Pet Vaccines for Cats and DogsVaccinations

Dr. Clarkson and Dr. Anderson recommend that your pets stay up to date on their vaccines.

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

The veterinarians at Westarbor Animal Hospital tailor vaccination protocols to the lifestyle of your pet, as well as the diseases your pet is most likely to be exposed. During your kitten or puppy's first year of life, we also spread out the series of vaccines in order to put as little strain on his or her developing immune system as possible. We do this in order to provide the best protection from disease as well as to reduce the possibility of your pet having an adverse reaction to a vaccine.

Internal Medicine

One of the frustrations of dealing with sick pets is that they can't tell you specifically what's wrong. That is why diagnostic resources are essential. When your pet is not well, we need to find out what is happening on the inside. Diagnostic testing and physical examinations help our veterinarians identify the problem so we can accurately diagnose and then partner with you to develop an effective treatment plan.

Along with the advanced training and experience of our staff, Westarbor Animal Hospital makes use of the latest technology to diagnose and treat your sick pet.

Microchipping

All too often a pet that has run off fails to return home. This is a terrible situation. We have all seen the sad lost pet notices posted on telephone poles. Getting lost is the number one cause of pet death.

Studies have shown that more than 10 million pets get lost each year and about 90 percent would not be returned to their owner unless they have some form of permanent lost pet identification.

This is why we at Westarbor Animal Hospital view microchip lost pet IDs as a standard of care for all of our feline and canine patients. With an AVID microchip, your pet can be identified quickly and easily by animal control officers, shelters or at veterinary hospitals. Microchips are safe, unalterable and permanent identification for pets. The entire implant procedure takes less than 10 seconds.

The AVID ID system uses microchips that register the animal with a unique identification number that is filed in a database with important contact information. This information can be updated at any time.

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

Full In-house Pharmacy

As the prescribing veterinarians 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 are also able to 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.

Online Pharmacy

Refills are easy, either give is a call or fill out our convenient online form and your prescription will be refilled when you need it.

Nutrition Counseling and Prescription Diets

We offer prescription diets and nutrition counseling during office visits. Members of our staff are certified with Hill's Pet Nutrition as nutritional consultants.

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 a proper diet 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 can 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.

Behavior Counseling

Westarbor Animal Hospital is now offering behavioral counseling as well as both private and group training sessions. Behavioral consults and training sessions are with the Westarbor Animal Hospital behavior technician, Christy Morello, LVT. A veterinarian will oversee behavioral consultations, prescribe medications, and diagnose behavioral disorders when appropriate. Christy is a licensed veterinary technician who has been training animals, and studying behavior for over 8 years.

Consultations include both discussions, and developing behavior modification plans for: anxiety disorders, fears and phobias, aggression and safety management, inappropriate eliminations, correcting/managing undesirable behaviors, debunking myths about animal behavior and training, and how to effectively communicate with your pet.

Behavior CounselingTraining sessions (both private and group) involve helping owners learn how to build and strengthen their bond with their animal, how to communicate with their pet through body language, as well as how to utilize positive reinforcement training methods. Owners will also learn skills to help give their animals confidence and make them a happy, well behaved pet.

Group training classes are currently held every other Saturday at 1pm, and include 4 sessions at a rate of $100 total. Classes are based on positive reinforcement training techniques only, and utilize the science of Clicker Training. A new class will begin when our current class ends. Classes include: clicker training beginner, puppy beginner, and intermediate classes.

Requirements include:

  • Must be up to date on Distemper, Rabies, and Bordetella vaccinations
  • Must have a negative fecal sample
  • It is recommended that your pet be on heartworm, flea, and tick prevention
  • There is a $25.00 cancellation fee if cancelled with less than 1 week's notice
  • If you are a new client who desires a private behavioral consultation and has not yet been to our hospital, an examination with one of our veterinarians is required.

Please call our office at 734-769-5391 for more details, or to sign up!

Client Services

Our focus is on education. Our veterinarians spend as much time with each client as we can to provide updates on the health of their pet. We are true partners in your pet's wellness plan. We provide thorough exam room report cards for your home files. We supply material for all our clients to take home to learn more about the home care of their pets.

We also offer E-Pet Health (an online pet health maintenance program) as an educational tool so that you may better manage your pet's health care regimen.