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Welcome, Dr. Laden
All of us at Silver Spring Animal Hospital are excited to welcome Dr. Sandra Laden to our practice. She has practiced veterinary medicine in Montgomery County for more than 25 years. Dr. Laden studied Animal Science at Rutgers University and earned her veterinary degree from Cornell University. Dr. Laden is also certified in Veterinary Acupuncture, having studied at The Chi University of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. She practices all aspects of veterinary medicine, and uses medical acupuncture along with western medicine to improve her patients' quality of life. Her professional interests include veterinary internal medicine, chronic pain management, acupuncture and geriatrics. She especially enjoys working with families to develop strategies to enhance the bond with their furry companions. Dr. Laden is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care, and the American Association for Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. In her spare time, Dr. Laden volunteers as the vice president of Friends of Cabin John Creek and as a project manager of a serpentine grassland restoration effort in Harford County.
September 6, 2020
We hope you are all well and living safely in the midst of the current situation with COVID-19. We continue to provide sick and well care for all of our patients during normal business hours but will post a notice on the website and on the voicemail if we modify our hours. At this time, we plan to continue providing curbside service. This virus has proven unpredictable to control, and we mean to keep everyone as safe as possible using common sense methods to reduce risk of exposure.
In the meantime, we would appreciate it if you could take the following steps when you visit us, keeping in mind that clients will not be entering the clinic with their animals.
In an effort to keep everyone healthy, we are disinfecting point-of-contact surfaces on a regular basis. We are also avoiding physical contact with our clients, such as shaking hands, and we may wear gloves when handling our patients. We ask for your understanding in these matters.
Now more than ever, after 6 months of living our lives in a most unusual way, the following is a helpful message provided by the American Veterinary Medical Association:
In the time of COVID-19, day-to-day life might look a lot different from the usual. From cancelled events to mandatory lockdowns to resource insecurity, there’s a lot that can affect our mental health and wellbeing. Consider these tips to help protect and maintain your wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s okay to feel strong emotions regarding the impacts of COVID-19Emotions are part of the human experience. We are supposed to have feelings, and feelings aren’t good or bad—they may simply be more or less comfortable. In times like these, we are likely experiencing a mix of emotions, from fear, anxiety, and uncertainty, to sadness and disappointment. Experiencing sadness or disappointment when something we had planned to do is no longer an option speaks to the fact that the event mattered to us—and that’s a good thing. That shows we are invested in the interactions we have planned.
What matters is how we choose to respondSo, what do we do with that sense of disappointment and sadness? There are optimal and suboptimal ways of responding to unforeseen circumstances. It’s important to find healthy outlets for channeling our emotions.
During a pandemic, it’s not uncommon for individuals to experience a heightened sense of anxiety, even those who may not have experienced anxiety previously. Here are some additional strategies to help deal with unexpected changes and events like COVID-19:
We hope that you and your wonderful pets stay safe and enjoy these lovely Fall days.
Gouri Krishna, DVM, Patrick Barnes, DVM, Dr. Sandra Laden and the staff at Silver Spring Animal Hospital
Learn more about our services.
For more information, including emergency room procedures, go to our COVID-19 page.
We have all the communications from local emergency animal hospitals there as well as an announcement from the State Veterinary Board confirming that veterinary services are an essential activity.
Be safe. Call if you have questions.