Dental care starts with our new puppy and kitten patients, by demonstrating to family members how to brush your pet's teeth. When dental tartar and calculus gets to a level where simple brushing cannot offer significant help, we recommend a professional dental cleaning.
A professional dental cleaning includes scaling and polishing, application of dental sealants, periodontal treatments and extractions when needed. Afterward, we help you determine the home preventive care you can provide for your pets to keep their smiles healthy.
Northern Lakes Veterinary Clinic's surgical service provides care ranging from basic spaying and neutering of young pets to surgical treatment of orthopedic trauma and cancer. Each case is unique and treated with individual care and attention, including pre-anesthetic evaluation, close intra-operative monitoring and care and assistance after surgery with pain control.
Occasionally, our patients would benefit from a surgery that requires a specialist to perform. Instead of referring the pet to a specialty clinic in the Minneapolis - St. Paul area, we work closely with a board-certified veterinary surgery specialist who travels to our clinic to perform surgeries. Dr. Rose became board-certified in veterinary surgery in 2012 and works extensively with Oakdale Animal and Emergency Referral Service in Oakdale, Minnesota, as well as through his own mobile veterinary surgery service, Minnesota Mobile Veterinary Surgery. Dr. Rose has been fantastic to work with and in addition to his remarkable surgical capabilities, he also has excellent client communication skills.
At Northern Lakes Veterinary Clinic in Shell Lakes and Cumberland, WI, we are proud to be on the cutting edge of medical technology. Radiology is a technique and diagnostic tool that we use to look inside the body in an entirely non-invasive way. X-rays allow us to create images of all the body's organs.
Spay And Neuter
Spaying and neutering are important and necessary medical procedures that enhance the quality of your pets' life. Not only does spaying and neutering have positive effects on your pets' health, it's also vital to controlling the homeless pet population.
Every year, thousands and thousands of pets go missing. Not knowing where your pet is or how to bring them back can be a helpless, hopeless feeling. It's a tragedy that happens all too often. But there is a simple, safe, and effective way to ensure your pet's safety and retrieval should they ever become lost.
At Northern Lakes Veterinary Clinic in Shell Lakes and Cumberland, WI, we believe that one of the most important aspects of caring for your pet's health is vaccinating him or her against possible diseases. There are a variety of diseases which affect our pets, and other animals, so proper vaccination is vital to protecting them from many types of illnesses.
Why do our pets need surveillance screening?
Our pets can't speak; they cannot tell us if they feel off-color or unwell, or if they have any other indicators of internal illness. We need to examine them every 12 months as well as run routine screening tests to detect underlying disease BEFORE it is clinically apparent. This is what our Annual Healthscreen with Heartworm Test and our Feline Health Screen look for.
Pets will actively mask signs of illness until late in the course of disease. This stems from survival instincts in a pack or colony situation.
Use the age chart below to find your pet's age in "people" years and the screening test recommended for each stage of his or her life.
We believe these screenings give us the best chance of helping your pets live longer, healthier lives.
*These are approximations and may vary by gender, species and breed.
Senior pets have a special place in our hearts. These companions have shared their best years with us, and we should do all we can to make their latter years as golden as possible. We routinely monitor for early recognition of disease through physical exams and laboratory testing. We help you make decisions with their quality of life as the prime concern.
Obesity is a common problem among pets, as it can be easy to overfeed a cute dog or cat that knows how to beg. Being overweight is a serious problem for animals, and can cause real health problems. With proper diet and exercise, all pets should be able to meet their dietary needs and stay within a healthy weight range.
Pets with behavioral problems can often pose a frustrating challenge for pet owners. However, through behavioral consultations we can correct unwanted behaviors and enrich both your life and your pets' life. To learn more about how behavioral consultations can help your pet, please contact us today at (715) 468-7007 (Shell Lake) or (715) 822-3535 (Cumberland).
Our doctors want to make sure your pet lives his or her best life. What does this mean? We want your pet to live a long, healthy life free of pain and avoidable disease. Preventive care is what will help accomplish this.
Preventive care begins at your first visit with your puppy or kitten. At this first visit, we talk about you and your experience with pets. We discuss training your puppy or kitten, including potential trouble areas so as to avoid frustration in the training process. Next we discuss the vaccinations your individual pet needs. We treat every pet as an individual and will talk with you about your pet's lifestyle and risk for certain diseases, viruses and parasites. Finally, we talk with you about other preventive care such as brushing your pet's teeth, diet and exercise, and surgeries, such as spaying and neutering, that promote a healthy life.
Preventive care is just as important in our older pets. In the senior years we want to prevent pain from arthritis and pain and infection from dental disease. We also want to prevent your frustration that leads to strained relations with your pet due to issues such as urinary incontinence, cognitive dysfunction and mobility concerns. We know the love your senior pets have given you through the years and want to continue to give them the care they need and deserve during this time of their lives. During the senior years, we focus strongly on annual or semi-annual physical exams and health screens. We talk with you about senior pet health concerns, such as arthritis symptoms and what we can do to help alleviate the pain and progression. We evaluate teeth and decide if there is a need for a professional cleaning. There may also be new lumps and bumps on their bodies that need to be examined and removed. Health screens (blood, fecal and sometimes urine tests) help us find medical concerns, such as those dealing with the liver or kidneys, that are not visible upon physical exam.
It is well known that our pets are living longer they they ever have in the past, and one of the most important factors in longevity is that they are receiving better veterinary preventive care than they ever have before.
Ultrasound uses sound waves to offer a non-invasive, painless, and radiation-free method of imaging your pets' internal organs. Providing this service is one of the many ways that we show how dedicated we are to providing your pet with the best care possible.
Our hospital provides a wide variety of in-house diagnostic testing with the most state of the art technology available. It is our goal to provide your pet with the highest level of care possible, and our diagnostic tools help us do that.
What is Pet Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the procedure of inserting very fine needles into specific nerve points on the body to relieve pain and treat disease.
Why Pet Acupuncture?
Dr. Ruppel most commonly uses veterinary acupuncture for arthritis, paresis/paralysis and gastrointestinal disorders. Acupuncture is also shown to be effective in alleviating a whole range of metabolic, traumatic, arthritic, and neurological problems, including infections, immune disorders, heart problems, liver disorders, kidney failure, hip dysplasia, anemia, back problems and asthma.
Do I still need to see my regular veterinarian?
Yes. Acupuncture complements but does not eliminate the need for veterinary care. For example, acupuncture helps animals better prepare for and recover from surgery and other interventions, such as chemotherapy or radiation. If your pet has a chronic condition requiring regular medication, acupuncture can help that medication work, ease its side effects, and even lessen your pet’s need for medication.
If you would like more information regarding acupuncture please contact us. Dr. Ruppel will get back to you within a few days.
We know that the decision to say goodbye to your beloved pet is one of the hardest decisions you will ever make. We believe that saying goodbye should be a time of peace and comfort for your pet. For some, having the opportunity to say goodbye in the comfort and familiarity of home can be a way to take some of the stress away at this difficult time.
Dr. Ruppel provides compassionate end of life care at your home when you are ready to say goodbye to your pet.
This service is offered 7 days a week by appointment.
Mud Puppy Dog Wash
Open 7 days a week, 8 am until 10 pm
Separate entrance from the clinic.