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CountrySide Veterinary Wellness

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CountrySide Veterinary Service is excited to announce the July opening of CountrySide Veterinary Wellness, another location to serve our patients and clients in Appleton. Located on the corner of Ballard Road and County Hwy JJ, we share the Ballard Plaza with CopperRock Coffee, Donaldson's Cleaner, Postal Express and Luigi's Pizza. Expected to open in mid-July, CountrySide Veterinary Wellness is designed around the wellness aspect of veterinary medicine. We will continue to emphasize the important of wellness consultations and vaccination programs in a low stress environment.

Surgical and dentistry procedures will be performed at the main location on Edgewood Trail. Patients who require radiographs or special care due to illness will also be seen at our original location.

The CountrySide team strives to improve your appointment scheduling experience at CountrySide. Wellness consultations and vaccine appointments will be scheduled at both locations, however we hope to offer the flexibility to schedule wellness appointments to best accommodate you and your pet's veterinary wellness.

Wellness consultations, vaccine appointments, and surgical and dental procedures are scheduled by calling (920) 968-3322. Our veterinary team will be rotating through both locations. We are excited to see you at our new location!

How Often Should I Feed My Pet?

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A shocking estimate of 50% of pets in the United States are overweight or obese. What can we as pet owners do about this issue? Even if your pet is underweight, here is a beneficial solution to regulating your furry companion's diet: simply give him or her smaller, more frequent meals.

That being said, the question, "How often should I feed my pet?" depends on the size, age, health, and weight of your pet. For example, in the case of a Toy Breed puppy that is very active, still growing, and slightly underweight, he or she will need frequent, small meals to keep him or her energized and healthy. Whether overweight or underweight, the best method to getting your pet's weight back on track is to not rush them towards their "goal weight" too quickly. In fact, it is much more beneficial to feed them in smaller, scheduled doses each day so their stomach is never completely empty and they don't feel hungry for long periods of time. A good way to gradually introduce this technique is to reward them their small meals or treats after engaging them in their favorite activity, such as:

  • Playing fetch
  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Hide and seek
  • Playing with a favorite toy

Reward your furry companion for their hard work and train them to enjoy being active. By introducing frequent, small meals, you may start to notice them whine less for food. As always, ask your veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns about your pet's health and diet. While feeding your pet frequent, small meals is a good way to keep your pet's weight and health on track, recall that every pet is different. If you are unsure of how often your pet needs to eat, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian at Countryside Vets to discuss creating a feeding plan for your pet.

Lyme & Heartworm Prevention

Lyme & Heartworm PreventionThe season for outdoor fun in the sun is upon us, but so is the season for pesky bugs. With summer approaching, ensure you know how to keep your pet safe from common diseases. Heartworm and Lyme's Disease are common diseases spread throughout spring, summer and fall. Now is the time to ensure your pet is protected. Countryside Vets is here to help answer questions and protect your pet.

Heartworm is a disease spread by mosquitos. These worms infect the pet's hearts, lungs and blood vessels. This can cause irrevocable damage to vital organs in your furry family member. If this occurs it can lead to coughing, fatigue, decreased appetite, difficulty breathing, fluid in the abdomen and ultimately heart failure or death. Fortunately for you and your pet there is a happy ending. There are simple tests that Countryside Vets can perform to ensure your pet does not have this disease, and better yet there are simple and effective preventative medications available for your pet's protection!

An additional pest to keep in mind is the deer tick. This little critter can spread Lyme's Disease to you and your pet. This is becoming more common in Wisconsin as the tick population is thriving. Ticks commonly reside in tall grassy areas and brushes and can be picked up during walks or even in your backyard. Most ticks are visible to the naked eye, but they vary in size. Deer ticks, which can be extremely difficult to see, can carry Lyme Disease. Check your pets regularly for these parasites. If a tick is spotted on your pet you should make plans to remove it as soon as possible. If it is attached to them you can use rubbing alcohol on the area and very carefully remove with a tweezers or tick removal tool. Please be sure to inspect the removed tick to ensure its head is attached and not left in the skin of your pet. After removal you should continue to monitor your pet for any signs or symptoms of Lyme's or additional ticks throughout the season. These signs and symptoms can include lethargy, loss of appetite, swollen joints, swollen lymph nodes, and can lead to damage to kidneys and other vital organs. Lyme's is a preventable and treatable disease when caught early, so help your pet and talk to your veterinarian at Countryside Vets today!

Testimonials

  • Temperance

    My wife and I have been taking our dog to Countryside Vets for about three years now. We had an unfortunate encounter with our previous veterinarian but switching to Countryside Vets years ago has been the best decision! She has always been treated well at Countryside and Dr. Popp has always been more than friendly! Thank you!
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Our Hours

Appointment Hours

Monday: 8:00am - 6:30pm
Tuesday: 8:00am - 6:30pm
Wednesday: 8:00am - 6:30pm
Thursday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am - 11:00am

Our Locations

CountrySide Veterinary Services

CountrySide Veterinary Services
W3022 Edgewood Trail
Appleton, Wisconsin 54913
CountrySide Veterinary Wellness
1835 E Edgewood Drive Suite 103
Appleton, WI 54913
  (920) 968-3322