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Does My Dog Have Hypothyroidism?

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If your dog seems cold all the time, his fur appears dull, he’s losing hair or he’s gaining weight even when you haven’t altered his diet, your dog may have hypothyroidism. Although all the symptoms listed above may be signs of old age, they also could be indicators of hypothyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid hormone decreases when the thyroid glands have either reduced in size or become inflamed.

Hypothyroidism causes a diminished metabolic rate, affecting the functionality of many organs in your pet’s body. Some other symptoms to watch for if you suspect this condition include a lack of energy, mental lethargy, ear infections, and skin problems, (dry, scaly, itchy or greasy fur).

Though hypothyroidism can occur in humans and other animal species, it is very common in dogs. Some of the breeds this disease often affects are: Airedale Terriers, Boxers, Cocker Spaniels, Dachshunds, Doberman Pinschers, Golden Retrievers, Irish Setters and Miniature Schnauzers. If you own a medium to large-sized dog and he or she is aged 4-10 years old, your dog may have a greater chance of developing hypothyroidism.

Because hypothyroidism symptoms are similar to many other conditions, it’s not always easy to identify. Your veterinarian may run a special panel of thyroid tests to get a diagnosis. Fortunately, hypothyroidism is curable with a synthetic thyroid hormone. This medication must be given to your dog for the rest of his or her life, starting with twice daily doses and then reduced to one. Some breeds may still require two doses daily.

Usually, you will start to see improvement in your dog’s condition about four to eight weeks after your pet first starts taking the medication. Talk to your veterinarian to schedule follow-up blood tests to check when and if the amount of medication given should be adjusted. Your veterinarian may advise periodic blood tests to see if your dog’s body is processing the medication.

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.

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  • 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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Appleton, Wisconsin 54913
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1835 E Edgewood Drive #103
Appleton, WI 54913