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“In the past 2 years Pets with Disabilities has brought over 20 dogs to Mid-Atlantic Animal Specialty Hospital for a variety of veterinarian services. Besides regular vet care, our rescue dogs will often need the help of specialists from, neurology, orthopedic, internal medicine and emergency services. The surgeons and support staff have given our rescue dogs the BEST of care. We are pleased and very satisfied to say MASH has become an integral part of our rescue team.” – Joyce Darrell, President/Founder, Pets with Disabilities”

- Joyce Darrell, President/Founder , Pets with Disabilities

“Three TPLO surgeries between two dogs?! That’s a lot to handle mentally, physically and in our pocket book. Our family was fortunate to find the Mid-Atlantic Animal Specialty Hospital. The surgeons and staff at MASH were able to take away our fears, answer all of our questions and provide support day or night through all three of our dogs surgeries. Even the price of our surgeries were comparable, even lower, than any other surgical hospital in our area. We have large bully breed dogs. Our 115lb American Bulldog had a TPLO surgery on each knee. Our 80lb. Olde English Bulldogge had one knee done. Once healed our boys were as strong as ever and able to run like the wind. Our only choice for surgery then and now is MASH!” – Terry and Billy Walker

- Terry and Billy Walker , Client

“My German Shepherd, Max was 7 years old in March 2013 when he was diagnosed with the terminal disease, Degenerative Myelopathy (DM). DM is incurable and as it progresses, the pet becomes paralyzed in the hind legs and it progresses forward to the point it affects the lungs. Max’s neurologist in Bowie, MD provided a copy of a veterinarian publication to me which clearly illustrated that laser treatments and underwater treadmill exercise would drastically improve Max’s quality of life as well as prolong his life. Without any therapy, the mean survival time of a pet with DM is a mere 66 days.

Since reading this article, Max and I have been coming to MASH since the first week in April, 2013 for therapy twice a week. The physical therapists at MASH…Drew Fisher and Jen Hill, truly care about your pet and the quality of therapy they provide. They fully understand the importance of and the impact of the quality of their work on both the pet and their owner. I was also provided exercises that I could do with Max at home. Max loves all of the staff at MASH and especially looks forward to Drew’s special massages! In one week, it will make 300 days since Max began therapy at MASH and he’s still coming twice a week for therapy. AND he’s still ambulatory which has far surpassed my expectations of holding his disease at bay.

I can’t thank MASH enough for their help, their knowledge, and their care with helping my best friend! I know in my heart that I would have already lost him to the disease had it not been for Drew, Jen, and MASH. I will always be grateful!”

- CJ

“We have been clients of MASH since 2009. They have taken care of our personal animals as well as dogs we have fostered. They have always treated each dog as their own. Always putting our dogs well-being and health as their number one priority. I can’t speak highly enough about the doctors and staff at MASH. They have always gone above and beyond for us as clients. It’s never easy leaving a member of our “fur” family for treatment overnight. But we have never had any reservations about leaving our dogs in the care of MASH. We have referred many of our friends, family and neighbors to MASH. We are so lucky to have such a caring and compassionate hospital with state of the art technology and facility as MASH in our community.”

- Katie Gray

“My Belgian Malinois “Cookie” will be turning eleven years old this year. She has had a good healthy and active life. We have enjoyed playing, training, and competing in various dog sports over the years. She has earned titles in Shutzhund, AKC and UKC obedience. The last few years we scaled down to medium activities such as tracking and nose work. However aging can bring on some physical discomfort. My regular veterinarian recommended to consult Dr. Oakley at MASH. After evaluating her, he decided the best course to take would be to do a program that consists of laser therapeutic exercise and resistance pool hydrotherapy with a home exercise program. Within a few months of Rehab Cookie has greatly improved and shows that she feels more like her old self again. We couldn’t be happier with the results that Cookie is having from the rehab. Thanks to Dr. Sue of Watkins Park Veterinary Hospital for her recommendation. Thanks to Dr. Oakley and also to his physical therapist Jennifer Hill and assistant Drew Fisher for their dedication and guidance. Cookie and I feel we are in good hands with people who care, we always look forward to our visits at MASH to visit Jennifer and Drew.”

