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|Tuesday:||7:30am - 6pm|
|Wednesday:||7:30am - 6pm|
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About Us:Where to Find Us
We are located between Old Statesville and Lakeview at the I-77/Northlake Mall end of West WT Harris Boulevard.
Our Services:Preventive Care for Dogs
Prolong Your Dog's Life
Harris Boulevard Veterinary Clinic provides a full range of preventive care services to help your dog live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.
Our veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). We then customize our recommendations based on your dog's hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.
Annual preventive care for dogs typically includes:
- At least one annual Preventive Care Exam for dogs ages 1-6 years and Bi-Annual Senior Exams for dogs ages 7 & up at which time our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions.
During the exam our doctors will perform a:
- Ear and Eye Examination
- Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) analysis
- Temperature Reading
- Abdominal Palpation
- Dental Exam
- Dermatological Exam
- Musculoskeletal Evaluation
- Vaccines based on your dog's lifestyle and/or breed. Core Vaccines include Rabies, Distemper and Leptospirosis. Our veterinarians may also recommend additional vaccines such as Lyme or Bordetella (Kennel Cough).
- Parasite Control Products to control parasites such as heartworms, intestinal parasites (such as round worms), fleas and ticks. Controlling these parasites helps protect your dog and your family members from easily transmitted parasites.
- Diagnostic Testing – a yearly blood work panel is recommended – to confirm the absence of heartworms or other internal parasites and early disease screening to help identify any internal issues which cannot be detected during a thorough physical exam. A blood work panel for dogs ages 1-6 is typically a Chem 11 & CBC profile, while dogs ages 7 & up typically have a Chem 27, CBC, T4 profile.
- Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as dental care, spaying/neutering, or microchipping, that will benefit your dog's overall health and wellbeing and advise you on any questions you might have regarding your dog's health.
Our Services:Preventive Care for Cats
Prolong Your Cat's Life
Harris Boulevard Veterinary Clinic provides a full range of preventive care services to help your cat live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.
Our veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and take into consideration your cat's hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.
Our recommendations for feline annual preventive care include:
- At least one annual Preventive Care Exam for cats ages 1-6, and Bi-Annual Senior Exams for cats age 7 & up at which time our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions.
During the exam our doctors will perform a:
- Ear and Eye Examination
- Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) analysis
- Temperature Reading
- Abdominal Palpation
- Dental Exam
- Dermatological Exam
- Musculoskeletal Evaluation
- Vaccination recommendations include core vaccines Rabies and Feline Distemper. Your veterinarian may also suggest the Feline Leukemia vaccine for outdoor cats.
- Parasite Control Products to prevent and repel heartworms, intestinal parasites, fleas and ticks. Round worms can be transmitted to humans, so controlling these parasites protects your cat and also your family.
- Diagnostic Testing to check for Feline Leukemia and/or Feline AIDS (FeLV/FIV), heartworms or other internal parasites and early stages of diseases which cannot be detected during a physical exam.
- Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as dental care, spaying/neutering, or microchipping, that can lead to a longer and healthier life for your cat.
Our Services:Puppy and Kitten Care
Give Your Puppy or Kitten the Right Start in Life
At Harris Boulevard Veterinary Clinic, each pet's first year of care is customized based on its specific needs. Just like human children, puppies and kittens require multiple physical exams and vaccine boosters within the first year.
Keep in mind puppies and kittens are rapidly changing, these additional exams ensure they get the very best start in life. During these first visits our staff is more than happy to educate you on nail trimming, nutrition, and preventive care for your young pet.
Below are our recommendations, in addition to ones noted above, for your puppy or kitten’s first year.
- Physical Exams: Your puppy or kitten’s lifetime of wellness starts with its first comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens should have 3-4 exams between the ages of 8-16 weeks. These visits are important because they give our veterinarians an opportunity to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines. Puppies and kittens age quickly during these first few months, so it is important to frequently check them to assure proper growth.
- Vaccinations: Due to their immature immune systems, puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines. Since every puppy and kitten is unique, we tailor our vaccination recommendations based on their lifestyle and/or breed and according to the suggested guidelines.
- Diagnostic Testing: We recommend that puppies are tested for Heartworm at 6 months of age, if not done previously, and that kittens are tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS at their first visit, if not done previously.
