RESOURCES


The Veterinary Team at Rocky Gorge Animal Hospital is committed to client education. Use these helpful resources for exceptional pet care information.

Canine Care


At Rocky Gorge, we want to give our clients all the information they need to ensure we keep our feline friends happy and healthy. As always, if at any time you have a concern or question regarding your dog, please call our office and we will assist you in any way we can.

CORE VACCINATIONS
  • Leptospirosis
  • Rabies (required by law)
  • DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza)

The vaccines below are also recommended based upon the lifestyle of your dog:

  • Lyme
  • Canine Flu
  • Bordetella (required if grooming or boarding is in your dog’s future)
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS

In addition to vaccinating your dog for preventable diseases, we recommend annual intestinal parasite screening.

This test of your dog’s stool sample allows us to see if your dog is carrying any parasites including roundworms, hookworms, or whipworms. Some parasites are zoonotic which means the parasites can be transmitted from your dog to a person. This is very important to prevent, especially for households with children!

JUST GET A PUPPY?

Congratulations on the new furry addition to your family! Having a new member in your family can be exciting and nerve racking at the same time. Our doctors and staff are ready to help you begin to raise your new four-legged friend.

We encourage you to make an appointment for your puppy to see one of our veterinarians when they are 6-8 weeks old. This is the best age to begin vaccines as well as to discuss topics pertinent to your puppy’s wellness, including how to acclimate them to your family.

Besides vaccinating your puppy for potential diseases we’ll ask you to provide a stool sample for an intestinal parasite screen. This test allows us to see if your puppy is carrying any parasites like roundworms, hookworms, or whipworms. Roundworms and hookworms are zoonotic. This means the parasites can be transmitted from your puppy to a person. This is very important, especially for households with children!

PREVENTIVE CARE

As your dog begins to mature into a young adult, it is good to understand how rapidly they age compared to humans. As they grow older, we need to think about what preventive measures we can take to keep your dog healthy.

Some things our medical team may recommend to help care for your dog as it ages are:

  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Preventive home dental care
  • Preventive Wellness Plans
  • Screening for breed specific conditions
  • Preventive lab work and diagnostics to establish a baseline for future comparison in the event of injury or illness

Feline Care


At Rocky Gorge, we want to give our clients all the information they need to ensure we keep our feline friends happy and healthy. As always, if at any time you have a concern or question regarding your cat, please call our office and we will assist you in any way we can.

CORE VACCINATIONS
  • FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia)
  • Rabies (required by law)

In addition to the above vaccines, our veterinarians may recommend a Feline Leukemia/FIV Test. This test is encouraged for outdoor cats, cats with a history of bite wounds, or stray(s).

 

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS

Our veterinarians also recommend annual intestinal parasite screenings. This test of your cat’s stool sample allows us to see if your cat is carrying any parasites, including roundworms and hookworms. These parasites are zoonotic which means they can be transmitted from your cat to a person. This is very important especially for households with children!

JUST GET A KITTEN?

Congratulations on the new furry addition to your family! Having a new member in your family can be exciting and nerve racking at the same time. Our doctors and staff are ready to help you begin to raise your new four-legged friend.

We encourage you to make an appointment for your kitten to see one of our veterinarians when they are 6-8 weeks old. This is the best age to begin vaccines as well as to discuss topics pertinent to your kitten’s wellness, including how to acclimate them to your family.

Furthermore, our veterinarians may recommend an intestinal parasite screening. This test of your kitten’s stool sample allows us to see if your kitten is carrying any parasites, including roundworms and hookworms. These parasites are zoonotic which means they can be transmitted from your kitten to a person. This is very important especially for households with children!

PREVENTIVE CARE

As your cat begins to mature into a young adult it is good to understand how rapidly they age compared to humans. As they grow older, we need to think about what preventive measures we can take to keep your cat healthy.

Some things our medical team may recommend to help care for your cat as it ages are:

  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Preventive home dental care
  • Preventive wellness plans
  • Preventive lab work and diagnostics to establish a baseline for future comparison in the event of injury or illness

Exotic Animal Care


If you have a pet you love, but it’s not the kind that barks at the doorbell or purrs when you scratch its favorite spot, you don’t have to worry about where to go for quality veterinary care!

EXOTICS

While cats and dogs are the most common animals seen at most veterinary offices, everything from fish to rabbits, ferrets to cockatoos may need some TLC from time to time. Rest assured that we see these unique and extraordinary pets at Rocky Gorge Animal Hospital.

Dr. Bricker loves your feathered, scaly, slimy, or furry family members as much as you do, and has made it a priority to know what they need and provide the resources available to help them. While he isn’t a specialist, he has owned a variety of reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals since he was a child, and has been going to conferences about their medical care since 2006. After several training programs in zoo and exotic animal medicine, he continues to do all he can to learn about the diverse and wonderful group of animals we call exotic pets.

Whether you just want to make sure you’re taking the best care of your pet, or you are worried it might be sick, we welcome you to contact us to make an appointment for your companion.

