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By eyotaveteri28288700, Oct 16 2017 04:06PM

Did you know that fleas can still be actively seeking a host even when air temperatures are just above freezing? This is just one of many reasons to keep your furry friends on flea and tick preventative all year long. Stopping flea and tick preventative in the cooler months is the main reason why we see the reinfestation occur.

Fleas are very particular and will seek out almost any warm-bodied host, such as, dogs, cats, raccoons and even opossums. Warm shelters like a garage or your home are also appealing to fleas. An adult flea can enter a state of inactivity for up to five months. However, temperatures below 37.4 degrees F will kill them. This is the main reason why the adult fleas search for warm, areas to lay their eggs, in which will emerge during the warmer months.

The adult female flea will live on it's host (such as your pet) for several weeks. During this time a bloodmeal is provided to her from a dog or cat and she will lay 20-30 eggs each day - she may lay several hundred over her life span. These tiny eggs will fall off the host and land almost anywhere. Common areas include bedding, carpet and small cracks in the floor.

The absolute best way to kill fleas is to prevent them in the first place! Even in the cooler months it's important to keep you pets on flea and tick preventative. Skipping one or two months of the preventative could cause an unwanted infestation in your home. Another great way to keep the fleas away is to frequently vacuum the areas in which your pet spends a lot of time, and to wash any pet bedding in hot water.

With year round prevention, fleas can easily be prevented. Stop into our clinic today and ask our knowledgeable staff about our variety of flea and tick products we have on hand. From topicals to chewables, we can all make sure your pet is good to go for the upcoming seasons!

By eyotaveteri28288700, Aug 28 2017 03:42PM

Dog Flu is a relatively new disease that we are learning about. The dog flu is caused by two different canine influenza viruses. Clinical signs of this include include cough, runny nose and fever. Not all dogs that are infected will show signs of illness. To help protect your animal, please visit the following website links for more information.

By eyotaveteri28288700, Apr 7 2017 09:54PM

The warm weather of Spring seems to have finally arrived. Most of us, along with our pets, will probably be spending more time outdoors in the next weeks and months. While it is enjoyable to be outdoors, it also presents new risks to our pets. In this part of Minnesota, we have a very strong population of ticks affecting human and animal health. Each year we diagnose many new cases of tick-borne diseases such as Lymes, Anaplasmosis, and Ehrlichia in our dog patients. These diseases are carried by deer ticks, which are very prevalent in our area. Fortunately we can help prevent these diseases by using a vaccine for Lymes disease and using a good flea and tick preventive. We recommend vaccinating your dog every year to help protect against Lymes disease. There are several products that can be used for flea and tick control. We have been using and strongly recommend Nexgard, Bravecto, or Frontline Gold. Please contact us if you have questions about any of these products. Like you, we want your pet to stay healthy and happy!