Medical Policy

Hedgesville Hounds adheres to the guidelines set by the American Animal Hospital Association and has all of our rescued dogs vaccinated per AAHA guidelines with CORE vaccinations. We are grateful to Gaithersburg Animal Hospital of Gaithersburg, MD, Hillside Animal Hospital of Charles Town, WV and Dr. Townsend of All Creatures Veterinary, Martinsburg, WV for structuring their services at rescue rates.



Our vetting policy includes the provision of the following veterinary services and examinations, which are covered by your dog's adoption fee:



  • Preliminary physical exam checking coat and skin, eyes, ears, mouth, teeth and gums, heart, abdomen, lungs, legs and paws.

  • Neuter or spay and take-home medications like antibiotics or pain medications

  • Vaccinations including rabies, distemper, parvo and bordatella

  • 4DX snap test for Heartworm, Lyme, Ehrlichia canis, Ehrlichia ewingi, Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Anaplasma platys and treatment for any positive results.

  • Fecal exam and worming medication as needed

  • Microchip

  • Blood panel if recommended by vet

  • Dental scaling and polishing if vet so recommends

For Puppies:

  • We provide regular worming, distemper vaccines, and puppy boosters. 

  • Once puppies are 12 weeks of age, we provide rabies -1 year. 

  • We provide any additional treatment that may be warranted such as treatment for demodex, coccidia, or other infections.

  • Spay/neuter after the age of 6 months

  • Microchip at spay/neuter appointment

    • WE DO NOT support pediatric spay/neuter under the age of 6 months



We also encourage adopters to look into pet insurance.  This Petfinder article provides more information.