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Health & Wellness
Summer 2013
The Garden City Telegram
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Warm weather means
barbecues, baseball and trips to the
park with family and pets. But for pet
owners, warm weather can also mean
fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and other dis-
ease-carrying bugs.
“Fleas alone can each bite you or
your pet up to hundreds of times a
day,” says Dr. Rod Van Horn, a small
animal, practicing veterinarian. “It’s
vital to get control of these pests before
they have the chance to bite, hurt and
potentially spread disease.”
Now that the sunshine is finally here,
you may be anxious to take your four-
legged friends outdoors to run around.
how to avoid
TICKS FLEAS
&
this season
Help your pets avoid ticks and fleas by
following these easy tips:
Treat for Prevention
You may not always be able to keep
your pets away from infested areas, but
you can stop the bugs from latching
onto your pet. Treat your pet monthly
with a topical flea and tick treatment
for the most effective, longest last-
ing way to prevent infestation. There
are now approved generic versions of
topical veterinary products that use
the same active ingredients as well, like
Sergeant’s Pronyl OTC. It kills fleas
and ticks, including those which can
spread Lyme disease, and keeps your
pet protected for up to 30 days.
According to experts, more than 70
percent of fleas bite a dog within the
first hour of jumping aboard, so kill-
ing them within that first hour is para-
mount. Try a fast-acting treatment,
such as Sentry Fiproguard MAX for
dogs, which starts to kill fleas and ticks
in just five minutes, before they can
do damage. More information about
protecting your pet and family from
fleas and ticks can be found at www.
fiproguard.com.
Check your House and Yard
If you think youmay have a flea infes-
tation but aren’t sure, start by checking
your house and yard. Walking around
your home and yard in a pair of long
white socks makes pests easy to spot.
Now you’ll see if you have fleas hid-
ing in your home. Secure the infested
socks in a plastic bag and throw them
away or put into the washing machine
for a hot wash.
Inspect your Pets
After a run outdoors, thoroughly
check your pet for fleas and ticks or any
signs of itching or blood stains. Be sure
to look underneath the hair for visible
bugs. But be aware that the largest part
of an infestation – flea eggs, larvae and
pupae – are almost impossible to see
in a quick check. That’s why preven-
tion is key.
Be Proactive
Treat your pets now, before it’s too
late. Apply treatments year-round to
repel pests and prevent them from
latching onto your pet’s skin. Just be-
cause you don’t see fleas or ticks now,
doesn’t mean they aren’t worth worry-
ing about. Always plan ahead.
Do everything you can to protect
your pet, and you’ll never have to fret
about bringing home pesky pests from
the park again.
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Many
people anxiously await the return of
summer when they can wear shorts
and short-sleeved shirts out in the sun.
Although humans are able to keep
comfortable in the heat by dressing ac-
cordingly, pets are not so lucky.
Pets can have a difficult time when
the temperature soars. Certain ani-
mals, such as reptiles or tropical birds,
are acclimated to hot temperatures.
But other pets, including dogs, cats
and even some small animals, can eas-
ily overheat and dehydrate. When the
weather warrants cranking up the air
conditioning, pet owners should pay
special attention to pets to ensure they
are comfortable and not suffering from
summer heat.
Schedule a check-up with the
veterinarian.
Prior to the dog days
of summer, make an appointment with
the veterinarian for a well visit to ensure
any preventive care measures are taken.
This is the time to refill flea and tick
medications and also to have the animal
checked for heart worm. Insects that
transmit diseases are more prevalent in
the warm weather, and more time spent
outdoors can put pets at greater risk of
insect bites or infestations.
How to
protect pets
when the
mercury rises
YOUR PET
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