COVID 19 coronavirus update:  Veterinarians are considered essential personnel, thus AADC will remain open without change in schedule.  Both the American and Maryland Veterinary Medical Associations are now recommending contact between clients and veterinary staff be eliminated as much as possible and want us to comply by adhering to the following protocol:  
 
1) Please complete and return the examination or re-examination forms by email prior to your appointment.  These forms have been been emailed to you and are also found on the left side of our AADC website pages.
 
2) When you arrive at the clinic, park in one of the three parking spaces reserved for our clients.  Once parked, call the office 301-977-9169 and let the receptionist know you have arrived.  Dr. Jeffers will review your paperwork and then call you to discuss your pet's skin/ear problems.
 
3) After you have spoken with Dr. Jeffers, one of our staff members will come to your car and take your pet into the clinic for a physical examination while you wait in your car outside.
 
4) After the examination, Dr. Jeffers will call you and discuss the findings and options for testing or treatment.  No procedures or treatments that are not part of the regular exam (no extra charge) will be done without your permission.
 
5) A technician will call you when your pet is finished and provide the discharge instructions, after which your pet will be brought out to your car, along with any medications.  Payment will be done by credit card over the phone.
 
If you are not comfortable following the recommended protocols, you can postpone your appointment until we receive word that veterinarians and staff can safely interact directly with clients.
 
All medication refills can still be mailed to you or picked up at the clinic.  If you are picking up at the clinic, you will receive instructions on what to do so that you do not have to enter the premises.

 

Appointments

The Clinic is open from 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. The initial office visit is $175 and re-examination appointments cost $125. There are additional costs for any testing or medications prescribed.  The cost for testing ranges from an additional $90-$400 while medication costs can only be determined at the visit.   The first appointment usually lasts between 45 and 90 minutes while re-examination appointments last approximately 30-45 minutes and are required by Maryland law to obtain medication refills, including allergy vaccines, each year . During each visit, Dr. Jeffers will review your pet's history, perform a dermatologic examination, and if needed to obtain in-house slide tests from skin and/or hair to help in establishing a diagnosis.  These are the only optional tests which are included in the examination and re-examination fee.  At the end of the examination he or his dermatology technician will explain your pet's problem, any necessary diagnostic test(s) and the recommended treatment. All financial aspects will be discussed prior to initiating tests or treatment.

Every attempt will be made to have all medical procedures performed on the same day as the appointment.  As such, it is ideal, but not required, that corticosteroids be withdrawn for 2 weeks prior to your appointment, while antihistamines be stopped for 7-10 days.   Atopica (cyclosporine), Apoquel, and Cytopoint may be continued.   Please continue ALL other medications that were otherwise prescribed by your veterinarian.  Do not bathe your pet for one week prior to the appointment.  Contact us if there are any medication withdraw questions.

Each examination, whether it is the first time or a recheck appointment, will require client forms to be filled out in advance regarding your pet's medical condition. For your convenience, you may fill in and print out the forms which are located on every web page.  If you wish to fill out the forms at the office instead, please arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled appointment to allow adequate time to complete the required paper work.

If you need to cancel or postpone any scheduled appointment, we ask for 24 hours notice so that those on our waiting list can be contacted to take the open appointment.  We appreciate your help in getting as many appointments seen in a timely fashion.

Personal checks, cash, Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted for your convenience.  American Express and CareCredit are not accepted.

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