VETERINARY CARE SERVICES

Our veterinarians provide general wellness, plus surgical, dental, and specialty care during daytime business hours. We are also open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergencies. See our non-emergency service options below.

24 Hr Emergency Veterinary Clinic & ER

Licensed Veterinarians on-site 24 Hours, 7 days a week

Veterinary Care for Dogs and Cats

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

Preventive Wellness Care

In addition to being Charlottesville’s only 24/7 emergency veterinary clinic, VETSS is your best bet for general veterinary wellness.

  • 24-hour access to your pet’s important medical records in case of emergency
  • 24-hour medication refills
  • Annual wellness exam and vaccines when it is most convenient for you!
  • Drop offs welcome without strict pick-up times, since we’re always open!
  • Great pricing and services from seasoned veterinarians
  • Save on Preventive Medicine: Flea, tick and heartworm medications are the lowest in the area (and most even lower than online pharmacies like PetMed Express)

Each animal is different, and we will tailor your pet’s wellness care to suit its lifestyle, health history, and special needs. Click the menus below to get an idea of the care to expect for your pet. Please don’t hesitate to call us for more information or to schedule a visit with one of our great veterinarians.

For Canines, or Dogs

Puppies

Your puppy will receive a series of vaccinations every 3 – 4 weeks until after 16 weeks of age. Your vet will begin heartworm, flea, and tick prevention on your puppy’s first visit. Your vet will perform a intestinal parasite screening to determine your puppy’s health, and give it any relevant vaccines. The doctor may also recommend deworming. Be sure to bring a fecal sample to your first visit!

Adult Dogs

Every adult dog needs annual wellness exams — Remember, they age up to 7 times faster than humans! Each checkup begins with a discussion between you and the vet about your pet’s nutrition, lifestyle, and any ongoing concerns. Then your dog gets a physical, and the vet checks its dental health. Based on what our vets find, they will update your pet’s vaccines and recommend followup treatment. Your visit will conclude with the vet giving you all the health and nutrition info you need to keep your dog wagging for another year.

Senior Dogs

Senior citizen dogs need special care, and we recommend any canines over 7 years of age come in your checkups twice a year. In addition to the regular tests, vaccines, and care, our veterinarians will evaluate your dog’s organ functions to identify all age-related internal changes.

For Felines, or Cats

Kitten

Mew! Mew! Every newborn kitten deserves a healthy start. Our patients receive a series of vaccines every 3 – 4 weeks until after 16 weeks of age. Our vets will perform an intestinal parasite screening. We may recommend additional vaccines and deworming if we find anything suspicious. Also, for outdoor kittens, we’ll start heartworm, flea, and tick prevention. Be sure to bring a fecal sample to your first visit.

Adult Cats

Every adult adult needs annual wellness exams — Remember, they age up to 7 times faster than humans! Each checkup begins with a discussion between you and the vet about your pet’s nutrition, lifestyle, and any ongoing concerns. Then your cat gets a physical, and the vet checks its dental health. Based on what we find, we may update your cat’s vaccines and recommend followup treatment. Your visit will conclude with the vet giving you all the health and nutrition info you need to keep your cat purring for another year.

Senior Cats

Senior citizen cats need special care, and we recommend any felines over 10 years of age come in your checkups twice a year. In addition to the regular tests, vaccines, and care, our veterinarians will evaluate your cat’s organ functions to identify all age-related internal changes.

Contact us to schedule a wellness visit with one of our veterinary professionals.
Contact Us about Exotic Animal Care

Veterinary Care for Exotics

We have always been willing to provide care any type of creature, including small mammals, pet reptiles, and some farm animals. Please contact us to schedule an appointment.

Small Mammals

VETSS, Charlottesville cares for pocket pets, like gerbils, guinea pigs, rabbits, and hamsters! We recommend annual wellness visits just to make sure your pet isn’t hiding any serious symptoms. A typical visit may include:

  • A physical examination for abnormal biological functions
  • Dental check to make sure teeth aren’t overgrown
  • Screening for parasites such as lice, mites, or fleas

To ensure your pocket pet is living its best life, contact us to schedule an appointment.

