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Important Questions You Should Ask at Your Next Visit to the Animal Hospital in Traverse City

by veterinary_clinic_traverse_city 8. February 2014 15:46

We all want to make sure that our pets are well-cared for in every aspect of their lives.  When looking for a new vet or animal hospital in Traverse City, there are always questions that you should ask before making an appointment, including questions about the staff’s background and experience with your type of pet.  Once you’ve arrived at your appointment, there are some important questions that you can ask that will definitely benefit your pet’s health.  Read on for some helpful tips on what you should be asking your vet the next time you are at the animal hospital.

Before going to the vet, it’s helpful to put together a list of questions regarding your pet’s health, including anything out of the ordinary you’ve noticed or any concerns you may have about their health.  If you have noticed that they are losing weight, drinking more water or simply just aren’t acting like themselves, it’s a good idea to mention it at your next appointment, as these can all be signs of poor health.

Perhaps one of the most helpful questions you can ask is about your pet’s weight and what type of diet is best for them.  Many pet owners don’t realize that their pet is overweight until they are weighted at the vet, so it’s always a good idea to ask the vet to weigh your animal.  This makes it easier to tell if your pet is within the healthy weight range for its breed or if it needs to lose a few pounds.  If your pet is overweight or underweight, the vet can make recommendations on the best food options for you.

If your vet determines that your pet is ill or suffering from an underlying health condition that you may not have noticed, then they will likely prescribe specific treatment that could include medication and diet changes.  If this happens on your next visit ask the doctor for details on what you can do to help your pet and what signs you should look for that may indicate your pet isn’t recovering as expected.  By being proactive in being informed about your pet’s health, you can get the most out of every vet visit 

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”. 

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