Maximizing Pet Health
Through Preventive Veterinary Care
When it comes to animal health care, many pet owners assume their furry companions are healthy until they start showing signs of illness. At Odyssey Veterinary Care, we believe that preventive medicine maximizes your pet’s health at every stage of his or her life. As you and your animal companion journey through life together, your pet’s health care needs will change. Our doctors are committed to preparing and guiding you through each of your pet’s life stages while addressing his or her ever-changing needs.
Veterinarians recommend routine wellness exams for the same reason your physician and dentist do for you—to detect health problems before they become serious illnesses. Regular exams and testing allow our veterinarians to monitor for small but significant health changes. Generally, the advantages of early detection include more treatment options, care that is less costly, and a significantly better chance for recovery.
Although we recognize that each animal companion is unique, the foundation of each of our wellness exams will include the following:
- A thorough physical exam (includes eyes, ears, nose, throat, coat, skin, heart, lungs, abdomen, genitals, lymph nodes, oral cavity, weight, GI, and central nervous system)
- Personalized vaccinations based on your pet’s risk of disease exposure
- Recommended veterinary diagnostic tests based on your pet’s breed, age, lifestyle, and overall health
- A dental exam
- Recommendations for flea, tick, and heartworm control
- An evaluation of your pet’s diet and nutritional health
- Review of your pet’s current medications and discussion of any newly prescribed medications
- Evaluation of any new symptoms or behavioral changes
- Information on microchipping your pet—we suggest you read the Healthy Pet article Improve Your Chances of Finding Your Lost Pet for more information on microchips
The Vet Street website offers an informative video on the benefits of preventive veterinary health care, titled Preventive Care Keeps Costs Down.
Odyssey goes above and beyond my expectations, and truly cares about my dog. We will always come back to Odyssey and highly recommend it to anyone who asks!
Dr. Bruss is great—he is very kind and caring. He called us several times to explain our options and didn’t pressure us to make a particular decision.
My dog sees Dr. Stokes for his vet care and she is the best vet ever. She understands my dog’s unique needs and I highly recommend them!
No matter which vet we've seen, they’ve always been loving and compassionate whether we were there just for yearly vaccinations or for something a bit more serious.
I am in love with all of the staff at this facility. If I could, I would want to be treated there, but sadly, they only take the four legged types...
Wouldn’t go anywhere else! I feel surrounded by people that love animals as much as I do. Wouldn’t change a thing.
Services are very reasonably priced and we've never felt like we had any unnecessary procedures or products pushed on us. we really feel that we can trust Dr. Bruss and Odyssey Veterinary Care with our cats’ health.
— Onion Girl
Dr. stokes has seen our family through kitten to senior cat, puppy and loss of dog, new puppy and everything in the middle! We think the care our animals get here is top notch!
Great people, great care! You've all made such a difference in my life and Abby's too. Thanks Odyssey Staff!
When they prescribed my dog eye drops for an infection, they gave me the instructions and then called me within a 48 hour period to ask me how the medication was going and if I had any questions.
They are very friendly and very thorough. The dog loves them, and she’s shy, so that’s a good thing. We have always had a lot of confidence in what they have told us.
They happily accommodate our special request to see our big dogs in their fenced back yard, since our 100-pound German Shepherd gets nervous in a small examination room.
We bring our dog to Odyssey Vet Clinic and will continue to do so as long as we live in this area. They are the best vets we’ve ever had.
They are very friendly, and they always remind you of when your appointments are. They are the top veterinary hospital in Madison. They are very good.