Pet Tips & Educational Library in La Crosse

Our team at La Crosse Veterinary Clinic wants to help keep your pet friends healthy throughout their entire lives. We know you have questions about health-related topics, such as diet, disease and parasite prevention, and household concerns, so we have created this page to address some of those concerns. If you have additional questions, feel free to call us at (608) 781-3466 before your pet’s next visit. Check out the topics below to learn more about each topic.

Playing Fetch Outside

Seasonal Pet Tips

The changes in weather can be fun, but they can also create potential risks and challenges to pets. Below are some seasonal tips to help keep your pet safe and happy throughout the year.

Parasite Control

Both internal and external parasites can cause a number of health problems for pets, but the good news is that we can help you protect your pet. In addition to intestinal worms, heartworms and ticks are two of the most common parasites seen in pets, see below to learn more.

Heartworm

Heartworm disease is a worldwide concern for both indoor and outdoor pets and is spread by mosquitoes that are infected with one of the life stages of the heartworm. When an infected mosquito bites an animal, the heartworm larvae enter through the bite wound. Over time, these larvae mature into adult worms (internal parasites) in the heart, causing potentially-fatal blockages. La Crosse Veterinary Clinic recommends year round heartworm prevention to protect your pet from heartworms, as well as yearly blood testing to make sure that your pet is free of disease.

Ticks

In our area ticks thrive almost everywhere. However, they are most common in high grass and wooded areas. Ticks are external parasites that usually latch on to the head, neck, ear, or feet areas. If not removed within 24-48 hours, ticks can cause Lyme disease, which can result in depression, fever, lameness, and even kidney failure. In the spring, summer, fall and even winter months when the temperature is just above freezing, always check your pet for ticks when they come in from outside. If you ever find a tick imbedded on your pet, gently grasp it with a pair of tweezers (near the mouthparts where it is attached to your pet, not by the fat part of the tick body) and twist it out, making sure to remove its head and mouth.

Table Foods

While some "people foods" are both harmless and even healthy for pets, there are others that can be toxic. The section below highlights a few foods that are safe/healthy for dogs and cats and some that aren’t.

Dog Eating From Hand

Wellness & Vaccination Informational Handouts

Canine Lifetime of Wellness

Provides information to help keep your dog happy and healthy.

Feline Lifetime of Wellness

Provides information to help keep your cat happy and healthy.

Educational Handouts

Dentistry at La Crosse Veterinary Clinic

Provides helpful information about why dental care is necessary for the lifelong health of your pet.

Explanation of an Itemized Dental Treatment Plan

Provides explanation of your pet's dental treatment plan and why these services are necessary for your pet's comfort and safety.

Surgical Procedures at La Crosse Veterinary Clinic

Addresses safety concerns you may have about your pet's surgical treatment and anesthesia.

Explanation of an Itemized Surgical Treatment Plan

Provides explanation of your pet's surgical treatment plan and why these services are necessary for your pet's comfort and safety.

Calorie Counts

Provides diet and exercise information to keep your pet healthy.

Feline Tooth Resorption

Provides information on a common dental condition in cats.

Why Cats Scratch & Alternatives to Declawing

Provides information about why cats scratch and why you should choose an alternative to declawing.

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