Dr. Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH

Northern Virginia Washington D.C. Area


  • Soft tissue surgery, ultrasound.


I obtained my bachelor's degree in animal science from Virginia Tech in 2008. I obtained my veterinary doctorate degree as well as my Masters in Public Health from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013.


I first worked for several years as a veterinary technician. After veterinary school, I completed a small animal rotating medicine/surgery internship from Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in 2015, after which I began working as a small animal practitioner in the Washington D.C. area.


I enjoy the outdoors, exercising, reading, and spending time with my wife, two kids, and two cats.


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Buprenorphine For Cats: What It Does, Dosage & Side Effects

Buprenorphine is one of the most common analgesic pain medications prescribed for cats, especially for short term use following a procedure or painful injury. In this article, you’ll learn more about buprenorphine, how it’s used, and effects it causes in kitties. What Is Buprenorphine? Buprenorphine is what is called a partial mu-opioid agonist. What does this mean? Opioid drugs are...

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Clavamox For Cats: Overview, Dosage & Side Effects

Clavamox is a common antimicrobial antibiotic prescribed for a variety of bacterial infections in cats and dogs. The name Clavamox is a brand name for the generic antibiotic amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium or amoxicillin/clavulanic acid. In this article we’ll talk about what Clavamox is, what it does, and some other useful info about dosing and safety. What Is Clavamox? Clavamox is what...

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Atopica For Cats: Dosage, Safety & Side Effects

Atopica for Cats is a very specific brand of the drug cyclosporine, which is FDA-approved for use in cats. In this article, you’ll learn what Atopica for Cats is, what it’s used for, side effects and drug interactions to be aware of, and some frequently asked questions. What Is Atopica For Cats? Atopica is a brand name for the drug...

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Prazosin For Cats: Dosage, Safety & Side Effects

Prazosin is a medication most often used in cats to relieve signs of urinary straining. In this article, you’ll learn what Prazosin is, how it’s used in kitties, some potential side effects, and frequently asked questions. About Prazosin For Cats Prazosin is an alpha-1 adrenergic blocker. It directly acts as a smooth muscle relaxant. Because blood vessels are lined with...

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Prednisolone For Cats: Dosage, Safety & Side Effects

Prednisolone is a synthetic glucocorticoid steroid commonly used in cats as an anti-inflammatory or as a treatment for immune-mediated conditions. In this article you’ll learn what prednisolone is, some conditions it may be used for in cats, and side effects to look out for. What Is A Steroid? A steroid is an organic compound, with hundreds of steroid compounds found...

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Amoxicillin For Cats: Dosage, Safety & Side Effects

Amoxicillin is a common antibiotic prescribed for both cats and dogs to address a variety of bacterial infections. Amoxicillin has many brand names as well as generic forms. In this article, you’ll learn what amoxicillin is, the types of infections it may be used for in cats, potential side effects, and some other useful info and frequently asked questions. What...

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Bladder Stones In Cats: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment​

Bladder stones in cats are a generally less common but no less concerning cause of urinary issues and a potentially life-threatening cause of urinary tract obstruction. In this article, you will learn what bladder stones are, the two most common types of stones, and how these are diagnosed, treated, and prevented. What Are Bladder Stones In Cats? A bladder stone...

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Gabapentin For Cats: Usage, Safety, And More

  Gabapentin is a common medication used in both pets and people to address certain painful conditions and as added control for seizure conditions. In pets, it is also often used for mild sedation for stressful situations and for car travel, especially in cats. So can cats take gabapentin? They sure can! In this article, you’ll learn what gabapentin is,...

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