Our Services:Laser Therapy for Pets
Laser Therapy is an FDA-cleared modality that reduces inflammation and results in pain reduction. It is effective in treating pets with acute pain, chronic conditions, and post-operative pain.
Laser therapy treatment is safe, painless and fast. Treatments to deeper tissues are administered in 5 to 10 minutes. Typically, even chronic patients exhibit improvement after 3 to 5 treatment sessions. By stimulating cellular activity, the laser utilizes the body's own healing powers. Despite short treatment times, laser therapy initiates a healing process that continues to actively reduce inflammation for up to 24 hours after treatment.
What conditions can be treated with laser therapy?
If your pet is feeling pain, has inflammation, or a wound, the laser is a sterile, pain-free, surgery-free, drug-free treatment. The laser is used to treat a variety of problems, including the following:
Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, the laser has been shown to provide relief and speed healing.
What's involved with treating my pet?
|We use LiteCure's Companion Therapy Lasers. To learn more about their product, visit the Companion Therapy Laser website.|
The laser light is delivered through a non-invasive handpiece to treat the affected area. Your pet will feel a gentle and soothing warmth. Many pets will relax, much like you would when experiencing a good massage. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experienced will dissipate. Occasionally, angry cats will start to purr and dogs will fall asleep during their therapy session.
How does laser therapy work?
The Companion therapy laser system sends photons, or packets of light energy, deep into tissue without damaging it. These photons are absorbed within the mitochondria of the cells and induce a chemical change called photo-bio-modulation. This light energy then inspires production of ATP in the cell. ATP is the fuel, or energy, that cells need for repair and rejuvenation. Impaired or injured cells do not make this fuel at an optimal rate. Increased ATP production leads to healthier cells, healthier tissue, and healthier animals.
Are there any side effects?
There are no known side effects associated with this treatment.
How should I support this treatment at home?
There are no specific things you need to do at home, other than follow normal restrictions, dietary needs, and additional treatment protocols as you pet's condition dictates and is outlined by your veterinarian.
When can I expect to see an improvement? What might I see?
You may see relief in the first treatment or so as pain and inflammation are reduced. For example: better mobility for joint conditions, drying and healing of dermatological issues, faster healing for wounds and incisions, or your pet just seeming more relaxed and comfortable. For some conditions, a series of treatments may be necessary before you see results due to the severity or complexity of the condition. Each pet is different, and treatments are unique for your pet's specific needs.
Watch this video to learn more about laser therapy and how it can help your pet:
Our Services:Pet Grooming
At Crofton Veterinary Center, we offer grooming as one of our services for your dog or cat. Pets can get dirty and their fur can get matted. We have a terrific groomer who loves to make pets look, feel and smell their best. A well groomed pet is a healthier and happier pet.
Our groomer is pet care professionals who understand that each pet and breed has different grooming requirements. Our groomer will be happy to discuss the best ways to achieve a healthy and comfortable coat for your pet.
In addition to maintaining a healthy coat, your pet’s hair and nails should be trimmed on a regular basis. Trimming your pet’s hair and nails is an important part of a hygiene routine that not only helps your pet stay in top shape, but also contributes to its overall good health.
Our Professional Groomers offer:
- Clip, Trim & Style
- Breed Specific Cuts
- Brush Out
- Nail Trims
- Ear Cleaning
Please call (410) 721-7387 to book your pet’s grooming today. We'll be happy to answer all your questions to ensure that your pet’s grooming experience turns out just as you imagined.
Our Services:Pharmacy and Products
Crofton Veterinary Center offers an array of both prescription and over the counter products to keep your pet happy and healthy. Our in-house pharmacy is stocked with prescription medications to provide preventive care, treat illnesses and ensure that your pet’s medication is always available. We stock a full pharmacy of medications to provide the highest quality and most convenient access to necessary prescriptions. Our prices our competitive and our staff is available to discuss any concerns you may have or address any questions as to the best product for your pet.
We match 1-800-PetMeds pricing for flea, tick and heartworm medications.
Often, there are additional discounts or rebates from manufacturers that are only offered through a veterinary office that may provide even deeper discounts while keeping the product guarantee. We will even process them for you.
Prescription Diets we carry:
Our Services:Emergency Care
We see emergencies during our normal hospital hours. Please call us at 410-721-7387 for immediate assistance. If your pet has an after-hours emergency or if we determine that your pet requires overnight nursing care or a level of specialty we cannot provide here, we will co-ordinate your pet’s referral to the appropriate critical care or specialty hospital.
