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1040 Fond du Lac Avenue
Kewaskum, WI 53040-9583
Phone: (262) 626-2380
FAX: (262) 626-8169
Email: kewaskumveterinary@gmail.com

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We celebrate the bond between pets and their owners by working together as a team to provide quality, progressive, and compassionate medical care.  We focus on improving the quality and minimizing the pain and suffering for all patients entrusted to us.


 

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Pet Safety In Warmer Temps

2018-05-09

As a pet owner, you look forward to the warmer spring weather because it means you can finally spend more time outdoors with your furry friend. Unfortunately, it also means more exposure to environmental hazards for your dog or cat. This requires awareness of these dangers and active steps on your part to help your pet avoid them.
 

Blue-Green Algae

Cyanobacteria, more commonly known as blue-green algae, are microscopic in size and located in ponds, streams, and freshwater lakes. They can be extremely toxic to dogs, cats, horses, birds, and cows. Diarrhea, vomiting, seizures, breathing difficulty, skin and mucous membrane discoloration, and disorientation are some of the most serious symptoms associated with blue-green algae. Severe poisoning can cause death, so it’s essential to contact your veterinary team at Kewaskum Vet immediately if you suspect that your pet has ingested this, or if your pet is exhibiting any symptoms.

 

Fishing Lure Hazards

As you bring out your fishing gear, make sure to keep tackle and boxes out of reach of your curious canine, who likely is drawn to them by their scent. A lure can easily become embedded in your pet’s mouth or swallowed. Should this happen to your pet, please do not try to remove it on your own. Call us immediately. We may sedate your pet prior to an x-ray to help him or her  from preventing further damage to their existing injury.

Unfortunately, not all anglers clean up after their fishing expeditions. Be wary of beaches and docks which may contain left-behind lures. Our pets are unable to recognize the dangers, and this is a situation where you need to see the environment through your pet’s eyes.

 

Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis is a disease commonly carried by raccoons. Dogs typically acquire the bacteria that causes leptospirosis through contact with infected urine, water, or soil, often left behind by raccoons. Pregnant dogs can pass the bacteria to their puppies and the disease can also affect humans.

Common symptoms including shivering, fever, appetite loss, vomiting, diarrhea, jaundice, and eye inflammation. 

Treatment typically consists of a combination of supportive care and antibiotics. We will recommend the Leptospirosis vaccination for your pet if he has an exposure risk to the bacteria.
 

Rabies

An unvaccinated pet can acquire rabies when he or she receives a bite from an infected wild animal or has contact with its saliva. As with Leptospirosis, one common carrier of rabies include raccoons. An infected animal with saliva on its paw can transmit rabies to your pet with just a scratch. It then takes up to 60 days for the virus to travel to your pet’s central nervous system. 

Typical symptoms include behavioral changes, seizures, disorientation, paralysis of the back legs, and appetite loss. No cure for rabies currently exists, which means animals in advanced stages must be euthanized. Rabies vaccinations are effective in prevention. If your pet needs his or her vaccination, contact us at (262) 626-2380 to schedule an appointment.

 

Water Safety

Many dogs love swimming and going for a boat ride, especially when it means more time to spend with you! If you allow your dog to go swimming in open water, make sure that you’re no more than an arm’s length away, in case he or she starts to struggle. It’s also a good idea to invest in a dog-sized lifejacket for boating and being around water. Never assume that your dog instinctively knows how to swim because this simply isn’t true of all breeds.

Additionally, be aware that your dog can get an ear infection from swimming. Dog breeds with floppy ears, such as golden retrievers and cocker spaniels, are even more susceptible to this problem. Indications of an ear infection can include head shaking, odor, inflammation, and scaly skin near the ear. Be sure to let your dog’s ears dry out after swimming and clean them often to prevent infection. If you notice any signs of ear infection, please give us a call, as this is highly uncomfortable and painful for your pet.

We hope the above tips will help you enjoy a happy and healthy outdoor season with your pet!
 

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~What Our Clients Say~

  • The entire staff is great. I am so happy with the decision to switch vets. Going to the vet has become a much better experience! Thrilled to have found a staff that knows how important my pet is to me, instead of pinning her down to get their job done quickly, they get down on the ground to her level and make her as comfortable as possible. Thank you for the amazing experience. Will not be switching vets again.

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  • Not a day goes by that I'm not grateful for the excellent care Dr. O and the Kewaskum Vet staff gave to my beloved basset, Coach. A truly awesome group of people that understood a 'basset is an asset'!

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  • Dr. Wagner and the whole staff are just amazing! The attention and care they give to the animals and their owners is just awesome!

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