Fleas, Ticks and Worms!
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 14:34
Flea and Tick Season
Summer is full of fun in the sun, but it also brings out parasites. Parasites like fleas and ticks are a constant threat in the summertime. These parasites are more than just annoying, they can carry diseases that can threaten the health of your pet and your family.
Fleas cause skin irritation through intense itching and scratching which can result in hair loss. Some dogs are allergic to the flea’s saliva which leads to an even more unpleasant skin condition called flea allergy dermatitis. The only way to provide relief for these dogs is to rid them of fleas.
Fleas can carry tapeworm eggs inside their bodies. If your pet accidentally ingests a flea while grooming or chewing at themselves, they can become infected with tapeworms. Tapeworms live inside your dog’s intestines and although unlikely, people can also become infected if they swallow an infected flea.
Ticks carry a myriad of diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichia and Anaplasmosis. Most of these diseases are hard to detect and can be debilitating to both your pet and you. Preventing parasites from biting is the only way to prevent disease.
Controlling parasites is difficult once they infest your pet and your house, so prevention is key. In Georgia we recommend year round parasite prevention for every pet in the household. Indoor pets are just as at risk for parasites as those that spend time outdoors. Parasites can hitch a ride on your and your pet and infest your house and pets living in it.
Parasite prevention has become safer and easier for you and your pets. An oral as well as a topical monthly treatment is available for dogs. Hopefully cats will have the choice also, but for now there are only topical preventatives. Never use a dog product on a cat. Many products made for dogs are toxic for cats, so be sure to read the labels carefully.
If you are not sure if your pet is scratching due to parasites or allergies, bring them in. We can use our new ParaVue machine to detect the presence of these tiny parasites. Once identified we can recommend the best way to get rid of them and get relief for you and your pets. All the products that we sell are backed by the manufacturer's guarantee which include not just your money back but a free in-home Terminix inspection and treatment if necessary.
Senior Wellness Pet Care
Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever before. However with this increased lifespan comes an increase in the types of ailments that can afflict senior pets. As pets reach the golden years, there are a variety of conditions and diseases that they can face, including weight and mobility changes; osteoarthritis; kidney, heart, and liver disease; tumors and cancers; hormone disorders such as diabetes and thyroid imbalance; and many others.
Just as the health care needs of humans change as we age, the same applies to pets. It’s critical for pet owners to work closely with their veterinarian to devise a health plan that is best for their senior pet.
Wellness Blood Test Screening
The health and well-being of your four-legged family member are our priorities. Our pets cannot tell us what they need or how they feel. That is why preventive care is so important; it helps us stop problems before they happen. A vital service to safeguard your pet’s health is our Wellness Blood Test Screening. These tests permit us to assess each pet’s internal health. Studies show 10% of adult pets and over 20% of senior pets (7 years and older) have abnormal results revealed only through these wellness screens.
New Digital Radiography Services
Midway Animal Hospital is very happy to announce that we now offer Digital Radiography Services. This state-of-the-art system replaces traditional Xray Film and greatly improves the quality of our imaging services.
Understanding your pet’s blood work
Blood tests help us determine causes of illness accurately, safely, and quickly and let us monitor the progress of medical treatments. A checkmark in any box indicates a significant abnormal finding on your pet’s blood work. If you have questions, ask any staff member. We want you to understand our recommendations and be a partner in your pet’s care.