SUMMER CELEBRATIONS, and SICKNESSES
July is here and Fireworks can be heard all over. Many dogs can become frightened by these noisy celebrations, and can cause significant problems
for you and themselves. Crate confinement often helps as dogs are “den” animals and feel secure in “their home”. Calming music can be of benefit
during these stressful times. There are also medications that can lessen your pet’s anxiety. Thesemedications can be herbal medicines or tranquilizers
If possible herbal medications such as Composure or Zoetis’ new product Sileo, as they can be given more often and have fewer side effects. Sileo is a
paste that is applied to the dog’s gums and produces a calming state for your pet when fireworks and storms occur.
The recent rains that we have had have made conditions optimal for mosquitoes.
The mosquito population is going to be abundant, make certain
that you have heartworm preventative for your dog and cat. We have Heartgard, Iverhart, and Revolution to protect your pet from heartworms. We
also have Vectra 3D, a topical product that prevents mosquito and biting flies from bothering your dog.
Fleas are reaching their peak and ticks are still numerous at this time. There has been an influx of the Lone Star Tick- a pest that transmits many
diseases andseems more resilient to the common tick preventatives. Vectra 3D, Frontline Certifect and Rvolution seem to be the most effective pour
on products against fleas and ticks in this area. Nexgard and Credlio are chewable products that are quite good as well.
Heat stroke is a syndrome that can be devastating at this time of year. Although it has not been as hot as some recent years, dogs are still
susceptible to the effects of heat exhaustion if they do not have adequate water or are exercised to vigorously. The individual dog’s makeup has a
strong influence on the severity of this. A short coated Beagle is not under as much physiological stress as a full coated Newfoundland. If you are
traveling with your pet be sure to have adequate ventilation in your car as they can get very hot and experience heat stroke even if your car is parked
in the shade.
Bluegreen algae can start to grow in this hot and wet weather. This can cause seizures and death in dos and people if they go swimming in ponds and
lakes. Don't let them swim alone.
Lone Star Tick