VETERINARY CARE SERVICESOur veterinarians provide routine care and treat a wide array of problems for most pets. More below.
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Our veterinarians, technicians, and staff are available during business hours to help you get your pet the medical attention it needs. We can accommodate same-day appointments in most cases, depending on the urgency of the situation. Our family of seasoned staff
Consider the Symptoms
If you suspect your pet is undergoing an emergency, consider their visible symptoms.
Observe: Is your pet acting unusual, or doing something out of the ordinary?
Orient: Focus in on the primary symptom(s)
Decide: Contact us or an emergency clinic for assistance!
Act: After speaking with our staff, follow our timely triage process and recommendations to get your pet the care it needs.
If your pet is experiencing any of the symptoms from this list, they should be treated immediately.
- Pale gums
- Rapid breathing
- Weak or rapid pulse
- Change in body temperature
- Difficulty standing
- Loss of consciousness or Seizures
- Excessive bleeding, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Inability to urinate or defecate
In some cases, it may be recommended that your pet is transferred to an emergency center based on the severity of their condition. No matter what, we can assist you in getting the proper care for your pet.
Veterinary Care for Dogs and Cats
Annual Exams, Checkups, Vaccines, and Preventive Wellness Care
Preventive Wellness Care
Regular checkups mean more wagging, and fewer unwelcome surprises! Each animal is different, so we tailor your pet’s care plan to suit its lifestyle, health history, and any special needs.
If your pet gets anxious about vet visits, ask about our No Poke Appointments. Our team is trained in special bonding techniques, plus aromatherapy, to help your pet build confidence through wellness care. All without poking or prodding!
If you just need a vaccine and your pet is current their annual exam, call to schedule a technician appointment to get your vaccine with no exam fee and a faster visit.
We also can usually accommodate same-day, technician appointments for nail-trims and gland expressions between 9am-3pm.
Please call to check availability or schedule an appointment
For Canines, or Dogs
Your puppy will receive a series of vaccinations every 3 – 4 weeks until after 16 weeks of age. At each
As a welcome gift, new puppy owners receive a gift bag that includes a health journal, flea comb, tips on training, care, behavior, and nutrition, and more!
Adult dogs need annual wellness exams in order to stay healthy. During each checkup, our veterinarians will determine your dog’s health status by talking to you about its nutrition and lifestyle, as well as through physical and dental examinations. Based on what our vets find, they will update your pet’s vaccines, recommend any relevant treatments, and provide you with all the care and nutrition you need to keep your best friend healthy for another year.
Dogs age much faster than humans, and as they become senior citizens they need special care. We recommend you bring dogs older than 7 years in for semi-annual checkups. In addition to the regular tests, vaccines, and caregiving, our veterinarians will evaluate your dog’s organ functions to identify all age-related changes going on internally.
For Felines, or Cats
Your kitten will receive a series of vaccinations every 3 – 4 weeks until after 16 weeks of age. At each
New kitten owners who bring their pets in for wellness visits receive with a gift bag that includes a health journal, flea comb, tips on training, care, behavior, and nutrition, and more!
Adult cats need annual wellness exams in order to stay healthy. During each checkup, our veterinarians will determine your cat’s health status by talking to you about its nutrition and lifestyle, as well as through physical and dental examinations. Based on what our vets find, they will update your pet’s vaccines, recommend any relevant treatments, and provide you with all the care and nutrition you need to keep your best friend healthy for another year.
Cats age at a much faster rate than humans. Feline senior citizens (10 years+) should visit the veterinarian twice a year, to ensure their organ functions are working well.
Veterinary Care for Exotics
Our veterinarians provide specialized care for exotic companion animals, including: ferrets, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, iguanas, rabbits, and snakes. We understand their unique health needs and can provide diagnostic, therapeutic, and surgical services. Contact us to make an appointment!
