Frequently Asked Questions


How safe is my pet’s procedure?

Dr. Strickland and Dr. Daly take every precaution available for your pet, regardless of the reason for their visit. There are many factors in determine the risk level in any procedure, including the age of pet, their overall health, and how invasive the process is. To minimize risk, our experienced doctors recommend bloodwork and X-rays as necessary, as these diagnostic tests can determine if the animal may be suffering from an underlying issue that cannot be seen on physical exam alone. Rest assured your pet will be in caring and experienced hands at Valley Veterinary Hospital.

Why does my pet need a dental procedure?

Studies have determined that regular dental care for your furry friend can actually increase their life-expectancy by twenty-five percent. Maintaining healthy teeth, gums and mouth is a big step to keeping harmful bacteria and infections from setting in and making your animal companion very sick. Proper oral hygiene in pets should begin early in their lives, but the experienced veterinarians at Valley Veterinary Hospital can care for your companion’s dental needs regardless of their age or current condition of their teeth. Please give one of our caring team members at call at 540-433-8387 and schedule a dental appointment for your furry family member today!

How long should I wait to bring my pet in if I notice a change in their behavior?

There are many reasons that may cause a change in behavior of our pet, and while many are not serious, other behavioral changes may indicate pain or disease. If you notice that your precious pet is not up to their usual playful selves, please contact one of the caring professionals at Valley Veterinary Hospital right away. Our experienced doctors can properly evaluate your pet and determine what is causing the change, and help get them back to playing with you as soon as possible!

What are heartworms and how can I prevent my pet from getting them?

Heartworms have been diagnosed in all fifty states, and are especially prevalent in warmer climates such as Harrisonburg and the Shenandoah Valley areas of Virginia. Heartworms can be transmitted to dogs and cats by the bite of an infected mosquito that can transmit an immature worm to the animal. If the dog or cat is not protected by a heartworm preventative, the worms can mature and damage the heart and lungs, and even death if left untreated. Please remember that heartworm preventative is always less expensive and more effective than heartworm treatment. Dr. Daly and Dr. Strickland attend conferences and lectures throughout the country to ensure Valley Veterinary Hospital only offer the safest and most effective products here at our pharmacy, including heartworm preventative. Please call one of the Valley team at 540-433-8387 and schedule a heartworm preventative appointment for your precious companion today.

When is pain management recommended for my pet?

Valley Veterinary Hospital strives to provide your pets with a high quality of life regardless of their age. If your pet is suffering from pain, they can lose their appetite, their ability to exercise properly and in some cases become aggressive. Dr. Daley and Dr. Strickland can carefully evaluate your pet to determine if they may be silently suffering from a painful condition. Our experienced veterinarians can determine if pain preventative is right for your pet, so please call Valley Veterinary Hospital to have your pet observed for conditions that may cause them pain.

What financing options are offered at Valley Veterinary Hospital?

Payment is expected at the time of service. The compassionate veterinarians at Valley Veterinary Hospital understand that not all veterinary visits are planned, and are pleased to accept all major credit cards, as well as CareCredit, which acts as credit card in which to pay for services provided to your pet.