Just as you need check-ups, so does your pet. Many illnesses may not be easily identifiable or even noticeable until it is too late. Regular exams allow us to detect symptoms of illnesses that may otherwise go unnoticed. Preemptive veterinary care will help maintain your pet’s quality of life.
The exam may include evaluations of your pet’s vision, hearing, heart and lung functions and many other tests. Each test result collected will help to establish your pet’s baseline health and better treat them in case an illness occurs.
Vaccinations are the cornerstone of your pet’s preventive health care. As modern veterinary medicine has improved, many once fatal diseases are now easily prevented through a simple vaccination.
Many vaccinations are required in order for licensing in Michigan including rabies vaccinations in dogs. Other vaccinations may not be required by law, but depending on your lifestyle and environment, may be highly suggested by your veterinarian.
Heartworm and Flea Prevention
By far the most common issue in pets, especially those who spend time outdoors are insects or parasites such as heartworms and fleas. We provide screening and checks for parasites that may be affecting your pet. If your pet has a parasite, treatment can be provided.
Heartworms and other parasites may be prevented with medication. Fleas, ticks, parasites, worms and many other problems are easily controlled with a monthly regiment of medications such as Sentinel, which may be purchased at our hospital.
Many pet owners ignore their pet’s nails. Your pet’s nails are just like yours in that they continue to grow throughout their life. If left untrimmed, they may cause problems for your pet including trouble walking or getting around. Nails may actually continue to grow so long that they may grow back into your pet’s foot, causing serious problems later on including infections.
Another way of protecting your pet is by making sure that he or she is licensed and or microchipped. The Grayling Hospital for Animals offers microchipping as well as licenses for your pet’s safety.
Microchipping is a simple and effective way to help protect your pet. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is encoded with your pet’s vital information. It is implanted beneath your pet’s skin usually just between the shoulder blades. Most vet clinics and animal shelters have the ability to then read the microchip in the event that your pet is lost.