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Does my pet really need a teeth cleaning?

by Administrator 20. January 2014 16:16

Imagine how your mouth would feel, taste, look and smell if you NEVER brushed your teeth!  Dental care for your pet is something that is often overlooked and your pets bad breath is never normal.  Periodontal disease is the most common disease among dogs and cats, it affects about 8 out of 10 of our pets 3 years of age and older.


Signs of dental disease in pets:


·         bad breath

·         excessive salivation

·         refusing to eat or dropping food

·         rubbing or pawing at the face

·         loose or broken teeth 

·         red inflamed gums


Many pets never show symptoms beyond bad breath. Without regular veterinary exams, much of our pet's dental disease isn't detected until it reaches a bad condition.  We recommend a complete oral exam yearly.  Cleanings may be recommended based on the findings from the exam. We also recommend some type of home care to maintain your pets oral health in between cleanings. We can discuss and work with you as to what method would work best for you and your pet.


Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital, one of the few vets in Traverse City, that is equipped with a complete and advanced dental suite. All new digital dental radiography allows for rapid diagnosis and immediate treatment of periodontal/endodontic infections.


We perform pain-free surgical extractions when needed, with use of regional nerve blocks and multimodal approach to pain management.  We have become the trusted vet hospital Elk Rapids, Acme, Kalkaska, and Traverse City clients have come to trust with their pet's dental care. 


February is National Pet Dental Health Month, promoting awareness of oral problems in dogs and cats. To have your pets' mouth evaluated and to make a specific home dental plan, give us a call now to schedule your pet

s dental consultation.   Pet's need dental care too!


In the month of February everyone who schedules a dental cleaning, at Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital, will receive a 10% discount! 



Why Continuing Education Is So Important for your Pets Vet, Even Though It's Not Required

by Administrator 6. January 2014 11:52

Did you know that the State of Michigan does not require Doctors of Veterinary Medicine to complete any continuing education after they have received their diploma.  Crazy, right?  We think so! 

Continuing education (CE) is one of the most important things that we can do for ourselves, our staff and our patients.  Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital and Dr. Peck puts a strong focus on CE for himself and his entire staff.  Dr. Peck was the local Northern Michigan Veterinary Medical Association co-president for 14 years.  He worked closely with another local veterinarian to bring regionally and nationally known speakers to Northern Michigan to help keep himself, his staff, and colleagues up to date on the latest in the veterinary medical world.  Dr. Peck and the entire NMVH staff still attend events put on by the NMVMA as well as conferences put on at the state level through the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association.  Our mission is to stay on top of the best medical practices for your pet so that we can be referred to as the best veterinary clinic in Traverse City. 

It would be so easy to stay complacent and continue to offer what you know and believe is the best medicine available.  But NMVH doesn't stop there.  We are constantly looking for new and innovative ways that we can keep your pets living longer and healthier lives.  That is why is 2011 the entire NMVH team got certified in Class IV Cold Laser Therapy.  This was the 1st of its kind in Traverse City.  Laser Therapy allows us to offer another option in pain management, outside of just offering medications.

In 2012 Dr. Peck took his CE one step further and traveled to Texas to become certified in Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM).  Dr. Peck has been using VOM & Cold Laser Therapy in his practice ever since and has been able to help a number of patients deal with pain, all ranging from arthritis, hip dysplasia, neurological, wound and post-op pain. 

Last year, in 2013, our very own Veterinary Technician, Aimee, traveled to Ohio to get certified in Pet Massage Therapy.  This has become another tool in our tool box to assist those pets that deal with pain, and/or behavioral issues. 

Another reason why CE is so important to Dr. Peck and NMVH is because it expands his resources and network of other veterinarians and specialists.   If a tough case ever comes through our door, Dr. Peck has a good working relationship with a team of specialists that he has come to know through his years of being in the industry and attending these CE classes.  These specialists are just a phone call away and are always willing to assist Dr. Peck with those interesting cases. 

Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital is committed to investing our time, money, and resources into you and your pets to ensure that your pet receives the best veterinary care in Northern Michigan.  

