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Canine Care

Whether your dog is a youngster, a senior citizen, or any age in between, we’re committed to helping you through every phase of their life! Pet ownership is rewarding, fun, but certainly can provoke some questions! Please find the helpful information below to ensure you & your pet live a happy & healthy life together! As always, please call us at 715-344-6311 for any assistance or questions you may have.

Canine Vaccines

Choosing the right vaccination program for your dog can be a difficult and
sometimes confusing subject. Vaccine recommendations and frequency of
vaccination vary depending on the lifestyle of the dog being vaccinated.
Considerations may include indoor pets vs. outdoor pets, pets that travel, pets that
stay at kennels, or pets with underlying disease conditions. Because these factors
may change over time, we will be evaluating your pet’s risk of disease and making
recommendations on a yearly basis, generally at the time of your dog’s annual or
bi-annual exam.

Please be sure to tell your veterinarian of changes in your dog’s
medical history, as well as any medications your dog may be receiving. Vaccines
are broken down into two categories, Core and Non-Core vaccines. Core vaccines
are recommended for all dogs and puppies; the diseases involved in core vaccines
have a high risk of causing illness and even death. Non-Core vaccines are vaccinations that should be considered depending on the lifestyle of the pet. We also offer vaccine titers for Canine Distemper and Parvovirus when necessary. Learn more about our canine vaccines below!

Core Vaccines


Rabies is a deadly disease for any dog exposed and is a major public health concern. Although many people believe indoor-only dogs and cats are not exposed to the risk of rabies, in Portage County alone, multiple indoor-only pets have been exposed by bats entering the home. Because of the potential for human exposure, Rabies Vaccination is required by law in most parts of the country.

Canine Distemper




None-Core Vaccines

Infectious Tracheobronchitis

Tracheobronchitis more commonly referred to as Kennel Cough, is an infection
resulting in inflammation of the upper airways. This illness spreads rapidly among
dogs housed in close confinement. Signs of infection are a harsh dry cough, often
followed by retching and gagging. Though generally thought to be a mild, even
self-limiting disease, kennel cough in puppies, debilitated adults or aged dogs can
lead to secondary infections, damage to the respiratory tract, chronic bronchitis, or
even fatal bronchopneumonia. It is recommended that all dogs and puppies that
are kenneled, groomed, attend dog parks, and/or have exposure to neighborhood
dogs be vaccinated regularly for this disease.



Canine Influenza

Helpful Tips!

When to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

What Are The Medical And Physical Benefits?

Spaying or neutering increases your pet’s chances for a longer and healthier life. In the female, a “spay” is actually a ovariohysterectomy. By surgically removing the ovaries and uterus, the female pet:

  • Cannot become pregnant, thus avoiding accidental or unwanted litters.
  • Will not continue her unpleasant estrus (heat) cycle(s).
  • Will not develop uterine infections and diseases including pyometra (a life threatening bacterial uterine infection).
  • Will eliminate the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer and greatly reduce the risk of mammary cancer. (Mammary cancer is the leading cause of death in intact female dogs).

In the male, neutering procedure is a castration. Both testicles are surgically removed. Some of the medical and behavioral benefits of a neutered male include:

  • Reducing the incidence of prostate disorders including cancer, prostatitis (inflammation) or prostatic hypertrophy (enlargement).
  • Reducing the likelihood of behaviors such as roaming the neighborhood, resource guarding or getting into fights.
  • Neutered male cats are less likely to spray odorous urine and mark territory.

What About The Pet Overpopulation Problem?

Every pet owner is responsible for minimizing the tremendous pet overpopulation
problem. Every year, millions of unwanted dogs and cats are destroyed across the
nation; please do your part by spaying or neutering your pet.

At What Age Should My Pet Be Spayed Or Neutered?

This question should be discussed with your veterinarian as every pet has specific
needs but there are general guidelines.

For dogs we are recommended waiting until they are closer to 1 year of age so that
they have full growth potential and benefits from their hormones unless there are
unwanted behaviors. For female dogs having them spayed before their 2nd heat
cycle SIGNIFICANTLY decreases their risk for mammary cancer later in life.

Can My Older Pet Be Spayed Or Neutered?

Age does not usually add risk to the procedures. However, our Doctors recommend
pre-surgical blood testing to evaluate kidney, liver and heart function as a
precautionary measure.

What About My Pet’s Safety During Surgery?

If your pet needs surgery at Oakview Veterinary Medical Center, you can rest
assured that they will have all of the benefits that modern veterinary medicine can
provide. Your pet’s temperature, pulse, respiration, anesthetic flows and other vital
functions are continually monitored throughout the procedure until recovery, and
most importantly they have dedicated veterinary technician/assistant dedicated to
their care and safety. There is always some risk when undergoing anesthesia and
safety is our primary concern, so our surgical suite and laboratory are equipped
with several diagnostic instruments to assist us in monitoring your pet’s condition at
all times.

All patients are required to have a pre-anesthetic blood panel to help assess their
anesthetic risk. It is important to know if they have any underlying health
conditions prior to anesthesia. The laboratory panels will be tailored for each
patient depending on life stage and the procedure they are having performed.

Will My Pet Become Lazy And Overweight?

Cats and dogs become overweight and un-ambitious because of improper diet,
exercise and training. Spaying and neutering may affect your pet’s metabolism;
however supervising the amount of calories being fed will control weight gain.
Make sure that they have transitioned off the puppy/kitten diets to adult foods once
they are spayed/neutered.

Shouldn’t A Female Have A Litter First?

No. There aren’t any medical advantages in allowing your pet to have a litter of
puppies or kittens. Litters of puppies and kittens can be very time consuming and
costly as well.

Will A Spayed Female Dog Become A Poor Hunter, Mean Or Snappy?

Spaying a female will not change her temperament, nor does it affect hunting or
obedience training ability. This procedure will not alter a dog’s inborn or acquired
instincts or traits. In fact, without the distraction of a sex drive, a spayed female
may concentrate harder.

For More Detailed Information Please Visit:

Spaying Your Female Dog

Spaying Your Female Cat

What Is A Pyometra In A Female Dog Or Cat?

Neutering Your Male Dog

Neutering Your Male Cat

If you have any questions about spaying, neutering or your pet’s health care, please contact our hospital.

When To Call The Vet


Pets on the Go

Pet Proofing

We understand that a pet is part of the family. Our goal is to provide each one with
a long, healthy, and happy life. The day your pet enters our hospital it becomes part
of our family too. From new puppy and kittens to graying seniors, we are there
every step of the way. Pet ownership can host an array of surprises, that’s why we
recommend Pet Insurance to all of our clients. Check out Pawlicy to find the best pet insurance for your family!

For more information on keeping the pets in your life the happiest, we recommend checking out the CDC’s healthy pets page here:

Canine Care in Plover, WI

To schedule your pet’s appointment, please give us a call at 715-344-6311