We refer after-hours emergencies to:
Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Clinic
808 Bestgate Road, Annapolis, MD 21401
Dogs and Cats Veterinary Referral & Emergency
6700 Laurel-Bowie Road (Rt. 197), Bowie, MD 20715
Contact Us:Appointment Request
Contact Us:Refill Request
Contact Us:Client Forms
Thank you for choosing Crofton Veterinary Center to care for your pet. Downloading and filling out the New Client Form prior to your first appointment will greatly assist us in adding you and your pet to our system. Please feel free to email the form to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, fax it to 410-721-3773, or bring it with you to your pet's first appointment. We will be happy to contact your previous veterinarian to obtain any necessary information or documentation regarding your pet's medical history.
Annual veterinary care is crucial to keeping your pet happy and healthy. Click the icons below to learn more about what your veterinarian can do for your pet.
Exams check overall health and detect problems before they become severe or costly.
Vaccines protect against common and fatal diseases based on your pet's age and lifestyle.
|Nutrition ensures your pet gets the balanced diet it needs and maintains a healthy weight.||Spaying and neutering protects pets from serious health and behavioral problems.|
Care Guides for Pet Owners
Your pet's health also depends on you. Click on the icons below to learn more about what pet owners can do at home to keep their pets living a long, healthy life.
Pet Wellness:Pet Exams
Bringing your pets to the veterinarian for a physical exam every year is the smartest and easiest way to keep them healthy. Exams allow your veterinarian to detect any problems before they become severe or costly.
Your Veterinarian Will Check...
- muscular and skeletal health by feeling for healthy muscle mass and joint pain.
- neurologic system – it could indicate birth defects in younger pets, and cognitive issues in older pets.
- appropriate weight and lifestyle for your pet's age.
- lymph nodes – swollen nodes can indicate a wound, virus, infection or some other illness.
- vital signs (temperature, pulse and respiration) – an abnormal reading could indicate illness.
- skin and coat condition for growths, infection wounds and overall skin health.
Bring Your Pet to the Veterinarian Every Year for a Clean Bill of Health and Peace of MindYour pet can't tell us what's wrong. But routine physical exams can help your veterinarian detect any problems or diseases you might not have otherwise picked up on, including heart murmurs, tumors, enlarged organs, cataracts, ear infections, ear mites, dental and gum disease, skin issues and allergies.
Vaccines protect against common diseases that your pets may become exposed to.
Did You Know?
Vaccines have about a 95% success rate for preventing infections and fatal diseases.
Pet Wellness:Dental & Oral Care
Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets. Without proper preventive or home care, plaque and tartar can build up, which may cause oral infections, bad breath, infected gum tissues (gingivitis) or even bone loss (periodontitis).
Did You Know?
It's not normal for your pet to have bad breath – it can be a sign of serious dental or gum issues.
Sixty percent of dental disease is hidden below the gum line, and can only be found with x-rays. Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about screenings, cleanings and products available to help keep those pearly whites clean.
Pet Wellness:Lab Tests
Yearly lab tests are safe and non-invasive ways to diagnose and prevent sickness or injuries in pets that a physical exam cannot detect.
Pet Wellness:Parasite Prevention
Prevention is the best approach in protecting your pet against deadly heartworms, intestinal parasites, and flea and tick infestations. Your veterinarian will help you find the product that is right for your pet based on his or her needs.
Just like humans, an animal's diet directly affects its overall health and well-being. Allowing a pet to overeat, or to consume the wrong foods, may lead to a wide variety of ailments including obesity, diabetes and arthritis.
Did You Know?
Over 50% of dogs and cats in the United States are obese or overweight.
Although we think of our pets as family members, they shouldn’t be allowed to eat like us. Maintaining a proper diet will help keep your pet at a healthy weight. Be sure not to overfeed, and that you are providing a diet tailored to your pet's breed, age, weight and medical history.
Common Foods To Avoid
Think twice about feeding your pet table scraps. Common foods such as chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions and garlic could be dangerous to an animal. Some non-food items like lily plants and antifreeze are also toxic to pets. Check with your veterinarian if your pet has ingested anything questionable.
Growing puppies and kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults. Ask your veterinarian which food is right for this stage of life. Cats switch to an adult diet right after being spayed or neutered, no matter what the age, to decrease the likelihood of obesity and related conditions.
Selecting an adult dog or cat food that will keep your pet healthy and energetic starts with knowing your pet's lifestyle. Does your dog weigh just the right amount and go for long walks daily? Or is it a lap dog that loves nothing more than to snooze the day away? Talk to your veterinarian about these issues to help guide you in choosing the best food for your pet.
