Q: What is zoonotic disease?
A: Any disease that is transmissible from animals to people.
We love that vaccines and preventative measures for our animal friends can sometimes incidentally protect our human friends as well! While we can only advise you on animal health, we encourage clients to read about zoonotic disease from the CDC and to ask their own healthcare provider for helpful information!
Being a family-owned and operated business, we’re able to offer you that personal, small-town feel you’ve been looking for in a veterinary hospital!
We are not a franchise, we are a small business based upon the simple premise of helping animals one pet at a time.
While our top priority is excellence in veterinary care for our beloved animal friends, we care equally as much about making your experiences with us just as excellent!
At Griffith Veterinary Hospital, we genuinely care about the well-being of your pets, which is why we offer a wide variety of services. We practice out-patient services, as well as a wide variety of surgery, all for small animals (dogs, cats, rabbits, etc.). We are not a 24/7 facility; we are a family practice. If you have an animal emergency, we recommend that you seek emergency services as quickly as possible from a qualified animal emergency facility as close to your emergency as possible.
Our typical hours are:
Friday 8am-6pm (Friday afternoon may be a relief veterinarian, call to see.)
Saturday 8am-noon (Saturdays book-up fast!)
But please call ahead to be sure, since hours may vary for holidays, etc. We want to make sure that we can be here for you, so we prefer to work by appointment whenever possible.
We are located at 240 Jennings Road, in Whitmore Lake, Michigan (which runs parallel to US-23). We are highly visible from US-23, between 6 Mile Road and Barker Road (on the WEST side of the interstate). You'll recognize us as the "log cabin on the lake", as our building is log and Wildwood Lake is outside our backyard! Google Map:
We accept cash, check, and ALL major credit cards as forms of payment. We also proudly accept Care Credit. Payment is expected at time of service. If you are interested in Care Credit, please contact us to find out more! You can also visit the following website to learn more and apply for Care Credit: https://www.carecredit.com/vetmed/
In case you're curious:
We are not affiliated with any other veterinary hospitals, although others do exist with similar names. We are the "Griffith Veterinary Hospital" that is located in Whitmore Lake, run by Barbara Griffith-Watkins.
All information on this website is subject to change, not excluding services, offerings, hours, and even employees. We strive to maintain our website and keep it as current as possible, but please remember that procedures and protocols are ever-changing in this line of work... so please feel free to call us or stop by to ask any questions that you may have, or to gain the most up-to-date information.
At this time, we are seeing essential cases only, in a curbside-only manner due to COVID-19. Schedule your appointment as usual on the phone (734-449-PETS) , and then call us when you arrive in our parking lot please. Please do not enter our building, we will come to your vehicle (we are all wearing masks). If there is a reason you absolutely must enter our facility, you must bring/wear a face mask (currently, the only cases allowed to enter are for euthanasia reasons only, and even then only one case at a time may be in the building and you still must call us from your vehicle first). We will update our website as regulations change. Thank you for your understanding!
Side note to our community: We are currently in need of additional team members. If you are a LICENSED veterinary technician (LVT) OR a CERTIFIED veterinary assistant looking for a long-term career, please contact us at (734)449-PETS.
An important notice from Dr. Griffith-Watkins
Griffith Veterinary Hospital
At this time, we have no COVID-19 positive team members. We are disinfecting the clinic at an unprecedented level and have been protecting clients and staff from contact with as many people as possible. For several weeks we have been wearing masks to protect our staff and we have asked that clients refrain from coming to our office if they have exhibited signs/symptoms of illness (or if they have been around anyone who is ill), however, we have an update to our policy:
We are complying with the Governor's Executive Order and sorting out our services into essential and non-essential categories. Check with the veterinarian if you have a doubt about the status of your pet (regarding essential and non-essential services). We do not want to assume that a case is non-essential and have them be in extreme pain or even die because of that assumption. This is the Governor's description of essential (at the time of this website update):
- Necessary to preserve the life of an animal, as determined by a licensed veterinarian
- Necessary to treat serious pain that threatens the health and safety of an animal, as determined by a licensed veterinarian
- Necessary to euthanize an animal, as determined by a licensed veterinarian
- Necessary to treat and prevent the transmission of any infectious disease that can be transmitted between animals and humans, as determined by a licensed veterinarian
While (according to our Governor's aforementioned regulations) the veterinarian is allowed to make the determination of essential vs. non-essential for an individual case, we have applied the regulations to absolutely prohibit the following services for the time-being (in other words, the following services must be delayed):
- Routine wellness exams not impacted by necessary vaccines (please note the term "wellness", meaning a patient is otherwise well)
- Routine nail trims (please note, a torn nail that is actively bleeding would not be considered "routine")
- Routine spays and neuters not involving the threat of heat cycles that could cause medical problems or severe behavior problems (Also, please note: if there is a life-threatening uterine infection, we can take care of a problem like that as it would be a case of an essential spay to save a patient's life)
- Early stage routine dental procedures where pain is not an issue
If a client is already in the practice for an absolutely essential service, it is recommended to complete services that would be due soon at the same time in order to avoid repeat visits (a good example: if you are in our office anyway for an essential issue and a fecal test or heart worm test would be due within a few weeks, it would be advisable to perform them at the same time.). Please note, we are left with many gray areas regarding essential vs. non-essential; if you have any questions or believe you may need to schedule a visit, please call our office and we will make recommendations from there. Thank you! (734)449-PETS