Rocky Creek Veterinary Hospital has a comprehensive preventative health care program for your pet. Our veterinarians will provide your pet with a vaccination schedule tailored to your pet’s specific needs, as well as a physical examination and any additional diagnostics needed to detect conditions that lead to common illnesses. We recommend that you schedule a checkup for your animal at least once a year, and once every six months for older pets.
We base our treatments on a number of different factors, including your pet’s breed, physical condition, lifestyle, and previous medical history. To ensure that we have a complete and detailed profile of your pet’s health, our exam will include blood and urine tests and internal and external parasite screenings in addition to standard immunizations. Bloodwork can help to diagnose heartworm, Lyme disease, viral infections, and other diseases. These conditions are best combated through preventative medications that stop them before they are contracted. Our veterinarians will also perform dewormings, which are another important factor in maintaining your companion’s good health by preventing and/or removing parasitic infections.
In addition, we will assess your pet’s weight so that we can recommend modifications in diet or exercise if necessary. Maintaining a healthy body weight is an important part of an animal’s overall health that can reduce the risk of conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, liver conditions, and more.
On the day of the appointment, we ask that you bring in a copy of your pet’s previous records, if this is your first visit with us, as well as a stool sample for a $2 discount (ideally less than twelve hours old). Dogs should be on a leash or in a carrier and cats in a closed carrier. Please bring your pet in hungry for their visit with the doctor. This helps them readily accept treats so they are more relaxed and less nervous.
These appointments are also an excellent time for you to address questions about your pet’s health with our veterinarians. Please call us to schedule an appointment or request more information today.
We offer the following vaccinations for dogs.
RABIES: Rabies is a disease nearly everyone has heard of. It is contracted when an animal is bitten by another animal that has been infected. The disease is carried in the saliva. Rabies vaccinations are required in many states for cats. Even if you have an indoor dog, they should be vaccinated in case they get out, or by chance an animal were to get into your house. In nearly all cases, an animal will need to be put down if it has been infected with rabies.
DHPP: This is a combination vaccine that includes protection from Distemper, Parvovirus, Adenovirus type 2, and Parainfluenza. DISTEMPER: This is a viral disease that is easily spread through direct contact and contact with bodily fluids or contaminated food and water. Puppies are the most susceptible to the disease and also have the highest mortality rate from severe cases or complications from the disease. Vaccinations have proven to be effective, so it is important to have your puppy vaccinated because this disease can result in long-term health problems. PARVOVIRUS: This disease is more commonly referred to as “parvo” and is one of the leading causes of viral infections in young dogs. It is highly contagious and transmitted by direct or indirect contact with contaminated feces. There are cardiac and intestinal forms of the disease, both of which are fatal in most cases when left untreated. ADENOVIRUS (type 2): This virus leads to the infection commonly known as “kennel cough” in dogs. It is very contagious, and is characterized by a hacking cough and a foamy white discharge. This vaccine is required in most areas. PARAINFLUENZA: This is a type of virus that can also cause kennel cough symptoms and even serious conditions including pneumonia and seizures. It is included within the nasal Bordetella and injectable Distemper/Parvo combination vaccine to offer more complete protection.
BORDETELLA: Bordetella Bronchiseptica is one of the numerous bacteria and viruses that can cause kennel cough syndrome (canine infectious respiratory disease complex). This is an intranasal vaccines that is typically given every 6 months to help prevent infection.
LEPTOSPIROSIS: This disease brings on symptoms of fever, vomiting, loss of appetite, and depression, and it could lead to chronic kidney or liver disease. It is transmitted by water contaminated by urine from wildlife including skunks, raccoons and squirrels. In South Carolina, leptospirosis is endemic in our area. We require this vaccine for dogs that will be boarding or attending doggie day camp.
CANINE INFLUENZA: This disease has similar symptoms to the human influenza virus (fever, lethargy, fatigue, coughing, and pneumonia). However, the canine flu is not seasonal and yearly vaccinations are recommended for any dog which is boarded, groomed or frequents dog parks and/or pet stores.
LYME DISEASE: Lyme disease is transmitted from ticks. These small insects are found in wooded areas and areas with tall, overgrown grass or brush. If you live in or travel to areas where these environments exist, it is smart to take proper precautions to prevent Lyme disease.
We offer the following vaccinations for cats.
RABIES: Rabies is a disease nearly everyone has heard of. It is contracted when an animal is bitten by another animal that has been infected. The disease is carried in the saliva. Rabies vaccinations are required in many states for cats. Even if you have an indoor cat, they should be vaccinated in case they get out, or by chance an animal were to get into your house. In nearly all cases, an animal will need to be put down if it has been infected with rabies.
FVRCCP: This is a combination vaccine that includes protection for Panleukopenia, Rhinotracheitis, and Calicivius. Panleukopenia: The more common name for this virus is “distemper”. It is a highly contagious disease with symptoms including fever, seizures, loss of appetite, and possibly death. RHINOTRACHEITIS: Caused by the herpes virus, Rhinotracheitis is an upper respiratory infection that is highly contagious. The infection could prove to be fatal in young kittens, so the vaccination is highly recommended. CALICIVIRUS: This is a virus that causes an upper respiratory infection. It is very contagious through contact with infected cats. Symptoms include fever, gum disease, mouth ulcers, sneezing, etc. More advanced forms of the virus are more severe and can cause fatality. Cats do not need to exhibit symptoms in order to transmit the disease to other cats.
FELINE LEUKEMIA VIRUS: This is another virus that is spread through direct contact with an infected cat. For this reason the vaccine is highly recommended for outdoor cats, or cats that are frequently in contact with other cats. Indoor, solitary cats should still be vaccinated to prevent against the potentially fatal virus, but are not at as high a risk to contract it.