During the last
several weeks, we have been seeing the steady increase in animals
presented with the seasonal problems of springtime. This year we
have seen an unusual number of pets with ticks. Unfortunately, a few
have developed Lymes disease and some other tick-borne diseases. We
are strongly recommending you pick up and use one of our Preventic Flea
Collars as we have found these to be the most effective measure in
discouraging ticks from infesting your pets. Of course, common
measures like avoiding brushy areas and thoroughly checking and removing
any ticks whenever your pet is in an environment where it may pick up
ticks are the best steps you can take. A new test which combines
Heartworm testing and testing for Ehrlichia canis (one of the tick-borne
diseases) will be available in the very near future. We recommend
testing all dogs that have not been tested within the last 3 years.
The other new product we are considering stocking is called Revolution.
This product is a spot application product that claims effectiveness
in eliminating fleas, eliminating intestinal parasites, and preventing
heartworm disease. If you might be interested in this product, call
our office and our staff will tell you the anticipated cost and other
specific information. If there is enough demand for it, we will
carry it. Finally, don't delay mowing any weeds you might have where
your pet stays. With the wet spring, we anticipate a bumper crop of
foxtails. The seed of this common plant causes many problems for our
pet cats and dogs. If you remove the plants before they have a
chance to go to seed, you will help prevent unnecessary problems for your
YOU HAVE HEARD OF HEARTWORM BUT DO YOU REALLY KNOW
WHAT IT IS?
Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially
fatal condition of worms residing in the heart and major blood
vessels of dogs and other species of mammals including cats, wolves,
foxes, and ferrets. Of all these animals, it is the dog that
is recognized as the reservoir of infection because infected
dogs have the most number of heartworm offspring called microfilariae
swimming around in their bloodstream. Heartworm disease is
easily spread when a mosquito bites an infected dog for a blood meal
thus inadvertently ingesting microfilariae which are then passed
along to the next animal the mosquito bites. These
microfilariae then travel through the animal's blood stream until
they develop into an adult form of the worm. Final development
usually occurs in the pet's heart, pulmonary vessels, or lungs where
the heartworm continues its life cycle - all the while causing their
host pet considerable damage!
THE GOOD NEWS:
The good news about heartworm disease is
1. There is a test that your pet can undergo to determine if he
or she is infected. The veterinarian will counsel you to
determine when your pet should undergo this test.
2. A preventive medication is available in several forms. Again,
the doctor can advise you on which form best meets the needs of your
3. If your dog is diagnosed with heartworm disease, there is a
recognized remedy. However, as common sense dictates,
prevention is always better ( and usually cheaper!) than treatment.
Canine heart disease is one of those
problems that can be successfully managed and treated if detected
early. Heart problems can be diagnosed through a clinical evaluation
by a veterinarian. dogs with mild to moderate heart problems
typically experience heart enlargement, coughing, lethargy, and difficulty
breathing. A severe heart problem is usually characterized by
difficulty breathing (even at rest), fainting, profound tolerance to
exercise, loss of appetite and weight loss.
The best way to protect your pet is to have
Fido undergo an annual physical examination. During this
examination, we often detect problems while they are still
treatable. Additionally, you should ensure that your dog gets
a moderate amount of exercise on a regular basis and has a balanced diet.
Please give us a call if you have any
questions about Canine Heart disease or would like to schedule a physical
examination for your pet. Proper care and veterinary supervision can
help you watch your dog grow to a "hearty" old age.
Working couples and retirees, families and singles, have
discovered that cats are wonderful companions. Their entertaining
antics and affectionate behaviors make them endearing additions to our
home and to our lives.
Cats come in all colors, coats, and breeds. Some
cats are quiet and appear somewhat independent but all cats need and
desire attention. Cats are easily housebroken and therefore do not
have to be walked. As a result, many apartment owners and
condominium associations allow cats.
Generally, cats adapt well to a variety of households.
a Kitten: Here are some tips in selecting a kitten:
A kitten should be neither too shy nor too
A healthy kitten actively seeks affection from
Each breed has certain characteristics. Some
are more inquisitive and lively while others may be more vocal.
Do your homework. If you plan on getting a purebred cat,
understand the breed's traits and how they relate to your lifestyle.
When you finally select a kitten, we recommend that
our veterinarian perform a thorough examination to determine the pet's
health status. This is especially important if introducing a new
kitten into a multi-cat household. At this time, we will also discuss
with you what is necessary to keep your new kitten healthy and happy.
Cats are great
fun and wonderful companions. If you have any questions
regarding the selection of a new pet, fell free to call us for our
advice. We obviously have a lot of experience with animals and are
happy to pass along our knowledge to you.
Disease affects cats differently than it does dogs. For one
thing, the number of infective larvae developing into adults is
significantly higher in dogs than it is in cats. Also, the
number of worms found in an infected cat is dramatically lower than
in dogs and the lifespan of the heartworm in a cat is considerably
There is a fairly easy blood test now available to
test cats for Heartworm Disease. Unfortunately, there is no
safe treatment to kill a cat's heartworms.
Readers of advertisements in
some leading consumer magazines like Better Homes & Gardens are
aware that there is a heartworm preventive medication for
cats. We suggest that, because heartworm affects cats
differently from dogs, your cat's needs should be discussed with the
veterinarian to determine if this preventive is best for your pet.
Please give our office a call if you have any questions about
heartworm and your cat.
(Information on heartworm disease was obtained
from the American Heartworm Society.)
Lyme disease is an infectious disease
spread primarily by a tick as small as the period at the end of this
sentence and no larger than the head of a pin. It is caused by a
bacteria called a spirochete that is in the saliva of a biting
tick. In humans, the disease can appear to be a simple as the Flu or
as serious as Alzheimer's Disease. In animals, Lyme Disease can
mimic flu-like symptoms of chronic arthritis and can lead to joint damage,
heart complications and kidney problems. Studies indicate dogs are
50% more susceptible to Lyme Disease than humans.
Lyme disease has been reported in 45 states
but the disease is mainly clustered in the mid-Atlantic, Northeast, North
Central and Pacific coastal regions of the United States.
Ninety-four percent of human cases are reported from California,
Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York,
Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
The best method to prevent Lyme Disease is
to avoid areas of long grasses and underbrush - the natural habitat for
ticks. You should also check your dog after he/she has been outside
and remove any ticks. It takes approximately 24 hours once the tick
is attached before it releases the bacteria into the dog's
bloodstream. Your dog should also wear a god tick collar.
Since not all tick collars are created equal, we can recommend the one
that offers the best protection for your pet. a vaccine is available
to protect dogs. We suggest you consult with our veterinarian for
advice regarding the vaccination of your pet.
The simple fact is that
fleas inflict pain and suffering on our pets and, if you are unlucky
enough, they will inflict pain and suffering on your family as well.
In search of a blood meal, adult fleas jump on your cat of
dog. These fleas ultimately produce eggs which drop from your
pet onto the ground or carpet. The eggs eventually
develop into adults and jump onto you or your pet.
Fleas can cause your pet to suffer from some serious medical
problems like flea allergy dermatitis or
tapeworms, and in some
extreme cases, anemia. fleas and the problems they cause
account for more than 50% of the dermatologic cases presented to
veterinarians and more than 35% of the total small animal
Because of our experience, you should consider our practice ad
your Flea Fighting Experts! WE have the best and latest
products to kill fleas and keep them from returning.
give us a call today for the latest information on flea control
products to protect your pet and your family.