Helping Healthy Pets Stay that Way with Preventive Care

Your pet’s health depends on a number of factors, many of which we can’t control because a lot of it falls to you! Your pet's preventive care starts at home with good housing, appropriate nutrition and keeping them safe from worldly dangers. When it comes to vaccines, catching diseases, parasite prevention and other preventive care measures, we're here to help. At Hanging Rock Animal Hospital, we emphasize preventive care to keep pets of Roanoke and beyond healthy and help them avoid illness in the first place. Our veterinary care is designed to give your pet the best chance at a long and happy life with you.

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Preventive Care and Nutrition at Every Life Stage

Pets age far quicker than we do, which means conditions develop faster, too. Preventive care for puppies and kittens evolves constantly, through to your pet’s golden years. Each life stage requires different focuses. Additionally, diet plays an important role for your pet throughout their life, and diet changes can make a world of difference as your pet ages. Our veterinarians can develop a specialized diet plan to match your pet’s needs during every life stage.

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Is Your Pet A Member of the "Over 50" Club?

This table will help determine if your pet is "senior" or "geriatric" by showing the animal's relative age in human years.

6 40 42 45 49
7 44 47 50 56
8 48 51 55 64
9 52 56 61 71
10 56 60 66 78
11 60 65 72 86
12 64 69 77 93
13 68 74 82 101
14 72 78 88 108
15 76 83 93 115
16 80 87 99 123
17 84 92 104
18 88 96 109
19 92 101 115
20 96 105 120
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Senior Geriatric
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Everyone here is so sweet and kind! They love your pets like they are their own and actually listen to you!! They always give my babies great care!! Thanks guys for being so great!!

- Kristin P.

Dr. Todd is awesome. Whether it's holistic care, dietary changes, or simply his ability to CONNECT with both the patient and the owner, we have been 100% satisfied with the level of care provided.

- Patrick K

My wife and I have taken our pets to Hanging Rock AH for nearly 13 years . Without a doubt , the entire staff is extreme friendly, compassionate, and caring. After your first visit , you are greeted by name (which is great ) and everyone genuinely appreciates your business but most importantly, shows compassion and care for your pet(s) that unparalleled. We feel like we are family

- Scott V

Wonderful pet care and kind staff!

- David B

My family has taken all our pets there, in Emergency situations too. The staff is so kind, and the competent. I am so happy they have always been the best

 

- Charlene G

I have been taking my pups to Hanging Rock for years and have never been anything but confident in the care they received. From my senior pup, that I have since lost; to my newest addition. Dr. Todd and Dr. Honeycutt are the best!

 

- Delores J

Puppies and Kittens

If you’ve welcomed a new puppy or kitten to your family, we’d love to meet them! Puppies and kittens are vulnerable as their immune systems are too immature to protect them from serious, easily preventable diseases. That’s why it’s essential to start them on vaccinations at an early age, usually about 6-8 weeks. Additionally, intestinal parasites are common in puppies and kittens, so we will perform a microscopic fecal exam to detect any intestinal parasites. Treatment involves deworming and parasite preventives. We will also talk to you about spay and neuter options. Check out our puppy and kitten wellness programs.

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Adult Pets

While preventive treatments as newborns are all about setting your pet up for a healthy future, regular preventive care during their adult years is all about maintaining their health. Your pet's wellness depends on consistency, and we recommend bringing them to the vet annually. At their exam, we will perform a physical assessment, update vaccinations as needed and ensure they have proper parasite prevention.

To help you manage your adult pet's preventive care, we offer Early Detection Plans for cats and dogs.

Senior Pets

As pets reach their senior years, they often need more consistent care. Many age-related conditions that affect us can also affect them. These include arthritis, cancer, heart disease, hormone disorders and more. Baseline diagnostic testing before your pet is a senior helps us better analyze any changes in their health that could point toward one of the conditions listed previously.

Similar to adult pets, you can enroll in Early Detection Plans tailored to your senior pet's needs.

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Geriatric Pets

Geriatric pets are those that have lived beyond their senior years. They often live with age-related conditions such as arthritis and may develop senility as well. Common issues include confusion, wandering, and different sleep patterns. Geriatric pets also will suffer a decrease in their senses, particularly eyesight and hearing. The best care they can be given is lots of patience and TLC! Our Geriatric Wellness Plans aim to keep them happy and comfortable throughout their later years.

Schedule a Pet Wellness Care Appointment

Annual exams keep your pet in top form throughout their lives. With regular veterinary visits, we're able to catch problems early and treat them more effectively, which benefits your pet and cuts down on costs, too! Contact us today to schedule a preventive care exam.

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