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Enough to Tick You Off: What Can Happen When Parasite Prevention Lapses

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parasite preventionUnless you’re an entomologist, parasites probably bug you. They’re creepy, crawly, and have the potential to cause all sorts of health problems in your pet. Fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes are the main offenders, but with year-round parasite prevention you can kick them to the proverbial curb.

No Fleas! Please?

Fleas get inside the home via pets or people. Mostly picked up in woodpiles, leaf litter, shady areas, mulch, or grass thatch, they can be deposited there by squirrels, rabbits, groundhogs, opossums, and others.

While they can wreak havoc in your house, a single flea can lay eggs on your pet, developing into larvae, pupae, and adult fleas before you know it. Because it can take a few months to fully eradicate a flea infestation, it’s best to stop the cycle before it starts by using a monthly parasite preventative year round.

Likewise, fleas can remain dormant inside your home during the colder months, only to awake and take over when the spring comes.

Tic-Tac-Toe

Blood-suckers already have a pretty terrible reputation, but when they spread disease, they become truly awful. Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, and anaplasmosis are all transmitted from ticks to pets (and other animals). However, when parasite prevention is maintained throughout the year, your pet is protected from threats like the deer tick, brown dog tick, lone star tick, and American dog tick.

Lyme disease has been found in all 50 states. If your pet frequents wooded areas, we recommend having him or her tested for tick-borne disease and vaccinated against Lyme disease. But remember, your pet doesnt have to be in the deep woods to pick up ticks – they can easily be in your own backyard so you should be checking your pet often.

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The Best Ways to Protect Your Pet From Dangerous Predators

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pet safetyWe all know the feelings of frustration and futility when you call your pet inside only to be coolly ignored. This resistance tends to happen around dusk, when the opportunity to experience the emerging darkness is savored and shared by pets and predators alike. It’s easy to have a sense of security in our own backyards, but it’s important to know that your pet can be at risk anywhere.

Your companion’s safety is important to us, which is why we’re offering the following tips on how to protect your pet.

The Wild at Your Doorstep

Coyotes are arguably one of the biggest threats facing pets. You might have seen the recent effort in Decatur to reduce the number of coyotes in neighborhoods. Sure, we’re north of the river corridor, but the risk is still very real to our pets. Fierce, confident, and somewhat laissez-faire about their proximity to humans, coyotes will attack a pet left out at night. Some tips to keep in mind:

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Beware the Bugs! Is Your Pet Protected From Parasites?

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pet vaccinationSpringtime is the time for getting outdoors! And what could be better than hanging out on the deck or going for a walk with your four-legged companion? Of course, this season not only prompts us to come out of winter slumber and become more active, it’s also prime time for parasites.

While these pests are a year-round concern, there’s no doubt that warmer, humid weather brings them out in droves. Keep reading to learn more about these harmful bugs and how to keep your pet protected from parasites and the diseases they carry.

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Super-Sized? Recognizing and Managing Feline Obesity

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More than half of all domestic felines in America are considered overweight or obese, an unfortunate trend that continues to climb. With our own species hovering dangerously close to the same statistic, it’s time for all of us to get motivated.

When signs of feline obesity are recognized early on, the future is brighter and happier. But what does feline obesity really look like? It’s not uncommon for a cat owner to be surprised by the diagnosis; nevertheless, when it’s understood how to support weight loss, everyone benefits.

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AAHA Accreditation and What It Means for You

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You may have heard that we are proud at Town & Country Animal Hospital to be AAHA accredited. Even though that may sound impressive, many people don’t know what that means. Read on to learn about AAHA accreditation and what it means for you and your four-legged family member.

AAHA Accreditation

AAHA stands for the American Animal Hospital Association, a group established in 1933 that has dedicated itself to ensuring the highest quality of care for pets.

AAHA accredits veterinary hospitals according to its over 900 standards. Hospitals are only accredited when they can demonstrate compliance and are subject to periodic onsite inspections completed every three years. Only about 15 percent of small animal hospitals across the United States and Canada can say that they comply!

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The Rear View Mirror: Looking Back At Our Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2016

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Life plays tricks on us sometimes, and time is never more elusive than when the previous year’s calendar is replaced by the new one. This moment commands quiet reflection on the past, and creates an opportunity to look toward the future with a hopeful optimism. This is true in all areas of life, but for us we enjoy looking back at our pet care blogs posted every month for the pleasure and interest of our growing community of pet owners. From parasite prevention to overall wellness, safety measures to articles focused on a specific species, we hope it’s clear that we care about your pet.

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A Brand New Start: New Year’s Resolutions for Pet Owners

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It’s almost 2017, and as many of us are ruminating on the past year and its many ups and downs, thoughts inevitably turn to what we can do to make the coming year the best one yet.

Your friends at Town & Country Animal Hospital don’t have any suggestions for your personal New Year’s resolutions, but we can certainly help you with ideas for improving life for your pet. Our list of New Year’s resolutions for pet owners will get you started off on the right paw.

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The Gift That Keeps On Giving: Your Go-To Guide for Holiday Pet Safety

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dog beggingIf you’ve been waiting all year, the season of giving is finally here. Plates of goodies, boughs of greenery, and late night revelry have arrived in full force – and we guarantee your pet has taken notice.

While the holidays are wonderful when shared with those we love, certain holiday foods can place your pet in a dangerous situation. Avoid giving the gift that no one wants (like, say, a pet emergency) with our quick guide to holiday pet safety.

The Long View

A good rule of thumb during the holidays is to stick to your pet’s routine as much as possible, keeping mealtimes and portions the same. Exercise is a fantastic antidote to seasonal stress, anxiety, or excitement, and it’s healthy for both of you!

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Parasite Roulette? Beat the Odds With Year-Round Heartworm Prevention

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Adult Golden Retriever Scratching fleasThere are many things we enjoy doing year-round, but being bitten by mosquitos is definitely not one of them. While other parts of the country may get a seasonal break from all the buzzing and itching, we Alabamians must endure these disease-spreading pests year-round.

However, the danger of these blood-suckers goes way beyond Zika and West Nile virus. Heartworm disease is a potentially deadly condition that can be transmitted to our pets through infected mosquitoes. Keep reading to learn more about how to protect your companion and why heartworm prevention is a year-round priority.

 

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Why Well Pet Exams are Essential to Your Pet’s Health

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pet wellness exam

Each year, you may get a reminder from your doctor that it’s time for your annual physical. These pet exams are often the first time changes in health or underlying illnesses are identified, making them essential to preventive medicine.

The same is true for well pet exams. Because pets age much more rapidly than humans, these exams are integral to slowing the effects of age, as well as offering supportive care for a lifetime of emotional and physical well-being.

What’s Included in the Exam?

What’s covered during your pet’s wellness exam depends on a few factors – namely age, current health status, and whether you’ve reported any changes or problems in your pet’s condition.

Wellness care is categorized by life stage: puppy/kitten, adult, and senior. Each life stage requires different types of care and attention that shape your pet’s needs. This includes nutritional support, exercise modifications, and additional testing for certain diseases that coincide with age. Continue…