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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!

Is Your Dog Stressed? Pay Attention to These Signs!

Stressed DogsStress and anxiety can affect your pets as much as it can affect you! In order to keep your pet happy and healthy, learn to identify signs of stress and anxiety in your dog. Every dog has a normal behavior pattern which makes you come to know and love your pet. When looking for signs and symptoms of anxiety and stress in a pet take into account their normal behavior. Some of the following behaviors may be typical for your pet, but a combination of these signs may be caused by stress or anxiety. Common signs can include: cowering, changes in appetite, avoiding eye contact, staring intently at you, flattened ears, abnormal noises including: whimpering, whining or growling, changes in activity levels, pacing, increase in drooling or shedding, and hiding. Monitor your pet for these behaviors. When experiencing multiple of these behaviors without an explanation contact us at Countryside Vets so we can help you figure out what is causing stress for your pet. Stress can have a bad effect on a dog's health and mind. In order to keep your pet and family safe and healthy contact us at Countryside Vets for any concerns with your pets' health!

Are You Brushing Your Dog's Teeth Wrong?

Dental CleaningAt-home dental care is a task that many pet owners and yes, even veterinarians, are guilty of rarely or barely doing. Periodontal disease is something that affects most dogs by the age of three. One of the best ways to help battle this disease is by dental care. The following are a few common dental care mistakes you may be making.

One mistake that you could be making is using human toothpaste rather than dog toothpaste. Even though you always have human toothpaste around, some of the ingredients in this causes upset stomach or affects the acid balance in your pet's stomach. You should always brush your pet's teeth with dog toothpaste formulated specifically for dogs so you know it's safe and it's typically flavored with something your dog will actually enjoy.

Rewarding and praising your pet with extra treats may help them warm up to the idea of you sticking a toothbrush in their mouth. Showing your frustration and punishing them will not help and possibly make things harder. Take things slow and let your pet sniff the toothbrush and taste the toothpaste and let them get used to having their mouth touched. This may take a few weeks but eventually work your way up to actually brushing their teeth. Typically, you should brush your dog's teeth every day. Plaque can resurface on the tooth in as little as 24 hours, so brushing every few days/weeks won't be as effective. Remember to always reward and praise them.

Brushing your dog's teeth consistently is a great way to keep track of their oral health. Bad breath, yellow-brown tartar, inflamed gums, bleeding gums, unusual growths and pawing at the mouth are just a few signs to look for and should not be ignored. These could all be possible signs of dental disease or other oral problems.

Veterinarians recommend having your pet's teeth professionally cleaned. Even if you brush your dog's teeth every day, professional cleaning will remove tartar buildup that every day brushing cannot. X-rays may also be recommended to check for hidden signs of disease under the gums and in the bones.

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