Greece Wellness and Preventative Care
Greece Animal Hospital is dedicated to helping dogs and cats live longer, happier, and more comfortable lives. We offer disease prevention protocols that include regular veterinary exams, vaccinations, parasite prevention, and nutritional support.
Our gentle approach includes caring for dogs and cats that may be more challenging or not fond of handling. No matter what your pet’s personality, Greece Animal Hospital is here for you.
The Importance of Annual Exams
Our goal is to keep your pet healthy and feeling great. Regular wellness exams help us identify developing problems and diseases. Early treatment addresses health concerns before they become too stressful, uncomfortable, and expensive.
We recommend a yearly exam for healthy adult dogs and cats. More frequent visits are necessary to protect our youngest pets’ health, vulnerable seniors, and those pets with chronic medical issues.
What to Expect
Your pets are treated to a complete, gentle, head-to-tail exam by one of our veterinarians at each visit. This exam is designed to reveal any growth problems, areas of medical concern, dental issues, and nutritional needs that would interfere with optimum pet health.
We typically perform routine lab work for healthy patients, such as a heartworm/tick panel, feline viral testing, and a fecal parasite screening. Added diagnostics may be ordered for patients with medical concerns. Our wellness testing is tailored to our patients’ precise needs—no unnecessary tests or diagnostic procedures.
Be prepared to discuss any changes in your pet since your last visit, including behavioral concerns, unusual sleep patterns, eating or weight problems, and general vigor. Changes such as these can be indicative of a developing health problem long before medical symptoms become apparent.
The annual wellness exam allows us to update vaccinations, address parasite prevention, discuss your nutritional plan, and answer any questions you may have about pet care.
Essential to the pet health care plan, vaccinations protect against dangerous and infectious diseases.
For dogs, these may include:
- Rabies (required by law)
- Canine distemper
- Lyme disease
- Canine influenza
- Bordetella (kennel cough)
For cats, these may include:
- Rabies (required by law)
- Feline leukemia
- Respiratory diseases
Your pet’s need for vaccinations will depend upon various factors: age, type or breed, general health, and lifestyle. Our veterinarians create a vaccination and wellness plan that addresses the needs of your pet and your family.
Every year millions of pets go missing, and most are never returned home. Having your pet microchipped is the best way to ensure this does not happen to your companions.
The microchip, roughly the size of a grain of rice, is implanted between the shoulder blades under the pet’s skin and remains there for their entire life. The procedure can be performed easily as an outpatient visit.
A unique number identifies each microchip. This number is added to a national pet registry and the pet and the pet owner’s relevant information. Most animal care facilities and shelters can detect and read these implanted microchips. When a microchip is found, the registry allows the owner to be contacted.