- Deworming: Many puppies and kittens are born with intestinal parasites or they can be transmitted to them early in life. Parasites can cause severe anemia and can steal vital nutrients from our little friends. We run several parasite tests and deworm several times to ensure that your puppy or kitten is free from these parasites.
- Additional Recommendations: Your veterinarian will also discuss and recommend other services, such as spaying, neutering or microchipping, that can lead to a longer and healthier life for your dog or cat.
Puppy and Kitten Care Special Offers
We offer complimentary first doses of flea and heartworm preventative along with food recommendations, nail trimming and ear cleaning if needed. By choosing our clinic as a provider of veterinary care for your puppy or kitten, we reward you for being on time for your visits with a $20 off coupon for each additional pediatric veterinary visit along with a $50 off spay & neuter coupon (only redeemable at Harris Boulevard Veterinary Clinic).
Our Services:Spay and Neuter Procedures
Spayed and Neutered Pets live a healthier and longer life!
At Harris Boulevard Veterinary Clinic we believe in the importance of spaying/neutering all pets to provide them with a long and healthy life. We recommend spay/neuter procedures be done between the ages of 5 months and 1 year to reduce common problems associated with waiting, such as:
- A pyometra, or uterine infection, is a potentially life-threatening condition which can cost thousands of dollars to treat. Occurrence is 100% preventable if your pet is spayed.
- Over one half of all mammary tumors are malignant and can spread to other areas of the body. Early spaying, prior to your pet beginning its heat cycles, significantly reduces the incidence of tumor formation.
- There are more puppies and kittens overpopulating shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized.
- Testicular cancer can be eliminated and prostatitis, an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate, can be greatly reduced with early neutering.
- Unwanted behavioral problems such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with early spaying/neutering.
Our Services:Sick and Injured Care
Care for Sick and Injured Pets
At Harris Boulevard Veterinary Clinic, we focus on keeping your pet happy and healthy. Unfortunately, some pets occasionally experience illnesses or injuries that require a veterinarian’s care and attention.
Harris Boulevard Veterinary Clinic offers high quality diagnostic and medical treatments for sick and injured pets. We provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere to diagnose and treat your pet. A successful recuperation is our goal and our experienced and caring team of veterinarians is supported by our on-site laboratory, ultrasound, x-ray capabilities, and overnight camera monitoring.
If your pet is experiencing an illness including, but not limited to, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash, loss of appetite or lower energy level, our team and facility are here to diagnose and treat your pet. We are also equipped to help your pet recover if it has sustained an injury such as a bite wound, lameness or trauma from an accident (including if your pet is hit by a car).
We see emergencies during our normal hospital hours. If your pet has an after-hours emergency or if we determine that your pet requires overnight nursing care or a level of specialty we cannot provide here, we will co-ordinate your pet’s referral to the appropriate critical care or specialty hospital.
Our Services:Surgical Care and Services
Why we are the best choice for your pet’s surgical needs
Many pet owners are curious about what is involved when their pet is placed under anesthesia. At Harris Boulevard Veterinary Clinic your pet’s safety and comfort are our top priority so you can be sure that your pet will receive only the best and safest anesthetic and surgical care.
Our procedures include the following:
- Safe Anesthesia—a very safe anesthetic gas which is also used in human pediatric medicine.
- Experienced Monitoring Support—our trained technicians use state-of-the-art anesthetic monitors to continuously monitor your pet’s pulse rate, oxygen levels and blood pressure.
- IV Catheter Placement—fluids are given during surgery to maintain blood pressure and to help your pet recover quickly from the anesthesia.
- Pain Medication—is administered prior to and after surgery to ensure your pet’s comfort.
- Pre-Anesthetic Blood Work—ensures your pet is healthy enough to undergo a surgical procedure and that its internal organs can safely process the anesthesia.
Veterinary Surgical Services
Harris Boulevard Veterinary Clinic provides surgical services for dogs and cats. We offer a clean and well-equipped facility and experienced team to provide your pet with high quality surgical care in a stress-free and relaxing environment.
Our team of veterinarians and technicians are experienced with a range of surgeries. All of our procedures include a thorough pre-surgical physical examination by a veterinarian, surgical monitoring and lots of care and attention throughout the day.
