The September To-Do List »
From vacation ideas to gardening preparation, check out our September checklist to enjoy the rest of summer and get ready for fall.
2188 Independence DrMount Pleasant, MI 48858
From Business: *Evening Hours Available *Early Drop Offs *After Hours Emergency Care Available *Small Animals & Exotics *Boarding - Grooming *Complete Veterinary Services
From vacation ideas to gardening preparation, check out our September checklist to enjoy the rest of summer and get ready for fall.
From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
Just like the planning that went into your vacation, there is prep work to do before boarding your pet. Here are some do's and don'ts to help make the process a little easier.
I have been taking my pets to CMAH for most of my life.. I moved to Tennessee and scheduled an appointment with my GSD’s new vet, as she has allergies, and was due for her routine shot that also helped with her arthritis.. I went into the vet with a hard copy of all my records, and knowing what I needed for my little princess.. Long story short $400.00 later and a shampoo, (4 times a week) 3 pills and an entirely new dog food that also was about $95.00/bag and could only be purchased from the vet- that would last her about 2 weeks.. I decided to call up to CMAH- the staff is soo helpful offering to try and help in any way, Dr. Osbeck is passionate about what he does- and always tries to relate the situation of the animal to something simple in life, like the oil in your car to help the engine and its parts run - to ingredients in the dogs food etc.. I have had (when I lived in MP) an emergency (3am allergy attack that I called the office and then the ER number on the recording- and Dr. Osbeck met me at the office within 10 minutes and literally saved my little girls life.. and did not charge me the fee GR’s ER did ($3000.00.) when I first adopted her and she caught kennel cough…Over all I have loved this vet since I was young, the quality of care given to each animal, and the compassion extended in tough situations not only to you as a doggy parent but also to your animal is comparable to none.. while living in Nashville my dog pulled her muscle in her foot and was limping for several days- I took her to her vet there, and $375.00 later, no x-ray and a diagnosis of extreme arthritis to the point of suggesting to put my 6 year old GSD down due to her quality of life.. I drove the drive to get her to Dr. Osbeck where he intern gave her an anti-inflammatory- and within two days she was back to her normal self and off the medication... I cannot say enough good things about CMAH!!! If you get the option to get on the waiting list I highly recommend to do so!!
This vet has always been a bitter sweet place to take our pets. They are cheap and that is a huge part of why we go there. They handle our pets with care, as long as we are there. I will never leave an animal there overnight again. We left our cats there overnight for worms and they came back covered in fleas, which gave them worms again. Before dropping them off they had been flea free the entire time we've had them. It took months to get rid of the fleas, we even had to shave them it was so bad. We left one of them overnight not long ago for extreme constipation. When we got him back he stunk, I found out why on the way home. He was covered in his own feces! Head to toe, caked and dried into his fur! They didn't say a word to me about it, just let me find out after he climbed all over the seats of my brand new car! It took a half hour of soaking and an hour of scrubbing to get it all out of his fur, then a little more scrubbing to get the smell out. I have since seen the cages they keep the animals in and its no wonder. The cages for the cats are big enough for small cats. Not tom cats. So any way my cat would have laid he would have been half in the "litter pan" which is basically a tiny plastic tray with 8 little pellets of newspaper litter. For a large cat stuffed with enemas, that is not enough and they know it! Now from being covered in feces my cat has pink eye. But it isn't all bad. The vet came in late at night on a weekend with a broken ankle to see us and has always been kind and gracious and accurate with his diagnoses and prescriptions. Overnighters are a no no. But regular visits they are a decent facility.
This office is the best vet I've ever been to (and I've been to more than a few), and more people need to experience it for themselves. When my dog needed surgery on her knee to repair a ligament that had torn, the Dr's and staff provided prompt and personalized care, both to her and in making sure I knew everything going on. She was well taken care of and the price for the surgery was reasonable. They provided support and care throughout her recovery, and I am forever grateful to have a wonderfully healthy dog because of them. Every time I've brought my cat and dog in the staff has scheduled me the same day I've called or the next day, and are always cheerful, timely, and give my animals treats when appropriate. The best (and most sad) interaction I've had with them, though, is when it became necessary to euthanize my cat. Any pet owner knows having to say goodbye to a loved pet is extremely hard, but all of the staff made it infinitely less painful with their support, handling of all aspects of the procedure, as well as bedside manner. I cannot even say how much I appreciate finding this office. All aspects of their care have been superior, and I tell everyone I know to come here because of all of this. At first I was going to send them a card for all their care and genuine concern, but realized that the best thank you I can send them is to attempt to spread the word about their excellent service. Come here, your pets will thank you, and you will be more than happy with the decision. Also; thank you so much!
