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New Owner Pet Care in Traverse City

by veterinary_clinic_traverse_city 15. May 2015 17:37


Are you thinking about adding a pet to your family?  Pets can add great companionship and fun to any family dynamic.  Once you have gone through the process of researching and picking out what kind of pet is the best fit for your family now it’s time to start thinking about the next steps to pet care. In Traverse City there are many options when it comes to who you will choose to care for your new pet.  Here are some things to think about:

·         Location of clinic

·         What type of services are offered

·         Experience of the Veterinarian

·         What type of equipment is available at the animal clinic such as laboratory equipment for running test, radiology, surgical, etc. 

·         What hours of the week is the veterinary hospital open and what do you do in case of an emergency

·         What kind of pets do the Dr(s) see at


It is also a good idea to ask your friend, family and neighbors who they use as a veterinarian and what they like about them, the staff, and facility.  You can gain a lot of insight by asking for a personal referral.  This will be very important and valuable when it comes to finding someone to help you care for your new pet. 


Any time you get a new pet, whether they are a young pet or an older pet that you adopted it is always recommended to take them into see a veterinarian for a basic exam.  This will help you to establish a relationship with an animal clinic and will help you ensure that your pet gets off to a happy and healthy start. 


Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital is here to answer any questions you might have about new pet ownership and the care of your new friend.  Feel free to stop in for a tour or give us a call with any questions you might have.  Our caring, compassionate staff is here and ready to help!

Dog ACL Repair in Northern Michigan

by veterinary_clinic_traverse_city 14. May 2015 17:55


With an active dog it is common for them to occasionally have lameness or discomfort in their legs due to the nature of their play.  A minor sprain can be handled by non-invasive cold laser therapy treatments and/or pain medication.  However, over time there are pets who will tear an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) this injury will require a surgical repair of the ACL. 


The first step if you see your dog go lame or is unwilling to bear weight on their leg is to get them into a veterinarian for a thorough exam.  During the exam the veterinarian will palpate the affected leg and knee.  The next step will be to take x-rays of the pets leg in-order to get a better view of what is going on inside.  Once diagnosed, surgery will be discussed.



Dr. Peck and the trained staff at Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital is one of the most experienced clinics to get a dog ACL repair in Northern Michigan.  Dr. Peck has performed hundreds of ACL and Medial/Lateral Patellar Luxation surgeries over the course of his career and has many success stories. 



Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital also offers cold laser therapy to assist the ACL repair patients with the post-surgical healing.  This non-invasive therapy is a great way to speed-up the recovery time and pain management long after the surgery is complete. 


Our goal for pet owners with an ACL injury is for them to have a complete understanding of the injury and everything that goes into the surgery.   Visit www.TraverseAnimalHospital to find more details on orthopedic surgeries in addition to a slide show with information and pictures of past ACL cases. 


Dog Allergy? Get Treatment - a Northern Michigan Vet's Tips

by veterinary_clinic_traverse_city 12. May 2015 17:32


Just like humans pets can get allergies.  The two basic types of allergies are atopy, which is allergic reactions that happen when something is inhaled or comes in contact with the pets skin.  Second, is food allergies, which is something the pet eats that they can become allergic to.  Unlike human allergies that manifest through the mucous membranes, pet allergies mostly manifest through their skin.

Sometimes it can be hard to tell whether or not your pet has allergies, because the symptoms are mostly things that we think are common for pets, such as scratching, licking, chewing, etc.  When the allergies become extreme a dog will show hair loss, open sores, and scabs which create a skin infection because of the allergy.

There are many options for testing and treatment for all allergy cases that will make your pet happier and healthier throughout their life. The first recommendation Dr. Peck has for all pets is to get them on a daily regimen of Omega 3 fatty acid supplement,  Omega 3 fish oils will aid in the health of your pets hair and skin in addition to improving  joint and arthritis management, kidney and liver health, overall heart health, and also immunity. 

