Vaccination and Parasite Prevention

Protecting Your Dogs and Cats

Greece Vaccinations and Parasite Prevention

Vaccinations are the gold standard in veterinary care. Your Greece Animal Hospital veterinarians create individual vaccination plans that address the needs of your dog and cat. Based on age, overall condition, and lifestyle issues, these plans support pet health at every stage of life.

Cats and dogs are vulnerable to several types of parasitic infections. Many of these parasites are zoonotic, able to infect both animals and humans. Our team is dedicated to protecting your entire family with a solid parasite prevention plan.

Safe Pet Vaccinations

Vaccinations protect dogs and cats from the most serious and deadly infectious diseases. We offer the safest, most effective vaccines available for the following:

  • Dogs: Rabies, canine distemper, parvovirus, canine influenza, bordetella (kennel cough), Lyme disease, and other diseases
  • Cats: Rabies, feline leukemia, and respiratory diseases

Our veterinarians develop a disease prevention plan that is effective and safe for each patient. We invite you to review our wellness plans for your specific pet care needs:

  • General pet health
  • Puppies and kittens
  • Senior pets
Fleas & Ticks
Fleas and ticks are irritating and invasive parasites of the skin. Preventing an infestation of fleas and ticks helps avoid irritation, infection, allergy, and disease, as well as the inconvenience and expense of treatment to pets and the home environment.

Our veterinarians will suggest a variety of safe and effective preventives for fleas and ticks. The products recommended by our team have been carefully researched and chosen to help keep your pets, family, and home parasite free. Over-the-counter products are not recommended, as they are limited in effectiveness and can have serious, unwanted side effects.

We are pleased to guide you in the most appropriate preventives for your pet, and many are available through our pharmacy.

Intestinal Parasites

Intestinal parasites can exist in your pet for some time without any symptoms. Eventually, your pet may experience diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, and more.

Some intestinal worms are zoonotic parasites dangerous to people, especially children and those with compromised immune systems. Our veterinarians recommend regular fecal testing and monthly preventives for intestinal parasites.

The most common intestinal parasites in dogs and cats include:

  • Hookworms
  • Roundworms
  • Whipworms
  • Tapeworms
  • Coccidia

Each of these organisms can make your pet sick.

Screening for Intestinal Parasites

Most intestinal parasites are not easily visible to the eye. We use microscopic analysis in our hospital laboratory to check for infection. The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) recommends that microscopic fecal analysis be performed two to four times during the first year for puppies and kittens. Once or twice per year for adult pets, depending on lifestyle and exposure risk.

Heartworm

Heartworms live and grow in the heart and lungs of infected dogs and cats. Mosquitoes carry this serious, often fatal, disease and can transmit the heartworm larva into your pet’s bloodstream with a single bite.

Fortunately, heartworm disease is preventable through the use of monthly heartworm medications. Our veterinarians can prescribe the best heartworm preventive for your pet, available through our hospital pharmacy.

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