Fall 2012 Newsletter

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For one the pigs at the county and state fairs have been carrying a variant of swine influenza and over thirty people have become sick enough to be diagnosed.  Hopefully that will be the end of it for now.

Infectious disease was actually reduced, probably by the draught, in our practices.  We are seeing some of everything such as parvovirus gastroenteritis in dogs and herpes upper respiratory infections in cats but not in high numbers.  The sun’s ultraviolet rays and heat can reduce virus populations in the environment during warm weather.

Now as usual allergies are increasing and the flea population is becoming tougher to kill.  As the growing season ends many plants produce pollens that can cause allergic symptoms in animals and humans.  Most of our symptoms involve the eyes and respiratory tract where itching of skin and ear infections are more common in pets.

Flea populations evolve over the summer with the strong surviving and reproducing so the offspring are more resistant to insecticides than at the beginning of summer.  Using a 3 pronged approach by treating the house the yard and all the pets will increase the effectiveness of any flea prevention.

Changing products used on the pet can help also but do not forget to increase the boundaries of your treatment to include the above three.

All products work better when all three environments are treated.  We carry multiple products if it is time to change and we have house treatments also.  Usually we send clients to the lawn and garden center for yard treatments since they tend to come in larger bags and containers.  Most products that will kill other insects on the yard like ants will also kill fleas.

We can give your pets an injection and pills to reduce itching during this period whether it is from fleas or just allergies.  The pets comfort (and your ability to sleep at night) is our primary goal.

Call to bring your itching pet in for an exam and some relief.

    

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