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What you should know about vaccines for your pet

Andrea Putt, DVM, of Commerce Village Veterinary Hospital, recently shared her perspectives on vaccines at our Pawsitively Healthy workshop, Do Pets Really Need Vaccines, held at Pet Supplies Plus in White Lake earlier this month.

For pet families who were unable to join us, we are posting the notes from Dr. Putt’s presentation below.  We hope you find this information useful in deciding what is best for your pet.

Join us on February 18 for our next Pawsitively Healthy workshop,  Preventing Canine & Feline Dental Disease. February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Click here for details.

NOTES from Dr. Putt

Should you vaccinate your pet?   Click here for notes.

Factors to consider in making the decision about vaccines.  Click here for notes.

WHEN should you vaccinate your dog or cat?   Click here for notes.

“Core” or most important vaccines.  Click here for notes.

“Core” vaccines for dogs.  Click here for notes.

“Core” vaccines for cats.  Click here for notes.

Vaccine side effects.  Click here for notes.

Dental disease, easy to prevent, is a major health concern

Andrea Putt conducting oral exam on dog Andrea Putt, DVM, conducts an oral exam on Penny.

The facts about dental disease might surprise you.  I am not a veterinarian, but I do know that dental disease in pets:

  • Is easily preventable
  • Is prevalent even in young pets
  • Can lead to more serious health issues

Some pet owners might think that dental exams and cleanings are only to reduce “doggy or kitty breath.”  They are actually one of the most important things that you can do for your pet to reduce the natural build up of tartar and plaque that lead to dental disease.

First and foremost, dental disease in your dog or cat can be EXTREMELY painful and affect appetite and activity levels. If left untreated, dental disease can also lead to serious illnesses including:

  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Infection of the heart, lungs or kidneys
  • Heart failure
  • Cancer
  • Arthritis and spinal diseases

February is National Pet Dental Health Month.  Celebrate it by coming to our workshop, Preventing Canine & Feline Dental Disease on February 18, 2016.  The speaker will be Dr. Andrea Putt of Commerce Village Veterinary Hospital.  Dr. Putt will talk about how you can spot the signs of dental disease in your dog and cats – and what you can do about it.

Click here to register.

You’ve heard her speak at our workshops — Who IS Dr. Putt?

The featured speaker at our Pawsitively Healthy workshops is veterinarian Dr. Andrea Putt of Commerce Village Veterinary Hospital.  I thought you might like to know a little but about her.Dr. Andrea Putt

Dr. Putt graduated from Michigan State University with honors. She has worked for over 20 years in the community before opening her own veterinary hospital. She opened Commerce Village Veterinary Hospital in 2012. She offers digital radiology, laser surgery, low level therapy laser, ultrasound and general medicine services for her patients. Her goal is to provide modern medicine with a hometown personal touch for her patients.

We are so thrilled that she agreed to do the workshops for us. We love her candid way of speaking and willingness to answer all the audience’s questions.

Find out more about Dr. Putt on her linkedin page at www.linkedin.com/in/dr-andrea-putt-47128361  or on her hospital’s website at www.commercevillagevet.com

Make informed decisions about pet vaccines

photoof dr putt vaccinating cat
Dr. Andrea Putt vaccinating a cat.

I have multiple cats and a dog at home.  And, as a pet owner, it can be challenging to keep up on all the latest information to keep pets healthy and happy.  One of these areas is vaccines.

There is a lot of discussion these days about which vaccines are good, which are bad, how often your pet should get them, should senior pets get them, should indoor cats get them and so on.  It can be confusing to say the least.  So that is why we decided to focus our third Pawsitively Healthy Workshop on this topic: Facts About Dog and Cat Vaccines. The workshop will be held on January 21, 2016.

In this workshop, Dr.  Andrea Putt of Commerce Village Veterinary Hospital will talk to our neighbors about the pros and cons of vaccines and which are the ones your pet should not go without.  She will also talk about the fact that every pet is different – and so factors like age and your pet’s lifestyle — should weigh into your decision as well.

The bottom line is that making a decision about vaccines should be carefully considered and based on the facts.  So if you have every questioned the need for dog or cat vaccines, this workshop is for you.  We hope that you can join us! Click here to register.

Pawsitively Healthy workshops get EXCELLENT reviews!

PSPobeity workshop - dr putt clsoeupEach of our Pawsitively Healthy workshops to date (okay – we have only had two – but we think we are on a roll!) has gotten excellent reviews from our neighbors in the audience. And we think it’s has to do with a lot more than the Costco cookies!

Dr. Andrea Putt – of Commerce Village Veterinary Hospital– our featured speaker, has gotten rave reviews due to her energetic speaking style, candid answers and down-to-earth style.   She gets the audience’s attention and gets a lot of great information into our one-hour programs.   Dr. Putt loves getting questions – and is all too willing to stick around, as long as it takes, until the last one is answered.

Dr. Putt loves hearing from pet owners.  IF you have any ideas for topics for future Pawsitively Healthy workshops, leave a comment on this post!

The only downside to having a speaker as popular as Dr. Putt?  Register early!  Our Pawsitively Healthy workshops have been selling out!  Click here to register for our next workshop on January 21, 2016.

Register early for our sell-out Pawsitively Healthy workshops

Photo of pain workshopWe are looking forward to the THIRD of our Pawsitively Healthy workshops coming up on January 21, 2016.  The topic: Facts About Dog & Cat Vaccines.

First, we are thrilled that so many people have been signing up for the workshops.  We know how much you care about your pets –and this is a wonderful forum for you to learn about timely pet health topics and get your questions answered by veterinarian Dr. Andrea Putt of Commerce Village Veterinary Hospital.  We are so fortunate to have her on board with us for the workshops.

Second — PLEASE REMEMBER TO REGISTER EARLY!  Click here to register. Our workshops have been selling out and we have been trying to accommodate as many last-minute sign-ups as we can, but are running out of space!  We have moved the workshops into the back warehouse area to accommodate as many of our neighbors as we can.  So to guarantee yourself a seat, register early.  If for some reason you cannot make it, please feel free to give your spot to a friend or family member.

I look forward to seeing you at the January workshop!

Thank you Representative Runestad!

We just received a very nice letter from State Representative Jim Runestad. We are always appreciative of those in office who support pets and the issues that they face. We are very proud of our Pawsitively Healthy series and it is gratifying to see influential people take notice of our efforts to help educate our neighbors and fellow pet owners!

Click here to read the letter.

Jim Runestad represents the 44th District, which includes Highland Township, White Lake Township, Springfield Township, Milford Township and parts of Waterford Township, as well as the Village of Milford.
If you’d like to thank him for supporting pet health efforts, find information on how to contact him at RepJimRunestad.com.

Pets come first in many of our lives, and we do our best to care for them, but we don’t always know what to look for. That’s why we created the Pawsitively Healthy workshop series. Our goal is to help you be a better pet parent! Our Pawsitively Healthy workshops will resume in January.

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