the children will have opening them!

It’s just one more way we can show that we are not just a veterinary hospital; we are a family. And we love the Frederick area.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Ready to meet the family 🙂

Imagine this sight on Christmas morning!


Frederick County Animal Control-Giving Second Chances

Being a veterinary technician is an easy way to acquire a four legged friend.  So many animals cross my path that need help, care and ultimately a forever home.  Over the years some that have crossed my path have in some way reached out and touched something in me that prompts me to take them in and make them part of my family.


Sophia Loren came to Kingsbrook Animal Hospital about 1 year ago as a stray that was wandering in a parking lot in Frederick, MD.  She was covered in matted hair as if she had never been groomed.  She had lesions on her side and leg where the matted hair had seemingly been ripped off and taken skin with them.  She also had 3 evenly spaced holes burned through the skin of her neck that one could only assume were caused by some type of electric collar that was placed too tight.

After sedating, clipping and cleaning Sophia’s wounds I offered to foster her for the Frederick County Animal Control until her lesions healed and she was a bit more presentable for adoption.  It didn’t take my daughter more than 2 days to fall in love with her and insist we add her to our family.  She immediately attached herself to me and for the first several weeks any time my other 2 dogs tried to get near me she threatened to eat them alive.  With a lot of positive reinforcement and assurance she has become a loving part of our family and enjoys playing with the dogs as well as our 2 new kittens.  


We are grateful for her everyday.

Written by Nora McKay-Clark RVT

Frederick County Animal Control offers second chances to almost 6,000 animals a year.  If you are looking for a forever friend, consider visiting the shelter and giving a loving animal a second chance.  Not only does the shelter take in dogs and cats, but any animal that needs help. They have a variety of rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and rodents.  You might even see a goat or pot-bellied pig.  For more information on FCAC, to adopt, or foster an animal, CLICK HERE.

Santa’s elves build toys. They don’t breed puppies.

   Every year pets are given as gifts during the holidays. However, the recipients of these gifts may not be fully prepared for the responsibility, costs, and dedication involved. Thousands of pets are given up to rescue organizations and shelters after the holiday excitement has passed.

To a new pet, the holidays can be stressful and chaotic. Pets, especially new ones, thrive on routine. The holidays tend to be busy and bustling. With parties and visitors, this is usually not an ideal time to add a new member to the family.

Christmas trees, bows, ornaments, tinsel, candy, poinsettias, mistletoe, and holly are all things that bring Christmas cheer!…. but are also hazards to our furry friends.

As most of you already know, animals can be expensive. Not just the adoption fees associated, but also the long term maintenance. There will be veterinary exams, preventative medications, training classes, food, and of course toys! It is a lot of responsibility to give to another.

While there are many breeds and species available, your choice may not fit the lifestyle or preferences of your gift recipient.  For example, our technician Ranee may be thrilled with a whippet or basenji, but may not be as excited to see a cat under her tree (since she is allergic!) Tiffanie, our assistant, would rather have a boxer then a bulldog. Julie, another technician, goes hiking nearly every week, therefore a Pomeranian might not be the best fit. 

Even though receiving a furry bundle on Christmas morning may seem like a great idea, many many many animals are relinquished to shelters every year. That is why Santa’s elves build toys and don’t breed puppies. Puppies require time, patience, and training. It’s an investment of a lifetime.

   As always, if you have any questions or need any guidance, please contact Kingsbrook Animal Hospital, right here in Frederick, MD at 301-631-6900.  Happy Holidays!!!

Holiday Gift Giving Ideas at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital

Looking for that holiday gift for your pet or a pet lover?  Come visit your local Frederick, MD veterinarian for your gift giving needs.  We have Kingsbrook Animal Hospital travel mugs, odor eliminating candles, and gift cards for veterinary care for your favorite pet lover.  For your favorite dog or cat, we have Greenies, Furminators, Frontline and CET dental care products and chews. 

You may also make a donation to the Kylie and Cricket Memorial Fund in the name of a beloved friend, family member or pet past or present.

May you and your furry family have a wonderful holiday season.