Tag Archives: fleas

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 of

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Flea and Tick Prevention: 2015 Update

When I started my career as a veterinarian, the options for flea and tick control were limited, smelly and messy. I dispensed cans of spray, bottles of dip, and cartons of powder, but hardly ever prescribed a flea collar. Back then, the collars were not that effective and some thought the only way a flea

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What’s New for Fleas and Ticks?

Ticks have been around forever. Even the ancient Roman author, Pliny the Elder (23-79 A.D.) was vexed by these creatures. He is reported to have said, “Ticks: the foulest and nastiest creatures that be.” Ancient Rome must not have had fleas, or Pliny would have included them on his nasty creature list as well. Besides

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