Vaccinations

Dog and Cat Vaccines in Howell and Hamburg, MIWe offer vaccinations for dogs, cats, ferrets, birds and pocket pets (small mammals and rodents, including rats, rabbits, chinchillas, hedgehogs).

The veterinarians at Countryside Veterinary Hospital strongly recommend that you ensure your pet is up to date on his or her vaccines.

Vaccinations are not only safe and effective, they are an important and fundamental aspect of your pet's preventative healthcare plan. Diseases that once were relatively common and fatal to pets are now easily preventable. There are also vaccines – such as for rabies – that help protect your family from dangerous and deadly diseases. Additionally, with each passing year, veterinary science is improving on existent vaccines as well as increasing our ability to prevent an even wider array of contagious diseases.

We tailor our vaccination protocol to guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the lifestyle of your pet, as well as the diseases your pet is most likely to be exposed to. During your kitten or puppy's first year of life, we also spread out the series of vaccines in order not to put too much strain on his or her developing immune system. We do this in order to provide the best protection from disease as well as to reduce the possibility of your pet have an adverse reaction to a vaccine.

Our Pharmacy

As the prescribing veterinarian for your pet's medications, we are able to ensure there is a direct link between the exam room and our pharmacy. This means your pet will receive the right medication, at the right dose, in the right form as quickly as possible. We will also be able to easily guide you on the medication's use as well as monitor its effectiveness.

We maintain a complete inventory of pharmaceuticals, vitamins, shampoos, flea and tick control products and heartworm preventives to meet the needs of your pet. We also carry a full line of prescription diets.

Ensuring that you have convenient and timely access to competitively priced medications is an important aspect of our veterinary practice.

Refills are easy, too. Simply give us a call or request them online.

Allergies

If left untreated, allergy-related conditions can fester and become serious health concerns for your pet.

Therefore it is important to be able to identify the first signs and symptoms of allergies and dermatological conditions. These include:

  • Inflamed ears
  • Hotspots, especially those that recur
  • Scratching or rubbing the eyes or mouth area
  • Flaking skin
  • Lesions on the skin
  • Hair loss
  • Red itchy bumps on the skin
  • Asthma-like wheezing or respiratory issues

All of these can indicate a serious dermatological or allergic reaction to allergens such as fleas, pollen, dust and various foods. If you notice any of these issues, it is important that you bring your pet in for an evaluation because if left untreated, they can become severe medical concerns.

We take the time to explain your pet's condition, how to prevent future occurrences and the proper method of home treatment.

Glaucoma

Your pet can develop glaucoma too. This is a condition in which the fluid pressure inside the eye increases to a point where the optic nerve is damaged, causing loss of vision and blindness. Glaucoma is relatively common in animals and can develop as your pet ages – this is known as chronic glaucoma – or as the result of an injury or illness – which is known as acute glaucoma.

In many cases glaucoma can progress quite rapidly, especially when it is the result of injury or underlying illness. This can be considered an emergency situation. Glaucoma symptoms to look for include:

  • Redness in the eye
  • Tearing or discharge
  • Eye sensitivity to light
  • Pain
  • The eye may look cloudy
  • Bulging eyeball

We recommend that you have your pet checked regularly for this condition. A routine glaucoma exam is not only an effective screening measure for chronic and acute glaucoma, but can also help set a baseline measurement for your pet. Setting a baseline measurement is important because normal Intraocular Pressure (IOP) can vary between species, breeds and even individual pets.

We use an instrument called a tonometer to measure the fluid pressure inside your pet's eyes. It is a noninvasive procedure and should not cause your pet any pain or discomfort. We apply a mild anesthetic eye-drop to ensure your pet is comfortable during the exam.

The examination is very quick to perform and once done, we explain your pet's measurement, what it tells us about the health of your pet's eyes, and provide any treatment options if necessary.

NutritionNutritional Counseling and Veterinary Prescription Diets

Countryside Veterinary Hospital offers prescription diets and nutrition counseling as needed during office visits. Why is this important? Pets are living longer, healthier lives than ever before and a big part of that is due to our expanded knowledge of the importance of proper nutrition to overall health. In fact, nutrition is the biggest health variable controlled by a pet's caregiver.

During your pet's comprehensive physical examination, we evaluate his or her body condition and give recommendations based on what we see.

For most pets, our recommendations include information on proper serving size and other feeding strategies to maintain optimal body weight and nutritional health. We also help you wade through the claims made by pet food producers so you can make the most informed choice. For example, dogs and cats are healthiest when they eat whole, natural foods.

Prescription Diets

Some pets have more serious nutritional challenges or chronic conditions that can benefit from a special diet. If we identify an issue in your pet, we offer advice and provide information about diets that benefit specific medical conditions such as liver disease, bladder and kidney stones, renal failure, food allergies, diabetes and other conditions.

We carry a diverse inventory of prescription foods. If your pet requires a prescription diet we do not carry, we may be able to order it for you.

Behavioral Counseling

Appointments can be made with Dr. Brunette in our Hamburg clinic.

Behavioral problems exist for up to 40% of all household pets. These issues are the primary reason why pets are either sent to shelters or even euthanized. The good news is that behavioral problems can be improved with behavioral therapy. Using humane training methods and techniques, it is possible to save animals lives and enhance their relationship with you.

We not only offer behavioral counseling, we can also make referrals to those specializing in behavior modification. We also offer phone consultations.

Microchip Application and Registration

MicrochippingMore than 10 million pets are lost each year. Alone and often without identification, more than 90 percent of these pets don't make it back home. Microchipping your pet is an easy, inexpensive way to help make sure your pet returns home should he or she become lost. Countryside Vet Hospital uses the HomeAgain microchip system; more than 94 percent of pets microchipped with HomeAgain have been reunited with their families.

To encourage our clients to microchip their pets, we are offering a microchipping special that includes the microchipping procedure, registration with HomeAgain's national database and a one-year membership to HomeAgain's national network for only $49.

Each microchip is about the size of the grain of rice, and implantation is safe and easy – similar to a routine vaccination for your pet. When you microchip your pet with HomeAgain,you have access to:

  • A proactive, national pet recovery network
  • Lost pet alerts (similar to an Amber Alert)
  • Personalized "lost pet" posters, with your pet's image on them
  • 24/7 emergency medical care
  • Online medical records
  • Pet ID card
  • Microchipping is one of the easiest ways to keep your pet safe and healthy.

Additionally, HomeAgain uses technology that is standardized around the world so that your pet's microchip can be read at shelters in a number of countries.

If you have questions about the HomeAgain microchip, please contact our hospital, or visit HomeAgain's website, www.homeagain.com

Oncology

We offer limited chemotherapy treatment for cancer patients, along with an integrated pain management and nutritional support plan.

The diagnosis of cancer is stressful for pet owners, and the prospect of chemotherapy treatments can be equally difficult. However, the fear that animals will spend most of their last days sick from chemotherapy treatments is unwarranted.

Knowing how anti-cancer chemotherapy drugs work and what to expect from the treatments can help pet owners decide on whether such therapy is appropriate for their pets. We help you work through this difficult process.