What are pet owners saying about Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital?

by Administrator 17. September 2013 14:11

Pet owners have many choices when it comes to pet care in Traverse City, Elk Rapids, Kalkaska and all the surrounding area.  Most of the clients at Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital have been referred by a friend of family member that has brought their pet in to see Dr. Peck over the years that he’s been a veterinarian in Traverse City area.  Listen to what our clients are saying about their experience at Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital 

“My German Shepherd, Herbal was diagnosed with hip dysplasia in March of 2012.   In April of 2013 he was getting worse and would no longer jump on my bed or up into the vehicle and would cry out in pain often.   I looked into hip replacement surgery and found it would cost about $10,000 dollars and there were no guarantees.   I was beside myself and prayed for answers..    In June of 2013 I was told about Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital and a VOM/VMR & Massage Therapy that they offered.    I set up an appointment and on June 28th we went in for a second opinion and talk about the therapy they offered.    Dr. Peck agreed with the diagnoses of hip dysplasia and then explained the options and was very honest about the therapy and how he thought it would help.   The cost was affordable for me and so we set up a plan and Herbal was given his first treatment that day.  During the treatment he was uneasy but with the compassion and care of Dr. Peck and his staff he did great!!   By the third treatment I could see a huge difference in him and the spark was back in his eyes.      It has been almost 3 months and my 110lbs dog is acting like a puppy and wants to play with the other dogs again.   He is jumping back on the bed and the other day before I had a chance to stop him he had hopped into the vehicle!!    I have my fun loving furry baby back and I couldn’t be more happy and relieved. My thanks to God for answered prayers and to you Dr. Peck and your staff for helping Herbal and I through this.”    - Julie        


“I am so thankful for Dr. Peck and his wonderful staff for all that they have done for me and Roscoe.  They go above and beyond to educate and inform their patients “parents” at all steps along the way.  The entire staff is warm and welcoming, and both Roscoe and I love to go there.  I highly recommend Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital”        -Carrie


“My husband and I are so glad that we have Dr. Peck and EVERYONE at Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital to care for our pets.  
We have become firm believers in the VOM Treatments that Dr. Eric and staff have performed on our Golden Retriever, Dozer.  
Dozer had a couple of incidents in the past two years all of the sudden when running and playing/jumping he would suddenly cower in pain and barely be able to walk.  Of course, we feared the worst - a torn ligament or some severe back or hip injury.  After complete work ups and tests, it seems he is just tweaking something in his back.
After this was determined we started VOM treatments with Dr. Peck and WOW!  Amazing results.  We are going to make this part of "regular" checkups for Dozer from now on so that hopefully in the future he won't have an issues where he suffers like he has in the past.  
I truly appreciate the personal attention and care that we receive at NMVH.  Whenever there is any issue or question, we can count on a quick and honest answer along with a solution or suggestions as to what we should do!  THANKS NMVH! -Candie

“Our nearly 13 year old lab, Oscar, has been a patient of Dr. Peck’s for years.  He had a very successful repair of a torn ACL a few years ago.  Recently, he began laser therapy treatments; it has been amazing to see the change in his comfort level and agility.  We feel very fortunate to have a veterinarian of this caliber in our area.”  - Kris

Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital is dedicated to the pets in the Traverse City area

by Administrator 29. August 2013 10:40

Ever since opening our doors in 2009 we have had a strong connection and commitment to the community of pets in Traverse City and the surrounding areas.  Our involvement in pet activities range from fun events such as the annual Winter Wow!Festival and the monster dog pull, to the Acme Fall Festival and various other pet events in Traverse City.   In the winter of 2013 we took on a cat hoarder case and the team at Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital along with client and friend volunteers rescued, bathed, vaccinated, neutered, and placed 30 cats into new loving homes.  In September 2013 we will be partnering with 9 & 10 News, Invisible Fence of Traverse City, and the Acme Business Association to put on a pet expo and adoption event where the goal will be to place 40 pets from various pet adoption agencies in the Traverse City area into new forever homes.  Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital along with other Traverse City veterinarians offer a discounted pet care program for those people who adopt pets from the area pet adoption agencies.  We find that this is another way we can give back to the community of pet lovers so we can make the start up costs of owning a new pet a little more affordable for the clients and also get the pets off on a new healthy start.  

Throughout the year Dr. Peck, an experienced avian veterinarian and the staff at Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital assist with the treatment and surgeries on injured raptors that are brought in by raptor rehabilitators such as Rebecca Lessard with the Wings of Wonder Organization.  The team at Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital donates their time and resources to help these beautiful birds with the hopes that they will be released back into the wild or can become a part of the educational programs put on by Rebecca and the Wings of Wonder programs. 

Within our hospital we also put on community wide programs like our annual Lost But Not Forgotten Pet Memorial Service.  This is where we invite pet owners to come to NMVH on the third Thursday in May each year to celebrate the lives of our pets that we’ve had to say good-bye to this year.  This service has proven to be a very healing experience for those that attend and mourn the loss of their beloved pet. 