- Catherine Wray

Good morning. I am just sending this note as a letter of appreciation for taking care of our dog Colby on Friday night. Colby loves trying to play with all animals and he found out the hard way that copperheads do NOT make good playmates. We took our dog to our regular vet in St. Marys county and they immediately referred us to your facility. By the time I got to your office I was obviously nervous and worried about my dog. My vet had called your facility and they were ready and waiting for him as I walked in the door. Colby was taken directly into the back and your doctors and techs began working their magic. I sat then I stood up, then I paced nervously. The front desk employee was very kind. She could tell I was nervous and upset and made small talk and even made me laugh at one point which really helped ease my tension. Dr. Huwe kept me very informed throughout the ordeal and she made sure she explained exactly what her prognosis was, along with the treatments they had planned, and the results of my pup’s bloodwork. Knowing what was going on made a traumatic evening for me and my family not quite so bad. I left Colby there overnight as Dr. Huwe recommended. The next morning I received a call from the doctor precisely when she said she would call and I was informed that my dog had done quite well overnight and I could go pick him up and take him home. The discharging vet tech thoroughly explained my dog’s situation and home care to me, ensuring I had no questions. Colby is home and comfy now and doing quite well considering his face was bitten by a copperhead only 3 days ago. Your facility is a great place and although I really never want to have to see an emergency veterinarian again, it is a comfort knowing that your place is there if we need it. I was there from about 7-8 pm on Friday, August 1st, and again on Saturday morning around 8 am on August 2nd. Please, if you would, ensure that Dr. Huwe and any other doctors and technicians who were working to help my dog see this letter or at least hear about it. My family and I are grateful and supremely appreciative for your services. Thank you!

- William Hower

    Hi Mr Hower,
    We received your message just fine! We are so glad Colby is feeling better and that night is well behind you. Thank you for your business and for taking the time to provide us with an update on Colby and for your kind words of appreciation.

    - Dr. Bruce Nwadike

The experience we have had with MASH/APVES has been phenomenal. We live in a very rural area, Calvert County, and to have such expert services for our pets is incredible. Our American Cocker Spaniel was diagnosed with kidney disease, and in the stages of renal failure, at the young age of 7 by our veterinarian. They referred me to Dr. Bechtold of APVES as she has extensive experience managing kidney disease in small animals. This diagnosis happened the day we were leaving for our 10 day trip to Europe. We were not ready to put Tinkerbell down. APVES and Dr. Bechtold, in particular, knew exactly how to treat Tinkerbell and communicated with us via phone call and email of her progress while we were away. Since this diagnosis and treatment Tinkerbell is doing well and visits on occasion with Dr. Bechtold. Her renal values are stabilized and enjoying a quality of life. Thank You!!

- Carolyn A Rice

    Mrs Rice, we are so pleased that Tinkerbell has recovered from her illness and is doing well now. We will definitely convey your very kind sentiments to Dr. Bechtold and our staff.

    - Dr. Bruce Nwadike

This place is beyond exceptional. Where to begin? Dr. Oakley and the entire staff have been VERY, VERY dedicated to the repair and recovery of our Weimaraner/Great Dane mix, Joey’s, ACLs. Joey has been a difficult patient during recovery, but the staff has continued to hang in there with us and get Joey on the road to his normal self. Hours have been extremely flexible for Joey’s surgeries, drop-off, pick-up, rechecks, rehab, etc. They have gone above and beyond what I expected for animal care. Also, their price for double ACL repair on a very large dog is amazing compared to other animal surgery hospitals in the area. I cannot say enough good things about this facility…RECOMMEND, RECOMMEND, RECOMMEND.

