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
Griffith Veterinary Hospital can process a wide array of diagnostic laboratory tests with our in-house laboratory. This includes all bloodwork, too. By processing these diagnostic tests in-house, we reduce the risk of error and contamination. We also can provide results faster, which in turn leads to a faster diagnosis and recovery.
We recommend annual wellness exams to keep our patients feeling their best! During a wellness exam, we will discuss your pet’s medical history and all current concerns. Our doctors will conduct a full-body, head-to-tail exam to get to know your pet and their needs. We will be able to answer all of your questions, address your concerns, and create a wellness plan tailored specifically to your dog or cat.
The Griffith Veterinary Hospital team will be here to guide you through end of life care and the difficult decisions that come with it. We will answer all of your questions about hospice and euthanasia and provide you with resources for this emotional time.
Whether your pet is in need of a prescription medication or diet, you won’t have to go far. Our fully-stocked, in-house pharmacy allows you to fill your pet’s prescriptions during your appointment so you don’t have to spend time waiting.
There have been many advancements in digital x-ray technology, and we can now manipulate the digital images that we take. This allows us to diagnose issues that may not be seen on a traditional x-ray. Because the x-rays are digital, we can also easily share the images with specialists or other veterinarians we may consult for more difficult cases.
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.
Parasite Prevention & Control
Parasites, and the diseases they carry, can all be prevented with proper medication and maintenance. Fleas and ticks are not only a source of irritation to your pet, but they can also harbor disease and adversely affect your pet’s health. Heartworm is a dangerous parasite that lives in the heart of dogs and cats, damages the heart muscle, and can be fatal.
The chance of being reunited with a lost pet increases greatly if they’re microchipped. Microchipping can offer reassurance that, if lost, animal shelters and veterinarians can identify your pet. A tiny microchip is placed under the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades. The microchip has an identification number on it, which can be read by a scanner. A veterinarian’s office or animal shelter can scan the chip to find out who owns the animal.