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…