Preventive Care


Dr. Shoup will provide the vaccinations your dog and/or cat needs for protection against infectious diseases.  Every animals living situation and exposure is unique.  Here at East Main Animal Hospital we try to tailor the vaccination recommendations based on your individual pets risks.  We also strive to provide up to date recommendations, along with the most effective/safe versions of vaccinations available.


Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease transmitted by mosquitos from pet to pet in the United States and many other parts of the world. It is caused by foot-long worms (heartworms) that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets, causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body. Heartworm disease affects dogs, cats and ferrets, but heartworms also live in other mammal species, including wolves, coyotes, foxes, sea lions and—in rare instances—humans. Because wild species such as foxes and coyotes live in proximity to many urban areas, they are considered important carriers of the disease.

External Parasites

Anywhere in the country it is possible to come in contact with fleas, ticks, and other dangerous vectors to infect you pets.  They do not discriminate between city or rual areas... and a fence will not keep them out.  It only takes one bite to potentially spread disease.  When it comes to protecting your pets there is a wide variety of medications available to apply to your animal with a wide variety of cost.  We try to help guide you in the differences and effectiveness/safety concerns of each product.  (Not all preventions are created equal).  Please ask your Veterinarian prior to applying medication to reduce any possible negative side effects.

Internal Parasites-the dirty truth

Intestinal parasites are parasites that can infect the gastro-intestinal tract of animals and humans alike.  They can live throughout the body, but most prefer the intestinal wall.  Some intestinal parasites are considered Zoonotic, (meaning they can be shared between animals and pets).  Most Zoonotic parasites are shared through a fecal-oral of the biggest defenses is to wash your hands after cleaning up after your pet.  We recommend to have a microscopic fecal examination done at least once a year to hopefully catch any infection as soon as possible.  (In Michigan the current stats for roundworm infection in dogs is

1 dog out of 45 dogs, and cat roundworm infection is 1 cat out of 15 cat samples).   If your pet stays on a monthly heartworm/intestinal parasite prevention their risk for contracting intestinal parasites will decrease.  Unfortunately one prevention does not take care/prevent all intestinal parasites. 

Dental Cleaning

Class 4 Cold Laser Therapy

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"Pawsitively Great Care"

What is Laser Therapy?
Laser Therapy is the use of specific wavelengths of light to treat painful and debilitating  conditions.

How does it work?
Light energy enters the damage cells and stimulates inter-cellular activity.  This reduces pain in the area and speeds recovery of the damage cells.  Once the cells recover, the healing process is complete.

What can my pet expect during a treatment?
MLS Laser Therapy is a painless treatment that last an average of 3 minutes.  Your pet may experience a comfortable sensation at the point of application.

What can be expected after the treatment?
Most patients see positive results in one to three treatments.  Acute conditions can subside with as few as one set of treatments.  Chronic conditions can be managed with regular monthly treatments.  And there are no known negative side effects.  (Often, pain medications can be reduced or eliminated after MLS Laser Therapy treatment.)

Benefits of MLS Laser Therapy

  • Relief of chronic pain, such as arthritis
  • Relief of acute pain, such as trauma or injury
  • Strong anti-inflammatory effect
  • Stimulates healing of damage tissue
  • Speeds recovery of the structural integrity of injured region
  • Improvement of local blood circulation
  • Postoperative pain relief and faster wound healing

(Please ask for details on how this innovative therapy can work for your pet's pain and inflammation.)

We use Cold Laser Therapy with all of our routine surgical procedures to help with the healing and discomfort after the procedure.

Reduce Pain, Reduce Inflammation, Restore Mobility

What is a Professional Veterinary Dental Cleaning?

 As a pet owner, you have your pet’s best interest at heart and want to make the best choice for their care. When choosing your pet’s dental care, be sure to learn about a comprehensive veterinary dental cleaning, also known as a professional dental cleaning, and its long term benefits for your pet’s overall health.

What you can expect from a professional veterinary dental cleaning?

You should expect your veterinarian to educate you and allow you to ask questions about your pet’s dental health.
A veterinary dental cleaning always begins with an initial awake oral exam of your dog or cat’s mouth by a veterinarian. This allows the veterinarian not only to get a general idea of your pet’s dental condition, but also offers you the opportunity to ask questions and to get good advice for home care that can benefit your pet.

Your pet has blood drawn for analysis to identify any potential problems that the doctor needs to be aware of and to determine if the pet is healthy enough to undergo anesthesia.

Your pet is anesthetized. This is what often worries most pet owners, however, under proper protocols anesthesia is very safe. We encourage pet owners to ask their veterinarian about their anesthesia protocol and experience prior to scheduling a procedure. Find questions to ask your veterinarian before anesthesia.

While under anesthesia, a comprehensive veterinary dental cleaning will include the following, without any pain or discomfort to your pet:

A complete oral exam and digital dental radiographs are taken to identify any problems beneath the gum-line. (This is similar to the x-rays you might receive from your own dentist.) Common painful problems that could be identified with radiographs are broken teeth and roots, periodontal disease, dead teeth, abscesses or infected teeth.
A full cleaning under the gum-line where periodontal disease lurks. It would be impossible to clean this area on an awake dog or cat, but this is where periodontal disease begins with bacteria ‘living’ below the gum tissue.
Professional scaling and polishing of the crown, or visible part of your dog or cat’s teeth. A veterinary cleaning does require scaling or scraping the tooth to remove plaque and calculus. Scaling is completed to remove plaque and tartar build-up on the tooth crown. Last, the teeth are polished leaving a completely smooth surface of the tooth which discourages plaque and bacteria from adhering to the rough tooth surface.

After the procedure is done you have an option to use a product called OraVet.  OraVet is one of the only products equivalent to you bushing your pets teeth on a daily basis.  OraVet is a substance we start after the dental cleaning (only can be used on newly cleaned surfaces) and you would follow up with a weekly treatment at home.  The treatment are very easy to do and have no flavor of good or bad.  Pets handle it wonderful.  If you decide to not do OraVet there are other options to help in between cleanings.  We can help tailor what works best for your family.  
After recovery, your dog or cat is most often able to go home and unless an additional procedure has been done, your pet can eat and return to normal.


Dogs and Cats may also have congenital defect of the enamel on the crowns of the teeth. Not only unsightly, these defects can expose the underlying dentin, which is sensitive. Bonded restoration make the teeth smoother so they look better and are easier to keep clean, but more importantly, they act as a bandage to protect the sensitive pulp tissues inside the tooth.