Your senior dog or cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Many older pets can continue eating the food they always have – just a little less to compensate for not being as active. Check with your veterinarian which food and amount is best for your pet.
Pet Wellness:Spaying & Neutering
Spaying or neutering can protect your pet from serious health and behavioral problems later in life. It also helps control the stray animal population.
Spaying or Neutering Reduces the Risk of...
Known as a pyometra, this is a potentially life-threatening condition which can be very expensive to treat. It is 100% preventable if your pet is spayed.
Mammary Tumors (Breast Cancer)
Over one-half of all mammary tumors are malignant and can spread to other areas of the body. Early spaying, prior to your pet beginning its heat cycles, significantly reduces the incidence of tumor formation.
This cancer, as well as prostatitis (an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate), can be greatly reduced with early neutering.
Unwanted behaviors such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with spaying or neutering.
There are more puppies and kittens in shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized. Spaying or neutering can help reduce the number of animals in need of homes.
Pet Wellness:Home Care
Make your pet's well-being a priority. See your veterinarian regularly and follow these tips to keep your pet happy and healthy.
Your veterinarian will give you a recommendation for a high quality and nutritious diet for your pet, and advise you on how much and how often to feed him or her. Diets may vary by species, breed and age.
Microchipping is a safe and permanent identification option to ensure your pet's return should he or she get lost. Ask us about the process and get your pet protected.
Always keep your dog on a leash in public, and your cat indoors to protect them from common hazards such as cars and other animals.
Frequent brushing keeps your pet's coat clean and reduces the occurrence of shedding, matting and hairballs. Depending on the breed, your pet may also need professional groomings.
Dental and Oral Health
Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about professional cleanings as well as dental treats and products available to help prevent bad breath, gingivitis, periodontitis and underlying disease. Although your pet's teeth may look healthy, significant disease could be hidden below the gum line.
Be sure to spend at least 15 minutes a day playing with your cat to keep him or her active and at a healthy weight. All dogs need routine exercise to stay fit, but the requirements vary by breed and age. Ask us what's best for your dog. Doggy daycares and boarding facilities are other ways to help to burn off some energy and socialize your pets.
Enroll your dog in training classes to improve his or her behavior with pets and people. Cats need minimal training. Be sure to provide them with a litter box beginning at four weeks of age.
Entertain your pet's natural instincts by using toys that encourage them to jump and run. Cats especially need to fulfill their instinct to hunt – provide interactive toys that mimic prey like a laser pointer or feathers on a wand. You can also hide treats in your pet's toys or around the house to decrease boredom while you're away.
Pet Wellness:Care for All Ages
Every animal is unique, and the start of each stage of life calls for different home and veterinary care. Check with your veterinarian to establish a proactive wellness plan to keep your pet happy and healthy throughout its life.
Puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines and physical exams. During these exams, your veterinarian may also recommend parasite preventatives or lab tests.
Adult pets will need to continue visiting the veterinarian annually for physical exams, recommended vaccines and routine testing.
Senior pets can develop similar problems seen in older people, including heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and arthritis. Your veterinarian may recommend biannual visits to ensure your pet's quality of life.
Females spayed before their first heat cycle will be less likely to get uterine infections, ovarian cancer and breast cancer. Males neutered at any age will be less likely to get prostate disease. Spaying or neutering also helps prevent behavioral problems like marking and escaping. Talk to your veterinarian about spaying or neutering your pet.
Pets require different types of food to support each life stage. Growing puppies and kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults while adult dogs and cats need food that will keep them healthy and energetic. Your senior dog or cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Talk to your veterinarian to determine what's appropriate for your pet.
Adult dogs should stay active with daily walks and one-on-one training. Keep your adult cats fit by using toys that encourage them to run and jump, and be sure to give them at least 15 minutes of playtime a day.
Weight management of your senior dog or cat is extremely important to ensure they are at an ideal body weight and able to move around comfortably.
Behavioral issues are a major cause of pet abandonment. Begin training your puppy or kitten right away to prevent bad habits and establish good ones.
Start house training your puppy as soon as you get home. Keep your puppy supplied with plenty of chew toys so he or she gets used to gnawing on those and not your belongings.
All cats need a litter box, which should be in a quiet, accessible room. Place your kitten in the box after a meal or whenever it appears he or she needs to go. Be sure to scoop out solids daily and empty it out completely once a week. The number of boxes in your household should be the total of number of cats plus one.