In addition to spaying and neutering, we also offer the following soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries:
Soft Tissue Surgery
Anal Gland Removal
Bite Wound Repair
Bladder Stone Removal (Cystotomy)
Eye Removal (Enucleation)
Eyelid Repair (Entropion)
Fluid Filled Ear Repair (Aural Hematoma)
Intestinal Surgery (Enterotomy)
Mass Removal / Lumpectomy
Stomach Surgery (Gastrotomy)
And other general surgeries as needed
Bone Fracture Repair
Cranial (Anterior) Cruciate Ligament Repair
Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO)
Patella Luxation Repair
And other orthopedic procedures
We also offer for many patients sedation only small mass removals. By using a local anesthetic and mild to moderate sedation, we can remove many small masses. Ear polyp removals are also made easier and more effective with the laser. Check with our veterinarians to see if this is a possibility for your pet.
Our Services:Laser Therapy for Pets
Harris Boulevard Veterinary Clinic offers the latest technology in health care for your pet — therapeutic laser therapy. Our therapy laser provides a deep-penetrating light that allows relief of pain by releasing endorphins and stimulating cells to heal faster. Your pet will relax and enjoy the pain-free treatments.
What Is Veterinary Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy is a surgery-free, drug-free, non-invasive treatment to relieve pain. It accelerates the body's natural healing process. Laser therapy is effective in treating chronic conditions, acute conditions, and post-surgical pain and inflammation in pets. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds or simply aging, laser therapy has been shown to provide relief and speed healing.
What Conditions Can Veterinary Laser Therapy Treat?
|Chronic and acute conditions that respond to laser therapy treatments include:|
If you think that your pet would benefit from laser therapy, please call us at (980) 474-2899 to schedule a consultation.
Harris Boulevard Veterinary Clinic also offers boarding for dogs and cats so that you can leave your pet in total comfort at our full service kennel.
At Harris Boulevard Veterinary Clinic, we try to make your pet’s vacation a special occasion. We know the decision to board your pet can be an anxious time for you and your special friend. Our boarding facility provides a comfortable and relaxing home away from home for your pet when you need to be away on business, vacation or an emergency.
We pay special attention to assure your pet is safe and comfortable.
Boarders at our facility enjoy the following amenities:
- Immaculately Clean Cages and Runs
- Owner Visits and Tours of the Facility
- Outdoor Walks
- A Clean & Comfy Atmosphere
- Fresh Bedding & Daily Housekeeping
- Spacious Kennels
- Individualized Care
- Convenient Hours
We also offer peace of mind:
- Attentive Staff
- Individual Playtime
- Extra Treats
- Daily Veterinary Observations
- Veterinary Medical Services if needed
- All the Comforts of Home!
Dogs must be current on the following vaccines – Distemper, Rabies, and Bordetella
Cats must be current on the following vaccines – Distemper (FVRCP) and Rabies Vaccine
All pets must be free from Internal and External Parasites, an intestinal parasite test is required yearly.
We can perform vaccination services while your pet is boarding with us.
We also offer baths, nail trims, and ear cleaning prior to pickup.
Please feel free to e-mail or fax your pet’s vaccine history to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-596-7436 prior to arrival. We look forward to your pet’s vacation!
Our Services:Pet Dental Cleanings & Procedures
Veterinary Dental Services
Our veterinarians provide veterinary dental services including routine cleaning and polishing (dental prophylaxis), dental x-rays, and surgical extractions to manage and treat severe oral disease conditions.
When dental problems and oral diseases are diagnosed, sometimes a dental procedure may be necessary. Harris Boulevard Veterinary Clinic is equipped with state-of-the-art oral surgical equipment and the latest technology to provide your pet with a safe and (advanced) dental procedure.
Pet Dental Care
Routine and preventive dental care is vital to your pet’s long term health. Pets with poor oral hygiene can develop periodontal disease, which can often lead to heart, lung, and kidney disease. Harris Boulevard Veterinary Clinic offers a full range of dental services for cats and dogs including dental examinations, dental extractions, and oral surgery as well as home care instructions for keeping your dog's or cat's teeth clean and healthy. Each patient is sent home with a complimentary dental care kit containing various treats, chews, and your pet's own toothbrush and toothpaste.
