VETERINARY CARE SERVICES

Our veterinarians are available to examine, diagnose, and treat a wide array of problems for most pets. See our service options below.
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Our veterinarians, technicians, and staff are available during business hours to help you get your pet the medical attention it needs. We can accommodate same-day appointments in most cases, depending on the urgency of the situation. Our family of seasoned staff are here to help.

For after hours care, please contact the Fredricksburg Regional Emergency and Referral Center to get directed to the nearest available animal care center.

If your pet has ingested something that is potentially poisonous, call the 24/7 Animal Poison Control number – (888) 426-4435

Consider the Symptoms

If you suspect your pet is undergoing an emergency, consider their visible symptoms.

Observe:  Is your pet acting unusual, or doing something out of the ordinary?

Orient:  Focus in on the primary symptom(s)

Decide:  Contact us or an emergency clinic for assistance!

Act:  After speaking with our staff, follow our timely triage process and recommendations to get your pet the care it needs.

If your pet is experiencing any of the symptoms from this list, they should be treated immediately.

  • Pale gums
  • Rapid breathing
  • Weak or rapid pulse
  • Change in body temperature
  • Difficulty standing
  • Loss of consciousness or Seizures
  • Excessive bleeding, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Inability to urinate or defecate

In some cases, it may be recommended that your pet is transferred to an emergency center based on the severity of their condition.  No matter what, we can assist you in getting the proper care for your pet.

 

Veterinary Care for Dogs and Cats

Annual Physical Exams, Checkups, Vaccines, and Preventive Wellness Care

Preventive Wellness Care

Keep your pet in peak health with our health screenings for cats and dogs including physical examinations, health screenings, any relevant vaccines, and a nutritional/behavioral consultation. Every animal is different, and your cat or dog’s visit will be tailored to suit its lifestyle, health history, and any special needs.

For Canines, or Dogs

Puppies

Your puppy will receive a series of vaccinations every 3 – 4 weeks until after 16 weeks of age. At each visit a physical examination, fecal examination, and vaccines specific to your puppy/kitten’s lifestyle will be given. Heartworm, flea, and tick prevention will started on your first visit. Deworming may be recommended. Please remember to bring a fresh stool sample and any medical history/previous vaccinations to your visit.

Adult Dogs

Adult dogs need annual wellness exams in order to stay healthy. During each checkup, Spotsylvania Animal Hospital’s veterinarians will determine your dog’s health status by talking to you about its nutrition and lifestyle, as well as through physical and dental examinations. Based on what our vets find, they will update your pet’s vaccines, recommend any relevant treatments, and provide you with all the care and nutrition you need to keep your best friend healthy for another year.

Senior Dogs

Dogs age much faster than humans, and as they become senior citizens they need special care. We recommend you bring dogs older than 7 years in for semi-annual checkups. In addition to the regular tests, vaccines, and caregiving, our veterinarians will evaluate your dog’s organ functions to identify all age-related changes going on internally.

For Felines, or Cats

Kitten

Your kitten will receive a series of vaccinations every 3 – 4 weeks until after 16 weeks of age. At each visit a physical examination, fecal examination, and vaccines specific to your puppy/kitten’s lifestyle will be given. Heartworm, flea, and tick prevention will start at your first visit. Deworming may be recommended. Please remember to bring a fresh stool sample and any medical history/previous vaccinations to your visit.

Adult Cats

Adult cats need annual wellness exams in order to stay healthy. During each checkup, Spotsylvania Animal Hospital’s veterinarians will determine your dog’s health status by talking to you about its nutrition and lifestyle, as well as through physical and dental examinations. Based on what our vets find, they will update your pet’s vaccines, recommend any relevant treatments, and provide you with all the care and nutrition you need to keep your best friend healthy for another year.

Senior Cats

Cats age at a much faster rate than humans. Feline senior citizens (10 years+) should visit the veterinarian twice a year, to ensure their organ functions are working well.

Laboratory Health Screenings

Our Health Screenings are the affordable way to make sure your pet is living its best life by providing you cost savings through our comprehensive laboratory testing bundles. Enjoy up to 35 percent saving compared to purchasing each service separately.

