Gentle Healer Pet Clinic

10 things that could add yours to your dog's life
#1 Healthy food, healthy weight
Feed your pet on a set schedule. Vegetables for a midday snack are great. 
#2 Stay Active
Get your dog the exercise it needs by taking him/her jogging, walking, running or even playing ball on a regular basis.  Try to adopt a schedule so they can get the mental stimulation and physical activity they need.
#3 Put yourself out there
Dogs and people are social creatures who cannot live in isolation for a long period of time.  Dogs benefit from spending time with other dogs.  If you are dealing with dog-dog aggression, and find yourself nervous about getting him/her out there, seek professional training.  Chances are your dog is feeding off your nerves and would actually enjoy the socialization.
#4 Give affection
Dogs need positive interaction like humans to survive. 
#5 Keep a clean and healthy home

Maintaining a home environment that is free of toxins and harmful chemicals will lessen the chances that your dog will become ill or develop allergies.
#6 Build a relationship with your dog
As your relationship grows, so does your mutual health when the right routines are established for both you and your pet.

Not only will getting your male dog neutered lengthen and improve his quality of life, it will also help to prevent unwanted behaviors such as spraying or territorial marking, fighting with others males, and wandering away from home.  Neutering/spaying can also protect both males and females from developing health issues due to hormones as they age.
#8 Take care of your dog's teeth

This could not be stressed more.  Tooth decay is common, but is can lead to other health problems for your pet.  Brush your dog's teeth as much as possible.  There are bones and toys that can really help improve your pet's dental hygiene. 
#9 Let your dog relax
While it's important to love yoru dog, they also need time to relax and be independent.  A dog can become stressed if they're constantly anxious or on the go.
#10 Get checkups and vaccinations
These yearly checkups give your vet a chance to catch any diseases, infections or health problems that could be potentially detrimental later on.  

Licking, biting, scratching, chewing...oh my!  Its a hot spot! 
What is a hot spot? 
A hot spot is a raw, moist sore on a dog's skin, usually surrounded by matted fur.  The sore occurs when a dog is persistently licking, biting, scratching or chewing on an area of their body, causing damage to the skin and ultimately creating an oozing sore. A flea allergy is the most common cause of hot spots. 
What causes a hot spot you ask? 
Good question, most hot spots are due to some sort of irritant or allergen in the environment that caused the dog to itch, such as fleas, food or treats, or other environmental nuisances, like dust or pollen.  Sometimes hot spots can be associated with matted fur or a lack of proper grooming. 

Oh no, what do I do?
Take your pet to the veterinarian as soon as possible.  Hot spots are very uncomfortable and painful.  When you do see a hot spot starting, try to keep it clean and covered until you can get your pet to the vet, especially in the summer time.  Open wounds attract flies and with flies come MAGGOTS (ewwww gross)!


When examining your dog, remember—depending on its species and life stage, a tick can be as small as a pencil point, or as large as a bean (if it’s engorged). If you find a tick on the coat that hasn’t attached yet, just brush or pick it off and dispose of it. If you find a tick attached to your pet’s skin, don’t panic—it doesn’t necessarily mean disease.

 However, it’s important to remove the tick properly.

When ticks feed, they insert their mouthparts into the skin, and these need to be removed along with the rest of the tick to avoid risk of infection.
Do it yourself tick removal:

1. Don’t apply any substances (alcohol, etc.) to the tick hoping it will let go—it won’t.

2. Wear latex gloves to protect your hands.

3. Use sharp, pointed tweezers or special tick tweezers (ask your veterinarian).

4. Grasp the tick as close to its embedded mouthparts as possible, next to your pet’s skin. Do not grasp or squeeze the tick’s head or body—this can help expel more organisms into your pet.  If the part of the head is left in, don't worry, your dogs body will see it as a foreign body and eventually push it out.

5. Pull straight out with a slow, steady motion. Don’t twist or turn the tick as you go, as this may disconnect the head or mouthparts.

6. Keep the tick in a clean jar or container so you can take it to your veterinarian for identification. Knowing what species it was helps to determine risks of disease transmission.

7. Once the tick is removed, wash the bite area with mild soap and warm water. Keep an eye on it over the next several days for signs of irritation or infection. It should clear up in a few days—if not, see your veterinarian.

An Engorged Tick

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If there is an emergency with your pet during a time when our clinic is closed, please call the

Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center
360 Bluemound Rd Waukesha

706 Market St
Watertown WI 53098



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