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Burke Animal Clinic

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6307 Lee Chapel Road
Burke, VA 22015
Phone: 703-569-9600
Fax: 703-569-6858

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DayMorningAfternoon
Monday7:15am8:00pm
Tuesday7:15am8:00pm
Wednesday7:15am7:30pm
Thursday7:15am7:30pm
Friday7:15am7:30pm
Saturday8:00am3:00pm
SundayBy Appointment
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Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is a life long disorder of dogs and cats that results when the pancreas fails to produce enough insulin to meet the animal's needs. Insulin is a hormone needed to transport glucose (blood sugar) into the body's cells. When there is a lack of insulin in the body, blood glucose rises to abnormally high levels. Over time, this causes damage to body tissues and produces the symptoms commonly seen in animals with DM.

Early symptoms, such as weakness, weight loss, change in appetite and depression can be mild and may go unnoticed by the owner. Increased thirst and frequent urination more commonly results in a visit to your Veterinarian where tests can be done to identify what may be affecting the family pet. Urinary tract infections are more common in diabetic pets than in normal animals.

Once a diagnosis has been made, a treatment plan will be designed to meet the individual needs of your pet and you. The plan will address the type and amount of insulin, how it is to be administered, dietary restrictions and exercise for your pet.  Dogs are Type I diabetics in that they require insulin injections.  Cats are usually Type II diabetics. Insulin injections are usually used initially, but when fed a special diet, as much as 70% of cats can eventually be maintained without the insulin.

Blood glucose levels need to be monitored regularly. Sometimes this is done in Clinic, but pet owners may also be able to monitor at home using the 
AlphaTrak Blood Glucose Home Monitoring System. Your Veterinarian will discuss regular care and monitoring.

There is no cure for DM, but through your commitment of time and management of their life style, your pet can lead a happy comfortable life.

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Office Hours

DayMorningAfternoon
Monday7:15am8:00pm
Tuesday7:15am8:00pm
Wednesday7:15am7:30pm
Thursday7:15am7:30pm
Friday7:15am7:30pm
Saturday8:00am3:00pm
SundayBy Appointment
*Our phones are answered until 30 minutes prior to closing*

We are open on Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for appointments and boarder drop-off and pick-up.  If you do not have an appointment, but find on Sunday you have a sick pet in need of care, please give us a call.

Vet Assistants are available to receive or send home your pet during the above hours.

Doctors do not arrive until 8:00 A.M. on Monday - Friday; and 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.  We answer our phones until 30 minutes prior to closing.

We close our office on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve (2017 only), Christmas Day, New Year's Eve (2017 only).

Inclement weather sometimes causes a delayed opening or early closing. We rarely close for the day, but sometimes employees need extra time coming in or may need to leave early to get home safely.  We communicate schedule changes due to weather on Facebook and via email. We attempt to contact clients directly when they have appointments scheduled that may be affected.  If you have an early appointment during a significant snow event, call us first to make sure we are open.



 

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