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Preventative Care

Pet Wellness

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If you're wondering how to give your pet health, happiness and longevity, the secret is preventive care.

At Truesdell Animal Care Hospital & Clinic, our wellness services go above and beyond for your pet's complete wellness. With customized wellness plans designed to meet the unique healthcare needs of puppies and kittens, adult pets and senior pets, we are able to maximize your companion's health during each unique stage of their life.

By keeping a close eye on health trends over the years, we are able to best serve your forever friend. Catching conditions sooner is hugely important to your pet's health! With preventive care we can do just that, allowing for a much smoother treatment and recovery period. Keep in mind, what happens at home is equally, if not more, important than what happens at our office! To promote the healthiest pet 365 days a year, we educate our clients on the best at-home practices each time they visit us.

We are only a phone call away! If you have any questions or would like to learn more about how our wellness services can benefit your pet, feel free to give us a call at 608-244-2555.



There are harmful viral and bacterial diseases out there, but many are entirely preventable with vaccines. At Truesdell Animal Care Hospital & Clinic, we offer all core vaccines that are needed, if not mandatory, for all pets. When determining non-core vaccines, we take a look at your pet's lifestyle, medical history and risk of exposure. Vaccines not only benefit your pet's overall health, but also avoids potentially costly treatments later on. For the most effective protection, your family furball should begin vaccines at an early age.

In the state of Wisconsin, rabies vaccines and tags are required of all pets! If you are unsure if your pet is up-to-date on their rabies vaccine, please call our office at 608-244-2555 and we will gladly check your records.


Core Vaccinations


  • Rabies: This disease is deadly. Vaccination is required by law if your dog is 3 months or older.
  • DA2PP: Prevents four dangerous diseases: distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus and parainfluenza. Most dogs will be exposed at some point during their life, so vaccination is critical.
    • Distemper: With no known cure, this virus inflicts your dog's respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous system.
    • Adenovirus Type II: Also known as canine hepatitis, this virus leads to respiratory disease associated with kennel cough and liver failure, which is fatal in puppies.
    • Parvovirus: Highly contagious, parvovirus damages the intestines, causing severe diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration. Unvaccinated pets younger than 6 months are most at risk.
    • Parainfluenza: This infection can lead to kennel cough and water in the brain.


  • Rabies: This disease is deadly. Vaccination is required by law if your cat is 3 months or older.
  • FVRCP: Prevents four dangerous airborne diseases: rhinotracheitis, calcivirus and distemper. Most cats will be exposed to these conditions during their life, so vaccination is critical.
    • Rhinotracheitis: Causing upper respiratory and pulmonary infections, this virus is highly contagious. Causing severe infections such as pneumonia and even death, kittens are most at risk.
    • Calcivirus: A viral infection that causes severe respiratory infections.
    • Feline Distemper: Highly contagious and life-threatening, this viral infection attacks a cat's blood cells leading to anemia and susceptibility to other diseases and illnesses.


Non-Core Vaccinations


  • Bordetella: Kennel cough is highly transmissible in dogs that are kenneled, groomed, shown or around other dogs, and causes a dry hacking cough that can inflict your pet for 6 weeks or more.
  • Lyme: Transmitted by ticks, Lyme disease causes fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, lameness, immobility and inflamed lymph nodes.
  • Leptospirosis: Easily transmitted between dogs, wildlife and people, this virus causes fever, vomiting and liver and kidney disease.


  • FeLV/FIV: Feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus are retroviruses that are easily spread through direct contact. Seriously suppressing the immune system, these chronic diseases lead to severe infection, anemia and cancer.


Canine Influenza Vaccine

In April 2015, a case of canine influenza was confirmed in Dane County by the University of Wisconsin. Initially, this case was presumed to be a different strain of Canine Influenza (A H3N8), however, testing proved the strain to be Canine Influenza A H3N2. Thousands of dogs in the United States have been infected, including countless dogs in our area.