When a pet comes to us with potential allergies we always do a thorough exam and a skin cytology that will be taken right in our hospital and the results will be analyzed in our state-of-the-art laboratory.  Our microscope that has a digital camera attached allows you, as the pet owner, to be able to see on a computer screen exactly what we are viewing in the microscope lenses.  It is important for us to be able to education all pet owners on these skin allergies so that they can help to make the best decision on what course of action to take in helping to treat their pets allergies.  We work very closely with each and every pet owner to ensure that we offer the best cat and dog allergy treatments. Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital is just a phone call away to discuss what options are best for your pet.  


Holistic Healing: Pet Integrative Therapies in Traverse City

by veterinary_clinic_traverse_city 30. April 2015 18:06

Over the last 4 years Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital has embraced holistic healing options and pet integrative therapies.  Traverse City pet owners have come to know and trust that Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital strives to offer the best pet medical treatment options in Northern Michigan. 

Cold Laser Therapy Effectively Treats:

Arthritis Pain


Hip Dysplasia

Hock & Joint Pain

Neurological/Back Pain


Inflamed Ears

Lick Granuloma

Wounds and Post-Op


Four years ago we introduced Class IV Laser Therapy to NMVH and our community. This has allowed us to offer another option to aid in wound healing and most importantly pain management. Laser Therapy creates optimal healing conditions at a cellular level through photo modulation, which will increase circulation to the affected tissue to help decrease inflammation and pain.  The advantage of a Class IV Laser is it can significantly decrease the treatment time while providing optimal levels of photon energy, even to deeper tissues. An average treatment takes between 7 to 12 minutes. This will significantly enhance our treatment options for many arthritic patients. The laser can be used by itself for pain management or in addition to various oral medications. Some important things to remember are: no sedation is required, pain free treatments, and zero risk to the patient.


Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation, performed by Dr. Peck, is a healing technology that locates areas of the animals nervous system that has fallen out of communication. VOM will assist in re-establishing neuronal communication and thus induces healing.  Along with VOM your pet will also receive a VMR, Veterinary Myofascial Release treatment.  VMR encourages relaxation of the paravertebral muscles and will assist in allowing for a long term reduction of subluxations. 



Pet Massage Therapy: 

The main purpose of pet massage therapy is the intention to support the pets natural healing mechanisms. Pet massage is based on the belief that:

The healing properties and abilities of the individual cells are regenerative

The healing properties in the electrical conduction of the nervous system are regenerative

There are regenerative healing properties in the supra-conductive routes of Traditional Asian Medicines meridians, acupressure points, and their referral areas.

Assist in multimodal pain management



If you have any questions about these holistic treatment options please don’t hesitate to call or email with questions.  We’re happy to discuss how these treatments will help your pet live a happier and healthier life! 

What are your options for Pet Oncology in Northern Michigan?

by veterinary_clinic_traverse_city 29. April 2015 18:11

When you hear your veterinarian mention the word "cancer" it can be a scary and trying time for you and your pet.   It is easy to think worst-case-scenario, but Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital is here to educate and support you, through all of your pets treatment options. 


Chemotherapy:  We work with Munson Medical Center's outpatient pharmacy treatment center.  They prepare chemotherapy medications individualized for each pet.  This allows us to offer chemotherapy that would otherwise require you to see a specialist downstate.  Our trained veterinary technicians and Dr. Peck ensure that each of our cancer patients receive the best and safest treatment possible in Northern Michigan. Prior to treatment days we will evaluate the pets bloodwork to ensure that they are in good condition to receive the chemo.  On chemo treatment days the pet will stay with us for part of the day and be able to go home in the afternoon after the treatment is complete. Pets tend to handle chemo well.  The pet may seem lethargic, have a loss of appetite, or may have some vomiting and/or diarrhea.  Although all of these post-chemo symptoms are normal we customize medications and offer suggestions to help keep the patient comfortable during this time.  Dr. Peck and our staff work very closely with each pet owner to ensure that the chemo treatments run as smoothly and effectively as possible. 


Surgery:  Sometimes the treatment or cure for a cancer patient is surgery.  Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital is equipped with a state-of-the-art surgical suite and Dr. Peck is trained to perform most soft-tissue surgical procedures.  We take the care of your pet very serious and that is why whenever we have a cancer patient, or any patient, under general anesthesia we have a dedicated anesthetic nurse that monitors the patients heart rate, SPO2 and blood pressure.  Each surgical patient is different and it's important for these cancer patients especially to receive the best and most up-to-date surgical care possible. 