Routine Pet Dental Examinations
Our veterinarians perform basic oral exams on all our patients during their comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens will be examined to detect any problems related to the deciduous (baby) teeth, missing or extra teeth, swellings, and oral development. Senior pets will be evaluated for developmental anomalies, the accumulation of plaque and tartar, periodontal disease, and oral tumors.
Good Oral Hygiene for Pets
Dental Care Tips for Dogs and Cats
- Schedule a dental oral exam for your dog or cat every year
- Schedule regular dental cleanings as recommended by your veterinarian
- Brush your pet’s teeth daily, or if every other day give your pet a dental hygiene chew
- Serve dog or cat food and treats that control tarter and plaque and promote good dental health
Our Services:Exotic Pet Care
Harris Boulevard Veterinary Clinic is happy to provide care for a wide range of pocket pets and exotics. We offer preventive care, surgery, nutritional advice, and general care recommendations for your small pets. Each species of exotic pet has its own specific needs for housing, diet, and care.
Our veterinarians are experienced with treating and caring for many types of exotic pets including:
- Bearded Dragons
- Guinea Pigs
- Sugar Gliders
As well as most species of rodents and other small, non-traditional mammal pets!
Our Services:House Calls
Harris Boulevard Veterinary Clinic offers house call appointments for your convenience.
- Appointments are available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons however we may be able to accommodate other days and times if we have enough notice (please call for details).
- Cats benefit from house calls because they experience less stress by staying in familiar surroundings and their health improves from routine veterinary care.
- Multi-pet homes will also find this service convenient as it eliminates the need to coordinate and transport numerous pets to our practice.
- House calls are available for full annual visits with vaccines and blood/feces testing as well as sick pets and euthanasia services.
- There is no additional mileage charge if you live within 10 miles of the hospital. A charge of $3.50 per mile applies outside of the radius.
Our Services:Pharmacy and Products
Harris Boulevard Veterinary Clinic offers an array of both prescription and over the counter products to keep your pet happy and healthy. Our in-house pharmacy is stocked with prescription medications to provide preventive care, treat illnesses and ensure that your pet’s medication is always available.
Other products available include:
Flea, Tick & Heartworm Preventatives
Hill's Prescription Diets
Royal Canin Prescription Diets
Our Services:Emergency Care
We see emergencies during our normal hospital hours. Please call us at 704-596-7387 for immediate assistance. If your pet has an after-hours emergency or if we determine that your pet requires overnight nursing care or a level of specialty we cannot provide here, we will co-ordinate your pet’s referral to the appropriate critical care or specialty hospital.
We refer after-hours emergencies to:
Carolina Veterinary Specialists
12117 Statesville Road, Huntersville, NC 28078
Contact Us:Appointment Request
Contact Us:Refill Request
Contact Us:Client Forms
Thank you for choosing Harris Boulevard Veterinary Clinic to care for your pet. Downloading and filling out the New Client Form prior to your first appointment will greatly assist us in adding you and your pet to our system. Please feel free to fax it to us at 704-596-7436 or to bring it with you to your pet's first appointment. We will be happy to contact your previous veterinarian to obtain any necessary information or documentation regarding your pet's medical history.
Annual veterinary care is crucial to keeping your pet happy and healthy. Click the icons below to learn more about what your veterinarian can do for your pet.
Exams check overall health and detect problems before they become severe or costly.
Vaccines protect against common and fatal diseases based on your pet's age and lifestyle.
|Nutrition ensures your pet gets the balanced diet it needs and maintains a healthy weight.||Spaying and neutering protects pets from serious health and behavioral problems.|
Care Guides for Pet Owners
Your pet's health also depends on you. Click on the icons below to learn more about what pet owners can do at home to keep their pets living a long, healthy life.
Pet Wellness:Pet Exams
Bringing your pets to the veterinarian for a physical exam every year is the smartest and easiest way to keep them healthy. Exams allow your veterinarian to detect any problems before they become severe or costly.
Your Veterinarian Will Check...
- muscular and skeletal health by feeling for healthy muscle mass and joint pain.
- neurologic system – it could indicate birth defects in younger pets, and cognitive issues in older pets.
- appropriate weight and lifestyle for your pet's age.