Since the initial outbreak, the rate of infection has decreased in the Chicago area, however, some outbreaks are still happening. In May 2016, more than 100 cases of the H3N2 strain have been reported in our area, a few of which have been fatal. It is always our aim to keep our patients safe and healthy. We advise you to check out the information below, so you can make an informed decision of your dog's risk. If you believe your dog is at risk of acquiring Canine Influenza A H3N2, give us a call at 608-244-2555.

If your dog is showing signs of a respiratory infection, please call us right away and we will do our best to fit you in for an examination the same day. Until we can see your pet, we strongly urge you to keep them separated from other dogs and to thoroughly disinfect contaminated areas.

What is it?

  • Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) results in flu-like symptoms similar to kennel cough.
  • Scientists believe that strain H3N2 originated in birds in Asia before being transmitted to dogs.
  • Although this infection is not transmissible to humans, it can be transmitted to cats.


  • Canine influenza is spread through direct contact and lingers in the environment for 1-2 days. It is possible for common disinfectants to kill the virus.
  • Dogs are highly contagious for 10-14 days following the first signs of infection, but most infectious during the 2-4 day incubation period.
  • Some dogs are infected, but show no symptoms. This makes them silent carriers.


  • Sick dogs will experience a persistent cough, thick nasal discharge, eye discharge, fever, lack of appetite and lethargy.
  • In severe cases, pneumonia and a high fever can be fatal.
  • Dogs younger than 1 year or older than 7 years are most at risk for developing severe illness.


  • Diagnosis is made through respiratory secretions with a PCR test or testing antibody levels.


  • A new 'lifestyle' vaccine has been designed to protect your dog against canine influenza H3N2. This is separate from the canine influenza H3N8 vaccine.
  • Most dogs regain health in 2-3 weeks.
  • Not all dogs need medication, but an antibiotic may be necessary if your dog has a fever, cough, yellow nasal discharge or pneumonia. The most severe cases require hospitalization and supportive care, intravenous antibiotics and/or oxygen therapy.


  • Being around other dogs puts a dog at risk, meaning most dogs have some risk of infection, i.e. walking with other dogs, dog parks, training classes, day care, and grooming & boarding.
  • If you plan to board or groom your pet with us, these vaccines are mandatory.
  • Consider your pet's risk of exposure, and decide if vaccinating your pet for both strains is needed to keep them safe.


Parasite Prevention

When it comes to parasites, prevention is the best medicine. Parasites like fleas, ticks, intestinal worms, and heartworms are a threat year round. That's why our doctors recommend annual parasite testing, continuous year-round preventatives, and parasite control in and around your home.

Fleas & Ticks

Fleas can cause skin allergies, Bartonella, and carry tapeworms. In serious cases, fleas can cause anemia and even death. Fleas produce up to 40-50 eggs a day! Controlling infestation is critical.

Ticks can transmit bacteria that cause Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Ticks are most prevalent in wooded and grassy areas and crawl onto the skin below the knee. The sooner a tick is removed, the less likely it is to transmit bacteria, so be sure to check your pet for ticks during daily grooming and after being in risky areas.

Wisconsin has one of the highest rates of Lyme disease in the country, which is another reason why it's so important to keep up with year round preventatives. We now offer an improved Lyme vaccine that is 92.2% effective!

Intestinal Parasites

Intestinal parasites like roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms are extremely common in dogs and cats, especially puppies and kittens. Worms are easily spread through contact with contaminated soil and the stool of other pets. This means your pet can contract intestinal parasites simply by going outside. However, infection is easily prevented!

People can be infected, too. This means proper prevention protects your family as well! Children have the highest rates of infection due to lack of hygiene after playtime. Infection in humans can range from mild dermatitis to severe illness. To prevent exposure, wash your hands frequently after interacting with animals, wear gloves when handling pet waste, and pick up and dispose of pet waste properly and promptly.


Transmitted by mosquitos, a single mosquito bite puts a pet at risk for heartworm infection without proper prevention. Heartworm larvae will develop into foot-long worms that infest the heart, lungs, and blood vessels. Overtime, this causes significant and irreversible organ damage, lung disease, and heart failure. Dogs are natural hosts, but cats can become infected, too.