- Michelle Mowchan

Last night we lost our biggest boy and our hearts are broken. We want to thank you for all that you did for Max and us! We felt confident that he was the best of hands and would get the best possible care and attention. The communication with the Drs was excellent. We knew exactly what was going on, how he was reacting and the updates were superb! We didn’t hesitate to call and check on Max because the staff made you feel very comfortable and were very compassionate and thoughtful! Thank you for all that you did for Max and us!!

- Maggie

ON Saturday April 18th I had to bring my Poodle Simon to you for and emergency. This little dog is my life. I can not thank your complete staff enough, from start to finish you could not have treated me or Simon any better. He was taken care of by everyone on your staff. I run my own Business and I know you always hear when you do wrong but not so much when you do good. I don’t want to be that person. He is not still completely well but seems to be getting better. I had to travel one hour to get to you but will do it again if needed. ( hopefully not ) I took him back to his regular vet Dr. Brown and he told me he was happy with the care he was given. Thank you all. I have all ready recommended to everyone I told about Simon’s illness.

Steve Clontz

- Steven Clontz

We had two dogs needing hip and joint surgery. I had spent some time trying to see what to expect for this type of surgery. Dr. Nwadike set me straight. He spent a lot of time assuring us that our much loved dogs would have a good chance of a quality recovery. He laid the recovery on us and how we restricted the dogs movements and performed the exercise regime laid out by his staff. We tried to follow the program to the letter. I should also praise the emergency people that are available 24 hours a day (APVES). I had numerous questions and worries about our dogs recovery. They took all the time needed to still my concerns.

Our dogs are doing better than we ever dreamed.. I can’t thank Dr. Nwadike and all the staff at MASH and APVES enough. Our family is well again only now we know what restrictions to put on our dogs to keep them healthy.

Jeff Miller, Virginia, Fleck and Sammy.

- Jeffrey Miller

    We are so pleased to hear that Sammy and Fleck are doing as well as they are! Thanks for your very kind words and this timely update on their progress.

    - Dr. Bruce Nwadike

I want to thank Dr Nwadike for all his help with Georgi. Your staff was so kind and informative with every call I made to check on my pup throughout the weekend. Georgi is healing up and I’m sure we will be out training her soon in the field.

Jerri

- Jerri Stanley

Yesterday we lost part of our family, our 14 year old Jack Russell Terrier, Bandit. Our family is so sad and heart broken. I wanted to thank the staff of MASH for treating our Bandit with such love and respect even though they were so busy on a Sunday afternoon. He was having numerous seizures which started that morning and we arrived without notice as we did not have time to call. We never have had to put down a pet and they walked us through it all. They even went over and beyond by giving us a clay impression of Bandits paw as a memento along with a printed poem. Thank you all for your attention and compassion. We will never forget that. The Stone Family

- Lauri Stone

We brought in our 6 year old boxer with a Mast Cell tumor on his front paw. Dr. Nwadike took the time to explain all of our choices. When we decided to go with tumor removal, Dr. Nwadike suggested we see an Oncologist, because the tumor removal on his paw may not get all of the clearances needed to be a full removal. We met with the oncologist, who gave us several suggestions – the main one was to let Dr. Nwadike remove the tumor as he’s a renowned expert in removal of tumors.

Long story made short: The tumor was removed and the biopsy came back that it was a full removal and no further steps were needed for his cancer. GONE!!

Dr. Nwadike and Dr. Oakley, my family thanks you every day we get to hug our Hank. You guys are fabulous! Your staff was always upbeat and personable. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

The Fleegle’s

- Rodney Fleegle

    Thank you so much for your VERY kind words. We are equally pleased to hear that Hank is doing better now and is back to his normal routine and family life.

    Your friends at MASH

    - Dr. Bruce Nwadike

This is a review of two affiliated businesses, Mid-Atlantic Animal Specialty Hospital (MASH), and Allied Veterinary Ultrasound (AVU).