If you have questions about cancer in pets or pet oncology Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital is here to help.  Feel free to call or email Dr. Peck with questions and find out how we may be able to help!  

How to Find a Veterinary Clinic in Traverse City That You and Your Pet Can Trust

by veterinary_clinic_traverse_city 8. March 2014 15:55

When it comes to caring for your pet, finding a veterinary clinic in Traverse City that you can trust before you urgently need one is an important step every pet owner should take.  The last thing you want to deal with in an emergency is a veterinarian that doesn’t have the qualifications or the expertise that your pet deserves.  That’s why it’s so helpful to find a clinic that is prepared to care for your pet and that you can trust the same provider to provide quality care in an emergency. 

Finding a veterinary clinic in your area can be as simple as asking your friends and family for referrals, searching online and looking at review sites like Yelp for a different point of view.  All of these are great ways to get a good idea of how a particular clinic operates and what their specialties are.  Once you’ve found a few that you’d like to check out, consider dropping by without your pet and asking for a tour of their facilities.  This can really help to give you a good idea about how the clinic treats it’s patients and you can ask any questions you may have before making an appointment.

If your pet has any special health needs, be sure to find a vet clinic that can provide the proper treatments, including those that are performed for arthritis, hip problems and other more specialized vet services.  It’s also a good idea to find a vet clinic that offers emergency care, as you never know when you’ll need it for your pet.

Once you’ve found a clinic that you’d like to try, schedule a routine exam for your pet and see how the experience goes.  A good vet will listen to your questions and concerns and will show genuine care and compassion for your pet’s health needs.  If you ever feel uncomfortable with something that a vet recommends or by the way they are treating your animal – move on to someone else!  That’s the best way to ensure that your pet gets the healthcare that they deserve. 

When to Call an Emergency Veterinarian in Kalkaska

by veterinary_clinic_traverse_city 1. March 2014 15:53

As a pet owner, you always want to do what’s best for your pet, but sometimes it’s tough to know what they need in terms of medical care.  Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital offers an emergency veterinarian in Kalkaska, Acme, Traverse City & Elk Rapids that is ready and able to help with those emergency situations.  There are some signs to look for in your pets that should never be ignored, as they are clear indications that your pet needs medical attention.  If you are someone who has always wondered when it is time to call the vet, then read on for some helpful advice.

There are definitely times when you know you need emergency vet care, such as when your pet has suffered from a serious injury that has resulted in broken bones, bleeding wounds or other obvious problems.  But what about all of those other times when you are unsure?  One of the rules to remember about pet care is that your pet is not all that different from the other members of your household.  Serious issues like extended periods of diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy, and loss of appetite are signs that your pet needs to be seen by a veterinarian. 


Other not so obvious signs that your pet may need medical attention include, sleeping more frequently, acting disoriented or confused, unable to walk and/or run.   If you are unsure of whether or not your pet needs emergency medical attention for their symptoms, contact a local veterinarian that offers emergency services and has the proper staff and equipment to ensure your pet gets the best medical attention possible.  In many cases, it may be nothing serious or life threatening, but it’s always a good idea to let a professional access your pet’s symptoms if you suspect a problem.  Keep this in mind when it comes to your pet’s health, as your actions and quick thinking could be what saves your pet.



Veterinarian Tips for Effective Flea & Tick Removal in Traverse City

by veterinary_clinic_traverse_city 22. February 2014 15:51

Fleas and ticks can cause big headaches for pet owners and can result in serious health problems in your pet as well if they aren’t treated the right way.  While the key to keeping pesky critters away from your pet is to discourage them from attaching through the use of special sprays, flea collars and flea medications, sometimes pet owners find themselves with a  full-blown problem on their hands.  That’s when it’s time to get serious about effective flea and tick removal in the home.

Once you’ve treated your pet for a flea and tick removal in Traverse City either by using topical spray and shampoos, or by treating with oral medications, then it’s time to clean up your home.  Many homeowners find out too late that they have to clean up their home in addition to cleaning their pet in order to completely get rid of a pest problem.  Fleas and other bugs love to live in your carpets, draperies, bedding and other surfaces and they will multiply incredibly fast if you aren’t careful.  That’s why you need to act fast to kill off any remaining bugs and to make sure that any adult fleas and other pests that are still there and their eggs are completely killed off. 

