Vaccinations and General Pet Care
New clients are always welcome to update or begin their pet's care with us. You will be provided with proof of any vaccinations we administer.
Puppies and kittens should begin their vaccinations at 6 to 8 weeks of age and get them monthly until they are 4 months old. After that, they require annual boosters.
Rabies vaccinations begin at 4 months of age. In order to receive 3 year vaccines for older dogs and cats, proof of previous vaccination from another vet is required.
We are ready to treat any problems your pet may develop, whether you live near us or are visiting the area. Just call our office for an appointment.
Surgeries are performed Tuesday through Friday.
We execute a wide variety of surgical procedures, including, but not limited to, neutering and spaying, declawing, growth removals, abdominal exploratory, and cystotomy.
We offer pre-anesthetic blood work, surgical IV fluids to be administered during the procedure, as well as pain medication to take home to keep your pet comfortable during its recovery. Pre-anesthetic testing is beneficial in determining if there are any underlying problems before anesthesia is administered. This is important for all surgeries and would help us to better make decisions on the use of anesthetics for your pet. These values are kept in your pet's records and can be used to compare with future blood work if needed.
We use up-to-date monitoring equipment for the safety of your pet, as well as circulating water blankets to avoid hypothermia and aid in faster recovery.
For further information on pre-anesthetic blood work, surgical IV fluids, and additional pain medication, you can find our K9 Surgical Consent Form here. Our Feline Surgical Consent Form is also available.
Surgery appointments can be scheduled by calling our office.
Our well-stocked pharmacy allows us to fill your prescription immediately after seeing Dr. Ackler. Instructions are clearly printed and explained to you.
We recommend calling ahead for prescription refills to allow a minimal wait time. For your convenience, we also offer an online store, where you may order food and medications and have them delivered directly to your home.
Laboratory and X-Rays
Most testing that your pet will need in order to provide the right treatment can be performed on site at our well equipped laboratory. We have equipment that can analyze your pet's organ profile, CBC, electrolytes, and thyroid status.
We are fully equipped to take x-rays on site with our state of the art, digital x-ray system, that greatly assists in treatments. Our staff members are well trained in performing this procedure and soothing your pet during the process.
At Mancelona Veterinary Hospital we keep you updated about the most current veterinary profession recommendations regarding the care of your pet. TheAmerican Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has made a few new recommendations that we feel make good sense for the health of your pet and are not too costly to have done.
The first recommendation is yearly heartworm checks. We have begun using a test that not only checks your pet for heartworm, but it also detects Lyme Disease and two other tick causing diseases, Anaplasmosis and Ehrlichia. With winters becoming less severe, ticks are flourishing in Northern Michigan and unfortunately, they are exposing some of our pets to the diseases they carry. With this new heartworm test, we will be able to scan for these diseases before your pet begins to show symptoms, and suffer from the chronic illnesses that can be caused by them.
Our pets are like infants. They can't tell us if they are feeling under the weather or if they are in pain. That is, until the condition is severe enough that they begin to exhibit symptoms that we can see. Unfortunately, by that time, your pet has progressed to the point that treatment is more expensive and its health could be severely compromised.
To get a better idea of what is going on inside your pet at this time, and to potentially head off problems before they reach this point, we recommend a preventive health care screen. These are lab tests that examine the overall health of your pet's internal organs and individual blood levels. By finding undesirable changes early in the disease's process, we can often take steps to slow down or even reverse it. Your veterinarian and technician will go over our recommendations regarding the best panel of tests for your individual pet based on its breed, age, and lifestyle.
Whether for just one night or a longer stay, your pet will get only the best care in our facility.
Administration of medication, fluids, and other hospital services are all done by licensed veterinary technicians or highly trained veterinary assistants. These same individuals, along with the doctor, closely monitor and take care of your pet while in our hospital.
Why suffer from your pet's bad breath when something as simple as cleaning their teeth may solve the problem? Teeth cleaning, using our most modern equipment, can be scheduled Tuesday through Friday.
Dental disease can cause pain for your pet in addition to oral sores, tumors, and tooth loss. It is also proven to cause heart problems, septicemia (bacteria in the blood stream), as well as abscesses and lesions within other internal organs.
Just like us, pets require annual teeth cleaning by a professional, and benefit greatly from frequent brushing. If you can see discoloration on your pet's teeth, then they need to be cleaned.
With every dental, hard calculus is removed from your pet's teeth with a hand scaler. We then use an ultrasonic scaler to clean sub-gingivally (beneath the gum line). The teeth are then polished with a flavored pumice to remove any etching that may be on the surface of the teeth. Afterwards, the depth of any pockets between teeth and gum tissue are measured and recorded for future comparison. Lastly, a fluoride treatment is performed to strengthen the enamel of the teeth and to help prevent more problems in the future.
We carry a variety of tools for cleaning your pet's teeth at home, as well as foods and medications designed especially to keep tartar from building up on their teeth.
Call our office at 231-587-0520 for more information or to schedule a procedure.
Use of the Microchipping national registry is an important tool in locating a lost pet.
Insertion of the microchip is a simple process performed while you wait. Following the insertion of the microchip, you will then submit the necessary information to the national registry. You are issued an identification tag with registration information. Animal shelters now routinely scan for microchips in stray pets.
If the time arrives that you need this service, our compassionate staff provides treatment in a most caring and respective manner. We have a quiet area away from the hustle of the office for your privacy.
You can be with your pet for the procedure, wait in a private office, or leave your pet in our care.
If your plans do not include burial, arrangements can be made for cremation through our office. For various urn choices or further cremation information, please visit the website for Partridge Enterprises Pet Cremation & Burial Service.
Pet Supplies and Medications
Protection from fleas and ticks is an important part of caring for your pet. You can purchase the supplies from us to safe guard your pet and home. Our knowledgeable staff will be glad to offer assistance and information. Purchasing your products through us allows for a guarantee, as well as rebates for most products.
We also carry a variety of items such as specialized shampoos, ear cleaning solution, dental supplies, collars, leashes, and more. For those items not available directly in our office, please check out our Online Store.
We're pleased to offer the following services at Mancelona Veterinary Hospital:
Our appointment book is computerized, which allows us to efficiently make appointments for you and your pet. Our receptionists and team will attempt to accommodate all requests to the best of our ability. Emergencies are accepted anytime our clinic is open and a doctor is present. If you feel you have an emergency with your pet, please call us or come in immediately. If possible it is best to call before coming in so that a staff member can advise you on your particular emergency.
We have a veterinarian and personnel on duty six days a week who are trained and equipped to handle any urgent care your pet has. Usually an emergency team consists of at least one veterinarian and several technicians working together to save a pet's life. Emergencies can be things such as accidental ingestion of rat poison, hit by car, and chocolate ingestion. If you ever feel that your pet needs emergency treatment do not hesitate to call or come in immediately.
We are also available for urgent care when the condition is not life-threatening. If you feel your pet needs to be seen before you are able to get an appointment, our veterinarians will work to "squeeze" you in between scheduled appointments. When you arrive, our receptionists will be able to give you an estimate on how long you may have to wait in order to be seen.