For Your Dog

1+ Year & Older

Young Dog Health Screen

Health screen includes:

  • Chemistry tests (10) to screen for kidney, liver, and pancreatic disease, as well as to check sugar levels
  • Complete blood count (CBC) to evaluate overall health of dog
  • Fecal tests to detect intestinal parasites to include Giardia which is a zoonotic disease and transferrable to humans
  • Blood parasite screening to identify if your dog has been exposed to vector-borne (e.g., heartworm) or other infectious diseases

Adult Dog Health Screen

Health screen includes:

  • Chemistry tests (27) to screen for kidney, liver, and pancreatic disease, as well as to check sugar levels
  • Complete blood count (CBC) to evaluate overall health of dog
  • Fecal tests to detect intestinal parasites to include Giardia which is a zoonotic disease and transferrable to humans
  • Blood parasite screening to identify if your dog has been exposed to vector-borne (e.g., heartworm) or other infectious diseases
  • Thyroid test to determine if the thyroid gland is producing too little thyroid hormone.

Senior Dog Health Screen

Health screen includes:

  • Chemistry tests (27) to screen for kidney, liver, and pancreatic disease, as well as to check sugar levels
  • Complete blood count (CBC) to evaluate overall health of dog
  • Fecal tests to detect intestinal parasites to include Giardia which is a zoonotic disease and transferrable to humans
  • Blood parasite screening* to identify if your dog has been exposed to vector-borne (e.g., heartworm) or other infectious diseases
  • Thyroid test to determine if the thyroid gland is producing too little thyroid hormone
  • Urine tests to screen for urinary tract infections and other diseases, and to evaluate the kidneys’ ability to concentrate urine.

For Your Cat

1+ Year & Older

Young Cat Health Screen

Health screen includes:

  • Chemistry tests (11) to screen for kidney, liver, and pancreatic disease, as well as to check sugar levels
  • Complete blood count (CBC) to evaluate overall health of cat
  • ProBNP test to determine if the heart has stress and/or stretch. 1 in 6 cats have undetected forms of heart disease.
  • Fecal tests to detect intestinal parasites to include Giardia which is a zoonotic disease and transferrable to humans

Adult/Senior Cat Health Screen

Health screen includes:

  • Chemistry tests (27) to screen for kidney, liver, and pancreatic disease, as well as to check sugar levels
  • Complete blood count (CBC) to evaluate overall health of cat
  • ProBNP test to determine if the heart has stress and/or stretch. 1 in 6 cats have undetected forms of heart disease
  • Fecal tests to detect intestinal parasites to include Giardia which is a zoonotic disease and transferrable to humans
  • Thyroid test to determine if the thyroid gland is producing too little thyroid hormone
  • Urine tests to screen for urinary tract infections and other diseases, and to evaluate the kidneys’ ability to concentrate urine

Contact us to schedule a wellness visit with one of our veterinary professionals.

Veterinary Care for Exotics

Spotsylvania Animal Hospital provides care to small mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, too!

Small Mammals

Spotsylvania Animal Hospital treats small rodents, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, hedgehogs, and sugar gliders. Our care options will vary depending on the species, so please contact us to discuss the right options for your pet.

Ferrets

Ferrets are a special category of exotic pet because they so intelligent, energetic, and have special dietary needs. Our annual ferret wellness exams typically include:

  • Physical exam
  • Rabies vaccine
  • Canine distemper vaccine
  • Examination for adrenal disease (A very common, and dangerous condition for ferrets!)
  • Nutritional consultation

For specific advice or a checkup, please contact us!

Reptiles & Amphibians

Spotsylvania Animal Hospital treats herbivorous and omnivorous lizards, aquatic and non-aquatic turtles, plus frogs and toads (and sometimes pet snakes). We also can provide expert guidance and consultations to ensure your pet is receiving the right temperature balance, humidity, lighting in their habitat and recommended dietary needs.

Contact us to schedule a wellness visit with one of our veterinary professionals.