We've been going to this vet for our second dog and many more if you count family dogs also. Doctor was so compassionate when it was time for our shadow/ our baby to be let go. I had to make an emergency appointment and he got him right in... He was very supportive and gentile and even carried him to my car for me so we could bury him. He has the most affordable rates in town. We now see him for our newest member a 6 month old black lab. He was very accommodating when we first got our puppy (whom was 4 months at that time) he came to us male nourished and full of worms doctor got him right in and set him up with his medication and he even gave me some training advice too... I'm a mother of small children and our buster is part of our family and I wouldn't trust his care to anybody else
Neal Osbeck and his staff are some of the most friendly, caring, down to Earth people I have ever met. The ladies who work the desk and phones, Miss Rita and ladies, are always so sweet and understanding. Neal is very compassionate with his patients. I have been bringing my pets to Neal and his assistants for over 10 years. My Rottie is getting old and I can't imagine her in any one else's care in her final stages of life. This office is the most generous price wise that I have ever heard of. I truly do love this office and everyone there who makes it such a wonderful place for our pets.
Choosing the right vet for your pet can be tough. After all, your furry friend can't tell you how he or she feels about the doctor. Even though you're not the one treated by the vet, whoever your animal sees is obviously your decision. Since many veterinary diseases and injuries can turn into emergencies very quickly, it's important to have a go-to vet. This way, you can ensure you'll know whom to see when your animal needs care.
Speak to your friends and family about vets who've treated their pets. You can even talk to your groomer or an animal shelter worker for referrals. When you visit the clinics you've been referred to, check that the facility is clean, animals are separated and the staff is calm and courteous. Not all clinics are American Animal Hospital Association accredited. This accreditation isn't a legal necessity, though a clinic that's AAHA-accredited is guaranteed to offer high-quality medical care. To receive accreditation, the clinic has to meet the AAHA's standards in the areas of facility, equipment and quality care.
If you're looking for a specialist, you want to make sure he or she is board-certified to practice in that specific area of animal medicine. You'll want to make sure your vet is also convenient to visit, so there are factors to take into account.
The type of animal you own should play a part in which vet you choose as well. While your options are vast if you have a dog or cat, you may have to visit an avian clinic for your bird or an exotics clinic for your snake.
Just as there are many types of doctors, there are many types of vets. Some focus on livestock or house pets, while others may specialize in dentistry or surgery. They may work in a veterinary clinic or zoo, working specifically with the animals housed there, or travel to farms to work with livestock. Since horse racing and other equestrian activities are so popular, some vets are trained to work just with horses.
Diseases, like malaria and yellow fever are also transmitted through animals. Some vets have insight to diseases that affect both humans and animals. Vets have contributed to the treatment and cure of many diseases that plagued both humans and their furry friends.
Government agencies employ veterinarians as well. When an animal comes from a foreign land, these vets quarantine them and check for any diseases that may be present in an effort to control new diseases that can be brought into the country. Other Specific types of vets include:
A vet assistant works alongside the veterinarian and helps out around the clinic. In some cases, they may assist vets in surgery or restrain struggling animals during tests or lab work. The everyday duties of a veterinary assistant include; monitoring and caring for animals after surgery, keeping medical records, cleaning animals' teeth, feeding and bathing them, cleaning cages, sterilizing surgical equipment, giving animals medication, collecting samples for testing and performing laboratory tests, and offering grief counseling to pet owners.
It's a good idea to bring your pet to the vet regularly. This way, he or she becomes familiar and comfortable with the care providers, and you can stay on top of your pet's preventative care. If the animal is small enough, bring it to the office in a carrier. Just as you visit the doctor for a yearly check up, you should bring in your pet for regular check ups as well. During a routine veterinary visit, the vet will probably begin by asking you if there have been any changes in your pet's behavior or habits.
The vet will then take your pet's vitals, like weight, temperature, pulse and respiration rate, and perform a physical examination of the pet. During a physical exam, the vet checks the abdomen for swollen organs, and the legs, feet and joints for any potential problems. Depending on the age, breed or condition of your pet, your veterinarian may also check the eyes, ears and mouth.
When your vet conducts a full body examination, he or she will check out your pet's coat and skin, noting any hair loss, itchy spots or lumps. Keep note of your animal's shedding habits so you can let the vet know if anything seems abnormal. The vet will check for parasites, fleas, ticks, mites and heartworms as well.
Vaccinations are also important to your pet, especially if you have a cat or a dog, and your vet will suggest that you make sure they're current. Keeping up to date with vaccinations can prevent your furry friend from getting distemper, rabies, hepatitis and lyme disease. Some vaccinations last longer than others, so speak to your doctor about staying caught up with your animal's shots.
Just like your own health insurance, you want to make sure your animal is covered before he or she needs veterinary services. Some common animal surgeries can cost thousands of dollars, and you don't want to end up having to foot a surprise bill that costs more than your paycheck.
There's no set price for pet health insurance. Costs can depend on factors such as where you live, the age and breed of your pet, and how much coverage you want. Before you take out a pet insurance policy, you'll want to meet with your vet to go over what he or she thinks your animal should be covered for. Many vets believe that you should make sure cancer, chronic disease, hereditary and congenital disease, and common breed-related medical conditions are all addressed in your policy.
Some pet owners can't afford insurance for their pet, so there are other options to make paying for surprise pet visits as easy as possible. Some pet stores have wellness plans - which tend to be much cheaper than an insurance policy - that offer shots, check ups, screenings and discounts on various procedures your pet may need. A lot of veterinary offices offer payment plans for pricey procedures as well, as long as you have decent credit history. For a last-ditch option, there are even privately funded organizations that offer pet owners financial aid for their pet's treatments.