Countryside Veterinary Clinic is located just minutes from the modern, diverse, planned-city of Columbia and old historic Ellicott City on the banks of the Patapsco River. Our clients and their pets enjoy the benefits of these extremes. Columbia, Maryland is a planned city halfway between Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, DC. It was created in 1967 based on the idea that a city could enhance its resident's quality of life. It consists of many communities with walking paths, open spaces and a central village. It was designed to eliminate, racial, religious, and class segregation. It was ranked in 2020 as the 5th best place to live in the United States.

Pet-Friendly Activities in Columbia, Maryland

Patapsco Valley State Park

Address: 8020 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Info: Patapsco Valley State Park is pet-friendly. You are welcome to bring your pet with you to enjoy the 32 miles of recreational land along the banks of the Patapsco River. There are over 200 miles of trails around the park that can be explored by dogs and their owners, with 70 of those miles identified as maintained trails.

Worthington Dog Park

Address: 8170 Hillborough Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Info: Bring your pet for some off-leash fun at this 2.7-acre fenced dog park. A permit is required for use.

Pet-Friendly Restaurants in Columbia, Maryland

Second Chance Saloon

Address: 5888 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD, 21045

Info: Dog-friendly neighborhood bar / restaurant with two outdoor patios for you and your furry friend. Homemade pub grub, burgers, entrees and more.

Ale House Columbia

Address: 6480 Dobbin Center Road, Columbia, MD 21045

Info: Ale House offers over 50 bottled, canned, and draft craft beers and a menu that includes Thai shrimp, Tex-Mex rolls, roasted pear salad, Buffalo chicken flatbread, angry mussels, Korean beef tacos, crab cake dinners, and steak frites. Shaded umbrella tables are dog friendly.

Leelyn's Dining Room and Lounge

Address: 9495 Old Annapolis Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042

Info: There's lots of outdoor seating at this pet-friendly eatery in Ellicott City. In fact, you can dine under a shaded pergola with your pup. The menu runs the gamut from Italian dished like Shrimp to Asian inspired Tempura Fried Egglant.

Pet-Friendly Accommodations in Columbia, Maryland

Sonesta ES Suites Columbia

Address: 8844 Columbia 100 Parkway, Columbia, MD 21045

Info: Sonesta ES Suites Columbia welcomes two pets up to 80 lbs for an additional fee of $75 (for stays of 1 to 2 nights) and $150 (for longer stays). Both dogs and cats are allowed, and crated pets may be left in the room unattended.

Homewood Suites Columbia

Address: 8320 Benson Drive, Columbia, MD 21045

Info: Homewood Suites Columbia welcomes two pets up to 45 lbs for an additional fee of $25 per pet, per night. Both dogs and cats are permitted. Treats are available at the front desk, and green space for pet relief is located behind the hotel.

Extended Stay America Columbia

Address: 6620 Eli Whitney Drive, Columbia, MD 21046

Info: Extended Stay America Columbia Gateway Drive welcomes two pets up to 20 lbs for an additional fee of $25 per pet, per night (not to exceed $150 per pet, per stay). Both dogs and cats are permitted, but pets may not be left in rooms unattended.

The Hotel at Turf Valley

Address: 2700 Turf Valley Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042

Info: Turf Valley Resort is a 1000 acre pet friendly resort with two professional golf courses and dining located 6 miles from downtown historic Ellicott City.

Recommended Pet Services in Columbia, Maryland

Camp Bow Wow Columbia

Address: 7165 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, MD 21046

Info: Camp Bow Wow Columbia MD is a premier doggy day and overnight camp. They offer an all day play environment with both indoor and outdoor play areas. With access to online Camper Cams, parents know just how much fun their doggy is having at camp.

Pet+ER Columbia

Address: 10000 Old Columbia Road, Columbia, MD 21046

Info: Veterinary emergency and critical care center.

Countryside Veterinary Clinic

Address: 4866 Montgomery Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Info: Countryside Veterinary Clinic offers comprehensive wellness examinations and vaccinations, progressive medical treatments, soft tissue and orthopedic surgical procedures, advanced dental solutions, current oncology protocols, hospitalization and in-house radiology, ultrasound, and laboratory diagnostic testing.

The Coventy School

Address: 7165 Oakland Mills Road Suite KL, Columbia, MD 21046

Info: We are a professionally recognized leader in day camp and training services. We offer cutting-edge enrichment programs, utilize positive reinforcement methods, and provide stress-free handling approaches that are based on scientifically-sound principles, extensive experience and advanced education in canine behavior.

