Pet Wellness Services 

The staff at Hadlock Veterinary Clinic is committed to providing comprehensive, personalized veterinary care so you and your pet can enjoy a long, happy life together. We believe it is absolutely essential for pet owners and pet care professionals to work together to develop the best possible health care plan for each pet’s unique situation. No matter the stage of life, the illness or the injury, it’s our foremost goal to answer every one of your questions, meet all your pet’s veterinary care needs, and be your partner in protecting your pet’s health for years to come.

Puppy and Kitten Care

The first year of care for your new puppy or kitten is the most important.

Our team of veterinarians and technicians closely collaborate with you to create a custom health plan, so your new companion receives the vaccinations and examinations required to get the best start in life.

Your puppy or kitten’s first year of care will include:
  • Physical Examinations: Your puppy or kitten’s lifetime of wellness starts with its first comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens will have multiple exams during the first five years of their life. These visits are essential because they provide our veterinarians with an opportunity to assess your pet’s overall health and to administer vaccines.
  • Vaccinations: Due to their developing immune systems, puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines. Because every puppy and kitten is unique, we tailor our vaccination recommendations based on their lifestyle and/or breed and according to the suggested medical guidelines.
  • Diagnostic Testing: Puppies should be tested for parasites and kittens tested for Feline Leukemia, parasites and Feline AIDS.
  • Additional Recommendations: Your veterinarian will also discuss and recommend other services, such as spaying, neutering and micro chipping.


Older pets make wonderful companions, and thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever. Your geriatric pet, however, has different medical needs than puppies and kittens. The veterinarians and medical team at Hadlock Veterinary Clinic work with you to develop a health care plan that ensures your pet is safe and happy throughout his or her golden years.

Pets age faster than people and are considered seniors around the age of seven. Prevention is the key to keeping older pets healthy, especially since symptoms of disease or a chronic condition may not be readily apparent. In some cases, conditions that may look like the usual signs of old age could be signals of a more severe problem, such as arthritis, periodontal disease, kidney failure or cancer. We recommend all geriatric pets undergo at least two physical examinations each year. During an exam, we also recommend performing tests that can detect the signs of heart disease, infection, diabetes and other health problems.

Pet Vaccinations

Vaccinations are the number one way you can protect your beloved pet from serious infectious diseases and bacteria. Health threats vary from region to region, and your veterinarians can create an individual immunization program for your pet based on his/her lifestyle and your local conditions.

At Hadlock Veterinary Clinic, we follow vaccination guidelines set by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA). You can read more about their vaccination guidelines here. Below, you’ll find a brief overview of the vaccinations we recommend for dogs and cats.

Core Vaccines for Puppies
  • DA2PP: This combination vaccine protects against Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus and Parainfluenza.
  • Rabies: Rabies virus is fatal, and all warm-blooded animals (including humans) are susceptible to infection. Most states require rabies vaccinations by law.
Core Vaccines for Kittens
  • Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP): Commonly referred to as a distemper vaccine, this combination vaccine protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia.
  • Rabies
Other Available Vaccines for Puppies and Kittens
  • Leptospirosis: Often included as part of the distemper combination vaccine (thus making it DA2PPL), this bacterial infection is most prevalent in moist climates where dogs may encounter standing or slow-moving water.
  • Bordetella (“Canine Cough”): The Bordetella bacteria causes an extremely contagious upper respiratory infection. Your veterinarian may recommend this vaccine before your dog attends a doggy daycare program, a boarding facility or a dog show.
  • Feline Leukemia (Felv): Felv is a viral infection transmitted from one cat to another through close contact. This vaccine is highly recommended for cats that go outdoors or live in multi-cat households.
Core Vaccines for Dogs
  • DA2PP
  • Rabies
Other Available Vaccines for Dogs
  • Leptospirosis
  • Bordetella
  • Canine Influenza
Core Vaccines for Cats
  • Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calcivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP)
  • Rabies
Other Available Vaccines for Cats
  • Feline Leukemia

Parasite Prevention and Control

Parasites can be real pests. Both external (fleas, ticks) and internal (heartworm, hookworm, tapeworm, and roundworm) parasites can cause problems for your pet and your family. Prevention is the best approach to keeping these pests at bay. Please ask a staff member at Hadlock Veterinary Clinic for the best way to prevent parasite problems in your pet.