How often should my pet have an exam and blood work?
The number of exams and blood tests will vary by age and condition of the pet at Kinard Animal Hospital. Puppies and kittens must be initially vaccinated with follow up with boosters after two weeks. Spaying or neutering is also recommended on any pet not used for breeding purposes. As pets mature, yearly visits are recommended and twice yearly-visits for our senior pets. Blood work is needed before every surgery to help determine if an animal is healthy enough for the procedure. Yearly blood work is recommended after that to assist in diagnosing early onset of disease.
What if my pet has an after-hours problem?
At Kinard Animal Hospital, we understand that not all issues and problems with our pets arise during business hours. If your pet companion experiences an after-hours emergency, please call our regular clinic telephone number at 864-223-3925. Our answering service will direct your emergency to the on-call veterinarian who will instruct you on how to proceed with providing emergency medical care.
What are heartworms, and how can I prevent my pet from getting them?
Heartworms are extremely common in the Greenwood, South Carolina area and can infect both our canine companions AND our feline friends. Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes as juvenile worms known as microfilaria. Unless your pet is on a heartworm preventative, these immature worms can grow into adults and can cause severe damage to the animal's blood vessels, lungs, and heart, and may even cause death. Remember that a monthly preventative not only keeps your dog or cat healthy, but is less expensive than having to treat adult heartworms. Our veterinarians can determine which preventative is right for your pet, based on their needs and circumstances. Schedule an appointment for your dog or cat and get them on a heartworm preventative today…it can save their lives!