In most cases, there are little to no outward symptoms until disease progression is advanced and fatal. Advanced symptoms of heartworm infection include labored breathing, coughing, lethargy, and weight loss.



Even if you're the most careful pet parent, accidents happen.

During these stressful times, we want to make sure your pet has the most foolproof identification. As pain-free and quick as a routine vaccination, a microchip implanted between your pet's shoulder blades stores your contact information. This makes the chances of a reunion much greater!

If your forever friend is ever lost or stolen, do not give up hope! Animal shelters and veterinary facilities nationwide are equipped with special scanners, so if your pet is found you will be contacted right away. This is such a relief because unlike collars and ID tags, microchips stay with your pet forever. Still, we recommend using all forms of identification for the safest pet. If you ever move or change phone numbers, be sure to update your pet's microchip!


Nutrition & Weight Management


Understanding your pet's food label is no easy task.

We don't want nutrition and weight management to be a mystery. To make sure your pet is being fed the most healthful diet, we are always available to offer professional advice and guidance. Diets are recommended based on your pet's unique nutritional needs, considering their age, weight, health status, lifestyle and breed.

Obesity in pets is a growing concern. Extra pounds can lead to health conditions that not only lessen your pet's quality of life, but shorten their lifespan! If your pet is overweight or obese, we will offer advice on how often to feed them, portion control and how to get them more physically active. We strongly urge our clients to not share human food with your pet to avoid allergies, obesity and toxins.

If your pet suffers from conditions such as obesity, food allergies, renal failure, bladder stones, kidney stones or liver disease, a nutritious diet can do wonders in minimizing symptoms and relieving pain. Importantly, if your pets eating habits or weight change unexpectedly, call us right away!


House Calls

When your pet needs veterinary care, let us come to you.

We understand that for some people and their pets, house calls are the best option. With our house-call services, you and your forever friend can stay in the comfort of your own home while we bring our high-quality services right to your door.

  • Routine Veterinary Care & Services
  • Wellness Exams
  • Vaccines
  • Lab work
  • Euthanasia


Behavioral Counseling

Pets cannot communicate with us, making behavioral issues frustrating and often times a mystery. Behavior modification is challenging, but it is worth saving the bond between you and your pet. If your pet is exhibiting unpleasant behavior such as house soiling or aggression, it is stressful for everyone in your household. Bad behavior is the top reason pets are given up to shelters and we don't want your pet to be one of them! We are trained to offer advice for an array of behavioral problems such as:

  • House Training
  • Aggression & Biting
  • Fear & Anxiety
  • Destructive Behavior
  • Jumping
  • Digging

To overcome unwanted behaviors, we first need to understand why your pet is acting out. It is not uncommon for behavioral problems to be linked to hidden health conditions. We will perform a complete physical exam to ensure symptoms of illness and disease are not confused with bad behavior. Consider the following scenarios:

  • A cat suddenly stops using their litterbox due to a UTI or bladder stones.
  • A dog barks excessively once you leave the house due to separation anxiety.

If your pet's behavior is not due to a health concern, we will work with you to address your pet's unfavorable behavior. Behavior modification can be approached in a variety of ways such as rewards, positive reinforcement, training or a specialized plan.


In-House Store

Home to an in-house store, we conveniently have a number of pet essentials available for purchase at our very own facility. From parasite prevention to prescription diets, we have your pet covered. If your pet is on a prescription diet, we carry Hill's, Purina and Royal Canin. At times, we may not have a product you need in-stock. If this happens, we will happily direct you to our online store!


Online Store

We pride ourselves on providing our clients and their pets with superior medicine at an affordable price. Our online store is well-stocked with a variety of products that are from trusted suppliers, pharmacies, manufacturers and compounding labs.

We recommend that all of our clients use our online store rather than other online sites to avoid counterfeit products that may be detrimental to their pet's health. If we do not have a product that your pet needs in stock, we will happily order the product for you and in most cases the product can be delivered within a few days.