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Call Today to Make an Appointment! Birds, reptiles, guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, snakes and ferrets all come to Pender Exotics Veterinary Centre to receive the best medical care from our team of specially trained technicians and veterinarians. Founded in 1999 as a department of Pender Veterinary Centre, Pender Exotics and its array of exotic veterinary services have grown with the increasing popularity of exotic pets. Your reptiles, birds or small mammals may be a bit more unique and unusual than the cats and dogs your neighbors have, but that doesn’t mean we can’t give them the highest standard of exotic veterinary care! “Our mission is to provide exemplary veterinary medicine and patient care in a welcoming environment. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality client service to exceed expectations through effective communication and sincerity of purpose. Our caring and experienced team strives to empower and educate clients, allowing them to make informed decisions and have an active role in their pet’s health care.”
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Pender Veterinary Centre has been providing a range of medical care services for pets for more than 30 years. It features an in-house laboratory and pharmacy clinic. The center offers 24-hour emergency assistance, vaccination and dental cleaning services. Pender Veterinary Centre conducts endoscopy, ultrasound and laser surgery procedures. It maintains a staff of doctors and veterinary assistants. The center provides treatment options for cardiology, ophthalmology and dermatology related disorders. Pender Veterinary Centre has a dental facility that performs dental x-rays, extractions and root canals. In addition, it performs radiography procedure, as well offers a pender cat adoption program. The center provides online appoint scheduling services.
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Posted: 2/4/2014


Pender Vet is an outstanding outfit. I changed to their services when we brought our sick dog to our local vet and they told us they were closing and we had to take our dog somewhere else. Pender is open 24/7 and I have been very happy with every vet visit we have had, routine and emergency. Any time I have a question I have called and spoken with a vet tech immediately and I can't tell you the peace of mind that gives me when I'm worried about my dog's health! I have three dogs and have been to both Pender Vet in Fairfax and the one in Chantilly and am so very happy with the services.

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Updated: 5/29/2013
Only good for annual shots...

In 2008 we took-in an 8.5 year old which had not been vetted in years due to his family's economic conditions. We took him to Pender immediately and got him tested. He had worms and his blood work showed low platelets. But the rest of his blood values were all within normal range. I emailed the rescue lady who immediately told me that the low platelets are most likely due to the worms and as soon as we deworm him he will be fine. I wish I had listened to her and not the abundance of expert vets at Pender! They misdiagnosed him as having autoimmune disease and dismissed the possibility of the worms being the cause of the low platelets. They started him on Azatheoprene and Prednisone and asked that we do a complete blood work on him every week.

I started an excel spreadsheet that day and carefully plugged in all his initial values. Every week they were getting worse! Remember the initial blood work only had low platelets? Now we started seeing the platelets going up and everything else getting screwed up. The white blood count kept going up and the red blood count get decreasing... not to mention that every other value was getting off the normal range too. But mainly it was the red blood cells that kept dropping. The idiots and Pender - because frankly I don't have a better epithet with which to describe them- told us to continue on with the treatment and to bring him in for hospitalization. They noted on his chart our concerns that it was the medications that were causing the values to go off the charts but that's about it. We researched online and found that the two medications will cause low red blood cels but they said that was rare. Horse manure!!! They were killing our dog. I kept showing them my spreadsheet...I kept saying..when we brought him in everything was fine but the platelets. Now you fixed those and screwed up everything else...

To make a long story short I once again pulled him from there and took him to Town and Country Animal Hospital. Dr. Reed also misdiagnosed him and continued Pender's regiment but not for long. He shortly thereafter realized that unless he did something different this dog would die. His red blood count was now almost nonexistent. He sent us to a specialist in Springfield who conducted a series of specialized tests and determined that it was the Prednisone that was killing him. He weaned him off the medication and all his blood values returned to normal.

$4,000 later ... our dog was ok again... but a year and a half later at the age of 10 he became diabetic. There is no history of diabetes in his family (and we know both parents and siblings) so I googled " diabetes azatheoprene prednisone"... and long and behold there are studies about the fact that the two medications he was giving cause diabetes...

He has been on insulin for a year now. All thanks to Pender.

Early 2010 my other dog started coughing. Dr. Denny x-rayed him and said he had lung cancer. Then he asked if I wanted a second opinion from a radiologist specialist and I agreed. The radiologist said it was not lung cancer but that he had a tumor in the abdominal area! $500 bucks later I was disgusted... I took him to South Paws. They immediately said they could not see any cancer on the x-rays and that the mass in the abdomen was most likely his stomach! An ultrasound confirmed that... My dog had allergies and mild bronchitis which was treated with antibiotics.

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Posted: 10/17/2010

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Pender Vet/Eastern Exotics is Fantastic!

This is the best vet center for birds in the DC Metro area, no question. I have two cockatiels I have brought here on numerous occasions for health issues and the staff, technicians, and doctors are all outstanding. The care they have provided for my birds is always top-notch. My birds have seen 4 different vets at this practice over the years, and all have been extremely competent, knowledgeable, friendly, and caring. \n\nThe first time I brought my bird here it was 10pm and he was acting sick--I couldn't find another vet open at that hour that would actually see birds. They have emergency hours so if you have to bring your pet in late, that's an option. \nThe doctors are very responsive and when my bird had to stay in the hospital for several days, they always called me first thing in the morning with an update on her condition. \n\nWould highly recommend, particularly for birds. I live in Maryland and it's worth the drive!

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4001 Legato RdFairfaxVA 22033

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