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LYME DISEASE AND YOUR DOG
Dogs get Lyme disease from the deer tick (Ixodes scapularis) that can carry the organism Borrelia burgdorferi. Deer tick larva become infected with this organism when they take their first blood meal from an infected mammal, preferably the white-footed mouse. When the tick larva turn into nymphs in the spring time after being dormant over the winter, they become most dangerous. Nymphs are only the size of a poppy seed, and can go unnoticed on your dog. Adult ticks are active in the fall when they mate on larger mammals, preferably the white tailed deer. According to the Center for Disease Control, a tick must be attached for 36-48 hours before it can transmit Lyme disease.
Signs of Lyme Disease in Dogs
• Intermittent or recurrent lameness/limping
• Joint Pain/Swelling
• Kidney failure
Lyme disease in dogs is preventable with the use of topical or oral preventatives. Country View Veterinary Service offers three products that have been carefully selected for their outstanding coverage.
• Vectra 3D: a monthly topical treatment for puppies and dogs eight
weeks and older. It kills fleas and ticks on contact, and offers broad
spectrum protection against mosquitos, flies, mites, and lice
• Simparica: a monthly chewable for dogs six months and older that
protects against fleas and ticks. Starts killing ticks within 8 hours
• Seresto Collar: a water-resistant collar for puppies and dogs seven
weeks and older that lasts eight months before needing to be
replaced. It kills existing flea infestations while preventing re-infestation,
protects against ticks, kills lice, and helps prevent Sarcoptic
mange. Starts to repel/kill new infestations of ticks within 6 hours
Have we Seen your Cat lately?
During the spring, we see many dogs at the clinic for their annual heartworm/tick borne disease blood test, exams and vaccinations, and to pick up flea/tick and heartworm preventatives. But, have we seen your cat lately? Don’t forget that our feline friends need annual veterinary care, too. Even if you have an indoor only cat that appears healthy, annual check-ups are recommended as cats are exceptional at hiding signs of illness until problems have reached an advanced stage. If problems are detected early, they can be managed with diet, treated with medications, or monitored with early detection blood-work. Early detection of possible health problems can spare your cat from suffering and spare you the large expenses that letting things go to an advanced stage may cause.
10 Subtle Signs of Illness
• Inappropriate Elimination behavior or litter box use
• Changes in social interactions
• Changes in activity
• Changes in sleeping habits
• Changes in food and water consumption
• Unexplained weight loss or gain
• Changes in grooming
• Signs of stress
• Changes in vocalization
• Bad Breath
Bringing cats to the veterinary clinic can be stressful for you and for your cat. Country View Veterinary Service has several ways we’ve tried to make our clinic more feline friendly. In Oregon, we’ve implemented a cat specific waiting area, where cat owners can be seated with their cats in a comfortable dog free waiting area. Inside the cat waiting area you may place a towel that’s been sprayed with feline calming pheromones over your cat’s carrier to help induce a calming effect. Pheromone towels are also used at Country View Veterinary Service in New Glarus. Each clinic has a cat specic exam room with pheromone diffusers. Additionally, New Glarus offers ‘Purrsday’ the frst Thursday morning of each month for only cat appointments. Another helpful option when bringing your cat to the clinic is a Feline Fear Free Kit. Owners worried about bringing their cats to the clinic should call in advance of their appointment to pick up a kit, which includes pheromone scented wipes for use in the carrier, gabapentin – a medication that help to reduce anxiety in cats, and probiotics in case of stress induced diarrhea. House calls are also an option for our feline friends but should be arranged in advance for appropriate scheduling.
Facts to Consider When Choosing a Dog for Your Home
• Consider the adult size of the dog
Will there be enough room in your home and/or yard when that cute little 10lb Labrador puppy becomes an 80lb tennis ball chasing maniac?
• Energy and Exercise Requirements
“ When I was working in New York City, I helped to train a dog that would literally chew on his owner’s walls and through the drywall. It was a border collie that lived on the 30th floor of an apartment building with an owner that worked long hours. She always liked the way border collies looked so she got one, but with her home and lifestyle she couldn’t provide the dog with the exercise a breed like that needed,” Amy Robinson.
• Grooming Requirements/Expenses
Many breeds need to be brushed regularly or taken to the groomer.
• Training Needs and Time
Your job is not done after adopting or purchasing a new dog. Do you have the time to get your dog trained into a well-mannered pet that can live with you and your family?
• Possible Health Conditions/Longevity
Different breeds of dogs may be more prone to certain health conditions whether that’s allergies and ear infections or more serious problems like heart
disease, hip dysplasia, or endocrine diseases. The longevity of dogs varies so much from breed to breed. Giant dog breeds unfortunately don’t have a life span like toy or small breed dogs.
• Social ability with other animals and people while in and outside the home
If you have friends/family visitors to your home, you don’t want a dog that’s going to terrify them or a dog that’s going to run and hide either.
• Veterinary Care Costs
The responsibilities of dog ownership go far beyond vaccinations and neuter/spay surgery. They require annual checkups, flea/tick and heartworm medications, and dental care. Sometimes they get sick unexpectedly!
• Consider what role you’d like the dog to play in your life
Do you want a jogging partner or a playmate for the kids? Or do you want a more protective dog to guard your household or property?
How to match a dog breed to your lifestyle:Dog Breed Selector