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How to Find the Right Pet Vet in Kalkaska and Surrounding Areas to Educate You on Dental Disease and Perform Your Pet’s Dental Cleaning

by traverseanimalhospital 29. May 2012 13:34

Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats.  It is reported that over 80% of all pets three years of age or older have some level of dental disease.  It is up to us as your pet dental and health care provider, as well as you, their owner to help uncover this hidden and often painful condition.  

Periodontal disease includes gingivitis and periodontitis, which are an inflammation and/or infection of the gums and bone around your pet’s teeth.  This is caused by bacteria that accumulates in the mouth, forming soft plaque that later hardens into tarter.  If left untreated, periodontal disease can eventually lead to tooth loss.  There are four stages of periodontal disease:  gingivitis, early, moderate and advanced.


There are a few signs that you can look for to know if your dog may be suffering from this disease:

  • Bad breath
  • Red or swollen gums
  • A yellow-brown crust near the gum line
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Discomfort when mouth or gums are touched
  • Decreased appetite or weight loss due to difficulty chewing. 

It is important to brush your pets’ teeth to help prevent periodontal disease.  By brushing on a regular basis you will help reduce plaque buildup.  Be sure to use a toothbrush and toothpaste that is specially designed for dogs and cats. 


Just like humans, pets also need to make regular visits to their dentist, a.k.a. your Veterinarian, for a dental exam and cleaning.  Regular professional cleanings under general anesthesia, including areas under the gum line will help remove plaque and tartar on the teeth, which will help reduce bacteria that lead to periodontal disease. 


If you are looking for an animal hospital in Traverse City that offers state-of-the-art dental care, Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital is here to take care of all of your pets dental needs.  We offer full-mouth digital radiographs, which allows for better imaging and diagnoses.  The digital images are taken in a few minutes time, compared to the old film based radiographs which take a significant amount of time - so the less time it takes to take and process the x-rays, means less time that your pet is under anesthesia.  Also, for your pets dental Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital is trained and equipped to handle those tough dental cases that may require extractions, including surgical extractions, bondent sealants and Doxirobe™ treatments. 

And just like any anesthetic procedure at NMVH we have a dedicated anesthetic nurse monitoring your pet.  To learn more about dental care at Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital view our procedure album on the home page and click on “A Day at the Dentist”. 

How does the Pet Vet in Acme Help You to Cope with Pet Loss?

by traverseanimalhospital 25. May 2012 13:29

Our pets grow up with us and see us through the good times and the bad.  They are our faithful friends that love and appreciate us no matter what.  Because of this we form very special bonds with them and losing them is like losing a family member.  It is common for us to seek counseling in order to help us grieve the loss of a human friend or family member, but what can you do to help you get through the loss of a pet?  Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine offers a Pet Loss Support Hotline that is available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6:30 – 9:30pm.  You can contact them at 517-432-2696.  Or you can even attend one of their free Pet Loss Support Groups that meet the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month.  For more information about the Pet Loss Support Group call 517-432-5967.  If you are in the Grand Traverse area and are looking for someone local to reach out to please call the MSW Bereavement Coordinator at 231-935-6520 to be connected with someone.

Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital is currently the only veterinary hospitals in Northern Michigan that holds an annual Pet Memorial Service.  Every year on the 3rd Thursday in May we host the “Lost but Not Forgotten” Pet Memorial.  We have created this service in order to help our clients remember and celebrate the lives of their cherished pets.  This one hour service is a time to talk, cry and remember all the wonderful times spent with our furry or feathered companions.  In conjunction with the memorial services we create a photo book with pictures and poems of each of our client’s pets that have passed away during the year.  If you would like to participate in the service or submit a photo of your pet for our photo book please contact our office at 231-938-9500.  

What you should know about Ticks and Tick Removal from the Best Veterinary Hospital in Northern Michigan!

by traverseanimalhospital 24. May 2012 13:41

One of our missions at Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital is to help educate our clients and all pet owners about their pet’s health.  Every veterinary hospital in Northern Michigan should be keeping their clients up-to-date on ticks and the risk to pets.  This week’s blog is information from the Michigan Department of Community Health about ticks in Michigan and how you can be prepared should you find a tick on yourself or your pet. 

