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After Hours Emergencies


In Case of Emergency After Hours Please Call:

Dogwood Emergency Center

(804) 716-4700

Veterinary Referral & Critical Care

(804) 784-8722

Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center

(804) 353-9000

Canine Care Tips

New Puppy Care and Vaccinations
Here are a few tips on caring for your new puppy that will help you and your new friend!

  • The first thing you should do after adopting or purchasing your new puppy is contact your veterinarian for a new pet exam.
  • If your puppy has not been seen by a veterinarian before, or had any vaccinations given by a breeder or humane group, he/she should receive the following during the first visit:
  • Full physical exam
  • Fecal test (for intestinal parasites such as roundworms)
  • First puppy DHPP vaccine
  • After the initial exam, your puppy should return every 4 weeks for 3 additional visits for the remainder of the vaccination series.
  • Puppies should receive a total of 3 DHPP vaccines.
  • During the second or third visit, your puppy should begin monthly oral heartworm prevention which he/ she should stay on indefinitely.
  • On your puppy’s third or fourth visit (depending on age), he/ she should receive a one year rabies vaccine. Rabies vaccines are required by law in the state of Virginia.
  • Depending on the environment you live in, the Veterinarian may recommend incorporating a Lyme Disease vaccine and/ or a Leptospirosis Vaccine within your puppies vaccine schedule.
  • After the series of puppy vaccines are finished, your puppy should return to the veterinarian annually for a full physical exam and vaccination updates.

Spaying and Neutering

It is recommended that puppies be spayed or neutered at approximately 6 months of age. Spaying and neutering are anesthetic procedures that will require your pet to be hospitalized. Routine male dog neuters are out- patient procedures, and female patients will need to stay over-night after the spay surgery. For more information on scheduling your puppies spay or neuter, please see our “Appointments” page.

Vet Services
We provide a wide variety of veterinary services to assist you and your pet. Learn more about the services we offer and how we're different.

Pet Health Checker
Use our Pet Health Checker tool to help you decide if your pet's symptoms require immediate attention or if you should continue to monitor those symptoms at home.

Pet Health Library
We share the same goal – ensuring your animal companion is healthy and happy! Check out our library to find out more!