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New Clients

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.

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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.

 
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Dental and oral care prevents bad breath and diseases that could become life-threatening.   Lab tests diagnose and prevent sickness or injury in safe and non-invasive ways.   Parasite prevention treats and protects against deadly heartworms, parasites, and flea/tick infestations.
         
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  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.

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Home care is just as important as veterinary care in keeping your pet happy and healthy.

 

Care for all ages includes veterinary care and home care tips for your pet at every age.

 

Ages and stages is our chart to help you find out your pet's age in "human years."

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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.

Pet Exams for Dogs and CatsYour 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 Mind

Your 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.
 
     


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Vaccines protect against common diseases that your pets may become exposed to.

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Vaccines have about a 95% success rate for preventing infections and fatal diseases.

     
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Rabies

The rabies vaccine is required by law and protects against the fatal illness. Rabies can be transmitted to other pets and people through the bite of an infected animal.

Distemper (DHPP)

This combination vaccine protects against viruses that cause life-threatening neurologic, respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.

Leptospirosis

This vaccine protects against a bacteria that can cause deadly kidney or liver disease. Leptospirosis is also transmissible to people.

Lyme

This vaccine helps prevent Lyme disease, which is easily transmitted through the bite of an infected tick.

 
 

Lifestyle Vaccines

These might be recommended if your dog visits boarding facilities, groomers, training classes, dog parks, and other social settings.

Bordetella

This vaccine protects against an airborne respiratory virus known as "Kennel Cough."

 
 
     
  Feline Vaccines

Rabies

The rabies vaccine is required by law and protects against the fatal illness. Rabies can be transmitted to other pets and people through the bite of an infected animal.

Distemper (FVRCP)

This combination vaccine protects against viruses that cause life-threatening respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.
 
     
 

Lifestyle Vaccine

This is given to all outdoor cats, including those who go out occasionally -even if it's just on an open porch.

Feline Leukemia

This vaccine protects against the contagious and often fatal disease, which is easily spread between cats.

 

 

     
 

Vaccines are the key to a long and healthy life. Your veterinarian will suggest the best vaccines for your pet based on age, medical history and lifestyle.

 
     

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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.

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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.

 
     


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Yearly lab tests are safe and non-invasive ways to diagnose and prevent sickness or injuries in pets that a physical exam cannot detect.

     
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Blood Screening

A blood screening checks for anemia, parasites, infections, organ function and sugar levels. It is important to get a blood test annually for your pet, to help your veterinarian establish a benchmark for normal values and easily see any changes that may point to problems.

Urinalysis

This test has the ability to screen for diabetes, urinary tract infections, bladder/kidney stones, as well as dehydration and early kidney disease.

Intestinal Parasite Check

Using a stool sample, your veterinarian can check to see if your pet has parasites. Many parasites can be passed on to humans, so it is important to complete this screening annually, especially if your pet has any symptoms including upset stomach, loss of appetite and weight loss.

 
     
 
 
     
 

Routine testing can add years to your pet's life. Your veterinarian will recommend lab tests appropriate for your pet based on age and lifestyle.

 
     
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Canine Tests

Your veterinarian may check for the presence of heartworms in your dog, as well as the three common tick-borne diseases – Lyme, Anaplasma, and Ehrlichia Canis.
 
     
 
 
     
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Feline Tests

A combination test checks for heartworm, Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). FeLV and FIV are serious diseases that weaken the immune system, making cats susceptible to a variety of infections and other diseases. FeLV is spread through casual contact, and FIV is transmitted primarily through bite wounds. They can also be transferred to cats by their mothers. Any new pets, or sick/stray cats entering a household, should be tested.

Blood Pressure Testing

Senior cats are routinely tested for high blood pressure. It may occur as a secondary disease to another illness and is commonly seen in older cats. But it can affect a cat at any age and cause damage to the eyes, heart, brain and kidneys. A new heart murmur or alterations in your cat's eyes during a routine exam may prompt your veterinarian to take a blood pressure reading.

 
     

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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.

     
 

EXTERNAL PARASITES
are assessed visually by your veterinarian.

