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Preventive Pet Care Makes Happy Dogs And Cats

Kitten and puppy

The veterinarians and staff at Cleveland Park Animal Hospital Greenville understand the importance of quality animal healthcare for all pets. We look forward to working with you to establish an individualized veterinary healthcare plan that meets all the needs of your pets.

Our Wellness Services Include:

Puppy & Kitten Care

Getting a new pet is always exciting. Make sure your pet’s important health care milestones are met during his or her first year by following our puppy or kitten schedule for checkups and vaccinations.

The decision to become a pet owner is a big commitment, and the first year of your new pet’s life is full of important milestones. Until your new addition has their complete set of vaccinations, please remember that your puppy or kitten is not fully protected against diseases. We strongly recommend that your puppy or kitten not have exposure to other animals, dog parks, or pet stores until they are fully vaccinated.

Internal parasites are those that live within our pets. Most puppies and kittens have intestinal parasites that they acquire from their mother while nursing. Many of these parasites cannot be seen with the naked eye and require a fecal examination. This step is important so that we can determine which type of medication our veterinarians need to prescribe your pet to properly treat them. This is also important because many internal parasites can be transmitted to humans from our new family member, so we want to make sure this is cleared up quickly. It usually takes multiple medication administrations to completely remove these parasites.

External parasites are those that live on our pets. These are a little bit easier for you to notice, like fleas or ticks. These parasites can carry diseases that are threatening to your pet as well as you, so it’s very important for us to help you and your pet treat these pesky parasites.

Our veterinarians will also give your puppy or kitten the first round of vaccinations that will protect them from potentially life-threatening diseases. It is very important to complete all recommended vaccination series, as missing a dose can expose your pet to unnecessary risk.

Proper nutrition is a key factor in the development of your new family member. Different breeds grow at different rates and require specific nutrition to help avoid metabolic issues and nutritional deficiencies.

Senior Pet Care
Older dog

As our pets age, their bodies change and the care they need changes, too. When our pets enter their senior years, they need to be seen by the veterinarian more often in order to catch any developing health problems early.

Blood work at all stages is routinely performed to ensure that your pet’s organs are all working properly. With basic tests we can monitor your pet’s kidneys, liver, pancreas, and blood cells to ensure that there are no underlying issues.

Many of the internal and external parasites that our pets have, can also be passed along to humans. These parasites can cause many different symptoms in our pets as well as in us. With regular parasite prevention, you and your pet can be safe from the harm of parasites.

When Is A Pet Considered A Senior?

Different breeds of dogs age at different rates, depending mostly on size. Large dogs will need senior care sooner than small dogs. Typically, cats will live longer than small dogs.

If you have taken in a stray or a rescue it may be a bit of a mystery as to how old your pet is. Our veterinarians will use multiple factors to help determine the age of your pet. It is important to work with your veterinarian to determine when your pet has reached the age when senior care is needed.

Diseases such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis, kidney disease, and heart disease can be a stressful and worrisome diagnosis that we see with some senior pets. Our veterinarians and staff will use our best diagnostics and treatments to help you and your pet manage and thrive through their disease.

As your pet gets older, his or her need for proper nutrition and an appropriate level of exercise becomes more important than ever. Consult with us regarding the type of food you are letting your senior dog or cat enjoy. And, let us know what a typical day is like for your old friend. We can advise on dietary habits and play levels that just may be what makes the final years golden years.

When it comes to our pets, it is much safer, easier, and ultimately less expensive to prevent illness than it is to treat illness. Routine pet wellness visits, parasite prevention, and vaccinations are all important aspects of preventive care for your pet.

Routine Wellness Visits

Annual veterinary wellness visits allow our veterinarians to monitor any changes in your pet that may indicate a potential problem. By identifying potential issues early, steps can be taken to prevent more serious health problems from developing. And that’s why preventive health care in the present, typically means less expensive pet care in the future.

During a wellness visit your veterinarian will check all systems of your pet including your pet’s weight, temperature, heart rate, breathing patterns, and inspect his or her eyes, ears, mouth and nose for any signs of trouble. We will also discuss your pet’s nutritional needs. If there are any other concerns that you may have, we will also discuss and help you during this time.

Give us a call or request an appointment today and let us show you ways to keep your pet happy and healthy through their golden years.