Health and Wellness
Orion Animal Hospital takes a whole-body and whole-life approach to health and wellness. We tailor our vaccine protocols to prevent the diseases that your pet is at risk of contracting, without over-vaccinating. You might hear Dr. Zalac discuss your pet’s body weight (or body condition score) during your appointment as body condition plays such a crucial role in overall happiness and comfort. We will let you know when those lumps and bumps need to be addressed and when they can be ignored. And as your pet ages we can help create strategies that make the senior years as pain-free and comfortable as possible.
Oral health plays a vital role in an animal’s quality of life, comfort, longevity, and secondary medical issues. Periodontal disease and infection are some of the leading causes of heart valve disease, heart failure, and kidney infection. We believe that maintenance of good oral health can add years of happy life for your pet. We specialize in routine dental cleanings and have access to top-notch dental x-rays. Dr. Zalac has extensive experience in dental extractions. We have dental special months in November and February where all dental procedures are 20% off, and are a great time to schedule those annual preventative cleanings.
Allergies & Dermatology
A bulk of veterinary medicine is dedicated to the treatment of allergies and the resulting skin, ear, and anal gland infections that occur. Dr. Zalac can help provide diagnostic and treatment options to help prevent those secondary infections from coming back. She has experience with allergy testing and desensitization injections, low-allergy and therapeutic foods, and the appropriate medications that will be needed to provide comfort and itch-relief.
Dr. Zalac spent the first six years of her career as an emergency veterinarian at specialty referral hospitals working with some of the best veterinary specialists in the state of Michigan. She gained a wealth of knowledge on how best to manage disorders like diabetes mellitus, Cushing’s Disease, hypothyroidism, and chronic kidney failure. She also received training in cardiology, ophthalmology, and behavioral medicine. When a disease or injury exceeds her skill and training she will make sure you are referred to the appropriate specialist who can help.
Dr. Zalac is experienced in a large range of soft-tissue and orthopedic surgeries. Not only are routine spays and neuters handled with the highest standard of care, she frequently performs MRIT surgery for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, and surgery to repair medial patellar luxation (MPL). Her years as an emergency veterinarian provided training in gastrointestinal foreign body removal, diaphragmatic hernias, growth removals, limb amputations, femoral head and neck ostectomy (FHO), and even prophylactic gastropexy (a preventative for “bloat” where the stomach wall is tacked down, usually done in deep-chested dogs like Great Danes).