Pet Wellness:Ages & Stages
Animals age at a faster rate than humans do, and your pet's health needs will evolve over time. Use this chart to figure out your pet's age in human years, and check with your veterinarian to establish a wellness plan specific to your young, adult or senior pet.
Pet Wellness:Pet Loss Support
Losing a beloved pet can be traumatic. Grieving pet owners can call these pet loss hotlines for support, compassion and understanding.
Michigan State University | College of Veterinary Medicine
Pet Loss Support Hotline: (517) 432-2696
Staffed by MSU veterinary students; Tuesday through Thursday, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
Pet Loss Support Hotline: (540) 231-8038
Staffed by Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine student volunteers;
Tuesday, Thursday, 6pm – 9 pm, ET
Pet Loss Support Hotline: (508) 839-7966
Staffed by Tufts University veterinary students; Monday through Friday, 6 – 9 pm, ET;
voice-mail messages will be returned daily, collect outside Massachusetts
Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Pet Loss Support Hotline: (888) ISU-PLSH (888-478-7574)
Operational seven days a week, 6 – 9 pm, CT, September through April;
Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 6 – 9 pm, CT, May through August.
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Pet Loss Support Hotline: (607) 253-3932
Staffed by Cornell University veterinary students Tuesday through Thursday from 6 – 9pm, ET; messages will be returned.
University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
C.A.R.E. Pet Loss Helpline: (217) 244-2273 or toll-free (877) 394-2273 (CARE)
Staffed by University of Illinois veterinary students. Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday from 7 – 9 pm, CT
Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Pet Loss Hotline: (509) 335-5704
Staffed during the semester on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 6:30 – 9:00 pm, and Saturday 1 – 3 pm, PT
Pet Wellness:More Resources & Links
The veterinary resources featured on this page provide useful information to pet owners on a variety of topics related to veterinary medicine and pet health care.
Animal Health & Veterinary Medical Resources
- American Veterinary Medical Association
- Cornell Feline Health Center
Animal Rescue Organizations
- American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
- Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter (BARCS)
- Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
- Dogs XL Rescue
- Lab Rescue of the LRCP (Labrador Retriever Club of the Potomac)
- SPCA of Anne Arundel County
- The Humane Society of the United States
- Washington Animal Rescue League
- When Your Dog Has Itchy, Sore Ears
- Why Punishing a Dog Often Fails; What Works Better
- Canine Ear Cleaning 101
- Feline Heartworm FAQs
- How To Administer Subcutaneous Fluids to Your Cat
- How To Create Low-stress Veterinary Visits for Cats
- Your Cat Has Diabetes — Now What Do You Do?
- 20 Questions To Help You Choose a Pet Insurance Provider
- American Kennel Club Pet Insurance
- VPI Pet Insurance
Pet Nutrition & Obesity
- Pet Obesity — Is Your Pet Overweight?
- At-home Tips for Your Pet's Diet Trial
- Popular Dog Treats – Calorie Chart
- Popular Cat Treats – Calorie Chart
- Nutrition Tip: Changing Your Pet's Food
Recommended Advice for Pet Owners
- Important Reasons To Spay or Neuter Your Pet
- Myths vs. Facts: The Truth About Ticks
- Understanding Your Pet's Bloodwork
Video Tutorials on Pet Care
How To Brush Your Dog's Teeth (Canine Dental Tip)
How To Brush Your Cat's Teeth
Watch the Partners in Animal Health video on how to brush your cat's teeth for step-by-step instructions on how to train your cat to accept brushing. (This Flash video is approx. 7 minutes.)
Cynthia H. Harker, DVM — Chief of Staff
Our Chief of Staff, Dr. Cynthia Harker, has been at Crofton Veterinary Center since 2004. Born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, she attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia prior to veterinary school at North Carolina State University. Dr. Harker's medical interests include neurology, internal medicine, cardiology, dermatology and soft tissue surgery.
In her free time, Dr. Harker enjoys traveling, kayaking, music, volleyball, and racquetball. She strongly believes in providing the highest quality medicine for her clients and their pets. We feel so lucky to have such a caring and experienced Chief of Staff treating our beloved patients here at Crofton Veterinary Center!
Michelle Rudd, DVM
Dr. Michelle Rudd is a veterinarian at Crofton Veterinary Center, joining us in August 2014. She grew up in Maryland and Florida and now resides in Elkridge. Dr. Rudd attended the University of Maryland for her undergraduate degree before pursuing her DVM degree at Kansas State University School of Veterinary Medicine from which she graduated in 2000.
