Pet Dental Health

As a loving pet parent, it’s frustrating to think that your furry friend might be in pain and unable to tell you, but that’s often the case when pets have dental disease. Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition in dogs and cats, and by three years of age, nearly all canines and felines have it to some degree. But since they can’t tell you, how will you know? Regular dental exams are the only way to ensure that dental disease is discovered and properly treated, but between visits, here are some signs to watch for.

Bad breath and plaque and tartar buildup on teeth can occur in both dogs and cats with dental issues. In addition, dogs may favor soft food and toys over crunchy treats or chewy toys, have poorly chewed food, increased salivation and rub or paw at the face. Cats sometimes drool, have food fall out of their mouth when eating, nasal discharge, facial swelling, decreased activity and a diminished appetite. 

If you notice any of these symptoms in your pet pal, schedule a visit with us right away. Even though we pet parents see the dentist regularly for checkups, we sometimes have problems that crop up between visits requiring treatment for both 

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Prevent Canine Distemper & Roundworms

Canine distemper and roundworms are two of the more serious health conditions that can affect your dog's quality of life or even cut it short. While many dog owners are firmly committed to preventive care and routine vaccinations, some are not aware of the damage these conditions can do if left untreated. This is important to understand in case you're ever tempted to skip a vaccine or not bring your dog in for her annual check-up because she seems perfectly healthy.

What is Canine Distemper?
Canine distemper is a serious illness spread by dog-to-dog contact through saliva, urine, or blood. Your dog could pick up the virus by simply sharing a food bowl or being in a close proximity when an infected dog sneezes. Once the virus is inside of your dog, it affects his central nervous system as well as his respiratory and gastrointestinal systems. Some of the first symptoms of canine distemper include:

Sneezing

Coughing

Thick mucus discharge from the nose or eyes

Fever

Lethargy

Loss of appetite

Vomiting

Diarrhea

If you adopt a new puppy, she should have the first distemper vaccine by eight weeks old. Your veterinarian at Grantsburg Animal Hospital will recommend a series of boosters based on your dog’s breed, age, and other individual factors. It's important to do your part to ensure that actual cases of this serious canine illness remain rare.

Preventing Roundworm Infestation in Dogs
Roundworms are common intestinal parasites in dogs than can cause serious health consequences. Because they live in a dog's intestinal tract and feed off his nutrients, an infected dog does not get the nutrition he needs to live a long and healthy life. Roundworms may also be present in your dog's lungs, making it impossible for him to breathe normally. Some of the typical indications that your dog has roundworms include:

Persistent coughing

Pot-bellied appearance

Dull appearance of the fur

Diarrhea

Weight loss

While there is not a preventive vaccine for roundworms, it's important to stay current with your dog's medication to keep roundworms out of her. Because every dog is different, we recommend that you speak to your regular veterinarian at Grantsburg about the best roundworm prevention product for your pet. Once you find the right de-wormer medication for your dog, you can set up automatic shipments from our online store according to the recommended schedule. 

Visit Us at Least Once a Year for Preventive Care

 

We recommend that adult dogs come in for a wellness exam annually. Senior dogs and puppies typically need more frequent check-ups. This gives us the opportunity to spot any health problems with your dog and begin treating them right away. It’s also a chance for you to review your dog’s vaccine and medication schedule to ensure that what we have in place still works for him. We look forward to seeing you and your dog at his next appointment.

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Presents from Your Pet

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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Grantsburg
Animal Hospital
866 S Pine St
Grantsburg, WI 54840
(715) 463-2536
 
 
 
 
 
Wild River
Veterinary Clinic
140 Evergreen Square SW
Pine City, WI 55063
(320) 629-7474
 
 
 
 
 
Frederic
Veterinary Clinic
1502 300th Ave
Frederic, WI 54837
(715) 327-8128
 

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Exciting news about our equine practice!

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Dr. Greg Palmquist is excited to announce that Grantsburg Animal Hospital has sold the equine portion of our practice to Sunrise Equine Veterinary Clinic, in North Branch, MN.  Dr. Kirsten and Jeremy Frederickson purchased the equine practice on December 18th and will immediately start providing equine veterinary care to all our former clients.  Sunrise Equine Veterinary Clinic’s phone number is 651-583-2162. Please call them with any questions, appointments, or to say hello! 

In addition to Dr. Kirsten Frederickson, Sunrise Equine Veterinary Clinic also employs Dr. Michelle Wiberg.  They will be hiring a third equine doctor in July to help provide veterinary care to your horses.  Until July, Dr. Greg will be helping with some equine emergencies during their busy times. 

Sunrise Equine Veterinary Clinic is a full-service equine specialty practice that provides both ambulatory services and a heated haul-in treatment facility.  Their mission statement is as follows:  At Sunrise Equine we are committed to helping improve the lives of horses and their owners.  We work collaboratively to apply our knowledge and skills, and to educate our clients.  We are here for owners and horses at their time of need and will advocate for the best interest of both.  We work ethically and with integrity in all that we do.  http://www.sunriseequine.com/

Dr. Greg Palmquist and his staff are confident that the doctors at Sunrise Equine will provide excellent service to all of Grantsburg Animal Hospital’s former equine clientele.Their only focus is equine; and they can provide many more services to horses and their owners.  They will provide superb veterinary care for your horses! Grantsburg Animal Hospital will help Sunrise Equine with a meeting at The Lodge at Crooked Lake, Siren, WI, this winter.  Watch your mail, e-mail, and Facebook for more details!

Dr. Greg and Kathy Palmquist and all the employees at GAH, want to thank you for the opportunity to provide veterinary service to you and your horses the past 33 years!  We will miss you and we hope to see you and your dogs and cats at Grantsburg Animal Hospital, Wild River Veterinary Clinic, or Frederic Veterinary Clinic!  It was a joy to work for all of you!  Happy New Year! 

 

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