Don’t get Ticked this Summer!

Ticks are not only creepy and unpleasant to find on your pet or yourself; they are notorious for causing Lyme disease in pets and humans. Did you know they can also cause anemia, paralysis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Babesiosis, Bartonella, and Erlichiosis? Ticks like to hide out in woodsy areas or tall grasses and brush and attach themselves in wrinkles and less hairy spots on any passing dog, cat, or human that gets close enough. They can stay attached and feed on blood for hours or days, and if not properly removed, their heads can stay lodged in the skin! Continue…

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The Fleas are Jumping this Year!!

With the wetter weather of La Nina this year comes the bugs—and fleas are one concern for your dog or outdoor/indoor cat. Fleas can cause your pet skin rashes and infections, allergic reactions, anemia, can cause them to hurt themselves by scratching and biting, and can even give them tapeworms! Rarely, these tapeworms can be passed to humans—especially young children—and fleabites can cause rashes and skin infection in humans too. Once fleas ride in on your pet, you must also disinfect your whole home and all of your bedding, which can get pretty costly. Fortunately, there is an easy way to prevent all of this trouble from striking your family and pets! Continue…

Flea and Tick Prevention

flea and tick prevention - fairgorunds animal hospitalSummer is here, and that means the bugs are more prevalent than any other time of the year. Fleas and ticks can latch on to your pet if they are out hiking and camping with you, if they come into contact with another animal that has fleas or ticks, and even if they just go outside a couple times a day to potty in the yard! Fortunately, flea and tick infestation can be prevented with a simple monthly chew or a packet of liquid that is placed on the skin behind the collar, just once per month. The products we trust are Nexguard chewable and Frontline topical. It is true that useless, potentially toxic flea collars and untrustworthy preventatives can be found in the store, but they are not safe or effective—don’t be deceived! With a quick visit to the vet you can set your pet up for the whole summer! Continue…

Differences in fleas and ticks

Fleas and ticks are both pains in the butt and most people assume that fleas and ticks are the are the same but, fleas and ticks are very different. To protect your pets from both of these parasites it’s important to know the differences between them. Here are some differences that separate these parasites.

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Introducing NexGard!!

Fairgrounds Animal Hospital is now carrying NexGard!

NexGard is a new product by Merial, the makers of Frontline. It is the first chew that offers protection against both fleas and the American dog tick. It contains an active ingredient afoxolaner, in a palatable beef flavored chew, which kills fleas by over stimulating the nervous system. It is not unusual for fleas to become more visible on a pet after administering NexGard due to this overstimulation. NexGard provides 100% flea kill within 24 hours of administration and continues to work for a full 30 days.

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Fleas and Ticks

puppy ticksWhen it comes to fleas and ticks an ounce of prevention is worth tons of cure. You probably have lots of questions about fleas and flea infestations, like how to protect your family from a harmful attack, what type of disease fleas spread an so on.

We have some answers for some of the more important questions that pet parents ask about fleas:

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Ticks

Ticks- Not meant to be a additional guest on your outdoor activities

Planning on summer outings such as camping or hiking with your beloved friend?  Did you know ticks are waiting to crawl up bushes, trees and grass blades to attach to your pet. They most commonly attach to the head, neck, and ears of their host, usually where the skin is thinner.

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Fleas

What are fleas?

Fleas are wingless, with mouthparts adapted for piercing the skin and sucking the blood of its host. Fleas are external parasites, living by hematophagy off blood of mammals and birds. A flea can jump vertically up to 7 inches and horizontally up to 13 inches, making the flea one of the best jumpers of all known animals (relative to body size), second only to the froghopper. Fleas go through 4 life cycles, egg, larva, pupa and adult. Adult fleas must feed on blood before they can become capable of reproduction. A fleas total life span can be as short as one year, but may be several years in ideal conditions which includes the right temperature, food supply and humidity. A female flea can lay 5000 or more eggs over her life. Optimum temperatures for the fleas life cycle is 70 F – 85 F and optimum humidity is 70%.

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