Archive for September, 2012

Why is flea & tick prevention important throughout the year? PLUS, buy 6 doses of Frontline & get 2 FREE!

September 20, 2012

Fleas and ticks are more than mere nuisances. They cause distress in dogs and cats and, more important, they cause disease. Intermittent preventive programs are not the optimal way to safeguard the health of your pets and family.Year-round flea and tick protection

By the time a pet owner notices fleas on a pet, the fleas have injected salivary proteins, transmitted infectious agents and begun laying eggs. Ticks can transmit disease agents to a dog or cat before the pests are found and removed.

Clearly, reactive treatments are insufficient to prevent disease in pets and their owners. We want our patients and their families to be protected…that’s why we are offering the following special:

Frontline: Buy 6 doses, Get 2 FREE*

The key to all-year-round flea control is continued monthly application of FRONTLINE PLUS, even in cooler weather. FRONTLINE PLUS kills all stages of the flea life cycle to protect your pets and their home environment from flea infestation. Stop in today to pick up your FRONTLINE PLUS!

*Cannot be used in conjunction with other offers or coupons.

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Dog and Cat Treats Can Be Lethal to Your Pet!

September 19, 2012

Three hundred and sixty dogs and one cat have died after consuming chicken jerky pet treats made in China, even as claims of illnesses tied to the products have topped 2,200, according to federal veterinary health officials.

Cat_and_Dog_-_the_Best_FriendFood and Drug Administration officials this week issued the first summary reports of these deaths linked to the jerky treats in the past 18 months, along with the strongest suggestion to date that owners might want to avoid the products all together.

“The FDA is reminding pet owners that jerky pet treats are not necessary for pets to have a fully balanced diet, so eliminating them will not harm pets,” agency officials said in an online report.

At the same time, the FDA said it will begin testing treats to see whether irradiation of the products may have contributed to reports of treat-related problems ranging from diarrhea and vomiting to kidney failure, Fanconi syndrome and death.

Need a safer alternative for pet treats?  Call or stop by and we’ll recommend something that is ideal AND safe for your pet.

The hidden (unsafe) treasures in your trash…

September 6, 2012

Your trash can could be deadly! One of the most dangerous items that people toss in the trash during the summer and fall months, and you see a lot of them around holidays and picnics… are corncobs. These seemingly harmless little pieces of trash are the cause of hundreds of vet visits each year. dog in trash

What makes these so dangerous? There are several reasons. First, there is often some tasty butter on the corncob and dogs can’t resist. Second, dogs love chewing on the corncobs because of the unique texture.  The cobs are hard to chew up and can easily be ingested in a large chunk that can’t move through a dog’s GI tract. In just a few minutes the remains of a cookout can mean a trip to urgent care for your dog.

In veterinary terms, we call this a life-threatening foreign body or an intestinal obstruction. The corncob often has to be removed surgically and can do a lot of damage while it’s in there. Common signs of a corncob foreign body are vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, lethargy and/or abdominal pain.

Take great caution in protecting your trash from your pet’s curiosity.  Call us immediately if your pet is experiencing any of the symptoms listed above.

Did you know almost 73% of U.S. pediatricians reported a case of parasitic infection in children?

September 6, 2012

Infective hookworm larvae can pass through a person’s skin after contact with contaminated grass or soil. Roundworms can be spread by accidental ingestion of roundworm eggs. The damage hookworms and roundworms inflict in people is different than the damage in dogs, but can cause severe discomfort and serious illness.

To help prevent human cases, owners should:
• Wash hands frequently
• Keep yards free of feces
• Prevent children from playing in sandboxes

HOOKWORM FACTS:
• Female hookworms can lay up to 20,000 eggs per day.
• Hookworm prevalence has increased 30% since 2006.

ROUNDWORM FACTS:
• There are 10,000 roundworm cases per year in humans in the U.S.
• Female roundworms lay up to 100,000 eggs per day.
• 13.9% percent of humans test seropositive for roundworm infection per year in the U.S. alone, as estimated by the CDC.

Take steps to protect both your pet AND your family!  Contact us today at (614)888-4050 to schedule an appointment and discuss how to offer this protection to all of your loved ones!