Countryside Veterinary Clinic, LLP

7364 Utica Blvd.
Lowville, NY 13367



Otter Lake



Q: My pet has come in contact with a skunk. What can I do to clean off the skunk smell?

A: Use the following to clean your pet: Skunk Bath Antidote

Ingredients:  ¼ cup baking soda - 1 tsp liquid soap (such as Dawn dish soap) - 1 qt 3% hydrogen peroxide

Directions: Mix the above ingredients just before using. Bathe pet in shampoo first. Then in the skunk antidote bath, scrub for 10 minutes. Bathe again in skunk antidote if necessary. Make sure to rinse completely after all baths, and do not get into pets eyes.

This solution cannot be stored. Use right away. Do not mix in a closed container, as it can explode.

You can also use Listerine mouth wash. Apply Listerine mouth wash to dry coat and wet thoroughly allow to drip dry and avoid eyes.

Nothing will take 100% of the skunk smell away. If pet becomes damp or wet you may smell skunk again.





Q: My pet has eaten something I am not certain was safe for them - where can I find more information on this?

A: You can first check the ASPCA Poison control link here:





Q: My pet has had some vomiting and/or diarrhea. It has been recommended for me to feed a bland diet. How do I feed a bland diet?

A: Vomiting &Diarrhea Treatment for pets over 6 months old

If your pet vomits at all on water your pet should be seen for an examination. Please call for an appointment.

Otherwise, withhold food for 24 hours. After 24 hours you can start to give small amounts of a soft, bland which would include one of the following:

  • LEAN hamburger, chicken or turkey BOILED in water and drained. The meat should be skinless and boneless. You want the meat to be lean so that it is not greasy. Mix the meat with equal parts of boiled white rice.
  • I/D prescription diet. It is available in dry or canned form and can be obtained through a veterinarian.
  • Baby food (pureed meat varieties) turkey and chicken are the best.

Do not feed your pet any dairy products, their regular food/treats, or any oily/greasy food.

If your pet vomits at all on the soft, bland diet your pet should be seen for an examination. Please call our office for an appointment.

If your pet is better while on the bland diet feed only this diet for 2 to 3 days, feeding your pet small amounts 3-4 times daily. On the third day begin to mix small amounts of their regular food with the bland diet.Gradually transition them back to their regular food over the next few days.

If vomiting or diarrhea resume after switching back to their regular diet, please call our office.

If your pet vomits at all on water or on the bland diet,please call our office.





Q: How do I brush my pet's teeth?

A: Starting young allows for a lifetime of dental health:

  • Prevention is key!
  • Routine dental cleanings can start at any age depending on species and breed of pet.
  • Annual health exams are necessary in detecting early dental disease and when a dental cleaning may need to be scheduled.
  • Retained baby teeth (that can be found on physical exam) can create problems with adult teeth down the road and should be removed as soon as possible.
  • Brushing your pet’s teeth is the best way to keep their teeth healthy and can be started as early as 8-12 weeks of age.
  • Other options for at home dental care may include: dental diets, dental chews, dental wipes and/or dental sprays. (Your pet’s veterinarian can make a suggestion that is best for your pet.)

Tooth brushing tips:

  • Make is FUN!
  • Build up to it gradually, don’t spend more than 30-60 seconds initially.
  • Week 1 – Slowly acquaint your pet with mouth care.  Pet the muzzle and touch the gums with your fingers. Use lots of praise and treats.
  • Week 2 – Introducing toothbrush or washcloth. Can also introduce toothpaste at this time. Allow pet to taste tooth paste and continue the same as week 1.
  • Week 3 – Brush the teeth. Brush the outside surfaces of the teeth in a back and forth motion.
  • Only use pet approved toothpaste. NEVER use human toothpaste.
  • Go slow and allow your pet time to get use to each step.
  • If you’re pet shows any indication of aggression stop immediately.




Q: How do I care for a bandage and/or splint my pet has had applied?

There are 3 main things you need to be aware of for proper at home bandage care.

1. Make sure the bandage doesn't get wet.

A wet bandage can lead to a skin infection because dark, moist, warm areas are breeding grounds for bacteria. If a skin infection has started you may notice a nasty odor to the bandage. Please check the bandage daily for dampness or odor. It is necessary to cover the bandage when your dog goes outside.  This can be done by placing a simple plastic bag over the bandage. Once inside remove the cover to allow the bandage to “breath”. Leaving the plastic bag on all the time will cause moisture to build up inside the bag and cause it to get wet anyway.

2. Make sure the bandage isn't too tight and hasn't slipped.

If a bandage is too tight it can cut off blood circulation and cause the toes to swell. Please monitor your pet's toes at home for any swelling. If you are not sure what normal toes should look like, simply look at the opposite foot to compare. Even the best of bandages can slip, and therefore become useless. Very energetic dogs and dogs with shorter stockier legs tend to be difficult to bandage.

3. Make sure the bandage doesn't get chewed.

Your dog must not be able to lick or chew at the bandage. Your pet has been sent home with an e-collar and it should be worn at all times. Even when a pet is uninterested, they can chew the bandage when they get bored or start feeling itchy or painful. They can cause a lot of damage in a short period of time and possibly return the healing process to square one. Also swallowing parts of the bandage could cause a blockage of the intestines.

The bandage should be scheduled for changing regularly. If you notice any of the problems mentioned above please call your veterinarian to schedule an appointment for the bandage to be assessed and/or changed sooner than your pet's regularly scheduled bandage change appointment. Bandage changes should always be performed by a veterinary professional.