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Hairballs, Hacks, Gags and Gas:
Learn why you should schedule your pet’s annual checkup today!

When you’re a pet owner, you know all the benefits of living with a furry friend in your home: Wet kisses, happy tail wags, loud purrs!

Did you expect hairballs on the carpet? Partially digested garbage strewn all over the floor?

Did you expect your pet to belong to the “Speed Eaters Anonymous Club,” where they eat so fast it comes right back up?

Like many pet owners, you may assume these digestive ailments just happen. You may assume they’re normal and chalk them up to coming with the territory of living with a pet. Perhaps they’ve become regular occurrences that you simply handle with mild frustration. Overall, no worries, you say!

The important thing to know is that many seemingly “normal” digestive problems are best to be checked out by us. We know there’s a lot of information on the Internet you can read, but nothing replaces a face (yours) to face (ours) to face (your furry buddy) visit with us.

When you schedule your pet’s yearly checkup, we can discuss and answer all of your questions. During the checkup, we’ll perform a “hands-on” inspection of your pet’s abdomen by feeling each of the organs and evaluating the shape, size, and position. We’ll listen through a stethoscope for any abnormal gut sounds. We may want to take a look at your pet’s poop to check for parasites and harmful bacteria. It’s all about digestion and it’s how to keep your pet healthy!

Schedule your pet’s yearly checkup today. Let’s determine what’s normal and what’s not when it comes to your pet’s digestive tract.

Just think, after your visit, you may never have to clean up a hairball ever again.

Stay up-to-date on Rabies

September is Rabies awareness month. Many of the recommendations we make for pets are actually to keep people healthy and safe. Since rabies is a requirement for dogs in Michigan, compliance is good. But we still see many undervaccinated cats. We recently had an entire family spend their Saturday at the emergency room then come into the vet with all three pets. What started out as a normal Saturday morning was ruined when a family member found a bat in her bed with both cats next to it. Unsure if she was bitten while sleeping, she had to go to the emergency room for rabies exposure vaccines. Then all three pets had to be vaccinated for rabies (Skeeter - pictured above). According to the AVMA: Rabies remains a major concern worldwide, killing more than 55,000 people every year. In the United States, one to two people die annually, and there were more than 6,000 reported cases of animal rabies in the U.S. in 2014.

World Rabies Day, launched in 2007, aims to raise awareness about the public health impact of human and animal rabies.

What can YOU do? Vaccinate your animals and keep them away from wildlife that can spread the disease. Rabies is 100% preventable. According to Dr. Charles Rupprecht, former chief of the rabies program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Your local veterinarian plays a key role in controlling rabies." If you see wildlife acting strange in the daytime then stay away.

Boarding at AMC Inn

Vacation is fun, but that usually means leaving your pets with friends or family. But that is not always an option. Boarding your pet at Animal Medical Center of Wyoming is a safe and worry free. Our boarding staff will meet all of your pet’s individual needs. Whether walking or play time, feeding or medication we strive for each pet to feel at home. Our boarding facilities were recently updated to have larger kennels for dogs, and a new play yard. Our cat area has new furniture also. Our dedicated boarding staff are all animal lovers. Tara and Kaleigh both have been at AMC for over 5 years in the kennel department.

Some FAQ’s about boarding at AMC Inn:

  1. One advantage of boarding here is our kennel staff is trained to administer medications including insulin injections for our diabetic patients.
  2. You do not have to be a veterinary patient to board here; just provide us your regular veterinary clinic and we’ll take care of the rest to make sure they are adequately protected.
  3. Our dog play groups are small, so as not to overwhelm pets. Our staff is good at knowing which pets will play together well so that we reduce conflicts.
  4. Forgot pet food? That’s ok, it’s included with the boarding cost. We feed Science Diet Sensitive Stomach formula.
  5. Take advantage of our discounted bath and nail trim after 2nd night in boarding, cats too!

This year again, some of our employees have formed a volleyball team for The Score in Grand Rapids. Come down and cheer our team players on Saturday nights. We’re proud of our girls, known as the Woof Pack!

We are serious about cats at AMC and their comfort is important to us. Because of that, we applied and were again granted Gold Status as a Cat Friendly Hospital through the American Association of Feline Practitioners. Besides the separate cat waiting area and dedicated cat rooms. We use “cat huts” in treatment to give shy cats a place of their own while in the hospital. Here is Mia, while staying for the day.

You may notice some new faces to our front desk staff. We welcomed Stephanie (right) and Austin to Client Care department this summer. We are happy to have them along, make sure you say "hi" next time you’re in.

We said goodbye to Carly (below in teal next to Laura) this summer. Although she was only here for two years, she made a huge impression on the staff with her optimism and great attitude. She left to go to to Mississippi State University for veterinary school. She’ll make a great veterinarian, and we can’t wait to see her succeed!

© The Animal Medical Center of Wyoming
2330 44th St. SE
Wyoming, MI 49519