Flea Prevention and Control

 

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The groundhog says spring is just around the corner and the warm temperatures we’ve been experiencing this past winter parasite prevention and control are something pet owner’s need to be thinking about now to avoid fighting a losing battle come mid- to late summer.

With new product innovations and insight into flea biology pet owners can avoid severe infestations by taking action before fleas are abundant. The majority of the adult flea’s life is spent on the pet, not in the carpet. The adult fleas lay their eggs on the pet’s fur and those eggs fall onto the carpeting, under furniture, and anywhere the pet lays. To prevent future generations pet owners can break the cycle of flea development by killing the eggs or by eliminating the egg-laying adults.

Ticks are another pesky skin parasite that plague your pets in the spring and fall. Ticks can begin transmitting disease just hours after attaching to your pet! Most tick products do not kill on contact but can paralyze and kill them before they start transmitting disease.

Heartworms are transmitted through mosquito bites and require monthly medication to prevent infection. It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to start an infection! ALL dogs and cats should be protected, even if they are indoor pets.

Allentown Animal Clinic has a comprehensive program to keep your pets parasite free all season long. Contact us today to refill your preventatives before they become a problem in your house.

When you purchase a full year of Heartgard receive $12.00 back!

Purchase your pets Vectra through us and receive 1 FREE dose when you buy 3 or receive 3 FREE doses when you purchase a full box of 6 doses!

By initiating treatment now you will greatly reduce the potential for an infestation later in the season.

Talk to your veterinarian about which options may be best for you and your pets!

National Pet Dental Health Month

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February is National Pet Dental Health Month!

Have you looked at your pet’s pearly (or not-so-pearly) whites lately? How about your pet’s breath? February is National Pet Dental Health Month and a great time to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian for a dental health check and to start a dental health care program for your pet. Many pets start to exhibit some form of dental disease by 4 years old because they are not provided with proper home dental care. Follow the tips below to help keep your pet’s teeth dazzling!

1. Sniff Test

Sniff your pet’s breath. If your pet’s breath is especially offensive or accompanied by loss of appetite, vomiting, or excessive drinking and urinating, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.

2. Brush! Brush! Brush!

Ask your vet for a toothpaste specially formulated for pets and start brushing. It may take some time to get your pet used to this but, done regularly, brushing will become easier for both of you and provide your pet with healthier teeth and gums!

3. Signs of a Problem

If you notice any of the following you pet may have a problem and should be checked by your veterinarian.

  • Bad breath
  • Excessive drooling
  • Inflamed gums
  • Tumors in the mouth
  • Loose teeth

Periodontal disease is a painful infection between the tooth and gum that can result in tooth loss and spread infection through the rest of the body. Regular visits with your veterinarian and an at home dental care routine are the solution to keeping periodontal disease at bay!