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Tues/Thurs: 8am to 7 pm
Fri: 8am - 5 pm
Saturday: 8am to 1pm
Sunday: Closed
May 24th: Closed after 12pm
1040 Fond du Lac Avenue
Kewaskum, WI 53040-9583
Phone: (262) 626-2380
FAX: (262) 626-8169
Email: kewaskumveterinary@gmail.com

Welcome to Kewaskum Veterinary Clinic!

Nurturing the bond between pets and their families.

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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We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients.

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The Physical and Mental Health Benefits of Having Pets

2018-07-09

Pet owners believe that their lives are enriched by owning a pet, but did you know even the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests that having a pet is good for you? Pet ownership and companionship can prevent you from feeling lonely, give you more opportunities for socialization, and give you a sense of love and pride from taking such good care of your pet. In fact, just petting your dog or cat can immediately lower your stress level!

Pets have been proven to lower anxiety and depression, especially for people who are prone to these mental health conditions or who have suffered through a traumatic event. One reason for this is that the presence of a pet changes a person’s focus from his or her inward thoughts to taking care of a dependent animal.

Sharing your life and home with a dog, cat, or other four-legged or feathered friend offers many important physical health benefits as well. According to the CDC, some of these include reduced blood pressure, reduced triglyceride level, and reduced cholesterol. Additionally, owning a dog provides opportunities for you to get out of the house and exercise by taking your dog for a walk. Even playing with your cat can give you some much-needed physical activity.

 

Before You Make the Commitment

As wonderful as these benefits are, make sure that you’re ready for the responsibilities of pet ownership if you’re thinking about bringing a new animal into your home. For example, consider whether you have the time, patience, and energy to housetrain a new puppy or deal with the behavioral issues of a cat who suffered neglect in his last home. It’s important to understand that bringing a pet home is a lifetime commitment that can be as long as 20 years.

Kewaskum Vet also recommends that you spend time researching the health, nutrition, behavior, and exercise needs of the specific breed of pet you want to adopt. The better prepared you are at the beginning, the more likely it is you will experience all of the physical and emotional benefits of having a pet in your home. Plus, your preparation will help ease your new incoming new family member’s transition, too!

 

How to Help Your Pet Remain Mentally Sharp

Pets age much more quickly than humans do. In fact, dogs age the equivalent of 15 years for the first year and varying years, depending on size, for every year after that. That means you will be dealing with middle-aged and senior health issues in years, not decades. Fortunately, you can do several things to help your dog, cat, or other pet keep a sharp mind well into her senior years. 

Food puzzles and toys that require your pet to problem-solve before receiving a treat are both a great option. Setting aside time each day for exercise and personal interaction with your pet is important as well. If you really want to see your pet think, hide a toy somewhere in the house and tell him to go find it. Placing a treat in or near the toy will emit a smell that allows your pet to follow his nose.

We offer several toys for mental stimulation in our online store. Our veterinarians are also happy to answer your questions and offer suggestions for other activities you can do with your pet to increase mental stimulation. Additionally, with regular exams, we’ll be able to help you on this journey and address pet health concerns at their most treatable stages. Call us at (262) 626-2380 to make your pet’s appointment.
 

Article Sources:

“Healthy Pets, Healthy People.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2 Feb. 2018, www.cdc.gov/healthypets/health-benefits/index.html.“How to Figure Out Your Dog's Age.” WebMD, WebMD, pets.webmd.com/dogs/how-to-calculate-your-dogs-age.

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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.

    K.K. - Facebook Review
  • 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'!

    T.J. - Facebook Review
  • 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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