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Preventative/Wellness Care

Just like you, we want your dog or cat to live the longest, healthiest life possible. That starts with the basics: quality food, enough exercise, good grooming, and yes, regular check-ups.

Annual exams are your pet’s first line of defense. Greenway Pet Clinic’s comprehensive annual exams include checking their overall health by taking their temperature, examining skin and coat, lung and cardiac function, internal health, oral hygiene, eyes, ears, and demeanor.

Vaccinations: Keeping your dog or cat up to date on immunizations and booster vaccines are a highly effective way to prevent many common diseases and infections like distemper and rabies. Beyond those core vaccines, your pet’s age, lifestyle, and likely exposure to certain diseases will be evaluated before we recommend additional inoculations.

Dental Care: Imagine what your teeth would be like if you never cleaned them. Well, the same thing is happening to your pet’s teeth without good oral care. We recommend annual dental cleanings and can show you tips for brushing your pet’s teeth, which can reduce the need for expensive extractions and more serious dental work down the line.

Parasite Control: Fleas, ticks, worms – preventing them in the first place is much easier and ultimately less expensive than getting rid of them after they’ve infested your pet, home and yard. We recommend monitoring your pet and having them screened for intestinal parasites regularly, and we offer a variety of alternatives for flea, tick, and heartworm prevention.

Proper Nutrition: There’s a lot of choices when it comes to what to feed your furry friend. Additionally, there’s also so much confusion about what to feed dogs and cats. Grain-free kibble? Home-cooked meals? Raw food diet? Proper nutrition is so important to your pet’s good health, and we can help you figure out what is best for your pet and your lifestyle.

Behavioral Evaluation: Changes in mood or behavior, lack of grooming, or litterbox problems in cats can often be a symptom of an underlying medical condition. Swiftly addressing these shifts can help to identify and treat the root cause.

Skin and Coat Care: Cats are fastidious by nature, but felines with long, thick coats and those who live indoors still may need regular brushing, grooming, and nail trims. Grooming and washing your dog are fundamental aspects of proper pet hygiene. Proper skin and hair care can prevent things like mange, matting, bacterial infections and more.

Exercise: Regular workouts support musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health in dogs of all ages, as well as improve their overall mental well-being. Cats are athletic creatures and getting enough exercise–especially if they live indoors–is extremely important in maintaining cardiovascular health and a healthy weight.

Senior Animals: At Greenway Pet Clinic, we love elder pets! We also know that preventative care is even more significant for them. Our fur babies are living longer than ever, making them more susceptible to disease and illness as they age. We recommend twice-yearly exams and screenings for senior pets to help prolong and improve the quality of their life.

Wellness Exams Include:
-Heart and Lung Evaluation
-Ear Examination
-Eye Examination
-Dental Evaluation
-Abdominal Organ Evaluation
-Musculoskeletal Evaluation
-Coat and Skin Analysis
-Weight Assessment and Nutritional Counseling
-Answering any concerns/questions you might have about your pet

We recommend you take advantage of special pricing for the diagnostics listed below if done at the time of your pet’s annual exam.

Comprehensive Blood Panel:
A complete blood chemistry panel including electrolytes provides information about your pet’s liver, kidneys, and pancreas; as well as other functions of the body, such as blood sugar and hydration.
A complete blood count (CBC) checks for infection and anemia.

Fecal Testing:
Important for diagnosing intestinal parasites that can be dangerous to the health of both you and your pet. Some parasites are zoonotic, meaning that they are transmissible to humans.

Urinalysis:
Assesses the physical and chemical composition of urine. Abnormal results usually indicate that there is a problem with the kidneys and/or urinary system. However, a urinalysis can also provide clues about problems in other organ systems, or may indicate the presence of a metabolic disease, such as diabetes.

To learn more or schedule an appointment, please give us a call! (520) 749-1736

Senior Wellness

It can be hard to admit when we see the signs of old age in our animal companions, but the fact is that most dogs are considered seniors when they hit seven, cats around nine. Pets age much more rapidly than humans, which means diseases and illness progress quicker as well.

