Wellness Examinations and Vaccinations
We recommend that all pets receive yearly wellness examinations for early detection of health problems. For our vaccination protocols, we follow the recommendations of the American Animal Hospital Association for our canine patients and the American Association of Feline Practitioners for our feline patients. We will create a vaccination protocol for your pet based on their life-style and their exposure risk, but our offered vaccinations include:
Rabies: required by law for all dogs older than 12 weeks. The first rabies vaccine will be a 1-year vaccine, after which they will receive the 3-year rabies vaccine.
DAPPCV: distemper, adenovirus type 2, parvovirus, parainfluenza, coronavirus vaccine for puppies less than 12 weeks.
DAPP-4L: distemper, adenovirus type 2, parvovirus, parainfluenza, leptospriosis vaccine for dogs older than 12 weeks. After their puppy series is complete, this vaccine will be boostered one year later. They will then receive this vaccine every 3 years. The leptospirosis portion of the vaccine is still given on an annual basis.
Bordetella (Kennel Cough): recommended for dogs who go to a groomer, attend dog/puppy classes, go to the dog park, or in general come into contact with other dogs outside of the house. This can be given any time after 12 weeks and is boostered once a year.
Borrelia Burdorferi (Lyme Disease): recommened for dogs who travel outside of the Mid-Michigan region and potentially into areas where Lyme disease is present. This can be given any time after 12 weeks and is boostered once a year.
Rabies: The first rabies vaccine given is a 1-year vaccine, after which they will receive the 3-year rabies vaccine.
FVRCCP: Feline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia, chlamydia psittaci vaccine recommended for all feline patients regardless of whether they are indoor or outdoor cats. After their kitten series is complete, this vaccine will be boostered one year later. They will then receive this vaccine every 3 years.
Feline Leukemia: Recommended for all cats/kittens as a part of their initial vaccine series. At their one-year vaccination boosters, we will assess whether or not their life-style warrants continuing this vaccine. This vaccine is boostered every year.
Shiawassee County dog licenses can be purchased from December 1st through the end of February at Laingsburg Animal Hospital. If your dog was not vaccinated for rabies by us, you must provide a valid rabies certificate. From March through the end of November, dog licenses can be purchased through the Shiawassee County Treasurer's Office.
Diagnostic In-House Blood Work
The diagnostic in-house blood tests we offer include:
- Complete blood counts
- Serum chemistry profiles
- Canine heartworm antigen testing
- Canine parvovirus
- Feline Leukemia
- Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)
- Feline heartworm antigen testing
We also work with the laboratories at Michigan State University, the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health, and Antech for any testing we cannot perform in-house.
X-Rays and Ultrasound
Our in-house x-ray and ultrasound machines translate into immediate test results insuring the timeliest treatment for your pet.
Specialized Foods and Medicines
We carry a complete line of prescription and specialized foods for your pet with specific nutritional needs. The brands we offer are:
- Hill's Science Diet
- Royal Canin Veterinary Diets
- Purina Veterinary Diets
Our in-house comprehensive pharmacy allows you to pick up medications at the time of your pet's appointment. We also work with compounding pharmacies in order to provide our smaller patients with medications that are the correct dose and our more finicky pets with medications in different forms that may be easier for you to give.
Heartworm Detection and Prevention
We recommend that all dogs receive annual heartworm testing and year-round heartworm preventatives as suggested by the American Heartworm Society. For heartworm protection, our pharmacy carries:
Spaying and Neutering
We recommend that all pets be spayed or neutered around 6 months of age. By having your pet spayed/neutered, this will decrease their risk of reproductive cancers, limit roaming and marking behaviors as well as prevent pet overpopulation.
General and Orthopedic Surgery
Our clinic is equipped to perform in-house soft tissue and some select orthopedic surgeries. Some of the surgeries we offer include:
- Feline declaw
- Tumor removals
- Wound/laceration repair
- Abdominal exploratory
- Hernia repair
- Stenotic nares and soft palate surgery for brachycephalic breeds
- Cherry eye repair
- Ectropion/Entropion repair
- Limb amputation
- Luxating patella repair
- MRIT Cruciate repair
- Femoral Head and Neck Ostectomy
- Select fracture repair
We also work closely with the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan Veterinary Specialists, Mid-Michigan Veterinary Surgical Referral Center, and The Animal Ophthalmology Center for any surgeries that cannot be performed in-house.
Oral care is an important factor in your pet's overall wellbeing. Dental infections, broken teeth, and cavities can cause pain, lead to difficulty eating as well as systemic infections if left untreated. To help keep your pet healthy, we offer anesthetic dental cleanings and can perform routine extractions. An oral evaluation is included in every annual exam to help determine how to best keep your pet's mouth in good shape.
Microchipping your pet is an easy and inexpensive way to help ensure that your pets find their way home to you should they ever become lost. The computer memory in AVID Microchip contains a unique number – no two animals will ever have the same number. A handheld scanner is used to read this number through the skin of your pet. In addition to the number, the microchip generates a reliability check to guarantee that your pet's identifying number is read accurately. This all takes place in less than 40 milliseconds.
We provide you with reminders when your pet's routine exams, vaccinations, heartworm tests and other regular diagnostic tests are due. We offer the option of either postcard or e-mail reminders. Clinic updates and educational links are also provided on our Facebook page.