In 2015, we took two of our cats to MASH for non-routine illnesses. MASH provides specialized services far above what a general veterinarian can offer. The veterinarians at MASH take the time to listen to you carefully and examine your pet thoroughly. Unlike some of the other specialty animal clinics we’ve been to, MASH does not perform unnecessary tests. They are mindful of the costs to treat a sick animal.

Our first cat, Lenny, had cancer of the foot. We had taken him to several highly rated local veterinarians who couldn’t properly diagnose his condition. It wasn’t until we met Dr. Bruce Nwadike at MASH that we were able to get him properly diagnosed and treated thereby saving his life.

With the second cat, Paige, we saw Dr. Molly Bechtold at Allied Veterinary Ultrasound (AVU). Paige has multiple health issues. Some of Paige’s issues were beyond the scope of Dr. Bechtold who went above and beyond in coordinating visits with other specialists she knew who could help us. Dr. Bechtold always treated Paige with the greatest care and compassion. We’ve never met a veterinarian like Dr. Bechtold in our 20-year involvement with animal rescue. She surpassed our expectations in what we look for in a good veterinarian. Her bedside manner and her areas of expertise are very impressive. With each appointment, Dr. Bechtold informed us honestly of Paige’s prognosis. She stayed on top of everything and she was able to stabilize Paige’s hypertension very quickly. She treated Paige as if she were her own cat. By treating her hypertension quickly, she was able to extend Paige’s life. Dr. Bechtold always kept us up to date by phone on Paige’s condition. She continued to stay in touch with us even when we took Paige to another referred clinic.

Our experiences with Dr. Bruce Nwadike at MASH and with Dr. Bechtold at AVU have been good ones. They gave both of our cats great care, and we know they have extended their lives as much as possible. These veterinarians connect with both the pets and their owners.

We highly recommend the services of MASH and AVU, and we want you to know your pets’ lives are in great hands under the care of either of these two veterinarians.

- David & Leslie Young , Feral Cat Caretakers, Inc.

    We are very pleased to have provided you with quality medical and professional service that met your approval and that both Lenny and Paige’s recovery have been positive. We look forward to continued mutual collaboration with your group.

    S,
    Dr. Bruce Nwadike

    - Dr. Bruce Nwadike

A couple of weeks ago we brought our 13 1/2 year old lab, Jack, to M*A*S*H in Dunkirk, Md. We walked down the dock ( its a long dock) to our boat. It was probably around 85 degrees. He was panting uncontrollably, stopped 2-3 times on the way to lie down. We got on the boat, it is air conditioned, but after several more minutes of panting, he keeled over and passed out.
We rushed him down to M*A*S*H. Employees rushed out with a gurney, but one intern just picked him up and ran inside where he was treated immediately. Dr. Kelly Stockton came out , sat down and explained what was happening. Our dog suffered heat stroke. They cooled him down, gave him intravenous fluids. Dr. Stockton was very caring and gentle in her explanation. She also described the anti anxiety medication our dog was given and prescribed, and when and how to use it.
Jack stayed the night there and was monitored all night long. We called early the next morning and were given a full report on his condition. When we picked him up we were advised not to be alarmed, that he may still be groggy. 2 weeks later Jack is back to normal.

I can’t say enough about the staff at M*A*S*H* Dunkirk. They were compassionate, very capable and communicated every detail. I highly recommend M*A*S*H. in Dunkirk.

- JoAnne Adams

We brought in our 13 year beagle with shallow breathing, a high fever and other issues. Dr. Powers ran some tests that night and found out that our boy had a very enlarged heart, a heart murmur and his lab work was very abnormal. They thought is was in his best interest to stay the night and run some more tests in the morning. The day doctor called me and throughout the day to keep me updated on how our dog was doing. We ended up having to have our dog stay more night so he could be monitored post op from anesthesia. We were able to go up and visit with him and also talk face to face with the doctor to learn more about what was going on with our baby. The following day we were able to go pick him and the discharge process surpassed our expectations. I was very impressed with the staff and the entire visit. I want to thank MASH and everyone there for helping take great care and nursing our baby back to health.

