Greenpoint Veterinary Hospital

111 Nassau Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222

(347)529-4345

www.greenpointvet.com

  

Pet Wellness Services


  

 

Examinations

 

Wellness examinations are the same for your pet as the yearly physical you receive from your doctor. It's a chance for us to assess your pet's overall health, discuss any changes we see, and educate and update you on advancements in veterinary care. It is also an opportunity for you to discuss any of your concerns or ask questions.

 

Your pet's yearly wellness examination at Greenpoint Veterinary Hospital includes our commitment to: 

  • Examine your pet's teeth, throat, and oral cavity
  • Check your pet's vision and examine the eyes
  • Examine the ears for infection, ear mites, allergic reaction, and other related health issues
  • Examine the respiratory system
  • Assess your pet's heart and evaluate cardiac function
  • Test your pet's reflexes
  • Palpate lymph nodes and abdomen
  • Inspect the skin
  • Palpate joints and muscles for arthritis and other orthopedic conditions
  • Test to evaluate the function of internal organs and other systems
  • Assess changes in your pet's body weight, appetite, urination, and bowel habits
  • Inquire as to your pet's activity level
  • Palpate the skin for unusual growth developments
  • Monitor your pet's blood count
  • Utilize laboratory testing to detect early signs of Lyme or Heartworm disease
  • Assess and evaluate general or specific changes in your pet's health since the last wellness visit
  • Discuss preventive techniques with you, the pet owner
  • Collect and examine fecal samples for signs of parasitic infestation
  • Evaluate your pet for repetitive licking or biting in one area
  • Assess your pet's hair/fur and check for matting
  • Demonstrate to you, the pet owner, how to administer at-home medication
  • Engage you, the pet owner, in conversation and answer your questions and concerns

 

Deworming and Intestinal Parasite Scans

 

Dangerous parasites are always present in the environment. We recommend regular checks as the best way to prevent parasitic disease and the transmission of intestinal parasites to your pet and your family members. We carry Sentinel (monthly oral chew), Revolution (monthly topical application), and a variety of deworming medications.

 

Regular Blood Testing

 

With a complete physical, the doctor may recommend a full blood workup. Not only can a chemistry panel and blood count identify the presence of underlying disease processes, but these tests help create a baseline should your pet become ill between regular examinations.

  

Treating Flea and Tick Borne Diseases in Cats

 

Fleas and ticks are more than a nuisance; they carry diseases dangerous to both you and your pet. Although they're a bigger problem in certain parts of the country and at specific times during the year, no cat or dog is completely safe from them.

Fleas can transmit tapeworms, and often you can see segments of the tapeworm in your pet's stool. In our region, ticks can carry a variety of serious illnesses, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Fortunately, these problems can be avoided by using parasite prevention products that are available at our hospital. When used properly and according to our directions, these products are very safe and effective. We also recommend some dogs be vaccinated against Lyme disease based on risk of exposure to ticks.

  

 

Heartworm Disease

 

Heartworm disease is a serious, life-threatening illness affecting dogs and cats. Mosquitoes spread the disease by injecting the parasite into your pet at the time of the bite. Clinical symptoms of heartworm disease develop very slowly and early symptoms include lack of energy, exercise intolerance, coughing, and difficulty breathing. Because heartworm disease is increasing in frequency and is a serious and deadly disease, we recommend that your dog be tested annually. Heartworm disease prevention is simple and effective.

If you would like to have your pet tested for heartworm disease, or if you would like additional information on how best to protect your pet and your family from these dangerous parasites, please call Greenpoint Veterinary Hospital today for an appointment.

  

Vaccines

 

We tailor vaccine protocols to your individual pet, taking into account benefits and risks as well as environment and health status. We vaccinate on an extended 3 year schedule whenever appropriate, and our philosophy is to vaccinate only as often as is needed based on the lifestyle and exposure to each disease for each individual pet. Our goal is to minimize the number of vaccines given, while still ensuring protection against potentially fatal diseases.

Our team of veterinarians and technicians follow the guidelines set forth by the American Animal Hospital Association canine vaccination task force and the American Association of Feline Practitioners.

 

Our core vaccines for healthy dogs include:

  • DHPP (Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza)
  • Bordetella
  • Rabies

Also available for dogs are:

  • Lyme vaccine
  • Leptospirosis

  

Our core vaccines for cats include:

  • FVRCP (Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia)
  • Rabies

Also available for cats are:

  • Feline Leukemia Virus vaccine

  

Vaccinations are not only safe and effective, they are an important and fundamental aspect of your pet's preventive healthcare plan. Diseases that once were relatively common and fatal to pets are now easily preventable through vaccination. Vaccinating your pet against Rabies helps protect you and your family from this deadly disease.