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June is upon us. Most have friends and relatives that are graduating from various levels of education. Each graduate begins a different journey as the eighth grade graduates to freshman, high school seniors graduating to life, college seniors graduating to reality. Many of us will begin a journey in a vacation trip. Pet owners have several options for pet care; their pets can travel with, go to a boarding facility, or have someone act as a pet sitter. If they travel with you or are boarded at a reputable facility, they should be current on all vaccinations including Kennel Cough. You may also want to consider having them receive a Canine Influenza Vaccination. While traveling with your pet make sure that they have adequate water and ventilation, as cars can get very hot very fast.
Regardless of your summer plans, all dogs and cats should be on heartworm preventative as well as flea and tick medication. The rains we had in May have made this prime BUG season. The American Heartworm Association recommends that all dogs be tested for heartworms annually. Dogs that are given heartworm medication all year around (We recommend Iverhart Plus and Heartgard) have greater protection against intestinal worms as well, but they should still be tested for Lymes and Ehrlichia disease. The tick and flea populations are quite high as a result of the long but mild winter and wet spring that we had. We have three different flea and tick preventatives, Vectra which also prevents mosquitoes, Frontline, and Revolution. We can also obtain Nexgard, Bravecto, and Credelio which are chewable flea and tick products. Feel free to contact us if you would like additional information on any of these.
Enjoy the pleasant June weather- we deserve it. This is a great time to take your dog for walks and work off some of winter’s calorie accumulation. Soon we’ll be hibernating next to fans and air conditioning!!