- lymph nodes – swollen nodes can indicate a wound, virus, infection or some other illness.
- vital signs (temperature, pulse and respiration) – an abnormal reading could indicate illness.
- skin and coat condition for growths, infection wounds and overall skin health.
Bring Your Pet to the Veterinarian Every Year for a Clean Bill of Health and Peace of MindYour pet can't tell us what's wrong. But routine physical exams can help your veterinarian detect any problems or diseases you might not have otherwise picked up on, including heart murmurs, tumors, enlarged organs, cataracts, ear infections, ear mites, dental and gum disease, skin issues and allergies.
Vaccines protect against common diseases that your pets may become exposed to.
Did You Know?
Vaccines have about a 95% success rate for preventing infections and fatal diseases.
Contact Us:Local Pet Resources:
Just moved to the area?
Let us help make one part of the transition easy – finding a new vet! In between unpacking and organizing, give us a call at (980) 474-2899 and let us know who your previous veterinarian was. Then we’ll do the rest!
Our reception staff will call your former veterinarian to transfer the records to our practice. Keeping pets happy and healthy is our number one priority. Check out our Pet Wellness page to learn about the ways veterinarians and pet owners can work together to keep their pets living long, healthy lives.
Pet Wellness:Dental & Oral Care
Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets. Without proper preventive or home care, plaque and tartar can build up, which may cause oral infections, bad breath, infected gum tissues (gingivitis) or even bone loss (periodontitis).
Did You Know?
It's not normal for your pet to have bad breath – it can be a sign of serious dental or gum issues.
Sixty percent of dental disease is hidden below the gum line, and can only be found with x-rays. Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about screenings, cleanings and products available to help keep those pearly whites clean.
Pet Wellness:Lab Tests
Yearly lab tests are safe and non-invasive ways to diagnose and prevent sickness or injuries in pets that a physical exam cannot detect.
Contact Us:Local Pet Resources:Tips for Moving with Your Pet
We know how stressful adjusting to a new home can be – not just for your two-legged family members, but for your four-legged ones, too! Help make your pets feel a little more at home in your new place with these helpful tips.
- Pet proof your house. Did you know that certain plants and food can be toxic to pets? Common household items like cleaning products and medications can also pose a threat. Especially in a new environment, curious pets can get into household hazards. Be sure to store these in areas that are inaccessible to your furry friends.
- Make sure your pet has proper identification. In addition to standard collars that may come off or get lost, consider getting your pets microchipped. The permanent ID option is as easy and as painless as a vaccination, and greatly increases your chances of reuniting with a lost pet. If Fido is already microchipped, be sure to update the microchip database with your new address information.
- Keep your schedule consistent. Pets are creatures of habit, so maintaining your regular routine will help to make things feel a little more normal. Sticking to your usual times for walks, meals, cuddle time and bed time can help your best friend adjust.
- Be loving and patient. The best way to make pets feel comfortable in a new home is to associate positive experiences with it. Remember to be patient with them and give them lots of affection and treats, and you will have plenty of new, happy memories in no time. You can also take advantage of calming pet products like pheromone diffusers and collars, thundershirts and composure treats to help Fluffy feel at ease.
- Get to know your veterinarian. Bringing your pets to the veterinarian for a routine exam is the smartest and easiest way to keep them healthy. Call us at (980) 474-2899 so we can schedule a visit to get to know you and your pets!
Pet Wellness:Parasite Prevention
Prevention is the best approach in protecting your pet against deadly heartworms, intestinal parasites, and flea and tick infestations. Your veterinarian will help you find the product that is right for your pet based on his or her needs.
Just like humans, an animal's diet directly affects its overall health and well-being. Allowing a pet to overeat, or to consume the wrong foods, may lead to a wide variety of ailments including obesity, diabetes and arthritis.
Did You Know?
Over 50% of dogs and cats in the United States are obese or overweight.
Although we think of our pets as family members, they shouldn’t be allowed to eat like us. Maintaining a proper diet will help keep your pet at a healthy weight. Be sure not to overfeed, and that you are providing a diet tailored to your pet's breed, age, weight and medical history.
Common Foods To Avoid
Think twice about feeding your pet table scraps. Common foods such as chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions and garlic could be dangerous to an animal. Some non-food items like lily plants and antifreeze are also toxic to pets. Check with your veterinarian if your pet has ingested anything questionable.