Monthly Northern Michigan Veterinary  Hospital also offers Puppy Social Hour on the second Wednesday of every month.  This free community event allows puppies and puppy parents to come together to play and socialize and helps puppies realize that coming to the vet hospital doesn’t have to be a negative experience, it can also be fun!

As a way to reach out to our neighbors and senior citizens in our community we have started a program called the Grand Traverse County Senior Center Network Pet Care Program.  This is a two-part program where monthly we bring to the residence pet activities such as Puppy Social Hour, dog agility demo, pet meet and greet; where residence got to meet  not only a dog, but also a pet milk snake, and pet domestic rat.  We also hosted a dinner program at Hope Village where we got to mingle with the residence and introduce our program and everyone got a chance to win prizes during our pet trivia game.  The second part of the Pet Care Program is assistance to the residence that have pets of their own.  With this package we offer appointment pick-up/drop-off in addition a senior discount for services.  This program has been so rewarding for our staff and the residence at Hope Village and the Grand Traverse Senior Center Network look forward to their monthly activities with these loving animals. 

Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital is not just a Vet hospital in Traverse City, we care about the community of pets in Traverse City and we are here for you and your beloved furry and feathered friends!

Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital Goes the Extra Mile for Your Pets

by Administrator 16. April 2013 13:52

We know how important your pets are to you.  Our Mission at Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital is to provide the best quality care, with compassion and respect for both our clients and patients. We strive to exceed the expectations of our clients because we believe that your pets are part of your family and ours.

Over the years pet owners in Acme, Traverse City, Williamsburg, Elk Rapids, Kalkaska and the surrounding areas have come to know and appreciate Dr. Peck and his compassionate quality care that he gives to all of his patients.  Dr. Peck is always the pets advocate and will work with each pet owner to ensure that their pet receives the best pet care in Northern Michigan. 

Here's what one of our clients have said about their experience at Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital. 

"I first came to Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital with my bearded dragon, Gunner.  I was unsure where I could take him in the Northern Michigan area and when I asked around, Dr. Eric Peck's name came up.  I scheduled an appointment, took Gunner in, and fell in love with the atmosphere as soon as I walked through the door.  There are smiling faces at every turn!  I immediately had all of my buddies (2 dogs and my bird) transferred to NMVH.  The one-on-one attention and knowledgeable staff make every visit enjoyable.

About a month ago, Gunner became very ill and I thought I was going to lose my best friend; he was in very critical condition.  I rushed Gunner to NMVH Saturday morning where Dr. Peck assessed and treated him immediately.  I was amazed to see Gunner improving so rapidly after being treated by Dr. Peck.  Throughout the next couple of weeks, Dr. Peck and his staff made follow-up calls to check on Gunner's progress.  NMVH did everything possible to get Gunner healthy and back to his sassy and snuggly self.

The care and compassion at NMVH is unparalleled and I would trust my animals (that are my life) to no one else.  I may have an hour drive to get to NMVH, but they go that extra mile and beyond and so will I!"

We invite you to come and experience Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital for yourself.  Stop by, we'd be happy to give you a hospital tour.  We look forward to going the extra mile for your pet too! 


Looking for a Veterinarian in Traverse City that offers Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation?

by Administrator 12. April 2013 13:25

Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital is proud to offer Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation in conjunction with other holistic treatments such as Cold Laser Therapy and Pet Massage Therapy.  If your looking for a veterinarian in Traverse City that can offer your pet pain-free options for their ailments, you have found the right place.   Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital is the only pet vet in Northern Michigan that offers all three of these treatments in one convenient location.




A. What is VOM?

Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation is a healing technology that locates areas of the animal’s nervous system that has fallen out of communication. VOM will assist in re-establishing neuronal communication and thus induces healing. 


B.   Is Veterinary Orthopedic manipulation Chiropractic Care?

No, VOM exists in between veterinary and chiropractic care.  It has similarities to some of the chiropractic modalities and functions, by reducing subluxations and restoring function as is done is chiropractic care.  A hand-held device is used which is a popular human chiropractic technique call “activator methods” but it is not to be confused with that technique.  The differences between VOM and Chiropractic care are significant and distinct.


C.    Why is VOM so Accurate?

Because VOM finds and reduces all neuronal subluxations.  All neuronal subluxations have a pathological reflex demonstrably associated with them.  A pathological reflex is like a knee jerk response.  It is either there or it is not.  It is an objective means to determine the presence and reductions of a neuronal subluxation.  The pathological read is not “partially there”, “kind of there”, or “almost there” adding a factor of subjectivity to interpretation.  VOM is a precisely objective science. 


