Some ticks can infest dogs that spend most of their time indoors, and even dogs that only spend brief periods of time outside can have ticks.
Ticks attach to your dog by inserting their mouthparts into your dog’s skin. The places where ticks attach can become red and irritated.
Although rare, ticks can consume enough of your dog’s blood to cause a low blood deficiency called anemia. Certain female ticks can also cause a rare paralysis in dogs as a result of a toxin they produce while feeding. More important, ticks are capable of causing many diseases in your pet such at Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Anaplasmosis, Heartland Virus, Ehrilichiosis, and Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness.
Lyme disease can cause arthritis and swelling of your dog’s joints, resulting in painful lameness. Rocky Mountain spotted fever can cause fever, lameness, and other signs. There are also other diseases that ticks can transmit to your dog.
It is very difficult to prevent your dog’s exposure to ticks. Ticks can attach to your dog when he or she goes with you on walks, hikes, or during any outdoor activities.
The best way to prevent ticks from attaching to your dog is by the regular use of tick control products like Nexgard. Your favorite White House Animal Hospital veterinarian can advise you about the best product for your dog and your situation. Your veterinarian is also aware of diseases that are common in your area and can pose a risk to your dog. Schedule to get your pets protected today and when you Purchase 6 does of Nexgard you will get 2 doses for free for the Month of October 2016 at White House Animal Hospital.
Kristi May, MS, CVPM, LVMT, AHT, BS, ABCDT
White House Animal Hospital 615-672-0357
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It’s National Service Dog Month, National Animal Safety and
Protection Month, ASPCA’s Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and there’s even a
shout-out to cats this month on National Cat Day, October 29. With all of these
warm and fuzzy feelings circulating in the autumn air, it’s a perfect time to
take a good, hard look at your pet. How has he/she been acting lately?
Nipping. Scratching. Litter box issues. Leash pulling.
Meowing at night. Urinating on the floor. Chewing shoes. Are these behaviors
just part of being a “normal” dog or cat, or not?
Some common behavior issues are due to underlying medical
problems. These illnesses are tough to recognize even for the most observant
owners. For example, if your dog started nipping at the kids, it may be a sign
he’s in pain. Your cat may stop jumping on your lap. Not because she’s being
unfriendly, but because she has arthritis and it hurts.
If these behaviors are left unchecked, it’s a triple issue.
The behavior may worsen, the underlying medical condition may progress (which
puts your pet’s health at risk), and most importantly, your pet’s quality of
life as part of your family is compromised.
Here’s where we can help. We have the expertise when it
comes to analyzing, identifying and resolving behavior issues with your pet. At
your pet’s yearly checkup, we can talk about your pet’s behavior and help give
your pet a “new leash” on life! We are committed to your pet’s well-being…all
the way! Schedule your pet’s yearly checkup today http://www.whitehousevet.com/contactus.html!