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Does my pet really need a teeth cleaning?

by Administrator 20. January 2014 16:16

Imagine how your mouth would feel, taste, look and smell if you NEVER brushed your teeth!  Dental care for your pet is something that is often overlooked and your pets bad breath is never normal.  Periodontal disease is the most common disease among dogs and cats, it affects about 8 out of 10 of our pets 3 years of age and older.


Signs of dental disease in pets:


·         bad breath

·         excessive salivation

·         refusing to eat or dropping food

·         rubbing or pawing at the face

·         loose or broken teeth 

·         red inflamed gums


Many pets never show symptoms beyond bad breath. Without regular veterinary exams, much of our pet's dental disease isn't detected until it reaches a bad condition.  We recommend a complete oral exam yearly.  Cleanings may be recommended based on the findings from the exam. We also recommend some type of home care to maintain your pets oral health in between cleanings. We can discuss and work with you as to what method would work best for you and your pet.


Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital, one of the few vets in Traverse City, that is equipped with a complete and advanced dental suite. All new digital dental radiography allows for rapid diagnosis and immediate treatment of periodontal/endodontic infections.


We perform pain-free surgical extractions when needed, with use of regional nerve blocks and multimodal approach to pain management.  We have become the trusted vet hospital Elk Rapids, Acme, Kalkaska, and Traverse City clients have come to trust with their pet's dental care. 


February is National Pet Dental Health Month, promoting awareness of oral problems in dogs and cats. To have your pets' mouth evaluated and to make a specific home dental plan, give us a call now to schedule your pet

s dental consultation.   Pet's need dental care too!


In the month of February everyone who schedules a dental cleaning, at Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital, will receive a 10% discount! 



Why Continuing Education Is So Important for your Pets Vet, Even Though It's Not Required

by Administrator 6. January 2014 11:52

Did you know that the State of Michigan does not require Doctors of Veterinary Medicine to complete any continuing education after they have received their diploma.  Crazy, right?  We think so! 

Continuing education (CE) is one of the most important things that we can do for ourselves, our staff and our patients.  Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital and Dr. Peck puts a strong focus on CE for himself and his entire staff.  Dr. Peck was the local Northern Michigan Veterinary Medical Association co-president for 14 years.  He worked closely with another local veterinarian to bring regionally and nationally known speakers to Northern Michigan to help keep himself, his staff, and colleagues up to date on the latest in the veterinary medical world.  Dr. Peck and the entire NMVH staff still attend events put on by the NMVMA as well as conferences put on at the state level through the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association.  Our mission is to stay on top of the best medical practices for your pet so that we can be referred to as the best veterinary clinic in Traverse City. 

It would be so easy to stay complacent and continue to offer what you know and believe is the best medicine available.  But NMVH doesn't stop there.  We are constantly looking for new and innovative ways that we can keep your pets living longer and healthier lives.  That is why is 2011 the entire NMVH team got certified in Class IV Cold Laser Therapy.  This was the 1st of its kind in Traverse City.  Laser Therapy allows us to offer another option in pain management, outside of just offering medications.

In 2012 Dr. Peck took his CE one step further and traveled to Texas to become certified in Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM).  Dr. Peck has been using VOM & Cold Laser Therapy in his practice ever since and has been able to help a number of patients deal with pain, all ranging from arthritis, hip dysplasia, neurological, wound and post-op pain. 

Last year, in 2013, our very own Veterinary Technician, Aimee, traveled to Ohio to get certified in Pet Massage Therapy.  This has become another tool in our tool box to assist those pets that deal with pain, and/or behavioral issues. 

Another reason why CE is so important to Dr. Peck and NMVH is because it expands his resources and network of other veterinarians and specialists.   If a tough case ever comes through our door, Dr. Peck has a good working relationship with a team of specialists that he has come to know through his years of being in the industry and attending these CE classes.  These specialists are just a phone call away and are always willing to assist Dr. Peck with those interesting cases. 

Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital is committed to investing our time, money, and resources into you and your pets to ensure that your pet receives the best veterinary care in Northern Michigan.  

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