Arlington Animal Hospital
2624 Columbia Pike
Arlington Animal Hospital opened its doors in 1938 and has served the community’s dogs and cats ever since. With friendly staff and a facility fully equipped with a diagnostic laboratory and digital radiography capabilities, Arlington Animal Hospital has been trusted to provide valuable service and reliable care for 78 years. Resident Veterinarian Frederick B. Jones was just named “Best Vet in Arlington” by the Sun-Gazette, and I found out why last week when my own puppy needed an emergency Vet visit.
Edgar Allan Pug and Lord Byron
I have two pug puppies at home named Lord Byron and Edgar Allan Pug. Being writers, my husband and I named the pups after famed literary characters who have appeared in stage musicals we’ve written. “Eddie” is one year and three months old and “Byron” is two weeks shy of his first birthday. It’s been a joyful, yet perilous year with the boys as both, yet Byron in particular, have a cat’s curiosity.
Byron dives head first into life in all aspects, jumping over puddles, rolling in the grass, and rummaging through bushes. The latter is what got him into trouble last Wednesday morning. After their morning walk, I was about to leave for CPRO’s office when I noticed that Byron was squinting his right eye. After close inspection, I saw what looked like a small puncture on his pupil. Having seen this many times before with our last pug, Buddha, I knew that he needed to see a doctor ASAP.
After finding zero availability for an appointment at our usual vet, I remembered that I was supposed to write a piece about Arlington Animal Hospital for this newsletter. I decided to try my luck and give them a call. Within minutes I was given an appointment for one hour later.
Greeted by enthusiastic receptionists, Arieli and Jennie, Byron and I began to fill out some forms. When they found out his name was technically “Lord Byron”, they both burst out into laughter.
Receptionists Arieli DeJesus and Jennie Ritt
When Vet Assistant Camilla Leon came to call us back to the office, the receptionists insisted that she call him by his full name. Very formally, “Lord Byron” was called back to see Dr. Jones.
(L to R) Camila Leon,Veterinary Asistant, Lord Byron, pug, and Dr. Fred Jones, Owner and Medical Director
Almost a week later, little Lord Byron is healing nicely, and has learned to beware of the bushes. The wonderful care he received at Arlington Animal Hospital made more than the content of this article, it made us new clients.