Gerbils, Guinea Pigs, and Hamsters
Companion Animal Clinic cares for pocket pets, too! 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 are a special category of exotic pet because they so intelligent, energetic, and have special dietary needs. Our annual ferret wellness exams typically include:
- Physical exam
- Rabies vaccine
- Canine distemper vaccine
- Examination for adrenal disease – A common, but
verydangerous condition for ferrets!
- Nutritional consultation
We also encourage ferret owners to spay or neuter their pets—not only will it prevent unplanned reproduction, but helps reduce pet odor, control temperament, and protect it from
Reptiles & Amphibians
Our team treats herbivorous and omnivorous lizards, aquatic and non-aquatic turtles, plus frogs, toads, and
Companion Animal Clinic provides wellness care, medical screenings, dental care, and surgeries for rabbits and bunnies. Even healthy-looking hoppers can hide signs of illness, so we recommend rabbit owners schedule regular visits. A typical checkup may include:
- Physical examination
- Fluid screening for parasites or other diseases
Dentalexam for overgrown teeth
We also provide spaying and neutering. Contact us if you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment.
Grooming and Boarding
Companion Animal Clinic provides full-service grooming care for dogs and cats. Options include:
- Shampoo & Bath
- Hair trim
- Plus a complimentary toenail clipping
Plus, our convenient drop-off service means you don’t have to wait around while your pet is beautified. Contact us to set up an appointment.
Our climate-controlled boarding facility features spacious, indoor kennel runs in three different sizes to suit your dog’s needs.
Boarded dogs receive several walks outdoors each day, as well as personal attention through their stay from our team.
Boarding drop-off and pick-up times include:
- Monday-Thursday 7:30 am – 8 pm
- Friday 7:30 am-6 pm
- Saturday, 8 am -1 pm
- Sunday, 5-5:30 pm for boarding pick up or drop off only
For the protection of all our guests, pets must be vaccinated prior to boarding.
Canines are required to be up-to-date on Distemper/Parvo, Rabies, Bordetella, and Canine Influenza.
Felines must be up-to-date on the FVRCP and Rabies.
For questions and booking, contact us!
For more information about our boarding options, facilities, FAQ, and more, visit our Dog Boarding information page.
Surgical, Diagnostics, & Specialty Procedures
We are a full-service veterinary hospital, so whether your dog is ready for a dental cleaning, or your kitten is ready to be spayed, we have you covered. We also have state-of-the-art imaging technology to help us discover, diagnose, and understand more complex conditions during the triage process.
Beyond our routine wellness and preventive care, we provide:
- Spays and Neuters for dogs, cats, ferrets, and other exotic mammals
- Routine surgery, like lump removal
- Specialized surgeries
- Hospitalization for post-surgical recovery, or medical observation
- Dentistry including oral surgeries
- And radiology and imaging services
Pet Surgery including Spay/Neuter Procedures
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. Our surgical services include but are not limited to growth/mass removals, ocular (eye) surgeries, foreign body removal, wound repair, ear infection treatments
We do also perform feline declawing, but only advise it in extreme circumstances. As an alternative, we can cap your cat’s claws with Soft Paws, which are rubber tips that prevent your cat from messing up furniture or hurting children and other animals.
Contact us with your questions or to get more scheduling information.
Oncology, Cancer Treatment
Companion Animal Clinic uses the latest veterinary cancer treatments that help to extend the lives of many companion animals. We understand the emotional, medical limitations, and financial challenges of treating cancer, so our care team of experts will help guide you through the available options. Contact us and we can help you make the decision that’s right for you and your pet.
Heart disease can be life-threatening to your pet; therefore, accurately diagnosing the severity of heart disease is critical to treating and maintaining your pet’s quality of life. Diagnosing cardiac disease properly requires an electrocardiogram, chest radiographs (X-rays) and ultrasound to determine the full extent of cardiac disease.
Chest X-Rays (Radiography) are essential to helping our veterinarians evaluate the size of the heart and major vessels along with any lung or airway abnormalities that may be present concurrently.
