Cape Ann Veterinary Hospital
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Spring 2017 Newsletter

Cape Ann Veterinary Hospital

Spring  2017 Newsletter

This year the tick population has surged despite last year’s drought, and we have an increase in the number of mice that provide a blood meal for the ticks and assist in transporting the ticks into yards.  The adult deer ticks are the most active stage in early May, with 50% carrying Lyme Disease. The nymph stage is also beginning to emerge now. They are smaller than a pencil dot, and are responsible for 85% of human infections because they are difficult to detect. Of further concern is the steady migration of the Lone Star Tick into our geographical area. Lone Star ticks are found in woodlands, underbrush, and grassy areas. They can transmit Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Tularemia, and Powassan Virus, which can cause a severe meat allergy in humans. Please visit our website, www.capeannvet.com, and explore our new tab “Fleas, Ticks and Heartworm Control” as well as the “Intestinal Parasites” tab for more information about pets and parasites. There is also a link to the U Mass testing lab if you are bitten by a tick and want it analyzed for carrying any of these diseases.

For dogs, we recommend YEAR ROUND oral ‘once a month tablets’ to control fleas and ticks and for cats we suggest either Bravecto or Frontline Topical. Nexgard, Simparica, and Bravecto are all isoxazoline insecticides. They block neurotransmitters in fleas and ticks at extremely low levels, resulting in hyperexcitation and death of the fleas and ticks. The effective level is too low to have an effect on mammals, which makes these products very safe. We also recommend Lyme Disease vaccinations for all dogs in our geographical area. For additional protection from ticks, we have permethrin impregnated bandanas and vests as well as Preventic collars.

 Thanks to our parasite prevention sponsors, we are able to offer an additional instant $10 gift card towards any flea/tick or heartworm product when a fecal sample is submitted to test for intestinal parasites. Roundworms and Hookworms can survive in the soil year round, and pets can be infected without showing any clinical signs. We recommend year round Heartworm/Intestinal parasite protection. Products purchased at our office provide reimbursement for treatment should your pet become infected while on prevention medications such as Heartgard or Sentinel. (This coverage is not offered through on line reseller purchases). Treatment and retesting can cost $70-$100.

To take advantage of our manufacturer's rebates, free dose offers and guarantees that help us keep our prices these products below online resellers, give us a call at 978-283-3238, or email us at office@capeannvet.com. Orders may be mailed to you if you do not have time to drop in and sample our candy bowl at the front desk. We strive to help you make individualized choices for your pet’s protection needs.