May is Feline Health Month!

There are more cats than dogs living in homes in the United States, but by far most veterinary appointments are made for dogs. Twice as many cats as dogs will NEVER visit a veterinarian! Your cat deserves wellness care, too!

At Elkwood Animal Hospital, we want ALL of your pets to receive the health care they need to live the longest, healthiest lives possible. This means including cats in your plans for regular check-ups and vaccines, just like your dogs or other animals. Regular exams can detect disease or problems before they become more serious, and a yearly exam for your cat is like a human going to the doctor only once every 5-7 years. A lot can change in that time! Additionally, cats both indoors and outdoors need some protection from preventable diseases and parasites.

KazeCloseCrop2In May, we are offering special discounts for wellness care for your feline friends.

Bring your cat in for his or her regular checkup, vaccines, and other preventive care and you’ll get 10% off on those services! If we’re meeting your cat for the first time, whether it’s a new kitten or a long time pet who just hasn’t made it in to see us before, you’ll get 15% off the same care!

Included services include wellness exams, vaccinations, wellness bloodwork and urine screening, Feline Leukemia and FIV testing, fecal examinations for parasites, and parasite preventatives, including Revolution®.


What’s that, you say? Your cat doesn’t like coming to the vet? Yep, we know that, too. (Some of ours don’t like to come to work with us, either!) We promise we’ll do our best to make his or her experience the most comfortable we can.

Additionally, you can click here to download a brochure from the American Association of Feline Practitioners with tips on reducing stress for your visit.

We also carry Feliway® calming pheromone products which can help soothe your cat before, during, and after the visit.

As always, housecalls are also available to those who cannot or don’t want to make the trip in. Call us at 540-825-1777 to discuss setting up a home visit for your cat’s care!

(Statistics source: AAFP)

April is Parasite Prevention Month

Protect your pets from parasites this spring!

Parasites want to feed on your pets from the inside (gutworms, heartworms) and out (fleas, ticks, mosquitoes).

This month we are offering 10% off stool sample testing and heartworm testing, as well as many discounts and rebates on all of our parasite prevention products.


Did you know there is a new alternative to topical flea & tick prevention?

NexGard® is a tasty, chewable prevention that protects agains fleas AND ticks for a full 30 days! Won’t wash off with frequent baths or summer swimming, and no messy residue on your dog’s fur. (Not for cats) Ask our doctors about it next time you’re in!


Lyme Disease

Our focus for March is Lyme Disease Prevention! Just like humans, dogs are susceptible to Lyme disease, and can have long lasting issues from contracting this disease.

Ticks in our area carry Lyme disease, as well as other nasty blood parasites like Ehrlichia and Anaplasma. Virginia is one of the states on the East Coast with a very high prevalence of Lyme disease.

Lyme Map

Unlike in humans, dogs rarely get the “bulls-eye” lesion on their skin after a bite from an infected tick. Lyme infection in dogs is only detected with a blood test. The disease itself can cause fever, lethargy, achiness and arthritis, and in some cases, even permanent effects on the kidneys. Knowing your dog’s status is an important first step in preventing or treating this disease!

To help protect your dog, Elkwood Animal Hospital will offer 10% of Lyme disease testing and vaccinations this month. Additionally, when your dog completes the Lyme vaccination series for the first time, you will receive a free gift…  your choice of a travel dog water bottle or a light-up night time safety collar! (while supplies last)

The Lyme vaccine is an important means to prevent disease in your dog, but tick prevention is ALWAYS the best way to prevent ticks and the many diseases they can transmit. We recommend keeping your dog on tick prevention year round, as our mild climate often means ticks can be active even in the winter months.

Help us protect your dog from Lyme disease this spring!

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