To get rid of fleas and ticks in the home, vacuum everything that you can as thoroughly as possible.  This includes places where bugs and their eggs like to live, including underneath the edge of your couch, below draperies and anywhere that your pet spends most of it’s time.  A decent vacuum can often get most of the eggs and fleas that live in your home, so make sure that you are vacuuming regularly, as it can actually help prevent problems down the road.

Insect foggers can also be a great way to rid your home of fleas and ticks, and should only be used once you’ve removed all of your bedding and other items for washing.  When choosing from the different foggers, sprays and other pest control items that are out there, make sure that you aren’t using them around your pets or around kids, as they can be harmful when inhaled.  If you have a serious problem, you may want to consider hiring a professional exterminator to get the job done safely for you.

What are Some Common Types of Pet Dental Services in Kalkaska?

by veterinary_clinic_traverse_city 15. February 2014 15:49

Most pet owners don’t realize that dental disease in pets is one of the most common conditions that vets treat in dogs and cats.  It isn’t always easy to tell when a pet needs pet dental services in Kalkaska, as they don’t always let you know that something hurts.  In many cases, pet owners don’t even notice that there is a problem with their pet’s teeth until the vet tells them.  Your pet’s dental health health is incredibly important, however, which is why pet dental services are a crucial part of healthy pet care.

Pet dental care is pretty typical to what you get at your own dentist.  Pet dentists clean your pet’s teeth in order to remove plaque, bacteria and other types of build up in the mouth.  Just as with your teeth, clearing out these germs in your pet’s mouth reduces the chances of dental disease developing, and it helps to keep your pet’s breath fresh as well.


In cases where a tooth is broken or has to be pulled, pet dentists go in and take care of the problem quickly and easily in order to prevent other problems, including infection, from developing.  Just as with a pet tooth cleaning, all other pet dental problems are typically performed while the animal is completely sedated.  This helps to reduce pain, stress and aggravation for your pet and also helps the vet to get the job done safely.


Periodontal disease, cancer and other conditions can often be avoided simply by taking great care of your pet’s teeth.  Keeping your pet’s teeth as healthy as possible by getting regular cleanings, checking their teeth every once in a while for damage, and by looking for other signs that dental care is needed is the best way to prevent future health problems down the road.  For pet owners that want to provide the highest level of care for their pet, adding pet dental care to your routine maintenance is an important step that can be taken at your next visit.  Ask you vet about your pet’s dental health today!


Signs that Your Dog or Cat Needs a Pet Dental Cleaning in Kalkaska

by veterinary_clinic_traverse_city 8. February 2014 15:57

Pet dental cleanings in Kalkaska are incredibly important when it comes to the long term health of your pet.  Cats and dogs typically have pretty filthy mouths that are filled with germs and bacteria.  If left untreated and allowed to grow and develop, these germs can lead to serious health problems in pets and in the humans that love them.  Infections in the teeth and gums can lead to painful conditions that may require surgery and which can eventually lead to problems with the heart and kidneys if left untreated.  Fortunately for pet owners, regular dental care can make all the difference in the world and can help to prevent bigger problems later on.

There are some classic, telltale signs that your cat or dog either needs a dental cleaning or that they may need some more advanced dental care that includes oral surgery.  Bad breath, obviously swollen gums and stains on the teeth are all common signs that your pet needs to see a veterinary dentist.  In more advanced cases, where there is a loose tooth or several broken teeth, oral surgery and antibiotic treatment may be required to clear out any infections.  Common signs that your pet may need more than just a cleaning include problems with eating, including struggling to chew their normal food up and choking on pieces of food.  You may also notice that your pet whines or becomes aggressive when they are lightly touched near tender areas of the mouth.

If you notice that your pet has any of the signs discussed above, you should contact a vet that specializes in pet dentistry right away.  In many cases, the problem can be resolved quickly and painlessly for your pet, and you can rest easy that you aren’t missing any hidden oral health problems.  By taking care of your pet’s oral health, they will be healthier and happier under your care.

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