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EPA Message about Fleas and Ticks

How to Protect Against Fleas and Ticks

  • Consult your veterinarian about the best way to protect your pets from fleas and ticks and whether pesticides are even needed.
  • Use a flea comb to suppress adult fleas. It will allow hair to pass through the comb’s teeth but not the fleas, removing fleas and “flea dirt.” 
    • Focus on combing those parts of the pet where most fleas gather, often the neck or tail area.
    • Put any fleas in soapy water to kill them.
For more information, go to: http://www2.epa.gov/pets/controlling-fleas-and-ticks-your-pet

First Puppy Visit for the Steinbaugh Family, and a Smart Question about Ticks

“Morrison” with Mom, Rachel Steinbaugh and daughters Chloe and Alyvia visited AHDC yesterday for his first-time puppy visit. We checked a fecal sample, examined him and checking a tick bite. Rachel asked a question that many clients ask, “Is the head of the tick still in”? It is important to use caution when removing a tick if it is attached and biting your pet. There are many tricks of the trade, using peanut butter, alcohol, even a match that has just been blown out. Dr. Heather Balmer fears that those methods can lead to the tick burrowing in further. She recommends using tweezers or a tick pulling device while using a spinning motion and pulling the tick out. Once you remove the tick, you will likely see the microscopic pieces of the tick’s prongs that look like black specks and this is almost impossible to avoid. You will also likely see a red bump and you may apply triple antibiotic ointment to the area if you wish. Ticks spread a few diseases and Lyme Disease is one of them and it is prevalent in our area. If your pet has been infected by Lyme Disease, you will not notice a red ring on your pet as our human doctors advise us to look for. Instead, you should look for limping that might switch from leg to leg, but not always, fever, or a decreased appetite. Symptoms usually appear within 14 days, but can appear sooner. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us for help. We will test for Lyme approximately 2-3 weeks after the tick bite and in some cases, we will recommend additional testing to be certain. We will also use antibiotics to treat the infection and this may be a 4-6 week treatment. Talk to us today about the best tick prevention for your pet!

Salt, Antifreeze and Other Winter Warnings for Your Pet

From our wonderful veterinary technician team, here are some tips to keep your pet healthy and safe this winter. As the winter weather worsens you will most likely need to use ice-melt. Your pets walk on it and it will irritate their paws and while they are cleaning it off themselves, they may even ingest it. It can be toxic to them, so in order to prevent this, please purchase pet safe ice-melt. Most stores offer one variety or another. We believe that pet-safe versions work just as well as the others. Continue reading Salt, Antifreeze and Other Winter Warnings for Your Pet