 
     
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Fleas

Fleas thrive when the weather is warm and humid. All cats and dogs are susceptible to flea infestations. Beyond the skin irritation and discomfort, flea infestations can also cause deadly infections, flea-allergy dermatitis (OUCH!) and the transmission of tapeworm parasites if ingested.

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Ticks

Ticks can spread serious infectious diseases such as Lyme, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis and Babesiosis to pets and people. Pet owners should inspect their pets regularly for ticks, large and small, especially after being outside in a wooded or grassy area.

 
     
 
     
 

INTERNAL PARASITES
are assessed by blood tests and fecal exams.

 
     
 
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Intestinal Parasites

Roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm, whipworm, Coccidia, Giardia and Cryptosporidium are all common in cats and dogs. Many of these parasites can be transmitted to you and your family if your pet becomes infected.

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Heartworm

Mosquitoes can spread heartworm, a harmful disease that affects both dogs and cats. As its name implies, heartworm lives in the blood of a pet's heart and blood vessels. We recommend annual screenings for both dogs and cats, even if they are already on heartworm preventatives.

 
     
     
     
 

Life is better for your pet and family without parasites.
Let us help you choose your flea, tick, heartworm and
intestinal parasite preventatives today!

 
     


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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.

Proper Nutrition

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.
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Growth Diet

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.

Adult Diet

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.

Senior Diet

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.

   
     
 

Every pet ages differently. Your veterinarian can help you determine the best diet for your pet's needs.

 
     


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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...

Uterine Disease

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.

Testicular Cancer

This cancer, as well as prostatitis (an infection causing malignant or benign swelling of the prostate), can be greatly reduced with early neutering.

 

Behavioral Problems

Unwanted behaviors such as dominance aggression, marking territory and wandering can be avoided with spaying or neutering.

Overpopulation

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.Cat and Dog graphic

   
     
 

Spayed and neutered pets live healthier and longer lives! Consider the benefits to your pet and the community, and ask us when is the best time to spay or neuter your pet.

 
     


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Make your pet's well-being a priority. See your veterinarian regularly and follow these tips to keep your pet happy and healthy.

Nutrition

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.

Identification

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.

Safety

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.

Grooming

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.

 

Exercise

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.

Training

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.

Environmental Enrichment

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 Care at Home

     
 

Be Your Pet's Guardian Angel

Call us if your pet experiences vomiting, diarrhea, poor appetite, lethargy, trouble breathing, excessive drinking or urinating, wheezing or coughing, pale gums, discharge from nose, swollen eye or discharge, limping, and/or difficulty passing urine or stool as these may be signs of illness.

 
     


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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.

Annual Wellness

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.

Spay/Neuter

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.

Nutrition

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.

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Exercise

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.

Training

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.

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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.

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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.

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Veterinary Education

Kienan Gold, DVM with CatDr. Gold joined Harris Boulevard Veterinary Clinic in July 2015. He grew up in Lehman, PA and currently lives in Charlotte, 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.

dr-catherine-markijohn-dvm-dogDr. 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.

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Are you worried about your little one's health? Harris Boulevard Veterinary Clinic is pleased to announce a new blood test for our Younger Feline Friends. This test can alert us to any underlying health issues and will also give us a good baseline to use if any subsequent tests are run later in your pet's life. The test can be run at the time of your kitty's annual visit. If your kitty due for annual vaccines, this panel is for you.

Did you know that Harris Boulevard Veterinary Clinic has a Pet Day Spa? Is it time to trim those nails again? Is it time for a bath? Let us pamper your pet for the day. Give us a call today and schedule your appointment for those tasks that you hate to do. Book your pet's special spa day now!

 

Our team of caring professionals is devoted to you and your pets!

Hospital Manager Jen Llamas with Bulldog VinnieJen joined the Harris Boulevard Veterinary Clinic team in May 2013. Growing up in Syracuse, New York, she had a love for all animals, but had a special affinity for horses. She started riding at age 6 and worked with a large animal veterinarian while in high school.

