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Pet Vaccinations Offer Protection from Dangerous Diseases

You may be wondering if pet vaccinations are really essential for your pet. The fact is, they are! Yes, even indoor cats and dogs who only go out in the backyard! Vaccinations play a greater role in the pet community. All it takes is one unvaccinated pet for the whole community of the Roanoke Valley to be potentially at risk. Pet vaccinations are an important step in your pet’s lifelong wellness, and we offer all the safest and latest vaccines at Hanging Rock Animal Hospital.

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Core and Noncore Vaccines to Suit Your Pet’s Lifestyle

Core vaccines are those that are highly recommended for every pet, while noncore vaccines are only necessary when your pet’s lifestyle requires it. At Hanging Rock Animal Hospital, we work with you to develop a vaccine plan that suits your pet's needs so they receive just the vaccinations they need. We'll also focus on other preventive health measures that require regular testing and attention.

Preventive Care for Dogs

  • Rabies
  • DHLPP (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis parvovirus, parainfluenza)
  • Bordetella (noncore vaccine for dogs who frequently come in contact with other dogs)
  • Lyme (noncore vaccine for outdoor dogs prone to tick bites)
  • Microscopic fecal exam
  • Heartworm test
  • Tick disease screening
  • Comprehensive exam for all 
  • Monthly parasite prevention

Preventive Care for Cats

  • Rabies
  • FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia)
  • Feline Leukemia (noncore vaccine for outdoor cats but recommended for all kittens)
  • Microscopic fecal exam
  • FIV and FeLV test
  • Heartworm test
  • Comprehensive exam
  • Monthly parasite prevention

Starting Off on the Right Paw by Building Immunity

Puppies and kittens are the most vulnerable to disease as their immune systems are not quite mature enough to fight off any serious infection. To build their immunity and set them up for a lifetime of protection, they’ll receive a series of core vaccines during their first few months. Additionally, we'll check for worms through a fecal exam, and will talk to you about their parasite prevention plan.

Puppy Preventive Care Timeline

  • DHPP at 6-8 weeks old, then a booster every 3-4 weeks until they’re 16 weeks of age
  • If needed, Leptospirosis is added to the last two vaccines of the DHPP series
  • Rabies vaccine at 12-16 weeks
  • Bordetella as early as 8-9 weeks
  • Microscopic fecal exam (to check for intestinal parasites which can be contagious to pets and people)
  • Starting them on a monthly parasite prevention

Kitten Preventive Care Timeline

  • FVRCP at 6-9 weeks old, then a booster every 3-4 weeks until they’re 16 weeks of age
  • Rabies vaccine at 12-16 weeks
  • Feline Leukemia (FeLV), only for at-risk cats, at 9-12 weeks and a booster in 3-4 weeks
  • Feline Leukemia and FIV test to ensure your kitten is clear of these deadly diseases
  • Microscopic fecal test (to check for intestinal parasites which can be contagious to pets and people)
  • Starting them on a monthly parasite prevention

All of the above services are covered in our puppy and kitten preventive care plans! Please ask us for more information.

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Hanging Rock Animal Hospital is the BEST in the Roanoke Valley. Dr. Honeycutt and "Dr. Todd" are knowledgeable amazing vets. Their entire staff are caring compassionate people who take their time to know all of the animals and humans that walk through their door. I would and have recommended Hanging Rock Animal Hospital to everyone.

- Sondra S.

Would very highly recommend this animal hospital, as both ladies working at the desk, as well as the doctor (Ashley I believe) were all so sweet and helpful! Thank you!

- Matt L

I've been very happy with the care here. The vets have been thorough, the staff friendly, and the hospital is overall very professional. They have temperature monitoring in place for medication. Allyson, the practice manager, has been supportive, and phenomenal in providing information and accommodating requests. Highly recommend!

- S C.

The staff is so caring and compassionate, and make me feel like family as they remember both my dogs names. I will always take my babies to Hanging Rock!

- Emilee H.

Dr Todd has always taken care of my girls. I moved to Oklahoma and still go back to them to care for them. They Genuinely love the animals they care for. I wouldn’t go anywhere else!

 

- Melissa L.

Going back for Allie Boo checkup this month Nov2017... Really do like the vets, they take their time with you letting you know about your fur baby .... Will keep going, especially friendly ,great Vets!

 

- Leasea H.

Staying Strong for Many Years Long

In order for the antibodies stimulated by vaccines to remain effective, your pet will receive routine boosters. We administer many of the vaccines on an annual basis but some are effective for up to 3 years.  To learn more about pet vaccinations or to schedule your pet’s appointment, call us at (540) 562-4596.

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