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Animal Medical Center of Watkins Park

60 Watkins Park Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774


The Animal Medical Center of Watkins Park is a full service veterinary facility offering experienced, personalized and high-quality care to cats, dogs, rabbits, and small mammals.

Washingtonian Top Veterinarian 2019 Award

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Animal Medical Center of Watkins Park receives A+ ratings



Consistently named as one of the top DC-area veterinary practices by Washingtonian and Checkbook magazines, the Animal Medical Center of Watkins Park has been serving the Upper Marlboro, Bowie, and the surrounding communities for 30 years, emphasizing client education and individualized pet care.

We also serve the communities of Mitchellville, Annapolis, Crofton and Davidsonville.


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Doctor Kristen Hogue offers conventional medicine and surgery. She has a strong interest in fear-free handling and treatment of pets, and enjoys working with small and exotic mammals, as well as dogs and cats.  Dr. Hogue started her veterinary career here as a technician years ago before attending veterinary school and now owns the practice!

Dr. Shadawn Salmond-Jimenez is passionate about the use of imaging modalities to diagnose pets and is highly skilled in ultrasound. She started working with our practice as a relief veterinarian on Saturdays, and is now with us full-time!


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Cat Friendly Practice

We understand how important your pet is to you, and we are dedicated to becoming your partner in your pet's lifelong health care. At the Animal Medical Center of Watkins Park, we treat your pet as we would our own!

We love to hear kind words from our satisfied clients!

Our services include:

  • Wellness exams
  • General and soft tissue surgery
  • General dentistry and minor oral surgery
  • Spay/neuter
  • Ultrasounds
  • Microchip for permanent identification
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic services
  • In-house pharmacy and laboratory
  • Echocardiograms
  • Electrocardiography and digital radiography
  • Dietary and behavioral counseling
  • Emergency care

Now Offering ProHeart 12



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Protect your Pets

Continue protecting your pets against heartworms, intestinal parasites, and tick-borne diseases with year-round use of Heartgard and Frontline or Bravecto.


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Dental Care

Dental disease is the most common illness encountered today in veterinary medicine today, affecting 8 out of 10 pets. 


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Pet Library 

The Client Education Library provides up-to-date animal health information from the veterinarians and experts of the Veterinary Information Network. 


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Is it time for your dog or cat to have a dental cleaning?

Just like us, dogs and cats accumulate plaque and calculus on their teeth. This plaque and calculus can contain up to 100,000,000,000 bacteria per gram! These bacteria start to cause inflammation in the gingiva (gums) which results in gingivitis. Gingivitis then progresses to periodontal disease.

It’s very important to address dental disease as soon as possible because periodontal disease is irreversible. When periodontal disease is present, teeth can start to fall out. Owners can start to see their pets develop bleeding gums and/or bad breath before they lose teeth. However, we can arrest the progression of periodontal disease with regular dental care. Small and toy breed dogs may need a dental scaling every year, while larger dogs and cats may need a dental cleaning every few years. Brushing your pets’ teeth two to three times a week in between dental cleanings does help reduce plaque and tartar accumulation.

Reference: “Current Concepts of Periodontal Disease & Therapy” Chicagoland Veterinary Conference 2018, Brook A Niemiec, DVM, DAVDC, DEVDC, FAVD

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Ultrasound as a Diagnostic Tool

Importance of Ultrasound 

Ultrasound is a key diagnostic tool that can be used to determine diseases in dogs and cats. This tool uses high frequency sound waves to create live images that show the structure and function of an organ. The heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, pancreas lymph nodes, intestines, and bladder are common organs that can be evaluated by ultrasound. Abnormalities we may be able to find by ultrasound in dogs and cats include heart disease, free fluid in the chest or abdomen, urinary and gallbladder stones, chronic kidney diseases, organ tumors, abscesses, cysts, retained testicles, and a myriad of other findings. A veterinarian will need to determine if your pet could benefit from an ultrasound. An ultrasound causes no harm to the pet, and most pets can remain awake during their ultrasound. Your pet may be given a mild sedative if they become stressed or if the veterinarian believes your pet may be painful during the ultrasound. 

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We are now recommending all dogs be vaccinated for leptospirosis!

Leptospirosis is an infectious disease that causes serious illness in dogs, other animals, and even people. Due to the rise of leptospirosis in the Mid-Atlantic area, we are now recommending that all exposed dogs be vaccinated for this disease. 
Exposed dogs are those both in the city and suburban areas where they could have contact with the urine of rodents or other wildlife.

Leptospirosis is a bacteria that can cause kidney and liver failure in dogs. It is transmitted to dogs through the urine of infected animals or through contaminated water. This disease could be transmitted to humans from infected animals. Please call our office for more details and to schedule your dog for the vaccine.

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Therapy Laser Now Available !!!

We are very excited and proud to announce that we now have a Companion Laser to provide therapeutic laser treatments to our patients!  There are so many uses for laser therapy in veterinary medicine, including post-operative wound healing, "hot spots", ear infections, osteoarthritis, and more!!  Here you see "Bonezy" sporting his very fashionable "Doggles"!!  

For more information on therapy laser or to schedule an appointment to see if this treatment is appropriate for your pet please call us at (301)-249-3030. 

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Dr. Ellen Buck Memorial Fund

In January 2017, after the passing of our beloved Saturday relief doctor Ellen Buck, our hospital established the Dr. Ellen Buck Memorial Fund to assist pets in need of medical care whose owners might be experiencing financial hardship, or other extenuating circumstances. Dr. Buck was a wonderful veterinarian who loved all animals - especially cats and horses!!  If you would like to contribute to this fund for animals in need, please call to make a credit card payment or send a check to our office. 

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