Keep Your Pets Healthy with Animal Wellness Centers of Wisconsin
Just like people, pets are susceptible to many diseases. When it comes to your beloved companion’s health, the best protection is prevention. The certified veterinary staff of Animal Wellness Center recommends several ways to keep your dog or cat healthy based on their age, lifestyle, and medical history.
Preventative Pet Care
The first step in protecting your pet is investing in preventative care. Taking your dog or cat to the vet regularly means it will be easier to notice when something is wrong or when they need new vaccinations. At Animal Wellness Center, we offer the following services to pet owners of southeast Wisconsin:
- Examinations: By examining your pet every 6-12 months, we can help detect disease processes earlier when symptoms or changes may be very subtle.
- Vaccinations: Based on lifestyle risks, breed, and age.
- Titer testing: Your dog or cat only needs certain vaccinations at a time. To prevent over-vaccination, titer testing checks the level of antibodies in your pet’s blood before they receive another shot.
- Blood-work: Taking a small blood sample every 6-12 months lets Animal Wellness Center vets assess how your pet’s body systems are functioning. We are able to catch early changes in kidney and liver functions, rule out systemic infections, and even check for early stages of disease processes like diabetes.
- Stool sample checks: Bringing in a fresh stool sample to check for intestinal parasites can ensure your pet isn’t carrying any parasites YOU can get!
Pest Prevention and Treatment for Local Pets
- Heartworm prevention: Heartworm is spread through infected mosquito bites. Both dogs AND cats (even indoor ones) need to stay protected from mosquitoes with Heartworm vaccines. Dogs can receive treatment while cats cannot, so prevention is very important for feline family members!
- To reduce the risk of Heartworm: Remove standing water around your property, as this is where mosquitos will breed. By removing their habitat, you pet is less likely to encounter an infected mosquito.
- Flea and tick prevention: If you have any type of wildlife (squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, opossums, deer, etc) in your yard or neighborhood, there is always a risk factor for fleas and ticks being spread to your pets. Even if your pet doesn’t go outside…you do! Ticks and fleas can survive on your clothing, skin, and hair long enough to wind up in your home and on your pet. Prevention is the best protection.
- To reduce the risk of fleas and ticks: Keep your yard well-maintained and avoid going into tall grass or underbrush. Check your clothes before coming indoors and interacting with your pet. If you let your pet go outdoors, check their fur when they come inside or brush their coat using a flea comb.
- Intestinal worm prevention: Roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms all want to make a home in the intestines of your dog or cat. Your pet may become infected after eating rodents or fecal matter. Our veterinary staff will determine the best de-worming plan for your pet to get rid of the worms.
- To reduce the risk of intestinal worms: Watch what your pet eats. If you encounter fecal matter while on a walk or at a dog park, do not let your dog near it. If your cat enjoys hunting rodents, do not let them eat their kills.
Specialized Treatment Plans for Cats and Dogs
Once your pet has been properly diagnosed by the Animal Wellness Center veterinarians, it’s time for treatment. We have many different types of treatment depending on your pet’s exact needs.
- Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy: Keeping your pet’s skeletal system aligned keeps nerves communicating effectively and allows your pet a full range of motion after injury or arthritis. The vets of Animal Wellness Center are certified to provide VSMT to keep your pet happily moving well for as long as possible.
- Prescription Medication: Just like people, pets can be prescribed medication to help treat their health problems. We will tell you about the medicine, how to supply it, and the dosage.
- Surgery: Surgery is used by our vets to fix broken bones, repair internal injuries, and spay/neuter your pet.
- End of Life Care (Euthanasia): There are times when the only option for a pet is euthanasia. This is to spare your pet from enduring a terminal condition or intense pain. Please contact our vets if you believe your dog or cat needs to be put down.
Events and Classes for Pets (and Pet Owners)
Along with traditional treatments for pets, Animal Wellness Center hosts classes and events in our local communities to help improve the life of pets. Our seminars and classes cover many topics including:
|Aggression Modification||Tips for Fostering & Adopting Dogs Successfully||Pet Massage Class||Tricks Seminar|
|Pet Anxiety Relief||Essential Oils||Nail Trims & Vet Visits Made Fun||Tracking|
Sometimes, it’s the little subtleties in behavioral changes that can mean something is amiss. We also offer training and behavioral modification options to help keep your pet social and a good citizen. We are always happy to discuss the best dietary formulations to help satisfy your pet’s nutritional needs and help keep them at a healthy weight. Combined with our classes, your pet will be healthy inside and out.
Join us for many pet events throughout the year, where you can learn more about the latest veterinary options available and truly personalize your animal’s wellness plan! We have many outreach events during the year at each of our four locations.