We know that a trip to the vet is not every animal's idea of a good time. There are some cats and dogs that simply cannot move beyond that fear barrier. Fearful animals are less likely to brought to the vet by their owners simply because of the stress it causes to both parties. Even if they do make it to the vet, their level of fear can limit what we are able to accomplish during their visit. These fearful animals are perfect candidates for pre-visit pharmaceuticals. Pre-visit pharmaceuticals are short-acting, situational anxiety relieving medications we can have patients take at home before their visit to us. They can go a long way in helping animals be more comfortable at the vet and even learn to overcome their fear and anxiety.
Check out what our receptionist, Caitie, had to say about pre-visit pharmaceuticals and her cat, Shelly:
Blog courtesy of Covetrus
Protect Your Pet from Valentine's Dangers
Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year — flowers, candy and warm fuzzies are abundant. Why shouldn’t our pets get to join in? While spoiling our pets with a special treat or new toy is a great idea, keeping them safe is, too. Learn how to spread the love while keeping pets safe from potential Valentine’s Day hazards.
Dental disease in pets is not uncommon. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, most dogs and cats have some evidence of periodontal disease by the age of three, with symptoms such as bad breath, difficulty eating or chewing, and pawing at the mouth. Pets need dental care just as much as people do!
Daily dental care is far more than a cosmetic issue. It's the most important defense against periodontal disease, often known as "gum disease." Caused by plaque and tartar buildup, which is loaded with dangerous bacteria, periodontal disease can destroy the tissues that surround the teeth, eventually causing tooth root abscesses and tooth loss. The bacteria from periodontal disease can also enter the bloodstream and cause infections in other areas of the body, leading to heart, kidney, and liver disease.
To help your pet avoid the risks of periodontal disease, here are the answers to some common dental questions:
This time of year is always exciting and sometimes stressful with decorating, baking, wrapping presents, traveling, and having guests over. We get so caught up in the busyness of the holidays that we sometimes forget to prioritize our pets and their safety. We've put together a list of tips and things to avoid this season to ensure that your furry friends enjoy the holidays safely.
It's hard to believe, but Halloween is nearly here! This can be a fun event for kids and animals alike, but there are plenty of aspects of Halloween that may be more spooky to your animals than you think. Celebrate safely with the following Halloween safety tips!
We are rounding out National Veterinary Technician week with our newest technician on the team, Kari Holt. Kari joined us at Schmitt's Animal Hospital about three months ago. In that short time Kari has already established herself as a talented LVT with a big heart, lots of character, and an amazing sense of humor. Read on for Kari's Employee Spotlight and fun facts!
Today for National Veterinary Technician Week we will be learning more about Kenzie Tuttle, LVT. Kenzie has been with Schmitt's Animal Hospital as a licensed technician for two years. Kenzie's love for our patients is clear in everything she does. She is always eager to learn new skills and is a wonderful advocate for the health and well-being of every animal that comes through our door. Keep reading for Kenzie's fun facts!
National Veterinary Technician Week continues with Shelly Van Dusen, LVT. Shelly has been with Schmitt's just shy of four years now. Shelly is always looking to learn something new to add to her vast knowledge base that she uses to our patient's benefit every day. Her ability to effectively communicate with clients about their needs and their pet's needs make her a huge asset to our medical team here at Schmitt's. Read on for Shelly's fun facts!
We will be continuing National Veterinary Technician Week with Sara Riley, LVT. Sara has been working at Schmitt's since her high school days as a receptionist and assistant. Sara is sharp as a tack, the hardest worker, and doesn't hesitate to sacrifice for the benefit of our patients and clients. She is definitely someone you want to have in your corner. Keep reading to learn some fun facts about Sara.
We are kicking off National Veterinary Technician Week with Sarah DeYoung, LVT, VTS (CP). Sarah is Schmitt's Head Licensed Veterinary Technician and has been here since 2001. Sarah is incredibly knowledgeable, compassionate, and dedicated to improving the lives of animals and their humans. Our clients and patients love her, and it is easy to see why. Follow along for some fun facts about Sarah!
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Grand Rapids, MI 49534
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