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June Bugs

     With June here spring will be winding down (Didn’t it just arrive??) and summer starting up.  If you intend to board your pet at a boarding facility this year make sure that they are up to date on vaccinations as any reputable place will require this. You should also make sure that a flea and tick preventative has been applied prior to boarding because despite their efforts to keep their premises clean, boarding kennels can have clients come in with “bugs’ on them. The tick population seems to be especially large this year. If you see a tick on your pet the safest method to remove them is to place a swab of cotton soaked in liquid dish soap on the tick. This will cut off oxygen to the tick and make it release its hold on your dog or cat.  We have three types of Flea and Tick medications. We have Frontline Plus and Revolution which both work against these pests. We also have Vectra 3D which prevents Fleas, Ticks, Mosquitoes and Biting Flies.  Nexgard and Bravecto are two Chewable flea and tick products that we can obtain if you are interested.  Let us know if you would like additional information on these products.

     The rain that we have had has created optimum conditions for Mosquitoes to take off once it warms up. Dogs that are on preventative for heartworms all year, receive the best protection from heartworms and intestinal worms. However the American Heartworm Association is recommending that all dogs should be tested for heartworms annually. We have tests that also detect Lymes and Ehrlichia Disease, two ailments that are transmitted by ticks, when they are tested for heartworms.  We have three types of heartworm preventative. Revolution is a pour on medication that prevents fleas and ticks as well as helping to prevent heartworms. We also have Heartgard  Plus and Iverhart Plus, two chewable tablets that work best against heartworms and intestinal worms.

      It’s been a long winter and a cool and wet spring. Enjoy the HOT weather that has arrived.

         Dogs like to eat grass and plant leaves when outside. Not all “Pretty plants are

safe to forage however. Plants in the Lilly family can be poisonous to the kidneys- even

the leaves. Daffodils are in this plant family so be aware of what is being consumed by

your pet. Algae in Lakes and Ponds can also cause seizures and vomiting.   

               

POISONOUS PLANTS AND FLOWERS

  • Lilly- All parts of Lilly plants are poisonous to animals. This plant can cause kidney damage if eaten.
  • Dafodils- These are in the Lilly family and while not as toxic they can cause problems for your pet. 
  • Blue Green Algae- In Stagnant Ponds And Lakes

   

      

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