Ferrets

Ferrets are intelligent, energetic, and have special dietary needs. Our annual ferret wellness exams typically include:

  • Physical exam
  • Rabies vaccine
  • Examination for adrenal disease – A common, but very dangerous condition for ferrets!

We also encourage ferret owners to spay or neuter their pets—not only will fixing your ferret prevent unplanned reproduction, but helps reduce body odor, calm its moods, and protect it from deadly hormonal diseases. Contact us to schedule an appointment.

 

Reptiles & Amphibians

We treat lizards, turtles, frogs, toads, and non-venomous snakes. We also can provide guidance and consultations to ensure your pet is receiving the right temperature balance, humidity, and lighting in their habitat and receiving their recommended dietary needs.

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

24 Hr Emergency Veterinary Clinic & ER

Licensed Veterinarians on-site 24 Hours, 7 days a week

Surgical & Specialty Services

As a full-service emergency clinic, we provide just about every specialty procedure in the books. We also have an on-site pharmacy and in-house laboratory for your pet’s care needs.

Click the menus below to learn more about our special procedures.

Hospitalization and Critical Care

We are trained and equipped to perform essential critical care for emergency guests:

  • Oxygen Therapy
  • Fluid Therapy
  • Blood Transfusion
  • ECG & Cardiac Consultations
  • Sevoflurane & Isoflurane Anesthesia

Many emergency patients require hospitalization for post-surgical recovery, or medical observation:

  • Inpatient Critical Care & Monitoring
  • Outpatient Medicine & Surgery

Pet Dentistry

Dental diseases can lead to infections of the heart, kidneys, and liver. 

Our in-house veterinary team can perform dental exams, cleanings, and oral surgeries—including extractions. Contact us to schedule a dental appointment.

Dermatology

Treating skin diseases can be difficult and frustrating for pet owners, but it is critical to follow your pets prescribed treatment plan consistently. Many animals suffer from conditions that compel them to scratch, rub, chew, or lick their hair and skin. With treatment, VETSS can help heal inflamed skin and regrow bald patches of fur. Contact us if your pet is compulsively scratching.

Cardiology

VETSS pet cardiac treatment and disease detection includes electrocardiograms, chest radiography (X-rays) and ultrasounds.

Pet Surgery

Our modern surgical suite is 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.

We also regularly perform:

  • Growth/mass removals
  • Foreign body removal
  • Wound repair and stitches
  • Ear infection treatments and hematoma surgeries
  • Amputations 
  • Plus many others

We also provide free post-surgical incision checks for all surgeries. Contact us with your questions.

Digital Radiology (X-Ray)

X-rays allow veterinarians to view an animal’s internal body structures. This is particularly useful for diagnosing hip problems in dogs.

Ultrasound Imaging

Ultrasound imaging is a non-invasive, pain-free procedure uses sound waves to examine a pet’s internal organs and structures. This helps us discover, diagnose, and treat complex conditions without radiation or side-effects to ensure maximum comfort for your pet.

Eye Care

VETSS performs tonometry to determine glaucoma risk in our guests. We refer severe eye problems to Dr. Michael Blair, who sees eye patients for non-surgical appointments twice a month at our practice.

For surgical appointments, Dr. Blair sees patients at his home practice, Animal Eye Care of Richmond

State-of-the-art equipment

As an emergency clinic, we are always updating our veterinary equipment. Our state-of-the-art array includes:

  • Intravenous Infusion Pumps
  • AutoSuture Surgical Staplers
  • Blood Pressure Monitors
  • Defibrillator
  • Digital Radiology
  • Pulse Oximeter
  • Ultrasound
  • Respiratory Ventilator
  • Multiparameter Anesthetic Monitors

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