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Regular checkups and exams are critical to your pet’s well-being. These exams and consultations give us a chance to evaluate the overall health of your pet while also giving us a baseline for their own unique bodies and tendencies.

Not only do these exams keep us up-to-date with your pet’s health, they also allow us to detect potential problems before they become serious. Your pet will be thoroughly examined by a veterinarian and this checkup gives us vital information to help keep your pet healthy. Regular wellness exams also make your pet more familiar with our veterinary hospital, which makes future visits easier on them and you.

Columbia’s Standards

The City of Columbia requires that cats and dogs over the age of three months be licensed. Animals can be licensed for 1-3 years, depending on the duration of their rabies vaccine. You can get your City of Columbia animal license and tags at either of Rolling Hills Veterinary Hospital locations during your regular exams. You can also purchase animal tags at the City of Columbia Cashier’s Office located on the first floor of the historic Daniel Boone Building, 701 East Broadway. You must provide proof of rabies vaccination to the Cashiers Office.


Your pet may manage to slip out of its collar, or its tags may come off. This can be a big problem if your pet gets loose. But with microchipping, you can have peace of mind.

At Rolling Hills, we offer microchipping services which provide a permanent identification that can help you become quickly reunited with your lost pet. The tiny glass cylinder containing the electronic chip is no bigger than a grain of rice and is easily and quickly implanted. No anesthetic is required, and chipping won’t be any more painful than a routine vaccination.

Ask about our microchipping services today and help protect your pet.


Regular vaccinations can help keep your pet healthy, and in some cases, it’s the law. Boone County requires that all dogs or cats over three months of age be vaccinated against rabies by a veterinarian. Other shots may be needed, too.

Vaccinations break down into two categories: core pet vaccines and non-core vaccines. Core pet vaccinations are those recommended for every pet, while non-core vaccines may be advised based on your pet’s lifestyle. For example, we may suggest certain non-core vaccinations if your cat or dog is outdoors only or boarded often. We’ll set up a schedule that makes sense for your individual pet.

Recommended at-home care

Fleas and ticks can be a big problem for pets, especially here in Missouri. Not only do they put your pet at risk, but they can cause harm to your whole household. We can recommend at-home treatments that you can get at our facilities to help protect your pet from pests and parasites, like fleas, ticks, and heartworms.