Food for Thought

 

 
 
 
 
   
 
March is National Pet Nutrition Month.
 
   
 
Click here or call (800) 924-0588 to request an appointment.
 
 
   
 
Choosing the right dog food can seem like a pretty big task when you look down the pet food aisle. The options seem endless, and how do you know what is right for your pooch? There are a few things you can do to narrow the options. 
 
Choose by age. A growing dog will have different nutritional needs than a small or senior dog.  
 
Activity level. The more your dog exercises, the more food she will need to consume to stay healthy. 
 
Health considerations. A sick dog has different nutritional needs than a healthy one. 
 
Consult with us. Finding the right food for your dog's age and health is just the beginning. We can also help you figure out the right portions to feed your dog. Together, we can keep your pup healthy and trim! 
 
   
 
Click or call (see above) to schedule an appointment TODAY!
 
 
     
 
 
 
 
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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Dental Issues

 

 
 
 
 
   
 
February is National Pet Dental Health Month.
 
   
 
Click here or call (800) 924-0588 to request an appointment.
 
 
   
 
You love seeing your dog flash a smile. Keep your pup smiling by keeping an eye out for signs of dental issues before they become a bigger problem.  
 
Bad breath. Persistent bad breath that is worse than usual may be a sign of a bigger issue.
 
Swollen or bleeding gums.
 
Discolored teeth and excessive drooling.
 
Behavior. Your dog may struggle with eating because of pain, which may cause him to be more lethargic or grumpier than normal. 
 
If you notice any of these signs of poor dental health, contact us to schedule your pup's next dental visit. Taking preventive action can help your dog avoid future health problems.
 
   
 
15% OFF A DENTAL EXAMINATION through February 2015!
Click or call (see above) to schedule an appointment TODAY! 
 
   
 
                       
 
 

 

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Myths and Facts about Spaying and Neutering

When it comes to spaying and neutering your pet, there's many myths out there. That's not to say that everything you've heard isn't true. Let us break it down for you and explain the top 5 myths of spaying and neutering your pet.

Myth 1: It's expensive. There are many low-cost options for spaying/neutering. In fact, we offer very low-cost spaying/neutering options.

Myth 2: You'll find homes for all of your newborn puppies/kitties. Sure, maybe you will find a place for each of them to live. However, you can't control what happens once they are in those new homes. What if they aren't a good fit? What if there are unknown allergies? What if they can't afford to properly care for the new pet? You are only able to control what happens to your own pet in your own home. 

Myth 3: It's healthier for my female to have her first litter before I spay her. This is false. Evidence stated by HumaneSociety.org states that it's actually easier on her body and overall health if she is spayed before her first heat.

Myth 4: Spaying/neutering will change my pet's behavior. If there are any changes, they'll be positive! Your pet will be less aggressive, less distracted and less frustrated. It will no longer be fighting it's natural urge to mate.

Myth 5: My pet will become fat. Spaying/neutering plays no role in the weight of your pet. Fitness/diet does. Just continue to feed your pet proper proportions and keep them active and you will not have to worry about them becoming overweight.

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Why Spay or Neuter Your Pet?

There are so many benefits that go along with spaying and neutering your pet, we hardly know where to begin! Let's break it down and talk about just a few of the many, many reasons why spaying/neutering is the way to go.   

  • It's good for the community. Pet overpopulation is a major problem in the United States. There are many perfectly adoptable pets that are living on the streets or in animal shelters. Many of these animals (one about every 11 seconds) will be put to sleep because of overcrowding.
  • Spaying and neutering provides major health benefits for both female and male animals. One of the largest health benefits that results from spaying/neutering is a greatly reduced chance of your pet developing cancer. 
  • When your pet is not spayed or neutered, they are often feeling the need to search for a mate and may run away to do. They are also more aggressive and frustrated. If you spay or neuter them, they will be less distracted, more easy to train and an overall happier pet.
  • Your community is spending millions of tax dollars each year to care for unwanted, uncared for or neglected animals. This can all be greatly reduced if pet overpopulation is reduced.

   These are just a few of the many reasons why spaying/neutering is the best option for any pet. If you're interested in learning more about what spaying/neutering is, and the truths and myths that go along with it, look at some of our articles on our Grantsburg Animal Hospital blog page. We love to keep you informed!

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