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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!

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!

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Appleton, WI 54913