Our Pet Health Services
At Patterson Cat & Dog Hospital, we believe that quality, compassionate veterinary care is essential to a happy, healthy life for your pet from day one. Our dedicated, knowledgeable staff has the skills and expertise to provide the highest quality healthcare for your dog or cat from the very first set of shots through advanced procedures that can keep your pet healthy and comfortable during his or her senior years. At all stages of life, we recommend regular physical exams and focus on preventative care and wellness to ensure the highest possible quality of life for your pet.
Our animal hospital is equipped with an in-house lab where we can accommodate urinalysis, fecal analysis, blood chemistries and CBCs, heartworm testing, and other lab work your pet may require. We also maintain advanced radiology equipment for taking X-rays, and we can administer ECGs or electrocardiograms for pets at risk for or suffering from heart disease.
Because we know that each animal is unique, we do not offer one-size-fits-all services. We take the time to get to know each pet and his or her pet parents. We customize our care to your dog or cat’s individual needs and we tailor our recommendations and advice to ensure a healthy life for your dog or cat while helping to build a loving, mutually beneficial relationship between you and your pet.
Our pet health services include:
- Regular physical exams and preventative care - download our Annual Physical Exam Questionnaire!
- Puppy and kitten care
- Vaccination plans
- Wellness plans
- Senior pet care
- Oral and dental care for dogs and cats
- General pet surgery
Special Concerns for Detroit Area Pets
Our animal hospital has a long history of servicing Detroit area pets and their owners. As a result, we have a special understanding of the unique needs of city dogs and cats. We live in a high-density area with many animals sharing close quarters, whether it’s the same house, the same street, or the same neighborhood, and this has the potential to present unique veterinary issues. You can rest assured that our staff is keenly aware of the needs of urban pets and that we cater our pet care and recommendations to ensure your dog or cat lives a healthy and happy life in the Motor City.
Some pet health issues prevalent in our area include:
- Parvovirus and Leptospirosis: Parvovirus and leptospirosis are very common in unvaccinated dogs living in Detroit. That’s why we recommend you schedule a puppy’s first visit at six weeks. We will provide an initial vaccination as well as a customized vaccination schedule for your pet.
- Zoonosis: Zoonosis—or diseases that can be transferred from animals to humans—is also a concern in our area, especially for households with children. Zoonotic diseases are typically caused by parasites that come from intestinal worms of both dogs and cats. Our staff will provide you with information about zoonosis and discuss what you can do to control parasites in your pets and protect your family. For additional information on parasite control and zoonosis, please visit the Companion Animal Parasite Council™ website.
- Rabies: To prevent rabies, the City of Detroit requires all dogs to be vaccinated and licensed by 16 weeks of age. Patterson Dog & Cat Hospital can administer the rabies vaccination to your puppy, and we will provide you with the certification you need to purchase your dog license from the city. We also strongly recommend rabies vaccinations for cats since many city cats can be exposed to the virus; however, the city does not require feline vaccinations at this time.
We also provide each of our rabies-vaccinated pets with a special ID tag. The shape and color of the tag changes every year and includes a unique ID number for your pet along with our animal hospital’s address and phone number. If your pet gets lost, the tag lets rescuers know the dog has been vaccinated. The rescuer can call us, give us the ID number, and we will contact you to let you know your pet has been found. The ID tag helps protect both your pet and your personal information. Just be sure to keep us updated with your current phone number and address. Patterson Dog & Cat Hospital will never release your contact information without your permission.