Dr. Bob's Animal Health and Information Site
Dr. Bobs Pet Health and Information Site
Dr. Bob's All Creatures Site
509 Benicia Road, Vallejo, California, USA 707-642-4405
Spring 2000 Newsletter
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 pet.
Robert L. Linville, D.V.M.
All Creatures Veterinary Hospital
ONE IN TEN DOGS HAS HEART DISEASE
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.
FOR SELECTING A CAT
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:
|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.
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.
IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO CHECK YOUR PET'S TEETH MONTHLY
Does your pet:
If you have any questions about the dental health of your pet, please give our office a call.