924 Hastings Street Traverse City, MI 49686 Phone (231) 941-7241
Oakwood Veterinary Hospital



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Oakwood Pet Cremations provide “The Thoughtful Alternative” for pet owners in Northern Michigan.

Poison Control Center 800-222-1222

CareCredit is a credit card just for healthcare. Unlike other credit cards, CareCredit offers special financing everytime you use it.

MSU Pet Loss Support Hotline is staffed by MSU veterinary students. They can be reached Tuesday through Thursday 6:30pm-9:30pm at 517-432-2696.

For lost Grand Traverse County License Tags , please call the County Treasurer at 922-4737.

Member of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association - MVMA (michvma.org)

Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) is a non-profit organization of veterinarians and parasitologists dedicated to protecting your family and your pets from parasites and zoonotic disease.

American Heartworm Society encourages and helps promote effective procedures for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heartworm disease.

Cherryland Humane Society, Traverse City

PetLink Microfindr Companion Animal Microchip
For information and to register your pet's microchip www.petlink.net

Pet Loss Grief Support Website
Our Doctors are members of AVMA, MVMA, NMVMA.


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Pet Obesity

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Intestinal Parasite

In the past, “Heartworm” preventives were typically only recommended  during the warm months of the year (May-November). That continues to be the  recommendation for mosquito-transmitted parasites today. But did you know that  all current monthly “heartworm” products also prevent our most common  intestinal parasites?

Intestinal pet parasites such as roundworms and  hookworms are transmissible to people. Parasites that can be shared between  humans and animals are called “zoonotic” parasites. People, especially  children, can become infected by contacting their pets feces unintentionally.  An infected pet can shed thousands of parasite eggs into their environment,  “seeding” their own yard, and also community parks and other public areas.  Pets become infected themselves by direct contact with infected pets or  ingestion of contaminated materials (shared toys, soiled grass, direct  ingestion of fecal matter). A very high percentage of puppies and kittens have  intestinal worms.  Young children are especially at risk as they play  with these new pets.

How common are zoonotic infections? Thankfully  they are rare. But, while the number is low, many of these infections can be  devastating, resulting in significant illness. If your pet is diagnosed with  intestinal parasites, make sure everyone uses good hygiene by washing hands  after contact with infected pets.

While we can’t easily prevent  exposure with contaminated pets or materials, we can minimize parasites in our  pets and protect our human family by worming pets regularly. Using  broad-spectrum parasite preventatives on a monthly basis year round, is the  best way to protect all family members. Even in Northern Michigan, year-round  monthly parasite prevention is recommended by the Center for Disease Control  (CDC), Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC), American Heartworm  Society,  the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and the  American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), along with the doctors and staff  at Oakwood Veterinary Hospital. Ask our staff for more information or visit  the websites of the above organizations.

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We LOVE Dr. Henshaw and his staff!

They are so friendly and helpful, and are excellent at remembering details about our crew. They were very accommodating when I wanted to bring all three in at once for their annual checkups - we were like a small circus in the exam room!

Dr. Henshaw's style is relaxed but very attentive and he's very honest about his thoughts. You can tell he's in this for the health and well being of your pet, NOT the cash.

Highly recommend Oakwood!

Liz K.
Traverse City, MI

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Office Hours

Monday - Friday
7:30 am - 5 pm

8:00 am - Noon

After-hours Emergency Services available 24 hours 231-941-7241

Typical Dr. Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - Noon &
2:00 pm - 5 pm

8:00 am - Noon

Note: some variation due to season, holidays, etc.

924 Hastings Street
Traverse City, MI   49686
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Phone: (231) 941-7241
Fax: (231) 941-1958