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Veterinary Care


The Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Centers serves the pets of our community with some of the best veterinary care around. Though our facility does not serve the public (pets that have owners), we are happy to provide our community with the resources to help get their pets the care they need. Anyone that adopts a pet from MCASAC receives a list of local veterinarians that will provide a free exam within 1 week of adoption. 

Our experienced veterinarians, vet techs, and animal care staff are all passionate about the work they do, whether it's regular spay and neuter surgeries, treating common infections, or nursing a malnourished animal back to life. Every animal that walks through our doors is given a chance at life. 


Before Adoption

Providing healthy, adoptable pets to our community is our priority here at MCASAC. While a homeless animal is in our care, our skilled medical team is able to provide them with top-notch care.
Every animal that walks through our doors receives the following treatments:

  • Standard vaccinations: Rabies, FVRCP for cats, and DAP & Bordatella for dogs.
  • FIV/FeLV test/treatment for cats
  • Heartworm test/treatment for dogs
  • Flea/tick and deworming treatments
  • Spay/Neuter surgery for dogs and cats

Each animal at MCASAC is given an exam upon arrival. Throughout their stay, they are monitored for signs of stress or illness by staff and volunteers and treated accordingly. Oftentimes, animals will require specialty tests or care. We are able to provide (but not limited to) the following surgeries/treatments for pets who require it:
 
  • Standard bloodwork (CBC/thyroid etc.)
  • Ringworm treatment
  • Fecals
  • X-rays
  • Tumor removal
  • Amputation
  • Hematoma repair
  • Cherry eye repair
  • Dental cleanings
  • Entropion surgery
  • Eye enucleation
  • Hernia repair
  • Scrotal ablation
  • Wound repair
  • Allergy treatment/maintenance 
 


After Adoption

Though we do not provide medical care to animals after they have been adopted, each pet's adoption includes a free veterinary exam at a local vet practice within 1 week of adoption. You will find a list of participating vets in your adoption packet, or you can access it here


It is not uncommon for a pet to become mildly ill once they have gone to their adoptive home. Stress from moving from one location to another is typical, and your new pet may develop symptoms of an Upper Respiratory Infection. This is common in shelter pets because of the high volume of other animals and their germs. It does not mean your new pet was neglected during their time with us. If you suspect your new pet may have an upper respiratory infection, it is important that you take him or her to your vet as soon as you can.


Common Medical Concerns

By far, URI (Upper Respiratory Infection) is the most common illness seen in shelter animals. Your vet will know how to treat it, and usually it isn't costly.
  • For more information on URI in cats, click here.
  • For information on URI in dogs, click here
Other common health concerns of newly adoptable pets include housetraining/litterbox problems. Sometimes this issue can be behavioral, but other times there could be an underlying medical problem. You should always consult your vet if you have concerns about your pet's health.
  • For more information on litterbox problems in cats, click here.
  • For information on housetraining dogs, click here


For concerns relating to your pet's behavior, visit our Behavior Resources page.
 

 















Contact Us: Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center
Department of Police · Animal Services Division
7315 Muncaster Mill Road · Derwood, MD 20855 · Telephone: 240.773.5900 · Fax: 301.279.1063
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