Every month, Dr. Sandy Vieder of Lakes Urgent Care answers your questions about timely health issues.

From asthma to flu shots, sports injuries to seasonal health topics, Dr. Sandy Vieder, Medical Director and co-owner of Lakes Urgent Care, answers questions asked by his patients every month.



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Family Pets

There is plenty of evidence to suggest that “man’s best friend”, the family dog, has several beneficial health effects for human beings including the potential to boost the immune system. It is postulated that dogs can actually act like a probiotic, helping us to develop bacterial colonies, which in turn augments the activity of our immune systems.

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In addition to the potential for her improving her immune systems, there are numerous other secondary health benefits to having a four-legged companion. With the commitment to walking her dog on a daily basis, they can help keep you fit and active. This in turn can help her lose weight and also potentially improved her social life because of interactions with other dog owners. Having the companionship and unconditional love of a dog can add significant meaning and purpose for individuals that are now empty nesters and even help prevent the onset of depression. There are many studies that have proven that owning a dog can also help reduce hypertension. Of course there are now many different breeds that are being trained to assist individuals who have physical and mental challenges, better known as service dogs.

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What dog owner doesn’t love that energetic, enthusiastic greeting when coming home from a long stressful day, topped off with a wet tongue kiss? Contrary popular believe, the bacterial counts on our pet’s mouth is actually worse than the human mouth. More importantly, the type of bacteria that dogs carry is significantly different than the bacteria that typically reside inside and on our bodies. There are whole host of diseases which are potentially carried by animals, also known as zoonotic diseases. In general, there is a low likelihood of transmission of zoonosis, and an occasional single lick is not likely to cause significant harm. However, the best medical wisdom and recommendation is to avoid those wet sloppy kisses from Fido on your face which carries the greatest area of transmission risk. So in summary, having a family dog has many positive health benefits, just limit or eliminate the number of wet kisses on your face!

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Family Pets

There is plenty of evidence to suggest that “man’s best friend”, the family dog, has several beneficial health effects for human beings including the potential to boost the immune system. It is postulated that dogs can actually act like a probiotic, helping us to develop bacterial colonies, which in turn augments the activity of our immune systems.

Category: Family Pets

In addition to the potential for her improving her immune systems, there are numerous other secondary health benefits to having a four-legged companion. With the commitment to walking her dog on a daily basis, they can help keep you fit and active. This in turn can help her lose weight and also potentially improved her social life because of interactions with other dog owners. Having the companionship and unconditional love of a dog can add significant meaning and purpose for individuals that are now empty nesters and even help prevent the onset of depression. There are many studies that have proven that owning a dog can also help reduce hypertension. Of course there are now many different breeds that are being trained to assist individuals who have physical and mental challenges, better known as service dogs.

Category: Family Pets

What dog owner doesn’t love that energetic, enthusiastic greeting when coming home from a long stressful day, topped off with a wet tongue kiss? Contrary popular believe, the bacterial counts on our pet’s mouth is actually worse than the human mouth. More importantly, the type of bacteria that dogs carry is significantly different than the bacteria that typically reside inside and on our bodies. There are whole host of diseases which are potentially carried by animals, also known as zoonotic diseases. In general, there is a low likelihood of transmission of zoonosis, and an occasional single lick is not likely to cause significant harm. However, the best medical wisdom and recommendation is to avoid those wet sloppy kisses from Fido on your face which carries the greatest area of transmission risk. So in summary, having a family dog has many positive health benefits, just limit or eliminate the number of wet kisses on your face!

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"Super clean, they take your temperature before you walk in. I saw the staff clean everything after every patient. The staff and doctor were so great today! Thank you for servicing our community! Highly recommended!"

Stephanie - Facebook review

Lakes Urgent Care
5
2020-07-20T10:41:37-04:00

Stephanie - Facebook review

"Super clean, they take your temperature before you walk in. I saw the staff clean everything after every patient. The staff and doctor were so great today! Thank you for servicing our community! Highly recommended!"
"I needed to take my two boys in to be seen today and we just moved to the neighborhood so I googled the nearest urgent care and boy am I so glad I did because this is the BEST urgent care that I have ever been to!! They were super fast and got us seen right away. The nurse made my sons laugh and feel comfortable the whole time. The doctor was very thorough and really connected with my boys which calmed their nerves. They even gave my sons a prize for coming in! Thank you for being so kind and thorough in this fast paced world!! You guys are awesome!"