Previously, Dr. Rudd worked at Bay Ridge Animal Hospital and Annapolis Cat Hospital (both in Annapolis, MD) and as a relief veterinarian at multiple practices in Maryland. She also completed a small animal surgery and internal medicine internship at VCA Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg.
Anne Maxson, DVM
Dr. Anne Maxson joined Crofton Veterinary Center in May 2009. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, she attended veterinary school at University of California at Davis. Her medical interests include internal medicine, preventive medicine and dermatology. She believes in working together with her clients to provide a long lasting, healthy and enjoyable human-pet relationship. Her hobbies include running, hiking, gourmet cooking and spending time with her pets, Olive and Nutmeg.
Elizabeth Russell, VMD
Dr. Elizabeth Russell joined Crofton Veterinary Center in November 2016. Originally from New York and Boston, she completed her undergraduate education at Wellesley College and received her VMD degree from the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Russell’s medical interests include dermatology, soft tissue surgery, and preventive care. In her free time she enjoys kayaking, hiking, and cooking. She currently resides in Annapolis with her two cats, rabbit, and two dogs- a rescue greyhound and a Chihuahua.
Address / Hours
2151 Defense Highway
Crofton, MD 21114
P: (410) 721-7387
F: (410) 721-3773
Now Offering Digital X-Ray!
Crofton Veterinary Center now offers both dental and full body digital x-rays to better diagnose and treat sick or injured pets.
Digital radiography does not use conventional film. This allows for the highest quality images, while using the lowest possible exposure of x-rays to your pet. This method is not only safer, but also more advanced as these digital images can be computer-enhanced to increase detail. We will also be able to store, print and email these digital files to share.
We are excited for this new addition and how it will improve our services for our clients. If your pet is experiencing illness or injuries, call us at (410) 721-7387.
Client Referral Program
Refer a Friend to Crofton Veterinary Center and Receive a $10 Credit
The best compliment we can possibly receive is a referral from a current client. To us, this means that we have provided you and your pet with excellent care and client service. This also means that you enjoyed the overall experience. In such occasions that you relay kind words to your friends on our behalf, and they subsequently become clients, we are happy to pass along a $10 credit towards your next bill. It’s simply our way of saying Thank You!
Crofton Veterinary Center's Dedicated Team
Our team of veterinary professionals is dedicated to delivering the best customer service and compassionate care to you and your pets.
Kristi Lavigna-Mohamed — Hospital Manager
Kristi, our Hospital Manager, joined Crofton Veterinary Center (CVC) in fall 2010. She has over 12 years of veterinary field experience. What she enjoys most about the practice is the dedicated CVC team, top notch doctors, and our loyal clients.
Kristi lives with her husband, Mike, and two cats — Mia and Autumn. When not at work, she enjoys dirt-track racing, cruising, traveling, and cheering on the Washington Redskins. Go SKINS!
Mike Stanford — Veterinary Dental Technician
Mike is our dental technician and has been with the practice for over 10 years. He is a skilled technician with years of veterinary dental training. He performs most of the dental cleanings and we are very thankful to have him on board. Mike lives with a Newfoundland, two Labradors, a Corgi, his wife and daughter.
Amy Hutchinson — Veterinary Technician
Amy stared working at Crofton Veterinary Center in October 2014. She comes to us after living in Germany and working as a U.S. Army veterinary technician for the past few years. Amy lives with her husband; son; twin Bernese Mountain Dogs, Oberon and Othello; and cat, Salem. In spare her time, she enjoys traveling, long distance running, hiking with her family, and reading.
Laurie Slater — Veterinary Assistant
Laurie joined the Crofton Veterinary Center team in March of 2015. She comes to us with 4 1/2 years experience as a groomer's assistant and has recently received her Veterinary Assisting certificate from the College of Southern Maryland. She has had a passion for animals since she was young. Laurie has a special interest in becoming a registered veterinary technician.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, baking, and reading. She has six feline children: Mel, Jasper, Hunter, Jiji, Leo, and Molly; and one canine child, a German Shepherd/Doberman mix named Star.
Jen Gordon — Pet Groomer & Veterinary Technician
Jen started working at Crofton Veterinary Center in early 2014. She brings to our team 5 years of veterinary technician experience, as well as pet grooming experience. Jen graduated from the Baltimore School of Dog Grooming in 2013, and completed a Veterinary Assistant course in 2009. Currently she works with us as a part-time veterinary technician and a part-time pet groomer.
Jen's household consists of her son, Reese; Border Collie, Chewy; and two cats, Rambo and Bentley. In her spare time, she likes to be outdoors hiking, horseback riding, or at the beach, as well as spending time with her son, family and friends.