- Jamie George

Two weeks ago on this date, my cat Willow of 19 years passed. Her health had been failing due to kidney disease and we knew her time had come despite numerous efforts of vets (in another clinic). I live in Huntingtown, and knew MASH existed, but hoped I would get some more time with Willow. On that night, we knew it was time due to another seizure she had. We bundled Willow up and took her in to MASH knowing it was going to be a horrible night with our dying kittie. I just want to say, the staff there is WONDERFUL. They took care of us immediately, and everyone was so sympathetic and caring. It was a gut wrenching experience as they helped Willow pass on, but I can’t say nicer things about this clinic. These folks truly know and care about pets, so I would highly recommend them.

- Todd Zukowski

We brought our 13 year old sheepdog in late on a Sunday night.
Sadly, she was in such a condition that the only humane thing to do for her was to say goodbye. Dr. Huwe and the rest of the staff were extremely sympathetic to our situation, and helped us through a very difficult time. They made a very sad time bearable.

The professionalism of the entire staff was only surpassed by the sympathy they showed for us and our sad decision.

Dave Tiell

- David Tiell

It has taken me awhile to write this review because I wanted to make sure it’s thoughtful. Vetmash isn’t amazing. My dog tore her ACL and I was hesitant in TPLO because of the cost and because I heard so many stories of it not working. At the first visit Dr. Oakley was amazing. He was patient with me despite me peppering him with questions and concerns. But most importantly my fur baby immediately took to him. Her surgery was a success but the recovery period was a huge adjustment. But through it all Dr Oakley and the staff were there for every question and concern. They were there through my tears and anxieties. Yes I really did cry. They were there for my dog and for me. Always understanding and always there to provide an explanation or give guidance.

When she began rehab Chris and Drew were there to guide us through. Demonstrating the exercises. Explaining the importance of exercises and the importance of not moving too fast. They were both patent and understanding even answering emails at night and weekends.

I could go on and on but everything about VETMASH is amazing. Because of Dr. Oakley and the staff my dog back to normal activities and enjoying her life healthy and pain free. There are so many words that I want to say but I will finish with just two – THANK YOU!!!!!

- Lisa Johnson

Great vet!

- Kim Smalls

Our sweet girl Polly had to have TPLO surgery. Despite the fact that we are in the middle of a pandemic and unable to go inside the hospital , we appreciated the way the staff stayed so connected to us by phone. We had many questions and were always answered with patience and kindness. Thank you for making a stressful situation a lot easier for us. It was comforting knowing that Polly, was being cared for by an amazing group of healthcare professionals! We are extremely grateful that Dr Oakley was able to do her surgery. He is amazing! Thank you, Lara and Steve

- Lara and Steve T

I really appreciate all of the staff. You guys are amazing!

For the last month I have been stressing over my sick dog but thanks to the Doctor’s and staff at MASH I am no longer stressing and will be singing their praise to every pet owner I know…

My 10 year old Shitzu (Rico) was so sick that he could not keep anything on his stomach and could barely stand because he was so dehydrated.

I was away from home visiting and a friend recommended M.A.S.H. because she had taken her dog there for treatment. I called on a Saturday morning and was given an appointment right away. They treated Rico for the bacterial infection that initially brought us in and recommended that I make an appointment to bring him back to the surgery center because all the upset aggravated a perineal hernia which my dog had for awhile.

I was very nervous about my dog having surgery because he was a small dog and had lost a lot of weight. Dr. Nwadike eased my concerns with extensively explaining the entire procedure, telling me step-by-step what would happen from start to finish barring any complications and did not hesitate to answer all the questions I had at the time. Leading up to and after the surgery every time I called with a new question or just to check in on Rico I was greeted with a soft voice and patience. I always felt like they cared about my pet as much as I did.

One-month later…Rico is happy and healthy running around like he used to. I am so thankful for all the caring staff at M.A.S.H. and Dr. Nwadike your the best!!

- Joy Fisher

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