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    Meet our staff and doctors who take care of your pets.

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What makes us exceptional?

“Our staff is dedicated to providing quality and compassionate care to you and your animal companions.”  -Dr. Thomas M Bankstahl

  • Tips For Dog Bite Prevention

     

    A common misconception is that the breed of dog determines the likelihood of getting bit. It is more dependent on the individual history and behavior of the pet. The case with most dog bites are they almost always are preventable.

    Dogs can feel the need to bite for a handful of reasons. Similar as you would respond with no thank you, or please stop, in a stressful situation.

    What can YOU do to prevent dog bites?

    Socialization

    Introduce your furry friend to other people and animals as a puppy. The more experiences your puppy has the more comfortable your dog should feel as he or she matures.

    Responsible Pet Ownership

    You can be a responsible pet owner by selecting a breed that is proper for your lifestyle. That includes things like; home environment, time for exercise, and training.

    Education

    Educate not only yourself but those around you on how or if you should approach a dog.

    Avoid Risky Situations

    Recognizing when it is appropriate to approach or avoid interaction with a dog. Always ask a dog’s owner before approaching or petting their dog. You should avoid approach if there is a dog without its owner present . If you wouldn’t want to be touched during an activity there is a very strong chance your dog wouldn’t either.  You can find a list of some scenarios by clicking here.

    Pay Attention to Body Language

    Like recognizing human body language, a dog’s body language can give you clues on how they are feeling. It is important to know that because a dog is wagging its tail does not mean it is happy, or comfortable. To find more tips on reading a dog’s body language, click here.

    To read more information about preventing dog bites:

    https://www.avma.org/public/Pages/Dog-Bite-Prevention.aspx

  • Common Household Toxins

    Many people are already aware that chocolate is toxic to dogs and cats, but there are many more common items you may have in your house that are safe for people, but not for our pets!

    Around the House:

    Many over the counter medications that we commonly use on ourselves can be dangerous to animals.  Any pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin), and acetaminophen (Tylenol) can be toxic.  Vitamins or prescription medications can also be a problem because they may not be appropriate for animals.

    Plants:

    Decorative plants can certainly brighten up a house/yard, and while many of them are harmless, others can cause anything from upset tummies to organ failure.   If you suspect your pet of nibbling on leaves, try to move the plant out of reach.  Do not use cocoa mulch in areas your pet has access to.  If you are not sure if your plant is dangerous, you can search by both plant name and photo on the ASPCA.org website and search toxic plants.

    Foods

    We all love to eat, and our pets are no exception.  Dogs and cats cannot eat chocolate, grapes/raisins or macadamia nuts.  Even seasonings such as onions and garlic may be harmful to pets.  Many sugar-free products contain xylitol – this can be fatal to animals, so be sure to keep gum, mints and any other sugar-free foods out of reach.

    To find out more about common household toxins or for questions on this information, contact us at (586) 416-8800!

  • Radiography

    What is radiography?

    Radiography is the use of x-rays to take images for diagnostic purposes.

    When is radiography used?

    Radiography can be used to examine bones for fractures or other abnormalities, but is also very useful for evaluating internal organ systems for abnormalities.  For example, in coughing animals radiographs can help differentiate between infection, heart disease, inflammatory airway disease, or cancer and guide treatment.  Radiographs are also a useful screening tool during wellness visits to help identify disease processes early on when they can be more successfully treated.