Important Pender Emergency Room Update 5/5/2022 

Until further notice, our Emergency Room will be open 24/7 on select days starting 5/1/2022.

Please remember to call us if you and your pet are in need of medical assistance. If our facility is at capacity, our evening and overnight team has access to the status of other local emergency rooms and can better serve you if you call first to discuss your pet’s needs.

703-591-3304

“Is it cancer or benign?”

This is always the question when we find a lump, bump, or swelling. The doctors at Pender deal with this question several times every day and with their knowledge of age, breed, location, feel, shape, etc., they will know the correct direction to move in order to get a definitive answer. A small sample of cells taken into a syringe, placed on a slide, stained, and observed on a microscopic slide is often all that is needed to aid the diagnosis. If necessary, a pathologist will read the slide, or a biopsy will be taken for the pathologist to check with a microscope. Just as with human bumps and lumps, early diagnosis improves likelihood for successful treatment!

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