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SUMMER CELEBRATIONS, and SICKNESSES
July is here and Fireworks can be heard all over. Many dogs can become frightened by these noisy celebrations, and can cause significant problems for you and themselves. Crate confinement often helps as dogs are “den” animals and feel secure in “their home”. Calming music can be of benefit during these stressful times. There are also medications that can lessen your pet’s anxiety. These medications can be herbal medicines or tranquilizers. If possible herbal medications such as Composure or a tranquilizer such as Trazadone produce a calming state for your pet when fireworks and storms occur.
The recent rains that we have had have made conditions optimal for mosquitoes. The mosquito population is going to be abundant, make certain that you have heartworm prevenative for your dog and cat. We have Heartgard, Iverhart, and Revolution to protect your pet from heartworms. We also have Vectra 3D, a topical product that prevents mosquito and biting flies from bothering your dog.
Fleas are reaching their peak and ticks are still numerous at this time. There has been an influx of the Lone Star Tick- a pest that transmits many diseases and seems more resilient to the common tick preventatives. Vectra 3D and Frontline Certifect seem to be the most effective products against fleas and ticks in this area. We also have access to oral preperations such as Nexgard, Bravecto, or Credelio. The oral products to not prevent mosquitoes from bothering your pet however.
Heat stroke is a syndrome that can be devastating at this time of year. Although it has not been as hot as some recent years, dogs are still susceptible to the effects of heat exhaustion if they do not have adequate water or are exercised to vigorously. The individual dog’s makeup has a strong influence on the severity of this. A short coated Beagle is not under as much physiological stress as a full coated Newfoundland. If you are traveling with your pet be sure to have adequate ventilation in your car as they can get very hot very fast even if your car is parked in the shade.