If you’ve recently adopted a pet, congratulations! Welcoming a new pet into your family is always exciting. Of course, there are several steps to complete to ensure your new pet adjusts to its new home. One of the most important things is a veterinary check-up. While shelters typically do their best to ensure every animal’s health, pets sometimes have health issues when they’ve just arrived from the shelter or pet store. Even if the problem appears to be localized and minor, a professional check-up is a great start to your new life together. Blue Lake Animal Hospital is committed to providing exemplary veterinary services. Here are a few reasons to bring your newly-adopted animal to our office.
Protecting your pet’s health involves regular exams. Only a professional can identify, diagnose and treat major health complications. It’s common for animals to have various health issues after being in a shelter. Although these issues tend to be minor, such as needing a nail trim, it’s important to start off on the right footing. A post-adoption physical exam allows us to confirm that your pet has no issues and is ready for its new life under your care.
Every pet is different. Sometimes, we may be unprepared for a new pet’s unique lifestyle requirements. For instance, some pets in the shelter had bad experiences in their previous homes, leading them to need some extra time to learn to trust you. A veterinarian can help you determine what kinds of activities would promote bonding, or decide what kinds of bedding would be most comfortable. Similarly, some pets are very active, while senior pets may be more mellow. A playful puppy or kitten may need set times each day reserved for playtime, which increases their happiness. We can help you assess your pet’s lifestyle needs to maximize its happiness.
A common hurdle new pet parents encounter is understanding their pet’s nutritional needs. With so many pet foods available in stores, you may feel unsure of what kind would be best. It’s too easy to inaccurately measure your pet’s daily caloric intake, so reach out to our vets for advice. We can determine how much and what kind of food your pet needs each day.
Most animal shelters do a wonderful job of keeping pets healthy through neutering, vaccinations and microchipping, but it’s important to confirm that these are indeed fulfilled. We will review your pet’s medical records to ascertain if it has any preexisting issues. We will confirm that your pet has all vaccines and is spayed or neutered. Then, we will discuss microchipping if your pet does not have one. Microchipping makes it easier to identify a lost cat or dog if they escape.
Blue Lake Animal Hospital believes prevention is the best medicine. By reducing the risk of certain diseases and health complications, you can ensure your pet lives a happy, long life. Creating a preventative care plan is the first step in promoting your pet’s long-term wellbeing. Schedule your pet’s first visit with a veterinarian by calling our office.
Prevention is key to supporting your pet’s ongoing health. We devise an individualized strategy to keep your pet healthy and happy.
We perform standard and specialized surgeries to address your pet’s health concerns, including spays, tumor removal, orthopedic surgeries, and more.
Vaccinations are an important part of preventing communicative diseases. Keep your pet up-to-date on their vaccinations right at our office.
Dental health is essential to your pet’s overall wellness. Our dental services cover all of your pet’s oral health needs, from tooth extraction to cleaning.
Year-round heartworm prevention is key to keeping your pet healthy. We provide FDA-approved treatments to prevent infection.
Fleas and ticks aren’t just a nuisance: they pose a serious threat to your pet’s health. Protect your pet with preventative medicine.
Pocket pets have unique health needs. Our team addresses your pet’s health issues and develops a strategy, so they feel like their energetic self.
We provide comprehensive reproductive care for pets, including artificial insemination, neonatal care, fertility exams, and more.
Rely on us when your pet needs urgent care. We know emergencies are stressful, so we treat urgent health concerns with the utmost care.
Managing your pet’s medical needs is easy when you use our online pharmacy. Renew your pet’s prescription and purchase FDA-approved medication right from the comfort of your home. If you have any questions, contact us to speak with a trusted veterinarian.
Everyone is always helpful and nice. Glad we switched veterinarians.
Dr. Heather always takes the best care of our animals. Thank you!
Very friendly team and thoroughly enjoyed our first welcome appointment with our new puppy!
My pet got attacked and needed help right away - Blue Lake fit us in, performed surgery and Dr. Will kept me apprised the whole time. When there were complications, they again fit us in right away and helped. Great vet office.
We live in Lansing and travel to the clinic for all of our dogs. Dr. Heather is so knowledgeable and actually gave us a more precise date on when our dog should have a c-section. If we would have gone off the previous advice from a different vet…
I can't say enough good about Blue Lake. My dog Buster is 15 years old and has some expected health issues, but they are always helpful with my pet and his needs.
This is a very caring place to bring your pet.
We have a reptile that needed some immediate care. The staff was able to get us an appointment within a couple of days. We received very good care for our reptile friend and will definitely use them again for any of our exotic pets.
Very courteous staff.