You Found a Tick on Your Dog…Should You be Concerned?

tick on your dogThe more you’re exposed to something, the more comfortable you are with it, right? Not so with ticks. Because they’re known to pass dangerous diseases to animals and people, they’re perceived as nightmarish, blood-sucking parasites – no matter how many times you’ve seen one.

If you have yet to find a tick on your dog, you’re quite lucky. As we approach the summer months, the likelihood of a tick encounter skyrockets. Recognizing risk factors and practicing disease prevention are key to keeping your pup in tip-top shape.

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Feline Foe? Is Lyme Disease in Cats a Concern?

iStock_000075910907_LargeTick season is upon us. You probably know all about tick borne diseases like Lyme disease that can affect humans and dogs, but if you have a cat that spends time outdoors you may be wondering whether it is a worry for them as well. Thankfully, The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center have the answers for you when it comes to Lyme disease in cats. Continue…

Double Whammy: The Negative Effects of Fleas and Ticks

iStock_000047785894_Large (2)Nature’s clock wakes up persistent parasites every spring, and the blood-sucking population multiplies non-stop throughout the warm summer months. However, the fast-approaching autumnal equinox is not the insurance your pet needs to avoid the fate of a parasite’s blood meal. Fleas and ticks can lie dormant throughout the winter, wake up after the last frost, and wreak havoc on a myriad of mammalia.

No matter the season, your pet is always at risk for parasites. Let’s discuss the basic (not to mention disconcerting) truths about fleas and ticks. Continue…

NexGard: New Flea and Tick Control for Dogs

iStock_000024894111_MediumElmhurst Animal Care Center is very excited to be able to offer one of the newest flea and tick preventatives on the market: NexGard. This oral parasite preventative has recently been approved by the FDA as a safe, effective option for external parasite control for dogs. Our staff is pretty excited about NexGard – here’s why…

Why NexGard is Different

Until recently, pet owners had to rely on topical spot-on products or collars to provide good flea and tick control. This presented challenges for some pet owners:

  • Topicals can be messy
  • Bathing and swimming can influence effectiveness
  • Some pets with sensitive skin do not tolerate these well
  • Concerns about exposure to cats and children
  • Issues with applying topicals down on the skin as directed
  • Because NexGard is administered orally, none of these problems are a concern. NexGard is conveniently dosed as a tasty beef-flavored chewable that most dogs eat willingly. Continue…

    How to Remove a Tick from Your Pet

    tikcsIf you have had to remove a tick from your pet (or a person), you can attest to the fact the little bloodsuckers are just plain gross.

    Unfortunately, we know that if you are reading this, chances are you have found a tick on your pet and don’t know what to do. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered. Below you will find a step-by-step explanation of how to remove a tick from your dog or cat, and what to watch for after the pest is removed.

    Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

    You will need a few basic supplies before you tackle the tick:

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  • Whipworms in Pets: Protecting Your Pet Against Intestinal Parasites

    A cut of soilSome intestinal parasites are easier to get rid of than others, and perhaps none is quite as formidable as the dreaded whipworm. A relatively common parasite of the dog (as well as coyotes and  foxes), the whipworm, or Trichuris vulpis, can be hard to get rid of.

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    Know Thy Enemy: Heartworms in Pets

     

    Heartworms are a parasite that every pet owner should be familiar with. How much do you really know about this serious and formidable foe? See if you can answer the following questions.

     

    Q:  True or false?  Heartworms only affect dogs.

    A:  False. While heartworm disease is mostly a dog problem, cats, ferrets, wolves, coyotes, foxes, and sea lions can all be infected. Continue…

    The Problem with Online Pet Pharmacies

     

    You may be asking yourself, “Why shouldn’t I order my pet’s prescription online?  Good prices, direct shipping, what’s to lose?”  Be aware that it may not be as good as it sounds though. Take the following into account before choosing where to purchase your next veterinary prescription:

    • When your veterinarian prescribes a medication, he or she can dispense it in a safe manner, ensuring your pet has had any recommended screening performed, looking out for drug interactions, and keeping the product in an appropriate manner.  This does not always happen with online pharmacies.
    • The FDA says, “buyer beware” about online pharmacies.  There has been much concern about the quality and authenticity of drugs that can be obtained online.
    • If you have a problem or question, your veterinarian is able to address it directly.  Not all veterinary pharmacies can claim the same.
    • Websites that sell prescription veterinary products without the need for a prescription are breaking the law, plain and simple.  If they are ignoring the law in this respect, where else are they cutting corners?
    • Many drug company warranties such as those for heartworm prevention are invalidated when the product is purchased through such venues.

     

    Talk to us or to your veterinarian.  He or she truly has your pet’s best interest at heart. And you may be able to walk out the door with your pet’s medication for little more than ordering online.

    Our on-site pharmacy is well stocked and able to fill prescriptions before you leave. We are also a compounding pharmacy which means that we can tailor your pet’s medication to their unique needs. This gives us the ability to adjust the dose and method of delivery or to offer solutions for pets that are difficult to medicate, such as adding flavors or ordering transdermal medications.

    Talk to us or to your veterinarian about the options they offer. Sometimes convenience is not worth the risk, and your pet’s medications fall into that category.