Myth: Seeing one or two fleas is no big deal.
Reality: A few fleas can turn into a massive infestation in a hurry! One adult flea can lay 2,000 eggs in its lifetime. And if your pet is sensitive to flea saliva, even one or two bites can make him very uncomfortable. Your pet deserves to be completely free of fleas.
Myth: Pets need flea preventive only a few months out of the year.
Reality: Even in our seasonal climate, a warm spring or fall can lead to a flea season that is nine or ten months of the year. Plus, fleas can survive on your pet and inside anywhere! Flea eggs and larvae can find places to hide and survive in the house. Year-round flea control is best for your pet.
Myth: I've never seen a flea on my pet, so she doesn't need flea control.
Reality: You may be in flea denial. Just because you don't see fleas doesn't mean they aren't there. Your veterinarian can use a special comb to detect fleas and their waste, so ask her to do this if she hasn't already. Even if your pet's clean, she can pick up fleas at any time, so it's a good idea to protect her.
Myth: I can get good flea products at the Big Box Store.
Reality: Over-the-counter flea control products are not as potent and therefore not as effective as the prescription products you can get from your veterinarian. Some are even toxic, especially if administered incorrectly.
What are my options for flea and tick products?
There are several topical products which have continued to work well for us. This product is Vectra. This product is applied between the shoulder blades, working through the oil glands to fight against all stages of the flea. While these products do work very well for us, one disadvantage is that your pet does need to stay dry for a period of time. This can be very difficult for dogs that live outdoors or need frequent bathing. They can also temporarily leave an oily residue on the coat. For some patients, the topical preventatives are not the ideal product.
We now also carry a chewable product designed to kill BOTH fleas and ticks. The product is very palatable and kills fleas before they can lay eggs, thus preventing infestations. Just as Vectra, the chewable product (NexGard) is also good for 30 days after administration.
Myth: I only need to treat one of my pets that is sensitive to fleas, not the other pets in my house.
Reality: All of the pets in your household need to be treated. Some pets are more sensitive to fleas than others, so if you only treat the pet that's scratching and has fleas, she's likely to be re-infested. Treating all of the pets in the house keeps the flea lifecycle stopped.
Myth: I can't afford to give a flea preventive monthly.
Reality: Can you afford to change the oil in your car to keep it running smoothly and help cut down on expensive repairs? Providing preventive health measures for your pet is the same approach. Compared to the stress and cost of treating flea-related illnesses and possibly paying someone to decontaminate your home monthly control is a low-cost alternative.
Myth: My pet stays in the back yard, so he won't pick up fleas.
Reality: Your yard is constantly being visited by wildlife such as raccoons and opossums, as well as other neighborhood pets (cats are notorious roamers). These animals can spread fleas and flea eggs, which can infest your pet when he goes outside.
Myth: All flea preventives protect pets from fleas only.
Reality: Flea products are often combined with agents that control other parasites as well, helping protect your pets from additional diseases some of which can be transmitted to you. So keeping pets on flea control is best for the whole family.
Myth: Flea products are toxic.
Reality: Products, prescription flea control agents have been extensively tested and approved by the FDA. Veterinarians trust the products and use them on their own pets.
Going away for a few days? Allow your cat to stay at its favorite vacation destination - your home!
OraVet Dental Chew:
OraVet Dental Chew is a new dental hygiene product that utilizes the active ingredient in human dental rinses called delmopinol. Each chew contains delmopinol at the center which is released into the dog's mouth as soon as it starts chewing. Not only is this product designed to help clean with the chewing action, but also to create a barrier against bacteria that leads to the formation of plaque, tartar and bad breath. This chew is designed to be given daily.
Soliquin is a behavioral health supplement which is designed to help support normal behavior and facilitate a calming effect. Using all natural products such as L-Theanine, Magnolia and Phellodendron extracts and whey protein concentrates, Solliquin is designed to block neurotransmitters in the brain that promote fear and anxiety. The product is designed for dogs and cats with uses ranging from separation anxiety, thunderstorm and firework phobias, inappropriate urination, as well as many other anxiety issues. If you think that your pet suffers from one of these anxiety ridden diseases, please let us know and we can see if Solliquin may be of benefit to your pet.
Interceptor Plus is a heartworm parasite prevention that has been reformulated into a soft chew formula that is very palatable. This product now includes intestinal parasite dewormer to cover hookworms, roundworms, whipworms and tapeworms in addition to heartworms. This product requires a negative heartworm test prior to administration, but then is used as a monthly preventative product to maintain a healthy pet. It is safe to use on pets six weeks of age and older, as well as those as small as two pounds.
Science Diet Derm Defense:
Science Diet Derm Defense is a new dog food designed to increase the barrier properties of the skin in the fight against allergies. This food has increased the levels of omega-3 and six fatty acids. It also contains vitamin E which is a proven antioxidant to help drive healthy skin from within. Effects can be seen in as little as 3-4 weeks. As with all Science Diet foods, there is a money back guarantee for dogs that will not eat the food. If you think that Derm Defense may be something that would benefit your dog, do not hesitate to give it a try. We do have a limited number of mail-in rebates available on the six pound size bags which would allow you to try the first bag for free.
For questions on these products, call us at 507.825.4211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, which comes just in the nick of time as we get into the worst part of tick season. Although spring and early summer are historically considered "tick season," we can see them earlier or later as well.
In dogs, Lyme disease may cause shifting leg joint pain, lethargy, fever, decreased appetite and most seriously, kidney disease. Some of these symptoms may be obvious, while others are not. We can screen for Lyme with a small amount of blood. We also offer a Lyme disease vaccination that we recommend for all canine patients that travel into Lyme endemic areas. The most important step in prevention of Lyme disease is using a monthly flea and tick preventative and daily removal of any ticks that do find their way onto your furry friends. This will allow for removal before the tick has a chance to spread disease.
Lyme disease not only affects dogs, but also people, horses, cattle and cats. Although there must be a tick bite to infect any animal or human with the disease, keeping your pets free of ticks helps prevent the spread of this serious disease.
Stop in with your questions about Lyme disease and we can help establish the best plan for your pets!
For more information about Lyme disease in dogs: www.lymeinfo.com
For more information about Lyme disease in humans: www.cdc.gov/lyme/
Lyme Disease Human Cases 2013: http://module.lymediseaseassociation.net/Maps/