South Charlotte Veterinary Care For Healthier Dogs & Cats

pet health

We are passionate about providing the very best care for every stage of your pet's life. From birth when a new puppy or kitten joins your family through the calmer years of sharing your home with a senior pet, wellness examinations are very important. Regular examinations allow us to assess your pet's current health and track changes in his or her condition. Every time you come in, we look over your pet from nose to tail, assessing:

  • Heart and lungs
  • Teeth and oral cavity
  • Skin
  • Eyes and ears
  • Abdomen
  • Lymph nodes
  • Musculoskeletal system

We recommend preventive measures to keep your pet healthy such as

  • Immunizations and medications
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Parasite prevention, including heartworms, fleas, and ticks

Heartworms live in a dog's heart and nearby blood vessels. Cats can also carry heartworms. An adult heartworm produces larvae that populate an infected pet's blood. After mosquitoes bite an infected animal, these larvae can then be transmitted to your pet. We will test your pet for heartworm before starting year-round preventive medication.

Make Your Home Safe for Pets

Ensuring that your home is pet safe can easily be overlooked. Pet proofing lowers the chance of a serious accident happening. Some common houseplants are poisonous and can cause grave injury. These include dieffenbachia, philodendron, hyacinth, lilies, poinsettia, and mistletoe. In addition, medications and some foods can be very harmful. Electrical cords may be attractive but are extremely hazardous if chewed. Prevention now can avoid a tragedy later.

Pets Need a Diet & Exercise Plan

Obesity can lead to devastating health problems for pets including heart disease, diabetes, or arthritis. In addition to proper nutrition, we recommend that you and your pet get plenty of exercise. Going for a brisk walk or playing catch with your pet every day will be fun and beneficial. We are pleased to help you develop a specific plan. The right kind of food and physical activity can add to the quality of your pet's life.

"We are so pleased and blessed to have Dr. Dozier and your clinic. Time and time again, you all and Dr. Dozier especially have been unfailingly kind, considerate and caring beyond most of any care we have experienced at vets. Having bred goldens for over 50 years we have experienced many vet clinics. Dr. Dozier tops them all. He is unhurried, makes one feel like you are his only client in all the world, takes his time, is thorough and careful and you feel you have his 100% undivided attention. No vet in the hundreds we have worked with has been so available, so kind, willing to take his time, as Dr. Dozier. HE IS THE BEST! Certainly the wonderful staff is a reflection, plus we comment all the time that Dr. Dozier seems to have very little turn over. You all must be happy and respected. Bless you all!" - Ann Chase
"We love Dr. Michael!! She has been so wonderful going down the path with us on our elderly yellow Lab, Bailey Baroo. She has worked with us to find the right blend of food, medicine and exercise to give us more years with him and we appreciate that when she hears hoof beats she thinks horses, not zebras! Everyone at RRAH is wonderful, but Dr. Michael is extra special!" -Lesli An Orio
"Rea Road has been our family vet since the day they opened. I would not trust my pets to anyone else." - Michelle Kingston
"Best vets ever in Charlotte! They have taken such amazing care of my kids and of me, their fretting mom. I wouldn't trust anyone else." - Pamela Shaw
"Rea Road has the most caring staff. Dr. Dozier is truly wonderful! We have taken our babies there for years and they truly love them as much as we do." - Mattie Collins-Walker
"Very simply, we love Rea Road Animal Hospital. Knowledgeable, kind and compassionate!" - Heather Theriault
"Rea Road Animal Hospital has been our vet since we moved to Charlotte 9 years ago. Our dog, Bandit, will be 18 years old in September and we attribute his longevity to the doctors and especially the staff at this establishment. We have recommended the facility to our friends and neighbors and they have used the hospital for vet services, boarding, grooming and a place to love their pets." - Stephen & Heidi Kramer