- We believe an annual physical examination by a skilled veterinarian is the most important thing you can do to keep your pet healthy, even if your pet is not due for vaccines or other types of preventive care. Thorough check-ups and appropriate preventive care can help alleviate serious health problems or detect problems before they become serious. Our goal is to give you the tools to keep your pet healthy and happy for the longest possible time. We offer a wide range of veterinary services to keep your companions feeling their best, and to help them return to health when they are sick or injured:
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services: After a complete physical exam, we will tailor our recommendations for diagnostics ("tests") based on your pet's health and what will best serve you both. Our in-house laboratory facilities provide for serum chemistry, hematology, serology, urinalysis and parasite testing. We also utilize commercial and academic veterinary laboratories for specialized diagnostics and consultations. If your pet needs treatment for a medical condition, our staff will thoroughly discuss your options for treatment and how best to accomplish that.
Surgical Services: Our state-of-the-art surgical suite and experienced doctors provide for the performance of a wide variety of surgical procedures, from routine well-pet procedures like spay and neuter to complex dental restorations or emergency surgeries such as cesarean or foreign body removal.
Dentistry: Dr. Ruth Barthel is a board certified veterinary dentist and offers specialty advanced dental care. This not only includes teeth cleaning and polishing, dental X-rays, tooth extractions and minor oral surgery, but also includes advanced restoration techniques to save a damaged tooth and complicated oral surgeries such as mass removals. For owners travelling from far away, we offer several exam options to ease your visit.
Anesthesia: We utilize the safest available anesthetics to provide an extra margin of safety, especially for our older or high-risk patients. Using the most modern equipment, the patient's vital signs are monitored during all anesthetic procedures. Please see our hand-out on anesthesia if you have more questions and don't hesitate to contact us if you prefer.
Internal medicine and surgical consults: We work with a variety of referral sites, including Michigan State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital and also with some specialists who will travel to our facility to care for your pet. If we recommend an exam or surgery with a specialist, we will go over all your options to get your pet the best care possible.
Radiology Services: Our on-site, modern X-ray equipment provides high quality radiographs to aid in the quick diagnosis of many disorders.
Permanent identification: We offer microchip identification.
Pharmacy: We maintain an inventory of pharmaceuticals, vitamins, shampoos, flea and tick control products and heartworm preventatives to meet the needs of your pet. If your pet is prescribed a prescription diet, we will go over your choices and make sure you get the food your pet needs.
Individualized Flea and Tick Control Programs: We develop programs for the specific needs of your pet within your own particular environmental situation. We will review with you the best ways to control fleas in your house, in your yard and on your pet and how to prevent potentially dangerous tick bites. We know it can get overwhelming with all the products available to you - that's why we stay current on what your choices are.
Dietary Counseling: There is a growing problem with obesity in pets. We provide compassionate guidance regarding your pet's nutritional needs for each life stage, including dietary requirements for growth, weight maintenance and performance. We also help cut through the hype characterized by commercial pet food advertising and help you select food and treats that are right for your pet.
Behavioral Counseling: The most common reason for a pet to be taken to a shelter is behavior problems. We want to work with you and your pet to correct problems before they are irreconcilable. We can provide advice regarding the correction of problems such as excessive barking, chewing, spraying, scratching, digging, house soiling and aggression, using an integrated plan that includes both medical and behavioral treatments, as determined after an extensive consultation with one of our experienced doctors.
Boarding: We provide pet boarding as a service to our clients. All boarders receive personal attention from our caring staff. Please contact us to make a reservation, to insure we can accommodate your plans.
Bathing: Routine and therapeutic bathing services are available.
Emergency Care: Please call 517 522-6789 for instructions for after-hour emergencies, or check our Emergency page for contact information for the closest after-hours facilities.