Pet Preventative Care Throughout Weddington, NC

At Weddington Animal Hospital, we believe preventative care is the key to preventing illness and keeping your pets healthy and comfortable throughout their entire lives. Like the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We recommend and provide the following services for your pet as part of routine annual or semi annual wellness.

Comprehensive Physical Exams

Like humans, we recommend each pet receives a physical exam at least once annually to screen for potential diseases and ensure they are living their best lives. The doctor will examine your pet from nose to tail and ask questions about their environment, lifestyle, and address any health or dietary concerns. Pets age at a more progressive rate than humans do, making their annual examinations even more important! As pets age, we may recommend that they are seen more frequently, such as twice a year. This allows us to catch any concerns early, hopefully before they become health problems.

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Oral Exams

Each visit to the clinic allows an opportunity to perform an oral examination. Like humans, pets can develop dental disease that can affect their ability to chew and digest food. Additionally, since pets cannot brush their teeth, the buildup of bacteria and tartar within the mouth can actually lead to more disease potential – such as infected or broken teeth, kidney disease, or even heart disease! Catching any dental disease early and introducing prevention such as brushing and routine dental cleanings can help improve your pet’s quality and longevity of life.

Internal Parasite Testing

We recommend screening your pet at least once a year for intestinal parasites. Parasites can live in your pet’s intestinal tract – causing bleeding, vomiting, diarrhea, interfering with food absorption, and spreading into the environment to be possibly transmitted to other pets. Some parasites can even be transmitted to humans! By testing your pet’s stool, we can help ensure they are free of parasites and decrease your risk of being exposed!

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Specialized Blood Tests

Just like in humans, we strongly recommend annual bloodwork for your pet to screen their white blood cells and red blood cells, as well as organ assessment such as liver and kidney function. In younger pets, we are able to assess bloodwork, such as before surgery, to establish a good foundation and ensure adequate health, as well as identify potential diseases before they become an issue. As your pet gets older, annual screening bloodwork can help us identify diseases such as cancer or metabolic diseases before they become severe.


There are a multitude of vaccinations available that help protect your pets from deadly diseases including rabies, parvovirus, and panleukopenia. At each visit, you and your vet will decide together which diseases your pet is likely to be exposed to, and which vaccinations are right for you and your pets.

Heartworm & Flea Control

Did you know mosquitos, fleas and ticks can cause harm to your pet and cause diseases, even through just one bite? As part of our preventative care plan, we recommend that your pets be tested annually for heartworm disease and strongly recommend heartworm, flea and tick prevention. Heartworms can be passed through mosquitos – one bite can cause transmission of larvae to your dog or cat, which can develop into large worms that can live in the heart and major arteries – leading to heart disease and even death. Heartworms can happen in cats too! Fleas are the carriers of the plague, and can cause anemia, spread diseases, and lead to disturbing flea infestations in your house. Ticks can cause diseases in our pets as well – including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and others! Prevention of these diseases helps to keep your pet protected and healthy.

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Spay & Neuter

Spaying or neutering your pet can help prevent overpopulation, decrease risks of cancer, behavioral issues, and other diseases. Your veterinarian will make an individual plan with you and your pet about the appropriate time to spay/neuter your pet to prevent disease and also ensure adequate maturity and health.

Nutritional Counseling

Do you think your pet is on the chunky side? Did you know grain free diets can cause heart problems in dogs? How much should we be feeding our pets? At each visit, your veterinarian will be happy to discuss your pet’s dietary needs and can help assist you in making sure your pet’s diet is balanced for a healthy, happy life.


Microchips have helped reunite thousands of pets with their families. We offer the most widely used microchip products to increase the chances of a safe recovery. If you have found a pet with a microchip, go to to look up their information.

Medicated Baths

Does your pet have itchy, flaky, or stinky skin? Have you been prescribed medicated shampoo but have a hard time bathing your animal at home? We are happy to help you bathe your pet.

Nail Trimming & Ear Cleaning

We are happy to help with these services for your pet. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. If your pet gets nervous with these procedures, please let us know and we can work on ways together how to decrease their stress at each visit.

Proudly Serving Weddington & Surrounding Areas

Weddington Animal Hospital is proud to serve all of the surrounding areas in our community. Our patients come from a variety of areas, including Matthews, BallantyneMarvinWaxhawIndian TrailWaverlyWesley Chapel and Weddington

We take pride in our preventative care services and are happy to work with you and your pets to establish a unique plan to make sure your pet is happy and healthy. Please call or email us if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.

Schedule Your Appointment

We would love the opportunity to meet you and your pet!  You can fill out the appointment form and our office team will contact you shortly to schedule an appointment that works best for you.

Here at the Weddington Animal Hospital, we treat your pet like they should be treated, like a member of your family.  We take pride in our level of care and customer service and we look forward to having you join our family.

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Just switched over to Weddington Animal Hospital a couple months ago… and WOW what a great choice! Everyone there is so friendly and keep you very informed on your furry friend. I feel very confident leaving my dog with Dr. Faulkner! If you are looking for more then just your average vet, WAH is the place to be.

- Willis Lowe, Google review

Weddington Animal Hospital is absolutely wonderful! We have tried out a few around the area and this is our favorite. Recently our puppy swallowed something she wasn’t supposed to & everyone apart of the hospital took such good care of her. Dr. Faulkner is amazing! He explained everything into such great detail and we were happy to leave her in such great hands. Thank you Weddington Animal Hospital!

- Leah Upchurch, Google review

Dr. Faulkner really took his time and answered all of our questions. As new puppy owners, we really appreciated his insight and patience with us.

- Jake Wood, Google review

If you are looking for a vet that is extremely knowledgeable, caring, and compassionate you have found the right place! Not only is Dr. Faulkner great, but his entire staff is too!

- Joe Black, Google review