Pet Wellness & Preventative Care
At Gentle Vet Animal Hospital, we believe annual wellness care is imperative to keeping your pet happy and healthy!
Green Bay, WI
Wellness & Preventative Care at Gentle Vet Animal Hospital
Your pet’s health is important and preventive care is necessary. We recommend wellness exams, keeping your pets on a vaccination schedule, and working with us on all facets of wellness care.
Routine Wellness exams
During your annual physical exam, your veterinarian fully examines your pet and discusses vaccinations and ongoing wellness. Just like you do wellness visits with your doctor, it’s important that your pet does the same. During these visits, our team will spend time examining your pet from nose to tail.
Our pets are faced with many deadly infectious diseases, and vaccines can help protect them. Over the years, vaccines against dangerous diseases have saved millions of pets and virtually eliminated some fatal diseases that were once common. No single vaccine program will be ideal for every pet in every situation, and that’s why we will work on an individualized basis with you and your pet to make sure they are getting just what they need to remain healthy.
All cats and dogs should be tested annually for heartworm infection, and this can usually be done during a routine visit for preventive care. Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in pets in the United States and many other parts of the world. It is caused by foot-long worms (heartworms) that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets, causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body. Heartworm disease affects dogs, cats, and ferrets, but heartworms also live in other mammal species, including wolves, coyotes, foxes, sea lions and—in rare instances—humans. Because wild species such as foxes and coyotes live in proximity to many urban areas, they are considered important carriers of the disease.
New puppy and kitten visits
Bringing home a new puppy or kitten is an exciting time for your family. Our team can help you start your new puppy or kitten off right! Our vets recommend that you set up your pet’s first visit with us as soon as possible. It’s important to get your new pet set up with a good parasite and vaccination program, as well as a thorough examination to assure your puppy or kitten is healthy and prepared to stay that way.
Parasite screening and prevention
Veterinary examinations and parasite testing are important ways to protect your pet’s health. Let our knowledgeable staff provide you with a comprehensive parasite control program. We can recommend a schedule for parasite testing, discuss what signs of parasites you can look for at home, review ways to control parasites in and around your home, discuss treatment options if your pet has parasites, and recommend ways to control and prevent parasites in the future.
Microchips are tiny electronic devices about the size of a grain of rice that use radio waves to transmit identification information. Pet microchips store unique identification numbers that show once the chip is scanned. This number can be reported to the appropriate microchip company, where the owners’ contact information is stored. Microchips are made of a material that is compatible with body tissues, so rejection and infection at the site of microchip injection are rare.
A pet health certificate is an official document that one of our veterinarians will fill out after performing a thorough examination of your pet. Our veterinarians that issue health certificates are licensed, USDA accredited. The document will include detailed information about your pet, such as breed, age, microchip, etc. It also certifies that your pet is apparently free of disease and lists all the vaccines your pet is up to date on. Many commercial airlines will require a pet health certificate (one for each pet) that is to be on flight. Airlines will vary with the time frame in which a health certificate needs to be obtained, so please check with the airline you are using early to ensure your trip will not be delayed. While you are in the planning stages of your trip, it is important to check with the airlines to make sure if any other paperwork is needed, some will have their own forms in addition to a certificate of veterinary inspection.