Grand Traverse, Leelanau, and Benzie Counties are reported by the Michigan Department of Community Health as being endemic counties and are at risk for Lyme disease.  This week’s blog is dedicated to ticks and helpful tips in removing them if you find one on yourself or your pet. 

First of all, what does it mean that the counties we live in are “endemic”?  This means that an infected tick population has been confirmed and/or two or more laboratories have confirmed human cases with local exposure. 

Michigan’s five most common ticks are the American-dog, black legged, lone star, woodchuck, and brown tick.  These pesky creatures are carriers of pathogens that cause human and animal disease. In Michigan, tick-borne diseases are rare, but they do occur and can be serious if not properly diagnosed and treated.

Below is a list of things that you can do to prevent ticks from getting on you when you are hiking or camping in a heavily wooded area. 

  • Wear light colored clothing
  • Tuck long pants into your socks and wear a long sleeved shirt 
  • Use insect repellants that contain DEET (5% or lower concentration for children, and 30% or lower for adults) 
  • Permethrin repellants can be used on clothing NOT on bare skin 
  • Perform regular tick checks 

Tick Removal:

Ticks can attach to any part of you or your pets body but they prefer body creases. 


If you find a tick on you or your pet—what do you do? While it’s important to get these little suckers off quickly, ASPCA veterinarians advise that you stay calm and don’t rush it. Moving too fast when removing a tick could potentially create more problems, both for your pet and for you.

While the following instructions employ tweezers, be aware that there are some very good products on the market designed specifically for safe tick removal. If you live in a tick-heavy area or are taking your pets to a place where they are likely to get ticks, it’s a good idea to buy one of these tools and have it on hand. They generally work better than tweezers at getting out whole tick, and are relatively inexpensive.

Step-by-Step Tick Removal Instructions

Step 1—Prepare its Final Resting Place

Throwing a tick in the trash or flushing it down the toilet will not kill it, and it’s actually best to hold on to it for awhile for veterinary testing in case your pet falls ill from the bite. Be ready with a jar that has a screw-top lid and a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol on it. 

Step 2—Don’t Bare-Hand It

Put on latex or rubber gloves so you’ll never have direct contact with the tick or your pet’s bite area. Ticks can carry infective agents that may enter your bloodstream through breaks in your skin or through mucous membranes (if you touch your eyes, nostrils or mouth).

Step 3—Grab a Partner

You don’t want your pet squirming away before you’re finished, so if possible, have a helper on hand to distract, soothe or hold him/her still.

Step 4—The Removal

Treat the bite area with rubbing alcohol and, using a pair of tweezers, grasp the tick as close to the animal’s skin as possible. Pull straight upwards with steady, even pressure. Do not kill the tick just place it in the jar.

  • Do not twist or jerk the tick! This may leave the mouth-parts embedded in your pet, or cause the tick to regurgitate infective fluids.
  • Do not squeeze or crush the body of the tick, because its fluids (saliva and gut contents) may contain infective organisms.

Step 5—All that Remains

Sometimes, in spite of doing everything right, a tick’s mouth-parts will get left behind in your pet’s skin. If the area doesn't appear red or inflamed, the best thing to do is to disinfect it and do not to try to take the mouth-parts out. A warm compress to the area might help the body expel them, but do not go at it with tweezers.

Step 6—Clean Up

Thoroughly disinfect the bite site and wash your hands with soap and water (even though you were wearing gloves). Sterilize your tweezers with alcohol or by carefully running them over a flame.

Step 7—Keep Watch

Over the next few weeks, closely monitor the bite area for any signs of localized infection. If the area is red and inflamed, or becomes so later, bring your pet and your jarred tic to your veterinarian for evaluation.

If you ever have any questions about Ticks and Tick removal, don’t hesitate to call your pet vet in Acme.  We will be happy to help and ensure that you pet stays happy and healthy now and in the future.   

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