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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.


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.


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

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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