Tag Archives: fleas

Why does my pet keep itching? Allergies, infections, and ectoparasites in pets

A cat with allergies

August is itchy pet awareness month. August is a good month to discuss itchy pets since nearly all the patients I am seeing these days are itchy and scratching at themselves. This blogpost will focus on some of the more common causes of itching and scratching in our favorite fur persons. Ear Mites in Kittens

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Ivermectin: An Important Veterinary Medication

Woman smiles with her dog

April is Heartworm Awareness Month, and I think it’s a good time to talk about ivermectin. As you may recall, ivermectin was all over the news during the height of the pandemic as an unproven treatment for COVID-19. Most people had never heard of this drug, however many dog owners have ivermectin in their kitchen

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Can my pet make me sick? Can I make my pet sick?

A labrador retriever in a field at dusk

The 2019n-COV virus from China, also known as the Wuhan coronavirus, has raised concerns about the role of pets as a source of infections or in the spread of infections. Thankfully, there is currently no evidence for a role of pets in the COVID-2019 outbreak. However, there are diseases spread between animals and people. These

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Housekeeping Tips to Prevent Fleas and Ticks

A dog next to a vacuum cleaner

Summer is officially here, and everyone is looking forward to the next few months of outdoor activities. For those of us with furry family members, summer is the time of year when they drag unwanted visitors, like fleas and ticks into our homes. The “yuck factor” for these critters is high, but fleas and ticks

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Top Tick Stories 2017

Removing a tick from a dog

Increase in Lyme Disease Cases for 2017 According to the Companion Animal Parasite Council, canine Lyme disease is expected to expand beyond its traditional geographic boundaries in 2017. In states like New York where the disease is endemic, the number of cases will increase, thanks to a bumper crop of white footed mice, the efficient vectors

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