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…

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:

  • Fine-tipped Tweezers

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  • Fleas and Ticks, Oh My!

    Lions and tigers and bears aren’t the scariest things lurking outdoors for your pets!  Did you know that flea allergies are the number one cause of skin disease in dogs and cats?  And that they can transmit blood parasites and tapeworms?   Have you heard that ticks carry nasty diseases such as Lyme disease?  Have no fear, though!  A little education goes a long way in protecting Fido and Fluffy from these creepy crawly parasites.  For instance, while fleas and ticks are most common during the warmer months of the year, they are a risk throughout.  Also, did you realize that even dogs and cats that stay indoors can be a breeding ground for fleas?  Keeping your pet on year-round preventative can stop an infestation before it starts.  There are a variety of products on the market to protect your pet, which can make it difficult to know which to use.  Your veterinarian can help you to sort through the vast options and select the best product to meet your individual needs.  So follow the yellow brick road to see the wizard, er, your veterinarian to get your pet protected today!