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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Have the Best Summer Ever, Tick Free

Have the Best Summer Ever, Tick Free

To most pet owners, the return of spring and summer is a joyous occasion. The opportunity to spend quality time with your pet outdoors can be an exhilarating experience. Just be sure to watch out for some sneaky critters waiting to feast on your pet’s blood!

Everyone is well aware of the irritation that fleas can cause our pets, as well as pesky mosquitoes spreading heartworm disease. But another problem parasite that shows up in the spring and stays until about October is the tick – and they can cause serious problems, some of them deadly.

There are over 850 known species of ticks in the world and these relatives of spiders can be found as parasites on mammals, birds, and even reptiles. Here in the United States, dog and cat owners have less than a dozen species to deal with, but all of these ticks can harbor a variety of serious diseases, such as Tularemia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Lyme Disease.

Adult ticks will climb to the top of a blade of grass or the edge of a leaf lying on the ground and wait for their potential host. This “questing” behavior puts them in the perfect position to sense movement, heat, and even carbon dioxide. Reacting to these stimuli, the tick will climb onto the new host.

Once on the pet, the tick will begin feeding. The tick’s mouth parts are designed to make removal difficult. Their barbed feeding tube has numerous backward facing projections and a substance produced in the tick’s salivary glands actually glues the tick in place. Some ticks can feed on 200 to 600 times their body weight in blood and may take several days to finish eating. It is during this blood meal that ticks can spread a number of diseases to their host.

Contact your veterinarian today for more information about protecting your dog or cat from ticks.

Ease the Itch! Protect Your Pet from Fleas and Ticks

Ease the Itch! Protect Your Pet from Fleas and Ticks

The summer months are here and your pet is likely to spend more time outside. Sooner or later, you might find yourself fighting off fleas and ticks.

They’re creepy, they’re crawly…and they can carry diseases according to AVMA.org. Fleas and ticks are not just a nuisance, but pose animal and human health risks. They feed on your pet’s blood and can transmit diseases. Children and adults in your household can be bothered by fleas as well. Don’t let these pesky parasites ruin your summer. Ask your veterinarian to recommend the best options for protecting your pet.

A few tips on how to protect your pets:
- Discuss the use of preventative products with your veterinarian to determine the safest and most effective choice for each pet.

- Always talk to your veterinarian before applying any spot-on products.

- Only purchase EPA-registered pesticides or FDA-approved medicines.

- Read the entire label before you use/apply the product.

Cats are not small dogs. Products labeled Use for dogs only should never be used for cats.

- Weight matters. Make sure the weight range listed on the label matches the weight of your pet. Giving a smaller dog a dose intended for a larger dog could be harmful to your pet.

- Source AVMA.org

We believe all pets should live parasite free. Please schedule a visit with your veterinarian to discuss choosing the best product for you and your pet. We want you to have your best summer ever, Flea and Tick free!

Pet Preparedness: The Importance of Having a Disaster Plan for Your Pets

National Preparedness Day

In support of National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day on May 13th we compiled the below tips to help you and your pet be much more prepared in case a disaster hits. When an emergency strikes, pets depend on their pet parents to protect them and prepare them for disasters, including having enough food, water, supplies, and moving them out of the house quickly/safely if needed. The situation can be stressful and scary for everyone, but with these tips you can have a disaster plan in place that ensures you and your pets are healthy and safe.

How would you care for your pet in a fire, flood, tornado, blizzard, or other unpredictable event?

If you are like many pet owners, you have not given this question much thought. We encourage you to consider preparing a disaster kit for your pet, so that you can confidently know what to do when faced with severe weather or any another type of emergency.

What to Include in a Disaster Kit for Your Pet

When a disaster strikes, knowing that you have a kit prepared and stored in a safe place can help you keep calm and ready to handle whatever happens. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the kit should include the following:

- Written details about each pet in the event you become separated - Your notes should include your contact details, any behavior issues, feeding and care instructions, and how to contact your pet’s regular veterinarian.

- Water and food for each pet to last for up to two weeks. Be sure to place the food in an airtight container, so it does not spoil and pack a can opener or scoop if you need them to feed your pet. Water should go in an airtight container and be replaced periodically with a fresh supply.

- Bags for dog waste and a litter box for cats.

- Cleaning supplies if your pet eliminates inappropriately.

- Up-to-date medical records.

- Two weeks’ worth of any prescription medications.

- Grooming supplies.

- Harness, leash, and/or pet carrier.

- Toys and pet beds.

 

Best Practices for Creating Your Pet’s Disaster Plan

It is essential that your dog, cat, or other pet’s identification information is current especially during the chaos of a sudden emergency. If your pet has a microchip, make sure that you update your contact details any time you move or change your telephone number or email address. Additionally, ensure each pet has an individual carrier with your name and the pet’s name written on it clearly. You may want to consider placing your pet in the carrier and going for a car ride for practice if they do not ride in the car often.

Another recommendation from the CDC is to place a harness or leash near every exit in your home. It may be difficult to hold a pet who is highly stressed, which increases the likelihood of him running off. By having a leash or harness available, you can safely remove your pet from the situation as quickly as possible.

Determine where you will evacuate in all areas of your house, before an emergency or disaster occurs. If the situation does not call for you to leave your home, choose one room in your house to wait it out with your pet. Just make sure there are no plants, chemicals, or other things in the room that your pet could get into during the event. It is also helpful to prepare a list of pet-friendly hotels, boarding facilities, veterinary hospitals, and shelters just in case you do need to evacuate.

Contact your veterinarian today for more information about preparing your pet for future disasters or emergencies.

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