You Have a Flea Fighting Problem?
Anyone that has ever competed knows that to be
victorious you must first start with a good Game Plan. Good Game Plans
take into consideration all of the various strengths and weaknesses of the
opponent. Several strategies are then developed to defeat the
adversary. Such is the case when fighting fleas. With the
right Game Plan, you and your pet can enjoy a flea-free existence.
To be flea-free, begin with a Game Plan that protects
your pet, home, and yard. Follow these suggestions:
1. Your pet - There are orally administered
products on the market formulated to bread the flea's life cycle by
preventing flea eggs or larvae from developing into adults. However,
these products have no effect on adult fleas that may currently exist on
your pet. These fleas continue feasting on your pet. Treat the
existing fleas with a topical solution that contains a flea adulticide and
generally protects your pet for 30 days. Since all animals (like
people) possess individual differences, some products may not be suited
for your pet. Before starting any flea control program on your own,
ask us to design an individualized program that best meets the needs of
you and your pet.
2. In your home and yard - When vacuuming
an area you suspect may have fleas, throw the bag out immediately.
Outside your home, deny fleas their natural habitat by removing any piles
of damp twigs or grass from around your home. There are wonderful
products that we can recommend to treat fleas inside and outside your
We have the products and expertise to create a winning
Game Plan for you and your pet. With our help you ad your companion
animal can lead a flea-free existence. Call us today! Don't let
fleas spoil your Spring and Summer!
Flea Allergy Dermatitis
When a flea bites, it leaves behind elements in its
saliva that irritates the skin causing severe itching. Some animals
will itch so savagely that they scratch open their skin creating an ugly,
Fleas transmit tapeworm larvae that maature in the
animal's digestive system. Pet owners should look for dried-out segments
that resemble rice granules or sesame seeds in the pet's bedding or
present on the fur surrounding the anal area.
If you suspect your pet may be infected with
tapeworms, give us a call immediately. If you observe any raw sores
on your pet and notice that they have been itching chronically, don't
hesitate to call.
Great Animal Quotes
"Don't accept your dog's admiration as
conclusive evidence that you are wonderful." Ann Landers
|THE FLEA IN
Fleas have been tormenting animals and humans since
pre-historic times. Their fossilized remains have been found in the same
excavations as dinosaur bones. Can you imagine the "hot
spot" Tyrannosaurus Rex could give itself?! The flea is
connected to some of the greatest tragedies in human history. In the
6th century, fleas spread the Bubonic Plague that killed over 100 million
people in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. Eight centuries later,
fleas transmitted the infamous "Black Death" (again the Bubonic
Plague) which claimed 75 million people - nearly 1/2 of Europe's entire
If you live in an area or plan to visit a location where
ticks are abundant, it is essential that the veterinarian tailor a tick
control program for your pet. The use of a collar, dip, spot-on,
spray, or bath may be recommended. Additionally, to control ticks
- Keep your lawn mowed and free of brush and debris.
Area sprayings may be required
- Check pets for ticks before bringing them
inside. remove embedded ticks using fine-pointed tweezers and
destroy them in a jar of alcohol or call our office for assistance in
the tick's removal.
- If your animal shows any unusual medical or
behavioral problems, call our office immediately.
Why do cats...Scratch the Furniture?
Does your cat have the desire
to claw only the finest furniture, wallpaper, and draperies? If so,
you're not alone. Scratching is an innate feline behavior, and it is
something that all cat owners must learn to deal with.
Cats scratch for several
reasons. First, scratching keeps their claws in shape. You
schedule a weekly manicure, your cat schedules a scratching session with
the sofa. Not only does scratching sharpen the claws and remove the
old outer husk of the nail, it also feels good.
Scratching also serves as a
territorial marker. Cats may scratch in preferred sleeping spots or
any other place where they spend a lot of time. Doorways and window
sills often get scratched, especially when an indoor cat spots an intruder
outside. He scratches in a vain attempt to let the other cat know
that this is his territory. Scent is another aspect of territorial
scratching. The sebaceous glands in a cat's paws leave an odor at
the scratched area - another way the cat can stake his claim.
A good substitute to the antique chair your cat
currently favors is a tall (at least 3 feet high) scratching post.
Cats like to scratch things that are rough so choose a post that is
covered in material such as sisal of burlap. Avoid carpet as cats
cannot distinguish this from the carpet on the floor. Instead use
the underside of the carpet which is rough. Some cats like scratching bare
wood or logs covered with bark.
To teach your cat to use the post, run your fingernails
up and down it. The sound and motion will attract your cat.
give your cat a treat whenever he scratches in the appropriate
place. Always praise your cat when he uses the post and discourage
him with a water squirter when he attempts to use anything else.
Put the scratching post in a convenient area. Once
you have found a good place that your cat favors, don't move it. Cats may
protest if you change what they consider the natural order of
things. Source: Bowtie
Some Quick Facts
Heartworms enter an animal's bloodstream through the
bite of a mosquito which injects heartworm larvae, called
microfilariae, into the bloodstream. They eventually travel to
the heart and mature from 6 to 14 inches in length.
Undetected heartworms may cause extensive damage to
the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys.
Symptoms include a diminished appetite, weight loss, a
chronic cough and fatigue. By the time symptoms occur, the
disease is usually well advanced and may be difficult to treat.
Heartworm disease is potentially fatal in severe cases.
Heartworm Disease is usually detected with a blood
test that shows the presence of microfilariae in the bloodstream.
However, approximately 15% of pets may harbor adult worms without any
microfilariae in the bloodstream.
Treatment of Heartworm Disease is possible but may be
Prevention is the best way to deal with Heartworm
Disease. An easy-to-give monthly preventative is available for your
pet. Some thpes of Heartworm preventatives also help to prevent
intestinal parasites as well. If your pet is on this preventative,
keep him or her on it. If your pet is not on this medication, give
us a call today.
|WHAT TO LOOK
FOR IN A PUPPY
Spring is a great time to select a puppy for your
When choosing a puppy, these tips may prove helpful:
- Is the facial expression relaxed with
no sign of fear?
- Is the fur shiny and soft? Does it feel
clean and smooth?
- Are the muscles well developed and
- Do the feet show any signs of deformity
that could lead to lameness?
- Are the legs straight and not splaying
suggesting poor growth?
- Is the relatively hairless skin on the
belly pink and unstained?
- Are the eyes clear and bright and free
of any discharge?
- Do you detect an odor from the
ears? Is there a waxy discharge?
- Is the pet's hair oily or flaky and
does it come out when it is stroked?
- Are the gums pink and odor free?
- Is the anal region clean and dry?
When selecting a puppy, you should ask for a
"pre-purchase examination." This allows us to look at the
puppy prior to your purchase. We can help you select a healthy puppy that
will be your loyal companion for years. Give us a call!