At Griffith Veterinary Hospital, we go above and beyond to keep your pets healthy and happy.
Throughout every stage of your pet’s life, the Griffith Veterinary Hospital team will be there for you and your companion. We are a full-service veterinary hospital in Westland, MI and are pleased to offer in-house lab work and a pharmacy.
According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 70% of adult cats and 80% of adult dogs show symptoms of oral disease. Don’t let your pets be part of this statistic! If you’ve noticed yellowing of your pet’s teeth, bad breath, bleeding, or broken teeth, something just isn’t right. Just as it’s important for you to see a dentist regularly, it’s important for dogs and cats as well. Your pet’s oral health is directly connected to their overall health.
If you are noticing issues, it could be as simple as tartar buildup. However, it could also be as serious as periodontal disease, a medical condition that can spread infection throughout your pet’s entire body.
Some of the signs that indicate your pet may be experiencing a dental problem include:
- Bad breath
- Loose, broken or missing teeth
- Yellow or brown teeth
- Red, inflamed or bleeding gums
- Difficulty or pain when chewing
- Pawing at the mouth
- Excessive drooling
This unique modality has been proven effective for treating viruses, fungi, and bacteria, as well as inflammation and damaged tissues, and general health issues. Ozone therapy brings easily soluble oxygen to affected areas of the body.
Ozone therapy is safe and acts in several ways:
- It decreases inflammation.
- It activates the immune system by stimulating cytokine production. Cytokines such as interleukin and interferons create positive immune stimulation.
- Ozone inactivates bacteria, fungi, viruses, and yeast. Healthy cells are surrounded by an enzyme coating, which ozone does not penetrate. But bacteria and viruses have no such coating; thus, the O1 molecule penetrates and kills the invaders.
Ozone’s benefits include:
- Inactivation of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa
- Decreasing inflammation
- Activation of the immune system by stimulating the production of white blood cells, interferon, interleukins, and tumor necrosis factor
- Enhancing toxin removal from the body by stimulating metabolic function
- Stimulating the body’s protective enzyme systems
- Enhancing the effects of most hormones, drugs, vitamins, and herbs
What conditions benefit from ozone therapy?
Wherever there is inflammation, there is an increase in carbon dioxide in the tissue, and oxygen will benefit healing in that location.
The most commonly treated conditions include:
- Auto-immune disease
- Chronic infections (hepatitis, cystitis, Lymes disease, etc.)
- Allergies, sinusitis
- Intestinal diseases (IBD, colitis, etc.)
- Ear infections
- Dental infections
- Chronic pain
- Intervertebral disc disease
How is ozone administered?
There are many methods of administering ozone. For most applications, we give it dissolved in a fluid solution that is given subcutaneously or administers humidified ozone gas directly into the colon with soft, flexible tubing. Ozone may be used topically, either suspended in an ointment or by surrounding the area, to be treated with a specially designed bag that gets filled with ozone gas. It can even be safely inhaled (to treat respiratory infections) if it is first bubbled through olive oil to make it non-irritating to the lungs. Ozone can also be mixed with the patient’s blood and given back to the patient in the form of an IV or intramuscular injection. Regardless of the method of delivery, ozone is an extremely safe and non-painful therapy.
The vaccination of puppies, as well as kittens, is one of the crucial steps in assuring that your puppy or kitten will have a healthy and happy life. It is always best to consult with your veterinarian to determine which vaccines are appropriate for your puppy or kitten. But for now, here is a basic outline of the vaccine schedule. Both puppies and kittens should be vaccinated every 3-4 weeks until they finish the series. Kittens and puppies finish their vaccine series at about 16 weeks of age.
Puppy Vaccine Schedule
- 8 Weeks: DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo) and Deworming
- 11 Weeks: DHPP – C (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo, Corona) and Deworming
- 14 Weeks: DHPP- C (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo, Corona)
- 17 Weeks: DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo) and 1-Year Rabies
Kitten Vaccine Schedule
- 8 Weeks: FDRC (Feline Distemper, Rhinotracheitis, Calici) and Deworming
- 11 Weeks: FDRC (Feline Distemper, Rhinotracheitis, Calici) and Deworming
- 14 Weeks: FDRC (Feline Distemper, Rhinotracheitis, Calici) and 1-Year Rabies
You should consider having your kitten tested for Feline Leukemia Vaccine at 12 weeks of age. Feline Leukemia Vaccine is highly recommended for kittens or cats that have been found as strays. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more.
During the series of vaccines for your puppy or kitten, please be sure to bring in at least 2 fecal samples so that we can ensure that your pet does not have worms or any type of intestinal parasite. Vaccines become yearly after your puppy or kitten has finished its series. Also, puppies should begin heartworm preventative at the age of 8 weeks.
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What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body, which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to achieve a healing effect. Veterinary acupuncture has been used to treat animals for nearly 4,000 years in China. In North America, it has been used for decades in both domestic and exotic animals. Acupuncture is one of a variety of therapies a veterinarian may use to treat your pet