Without question, the tick-related diseases (Lyme, Anaplasma and Ehrlichia) are the most prevalent infectious diseases of dogs in our area. Over 30% of dogs we test have tested positive for at least one of these diseases!
The best protection against tick-transmitted disease is a tick preventive. There are many products on the market, all of varying efficacy and safety. We spend a great deal of time researching products, so that we can provide the best recommendations for safe and effective tick prevention for your pet.
Over the past few years, an entire new class of tick preventives has been developed. These new products are ORAL products that can be given once every month (Simparica) or every 12 weeks (Bravecto). We also still have a topical “spot-on” product (Parastar) that can be applied monthly and a collar (Scalibor) that lasts for six months.
However, regardless of which product you choose, it is only helpful if you are using it when the ticks are out. Ticks only require temperatures to be above freezing to be active. Just this year, we had temperatures over 40 in January, February and March. Therefore, it is now the recommendation of NSVH to strongly consider the use of YEAR-ROUND tick prevention for your pets. With the unpredictable weather it doesn’t make sense to stop preventing ticks during the winter when ticks may actually be active during many of those months.
Be sure to start tick prevention ASAP to help prevent these potentially deadly tick-borne diseases in your pets!
Whereas a large percentage of canine pets visit a veterinarian at least once a year only a small percentage of feline pets get to the vet on an annual basis. One of the reasons may be that most cats are indoor cats and have less exposure to disease and accidents. While this is true it is still very important to have your feline companions examined on an annual basis.
Feline exams help to ensure the health and longevity of your pet. A good exam should include the following:
Catching issues early is important to the life and emotional wellness of your cat. As cats age changes can occur with weight, activity, organ function and behavior. Having annual exams and blood tests help to keep a log of how your cat is doing from year to year. The incorporation of special diets and/or medications can help to lengthen the life of a cat with kidney issues, hyperthyroidism or diabetes. A longer life mean extra snuggles and moments with your special friend which may be just enough to justify yearly check-ups.
Until next time enjoy the fall season!