We have a new heartworm preventative called Proheart 6. This prevention is an injection that is given every six months by a veterinarian. This injection is given instead of the monthly prevention. At the time of the first injection we will do a heartworm check, and another heartworm check at the time of the second injection. This is because of the change in heartworm prevention. It will be once a year after this.
If Proheart 6 sounds familiar, it’s because we previously used this prevention until 2004. It was taken off the market for additional testing and study of side effects. The incident of side effects was found to be less than those for any other injection on the market.
Please call to if you have any questions or to make an appointment
AUGUST IS DENTAL MONTH
Dental disease affects 70-80% of our pets within few years of their lives. Problems associated with dental disease are bad breath, loose teeth, kidney disease, heart disease, and liver disease. Bacteria that live within the dental tartar and along the gums are the culprits to these problems. To keep your pet healthy, dental cleanings should be done at least once a year.
August is dental health month. Staying with our goal of keeping your pet healthy we are offering 20% off dental cleanings for the month of August. We start the pet on antibiotics two days prior to the dental. Please call for an appointment today.
Summertime Dangers for our pets.
Toxic plants can be dangerous for dogs and cats
While many of the plants that we commonly keep in our gardens are beautiful to look at, these same plants can cause serious gastro problems for our pets Rhododendrons, azaleas, Japanese ewe, foxglove, tulips, oleanders, castor beans, chrysanthemums, sago palms and many other types of plants can all be very toxic to unsuspecting curious pets.
Pets can be exposed to chemical toxins in the spring
With warmer temperatures, many of us begin using chemicals such as fertilizers and insecticides on our lawns and gardens. It is important to remember that these chemicals can be hazardous to pets. All pets should be kept away from treated areas. In many cases, safer non-toxic products may be preferable and equally effective.
Flea, tick and other parasite exposures
Spring is also the time of year when fleas, ticks and other parasites start to make their presence known. Though fleas and ticks can be present year-round, their populations tend to increase drastically in the springtime. Both dogs and cats are targets for these parasites.
Allergies in dogs and cats
Just as in people, springtime can bring on allergies for many dogs and cats as well. Pets may develop allergies to plants, pollens, fleas, and many other substances. Springtime allergies in pets most commonly show up as skin problems. Allergic dogs and cats generally become very itchy, may experience hair loss or inflamed skin and may even show a change in behavior due to the irritation of the allergy. Less commonly, respiratory symptoms or runny eyes may occur as a result of allergies in pets.
Prevention is always the easiest choice when it comes to protecting your pet from dangers, but if they get into something, its important to know the warning signs: vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and lethargy are common symptoms of toxic ingestion, but you know your pet. If he/she isn’t acting normal to you call your vet.
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