What You Should Know About Preventing Fleas and Ticks

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The thought of insects crawling on your skin and living off your blood probably, well, makes your skin crawl. Yet, too often as pet owners, we allow fleas and ticks to treat our pets like bed-and-breakfasts. And it is only after these pests make themselves at home that we might realize showing them the door can be difficult, expensive and painfully slow.

Fleas and ticks aren’t just irritating and distasteful; they can lead to medical problems. Flea allergies can cause severe itching and skin damage; fleas can also carry the causative agents of cat-scratch disease, while ticks carry the organisms that can lead to debilitating illnesses like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. So it’s crucial to continuously and effectively prevent infestations of these parasites for the health and safety of our pets, our families and ourselves.

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Pet First Aid Tips

What would you do if

...your dog ate the bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips that was left out on the kitchen counter?
...your cat had a seizure right in front of you?
...your dog fell down the stairs and started limping?
...your cat was overheating on a hot summer day?

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Veterinary Health Care Team

Every veterinary hospital staff consists of a team of caring individuals, each contributing his or her unique abilities to ensure high quality veterinary care for animals and compassionate interactions with animal owners. Dedication to service remains a top priority.

The Veterinarian – Leading the Team

Veterinarians are doctors trained to protect the health of both animals and people. In a clinical hospital environment, veterinarians work with large and small animals to evaluate animals’ health; diagnose and treat illnesses; provide routine preventive care; prescribe medication; and perform surgery. Some veterinarians specialize in areas such as surgery, internal medicine, ophthalmology or dentistry.

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We Offer Dog and Cat grooming!

Grooming is now available at our clinic!! Alissa Doyle is our groomer and will see dogs and cats!

Call (608)767-3407 to book your appointment!

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We Offer Acupuncture!

Please call us with any questions or to set up an acupuncture appointment for your pet today! 608-767-3400

 

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Black Earth Veterinary Clinic is proud to add acupuncture to the list of services available for your pets. Acupuncture is performed by Dr. Darlene Berkovitz, who trained at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.  Acupuncture is a wonderful way to treat many medical conditions, most notably pain from injury, arthritis, or age. Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with common western medical therapies and medications.

Acupuncture is typically tolerated very well by cats and dogs. The needles are a very small gauge and most patients do not even notice them.  There are no negative side effects to acupuncture, making it safe for older pets and those with chronic disease conditions.

Acute injuries often need only one or two treatments while chronic conditions require more. Treatments take about 30 minutes and are usually scheduled once weekly for 3 – 5 sessions and then spaced further apart as tolerated by the patient.   

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!!Fleas!! Myth vs Fact!

  • My house has no carpet, so I do not have to worry about fleas in my home.

Fact: Flea eggs will drop off the pet and accumulate in the cracks of hardwood floors and along the baseboards. The larvae will then move deep into these crevices to avoid exposure to light. Fleas can survive and multiply in most environments.

  • I do not see fleas on my pet, so there must not be any.

Fact: Visible adult fleas are only a small portion of the infestation. Fleas exist in the environment as ≈57% eggs, 34% larvae, 8% pupae, and 1% adults. Fleas are difficult to see on many types of hair coats. They can be harder to see on cats, who are very good at removing the fleas when they groom. 

  • My pet never leaves my yard, and my lawn is short and well maintained.

Fact: Fleas will survive in any shady, moist environment where pets rest.

  • I do not need to use preventives during the winter months.

Fact: Fleas can survive for 10 days at 37.4oF. In cold climates, adult fleas survive on the warm bodies of dogs, cats, and other mammals, and indoors within pupal casings as pre-emerged adults.

  • I give my dog garlic as a natural flea preventive.

Fact: Garlic ingestion is an ineffective flea remedy that can have negative health effects. Garlic toxicity can result in oxidative damage to erythrocytes, which may lead to Heinz body formation, hemolytic anemia, methemoglobinemia, and impaired oxygen transportation.

12 Dog Diseases You Can Combat with Vaccination and Deworming

1. Rabies (this can be spread to people)

2. Canine parvovirus infection ("parvo")

3. Canine distemper

4. Leptospirosis

5. Canine adenovirus-2

6. Canine parainfluenza

7. Canine enteric coronavirus

8. Canine influenza

9. Lyme disease

10. Bordetella ("kennel cough")

11. Heartworm disease

12. Intestinal worms (roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, etc., some of which can also infect people)

8 Cat Diseases you Can Prevent with Vaccination and Deworming

1. Rabies (this can be spread to people)

2. Feline panleukopenia (feline distemper)

3. Feline herpesvirus infection

4. Feline calicivirus infection

5. Feline leukemia (FeLV)

6. Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) infection

7. Heartworm disease

8. Intestinal worms (roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, etc., some of which can also infect people)

See the Difference a Dental Cleaning Can Make for Your Pet!

Proper dental care can detect dental disease that not only affects the mouth, but can also lead to more serious health problems such as heart, lung, and kidney disease. Good dental hygiene is just as important for pets as it is for humans. Yet, it is one of the most overlooked areas in pet health. Studies by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) reveal that nearly two-thirds of pet owners do not provide the dental care recommended by veterinarians.

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Fact!

More than ¾ of all respiratory infections in cats are caused by feline rhinotracheitis or calicivirus. These can cause cold-like clinical signs, pneumonia or other severe signs and are easily transmitted among cats through secretions. The good news: they can be prevented with regular vaccinations.

 

Did you know??

Disease immunity inherited by puppies and kittens thanks to their mothers' antibodies typically wears off at around 8 weeks of age. Since young animals' immune systems are still fragile at that stage, it's better to vaccinate your pet sooner rather than later.

 

 

Fact!

Even if your pet stays mostly indoors, many contagious diseases are airborne and could even travel through an open window, says the American Humane Association—so regular vaccinations are crucial regardless of whether your pet goes outside.