Companion Animal Clinic offers veterinary acupuncture as an alternative therapy to treat a variety of conditions. These may include:
- Musculoskeletal problems
- Neurological disorders
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Other chronic conditions such as behavioral problems, hyperthyroidism, and kidney problems
Each session lasts around 30 minutes, and our Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist will insert between 10 and 40 small needles into nerve centers on your pet’s body. Please contact us to learn more, or to schedule an acupuncture appointment.
The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates roughly 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of dental disease by 3 years of age. This is more than just bad breath. Dental diseases can lead to infections of the heart valves, kidneys, and liver! These problems can be prevented with regular dental check-ups and dental cleanings. Contact us to schedule a dental cleaning.
Digital Radiology (X-Ray)
Radiography is the use of X-rays to view internal structures in the body. When paired with special procedures, such as contrast studies, we are able to enhance the diagnostic ability of our digital radiography. OFA radiographs can also be used to evaluate both hips and elbows of your dog. These technologies allow bones and internal organs to be visualized and aid in the diagnoses of many diseases and conditions. We are also PennHip Certified to help in the evaluation of your pet’s hips (for Hip Dysplasia).
Our in-house specialties include ultrasound imaging, 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.
Microchipping your pet is the best way to help reunite lost pets with their owners. We are so passionate about microchipping, Companion Animal Clinic will pay the registration fee for the first year when you have your pet microchipped with us. Contact Us for more information about microchipping your pet.
Visit Us or Talk to Our Team
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Use our convenient appointment request form to book online
Companion Animal Clinic has provided quality veterinary care to the Blacksburg region since 1984. We care for all of Hokie Country, including Christiansburg, Newport, and Merrimac. We are the only animal clinic in the area with accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association—the highest standards of veterinary medicine and customer care.
Frequently Asked Questions
We've answered some of the more common questions we receive about our veterinary practice below. Feel free to contact us if you would like more information or do not see your question answered here.
Q: Which payment options are available to customers?
A: For your convenience, we accept Cash, Checks, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and CareCredit. Payment is due at the time services are rendered.
A Payment Plan may be established with CareCredit to allow you to create the easiest payment option for your budget. Care Credit has an automatic 6-month NO INTEREST Plan available, as well as other plans. Care Credit can also be used with many (human) medical service providers. For financing approval, visit the Care Credit website.
We also accept pet insurance! For more information, contact us.
Q: Which types of pets do you see?
A: We see most types of small companion animals and exotic pets! Along with our dog and cat friends, we also see ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, hedgehogs, rats, mice, gerbils, hamsters, snakes (non-venomous only), sugar gliders, iguanas, monitors, turtles... and more!
For more information on the pets we care for, see our services.
Q: Which types of pets do you NOT see?
We do not see birds, spiders, large animal species (horses, cows, pigs, etc.), or primates (monkeys). For more information about the pets we care for, see our services.
Q: Does my pet need an appointment?
A: For non-emergency problems, a scheduled appointment will allow you and your pet the opportunity to share your concerns with the veterinarian and hospital medical team.
If your pet is suddenly sick, we accommodate walk-ins on a first come first serve basis during normal business hours on Monday through Saturday. Additional fees applied. Emergency cases are seen immediately during office hours.
Q: Do you offer No Poke appointments?
We do! No Poke appointments are great for teaching young animals how to behave at the doctor's office, or for helping skittish pets overcome anxiety. The exact nature of a No Poke visit will vary based on your pet's needs, but generally means our veterinary technician will listen to your dog’s body language and determine its level of comfort before administering any unpleasant diagnostics or medicine. The overall goal is to develop a bond between our team and your pet!
We work on:
- Teaching your pet to sit nicely on the exam table
- A mock exam of eyes, ears, and teeth
- Pretending to take pills (using treats)
- Getting them familiar with the sights, sounds, and smells of the clinic