Athens Veterinary Service

625 West Limit
Athens, WI 54411


Preventative Care

We strongly believe the best way to avoid complications and issues in the future, is to keep up with a pets preventative care.

Our recommendations to ensure your pet is happy and healthy are: 

  • Visiting yearly for a preventative care visit
    • This will help keep up with vaccinations and prescriptions
  • Using flea and tick prevention medication
  • Using heartworm prevention medication
  • Keeping up on prescribed medications
  • Keeping up with home care such as, nail trims, anal gland expression and ear cleaning.


  • Vaccinations
    • Distemper
      • The first dose of this vaccine can be given when a puppy is 10-12 weeks of age, then it should be boostered ever 3-4 weeks until 16 weeks of age.
      • This vaccine contains: Canine distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza and parvovirus.
    • Lyme
      • We highly recommend for dogs in our area! The first vaccine can be given at 15 weeks of age, and boostered again in 3-4 weeks. This vaccine is then boostered yearly.
      • This vaccine should be given along with flea and tick prevention
    • Rabies
      • All dogs must be vaccinated by 4 months of age and kept up throughout their lifetime.
      • The first rabies vaccine can be administered between 12-16 weeks of age. The first vaccine is good for 1 year and if received on time, the subsequent vaccines are good for 3 years (depending on local laws and regulations).
  • Heartworm Prevention
    • Puppies and dogs older than 6 months require a blood test prior to starting the preventative. After starting the preventative, a yearly test is required for medication refills.
    • Heartworm preventative medications we carry include:
      • Interceptor + and Heartgard +
  • Flea and Tick Prevention
    • Fleas and ticks can carry a variety of dangerous and deadly diseases like, Lyme, Anaplasmosis and Ehrlichiosis.
    • Preventative medications we carry include:
      • Credelio, Bravecto, Seresto Collars and Frontlinegold
  • Deworming
    • Puppies should be dewormed every 2 weeks starting at 2 weeks of age until 16 weeks. Monthly heartworm preventative should be started at 8-10 weeks of age.