Jen attended LeMoyne College for undergraduate degrees in Business and Biology, and then Syracuse University for her MBA degree. She was a small business owner for 6 years prior to moving to North Carolina in January of 2012.

In her spare time, Jen enjoys boating and jet skiing on Lake Norman, but her biggest passion is bulldogs. She is very active with the group Bullies 2 the Rescue and has three bulldogs of her own — Vinnie, George and Sausage. Jen usually has a foster added to her brood before helping them find their forever homes. She also loves spending time with her husband Jessie and her extended family, who have now relocated to North Carolina with her!

Veterinary Technician Jennifer with DogJennifer 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 two dogs, a Cocker Spaniel/Pomeranian mix named Hailey and a Boxer mix named Shorty (aka Yoda), 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.

 

 

Carly with DogCarly joined our team in April of 2008 as a kennel technician, and then moved up to a veterinarian technician in October of 2008. Carly has three years of college courses in animal sciences and behavior. She has always had a passion and love for animals, telling her mother at the age of 2 that she was going to be an animal doctor when she grew up.

Carly was raised on a farm with horses, goats, chickens, rabbits, dogs and cats and has always wanted to work with horses, hoping that one day she could partake in training and rehabilitation of racing horses. She currently lives with her fiancé TJ; three dogs – Gunner, Ilu, and Suki; and cat Tiffin. She enjoys spending time with her four fur kids and family. She is also an avid fisherman and loves the outdoors.

 

Tiffany with CatTiffany joined our team in July of 2010. From the beginning, her love for animals was evident — she was always begging to "keep" any stray animals at the hospital until she could find them a happy home. This is her fist job in the veterinary field, but she has always had a house full of animals to care for and love.

Tiffany has a purrfect cat named Sonic that she rescued as a stray when he was 9 weeks old and a terrier named Rigby that was rescued from the shelter at 6 months old. In her free time, Tiffany enjoys hiking and painting.

 

 

Veterinary Technician Olivia with Dog ButterzOlivia grew up in a small town outside Charlotte called Lucia. While attending University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she worked at a doggy day care which lead to her adopting her first dog, an English Bulldog named Butterz. After helping Butterz overcome some major health issues, Olivia decided to pursue a career as a veterinary technician.

Outside of work, Olivia enjoys activities in the water, live music, and anything where Butterz can join her. She also volunteers with Wreaths Across America and Bullies 2 the Rescue.

 

 

Kyle with DogKyle joined our team in April of 2013. He is a student at Clemson University studying Animal and Veterinary Science. Upon graduation, he plans to attend veterinary school.

Kyle has always had a love for animals and enjoys spending time with his Golden Retriever, Penny, and his cat, Rolo. He also enjoys hiking, rock climbing, swimming and participating in school spirit activities. He has even gotten the chance to run a Clemson letter flag onto the field before a football game!

 

 

Bobby Lance, Client Care Specialist at Harris Boulevard Veterinary ClinicBobby joined our team in September of 2013 and has been in the veterinary medicine field working as a technician and/or receptionist since 1996. He has two dogs — Stelios, a doberman, and Kordellia, a pit bull — and a tuxedo kitty named Raspucia.

In his spare time, Bobby enjoys baking (and the rest of the staff enjoys this too!) and decorating. He is our chief decorator at the hospital and keeps our office current with each season and holiday.

 

 

 

Michelle, Client Care Specialist at Harris Boulevard Veterinary Clinic, with Cat CharlieMichelle joined our team in April 2014. She grew up in Louisiana with a house full of animals and has always been an animal lover, but has a special affinity for cats. After many years in retail and optical management, she decided to follow her heart into the world of animal care. Before Michelle moved to Charlotte in January 2014 from Aiken, South Carolina, she worked as a kennel technician in another veterinary hospital. She now is one of the smiling faces you will see at our front desk.

Michelle has four "fur babies" — Dixie, a Maltese; Bosco, a Puggle;  and two cats, Charlie and Bruiser (her one-eyed wonder). In her free time, she enjoys reading and relaxing at home, and vacationing in the New England area.