1319 Archdale Drive
Charlotte, NC 28217


  • Wellness Care and Vaccines

    Offering wellness care, puppy Vaccinations, & MORE in CHARLOTTE, NC

    There are many benefits of bringing in your pet into our animal hospital for a yearly wellness examination or checkup. For our friendly staff at our clinic in Charlotte NC, these visits are an excellent opportunity to conduct a thorough physical examination and develop a health profile for your pet. This information helps us identify current medical problems and any other issues that can affect your pet’s health and quality of life later on.

    During a wellness checkup, the doctor will examine fifteen parameters and evaluates your pet’s weight and body condition. Our staff will ask you questions about your pet’s behavior, appetite, exercise habits, and regular activities at home. This is also an excellent time for us to discuss any routine diagnostic testing that may benefit your pet or to recommend any vaccinations that may be due. If your pet seems healthy, a wellness examination acts a baseline from which our team will be able to note any changes, such as weight gain or loss or other subtle changes that may not be evident at home. These visits are also valuable opportunities for early detection of illnesses and allow us to address health issues before they progress. Our team cares about your pet's well-being as so this visit is also a great opportunity for you to ask any questions or concerns you may have about your pet’s health, diet, or behavior.


    For optimal health of your puppy or dog, it is important to follow through with the recommended course of shots and vaccinations. There are several core vaccines that can be given to any canine regardless of their vaccination history, while non-core vaccines are vaccinations that are administered depending on your dog's history or risk of exposure.

    Canine Core Vaccines:

    • Canine Parvovirus: A highly contagious viral disease that attacks cells in a dog’s body. This disease can be transmitted by any person, animal or object that comes into contact with infected feces.
    • Canine Distemper: Affects the CNS, respiratory, gastrointestinal and conjunctival membranes of the eye in a dog. This virus is passed from dog to dog through direct contact with blood, urine or saliva.
    • Canine Hepatitis: This is an infectious acute liver disease that is caused by the adenovirus type-1 in dogs. This is spread through urine, feces, blood saliva and nasal discharge of infected canines.
    • Rabies: Passed on by a bite through other infected animals. This virus affects the brain and spinal cords, and once symptoms appear, the disease is fatal. 

    Canine Non-Core Vaccines:

    • Bordetella Bronchiseptica: A type of respiratory disease in dogs. Symptoms include a hacking cough that transmits the virus easily through the air or direct contact.
    • Borrelia Burgdorferi (Lyme Disease): A bacterial illness transmitted by the spirochete bacteria. Most commonly, Borrelia burgdorferi is transmitted by bites from black-legged ticks, Ixodes scapularis, that are found in tall grasses, thick brush, woods, and marsh environments. 
    • Leptospirosis: This bacterial disease with flu-like symptoms that is able to spread from dogs to humans. Pets are most commonly exposed to Leptospira bacteria through exposure to contaminated water or soil, or interactions with infected animals typically in rural areas.


    At Archdale Animal Hospital we also administer feline vaccinations to ensure the health of your kitten and cat. As with the canine core class, feline core vaccines can and should be given to any feline regardless of their vaccination history, while the need for non-core vaccines depends on the animal's risk of exposure.

    Feline Core Vaccines:

    • Feline Herpesvirus 1 (FHV1): Common cause of eye and upper respiratory infections in cats. It is not contagious to people or other species of animals but instead is transmitted from cat to cat through coughing, sneezing, grooming or living with an infected cat.
    • Feline Calicivirus (FCV): A highly contagious virus that is a major cause of upper respiratory infections or cat flu and is transferred through direct contact, inhalation of sneeze droplets, or the sharing of contaminated items; food bowls, litter trays, bedding, grooming aids. 
    • Feline Panleukopenia Virus (FPV) (Feline distemper): A highly contagious and life-threatening viral disease in cats that primarily attack the blood cells, intestinal tract bone marrow and stem cells.
    • Rabies: Affects the central nervous system of a cat and is primarily transmitted through a bite from diseased animals.

    Feline Non-Core Vaccines:

    • Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV): Generally transmitted from cat to cat contact through large amounts of saliva, grooming, nasal secretion, urine, feces, and milk from infected cats.
    • Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV): This is generally transmitted through deep bite wounds from cat to cat or transmission from an FIV positive mother cat to her kitten. 
    • Chlamydophila Felis: Contagious amongst cats and transmission is through close contact with cats.
    • Bordetella Bronchiseptica: This bacterial infection is contagious to other cats, kittens are especially at risk. This disease can primarily cause upper respiratory tract abnormalities.


    As part of a wellness program, vaccines play a vital role in keeping your pet healthy. Vaccines help protect pets from deadly infectious diseases. Unfortunately, many infectious diseases that are preventable pose a significant threat to dogs and cats that are unvaccinated. Although vaccine programs have been highly successful and vaccines are considered routine today, keeping your pet’s core vaccines current is the only way to ensure your pet is fully protected.

    While non-core vaccines are optional for many pet owners it is important to discuss your pet's health with your veterinarian who may recommend non-core vaccinations based your pet's personal health history, and outside factors such as their risk for exposure to each disease. Vaccine recommendations can also change throughout a pet’s life, as travel habits and other variables in their health or lifestyle change. Our team here Archdale Animal Hosptial will consider all of these factors as we determine which vaccines are right for your pet.

    Contact our office for more information on vaccinations or to schedule a wellness visit today!

    Serving your furry friends in Charlotte, NC, Archdale Animal Hospital offers other veterinary services such as surgery, pet laser therapy treatments, teeth cleaning, as well as pet boarding. No matter what service your pet needs, rest assured we will do all we can for your pet's health and comfort.