Growing puppies and kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults. Ask your veterinarian which food is right for this stage of life. Cats switch to an adult diet right after being spayed or neutered, no matter what the age, to decrease the likelihood of obesity and related conditions.
Selecting an adult dog or cat food that will keep your pet healthy and energetic starts with knowing your pet's lifestyle. Does your dog weigh just the right amount and go for long walks daily? Or is it a lap dog that loves nothing more than to snooze the day away? Talk to your veterinarian about these issues to help guide you in choosing the best food for your pet.
Your senior dog or cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Many older pets can continue eating the food they always have – just a little less to compensate for not being as active. Check with your veterinarian which food and amount is best for your pet.
Pet Wellness:Spaying & Neutering
Spaying or neutering can protect your pet from serious health and behavioral problems later in life. It also helps control the stray animal population.
Spaying or Neutering Reduces the Risk of...
Known as a pyometra, this is a potentially life-threatening condition which can be very expensive to treat. It is 100% preventable if your pet is spayed.
Mammary Tumors (Breast Cancer)
Over one-half of all mammary tumors are malignant and can spread to other areas of the body. Early spaying, prior to your pet beginning its heat cycles, significantly reduces the incidence of tumor formation.
This cancer, as well as prostatitis (an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate), can be greatly reduced with early neutering.
Unwanted behaviors such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with spaying or neutering.
There are more puppies and kittens in shelters than there are people willing to provide them with love and care. Sadly, many are euthanized. Spaying or neutering can help reduce the number of animals in need of homes.
Pet Wellness:Home Care
Make your pet's well-being a priority. See your veterinarian regularly and follow these tips to keep your pet happy and healthy.
Your veterinarian will give you a recommendation for a high quality and nutritious diet for your pet, and advise you on how much and how often to feed him or her. Diets may vary by species, breed and age.
Microchipping is a safe and permanent identification option to ensure your pet's return should he or she get lost. Ask us about the process and get your pet protected.
Always keep your dog on a leash in public, and your cat indoors to protect them from common hazards such as cars and other animals.
Frequent brushing keeps your pet's coat clean and reduces the occurrence of shedding, matting and hairballs. Depending on the breed, your pet may also need professional groomings.
Dental and Oral Health
Brush your pet's teeth regularly and check with your veterinarian about professional cleanings as well as dental treats and products available to help prevent bad breath, gingivitis, periodontitis and underlying disease. Although your pet's teeth may look healthy, significant disease could be hidden below the gum line.
Be sure to spend at least 15 minutes a day playing with your cat to keep him or her active and at a healthy weight. All dogs need routine exercise to stay fit, but the requirements vary by breed and age. Ask us what's best for your dog. Doggy daycares and boarding facilities are other ways to help to burn off some energy and socialize your pets.
Enroll your dog in training classes to improve his or her behavior with pets and people. Cats need minimal training. Be sure to provide them with a litter box beginning at four weeks of age.
Entertain your pet's natural instincts by using toys that encourage them to jump and run. Cats especially need to fulfill their instinct to hunt – provide interactive toys that mimic prey like a laser pointer or feathers on a wand. You can also hide treats in your pet's toys or around the house to decrease boredom while you're away.
Pet Wellness:Care for All Ages
Every animal is unique, and the start of each stage of life calls for different home and veterinary care. Check with your veterinarian to establish a proactive wellness plan to keep your pet happy and healthy throughout its life.
Puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines and physical exams. During these exams, your veterinarian may also recommend parasite preventatives or lab tests.
Adult pets will need to continue visiting the veterinarian annually for physical exams, recommended vaccines and routine testing.
Senior pets can develop similar problems seen in older people, including heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and arthritis. Your veterinarian may recommend biannual visits to ensure your pet's quality of life.
Females spayed before their first heat cycle will be less likely to get uterine infections, ovarian cancer and breast cancer. Males neutered at any age will be less likely to get prostate disease. Spaying or neutering also helps prevent behavioral problems like marking and escaping. Talk to your veterinarian about spaying or neutering your pet.
