We are excited to welcome Caitie as the newest member of our front desk staff! Here is her Employee Spotlight so that everyone can get to know her better!
Where would we be without our amazing front desk staff? In big trouble! In honor of Administrative Professionals' Day, Schmitt's Animal Hospital would like to take a moment to recognize and honor these hard working ladies that keep us running smoothly on a day-to-day basis. They are the link between our clients and patients to the medical care we are so grateful to be able to provide to the pets of the Grand Rapids area. They play such a tremendous role in keeping our patients healthy and helping us provide the best client experience that we strive for. While we appreciate them every day of the year, today is an extra opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to each of them for their hard work and dedication!
Any member of our staff will tell you that helping bring new babies into the world makes for a good day on the job. Here are some pictures from a caesarean section we did last fall on an American Bully named Manga.
We get asked constantly why we recommend different aspects of preventative care for your pets. This month we will focus on why it is important to check annual fecal samples.
The turkey is in the oven, the halls are decked and the gifts are wrapped, but do you know where the cat is? With all the excitement of the holidays, sometimes we can lose track of our four-legged family members, only to find the cats chewing on the décor or the dog eating through the kitchen garbage after a family feast. Follow the holiday pet safety tips from our Veterinarians below all season long.
Bones can cause quite a predicament for pet owners. On one hand, they can provide entertainment and fun. But they can also crack or break teeth, damage the enamel on teeth, splinter and break causing mouth injury and/or GI irritation, become a choking hazard, and as Rylee found out the hard way - even get stuck around a dog's mouth.
Have you ever wondered who the person is that starts your pet’s veterinary appointment? Have you looked at their credentials and wondered what LVT means? LVT stands for Licensed Veterinary Technician. Our five veterinary technicians at Schmitt’s Animal Hospital are a crucial part of your veterinary team and are responsible for so many things. Technicians share many similarities in skills and training to their nurse counterpart in human medicine. In fact, there’s been discussion about standardizing the title from LVT, RVT (registered vet tech), and CVT (certified vet tech) to Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN).
By Penny Martin
Halloween is one of the best holidays of the year for kids and adults alike. For our pets, however, it can be stressful. Whether you plan on taking the kids around the neighborhood or staying home and handing out candy, you need to consider how your dog will feel about all of the excitement. Here’s how to ensure your pup has a great night.
Tire them out
A tired dog is a good dog. With all of the excitement of Halloween, it’s easy to neglect daily dog walking. Don’t fall into this trap! Taking your dog on a long walk or giving them an hour of intense play will wear them out and most likely make them better-behaved. Halloween night is chaotic - don’t go into it with a dog full of pent-up energy.
October 14-20 is National Veterinary Technician Week and it's a great opportunity for all of us here at Schmitt's Animal Hospital to pause and appreciate our Licensed Veterinary Technicians! LVTs are an integral piece of keeping our animal hospital functioning and providing the best care possible for all of our patients. Our team of LVTs are some of the most compassionate, smart, and caring individuals and we are so lucky to have them! Thank you Sarah, Sara, Shelly, Kenzie, and Cali for all of your hard work everyday and everything you do for our patients and clients!
By Jessica Brody at ourbestfriends.pet
Photo credit by Unsplash
You love your dog, but you don’t love the mess that comes with fur, drool, and accidents, and spending a ton of money for professional cleaning isn't always an option. So, how can you make your home cleaner without breaking your budget? Here are some affordable tips for cleaning the most common messes that your dog may make.
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Grand Rapids, MI 49534
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Tuesday, Thursday: 8:30 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
After hour emergency services are available to clients of record until 10:00 pm. Our main line will direct to the doctor on call.