Attention Pet Owners! It is the season for canine upper respiratory infections and we have seen several cases the past couple of weeks. There are many different viruses and bacteria that can cause clinical signs and they are highly contagious. Clinical signs include coughing (soft to loud honk), gagging, repeated swallowing, sneezing, and ocular discharge. Some may vomit after a coughing spell, become lethargic, and lose their appetite. If you notice any of these signs, please contact your veterinarian. Dogs that show clinical signs should avoid any public areas including dog parks, daycare, boarding, and grooming salons for 2 weeks AFTER clinical signs resolve. This will help reduce the chance of spread. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact us.
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Flea season is in full swing. Is your pet itchy and scratchy? Here are some great tips for keeping the flea population under control.
Fleas are a pesky external parasite that causes irritating bites and skin conditions on our pets. They can also harbor other parasites such as tapeworms. Fleas are one of the most common causes for an itchy pet. Many owners claim they don’t have fleas but most of the time fleas are the underlying problem. Fleas are incredibly difficult to see and can be removed by your pet grooming and itching itself, making detection harder. Even indoor only pets are at risk for flea infestations as they can hitch rides on clothing and enter your home.
Once a flea infestation begins, it can be very difficult to get it under control
Understanding the flea life cycle is key in removal and control. Fleas aren’t just outside. A home is the perfect environment for fleas to live all year long.
One flea can lay 50 eggs a day and up to 2000 in her lifetime. A flea produces eggs which fall off to develop into larva in your bed, carpet, or other areas your pet tends to rest.
Once larva develop into the pupae stage, they can remain dormant here for up to 6 months prior to hatching. Nothing can kill the flea when it is in this stage. That is why getting an infestation under control can take so long.
With good flea control implemented it, it still takes a approximately 4 weeks to see a good decrease in the flea population and up to 6 months to rid of the infestation.
The first place to start when fighting fleas is a product to kill the adult fleas on the pet. This will provide your pet relief and help stop the source of new eggs. Many products are available that work very well and have long lasting effects. Some products can last up to three months after one application. There are many products you can choose that come in topical and oral formulations.
It is very important to treat all pets in the household. Flea shampoos, collars, and dips do not provide any benefit when compared to modern oral and spot on medications. Many over the counter products do not work as effectively as they use to thanks to the fleas building up resistance.
The next part is controlling the eggs and larval stages of the flea. This is done with good environmental cleaning and products containing and insect growth regulator. Vacuum daily and wash your pet’s bedding weekly. Use an insecticide with an insect growth regulator like KNOCKOUT in your home. Target places that are dark and where your pet likes to rest.
Using a product that contains an IGR like Sentinel will further decrease the flea population. This product causes the shell of the flea egg to essentially melt. It is also passed in the fleas’ fecal matter that larva in your carpet digest, causing them to “melt” as well.
The outdoor environment must be managed. Keep the yard mowed and limbs and weeds under control. Developing fleas love shady, moist areas and will die when exposed to prolonged light and heat. If you need to use sprays or other outdoor products, consult with an exterminator to choose the best and safest product for your yard and family.
Thinking about pet health insurance? Check out Trupanion! Great rates, one easy plan, and quick claim turnaround. We are very excited that we have Trupanion Express available for our clients. This allows claim processing within 5 minutes and is paid directly toward your bill. Ask us more how you can get your pet signed up today!
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If your dog is constantly itching, scratching or chewing because of its allergies to pollens, molds or dust mites, we now have a new biologic therapy that targets itch at its source. It’s called CYTOPOINTTM — it is an injection that starts working within one day and helps provide relief of the clinical signs of atopic dermatitis for four to eight weeks.
CYTOPOINT is different from traditional drugs that treat itch. It is a biological therapy—a type of non-pharmaceutical treatment that works like your dog’s immune system. CYTOPOINT contains engineered antibodies very similar to natural dog antibodies. Antibodies are what an animal’s immune system uses to defend the body against infection or disease.
In this case, the antibodies in CYTOPOINT have been designed to specifically target and neutralize one of the main proteins that sends itch signals to your dog’s brain. This helps reduce scratching so the skin has a chance to heal.
CYTOPOINT is an injection that your veterinarian gives your dog once every 4 to 8 weeks, as needed. In studies, after one injection, CYTOPOINT started controlling itch within 1 day, and kept itch controlled for a month or longer. CYTOPOINT also helped damaged skin begin to heal within 7 days.
In a clinical study, dogs receiving CYTOPOINT injections had no more side effects than dogs who received placebo injections (injections with no treatment at all). CYTOPOINT is safe to use in dogs of any age, and can be used with many other commonly used medications and in dogs with other diseases.
Because CYTOPOINT is a biological therapy and not a drug, it is naturally broken down and recycled by the body. It is not eliminated from the body via the liver or kidneys like most pharmaceutical drug products. This is one of the reasons CYTOPOINT can be a safe choice for your dog.
We know how difficult it is to see your dog so uncomfortable from constant itching and other signs of atopic dermatitis. We’re very excited about this new therapy that can help give your dog long-term relief and bring back the fun in life.
Give us a call today and we would be happy to answer any further questions and get your dog scheduled for their first injection today!
KLKN Channel 8 News came out and interviewed Dr. Walton about Leptosporosis. Is your dog at risk? Watch the video here: http://www.klkntv.com/story/35691660/bacteria-common-to-county-affects-dogs#
Two dogs were recently diagnosed with active leptosporosis infections at Pet Care Center. Lepto is a concern as not only can it make your dog very ill (even result in death) but can be transferred to you as well. The disease is not limited to hunting dogs. Urban wildlife, rodents, and family vacations can result in exposure to the bacteria. In this case, both dogs were lap dogs less than 15 lbs. A vaccination is available to help provide protection; however it does not protect against every subspecies of leptosporosis. If you think your pet has signs consistent with leptosporosis, contact your veterinarian and your personal physician immediately.
Pet Care Center and Invisible Fence partnered together to provide Lincoln Fire & Rescue with pet oxygen masks. These will be critical for saving our pets in the event of a fire.