Pets require different types of food to support each life stage. Growing puppies and kittens need more nutrient-dense food than adults while adult dogs and cats need food that will keep them healthy and energetic. Your senior dog or cat may need fewer calories, less fat, and more fiber as he or she ages. Talk to your veterinarian to determine what's appropriate for your pet.
Adult dogs should stay active with daily walks and one-on-one training. Keep your adult cats fit by using toys that encourage them to run and jump, and be sure to give them at least 15 minutes of playtime a day.
Weight management of your senior dog or cat is extremely important to ensure they are at an ideal body weight and able to move around comfortably.
Behavioral issues are a major cause of pet abandonment. Begin training your puppy or kitten right away to prevent bad habits and establish good ones.
Start house training your puppy as soon as you get home. Keep your puppy supplied with plenty of chew toys so he or she gets used to gnawing on those and not your belongings.
All cats need a litter box, which should be in a quiet, accessible room. Place your kitten in the box after a meal or whenever it appears he or she needs to go. Be sure to scoop out solids daily and empty it out completely once a week. The number of boxes in your household should be the total of number of cats plus one.
Pet Wellness:Ages & Stages
Animals age at a faster rate than humans do, and your pet's health needs will evolve over time. Use this chart to figure out your pet's age in human years, and check with your veterinarian to establish a wellness plan specific to your young, adult or senior pet.
Pet Wellness:More Resources and Links
The veterinary resources featured on this page provide useful information to pet owners on a variety of topics related to veterinary medicine and pet health care.
Animal Breed Associations
- American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
- Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
- The Humane Society of the United States
- North Shore Animal League America
Pet Grief Support
Kienan Gold, DVM
Dr. Gold is the Chief of Staff of Harris Boulevard Veterinary Clinic and joined the team in July 2015. He grew up in Lehman, PA and currently lives in Huntersville, NC. He received an undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University in 2011 and a DVM degree from the University of Tennessee in 2015.
While he was in school, Dr. Gold worked as a veterinary assistant in several small animal practices in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. His special interests include neurology and ophthalmology.
When Dr. Gold is not at the hospital, he enjoys spending time with his son, Jameson, his wife, and their two cats. He enjoys camping, spending time with family and friends, and relaxing watching Netflix in his spare time. Fun fact: He has been a vegetarian his whole life!
Catherine M. Markijohn, DVM
Dr. MJ joined the Harris Boulevard Veterinary Clinic team in August of 2016. She grew up in Sanford, NC where she worked as a kennel attendant then veterinary assistant through high school and college. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University and joined University Animal Hospital in Greensboro, NC after graduation. Dr. Markijohn relocated to Charlotte to be closer to family.
Dr. Markijohn's professional interests include feline medicine, pain management, physical therapy and rehabilitation, complementary medicine, gerontology and animal behavior. Dr. MJ also has experience performing stem cell therapy.
Jeffrey M. Kline, DVM
Dr. Kline joined the Harris Boulevard Veterinary Clinic team in January 2010. Growing up in Bethesda, Maryland, he now happily resides in Davidson, North Carolina. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland in 1975 and undertook his veterinary studies at the Araneta University, College of Veterinary Medicine in the Philippines, earning his DVM degree in 1979. Dr. Kline went on to work at the Village Veterinary Clinic in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He then bought an established practice and became a solo practitioner for 18 years. For 12 years he practiced nearby at Lake Norman Animal Hospital in Mooresville, North Carolina.
Address / Hours
5710 West WT Harris Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28269
P: (980) 474-2899
F: (704) 596-7436
Rigby's February Blog
Hi, guys. It's Rigby.
I’m back and just in time for February which is National Pet Dental Health month!
Every year, I go see the doggy doctor for my regular checkup and, every year, they tell me how shiny and great my teeth look, until this year. My mom brushes my teeth for me every day. It’s actually my favorite nightly routine because it tastes soooo good - but I just turned five and I guess just brushing my teeth isn’t cutting it anymore.
Rigby's November Blog
Hello! It's Rigby, here to say happy November!
It doesn’t get much better than October, Halloween, and treats but I’m sooo glad it’s November and Thanksgiving is only a couple weeks away. Bring on the turkey! Shhhh, don’t tell my mom. November is also Diabetes Awareness Month and Adoption Awareness Month!
Did You Know You Can Text Us?