Surgical & Specialty Procedures

Spotsylvania Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary clinic, so whether your cat is ready for teeth cleaning, or your puppy is ready to be spayed, we have you covered. We also have state-of-the-art imaging technology to help us discover, diagnose, and understand more complex conditions during the triage process.

Pet Surgery

Spotsylvania Animal Hospital has a modern surgical suite available to meet most of our patients’ surgical needs. We routinely perform spay and neuter procedures on cats, dogs, and several exotic companion animal species. Our surgical services include but are not limited to growth removals, ocular (eye) surgeries, foreign body removal, wound repair, and hematoma surgeries.

Pet Dentistry

According to the AVMA, it is estimated that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of dental disease by 3 years of age. Dental disease is more than just “doggy breath”. The progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease can lead to infections of the heart valves, kidneys, and liver! These problems can be prevented with regular dental check-ups and dental cleanings. Spotsylvania Animal Hospital offers comprehensive oral assessments and treatments, which includes ultrasonic cleaning, polishing and tooth extractions as needed. Our Licensed Veterinary Technicians can discuss home dental care options with you to help keep your pet’s teeth in the best possible condition. Between cleanings, you can brush your pet’s teeth at home to help keep them healthy all year long. There are also a variety of treats, toys and drinking water additives designed to help keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy.

Dermatology

Pruritus is the medical term used to define the sensation to itch, or the sensation that provokes a desire to scratch, rub, chew, or lick hair and skin. Pruritus is also an indicator of inflamed skin. Intense scratching can eventually lead to partial or full hair loss, but with treatment, prognosis is positive. There are many causes of pruritus in pets, including fleas, scabies, lice, allergies, bacterial infections, abnormal cell development (neoplasia), and immune disorders. Diagnosing the underlying cause is critical to managing skin disorders. Cytology, cultures, biopsy and potentially allergy testing will help determine those causes, and a treatment plan can be devised based on the results. Treating skin diseases can be difficult and frustrating for pet owners, but it is critical to follow your pets prescribed treatment plan consistently.

Cardiac Diagnostics

Heart disease can be life-threatening to your pet; therefore, accurately diagnosing the severity of heart disease is critical to treating and maintaining your pet’s quality of life. Diagnosing cardiac disease properly requires an electrocardiogram, chest radiographs (X-rays) and ultrasound to determine the full extent of cardiac disease.

Thoracic Radiography

Chest X-Rays (Radiography) are essential to helping the Veterinarian evaluate the size of the heart and major vessels along with any lung or airway abnormalities that may be present concurrently. Typically three survey views are taken for initial evaluation, and other views if certain areas of the chest need to be evaluated.

Digital Radiology (X-Ray)

Radiography is the use of X-rays to view internal structures in the body. When paired with special procedures, such as contrast studies, we are able to enhance the diagnostic ability of our digital radiography. OFA radiographs can also be used to evaluate both hips and elbows of your dog. These technologies allow bones and internal organs to be visualized and aid in the diagnoses of many diseases and conditions. We are also PennHip Certified to help in the evaluation of your pet’s hips (for Hip Dysplasia).

Ultrasound Imaging

Digital Ultrasound is a safe and non-invasive procedure used to painlessly visualize many internal organs, to capture their size, internal structure, and identify potential abnormalities. The digital ultrasound is not a replacement for X-rays and radiography, but rather complements the information obtained by the other imaging methods to assist our veterinarians in their diagnoses.

Laser Therapy

Spotsylvania Animal Hospital uses a state-of-the-art Companion Therapy Laser, a proven way to alleviate your pet’s pain from arthritis, surgical recovery, and many other acute or chronic conditions. Contact us to learn more!

Acupuncture

Spotsylvania Animal Hospital offers veterinary acupuncture as an alternative therapy to treat a variety of conditions. These may include:

  • Musculoskeletal problems
  • Neurological disorders
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Other chronic conditions such as behavioral problems, hyperthyroidism, and kidney problems

Each session lasts around 30 minutes, where our veterinarian will insert between 10 and 40 very thin needles into nerve centers on your pet’s body.  To learn more or to schedule an appointment with our acupuncturist, Dr. Meaghan Corbett, please contact us.

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