QUESTIONS & CONCERNS

Are you worried that your pet can’t wait another day to see a veterinarian? While Dr. Bricker does his best to be on call for any exotic pet emergency, we encourage you to call to check for his availability outside of normal business hours. If he is not available to care for your pet and time is a factor, we can offer referral to a full time exotics facility.

We recommend immediate emergency care for your pet in any of the following situations:

  • Open-mouth breathing or suspected respiratory problems
  • Decreased appetite, or abnormal feces produced in rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, hamsters, or degus
  • Bleeding, red urine, bloody feces, or bruising
  • Straining to defecate or urinate.
  • Sudden weakness or incoordination
  • Any trauma or suspected toxin
  • 2 or more seizures in 24 hours, or one lasting longer than 2 minutes
  • Abdominal (or coelomic) swelling or egg binding
  • Any time you think it may be an emergency!

Remember that exotic pets are not domesticated, and may hide disease until they are very ill. We believe it is never too early to bring your pet in for care. The sooner we see them, the quicker we can begin intervention.

Please contact us right away to schedule your visit, or request an appointment at a time that is convenient for you.

Vitus Vet

Wish you could have all of your pet’s medical information at your fingertips? Now you can with the new Vitus Vet mobile app!

Vitus Vet offers you full access to your pet’s medical records and enables you to share important information with multiple vets as well as with your family and friends. You can even request an appointment through the app and create reminders for visits, medication dosages and more.

Vitus Vet is a secure and convenient way to view and share the records of your furry friend to help keep them happy and healthy.

Download the iPhone App

Download Here

Download the Android App

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Vitus Vet

Wish you could have all of your pet’s medical information at your fingertips? Now you can with the new Vitus Vet mobile app!

Vitus Vet offers you full access to your pet’s medical records and enables you to share important information with multiple vets as well as with your family and friends. You can even request an appointment through the app and create reminders for visits, medication dosages and more.

Vitus Vet is a secure and convenient way to view and share the records of your furry friend to help keep them happy and healthy.

Download the iPhone App

Download Here

Download the Android App

Download Here

Helpful Links

International Health Certificate

EXAMS
Rocky Gorge Animal Hospital is available for International Heath Certificate exams. Exams must be scheduled no less than 10 days prior to travel with any of the following veterinarians –
Dr. Anne L. Ray, Dr. Sallie Morris, and Dr. Steven Wolchinsky.

Note that exam appointments can take up to 60 minutes to complete. This is to ensure that your paperwork is thoroughly completed by our doctors and technicians.

IMPORTANT STEPS
Before scheduling an appointment for an International Health Certificate at Rocky Gorge Animal Hospital, you must follow the steps below to ensure smooth and safe travel for you and your pet.

  1. Call the airline.
    Airlines may have specific paperwork or requirements needed for travel.
  2. Call the USDA veterinarian.
    The USDA veterinarian for your state or area is a great source for information regarding importation of pets into another country. They’ll be able to help you with your questions and the steps you need to take to bring your pet into another country. You may visit the USDA website.
  3. Call the Consulate, Government Official, or Embassy of the destination country.
    There are some countries that require special permits or paperwork to import your pet into their country. You’ll want to follow all the country’s guidelines to ensure your pet passes through customs. Failure to do so can result in your pet being quarantined or turned away from entry.
  4. Check your microchip registration.
    Make sure your pet’s microchip registration is up-to-date and is international travel friendly. Microchips placed several years ago may not be compatible with the international ISO standards. Call your microchip’s registrar to ensure all contact information is current and that your microchip number is international travel compatible.
  5. Schedule all necessary appointments.
    Countries may require your paperwork be inspected and signed by the USDA veterinarian of your state or area. They may also require signatures or consulates or other government officials. Be sure to have all appointments scheduled prior to travel. Some USDA offices will allow you to FedEx paperwork overnight to be inspected and signed, make sure you leave adequate time for return of this paperwork to you prior to travel.
  6. Bring all your pet’s travel paperwork and documents to your Rocky Gorge Animal Hospital appointment.
    It’s required that the client bring all appropriate paperwork and documents to their International Health Certificate examination appointment. Rocky Gorge Animal Hospital will not be responsible for missing or inaccurate paperwork provided by the client.
HELPFUL RESOURCES
USDA veterinarian office for the Maryland, Delaware & Washington, DC:

C. Benita Strickland
Export Document Examiner
USDA, APHIS, VS
400 N. 8th Street, Ste. 726
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 343-2567

>>> Pet Microchip Lookup website

Travel Information changes frequently, so it’s always best to call the country of destination to find out up-to-date importation rules and regulations. Rocky Gorge Animal Hospital cannot be held responsible for any inaccurate information or paperwork provided by the client.

Hours

APPOINTMENTS
Monday to Friday: 8AM-9PM
Saturday: 8AM-2PM

EMERGENCY SERVICE
24 Hours / 7 Days a Week / 365 Days a Year


Address & Telephone

7515 Brooklyn Bridge Road Laurel, Maryland 20707
+1 (301) 776-7744
    +1 (301) 776-1575
 
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