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HCVC welcomes you to our website!
Halifax County Veterinary Center is a full-service veterinary medical clinic located in Halifax, Virginia. The professional and courteous staff at Halifax County Veterinary Center seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care as well as boarding services for their highly valued patients. We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care for horses and cattle herds and health-related educational opportunities for our livestock and companion animal clients. Halifax County Veterinary Center strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Halifax, South Boston and surrounding areas in Southside, Virginia and North Central North Carolina. Please take a moment to contact us today to learn more about our veterinary or boarding services. Our staff is eager to let you know how Halifax County Veterinary Center can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet, horse or livestock herd.
At this site, you will find information about our practice philosophy, our services, helpful forms to assist you and an extensive Pet Medical Library for you to search for additional pet health care information.
Check out more information with our how to videos under informational pages!
Help us go green with PetSites! You can access your pet's records, refill prescriptions, schedule appointments, print out vaccination records, customize with pictures, and more! Just click on PetSite Login at the top! It's now a smartphone app!
We want to welcome Dr. Brandon Mallard to the HCVC family!
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You are now able to use PetSites from our Facebook page. Like us on Facebook and you will be able to refill prescriptions, make boarding appts and make appts to get your pets yearly check-up.
Pet Tips of the week
Hot spots are skin infections that come from an irritation and bacteria that overruns on the skin. The animal usually scratches at the irritation and the area can get quite large. it becomes inflamed, red, itchy, and pus can arise. The animal can loose their hair in that area as well.
Causes can come from a number of things like a bug bite, a scratch, allergies, dense/heavy hair coats, being moist, matted hair, and etc. The most common infection in a hot spot is the Staph infection. Though when humans usually get Staph it can be contagious, but this type of Staph in the hot spots are not usually contagious to humans.
However, treatment can be fairly easy. First, the vet will clip or shave the hair around the hot spot to help get air to it. Hot spots can be painful. So it is helpful for the vet to do this, for sedation may be needed. The vet also may want to do a cytology or culture to figure out which antibiotic would be best. Antibiotics whether it be topical, injectable, or oral are usually the treatment. Anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, or topical medications can be used also. An e-collar maybe needed to help prevent the animal for starching or irritating the spot. The best is to look for any spots routinely on your animal and report them to the vet as soon as possible.
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