Cats are wonderful pets; in fact, over 25% of US households share their home with a feline companion, according to the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association). They’re cute, cuddly, comical, and provide delightful companionship! But there are some things you will want to keep in mind to keep your cat's health in tip-top shape. Since August 22 is National Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day, we're sharing 5 habits that positively impact the health of your cat!
Meet the staff of Countryside Veterinary Clinic!
Dr. Lisa Kutchins, DVM
I received my Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University in 1980 and graduated from MSU in 1984 with my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
Following graduation, I worked in Brighton Animal Hospital, followed by Lowell Veterinary Clinic, and Ypsilanti Animal Hospital. In 1993, I started the first mobile veterinary clinic in the area, working out of a 28 foot renovated van, which was the beginning of Countryside Veterinary Clinic.
The joys of my life, other than being able to work in veterinary medicine, are my two daughters, Halley and Maris, who are both grown and on their own now, and a menagerie of pets including three dogs, four cats, and a plethora of wildlife.
After 30 years, I still follow the premise to treat each of my clients as though they were family and each of my patients as though they were my own. And I thank each and every one of them for giving me that opportunity.
Dr. Alicia O'Toole, Relief Veterinarian
She is married with two daughters and their family would not be complete without their 18 year old calico cat named Duma and 16 year old Shepherd mix, Derby. In her free time, she and her family love to go hiking, play board games and continue to build out her family's aquarium.
Dr. O'Toole has a passion for whole body wellness, including dental health and behavior. She is level three Fear Free certified and ready to help reduce any anxiety experienced by your pet during an appointment.
In 2014 Lyzz finally took the plunge and began working full time with animals. She took the position of interim shelter manager at the Lenawee Humane Society and held that position for a little under a year. During that time Lyzz made the tough decision of becoming a stay at home mom for her first child. In February of 2018 Lyzz began working part-time as a veterinarian assistant at Countryside. On her off days Lyzz enjoys working at Needle-Lane farm in Tipton where her daughter can run wild and eat like a very hungry caterpillar. On the weekends Lyzz attempts to pamper her senior pets and allow them to have the best golden years possible.
Jessica T., Assistant
I have a black short-haired cat named Max, I got him from fostering him and his 2 sisters when he was about 3 weeks old. I also share a Rottweiler with my parents, her name is Jada and she is about a year old. I have had a lot of different animals that I have helped. One year I found a snapping turtle about the size of a half dollar and kept it until it was ready to be released the next year. I have fed baby mice by eye dropper before, bottle fed kittens, and fed baby bunnies, etc.
Outside of work, I love being outdoors in the summer, hanging out with friends and family. I absolutely love being in the water so being on the lake or at the beach tanning is so relaxing. I love traveling, especially if I’m visiting family. I haven’t been camping in years but would like to find the time to do that again.