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Greenwood Veterinary Associates

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At Greenwood Veterinary Associates we take an 
individualized approach to the long-term care of
each of our patients and are dedicated to 
providing our clients with the ability to make appropriate decisions concerning the health care of their animals.  
The old adage, "an ounce of prevention is 
worth a pound of cure" certainly holds true 
when it comes to pet health. Below are some 
preventive measures we recommend at our practice
which will help you keep your pet healthy.

Annual Physical Exam
   Pets age quickly and they are unable to tell 
us if they are feeling unwell. Annual physical 
exams are an important part of providing 
optimal health care for your beloved companion. 
Veterinarians have special training and experience in 
detecting subtle illness in pets, and this can only be 
achieved through a physical exam. To uphold our 
commitment to provide the very best veterinary care- all of our veterinarians are required to complete a full 
physical exam prior to any treatment or 
vaccinations administered to pets- this includes 
a full history review and complete medical record 
documentation for every visit.  

Vaccinations
  Vaccinating your pet has long been considered one 
of the best ways to help them live a long, healthy life. 
Vaccination is like an insurance policy, a risk 
assessment is made when choosing which 
vaccine is best for your pet.  Although 
vaccination has the potential to protect pets against 
life-threatening diseases, vaccination is not 
without its risks- and all vaccines ARE NOT CREATED 
EQUAL. Most are pretty effective at preventing the 
diseases they are labeled to protect against, but there 
is more to the story than that. Some vaccines are quite
 reactive, meaning they are more likely to cause a vaccine reaction than the less reactive vaccines. Some veterinarians are 
using these vaccines as a cost saving effort- thus
the reasoning for varying price ranges.  We have
chosen the vaccines in our practice to minimize the risk of
 vaccine reactions and to allow us to vaccinate against some 
diseases every third year. In the end this level of 
veterinary medicine results in long term cost saving, 
and better care for your pet. 

Parasite Control
     Parasites are not only harmful to your pet 
but can also be harmful to you and your family. 
Common parasites found to harm pets include 
intestinal parasites(worms), external Parasites
( Fleas, Ticks, Mites), and heartworms( transmitted by a 
mosquito bite). We often hear from pet owners that 
they feel these tests and preventions are unecessary 
because their pet never goes outside. When in fact, 
this is an unrealistic situation as most pets do go outside to use the potty, we bring parasites into the home from our shoes, 
for small pets parasites can harbor in their 
bedding- and believe us when we say that no 
pets are totally safe from the opportunists we know as 
parasites! As  a matter of fact studies have shown that 85% 
of heartworm positive dogs are inside pets.  Intestinal 
Parasite Fecal Exams, Dewormings, Heartworm Test, 
and Flea and Heartworm Prevention is very important 
to your pets health. Since many of these parasites can be 
transmitted to humans it is also very important 
to the health of your family! This is a 
preventable problem, and a potentially fatal 
one if ignored.

Annual Blood Screening
     Just as we have our cholesterol and blood pressure 
checked as adults, it is suggested all adult pets
( Age 1 and older) have this screening as well. 
Diabetes mellitus, kidney disease, and some 
hormonal diseases occur much more frequently in 
pets as their rate of aging is much faster. To test for these 
conditions and identify them before severe and/or 
irreversible damage is done, blood tests and 
sometimes radiographs are helpful. An abnormal 
result means we can diagnose and treat the condition 
early. Normal results are helpful in giving us a baseline with which we can compare future results.