Club AniMed - March

If you're looking for the latest AMC news, you're in luck! There may not be a pot of gold at the end, but we do have some news from the world of veterinary medicine.

It’s almost spring! Time to test for heartworm disease! Schedule your pet’s yearly checkup today!

It’s March—springtime is right around the corner! Worms in your garden…and worms in your pet? Eeew! Hold on, let’s explain.

The worms you find in your garden mulch are not the same worms that cause heartworm disease. Mosquitoes can carry heartworms, and all it takes is one mosquito to bite your pet to become infected.

The good news? Heartworm disease is easy and affordable to prevent. The bad news is that without prevention, your pet is at high risk of being infected with heartworms. Signs of heartworm disease are tough to spot. Your pet may act fine but could have so many heartworms inside their body that it can become life threatening.

You may be thinking, “my pet stays indoors, so there’s no need for heartworm prevention.” But, heartworms are carried by mosquitoes, which get into everyone’s homes! One mosquito bite is all that’s needed to spread the disease to your furry friend.

Schedule your pet’s yearly checkup with us. We’ll do a thorough exam, including a simple heartworm test, to make sure your pet is at his/her optimum health. And we’ll talk about the best way to prevent heartworm disease so your pet stays healthy, happy, and safe!

Monitoring your Pet’s Health with Routine Blood work

Today, we are lucky to have lots of tools available to prevent and treat diseases in our pets. Thorough physical exams alert us to issues that we can see, feel, or hear. Clients can also alert us to concerns they have noticed at home.

Pets age more rapidly than humans do; therefore changes occur at a faster rate. Some changes can be external such as weight gain or weight loss, dull hair coat, or lameness. However, internal changes cannot be discovered without laboratory testing. Unfortunately, by the time signs of illness are present, in liver or kidney disease, for example, organ damage may already be in advanced stages. Blood testing can be used to provide a baseline of normal for your pet. The baseline bloodwork can then be used for comparison in the event of future illness. This allows our veterinarians to identify changes that may assist in faster, more accurate diagnosis and treatment.

The most common blood test, a CBC (complete blood count), gives information on hydration status, anemia, infection, the blood’s clotting ability, and the immune system’s ability to respond. This test is essential for pets with fevers, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, pale gums, or loss of appetite. If your pet needs surgery, a CBC can detect unseen abnormalities. Other common tests (blood serum chemistries) evaluate organ function, electrolyte status and more. This is important in evaluating the health of older pets, pets with vomiting and diarrhea or toxin exposure, pets receiving long-term medications, and preanesthetic patients.

As an AAHA-accredited practice, we recommend yearly preventive health exams for middle-age dogs and twice yearly for senior dogs (those over the age of 7).

Ask about our Basic/Junior and Comprehensive/Senior profiles!

Comfort and Healing with Therapeutic Laser

Pets with many different medical conditions can benefit from therapy laser treatments. Treatment with laser therapy is drug-free and noninvasive. These range from chronic arthritis or joint pain, post-surgical pain, wound care and even ear or bladder infections! The therapeutic laser works by the use of light energy that penetrates tissue without damaging it. The light enters the cells and rejuvenates the cells into repair mode. This repair mode leads to healthier tissue, healthier cells, and healthier animals. Some benefits of a laser therapy session are that they are short and painless. A lot of pets are actually relaxed during their laser treatments and feel relief immediately. Laser treatments can be used in combination with any medications or alone as a treatment option. Laser therapy treatments that are offered following surgeries range from one to three sessions. For chronic conditions, like arthritis, pets usually start with twice-weekly sessions, then reduce down to once-weekly sessions. We offer package plans for convenience and savings. Therapeutic laser sessions are flexible and can be scheduled anytime during the week. You are welcome to join your pet during the treatments if desired. Therapy laser treatments are available for dogs and cats. We offer package prices, which saves you money per session. Please call to schedule your pet’s therapy laser session!

Inside AMC

February brought us our first “Name the Hydrant Winner.” Our staff enjoyed all of the children participating in this event. After all the name suggestions were submitted, our official judge, Dr. Leven, chose Abri, 4 years, entry of “Doc McRuffins.” His collar is finally complete with his name on the side! Look for upcoming social media promotions regarding Doc McRuffins. In the meantime, feel free to take pictures of your pet and Doc McRuffins and tag us on social media.

During February we continued our partnership with Baker College Veterinary Technician program. You may have seen the students in exam rooms on Fridays as they learn about working in a veterinary office. We also have Lindsay, a fourth-year veterinary student from Michigan State University, who is with us for three weeks completing an externship. She graduates this Spring and wants to work with small animals. Good luck, Lindsay!

Our annual winter AMC party was held in February. Most of our staff and spouses attended. And for the first time at our AMC party, we were entertained by a magician! It was a lovely night! Thank you, Dr. Leven!

February was National Pet Dental Month and we are in full-swing cleaning teeth. We had several giveaways on Facebook for OraVet Dental Hygiene Chews. Congrats to all of our winners! Here’s to fresh breath and healthy teeth!

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