Deshon - Google review

Lakes Urgent Care
5
2020-07-20T11:13:48-04:00

Deshon - Google review

"I needed to take my two boys in to be seen today and we just moved to the neighborhood so I googled the nearest urgent care and boy am I so glad I did because this is the BEST urgent care that I have ever been to!! They were super fast and got us seen right away. The nurse made my sons laugh and feel comfortable the whole time. The doctor was very thorough and really connected with my boys which calmed their nerves. They even gave my sons a prize for coming in! Thank you for being so kind and thorough in this fast paced world!! You guys are awesome!"
"Needed care for my 93 yr old Father in Law during Covid pandemic. We were not infected but he needed a simple procedure. Their complete screening process before entering Clinic dispersed any worries we had. Everything went great. Huge effort to ensure everybody's health and safety. Well done."

Aaron - Facebook review

Lakes Urgent Care
5
2020-07-20T10:44:59-04:00

Aaron - Facebook review

"Needed care for my 93 yr old Father in Law during Covid pandemic. We were not infected but he needed a simple procedure. Their complete screening process before entering Clinic dispersed any worries we had. Everything went great. Huge effort to ensure everybody's health and safety. Well done."
"This place was awesome! Phone etiquette was amazing and they accommodated me last minute. Once I was there the environment was clean, staff was really nice informative and even with everything going on with this pandemic they were very attentive and professional. Super helpful and even though I went just for testing the doctor made sure to stop in and answer any questions I had. I’d recommend this place for any urgent needs!"

Andrea - Google review

Lakes Urgent Care
5
2020-07-20T10:46:23-04:00

Andrea - Google review

"This place was awesome! Phone etiquette was amazing and they accommodated me last minute. Once I was there the environment was clean, staff was really nice informative and even with everything going on with this pandemic they were very attentive and professional. Super helpful and even though I went just for testing the doctor made sure to stop in and answer any questions I had. I’d recommend this place for any urgent needs!"
"My minor daughter, my elderly mom and myself went here this morning @ 10am and from the intake worker to the nursing staff and Doctors we have never been treated so kindly at any other ER. Very friendly, compassionate staff. They even let all three of us go into one exam room and treat all of us as a family unit! We all three highly recommended Lakes Urgent Care!"

Kimberly - Facebook review

Lakes Urgent Care
5
2020-07-20T10:36:23-04:00

Kimberly - Facebook review

"My minor daughter, my elderly mom and myself went here this morning @ 10am and from the intake worker to the nursing staff and Doctors we have never been treated so kindly at any other ER. Very friendly, compassionate staff. They even let all three of us go into one exam room and treat all of us as a family unit! We all three highly recommended Lakes Urgent Care!"
"I woke up Sunday with severe vertigo. After calling my PCP I decided I couldn't wait and went to Lakes Urgent Care Livonia. They got me in quickly, did a thorough exam and sent in a prescription to my pharmacy. The doctor explained everything to me in a manner I could understand. I have complete confidence in the doctor. Also, I felt safe (coronavirus) and everyone was pleasant and helpful. Additionally, the doctor made a follow up phone call to check on me! I'm happy to say the medicine prescribed is working great!"

Cindy - Google review

Lakes Urgent Care
5
2020-07-20T11:33:19-04:00

Cindy - Google review

"I woke up Sunday with severe vertigo. After calling my PCP I decided I couldn't wait and went to Lakes Urgent Care Livonia. They got me in quickly, did a thorough exam and sent in a prescription to my pharmacy. The doctor explained everything to me in a manner I could understand. I have complete confidence in the doctor. Also, I felt safe (coronavirus) and everyone was pleasant and helpful. Additionally, the doctor made a follow up phone call to check on me! I'm happy to say the medicine prescribed is working great!"
"They were incredibly fast to get us back and taken care of and super professional when I had questions. I can’t say enough good things! Thank you Lakes Urgent Care in Livonia for being so professional, quick and clean!! It’s worth the drive if you’re in Southeast Michigan. Definitely our urgent care of choice!!"


Whitney - Facebook review

Lakes Urgent Care
5
2020-07-20T10:43:28-04:00

Whitney - Facebook review

"They were incredibly fast to get us back and taken care of and super professional when I had questions. I can’t say enough good things! Thank you Lakes Urgent Care in Livonia for being so professional, quick and clean!! It’s worth the drive if you’re in Southeast Michigan. Definitely our urgent care of choice!!"
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