For a pet emergency please call VETSS:

Veterinary Emergency Treatment Service & Specialty
434-973-3519

24 hours/7 days/all year

Due to the traveling nature of house call scheduling, For Paws can not provide emergency medical care.  We are not equipped to handle critical care situations and we could be anywhere in the county when you have an emergency.  Luckily, we have an excellent emergency room for pets in Charlottesville!  VETSS is located near the CHO airport.  For more information visit their website:   VETSS

For directions to VETSS, click here
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SERVICES

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Annual Visits

After puppy and kittenhood and until senior citizen status, most dogs and cats should have an annual visit with the veterinarian. This includes a comprehensive physical examination, heartworm testing and tick disease screening for dogs, evaluation for external and internal parasites and vaccines. This is also the time for you to share any concerns you may have about your pet's behavior, diet, weight or general health status.

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Puppies

Puppies need a series of vaccinations as they outgrow the antibody protection they got from their mother. They also need regular deworming, ideally starting at 3 weeks of age. Heartworm and flea prevention can be started at 4 weeks of age. At your first puppy visit, you will receive a schedule customized for your puppy and a complimentary dose of Sentinel.

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Kittens

All kittens should be tested for the feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency viruses. Kittens need a series of vaccines starting at 6 or 8 weeks. At your kitten's first visit, you will be given a customized schedule for the kitten series. Kittens also need to be dewormed several times starting at 2 weeks of age.

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Senior Pets

Dogs and cats are considered senior citizens around the age of 8-10 years (earlier for some giant breed dogs). These pets should have bloodwork done to look for early signs of common geriatric diseases and to provide a baseline for the senior years. Some signs to watch for in your older pet include changes in appetite, water intake, urinary habits or activity. Call us if you notice any of these in your pet so we can take action at an early stage of potential disease.

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Parasite Prevention - Dogs

Dogs in Virginia are at risk for both internal and external parasites including heartworms, intestinal parasites, fleas and ticks. We recommend Sentinel for all dogs to prevent heartworms and fleas and to treat roundworms, hookworms and whipworms. This is a convenient, chewable tablet you give with food, once a month, all year long.

Ticks can be treated during their season with Frontline Plus or Preventic collars.

We keep all of these products in stock for you.
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Parasite Prevention - Cats

All cats are susceptible to intestinal parasites and our outdoor kitties are also at risk for ear mites, fleas and ticks. For Paws recommends Feline Revolution, a monthly treatment of liquid drops to apply to the skin. Revolution for cats protects against roundworms, tapeworms, ear mites, ticks, heartworms and fleas.

We keep Revolution in stock for your cats.
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Services We Offer


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Physical Examination

The physical exam is the most important part of a veterinary visit. With a thorough physical exam, we evaluate all the systems of the body from teeth to toes. Our goal is to identify any potential problems before they lead to active disease.

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Vaccinations

Vaccines are available to protect your pet from formerly disasterous diseases. ALL dogs and cats in Virginia are required to be vaccinated against Rabies. Other vaccines for dogs include Distemper, Parvo, Leptospirosis and Lyme disease. Cats may be vaccinated for several feline viruses including Feline Leukemia.

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Diagnostic Laboratory Testing

Heartworm testing and screening for tick borne disease can be done for dogs during an appointment. For more involved tests, For Paws uses a dedicated veterinary lab. We offer a complete array of lab testing including blood counts, chemistries, urinalysis and screening and monitoring tests for chronic diseases including hypo- and hyperthyroidism and diabetes.

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End of Life Care

Unfortunately, our pets age much faster than people do. Sometimes, despite the best of care, you may be in a position where your pet's quality of life has declined such that we must consider euthanasia. Together we can evaluate your pet's health situation and discuss options for improving the quality of life or choosing euthanasia. In home euthanasia can be a calm and quiet goodbye to a beloved companion. We also work with local cremation services to provide body care when needed.

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Hospitalization

If your pet needs hospitalization, surgery or critical care For Paws has arrangements with local general practitioners, specialists and emergency care providers. We can also transport your pet if needed.


Links We Love


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National Animal Poison Control

The poison control center at the ASPCA is staffed with experts in toxicology and veterinary medicine. Their website has a ton of info or you can call about a specific case. If you ever have to call, you will pay a fee, but all follow up calls are included, so that can be very helpful to your veterinarian. A terrific service!
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Meds Reminder

Here you can sign up to receive monthly reminders by email or text message to help you remember to give your Sentinel, Revolution or Frontline to your pet on time! It's cool and easy!
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Friends of For Paws


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Lesli DeVito

Lesli is a mom and artist and dog and cat lover in Greenwood who does amazing paintings of dogs (like this one) and silhouettes of kids. Lesli will be showing her work at the Mudhouse on the downtown mall starting February 4th. Click her link to see more!
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