We use Zipwhip, a texting platform that's connected to our landline phone to help us get in touch with our clients.
In addition to calling, emailing, and faxing us, you can now text us at (705) 596-7387.
Good Day Charlotte with Dr. Gold
Bringing a New Pet Home
In this interview with Fox46 News, Dr. Gold talks about things to remember when bringing a new pet home.
Check out the full video here.
Pet Vaccinations - Why are they important?
Dr. Gold discusses Rabies and the importance of keeping your pet vaccinated!
To watch the video, please click here.
Fleas, Ticks & Mosquitos, OH MY!
With the temperatures already warming up and the grass peeking out, spring is fast approaching!
Be ready for warm weather pests and start (or continue) prevention now. Fleas, ticks, and mosquitos all come with their own detrimental effects on your pets.
1. Fleas are a common and irritating parasite we encounter pretty much year-round in our area. With such a warm, tepid winter, they are sure to be emerging soon in droves. The adult flea you may see scampering across Fluffy’s belly during a quick belly rub represents only 5% of the flea population in Fluffy’s environment... your house. Flea eggs, larva, and pupae often go unseen and unnoticed until they hatch into adults. A single adult female flea can produce 40 to 50 eggs per day!
If your pet contracts fleas, it’s important to treat your pet and its environment. It often takes up to 3 months to completely control a flea infestation and it is best to seek the help of an exterminator for the environment. In addition to the incessant itching and secondary skin infections many pets suffer from when infested with fleas, fleas also carry a number of diseases including mycoplasma, bartonella, and even tapeworms! With a severe enough infection, fleas can actually cause anemia. To get ahead of these nasty invaders, we recommend keeping your pet on year-round flea prevention.
Harris Boulevard Veterinary Clinic's Dedicated Team
Our team of caring professionals is devoted to you and your pets!
Tiffany McBride — Hospital Manager
Tiffany joined our team in July of 2010 and now serves as our Hospital Manager. She has seven years of veterinary technician experience in addition to fostering and working with animal rescues.
Tiffany has 4 puurrfect cats (all rescues) named Sonic, Ashkin, Kemba and Lil Mama, and a terrier named Rigby who you may frequently see greeting clients at the front desk. In her free time, Tiffany enjoys hiking, painting, and cooking.
Jennifer Warren — Veterinary Technician
Jennifer joined our team in August of 2007 after spending four years working in a veterinary emergency hospital in Northern Virginia. She has been in the Veterinary field for many years and has worked with animals since she was a little girl to pursue her lifetime career.
Jennifer has one dog, a pitbull named Pickles, as well as two handsome boys named Connor and Michael. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Brian and her boys, crafting, and learning new cooking skills.
Stacy Griffin — Veterinary Technician
Stacy realized her love and interest for this field when she and her husband had their first Great Dane, Bleu who was diagnosed with epilepsy at 8 months old. The constant care it took to keep him healthy opened her eyes to this field being more than just shots once a year. A few months later they rescued Lucy, a dachshund/terrier mix, at four weeks old from a puppy mill where she inevitably ended up with parvo. Lucy pulled through and has been a feisty little fireball ever since.
These experiences led to Stacy’s passion for prevention. She loves to speak about the importance of vaccines and preventative care. Her current pets consist of Lucy her little parvo survivor, Titus and Angel her rescued Great Danes. Stacy and her husband have been married since 2011 and are expecting their first child March 2019. In 2013, she began her veterinary career while stationed in Fort Polk Louisiana with her husband.
Heather Russell — Veterinary Tecnician
Heather joined the team in 2018. Her love for animals started as a young kid saving turtles and collecting caterpillars. She has been in the veterinary field since 2014 and also started and runs the animal rescue “Paws of Hope Sanctuary”.
Heather and her fiancé live in Concord with their five rescue babies. three dogs, Cooper, Ike and Loki and two cats, Douglas and Sophie.
In their spare time, they enjoy traveling to the mountains, kayaking and fishing
Chan Byers — Veterinary Technician
Chan joined our team in 2018. She has over 12 years of veterinary experience in addition to a Bachelor’s degree in animal science. She graduated from North Carolina A&T University in 2015.
Chan has four pit bulls, Marley, Chyna, Lady, and Domino. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her boyfriend.