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Dear PoPville – Can Anyone Recommend a Veterinarian?

by Prince Of Petworth December 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm 112 Comments


Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr. T in DC

Dear PoPville,

I recently got a cat and need to establish a veterinarian for her. I’m new to having a pet, so I don’t have an existing vet. She’s a young cat (2-3 years old) with no special medical conditions.

On Yelp, I’ve seen good reviews of Friendship Hospital for Animals (in Tenleytown), but my understanding is that it’s pretty expensive, so I’m figuring I’ll reserve it for emergencies only. I’ve also read good things about SouthPaws in Fairfax, VA and (if I remember correctly) mixed reviews of CityPaws in D.C.

I have a car, which gives me some flexibility as to where I can go. My understanding was that veterinarians further out of the District tend to be less expensive, but I don’t know how far one has to go to see a price difference.

PoPville folks, what have your experiences been like with vets in the District and the suburbs? Any particular recommendations?

Ed. Note: Here are some old recommendations from 2010 but if anyone has new recommendations please leave them below.

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