Pet Stores and Supplies in Columbia, Maryland

Charm City Puppies

Address: 8205 Snowden River Parkway, Columbia, MD 21045

PetSmart Columbia Pet Store

Address: 9041 Snowden Square Drive Columbia, MD 21046

Pet-Related Groups in Columbia, Maryland

Small Miracles Cat and Dog Rescue

Address: 10236 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Info: Small Miracles Cat & Dog Rescue is a private, nonprofit, no-kill shelter dedicated to providing the best possible care and finding forever homes for as many homeless cats and dogs as we are able.

Animal Advocates of Howard County

Address: P.O. Box 1402 Ellicot City, MD 21043

Info: Animal Advocates of Howard County is an all-volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preventing the suffering of animals in our area.

Howard County Animal Control

Address: 8576 Davis Road, Columbia, MD 21045

Info: Howard County Animal Control investigates animal cruelty cases, rescues endangered animals, accepts unwanted pets, administers a pet adoption program, conducts humane education programs and operates the county’s animal shelter. Volunteers assist with operations by taking the animals for walks, giving the animals personal attention and assisting with the adoption process. Howard County Animal Control shelters all types of homeless animals until new homes and new lives are found through adoption. Everyone wanting to adopt a pet must complete an adoption application and meet specific requirements before the adoption of an animal can occur.

Important Organizations in Columbia, Maryland

Frisky's Wildlife and Primate Sanctuary

Address: 10790 Old Frederick Road, Woostock, MD 21163

Info: Frisky's is a non-profit Wildlife Rehabilitation center located in Howard County, MD. We take in injured, orphaned, abandoned, or displaced wildlife.

Animal Advocates of Howard County

Address: PO Box 1403, Ellicott City, MD 21041

Info: Promotes the adoption of pets from Howard County Animal Control ("The Shelter"). Volunteers help to place given-up and unclaimed stray cats, dogs, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, gerbils, hamsters, and occasional reptiles into permanent homes. Participation in many humane education programs for young people of all ages in schools and through other organizations. Operates an "animal helpline" to address questions, concerns, and issues directly, or referral to appropriate contacts.

Countryside Veterinary Clinic promotes, supports, and loves to participate in their annual Walk for Paws at Centennial Park!

Countryside Veterinary Clinic's Favorite Businesses in Columbia, Maryland

Merriweather Post Pavillion

Address: 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

Info: Merriweather Post Pavilion is an outdoor concert venue located within Symphony Woods, a 40-acre lot of preserved land in the heart of the planned community of Columbia, Maryland.

Centennial Park

Address: 10000 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042

Info: The 337-acre park features a spectacular 54-acre man-made lake, which is stocked by the State Department of Fisheries, and is home to a variety of wildlife such as white-tailed deer, beavers, foxes, turtles, herons, and many other bird species. You can walk, run or bike the 2.6-mile paved pathway that encircles the lake

Howard County Center for the Arts

Address: 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott city, MD 21043

Info: A valuable community resource, the Center provides a place where people of all ages and skill levels can develop and learn, artists can work and teach, and community arts organizations can establish themselves and grow.

Larriland Farm

Address: 2415 Woodbine Road, Woodbine, MD 21797

Columbia, Maryland Demographics & Economic Data

Population Information

Population as of 2017: 103,709
Males: 47,681 (46.0%)
Females: 56,028 (54.0%)

Median resident age: 37.6 years old

Estimated median household income in 2017: $100,665

Zip Codes:

21029, 21042, 21044, 21045, 21046, 21075

Home Prices in 2017

Estimated median house or condo value: over $370,600


  • All housing units: over $371,475
  • Detached houses: $444,114;
  • Townhouses or other attached units: $296,143;
  • In 3-to-4-unit structures: $180,765;
  • In 5-or-more-unit structures: $209,852;

Schools in Columbia, Maryland

High Schools

  1. Atholton High School
  2. Wilde Lake High School
  3. Riverhill HIgh School

Middle Schools

  1. Atholton Middle School
  2. Wilde Lake Middle School
  3. Harpers Choice Elementary School
  4. Oakland Mills Elementary School

Elementary Schools

  1. Atholton Elementary School
  2. Jeffers Hill Elementary School
  3. Thunder Hill Elementary School
  4. Clemens Crossing Elementary School

Serving the community since 1988, Countryside Veterinary Clinic has been the go-to resource for local pet care. Contact us today or schedule an appointment for all your pet care needs.