The Wolf River Veterinary Clinic is dedicated to servicing your pet needs. Our goal is to provide compassionate and competent care for your pet. We strive to protect and nourish the special bond that exists between a pet and it's owner and/or family. Since all of the employees of our clinic have numerous pets themselves, we deeply value the importance of animals in our lives and we strive to reflect this in the care of our client's animals.
Cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs and cats, particularly when the animal is over age 10. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 50 percent of senior dogs and 33 percent of senior cats die of some type of cancer. No matter what the age of the pet, a cancer diagnosis often comes as a complete shock to his owner. That is because dogs and cats are good at hiding their symptoms and don't have the ability to verbalize that something is wrong.
As a concerned pet owner, it's up to you to know the signs of cancer so you can seek immediate treatment if your pet displays any of them. While having some of these symptoms doesn't necessarily mean your pet has a tumor, it's always best to have them checked out at Wolf River Veterinary Clinic.
• Abnormal swelling on any part of the body
• Labored breathing
• Difficulty eliminating as usual
• Loss of appetite and/or weight loss
• Inability to chew or swallow food
• Unusual body odors
• Non-healing sores
• Bleeding from any bodily opening
• Walking with a stiff gait
• Not as active as usual and tires easily
While dogs get cancer more often, the disease tends to be more aggressive in cats. Early diagnosis and treatment affords your pet the best chance at sending the cancer into remission.
The Top Five Locations for Cancer in Pets
Skin, mammary gland, head and neck, lymphoma, and testicular cancer are the top five types diagnosed in dogs and cats. With mammary gland cancer, 85 percent of tumors are diagnosed as malignant. However, getting your pet spayed before age one greatly reduces the chances of her developing it. The same is true of testicular cancer, which is common in dogs but rare in cats.
Preventive Care Catches Tumors Early
Your pet doesn't always display symptoms when she has developed cancer. This is one reason that regular veterinary check-ups are so important. We encourage you to visit Wolf River Veterinary Clinic at least once per year for a wellness exam in addition to scheduling an immediate appointment if you notice any of the above symptoms.
Although your cat probably thinks it should be every month, September is officially Happy Healthy Cat Month. The love and care you provide your cat makes a big difference in his longevity and overall well-being. Cats are wonderful companions who really ask for so little in exchange for the purrs, snuggles, and unconditional love. In honor of this special month, here are some things you can do to give your cat the happy life he deserves:
• Provide several places to sleep and hide throughout your home. Cats need a place to retreat when they feel fearful in addition to wanting privacy from time to time.
• Get your cat microchipped and provide her with a collar and identification tag. This greatly increases the chances of a happy reunion should she ever become separated from you.
• Feed your cat nutritious food, limit treats, and make him work for his food sometimes. Place it inside of a toy or in different places around the house to satisfy his natural hunting instinct. This also gives him much-needed exercise.
• Make sure your cat has plenty of toys and spend a few minutes each day playing with her. Cats are just as entertained batting at a piece of string as they are with an expensive toy from the pet store. Playing with your cat encourages exercise, mental stimulation, and the human-feline bond.
• Place scratching posts in a few different areas of your home to give your cat the chance to sharpen his claws as well as release the natural need to scratch. This saves your furniture too.
Regular Veterinary Care is the Most Important of All
A 2013 study by the American Association of Feline Practitioners indicates that more than half of all cats don't see the veterinarian regularly. Although more than 80 percent visit the vet during their first year of life, cat owners seem to only bring them in when they are sick or injured after that. At Wolf River Veterinary Clinic, we encourage all cat owners to schedule a physical exam at least once a year. This is important for early diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of feline diseases as well as to track your cat's growth. Our veterinarians look forward to seeing you and your cat soon.
We adopted our furry boy Driver from the WRVC and have continued seeing them for several years. Every member of the staff takes fantastic care of all their furry customers and their human family members. Whether it is a routine check up or an emergent call about a doggy falling down the stairs, they care deeply and provide excellent care. And, a follow up call to make sure everyone is doing great is greatly appreciated. So thankful for this amazing clinic and staff.
The whole staff is just a wonderful group of people. The follow up calls were unexpected but very much appreciated. We switched all 3 of our dogs to them. We started out going there as an emergency and continued going because of their care and concern for the pets they care for. Thank you
Thank you for wonderful and caring staff. A special thank you for all Dr. Ziegler did for us as we put our beloved dog, Jett down. He answered all our questions (even the ones we asked more than once) and reassured us in our decision.
The WRVC is special to me, not only because of it's staff of professionals, but because of the clinic's community involvement. To the staff animal care and welfare are part of who they are.
Dr. Jim Zeigler is the best. Honest, informative, trustworthy. I have stayed with him even after moving back to Appleton because of my faith in him.
The staff at Wolf River are amazing! A year ago , almost to the date, Dr Ziegler, removed a 10 pound splenic tumor from our Golden Retriever. Everyone at the clinic was so kind, caring and understanding through this very difficult time. We were faced with a very difficult decision, to have the surgery or not, and the staff was so compassionate and forthcoming. Our dog received excellent care and we were continually update on his progress. The staff also worked with our local vet as the work she had done and the follow up care needed. Thank you again and I would highly recommend to all my friends and family.
The staff is so wonderful with our baby. They are kind and slow with her, because she is timid. She stayed for several days when we were out of town. I felt so much better knowing she was a a vet. She came home with an awsome report card! Next time she was in the staff remembered her and she loved all over them. Good people with a heart for the care of my pup.
Love Love Love the clinic. Thank you for fixing our Chipper. Would recommend them to anyone.
Hats off to the entire staff for the excellent care of Bruna after her recent surgery.
Very fortunate to have them in New London.
They ALL treat you like family.
THANK YOU ALL
My experience with Wolf River Vet Clinic has always been excellent. The staff has always treated me and my dogs with kindness and professionalism. Dr Jim Zieglar and Dr Mark Baedtke have been my go to vets.
Awesome place took my cat Tigger here for ear issue, was totally amazed at the care & love they showed her. She got better check up than most people do these days. They go that extra mile for your pet.
Always been very good to all the animals my family n I have brought in for care.
Best vet clinic!! Great staff compassionate towards u and yr animal. Things or emergencies happen and they have always accommodated. Excellent facility!!