Club AniMed - May

The weather is beginning to turn, meaning it's a great time to go outside with your pet and spend some quality time with nature! Before you head outdoors, though, read all about heartworm, dental radiographs, and veterinary nursing at AMC. Here's what is happening here at AMC this month.

It’s spring! Time to check for heartworm disease!

Springtime is here! 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 in pets. Mosquitoes carry heartworms. All it takes is one mosquito to bite your pet to become infected. Here’s the good news about heartworm disease. It’s an illness that can be easy and affordable to prevent. The bad news is, if you don’t prevent it the right way, your pet is at high risk of getting sick. Heartworm disease is dangerous to your pet and some signs of the illness are tough to spot. Your pet may be acting fine, but they may 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!

Make an appointment for your pet’s annual exam today!

Dental radiographs give us the big picture

Almost any pet owner at some point is told their pet needs a dental cleaning. Just like at your dentist, we clean teeth, chart and polish pets’ teeth. We even apply a fluoride treatment, just like your dentist. And just like your dentist, we take dental radiographs. Dental radiographs are taken after teeth cleaning is performed to determine the root and oral bone quality. These images show the tooth root under the gumline. Dental abscesses, fractured teeth, and roots are easily seen and addressed during the procedure. Additionally, radiographs can show if the entire tooth has been extracted. If roots are left behind, they can cause continued severe mouth pain. In fact, 85% of dogs and cats have some form of dental disease. Periodontal disease lives under the gumline where it’s not visible. Without this excellent tool, our doctors would not be able to provide superior care for your pet.

Veterinary Nursing at AMC

Our technician staff is key to offering care to your pets. They educate and provide demonstrations to you about pet care in a wide range of topics. Technicians are in charge of administering anesthesia and medications to hospitalized pets. They position and take radiographs. They perform dental cleanings, administer dental blocks and take dental radiographs. They oversee patient recovery post anesthesia. They perform laboratory services including urinalysis and fecal testing, just to name a few things. But lately, we’ve been thinking that the term Licensed Veterinary Technician doesn’t fit with all that we ask of our support staff. Therefore, in conjunction with the AVMA proposal, we are adopting the term veterinary nurse. A nurse is a recognizable term as a universal caregiver who works with doctors to provide patient care. All of our veterinary nurses have completed at least an associate’s degree (some have bachelor’s degrees). In order to become an LVT in Michigan, a licensing exam must be passed, and credentials through the state must be maintained. Candidates must be background checked and fingerprinted for the application. We would love to hear your feedback about this change, and hope you join us in celebrating our support staff!

Inside AMC

In April we welcomed our Baker Veterinary Technician intern student, Kelsey. Kelsey comes to us for 5 weeks as she gains the experience of the day-to-day job expectations of a Veterinary Nurse and earns college credits towards her associate degree.Kelsey has special interest in exotic/pocket pet medicine. After 5 weeks here at AMC, she’ll go to John Ball Zoo for the remainder of her internship experience.

We recently made additions to our anesthesia equipment. Our new “Hot Dog” pet warming blanket ensures that pets maintain an ideal body temperature during anesthetic procedures. ”Hot Dog” pet warmers provide gentle, safe heat during anesthesia. These are the same warmers that are used in hospitals for human medicine. Heat loss can occur during anesthesia when cool air is breathed in from the anesthesia machines and cooler room air temperatures, in general. Heat loss during anesthesia means pets have a slower recovery time. We believe that keeping our equipment up-to-date allows us to continue to provide the best care for your pets.

In April, we sent Dr. Josh Leven and Dr. Kelly Cavanagh to the AAHA National Convention in Nashville. They attended a variety of meetings including tick-borne disease updates, like Lyme disease. Dr. Cavanagh discovered a new dental wipe that can be easily applied at home to prevent dental disease. We have these wipes available now as one more tool to fight dental disease. Pictured below is Alicia using the wipe on her dog, George. Staying current with veterinary topics is one of the ways we can pass along the newest care for your pets.

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