D.   How it Works

All chiropractic modalities have one thing in common in that they all reduce the vertebral subluxation complex by providing motion or force to the fixated or subluxated joint.

Spinal Injury = Neuronal Subluxation Syndrome=Pathological Read

Neuronal Subluxation + Motion (force) = Subluxation Reduced

So if you put motion into a joint that is associated with a neuronal subluxation sign, (a pathological read), you reduce the subluxation.  It is that simple.  All the various types of chiropractic techniques have this motion or force into the subluxated joint in common.  VOM delivers its force with a hand-held device called a spinal accelerometer.  It looks a bit like a spring-loaded doorstep. 



Please feel free to visit our website for more information on VOM or other services that we offer. 







Pet Massage Therapy

by Administrator 25. March 2013 14:34

Do you need an exotic veterinarian for your exotic pet? Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital can help!

by Administrator 4. October 2012 13:01

It is important that when looking for an exotic  veterinarian in Northern Michigan or anywhere that you consider these factors:

·         Does the veterinarian have training or experience with exotics?

·         Can the animal hospital handle emergency situations with my exotic pet?

·         Can lab testing and radiographs be performed at the facility

·         What other type of general care can be taken care of at the animal hospital?

When looking for an exotic veterinarian, Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital can help.  We provide veterinary services for exotic pets including, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and pocket pets.  Dr. Peck has over 22 years of experience with working with exotics.  Our facility is equipped to handle everything from the annual exam to diagnosis of your sick pet, as well as therapeutic laser treatments and veterinary orthopedic manipulation.  Our exotic and avian services including:

·         Advise on diet, housing, and general wellness

·         Beak, wing, and nail trim

·         Most lab testing can be performed in our state-of-the-art laboratory

·         Digital radiography

·         Minor surgical procedures

Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital is one of the few veterinary hospitals in Traverse City and the surrounding areas that can offer comprehensive care for your exotic pet.  We are here to help you with all of your pet’s needs; we are just a phone call away. 

Does your pet really need an annual check-up? Here’s what to expect when you visit the pet vet Kalkaska, Acme, Elk Rapids and Traverse City clients have come to know and trust.

by Administrator 19. September 2012 13:37

Because your pet can not talk and your pet’s age on the average of seven times faster than humans it is really important for your pet to receive an annual check-up.  During an annual exam at Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital you will first meet with one of our veterinary technicians.  Our technicians will discuss with you the specific needs of your pet in regards to nutrition, hygiene, exercise, and heartworm and flea preventatives.  Your pet will then get a full head-to-tail exam by Dr. Peck as well as a consultation where you will have the opportunity to ask any questions regarding your pet’s health and behavior.


Your pet’s annual check-up may include the following:


·         DHPP Vaccine:  Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus

·         Leptospirosis Vaccine

·         Bordatella

·         Lyme

·         Intestinal Parasite Screen

·         Heartworm Test

·         Wellness Blood Testing

·         Urinalysis

·         Eye (Glaucoma) Test


·         FVRCP:  Feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia

·         Rabies Vaccine

·         Feline Leukemia Test

·         Intestinal Parasite Screen

·         Deworming

Preventative medicine is the best medicine.  We can often detect hidden problems in their early stages before they become obvious to you and before the problem worsens and causes distress to your pet or requires more extensive treatment. 

The kind, compassionate and knowledgeable staff at Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital is why we are the veterinary clinic Traverse City and surrounding areas have come to know and trust. 


Visiting the Bird Veterinarian in Traverse City

by traverseanimalhospital 25. June 2012 14:45

If you are one of the fortunate ones to share your home with a pet bird you know how charming these pets can be and what great companions they make.  Many of our feathered friends can live long and fruitful lives especially with the proper care.  Birds have very unique needs such as their nutrition, training, hygiene, and grooming.  Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital is the premiere avian veterinarian in Traverse City.  We recommend annual wellness visits to ensure the overall health of your pet bird.  Wellness visits for your bird may include the following:

·         Examination and Consultation with Dr. Peck

·         Beak, Wing and/or Nail Trim

·         Gram Stain

·         Wellness Blood Profile

Dr. Peck has over 22 years of experience with avian pets.  He has become the trusted bird veterinarian, Northern Michigan has come to trust.  Dr. Peck and our entire team are dedicated to helping your feathered friend live a long healthy life so call us today to schedule an appointment for your pet bird!

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