To ensure that your pet has the longest, healthiest, most comfortable life possible, Greenway Pet Clinic encourages you to bring your senior pet for exams and blood tests twice each year. This way, we can track how your pet is aging, and we’ll be more likely to catch any developing diseases before they’re big problems.

Blood tests are one of the most important parts of a senior exam. These blood screenings—often referred to as a “senior panel”— monitor red and white blood cell counts and reveal how well the kidney, liver, pancreas, and thyroid are functioning. Your vet may recommend a chest x-ray to ensure that the heart is a normal size and that there are no masses in the lungs.

Checking a urine sample, or urinalysis, is also important is our senior patients. A urinalysis can reveal how well the kidneys are concentrating urine, presence of crystals (which may indicate bladder stones), or evidence of a urinary tract infection.

Periodontal disease is always a threat to our pets’ health and comfort, and it’s particularly tough on older pets. That’s why a dental exam is always part of any senior pet screening as well.

Finally, make sure to let your vet know about any behavior changes in your pet. Once dogs and cat get to the geriatric stage, monitoring for signs of cognitive dysfunction—such as losing housebreaking, getting lost or wandering aimlessly—is very important.

To schedule a wellness exam for your senior pet, call us at Greenway Pet Clinic (520) 749-1736.

Parasite Prevention

Fleas, ticks and mosquitoes aren’t just a summer problem! Warming temperatures mean year-round prevention is key to making sure your pet is protected from these pests or the diseases they may carry. Don’t overlook the problems they can cause: Fleas often trigger dermatitis, tapeworm and hot spots; one tick bite can transmit numerous dangerous diseases and mosquitoes carry potentially deadly heartworm.

In addition to preventive medications, you should thoroughly check your pets for fleas and ticks on a daily basis if they’ve been outdoors. Although fleas and ticks can be anywhere on your pet’s body, they prefer posting up near the head, ears, neck and paws. You can spot evidence of fleas if you notice little black specks that resemble pepper or bits of dirt.

Both the incidence of Lyme disease from tick bites and heartworm from mosquitoes are on the rise around the country. Lyme disease is rarely fatal, but heartworm is more so because often there are no symptoms until the disease is well advanced. While there is treatment for dogs, it can be expensive and very hard on your pet.

Prevention is always the best treatment! We carry many different types of flea, tick and heartworm preventive and your Greenway Pet Clinic veterinarian can help you choose which one is right for your pet. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at 520-749-1736.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are the most important preventive measure you can take for the health of your pet. Health threats vary from state to state and even city to city. Therefore, we tailor an immunization program for your pet based on local conditions.

Vaccinations help protect your pet from a number of potentially serious and even fatal diseases, such as Parvo and Distemper in dogs and Rhinotracheitis and Leukemia in cats. Not only that, vaccinations cost considerably less than the treatments available for the diseases pets are normally vaccinated against. Pima County law requires owners to keep their dogs Rabies vaccine up to date and to license them annually.

Vaccines contain viruses or bacteria that have been modified so that they will not cause disease. When an animal is vaccinated, it stimulates two parts of the animal’s immune system. One is the production of antibodies, the other is the stimulation of cell mediated immunity, which, in combination, mount a response against the bacteria or virus in question. If the dog or cat is later exposed to that disease, the two parts of the immune system will react quickly to destroy the disease-causing agent.

The protection provided by a vaccine gradually declines over time. A healthy pet requires booster vaccines annually to every three years to ensure ongoing immunity from disease.

Vaccines for Dogs:
-Distemper
-Parainfluenza
-Parvo Virus
-Adenovirus
-Leptospirosis
-Rabies
-Bordetella
-Canine Influenza

Vaccines For Cats:
-Rabies
-Rhinotracheitis
-Calici Virus
-Panleukopenia
-Leukemia
-Bordetella